Texas Cosmetologists

If you have specific questions not covered in the FAQs or elsewhere on our web site, please submit your questions by email.

For questions concerning examinations: examinations@tdlr.texas.gov

For questions concerning pre-licensing education: education@tdlr.texas.gov

For questions concerning continuing education providers: ce@tdlr.texas.gov

For questions concerning obtaining a license, license renewals, shop or salon licenses or permits, independent contractors and booth rentals, students, or schools: CS.Cosmetologists@tdlr.texas.gov

For statute and rule compliance questions not included in the above categories: cosmetologists@tdlr.texas.gov

For traditional mailing, please address mail to

TDLR Cosmetology Program
P.O. Box 12088
Austin, Texas 78711

Cosmetologists

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The Advisory Board on Cosmetology is scheduled to meet Monday, April 28 at 9:00 a.m. in the 1st Floor Public Meeting Room (125E) of TDLR's North Campus, located at 1106 Clayton Lane in Austin. The agenda is available online. The meeting will be broadcast live and available for viewing via RealPlayer.

TDLR proposes amendments to the Cosmetology program rules (16 Texas Administrative Code (TAC), Chapter 83, §§83.10, 83.22, 83.31, 83.52, 83.53, 83.71, 83.72, 83.80, 83.100, 83.101, 83.103, 83.109, and 83.120). The proposed amendments are necessary to implement House Bill 2095 (HB 2095), 83rd Legislature, Regular Session (2013), which amended Texas Occupations Code, Chapters 1601, 1602 and 1603 and the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation (Commission’s) general rulemaking authority. The proposed amendments are also in response to the Cosmetology Advisory Board’s recommendations regarding changes to health and safety sanitation requirements.The proposed rule amendments are proposed in the March 21, 2014, issue of the Texas Register (39 TexReg 2012). The Department will accept comments on the proposal until April 21, 2014.

The Department encourages anyone interested in the Cosmetology program to review the rule proposal online Comments may be submitted by email to erule.comments@tdlr.texas.gov.

The Advisory Board on Cosmetology met February 24 in Austin. The agenda is online. View the staff reports.The meeting was archived and is available for viewing via RealPlayer.

TDLR amended the Cosmetology administrative rules on November 21, 2013 to implement changes in the Cosmetology law created by House Bill 2095, House Bill 619 , and Senate Bill 362 and enacted into law in 2013 by the 83rd Texas Legislature. These rule changes are also in response to the Commission’s rule simplification initiative and include changes to clarify Cosmetology rules. The justifications are online.

The amended Cosmetology rules are effective January 1, 2014 and include:

  • eliminating the requirement for a separate booth rental permit for individual licensees – this permit will now be issued with the individual license (effective 1/1/14 for new licensees, 2/1/14 for renewals); (read more about booth rental license changes)
  • eliminating any new shampoo apprentice permits (current holders of shampoo apprentice permits may continue to hold and use the permit until the permit expiration date but may not renew the permit);
  • allowing cosmetology students to shampoo and condition hair in a license facility;
  • prohibiting beauty, dual, or specialty shops from employing anyone to shampoo and condition hair unless that person holds a shampoo apprentice permit or student permit;
  • eliminating the 150 hours shampooing and conditioning curriculum; (read more about shampooing changes)
  • adding a definition for “safety razor”; (read more about shaving with safety razors)
  • authorizing licensees to provide cosmetology services outside a licensed facility when a customer is unable to travel to the facility because of mental or physical illness;
  • allowing TDLR to waive reciprocity license requirements for some practices of cosmetology that have license requirements from another state or country substantially equivalent to those of Texas;
  • changing the requirement that a school have one full-time licensed instructor on duty to "at least one instructor", giving schools the option of hiring part-time licensed instructors;
  • amending the definitions of “dual shop”, “hair braider” and “hair weaver” and adding a definition for “wig specialist”;
  • clarifying the procedures a dual shop must follow to notify the public that the shop does not currently employ either a licensed barber or a licensed cosmetologist;
  • clarifying that a person's license may not be on "inactive status" when seeking a license through reciprocity or endorsement.; and
  • increasing the number of advisory board members from seven to nine, including one new member representing a licensed public secondary beauty culture school and one representing a member of the public.

View the Proposed Administrative Rules page for details.


Lower Fees and Other Important Changes

On November 21, 2013, the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation approved reductions for the initial license, renewal, and other fees related to the Cosmetology program. TDLR estimates these fee reductions will result in a savings for licensees of $4,722,735 annually, with an estimated five-year savings of $23,613,675.

In addition to reductions in license fees, law and rule book fees are now included in the application and renewal fees for student, individual and establishment licenses, certificates and permits. The booth rental license fee has been eliminated and the booth rental license - which allows licensees to lease space in a beauty, specialty or dual shop to practice cosmetology as an independent contractor - will now be issued at the same time as the cosmetology license type. Read more about booth rental license changes

The fee reductions for initial applications take effect January 1, 2014.

The fee reductions for renewals take effect February 1, 2014

Operator License

• Previous Initial Application Fee: $53
• REDUCED Initial Application Fee (1/1/2014): $50
• SAVINGS: 5.6%

• Current Renewal Fee: $53
• REDUCED Renewal Fee (2/1/2014): $50
• SAVINGS: 5.6%

Specialty License: Esthetician; Manicurist; Esthetician/Manicurist; Eyelash Extension

• Previous Initial Application Fee: $53
• REDUCED Initial Application Fee (1/1/2014): $50
• SAVINGS: 5.6%

• Current Renewal Fee: $53
• REDUCED Renewal Fee (2/1/2014): $50
• SAVINGS: 5.6%

Specialty Certificate: Hair Weaving; Hair Braiding

• Previous Initial Application Fee: $53
• REDUCED Initial Application Fee (1/1/2014): $50
• SAVINGS: 5.6%

• Current Renewal Fee: $53
• REDUCED Renewal Fee (2/1/2014): $50
• SAVINGS: 5.6%

Instructor License

• Previous Initial Application Fee: $70
• REDUCED Initial Application Fee (1/1/2014): $60
• SAVINGS: 14.2%

• Current Renewal Fee: $70
• REDUCED Renewal Fee (2/1/2014): $60
• SAVINGS: 14.2%

Instructor Specialty License: Esthetician; Manicurist; Esthetician/Manicurist; Eyelash Extension

• Previous Initial Application Fee: $70
• REDUCED Initial Application Fee (1/1/2014): $60
• SAVINGS: 14.2%

• Current Renewal Fee: $70
• REDUCED Renewal Fee (2/1/2014): $60
• SAVINGS: 14.2%

Booth Rental License

• Previous Initial Application Fee: $67
• REDUCED Initial Application Fee (1/1/2014): NO FEE
• SAVINGS: 100%

• Current Renewal Fee: $67
• REDUCED Renewal Fee (2/1/2014): NO FEE
• SAVINGS: 100%

New Beauty Culture School

• Previous Initial Application Fee: $500
• REDUCED Initial Application Fee (1/1/2014): $300
• SAVINGS: 40%

Reciprocity or Endorsement Fee

• Previous Fee: $100
• REDUCED Fee (1/1/2014): $50
• SAVINGS: 50%


Booth Rental Licenses

Effective immediately, booth renters do not need to apply for or renew a booth rental license. All active cosmetology individual license holders are now authorized to rent booths as long as their cosmetology license is not expired. TDLR will no longer issue separate booth rental licenses.

This change does not affect the relationship between salon owners and employees/independent contractors. Employees continue to be employees and independent contractors continue to be independent contractors.

Salon owners must also continue to maintain a list of all independent contractors renting a booth in their salon. Download a Booth Renters List form


Shaving with a Safety Razor

Starting September 1, 2013 cosmetology operators may shave a person’s neck, mustache and beard using a safety razor.

The change is the result of Senate Bill 362, passed in the 83rd Legislative Session. Read Senate Bill 362

A safety razor is a razor that is fitted with a guard close to the cutting edge of the razor. The guard is intended to prevent the razor from cutting too deeply and reduces the risk and incidence of accidental cuts.

Remember:

  • Safety razors MUST include a guard close to the cutting edge.
  • Cosmetology operators may NOT shave using a straight razor.
  • Common disposable razors like those sold at retail stores DO fit the definition of “safety razor.”

If you have questions, please post them on TDLR’s Facebook page, tweet us, or email CS.Cosmetologists@tdlr.texas.gov.


Shampooing Changes

The 83rd Texas Legislature passed a bill that changes who may shampoo in a salon. The bill takes effect September 1, 2013. Key highlights include:

  • Texas cosmetology students may shampoo and condition hair in a licensed salon or dual shop.
  • TDLR may no longer issue shampoo apprentice permits. Current permit holders may continue to shampoo and condition hair in a licensed salon or dual shop until the permit expires.
  • TDLR may no longer issue new shampoo specialty certificates. A person holding a shampoo specialty certificate may continue to provide shampoo and conditioning services in a licensed salon and renew the certificate.

These changes take effect September 1, 2013. Please see a detailed explanation of the changes below.

The bill allows someone holding a cosmetology student permit to shampoo and condition hair in a licensed salon or dual shop. The bill likewise allows a salon or dual shop owner to employ cosmetology students to shampoo and condition hair.

The student’s cosmetology school may not receive any compensation for the student shampooing or conditioning in the salon or dual shop.

The State of Texas (TDLR) may no longer issue shampoo apprentice permits. Current shampoo apprentice permit holders may continue to shampoo and condition hair in a licensed salon or dual shop until the permit expires.  Salons or dual shops may continue to employ shampoo apprentice permit holders to shampoo and condition hair.

TDLR may no longer issue new shampoo specialty certificates. A person holding a shampoo specialty certificate may continue to provide shampoo and conditioning services in a licensed salon and renew the certificate. Continuing education will no longer be required to renew this certificate.

Read the full bill, House Bill 2095

If you have questions, please post them on TDLR’s Facebook page, tweet us, or email us.


NEW Online Services -

The Advisory Board on Cosmetology met August 19 in Austin. The agenda is online. The meeting was archived and is available for viewing via RealPlayer.

Order the Texas Cosmetology Laws and Rules book online or download the book order form to purchase by mail. Salons and independent contractors must have the current edition (2012).

Results of the Survey of the Cosmetology Schools’ Instructor Program - this survey was created in response to the pass/fail rates of the instructor’s course written test and was sent to more than 400 cosmetology schools. Survey feedback was received from January 15, 2013 to February 3, 2013. View the survey's results and comments

Health and Safety -

What to Expect During a Cosmetology School Inspection


Keep your address current with TDLR

New Whirlpool Foot Spa and Non-Whirlpool Foot Basin / Tub Cleaning and Disinfection Records are now available for download. These forms replace the old Whirlpool Foot Spa Cleaning and Disinfection Records and were developed with input and guidance from TDLR’s Compliance and Enforcement staff. The new forms are approved for use beginning September 4, 2012. We’ve also updated our Foot Spa Sanitation Requirements handout, with useful information on how to comply with the law and rules. Please note: there are now separate forms for Whirlpool and Non-Whirlpool Foot Spas, with updated instructions. A few other improvements:

    • Easy-to-read column headings that ask “when, who, and what”
    • Client’s name no longer required
    • PRINTED staff name and license number of who performed cleaning & disinfection now required
    • Column added to indicate when spa liner was used

Pursuant to Senate Bill 1170, related to the regulation of barbers and cosmetologists and enacted by the 82nd Texas Legislature during its 2011 Regular Session, TDLR conducted a study analyzing the performance of barber schools and beauty culture schools. Included in the study is a review of refund payments, and recommendations for improvements to the refund payment process to eligible students. The study also offers analysis and recommendations on improving school performance.

View the study results


Do you need a duplicate license?

As required by SB 1170, TDLR conducted this study by consulting with the Advisory Board on Barbering, the Advisory Board on Cosmetology, national accrediting organizations for barbers and cosmetologists, representatives of barber schools and beauty culture schools, students, barbers, cosmetologists, and other interested parties. The study is divided into five sections:

  • Section One: Overview
  • Section Two: Input, Research, and Methods of Inclusion
  • Section Three: Study of Current Refund Policies
  • Section Four: Comparison and Analysis
  • Section Five: Options and Recommendations

 

 

 

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