Working in the beauty industry requires passion, creativity, and education and training. To become a licensed beauty professional, you must complete an educational program and pass the state board exam. State boards oversee licensing and protect consumer safety. Regulations that oversee the safety of beauty services have worked well for a number of years and protect the safety of professionals and clients.
But there’s a secret conversation in state legislature – about less government regulation and occupational licensing deregulation. With support from organizations like the Institute for Justice, beauty industry licensing regulations ware seen as a roadblock to work – downplayed as a scheme to discourage market competition.
What if the professional beauty industry was deregulated? What would the impact be? Deregulation would affect everyone from manufacturers, distributors, to salon owners and licensed professionals. Most importantly, the consumers – YOUR clients – would suffer the most.
Consumers trust that the professional providing their beauty service is educated, trained, and licensed - that they know what they're doing.
Consider some of the possible effects of deregulation:
Consumers have the right and opportunity to report unsanitary salons, the spread of infection, injury, or any other matter of concern to the state board. The state board can inspect and administer appropriate sanctions. If a state were deregulated, consumers would have no one to support them if they were harmed or injured because the board overseeing licensed beauty professionals would no longer exist.
Consumers injured during a service have the legal right to contact an attorney and file a claim for damages. Beauty professionals usually have insurance to cover these claims. But if a consumer was injured by an untrained service provider who doesn't carry liability insurance, the service provider would be left holding the bill.
From schools to manufacturers, to insurance liability and accountability issues, deregulation would destroy a professional industry that strives to uphold safety and professionalism. Licensed beauty professionals elevate the industry through best practices learned through formal education and training. As the number of beauty professionals continues to rise, industry regulation is more important than ever.