Tennessee Lawmakers Aim To Deregulate Cosmetology Licensing

Tennessee Lawmakers Aim To Deregulate Cosmetology Licensing

February 10, 2020


Scottsdale, AZ (February 10, 2020) – The Professional Beauty Association (PBA), the largest and most inclusive national trade organization representing manufacturers, distributors, salon and spa business owners, and licensed beauty professionals, has issued an action alert to oppose deregulation in Tennessee.

A set of companion bills, Senate Bill 1914 and House Bill 1945, have been introduced by State Senator Janice Bowling and State Representative Martin Daniel that, if passed, would allow any person to practice cosmetology without a license as long as the provider enters into a written contract with the client to waive all liability. PBA views this legislation as a detriment to consumer safety, and encourages action opposing these bills.

Tennessee’s salon industry is a vibrant and growing industry, generating $1.1 billion in annual sales and providing employment for more than 8,800 individuals. Between 2008 and 2018, the number of salon industry jobs in Tennessee increased 11%. In comparison, total private sector employment in the state also rose 11% during the same 10-year period. Not only does the state’s salon industry provide employment opportunities in a challenging economic environment, it also gives individuals of all backgrounds the ability to start their own business. In fact, 75% of Tennessee’s salon businesses are owned by women, compared to only 36% of businesses in the state’s overall private sector. 46% of business in Tennessee’s salon industry are Black or African American owned, as well, versus just 14% of total private sector businesses in the state.

The current national system ensures that professionals holding a license as a cosmetologist have received structured training in a public or private licensed school and have passed the required test established by state regulation.

Government Affairs Director Myra Reddy shares why these companion bills are so detrimental to both consumers and the professional beauty industry, “Licensing for the professional beauty industry should remain mandatory due to the use of highly concentrated professional chemicals/products, the use of instruments, and the hands on nature of professional services provided to the hair, skin, and body.” Reddy continues, “Cosmetology and barbering fees provide $2,534,800 dollars of revenue a year in Tennessee, and the beauty industry employs 9,000 licensed individuals. Occupational licensing is not a barrier to work.”

To take action, Tennessee residents can click on the below link via the Professional Beauty Association to send an email to these officials with one click:


Residents may also contact Senator Janice Bowling and Representative Daniel to OPPOSE both SB 1945 and HB 1945.

CONTACT Senator Janice Bowling

Email: sen.janice.bowling@capitol.tn.gov

Office: (615) 741-6694

Fax: (615) 253-0260

CONTACT Representative Martin Daniel

Email: rep.martin.daniel@capitol.tn.gov

Office: (615) 741-2287

Fax: (615) 253-0348

The Professional Beauty Association Additional questions can be directed to Myra Reddy, Government Affairs Director at Professional Beauty Association, myra@probeauty.org or Erin Walter, Brand Manager at Professional Beauty Association, erin@probeauty.org


About the Professional Beauty Association (PBA)

We're the Professional Beauty Association. We believe in redefining what it means to be a beauty professional in today's world by connecting, understanding, educating, celebrating, and fighting for the community that we -- collectively -- stand for and serve, whether you're working behind the chair or running a beauty brand. We aim to make your job easier through providing news, resources, blueprints, advocacy, recognition, and community, so you can focus on the things you love, like creating and growing your business. We're in the trenches with you, and out there advocating for you; because we are all in this beautiful industry together -- connected by beauty, united by passion. For more information, please visit www.probeauty.org.

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