Shaving & Laser Advisories for Licensed Professionals

The California Board of Barbering & Cosmetology recently released the Spring 2013 Issue of Smock Talk, the Board’s industry publication.  Our Chief Financial Officer, Joseph Federico, also serves as the BBC’s President.  We want to ensure our alumni always have the most up to date information regarding changes and reminders involving the professional beauty industry.

 

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Shaving

The Board of Barbering and Cosmetology would like to remind licensees that the use of a flat edged razor for the purpose of shaving is allowed ONLY by licensed Barbers. Cosmetologists may use electric trimmers and/or shears to neaten up sideburns and the back of the neck line. They may not make direct skin contact with any flat edged-razor designed for the purpose of shaving the skin.

If it is determined that a licensee who does not possess a Barbering license is performing shaving with a flat edged-razor, the individual licensee and salon owners could be subject to an administrative fine and possible discipline.

 

 

Electrolysis Treatment

 

Use of Lasers

The Board of Barbering and Cosmetology would like to remind licensees that the use of a laser is out of the scope of practice for any person licensed with the Board of Barbering and Cosmetology.

California Business and Professions Code Section 7320.5 states:

“Any licensee who uses a laser in the treatment of any human being is guilty of a misdemeanor.” This prohibition applies to the use of ALL lasers regardless of the known health risks. Please remember that lasers can only be used by a licensed medical doctor, a physician assistant, or a registered nurse who is supervised by a doctor. Cosmetologists, electrologists, and estheticians are not allowed to use lasers for treatment even with a doctor’s supervision.

If an inspector comes into a salon and a licensee is using a device that is called a laser (cold laser, non-thermal laser, hair enhancement laser, etc.) the individual licensee and salon owners could be subject to an administrative fine and possible discipline.

 

For more information regarding these issues please contact the Board of Barbering & Cosmetology. Visit California Board of Barbering & Comsmetology.

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