Common, sensible licensing standards are crucial to sustainable growth for our industry and protecting public safety. Newly introduced legislation in Texas includes HB 2407 and SB 1087, which reduce required cosmetology school hours in Texas from 1,500 to 1,000, bringing post-high school programs into conformity with the existing 1,000 hour high school programs. HB 2408 and SB 1088 will enable students to be licensed immediately upon graduation, authorize the use of credit hours vs. classroom hours, and refine sanitation requirements to ensure a safer work environment.
Support for cosmetology reform in new legislation will enable students to enter the workforce with less student loan debt in less time, and eliminate the delay between graduation and licensing. By standardizing cosmetology regulations, we will minimize the threat of complete deregulation, protecting the value of your Cosmetology license and protecting the health and safety of consumers against the complete deregulation of beauty professionals in Texas. These reforms will help Texas’ beauty industry continue to thrive within a sensible regulatory environment.