MONTGOMERY, Alabama (April 18, 2012) – Alabama State Representative Kurt Wallace (R-Maplesville) has introduced HB664 to establish the Alabama Board of Barbering and Cosmetology. The bill adds barbers to the cosmetology professions that are already regulated, including hair stylists, manicurists and estheticians.
“In Alabama, cosmetologists are strictly regulated while barbers are free to operate without any accountability. In a business where personal services are being administered, there is a duty to make those services safe and sanitary with the highest level of care,” said Rep. Wallace.
Alabama is currently the only state that does not regulate barbers, who are not subject to inspections for sanitation or safety standards. Additionally, there is no continuing education or training required of barbers. Cosmetologists, the second largest licensed profession in the state, are regulated by the Alabama Board of Cosmetology, which conducts regular inspections and requires professional education and training.
“Our members believe what’s good for the goose is good for the gander. Barbers and cosmetologists should be operating under the same guidelines and restrictions to protect consumers, especially since many barbers provide the same services cosmetologists do,” CIAA executive director Cory Brown said. “The CIAA appreciates Rep. Wallace’s legislative proposal.”
Cory Brown, Executive Director
About the Cosmetology Industry Association of Alabama
The Cosmetology Industry Association of Alabama (CIAA) is a non-profit trade association for businesses and individuals in the beauty and glamour profession, including stylists, manicurists, estheticians, and instructors. CIAA members are active professionals licensed to practice cosmetology by the Alabama Board of Cosmetology. For more information about the CIAA, visit www.ourCIAA.org.