Our Mission

Impactful Reform Will Create Success.

Beauty professionals already lead the way in styles and trends, and our contribution to a sustainable, growing economy surpasses many other career choices. Our mission is to proactively advocate for reforms and standards that help beauty students become top licensed professionals.

The Future of the Beauty Industry Coalition represents all sectors of the beauty industry including students, licensed stylists, salon owners, manufacturers, distributors, and cosmetology schools in order to build a stronger industry, paving the way for more cost efficient, mobile, flexible, and transparent licensing.

Through important reforms, we are creating career opportunities, protecting our students from excessive debt, guiding students into the workforce faster, supporting our licensed professionals, and helping employers meet the demands of a growing industry while also maintaining the high standards that protect and serve the public. Accomplishing these goals requires streamlining of standards relating to licensing, education, and testing while maintaining high standards for health and public safety.

INDUSTRY COALITION OBJECTIVES:

Unite
the industry behind common sense reforms aimed at improving quality of life and work for beauty industry students, employees, and employers.

Protect
the industry from harmful state and federal regulatory actions that will negatively impact beauty industry students, employees, employers, and consumers.

Elevate
internal and external opinions and views of the industry’s students, employees, and employers.

We Support

License Mobility

Due to regulations in several states, industry professionals cannot currently practice their craft or conduct salon business when moving across state lines. While regulation of the industry protects public health and safety, there should never be a restriction on someone’s ability to earn a living. Passage of license mobility legislation would allow stylists in good standing (documented experience and educational credentials) to move freely, taking a valid license with them to a new part of the country. License mobility is already a recognized solution for breaking down barriers and creating flexibility in the industry by legislators in all 50 states who have passed license reciprocity for military spouses and families.  

License mobility is critical to growing a stronger industry, it gives stylists the flexibility needed to be successful in the new economy, and allows business owners to recruit talent from around the country, creating more opportunities.

Pre-graduate Testing

Pre-graduate testing for students should be required. 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.

National Testing

National testing is a key component of licensure mobility. Testing students on the same information across state lines provides consistency and ensures accountability. No matter what state a graduate ends up living in, the same test is taken. National testing encourages consumer confidence. The public deserves to know that every cosmetologist and salon they engage with, regardless of state, is held to the same national standards. One consistent exam saves taxpayer dollars, as it would avoid the undue burden of producing multiple state exams.

Continuing Education

The Beauty Industry is fast-paced and continuously innovating. To keep up with ever-changing machinery, tools, chemicals, etc., stylists must be required to participate in continuing education. Continuing education encourages consumer confidence and ensures accountability. Requiring continuing education will give the public peace of mind in knowing that stylists are up-to-date with changing and modernizing services, chemicals, and tools.

Consistent number of hours for licensure across the U.S.

The state-level estimated time to obtain a cosmetology license ranges from 9 months, or 1,000 hours, to 16 months, or 2,300 hours. Hour requirements need to be streamlined into one standard set of hours to complete a cosmetology program and become licensed by the state. This will ensure license mobility across the country and reduce student debt. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics' occupational handbook, BLS is projecting a 10% jump in career opportunities for Barbers, Hairdressers, and Cosmetologists, which is faster than the national average. Demand is high for beauty professionals across the country, and we must ensure those job openings can be filled by getting students into the workforce faster.

Our Founding Members represent the diversity of our industry: