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

Military Service Members, Veterans, and Spouses - For more information about applying as a military spouse please go to the Military Spouse FAQs page.

The Advisory Board on Cosmetology met June 30 in Austin. The agenda is available online. The Staff Reports are available online. The meeting was archived and is available for viewing via RealPlayer.

The Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation adopted amended rules regarding the Cosmetologists program (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 effective date of the rule adoption is July 1, 2014.  The adoption justification is available online.


Your Voice Matters: Feedback for TDLR's Cosmetologists Program

Vacancies on Advisory Board on Cosmetology - The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (Department) announces four vacancies on the Advisory Board on Cosmetology (Board) established by Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 1602. The pertinent rules may be found in 16 Texas Administrative Code §83.65. The purpose of the Advisory Board on Cosmetology is to advise the Commission and Department on adopting rules, setting fees, and enforcing and administering the Act, as applicable. The Board is composed of nine members appointed by the presiding officer of the Commission, with the Commission’s approval. The Board consists of one member who holds a license for a beauty shop that is part of a chain of beauty shops; one member who holds a license for a beauty shop that is not part of a chain of beauty shops; one member who holds a private beauty culture school license; two members who each hold an operator license; one member who represents a licensed public secondary or post secondary beauty culture school; one member who represents a licensed public secondary beauty culture school;  and two public members. Members serve staggered six-year terms, with the terms of one or two members expiring on the same date each odd-numbered year. This announcement is for the vacancies of a member who holds a license for a beauty shop that is part of a chain of beauty shops, two members who hold an operator license, and a public member. Apply online or request an application from the Department by telephone (800-803-92020), FAX (512-475‑2874) or email (advisory.boards@tdlr.texas.gov). Applicants may be asked to appear for an interview; however, any required travel for an interview would be at the applicant's expense.


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 took effect January 1, 2014.

The fee reductions for renewals took 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 -

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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