The Texas beauty industry

"I went to cosmetology school on a 1,000 hour program. I had an incredible teacher and felt prepared and confident to begin my career."
- Tiffany Farris, Cosmetologist, TX


Facts about Texas beauty reform

  • House Bill 2407 & Senate Bill 1087 reduce required cosmetology hours for licensure in Texas from 1,500 to 1,000.
  • House Bill 2408 & Senate Bill 1088 refine sanitation requirements to ensure a safer work environment.
  • These reform bills will ​streamline​ the entry process for students​, ​create flexibility for licensed cosmetologists​, and protect consumers from those who believe beauty professionals shouldn’t need a license at all.
  • Students graduating from high school cosmetology programs in Texas are already entering the workforce with 1,000 hours of education and receiving a valid Texas cosmetology license.

Myths about Texas beauty reform

  • MYTH: More education equals a safer work environment.

    FACT: Extra hours in school are used for floor time skills, not reviewing sanitation or safety requirements.

  • MYTH: New reform legislation means deregulation of the Texas cosmetology license.

    FACT: Deregulation means completely removing Texas’ beauty license requirement. These bills do not deregulate our industry.

  • MYTH: More curriculum hours lead to better wages.

    FACT: There is no evidence showing that more curriculum hours lead to higher wages.

  • MYTH: Longer programs do not lead to higher student loan debt.

    FACT: There is a significant relationship between the number of curriculum hours and the amount of the loans students take out to fulfill a licensure program.

  • MYTH: New reform legislation will change the cosmetology curriculum.

    FACT: The same textbooks are used in 1,000 hour states as well as higher-hour states. No curriculum is changed, the curriculum is just taught in a more efficient manner. Additional hours spent after 1,000 are largely spent on floor time.

How Reform Will Bring the Industry Together

  • For Students: Reform standardizes required hours for licensure which will drastically reduce student loan debt and barriers to employment.
  • For Cosmetologists: Reform will create flexibility and make it easier to start working upon moving to another state.
  • For Salon Owners: These reforms will refine sanitation requirements , strengthen the talent pipeline, and allow businesses that operate in multiple states to easily transfer employees.
  • For Schools: Standardization will help schools satisfy Gainful Employment statistics as students will be entering the workforce with less debt, and enter into the workforce faster which will increase their earning potential. Companies that run programs in multiple states often report better success metrics in their shorter hour states and find that those programs are generally amongst the more profitable.

here’s what reform looks like

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 hours for licensure 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.


Standardizing Texas hours for licensure at 1,000 will streamline programs across the state, create flexibility, lower barriers to entry, decrease student loan debt, and protect consumers against the deregulation of licensed beauty professionals. High school cosmetology programs in Texas are 1,000 hour programs, while private school programs require 1,500 hours of education. Entry-level employees from both programs make the same amount of money, but private-school students incur more debt. Independent research and successful models in New York and Massachusetts show there is no need to require more than 1,000 hours of education for licensure. 1,000 hours lowers student debt and loans, streamlines standards for license mobility across states, and protects the public from those who believe beauty professionals shouldn’t need a license at all.

Require pre-graduate testing

Pre-graduate testing must be required for all cosmetology students. It not only gives students the opportunity to get remedial training if they fail, but allows graduates to be licensed immediately upon graduation, moving into the workforce sooner to earn wages, pay taxes, and begin repaying loans.

will you protect our industry?

Protect our students from excessive loan debt and against barriers to entry.
Protect our practitioners against burdensome regulations when moving from state to state.
Protect our schools against unnecessary layers of state and federal compliance.
Protect our consumers’ safety and health by maintaining licensure and high standards.
Protect our industry from deregulation.