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 August 24 in Austin. The agenda and staff reports have been posted. The meeting was archived and is available via RealPlayer at http://real2.license.state.tx.us:554/ramgen/archive/cosmeet/cos082415.rm?usehostname or without the RealPlayer program on TDLR's YouTube Page.

Governor Greg Abbott signed House Bill 2717 into law on Monday, June 8, 2015, deregulating natural hair braiding for the Texas barbering and cosmetology professions. This new law took immediate effect upon his signing the bill.

The enactment of House Bill 2717 means individuals and instructors who only provide or teach hair braiding and specialty shops that only provide hair braiding services no longer need a TDLR license to provide hair braiding services or to teach hair braiding.

If you currently hold a braiding specialty certificate, hair braiding instructor license, or hair braiding specialty shop license you will receive a prorated refund of the license fee. The refunds will be prorated based on the number of months the current license or certificate has been held as of June 8, 2015, the effective date of the bill. We will post more information about refunds on our website soon.

TDLR is no longer accepting braiding license applications. We will return the license fees to anyone who applies for a braiding license on or after June 8, 2015.

Please see the Hair Braiding Deregulation FAQs for more details.


At their meeting held March 4, 2015, the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation adopted the rule review of 16 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Chapter 83, Cosmetologists, effective March 13, 2015. The rule review adoption was published in the March 27, 2015 issue of the Texas Register (40 TexReg 1862). TDLR encourages all persons interested in the Cosmetologists program to review the rule review adoption.

The Mini-Salon license application is now available. If you need a Mini-Salon license you may apply online with a debit or credit card. You may also apply by mail (143K PDF) with a cashier’s check or money order (no personal checks allowed). Be sure to read the Mini-Salon Frequently Asked Questions to find out if you need to get a Mini-Salon license.

The Advisory Board on Cosmetology held an Education Summit December 15, 2014 in Austin. The agenda is available online. The meeting was archived and is available for viewing via RealPlayer.

Vacancy on Advisory Board on Cosmetology - The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (Department) announces a vacancy 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 a public member vacancy.

Interested persons should apply online. Applicants can also request an application from the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation by telephone (800) 803-9202, 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.

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

• 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

• PreviousFee: $100
• REDUCEDFee (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 took 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 pagetweet us, or email us.