Cosmetology Frequently Asked Questions


Mini-Salons - NEW!
  1. What is a Mini-Salon?
  2. What is a salon gallery?
  3. What are the requirements for a Mini-Salon?
  4. What is the application fee for a Mini-Salon license?
  5. When is the deadline to get a Mini-Salon license?
  6. How do I apply for a Mini-Salon license?
  7. Why was the Mini-Salon license added?
  8. What is the difference between a Mini-Salon license and other salon licenses?
  9. Are salon galleries required to have a license?
  10. Can I get a specialty Mini-Salon license?
  11. Who is responsible for getting the Mini-Salon licenses in a salon gallery?
  12. Do I need a salon license if I am a building owner who currently leases spaces to individuals or entities with an existing beauty salon, specialty salon, or dual shop license?
  13. The salon gallery has both a Cosmetology salon license and a Barber shop license, but not a Dual Shop license. Can I still get a Mini-Dual shop license?
  14. Can a Mini-Salon licensee allow others with a Cosmetology license to work in their Mini-Salon?
  15. Who is responsible for maintaining the common areas and shared equipment inside a salon gallery?
  16. I have a Mini-Salon license and want to move to a different room within the same salon gallery. Can I use my current Mini-Salon license in the new room?
  17. What is the difference between a Mini-Salon License and a Booth Rental License?
  18. Are we required to display the Mini-Salon license inside the Mini-Salon?

1. What is a Mini-Salon?

A Mini-Salon is a room (or suite of rooms) inside of a salon gallery. The Mini-Salon is operated independently from the salon gallery and any other Mini-Salons.

2. What is a salon gallery?

A salon gallery is a licensed beauty salon, specialty salon, or dual shop containing Mini-Salons, a main entrance(s), and a common hallway(s).

3. What are the requirements for a Mini-Salon?

A Mini-Salon must meet the same requirements as other salon types. See 16 Texas Administrative Code Chapter 83, Section 83.71 for details.

4. What is the application fee for a Mini-Salon license?

The application fee is $60. A Mini-Salon license is good for two years.

5. When is the deadline to get a Mini-Salon license?

Mini-Salons must have their license by November 1, 2014.

6. How do I apply for a Mini-Salon license?

Applications will not be available until October 1, 2014. Starting October 1, 2014, you will be able to apply online with a debit or credit card. You will also be able to apply by mail with a cashier’s check or money order (no personal checks allowed). Check back on October 1, 2014 for the application.

7. Why was the Mini-Salon license added?

The Texas Legislature passed a bill in 2013 that created the Mini-Salon license. Now each space within a salon gallery will be inspected separately to ensure the public’s safety.

8. What is the difference between a Mini-Salon license and other salon licenses?

A Mini-Salon must be located within a salon gallery.

9. Are salon galleries required to have a license?

Yes. Salon galleries must hold a beauty salon, specialty salon, or dual shop license. That license type determines what services the licensees in the Mini-Salons are allowed to perform.

10. Can I get a specialty Mini-Salon license?

No. There are only two Cosmetology Mini-Salon license types: the Mini-Salon license and the Mini-Dual Shop license. Licensees working in a Mini-Salon or Mini-Dual Shop may only perform the services allowed under the license type held by the salon gallery.

11. Who is responsible for getting the Mini-Salon licenses in a salon gallery?

The individual/entity leasing the room or the salon gallery owner must obtain the Mini-Salon license.

12. Do I need a salon license if I am a building owner who currently leases spaces to individuals or entities with an existing beauty salon, specialty salon, or dual shop license?

No. If all salons have their own individual salon license, you do not need a salon license.

13. The salon gallery has both a Cosmetology salon license and a Barber shop license, but not a Dual Shop license. Can I still get a Mini-Dual shop license?

Yes.

14. Can a Mini-Salon licensee allow others with a Cosmetology license to work in their Mini-Salon?

Yes.

15. Who is responsible for maintaining the common areas and shared equipment inside a salon gallery?

The salon gallery owner is responsible for maintaining all common areas and shared equipment.

16. I have a Mini-Salon license and want to move to a different room within the same salon gallery. Can I use my current Mini-Salon license in the new room?

No. A Mini-Salon license is tied to a specific room or suite of rooms and is not transferable.

17. What is the difference between a Mini-Salon License and a Booth Rental License?

As with a regular salon license, a Mini-Salon license is tied to a location, not a person. A Booth Rental license allows a Cosmetologist licensee to work as an independent contractor at any licensed Cosmetology establishment.

18. Are we required to display the Mini-Salon license inside the Mini-Salon?

Yes. The license must be displayed at all times.


Licensing
  1. I renewed my license online weeks ago, but have not received it yet. What should I do?
  2. My license has expired. How long do I have to renew my license?
  3. I have a beauty salon license. Do I need a barber shop permit to hire a barber?
  4. How do I transfer my out-of state cosmetology license to Texas (reciprocity)?
  5. Can my barber school hours transfer to cosmetology hours?
  6. The school will not report my hours to TDLR because I owe them money. I have completed the hours required for the course. What should I do?
  7. I'm moving out of state. How do I transfer my license?
  8. I'm an out-of-state cosmetology student. How do I transfer to a Texas school?
  9. How can I become a Cosmetology Instructor?
  10. How do I notify you that my address has changed?

1. I renewed my license online weeks ago, but have not received it yet. What should I do?

If you do not receive your license within 7 to 10 days, please contact us at cs.cosmetologists@tdlr.texas.gov or at (800) 803-9202.

2. My license has expired. How long do I have to renew my license?

You have up to 18 months from the date of expiration to renew your license, but you may not work with an expired license. You may be subject to enforcement actions, including administrative penalties and sanctions, for working with an expired license.  Renew online now

If your license has been expired for more than 18 months but less than three years, you may submit a "Request to Executive Director for Expired License Renewal" form with the required renewal fee.

If your license has been expired for more than three years you may not renew your license. You must apply for a new license.

Late renewal fees:

If renewing late by mail:

  • Send a cashier’s check or money order for the late renewal fee.
  • Include your name, address and license number.
  • If your license has been expired for more than 18 months but less than three years, also include the "Request to Executive Director for Expired License Renewal" form.
  • Mail it to TDLR, P.O. Box 12157, Austin, TX 78711.

3. I have a beauty salon license. Do I need a barber shop permit to hire a barber?

Yes, a barber may work only in a facility licensed as a barbershop or a dual barber shop/cosmetology salon.

4. How do I transfer my out-of-state cosmetology license to Texas (reciprocity)?

Please see the Transferring Your Cosmetology License From Another State page for the list of eligible out-of-state licenses and the application forms.

5. Can my barber school hours transfer to cosmetology school hours?

No.

6. The school will not report my hours to TDLR because I owe them money. I have completed the hours required for the course. What should I do?

Please contact TDLR at cs.cosmetologist@tdlr.texas.gov or 800-803-9202.

7. I'm moving out of state. How do I transfer my license?

Please contact the state which you are moving to for that state’s requirements. Additionally, you will need to send a $ 15.00 money order and a written request for a certification letter. Specify where the certification letter needs to be mailed.

8. I'm an out-of-state cosmetology student. How do I transfer to a Texas school?

You must first obtain a certification/transcript of your hours. To obtain a certification/transcript of your hours, contact your state cosmetology agency or your school, depending on your state. Submit this paperwork to TDLR with the transcript evaluation application.

When you enroll in a Texas school, give the transcript evaluation letter from TDLR to the school so it knows you already earned hours.

9. How can I become a Cosmetology Instructor?

To be eligible for a cosmetology instructor license, you must:

  • be at least 18 years of age;
  • have a high school diploma or a high school equivalency certificate;
  • hold a current Cosmetology Operator license;
  • have completed:
    • 750 hours of instruction in methods of teaching in a licensed private beauty culture school or a vocational training program of a publicly financed postsecondary institution;
    • at least one year of verifiable experience as a licensed cosmetology operator and 500 hours of instruction in cosmetology in a commission approved training program.
    • 15 semester hours in education courses through an accredited college or university within the 10 years before the date of application or obtained a degree in education from an accredited college or university and passed the examination required under 1602.262

10. How do I notify you that my address has changed?

You can update your mailing address online or in writing by mail, fax, or email. Be sure to specify that this is a change of address. Include your name, license number, new mailing address and old mailing address. The law requires licensees to notify the agency of all address changes within 30 days of the move.


Continuing Education
  1. Besides applying for my license renewal, is there anything else I need to do?
  2. Should I wait to submit my license renewal application until after I have completed my continuing education?
  3. Where can I locate cosmetology continuing education provider and course information?
  4. What is the actual amount of instruction time required for one hour of continuing education?
  5. There are no continuing education classroom courses in my area. Are other course delivery methods available?
  6. Who notifies TDLR that I have completed a required continuing education course?
  7. How will I be notified that I have completed a required continuing education course?
  8. Can I get partial credit for completing part of a required continuing education course?
  9. Will I be monitored if I take a distance learning continuing education course (for example: online or computer course)?
  10. Will I be able to go to TDLR’s web site and look up my completed continuing education hours?
  11. What can I do if my completed continuing education hours are not posted on the TDLR web site?
  12. What should I do if I don’t receive a course completion certificate from the provider?
  13. If I am a licensee and an instructor for an approved continuing education course, may I receive credit for teaching the course?
  14. Will college course hours count towards continuing education for license renewal?
  15. How long must I keep a copy of my continuing education certificate of completion?
  16. If I go to a hair show, can I get credit for continuing education?

1. Besides applying for my license renewal, is there anything else I need to do?

Make sure the continuing education requirement has been completed for renewal of the license.

To renew an operator license or an esthetician, manicurist, esthetician/manicurist or hair weaving, hair braiding, wig or shampoo/conditioning specialty certificate that expires prior to September 1, 2012, a total of 6 hours of continuing education through department-approved courses must be completed. The continuing education hours must include 2 hours of sanitation, 2 hours of law and rules addressing topics other than sanitation, and 2 hours of any topic listed in Section 83.120 of the Cosmetology Administrative Rules.

To renew an instructor license, an esthetician instructor, manicure instructor, or esthetician/manicure instructor license that expires prior to September 1, 2012, a total of 6 hours continuing education through department-approved courses must be completed. The continuing education must include 2 hours of sanitation, 2 hours of law and rules addressing topics other than sanitation, and 2 hours of methods of teaching in accordance with Section 83.120 of the Cosmetology Administrative Rules.

To renew an operator license or an esthetician, manicurist, esthetician/manicurist or eyelash extension specialty license, or a hair weaving, hair braiding, wig, or shampoo/conditioning specialty certificate that expires on or after September 1, 2012, a total of 4 hours of continuing education through department-approved courses must be completed. The continuing education hours must include 1 hour of sanitation, and 3 hours of any topic listed in Section 83.120 of the Cosmetology Administrative Rules.

To renew an instructor license, or an esthetician instructor, manicure instructor, esthetician/manicure instructor or eyelash extension instructor specialty license that expires on or after September 1, 2012, a total of 4 hours of continuing education through department-approved courses must be completed. The continuing education hours must include 1 hour of sanitation, and 3 hours of methods of teaching as listed in Section 83.120 of the Cosmetology Administrative Rules.

A licensee who is at least 65 years old and has held a cosmetology license for at least 15 years is required to complete 1 hour of continuing education in sanitation. Courses must be TDLR-approved courses.

For a timely or a late renewal, a licensee must complete the required continuing education hours within the two year period immediately preceding the renewal date.

2. Should I wait to submit my license renewal application until after I have completed my continuing education?

No. You may file your renewal application at any time during your renewal period. We encourage you to file the application early so your license won’t expire and you won’t have to pay late renewal fees.

3. Where can I locate cosmetology continuing education provider and course information?

See the list of registered continuing education providers and courses for Cosmetologists. This list is updated as new providers are registered and courses are approved.

4. What is the actual amount of instruction time required for one hour of continuing education?

One hour of continuing education is equivalent to 50 minutes of actual instruction time.

5. There are no continuing education classroom courses in my area. Are other course delivery methods available?

Yes, you can find computer and internet continuing education courses on the list of registered continuing education providers and courses for Cosmetologists. This list is updated as new providers are registered and courses approved.

6. Who notifies TDLR that I have completed a required continuing education course?

Providers are required to submit to TDLR your continuing education course completion information. If you have taken a course from one or more providers, each provider must transmit that information to TDLR and also issue you a certificate of course completion.

You can check the CE courses you have completed on TDLR's web site. If you have a question about the information posted on the web site, please check first with the provider. If you continue to have questions, please contact TDLR at ce@tdlr.texas.gov or by phone at (512) 463-6599 or (800) 803-9202.

7. How will I be notified that I have completed a required continuing education course?

Your provider will issue you a course completion certificate. If you have questions, please contact your provider first. If you continue to have questions, please contact TDLR at ce@tdlr.texas.gov or by phone at (512) 463-6599 or (800) 803-9202.

8. Can I get partial credit for completing part of a required continuing education course?

No, partial credit will not be given. However, a provider may allow you to finish the course at another time; when the course is fully completed the provider will transmit the completion record to TDLR.

9. Will I be monitored if I take a distance learning continuing education course (for example, an online or computer course)?

Yes. TDLR requires the provider to monitor licensee attendance for all courses, including computer-based and online courses. If a licensee does not meet the provider’s monitoring requirements, no continuing education hours will be given.

10. Will I be able to go to TDLR’s web site and look up my completed continuing education hours?

Yes. You can check the CE courses you have completed on TDLR’s web site.

11. What can I do if my completed continuing education hours are not posted on the TDLR web site?

If your course completion is not posted seven days after you completed the course, contact your provider first. If you continue to have questions, please contact TDLR at ce@tdlr.texas.gov or by phone at (512) 463-6599 or (800) 803-9202.

12. What should I do if I don’t receive a course completion certificate from the provider?

If you do not receive your course completion certificate within 15 days from the end of your course, please contact your provider. If you continue to have questions, please contact TDLR at ce@tdlr.texas.gov or by phone at (512) 463-6599 or (800) 803-9202.

13. If I am a licensee and an instructor for an approved continuing education course, may I receive credit for teaching the course?

Yes, if you are teaching the complete course, you may be added to the attendance roster and receive credit. If you are only teaching a portion of the course, you will need to sit for the remainder to receive full credit. No partial course credit is allowed.

14. Will college course hours count towards continuing education for license renewal?

Courses which are not approved by TDLR as continuing education courses cannot be used for license renewal. If the college course is a TDLR approved continuing education course, then the course hours can be used for license renewal.

15. How long must I keep a copy of my continuing education certificate of completion?

Licensees are required to keep a copy of the continuing education certificate for two years after the date of course completion.

16. If I go to a hair show, can I get credit for continuing education?

Yes, only if the “show” has been approved by TDLR for continuing education credit. Show personnel will provide you with the information on how to receive credit.


Examinations
  1. How can I schedule for the exam?
  2. What materials are available to study for the exam?
  3. What kind of ID do I need bring to the exam?
  4. How do I know if I am eligible to take the exam?
  5. How long do I have to wait for my grade?
  6. I have passed both the written and the practical exam, how do I get my license?
  7. Do I need a high school diploma to receive my initial license?
  8. How many hours am I required to complete to be made eligible for my Operator written exam?
  9. How will I know if I am eligible to test for the written examination?
  10. Do I have to travel to Austin to take my examination?
  11. How can I contact PSI to schedule my exam?
  12. What is the minimum age for a model?
  13. My name does not match my Government ID. Can I still take the exam?
  14. What is the cost of the exam?
  15. How do I request special accommodations?
  16. Where are the exam locations?
  17. How long do I have to wait to take my practical, if I already passed my written?
  18. If I have an address or name change do I notify TDLR or PSI?
  19. How many times can I retake the exam?
  20. What happens if I do not show up to my written or practical exam?
1. How can I schedule for the exam?

If you are eligible for examination, then you can contact PSI via the internet 24 hours a day at www.psiexams.com or by phone at (800)733-9267 to schedule your exam date.

2. What materials are available to study for the exam?

The Candidate Information Bulletin (CIB) is available online at www.tdlr.texas.gov/cosmet/cosmetexam.htm. This CIB replaces the old practical guidelines.

3. What kind of ID do I need bring to the exam?

You must provide one form of identification. The identification must be a valid form of government-issued identification (driver’s license, state ID, passport), which bears your signature, photograph, and date of birth. A public high school ID is a government ID and will be accepted if the ID bears your signature, photograph, and date of birth.

4. How do I know if I am eligible to take the exam?

An eligibility postcard will be sent to each student at the address on file with TDLR. This postcard is your notice of eligibility to contact PSI for scheduling your exam. You can also check your eligibility status at www.tdlr.texas.gov/CosmoDataSearch.

5. How long do I have to wait for my grade?

Your grade will be handed to you at the test center by the PSI proctor after you have completed the test. PSI generates a score report which provides a diagnostic of the student strengths and weaknesses.

6. I have passed both the written and the practical exam, how do I get my license?

TDLR will mail you an initial License Application Form within five working days. Complete that application and return it with payment to TDLR to obtain your license.

7. Do I need a high school diploma to receive my initial license?

To be eligible for a cosmetology license, you must have obtained a high school diploma, or the equivalent of a high school diploma (GED), or have passed a valid examination administered by a certified testing agency that measures the person's ability to benefit from training (ATB).

8. How many hours am I required to complete to be made eligible for my Operator written exam?

If you are enrolled in a 1500 hour operator program then you are eligible to sit for your written exam at a 1000 hour completion.

If you are enrolled in a 1000 hour operator program then you are eligible to sit for your written exam at a 900 hour completion.

9. How will I know if I am eligible to test for the written examination?

A postcard will be sent to your current mailing address on file and you will be able to contact PSI to schedule and pay for the exam.

10. Do I have to travel to Austin to take my examination?

No. The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) began offering cosmetology written and practical exams at various locations around the state on March 1, 2006. You can download the candidate information bulletin (CIB) at www.tdlr.texas.gov/cosmet/cosmetexam.htm. The CIB contains the address and directions to each exam site.

11. How can I contact PSI to schedule my exam?

You can contact PSI via the internet 24 hours a day at www.psiexams.com or by phone at (800)733-9267 to schedule your exam date.

12. What is the minimum age for a model?

16 years old.

13. My name does not match my Government ID. Can I still take the exam?

No. If your name has changed you must notify TDLR. We will not allow anyone other than the person listed in our database to test with PSI.

14. What is the cost of the exam?

The examination cost can be found in the Candidate Information Bulletin (CIB).

15. How do I request special accommodations?

Every reasonable accommodation will be made in meeting a candidate’s needs. Applicants with disabilities or those who would otherwise have difficulty taking the exam should make a request for alternative arrangements with PSI. Requests for any special accommodations should be made in writing, describing the specific accommodations that will be needed, and must include supporting documentation on official letterhead from a licensed professional.

16. Where are the exam locations?

The written examination is offered in Abilene, Amarillo, Arlington, Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas, El Paso, Fort Worth, Harlingen, Houston, Lubbock, Midland, San Antonio, Tyler and Waco.

The practical examination is offered in Austin, San Antonio, the DFW Metroplex, the Greater Houston area, McAllen, El Paso, Midland and Amarillo.

The addresses and directions to the sites can be found in the CIB at www.tdlr.texas.gov/cosmet/cosmetexam.htm.

17. How long do I have to wait to take my practical, if I already passed my written?

If you have completed the 1,500 hours of education required to become a licensed Operator and your school has submitted your hours to TDLR, you will be mailed an eligibility postcard for the Practical examination. This post card provides you with information on how to schedule for your exam. You do not need the post card in hand to schedule for your exam. You can also visit our website to review your eligibility at www.tdlr.texas.gov/CosmoDataSearch.

18. If I have an address or name change do I notify TDLR or PSI?

You need to notify TDLR in writing.

19. How many times can I retake the exam?

The written and practical examination eligibilities do not expire. Therefore you may retake your exam until you successfully pass the examination.

20. What happens if I do not show up to my written or practical exam?

Your registration will be invalid, you will not be able to take the examination as scheduled, and you will forfeit your examination fee, if you do not appear for your examination appointment.


New Sterilization Requirements
  1. What types of sterilizers or sanitizers are allowed by the Law (Chapter 1603)?
  2. Do the sterilizers and or sanitizers have to be FDA approved?
  3. What establishments are required to have an autoclave, dry heat sterilizer or ultraviolet sanitizer?
  4. How must each sterilized or sanitized instrument be stored?
  5. Can I still use my autoclave since the law changed?

1. What types of sterilizers or sanitizers are allowed by the Law (Chapter 1603)?

An autoclave, dry heat sterilizer or an ultraviolet sanitizer is allowed.

2. Do the sterilizers and or sanitizers have to be FDA approved?

No, this is no longer a requirement.

3. What establishments are required to have an autoclave, dry heat sterilizer or ultraviolet sanitizer?

Cosmetology salons, Cosmetology schools, specialty salons, or other facilities licensed under Chapter 1602 that offer manicure or pedicure services, must have an autoclave, dry heat sterilizer or ultraviolet sanitizer.

4. How must each sterilized or sanitized instrument be stored?

Instruments must be stored in accordance with Cosmetology rule 83.102.

5. Can I still use my autoclave since the law changed?

Yes, an autoclave is still an approved method to sterilize all metal implements.


Shampooing
  1. Can I still apply for a Cosmetology Shampoo Apprentice Permit?
  2. Can I still use my Shampoo Apprentice Permit after September 1, 2013?
  3. Does TDLR still issue Shampoo Specialty Certificates?
  4. Do I still need continuing education (CE) to renew my Shampoo Specialty Certificate?
  5. What permit or license do I need if I want to shampoo and condition hair in a salon?
  6. Is it true that I can shampoo and condition in a salon using my student permit?
  7. Can my school get any of my earnings for shampooing and conditioning hair in a salon?
  8. Do the hours worked in a salon shampooing and conditioning hair count towards my course completion to get a license?

1. Can I still apply for a Cosmetology Shampoo Apprentice Permit?

No. Changes made to the law by the 2013 Legislature prohibit TDLR from issuing a new shampoo apprentice permit after August 31, 2013.

2. Can I still use my Shampoo Apprentice Permit after September 1, 2013?

Yes, current permit holders may continue to shampoo and condition hair in a licensed salon or dual shop until the permit expires.

3. Does TDLR still issue Shampoo Specialty Certificates?

As of September 1, 2013, TDLR can no longer issue new Shampoo Specialty Certificates. However, if you held a Shampoo Specialty Certificate as of August 31, 2013, you may continue to renew it.

4. Do I still need continuing education (CE) to renew my Shampoo Specialty Certificate?

No, effective September 1, 2013, no CE is required to renew a Shampoo Specialty Certificate.

5. What permit or license do I need if I want to shampoo and condition hair in a salon?

You can shampoo and condition hair with an Operator license, a Shampoo Specialty Certificate or with an active cosmetology student permit.

6. Is it true that I can shampoo and condition in a salon using my student permit?

Yes, an active cosmetology student permit allows you to work in a salon to shampoo and condition hair.

7. Can my school get any of my earnings for shampooing and conditioning hair in a salon?

No.

8. Do the hours worked in a salon shampooing and conditioning hair count towards my course completion to get a license?

No, all hours and credit hours must be completed at a licensed beauty school.


Shaving
  1. Is it true that cosmetologists can shave as of September 1, 2013?
  2. What is a safety razor?
  3. If cosmetologists can now shave with a safety razor, what would I gain by completing the 300 hour barbering course?

1. Is it true that cosmetologists can shave as of September 1, 2013?

Yes, cosmetologists with an operator license can shave a person’s neck, mustache or beard, but only with a safety razor.

2. What is a safety razor?

A safety razor is a razor that is fitted with a guard close to the cutting edge of the razor that is intended to:

  1. Prevent the razor from cutting too deeply; and
  2. Reduce the risk and incidence of accidental cuts.

3. If cosmetologists can now shave with a safety razor, what would I gain by completing the 300 hour barbering course?

If you complete the 300 hour barbering course and pass the required examinations, you will be issued a Class A barber license. The barber license will allow you to provide all barbering services in a barber shop or dual shop.


Method for Cosmetology Operator to Earn Class A Barber Certificate
  1. I have a Texas cosmetology operator (or cosmetology operator instructor) license. What are the requirements to obtain a Class A Barber license?
  2. I have a Texas cosmetology operator (or cosmetology operator instructor) license. Can I take my 300 hour barbering course in a cosmetology school?
  3. May all Texas licensed barber schools teach the 300 hour fast track curriculum?
  4. Can I transfer my hours earned in a Cosmetology school to a Barber school?
  5. I have a Texas cosmetology operator (or cosmetology operator instructor) license. What type of license will I be issued once I complete the 300 hour barber course and pass the required exams?
  6. I have a Texas cosmetology operator (or cosmetology operator instructor) license. Once I obtain my Class A Barber license, must I maintain my Cosmetology Operator or Instructor license if I want to continue to work in a cosmetology establishment?

1. I have a Texas cosmetology operator (or cosmetology operator instructor) license. What are the requirements to obtain a Class A Barber license?

You must:

  • Hold an active Texas Cosmetology Operator (or Cosmetology Operator Instructor) license;
  • Complete the 300 hour barbering course in a TDLR-licensed barber school;
  • Pass the required Class A Barber written and practical exams; and
  • Submit an application with required fee.

2. I have a Texas cosmetology operator (or cosmetology operator instructor) license. Can I take my 300 hour barbering course in a cosmetology school?

No, the 300 hour barbering course must be completed in a licensed barber school.

3. May all Texas licensed barber schools teach the 300 hour fast track curriculum?

All these schools are eligible to teach the course but must first have their 300 hour curriculum approved by the department.

4.Can I transfer my hours earned in a Cosmetology school to a Barber school?

No.

5. I have a Texas cosmetology operator (or cosmetology operator instructor) license. What type of license will I be issued once I complete the 300 hour barber course and pass the required exams?

You will be issued a Class A Barber license.

6. I have a Texas cosmetology operator (or cosmetology operator instructor) license. Once I obtain my Class A Barber license, must I maintain my Cosmetology Operator or Instructor license if I want to continue to work in a cosmetology establishment?

Yes, you must maintain your cosmetology license to continue to work in a cosmetology establishment.


Eyelash Extension Specialty License
  1. What services can I perform with an Eyelash Extension Specialty License?
  2. Can Eyelash Extension Specialists apply eyelash strips or eye tabbing?
  3. How to I obtain an Eyelash Extension Specialty license?

1. What services can I perform with an Eyelash Extension Specialty License?

You may apply and remove semi-permanent, thread-like extensions composed of single fibers to a person’s eyelashes, and cleanse the eye area and lashes.

2. Can Eyelash Extension Specialists apply eyelash strips or eye tabbing?

No. This license only allows application and removal of semi-permanent, thread-like extensions composed of single fibers to a person’s eyelashes, and cleansing of the eye area and lashes.

3. How to I obtain an Eyelash Extension Specialty license?

You will be required to complete a 320 hour Eyelash Extension course in a licensed beauty school and pass the required examinations.


Medical Spas
 
Licensing
  1. In Texas, can the practice of medicine occur at cosmetology salons?
  2. Does the Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) have jurisdiction over all services provided inside beauty salons?
  3. If an esthetician is in business with a dermatologist, then is the business under TDLR’s jurisdiction or under the Texas Medical Board’s jurisdiction?
  4. If a person with an esthetician license is working in a medical office, shouldn’t the medical office have a salon license?
  5. Are there any square feet requirements for an esthetics or medical esthetics practice? What other requirements are there for this space, such as water, restrooms, sanitation, etc.?
  6. Can an esthetician be either an employee of the medispa or an independent contractor?

Delegation to Esthetician

  1. Can a doctor delegate cosmetology procedures in a salon to an esthetician?
  2. If a cleansing or exfoliation procedure is part of a medical procedure and is within the scope of practice of a dermatologist, can the dermatologist delegate the ability to perform this medical act to another person?
  3. As an esthetician in a medical spa, may I perform laser hair removal, laser resurfacing, or laser teeth whitening through delegation or supervision by a physician, nurse, or dentist?
  4. If I hold an esthetician license, may I perform additional procedures (procedures not authorized by my esthetician specialty license) because I work with or am supervised by a licensed medical doctor or nurse?

Esthetician License

  1. Do I need an esthetician specialty license before performing facials, masks, general skin care, etc.?
  2. Does TDLR prohibit estheticians from providing certain services?
  3. Does TDLR prohibit a cosmetologist’s possession of certain equipment, such as lasers?
  4. What procedures may I perform independently under my esthetician license?

Lasers

  1. Does my esthetician specialty license authorize me to perform laser hair removal?
  2. Does my esthetician specialty license authorize me to perform laser skin resurfacing?
  3. Does my esthetician specialty license authorize me to perform laser teeth whitening?

Microdermabrasion

  1. May I perform microdermabrasion under my esthetician license?

Chemical Peels

  1. May I perform chemical peels under my esthetician license?

Unregulated Services

  1. Does my esthetician specialty license authorize me to perform body wraps?

Nurses

  1. As an RN, what esthetic procedures may I perform independently under that license, for example, facials, masks, general skin care, etc.?
  2. As an RN, do I need to take the full 750 hour esthetician course to obtain an esthetician specialty license?

Titles

  1. What title do I use if I am a registered nurse and have an esthetician license? ie: Esthetic nurse specialist?
  2. What title may I use if I have an esthetician specialty license issued by the Department of Licensing and Regulation?

Medical Spas - Licensing

1. In Texas, can the practice of medicine occur at cosmetology salons?

No cosmetology statute limits a salon to exclusively providing cosmetology services and products. In fact, traditionally, salons have offered many non-cosmetology services, such as tanning and body massage. A growing trend is the “medispa” business. At these facilities, both medical and cosmetology services are offered. The cosmetology statute and rules do not prohibit this practice; however, appropriate licenses must be obtained.

2. Does the Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) have jurisdiction over all services provided inside beauty salons?

No, TDLR does not have jurisdiction over all of the services provided inside cosmetology salons. A person is granted the authority to practice certain acts depending on the type of license the person holds. For example, tanning, massage therapy, and permanent makeup are services regulated by the Texas Department of State Health Services, and medical acts are regulated by the Texas Medical Board. A person who offers regulated services or products or practices a regulated profession must comply with the regulations of the applicable regulatory jurisdiction.

3. If an esthetician is in business with a dermatologist, then is the business under TDLR’s jurisdiction or under the Texas Medical Board’s jurisdiction?

Both. The practice of cosmetology is within TDLR’s jurisdiction, and the practice of medicine is within the Texas Medical Board’s jurisdiction. An esthetician is only authorized to perform cosmetology services at a facility licensed by TDLR as a cosmetology salon or facial specialty salon. Therefore, if an esthetician performs acts under an esthetician license at a place of business, then the business must hold a TDLR cosmetology salon or specialty salon license. Please consult with the Texas Medical Board to learn about their jurisdiction in regulating the practice of medicine.

4. If a person with an esthetician license is working in a medical office, shouldn’t the medical office have a salon license?

Yes. Under Occupations Code, Section 1602.251(c), a cosmetologist is only authorized to perform cosmetology services at a facility licensed by TDLR as a cosmetology establishment. Therefore, if a person is performing acts under an esthetician license at a place of business, then that business must hold a TDLR cosmetology salon or specialty salon license.

5. Are there any square feet requirements for an esthetics or medical esthetics practice? What other requirements are there for this space, such as water, restrooms, sanitation, etc.?

Yes, an “esthetics,” “medical esthetics,” or other business by any title that employs or leases space to a licensed cosmetologist or cosmetology specialist must comply with the facility and equipment requirements under Texas Occupations Code, Chapters 1602 and 1603 and Title 16, Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 83. Requirements include, but are not limited to, square feet, water, restroom, and health and safety requirements. You may view these requirements at http://www.tdlr.texas.gov/cosmet/cosmet.htm. Additionally, please contact the Texas Medical Board or the Texas Board of Nurse Examiners to learn the applicable facility requirements for medical and nursing practices, if any.

6. Can an esthetician be either an employee of the medispa or an independent contractor?

Yes, a business may lease space to a cosmetologist as an independent contractor; however, only a business that holds a cosmetology salon or specialty salon license may lease space to a cosmetologist or specialist as an independent contractor. Also, a cosmetologist or specialist who leases space must hold both a cosmetology or specialty license and a booth rental license. Leased space must comply with applicable square feet and equipment requirements. You may view these requirements at http://www.tdlr.texas.gov/cosmet/cosmet.htm.

Delegation to estheticians

7. Can a doctor delegate cosmetology procedures in a salon to an esthetician?

No. Regardless of a facility’s name (salon, medical office, medispa, etc.), an esthetician may lawfully practice under the esthetician specialty license in an establishment that holds a cosmetology salon license, without delegation. In fact, a doctor cannot delegate cosmetology procedures. A doctor may delegate only medical procedures in accordance with the laws and rules relating to the medical license. Also, under Occupations Code, Section 1602.403, a salon must, at all times, be under the direct supervision of a cosmetologist.

8. If a cleansing or exfoliation procedure is part of a medical procedure and is within the scope of practice of a dermatologist, can the dermatologist delegate the ability to perform this medical act to another person?

The department does not define or regulate medical procedures. Medical procedures may be delegated pursuant to the laws and rules regulating physicians. Physicians should consult with the Texas Medical Board about what constitutes a medical act and to whom medical acts may be delegated.

9. As an esthetician in a medical spa, may I perform laser hair removal, laser resurfacing, or laser teeth whitening through delegation or supervision by a physician, nurse, or dentist?

No. An esthetician specialty license does not authorize estheticians to use lasers, including lasers for hair removal, skin resurfacing, or teeth whitening. To the extent, if any, that a physician may delegate the use of lasers to a non-medical licensee, please contact the Texas Medical Board at 512-305-7030 or 1-800-248-4062 or at http://www.tmb.state.tx.us. To the extent, if any, that a dentist may delegate the use of lasers to a non-dental licensee, please contact the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners at 512-463-6400 or at http://www.tsbde.state.tx.us. To the extent, if any, that a nurse may delegate the use of lasers to a non-nurse licensee, please contact the Board of Nurse Examiners at 512-305-7400 or at http://www.bne.state.tx.us.

10. If I hold an esthetician license, may I perform additional procedures (procedures not authorized by my esthetician specialty license) because I work with or am supervised by a licensed medical doctor or nurse?

No, an esthetician specialty license does not authorize an esthetician to perform additional procedures or a more advanced or expanded scope of practice depending on the esthetician’s place of employment or title of employer.

Esthetician License

11. Do I need an esthetician specialty license before performing facials, masks, general skin care, etc.?

Yes, unless statutorily exempted. A person must obtain a cosmetology license prior to performing a service regulated under the cosmetology statute, including facials, masks, general skin care, etc.; however, certain statutory exemptions apply. Please see Occupations Code, Section 1602.003 for a specific list of exemptions stated in the cosmetology statute.

12. Does TDLR prohibit estheticians from providing certain services?

An esthetician license only authorizes a specific scope of practice, as stated in the cosmetology law and rules. Specifically, under Occupations Code, Sections 1602.002 (a) (6), (7), (8), (9), and (12), a person who holds an esthetician specialty license is authorized to cleanse, stimulate, or massage a person’s scalp, face, neck, or arms by hand or by using a device, apparatus, or appliance, and with or without the use of any cosmetic preparation, antiseptic, tonic, lotion, powder, oil, clay, cream, or appliance. An esthetician can also beautify a person’s face, neck, or arms using a cosmetic preparation, antiseptic, tonic, lotion, powder, oil, clay, cream, or appliance, administer facial treatments, remove superfluous hair from a person’s body using depilatories, preparations, or tweezing techniques. Additionally, an esthetician may apply semi-permanent, thread-like extensions composed of single fibers to a person’s eyelashes.

13. Does TDLR prohibit a cosmetologist’s possession of certain equipment, such as lasers?

There is no list of equipment that estheticians are prohibited from possessing because such list could not address every type of equipment that an esthetician is not authorized to use in his or her practice, for instance, haircutting implements, manicuring implements, medical equipment, etc. Further, equipment is continually developed, modified, and repackaged and/or referred to by many product/device names. Instead, a cosmetologist’s scope of practice is determined by the applicable laws and rules. For example, if an esthetician possesses equipment that is outside the scope of an esthetician’s practice, such as a laser hair removal device, then possession of such equipment may be used as evidence to prove an unauthorized practice/unlicensed activity. Unauthorized practices/unlicensed activity will be referred to the appropriate administrative regulatory agency and/or criminal law enforcement agency.

14. What procedures may I perform independently under my esthetician license?

Under Texas Occupations Code, Sections 1602.257, and 1602.002(a) (6), (7), (8), (9), and (12), a person who holds an esthetician specialty license is authorized to cleanse, stimulate, or massage a person’s scalp, face, neck, or arms by hand or by using a device, apparatus, or appliance, and with or without the use of any cosmetic preparation, antiseptic, tonic, lotion, powder, oil, clay, cream, or appliance. An esthetician can also beautify a person’s face, neck, or arms using a cosmetic preparation, antiseptic, tonic, lotion, powder, oil, clay, cream, or appliance, administer facial treatments, remove superfluous hair from a person’s body using depilatories, preparations, or tweezing techniques. Additionally, an esthetician may apply semi-permanent, thread-like extensions composed of single fibers to a person’s eyelashes.

Lasers

15. Does my esthetician specialty license authorize me to perform laser hair removal?

No, an esthetician specialty license does not authorize the use of lasers. Under Occupations Code Section 1602.002(a) (9), an esthetician may remove superfluous hair from a person’s body using depilatories, preparations, or tweezing techniques. Laser hair removal is not a temporary hair removal method, and cannot be performed by estheticians.

16. Does my esthetician specialty license authorize me to perform laser skin resurfacing?

No, an esthetician specialty license does not authorize an esthetician to use lasers. Laser skin resurfacing methods affect areas of live tissue below the epidermis. estheticians may remove dead skin cells, but may not affect or treat live tissue. You may learn more information from the Texas Medical Board at 512-305-7030 or 1-800-248-4062 or at http://www.tmb.state.tx.us.

17. Does my esthetician specialty license authorize me to perform laser teeth whitening?

No, an esthetician specialty license does not authorize an esthetician to use lasers. You may learn more information about laser teeth whitening from the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners at 512-463-6400 or at http://www.tsbde.state.tx.us.

Microdermabrasion

18. May I perform microdermabrasion under my esthetician license?

It depends. estheticians may remove the excess accumulations of dead skin cells from a person’s skin by exfoliation. One method of exfoliation is microdermabrasion, commonly performed with a specialized device. To the extent that the microdermabrasion device and technique removes only dead skin cells from a client’s skin, then an esthetician may exfoliate dead skin cells from a client’s skin through microdermabrasion. Deeper microdermabrasion treatments are physician-administered and penetrate the dermis (living tissue).

Chemical Peels

19. May I perform chemical peels under my esthetician license?

It depends. estheticians may remove the excess accumulations of dead skin cells from a person’s skin. The removal of excess accumulations of dead cells is called many different things, including peeling or exfoliation. estheticians may perform “light peels” or “superficial peels” which are noninvasive and/or nonagressive in nature and enhance or beautify the epidermis by removing dead cells, not the dermis (living tissue). “Medium peels” and “deep peels” are physician-administered and penetrate the dermis (living tissue).

Unregulated Services

20. Does my esthetician specialty license authorize me to perform body wraps?

No, an esthetician specialty license does not authorize estheticians to perform body wraps. Under Occupations Code, Sections 1602.257 and 1602.002(a)(7), estheticians may only beautify a person’s face, neck or arms. However, as of the date of this publication, the department is not aware that body wraps are a regulated service in Texas. If unregulated, any person may provide body wrap services.

Nurses

21. As an RN, what esthetic procedures may I perform independently under that license, for example, facials, masks, general skin care, etc.?

Under Occupations Code, Section 1602.003, if a cosmetology service is within the scope of practice of a nurse’s license, then a nurse is not required to have a cosmetology license. Nurses should contact the Texas Board of Nurse Examiners to identify the lawful scope of practice for nurse licensees.

22. As an RN, do I need to take the full 750 hour esthetician course to obtain an esthetician specialty license?

Yes. To obtain an esthetician specialty license, 750 clock hours of facial curriculum are required and must be obtained by attending a licensed beauty culture school. Additionally, an applicant must pass a written and practical exam to obtain an esthetician specialty license. No person may receive credit or hours toward an esthetician specialty license based on another license held, such as an RN license, or course work completed anywhere other than a licensed beauty culture school.

Titles

23. What title do I use if I am a registered nurse and have an esthetician license? ie: Esthetic nurse specialist?

Please contact the Texas Board of Nurse Examiners to identify the appropriate titles for nurse licensees.

24. What title may I use if I have an esthetician specialty license issued by the Department of Licensing and Regulation?

For persons who successfully complete the license requirements to obtain an esthetician specialty license, the license issued by the department will state “Esthetician Specialty License,” consistent with the law that authorizes the creation of this license. The cosmetology law and rules do not specifically prohibit a facialist from using other names or titles; however, Occupations Code, Section 1603.401 prohibits knowingly making a false or deceptive statement in advertising.


Mobile Cosmetology Salon
  1. I have a mobile cosmetology salon; may I provide services inside a person’s home?
  2. How can a mobile salon be inspected if it moves around?
  3. Must a mobile salons have hot and cold running water?
  4. What happens if the mobile salon runs out of potable (fresh) water during a business day?
  5. Is there anything other than the mobile salon license needed in order to operate a mobile cosmetology salon?
  6. What does “self-contained” mean in regard to a mobile salon?
  7. Does a mobile salon have to be “self-contained?”
  8. Is a mobile barber salon required to have a restroom?
  9. Does a mobile salon need different equipment than a cosmetology salon in a fixed location?
1. I have a mobile cosmetology salon; may I provide services inside a person’s home?

No, the rules governing mobile salons do not allow services to be performed outside of the mobile salon or while the salon is in motion.

2. How can a mobile salon be inspected if it moves around?

The mobile salon must be equipped with a Global Positioning System that can be tracked by TDLR at all times; or, the owner of the mobile salon must submit a weekly itinerary at least 7 days before the salon begins to provide service for that week. Violations will be written to the mobile salon owner if the mobile salon is not where the itinerary indicates.

3. Must a mobile salons have hot and cold running water?

Yes, just like all other cosmetology salons, the mobile salon must have hot and cold running water at all times.

4. What happens if the mobile salon runs out of potable (fresh) water during a business day?

The salon must discontinue operation until the fresh water holding tank has been refilled.

5. Is there anything other than the mobile salon license needed in order to operate a mobile cosmetology salon?

TDLR does not require any other license to own a mobile salon. However, anyone considering a mobile salon should research the cities in which they intend to offer services to find out whether they would need any additional type of city permit to offer services there. An owner must also be responsible to see that any cosmetologist who is employed in or rents in a mobile salon is properly licensed. Cosmetology rule §83.71 requires that an owner keep a list of renters along with their license information.

6. What does “self-contained” mean in regard to a mobile salon?

Cosmetology rule §83.10(24) defines “self-contained” as “Containing within itself all that is necessary to be able to operate without connecting to outside utilities such as water and electricity.”

7. Does a mobile salon have to be “self-contained?”

Yes, the mobile salon must be able to operate without having to connect to any outside utilities.

8. Is a mobile barber salon required to have a restroom?

Yes, there must be a restroom with a self-contained, flush toilet inside the mobile salon.

9. Does a mobile salon need different equipment than a cosmetology salon in a fixed location?

No, a mobile salon uses the same type of equipment as any other cosmetology salon; however, there are additional requirements for a mobile salon. Some of these are:

  • The furniture must be anchored to the mobile unit
  • Chemicals must be stored in cabinets with safety catches
  • No part of the mobile unit can be used for living or sleeping quarters.

OAG Denial of License Renewal
  1. I received a Notice of Denial of License Renewal.  Who should I contact to resolve the matter?    
  2. Why did I receive a Notice of Denial of License Renewal?
  3. Can I use my existing license after getting a license nonrenewable notice from TDLR?
  4. Who should I call about removing the nonrenewable status of my license?
  5. How can I renew my license?  
  6. After I settle with the Office of the Attorney General, when can I renew my license?
  7. What will happen if I don’t get a release from the Child Support Division and my license has not expired?
  8. What will happen if I don’t get a release from the Office of the Attorney General’s Child Support Division, and my license has expired?
1. I received a Notice of Denial of License Renewal.  Who should I contact to resolve the matter?

The Child Support Division (CSD) sends these notices. Contact CSD at (800) 252-8014.

2. Why did I receive a Notice of Denial of License Renewal?

Office of the Attorney General’s Child Support Division records show you have not made a payment in more than 6 months. 

3. Can I use my existing license after getting a license nonrenewable notice from TDLR?

You may not use your license after the expiration date on the license. However, you may work between the date you receive the nonrenewable notice and the expiration date on the license.

4. Who should I call about removing the nonrenewable status of my license?

Contact the Office of the Attorney General’s Child Support Division (CSD) to settle payment of any amounts you may owe and to change the nonrenewable status of your license. Contact CSD at (800) 252-8014.

5. How can I renew my license? 

First, contact the Office of the Attorney General’s Child Support Division at (800) 252-8014 to resolve payment of any amounts you may owe and obtain a release. Then, apply with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation for renewal of your license.     

6. After I settle with the Office of the Attorney General, when can I renew my license?

You may not apply for renewal of your license until the Department of Licensing and Regulation receives a release from the Child Support Division of the Office of the Attorney General.

7. What will happen if I don’t get a release from the Child Support Division and my license has not expired?

If you haven’t received a release from the Child Support Division of the Office of the Attorney General approximately 65 days before the expiration of your license, you will receive a notice from the department that you need to get a release from the Child Support Division in order to apply to the department for license renewal. You may not use your license after the expiration date on the license.

8. What will happen if I don’t get a release from the Office of the Attorney General’s Child Support Division, and my license has expired?

License holders have 365 days from the expiration date to apply for license late renewal. License holders who are barred from license renewal due to past-due child support must obtain a release from the Child Support Division of the Office of the Attorney General and apply for renewal within the 365-day period. Otherwise, the license cannot be late renewed.


Inspections
  1. Who performs the inspections of salons, schools, and other facilities?
  2. What do the inspectors look for when they come to my salon or school?

1. Who performs the inspections of salons, schools, and other facilities?

Inspections are performed by inspectors in TDLR’s Field Operations Division.

2. What do the inspectors look for when they come to my salon or school?

TDLR’s inspectors focus primarily on issues such as health, sanitation and licensing issues.


Coffee, Tea, and Other Beverages in Beauty Salons

1. I heard that a salon cannot brew coffee for clients. Is this true?

No. It is not against the department’s rules for cosmetology salons and schools to prepare coffee, tea, and similar beverages for client consumption. For more information regarding the preparation of coffee, tea, and other similar beverages at cosmetology establishments, please read the General Counsel’s Office Legal Opinion (19KB PDF file).

2. Will I get a fine for serving coffee or tea to my customers?

No, the department will not fine a cosmetologist, a salon, or a school for serving coffee, tea, and other similar beverages to customers. The department has not ever and will not issue violations for cosmetology establishments that provide coffee, tea, and other similar beverages to the public. For more information regarding the preparation of coffee, tea, and other similar beverages at cosmetology establishments, please read the General Counsel’s Office Legal Opinion (19KB PDF file).

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