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Important Information on Shampoo Apprentice Permits, Shampoo Specialty Certificates, and Threading

Senate Bill 2065 was passed by the 85th Texas Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott on June 15, 2017. S.B. 2065 deregulates statewide regulation of hair shampooing and conditioning and clarifies that the practice of threading does not require a barber, cosmetologist, or specialty license. All existing shampoo apprentice permits and shampoo specialty certificates will expire on September 1, 2017.

Since a shampoo apprentice permit or a shampoo specialty certificate will no longer be required after September 1, 2017, TDLR has extended the expiration dates for all active shampoo apprentice permits and shampoo specialty certificates to September 1, 2017.

Effective immediately, TDLR is no longer accepting new or renewal applications for the shampoo apprentice permit or the shampoo specialty certificate. Any new or renewal applications for these permits or certificates will be returned to the sender. We do not plan on mailing out revised permits or certificates, but the extended expiration dates can be verified through the license search feature on our website.

If you have any questions, please contact us at (800) 803-9202 or (512) 463-6599, or email

Whirlpool Foot Spa Cleaning Videos

TDLR has created a web video on cleaning procedures after each client. Videos are available in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

SCAM ALERT! — Man Posing as TDLR Inspector Attempts to Collect Money from Cosmetologists

(Tieng Viet / En Español)

TDLR received reports of a man posing as a TDLR inspector to try to take money from cosmetologists. According to the reports, the suspect called salons in West Columbia and Lake Jackson (south of Houston) and falsely identified himself as a TDLR inspector. He attempted to set a time for an inspection where he would collect inspection fees.

***NOTE: A real TDLR inspector will never request or accept money under any circumstance while visiting a salon.***

Please contact the police immediately if you encounter this individual. If you believe this individual has visited your salon or you have any concerns, please contact TDLR customer service at 800-803-9202 or

Real TDLR inspectors visiting a salon CANNOT and WILL NOT:

- charge for performing an inspection;
- accept payment of license fees;
- request money for violations; or
- charge for copies of an inspection.

Real TDLR inspectors WILL:

- introduce themselves;
- show their State of Texas employee ID card;
- provide their contact information upon request;
- provide their TDLR business card upon request; and
- provide a Proof of Inspection report before leaving

Scams like this one can happen anywhere. Please use the info above to identify suspicious or potentially illegal activity. Impersonating a public servant is a third-degree felony under the Texas Penal Code. If you believe this individual has visited your salon or you have any concerns, please contact TDLR customer service at 800-803-9202 or

Cosmetology School Closures

Our first priority is to provide answers to common questions for students affected by a Cosmetology School closure. Please visit the School Closure Frequently Asked Questions page. - Cosmetology Coursework for Austin ISD Students

Austin high-scool students work on getting their cosmetology certification, so they can start working in salons directly following graduation.

"Austin ISD Students Say Cosmetology Program Is More Than Just 'Playing with Hair' -- radio story by KUT in Austin

Advisory Board Meetings

Advisory Board Meeting - September 11, 2017

The Advisory Board on Cosmetology is scheduled to meet on Monday, September 11, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. in the 1st Floor Public Meeting Room (125E) of TDLR's North Campus, located at 1106 Clayton Lane in Austin. When the agenda has been finalized, it will be posted online. The meeting will be broadcast on TDLR's YouTube channel.

Advisory Board Meeting - June 26, 2017

The Advisory Board on Cosmetology met June 26, 2017 in Austin. The Advisory Board on Cosmetology Agenda is available for review. The meeting was archived and is available on TDLR's YouTube channel.

Military Service Members, Veterans, and Spouses

Military Service Members, Veterans, and Spouses - For more information about obtaining a TDLR license or renewing a TDLR license that expired while serving on active duty, please go to the Military Outreach home page.

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