in pennsylvania deserve beauty, not barriers
There’s no denying that beauty professionals deserve more flexible training options that cater to their specific needs, and shouldn’t be forced into costly, traditional cosmetology programs—especially those who have already mastered specific and in-demand skillsets like makeup application or blow-outs.
Some states allow narrow services that don’t involve chemicals or cutting to be provided without first graduating from a traditional program. This has allowed beauty artists to design their own careers, forgo debt, seek the specific training they need, and start earning sooner—and has allowed salon owners to grow their businesses faster.
would this flexibility help you?
You shouldn’t have to spend 1,250 hours in a traditional cosmetology program to do blow-outs, or get a license from the state to apply makeup (13 other states don’t require that)
Some other states allow services that don’t involve chemicals or cutting to be provided by beauty professionals without first requiring them to go through a typical cosmetology program to get a license from the state. Customers are protected by existing consumer protection laws. These services include makeup, blow-dry styling, shampooing, eyelash extensions, threading, and natural hair braiding. Would changing Pennsylvania’s law help you?
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We are Beauty, Not Barriers, a nonprofit initiative working to make it less costly to work in the beauty industry.
did you know:
13 STATES EXEMPT MUAS FROM COSMETOLOGY LICENSING. 33 STATES EXEMPT NATURAL HAIR BRAIDING. 6 states exempt blow-dry styling.
It’s not fair that beauty professionals face steeper and more costly licensing requirements than so many other fields.
it’s 2023: It doesn’t make sense to require beauty artists to spend so much time in traditional, costly cosmetology programs, when there are so many other, more affordable training options – especially when it comes to narrow services that don’t involve chemicals or cutting.
Beauty, Not Barriers is an initiative of the Institute for Justice, 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 and excessive training, which profits the schools at the expense of students going into debt.