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Not Barriers.

The Georgia legislature is considering changing the law so that beauty professionals can provide blow-dry styling services (no chemicals or cutting) without first having to spend at least 1,140 hours in cosmetology school. Would this help you?

Georgia requires hair artists to get at least 1,140 hours of training in a traditional cosmetology school before they are ever allowed to earn a penny – regardless of what service they want to provide, their existing skills, or if an apprenticeship would let them start earning sooner.

Cosmetology school is a BIG investment – and beauty professionals have to spend a LOT of money before they are ever allowed to work.

But some states let beauty professionals offer safe, narrow services like blow-dry styling – no chemicals, dyes, or cutting – without first getting a cosmetology license. This has created a lot of opportunity in the industry, for both artists and salon owners.

georgia blow-dry stylists and salon owners:


Do you wish blow-dry styling was exempt from full-service cosmetology licensing requirements?

help us increase opportunities for blow-dry stylists in georgia

Please fill out the below form if you have questions or want to support this legislation, and we will reach out with additional information about the bill.


tuition to attend cosmetology school

Aspiring beauty professionals spend, on average, $16,000 to attend state-required cosmetology school. And after spending all this money, many still have to get additional training because their school didn’t teach them what they needed to learn.

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borrowed to attend cosmetology school

Students often go into a lot of student loan debt to afford school.  But programs rarely graduate students on time, delaying—or even blocking—aspiring beauty professionals’ entry into the workforce, and increasing their debt burden. 


hours to attend cosmetology school

Georgia requires at least 1,140 hours of cosmetology school – even if an artist only wants to blow-dry style hair, or if a salon owner wants to hire someone to provide these limited services. 

It’s not fair that beauty professionals face steeper and more costly licensing requirements than many other fields.


Chefs prepare food that is ingested by customers and aren’t required to get a license or go to school. They take a short, simple sanitation course, and the restaurant is subject to inspections. It’s up to the chef whether they want to go to culinary school.  


In Georgia, EMTs – who administer life-saving aid – have to get 150 hours of training to get a license to work. Compare that to at least 1,140 hours to blow-dry style hair. That’s not fair.


Personal trainers aren’t required to have a license. Tattooing is arguably riskier and more invasive than what cosmetologists do, but Georgia does not require a license from the state.

While aspiring beauty professionals are in school—spending money and not making money—those in other occupations are learning on the job or practicing their crafts while earning a living from day one. That’s not fair.
Beauty, Not Barriers is an initiative of the nonprofit institute for justice, dedicated to uplifting the beauty industry by breaking down barriers that force far too many beauty artists into debt or out of work, or make it hard to hire. 
Beauty professionals deserve flexibility and options, like so many other occupations enjoy—not a one-size-fits-all approach that demands over 1,000 hours of expensive, traditional training, regardless of one’s interests, goals, or background.

Beauty professionals deserve more options and flexibility.

Not everyone wants to use chemicals or engage in all the cosmetology skills: some beauty professionals only want to provide narrow services, and some employers want to hire beauty professionals who will provide limited services.  Why should they be forced to first pay for over 1,000 hours to get a full-service license?

  • They may only want to do blow-dry and special event hairstyling.
  • They may have brought an artistic skillset from another country, like threading or braiding.  Fortunately, Georgia already exempts natural hair braiding from cosmetology licensing.
  • They could be single parents, caregivers, military spouses, or of modest means and can’t afford the time or cost of school. The expensive licensing system keeps them from pursuing their dreams or dealing with debt.  
  • And there may be others who want to work in a salon just doing blow-dry styling, but can’t because they are required to get a license.  This can keep out those with disabilities, recent immigrants with language barriers, and other vulnerable groups who may have a difficult time finding work.
We believe that beauty professionals deserve better.

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The Institute for Justice is a non-profit organization that works alongside beauty professionals and other workers nationwide to change laws that make it hard to earn a living.  So often, state laws require way too much to work in an occupation—like expensive training that can teach things that are not necessary.  

  • There are better, affordable, less challenging alternatives to these kinds of laws.
  • The alternatives would make it easier for existing and aspiring beauty professionals alike to work in the industry.  
  • We support beauty, opportunity, entrepreneurship, professionalism, and safety.  We are against barriers.