National Beautician’s Day, June 26, celebrates the licensed professionals who provide a variety of services in the beauty industry. These men and women include cosmetologists, manicurists, and estheticians. In California, these professionals who help people look and feel their best through hair, skin, and nail services that are safe, must be licensed by the state’s Board of Barbering and Cosmetology (BBC).
In 1927, the Board of Barber Examiners and the Board of Cosmetology were established to help protect the public and regulate that state’s growing beauty industry. The Board of Barber Examiners governed the barbering profession, and the Board of Cosmetology governed the cosmetology profession. In 1992, the Board of Barber Examiners and the Board of Cosmetology were merged to create the Board of Barbering and Cosmetology as we know it today.
Today, BBC ensures that people who apply for licensure have completed the necessary training and have passed an examination that requires them to demonstrate that they possess the knowledge required to protect the public’s health and safety.
The BBC licenses and regulates individuals and establishments in seven licensing categories:
- Manicurists (nail care)
- Estheticians (skin care)
- Electrologists (permanent hair removal)
- Establishments (places where Board-regulated services are provided)
This National Beautician’s Day, the Board of Barbering and Cosmetology recognizes the more than 615,000 dedicated licensed professionals in the beauty industry.
For more information on California beauty professionals’ education, regulation, and licensure, visit www.barbercosmo.ca.gov. To check a professional’s license anytime, visit https://search.dca.ca.gov.