Cosmetology Frequently Asked Questions
On this page:
- Eyelash Extensions
- Dermaplaning, Microblading and Microneedling
- Video: Reduction of Cosmetology Hours from 1500 hours to 1000 hours
- Hair Braiding Deregulation
- Mobile Cosmetology Salon
- Coffee, Tea, and Other Beverages in Beauty Salons
- Medical Spas
- Continuing Education
- Credit Hour Schools
- Body Wraps
- Method for Cosmetology Operator to Earn Class A Barber Certificate
- Shampooing and Conditioning
- Sterilization Requirements
- OAG Denial of License Renewal
- School Closure Information
- Cosmetology School Operation
- Whirlpool Foot Spa Cleaning
- Reduction of the Cosmetology Operator 1500-Hour Course to 1000-Hour Course
1. 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.
3. Can my barber school hours transfer to cosmetology school hours?
5. How can I obtain a transcript of my cosmetology hours reported to TDLR?
Complete and submit Letter of Certification and Transcript of Hours Request (PDF) along with the fee of $5. Please see the form for detailed instructions
6. I'm an out-of-state cosmetology student. How do I transfer to a Texas school?
You must first obtain a transcript of your hours. To obtain a transcript of your hours, contact your state cosmetology agency or your school, depending on your state. Submit this transcript in a sealed envelope to TDLR with the Cosmetology Transcript Evaluation Form (PDF).
TDLR will evaluate your transcript and send you a transcript evaluation letter. When you enroll in a Texas school, give the transcript evaluation letter from TDLR to the school so it knows you already earned hours.
1. Who can perform eyelash extensions?
Eyelash extension services can only be performed by a licensed Cosmetologist, Esthetician, Eyelash Extension Specialist, Esthetician/Manicurist (combination license; a manicurist cannot perform eyelash extensions), Cosmetology Instructor or Esthetician Instructor.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. Which cosmetology schools offer the 320-hour Eyelash Extension course?
You can search for a school on TDLR’s website:
- Go to the School Approved Curriculum Web Search.
- Click the “Cosmetology School” link.
- Select “COS EYELASH EXTENSION” in the “Select Course Types” drop-down list.
1. What is a Mini-Salon?
A Mini-Salon is a room or suite (leased or rented) inside of a salon gallery available to be used for cosmetology services. The Mini-Salon is a separate establishment operated independently from the salon gallery and any other Mini-Salons. It must be enclosed with walls and separate from the common areas.
2. What is a salon gallery?
A salon gallery is a beauty salon, specialty salon, or dual shop containing separate rooms or suites (leased or rented) available to be used for cosmetology services.
3. What are the requirements for a Mini-Salon?
A Mini-Salon must be located inside a licensed beauty salon, specialty salon or dual shop that contains rooms available to be used for cosmetology services. 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. Why was the Mini-Salon license created?
The purpose of licensing Mini-Salons is to protect consumers. The goal is to ensure that consumers seeking cosmetology services are receiving the same safe, high-quality service they receive in regular salons, and that all rooms have been inspected to ensure compliance with health and safety regulations.
5. Are salon galleries required to have a license?
Yes. Salon galleries must hold a beauty salon, specialty salon, or dual shop license. The salon gallery license type determines what services the licensees in the Mini-Salons are allowed to perform.
6. 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.
7. Who is responsible for getting the Mini-Salon licenses in a salon gallery?
The individual or entity leasing the room, or the salon gallery owner, must obtain the Mini-Salon license.
8. 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.
9. 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?
10. Can a Mini-Salon licensee allow others with a Cosmetology license to work in their Mini-Salon?
Yes, if they are properly licensed.
11. 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.
12. Do I need to re-apply for a new mini-salon license when moving from one suite to another in the same gallery?
NO, a new license application and application fee is NOT required. Simply submit your new location information in writing to TDLR and include a $25 fee for a new duplicate license.
If you move to another gallery – i.e., another physical address, whether it’s across the street or across town – then you would need to re-apply with a new application. But if you are only changing suite numbers, there is no need for a whole new application.
13. Are we required to display the Mini-Salon license inside the Mini-Salon?
Yes. The license must be displayed inside the Mini-Salon at all times.
Dermaplaning, Microblading and Microneedling
1. How can I get licensed to perform permanent makeup or microblading?
Permanent makeup and microblading, sometimes referred to as Intradermal Cosmetics, is licensed by the Department of State Health Services.
2. Does my cosmetology operator or cosmetology esthetician license allow me to perform dermaplaning?
No, neither your cosmetology operator license or esthetician license allows you to perform dermaplaning.
Dermaplaning, also known as dermablading, uses an implement similar to a blade or scalpel to exfoliate the skin.
To the extent, if any, that a physician may delegate dermablading to a licensee, please contact the Texas Medical Board at 512-305-7030 or 1-800-248-4062.
3. Does my cosmetology operator or cosmetology esthetician license allow me to perform microneedling?
No, neither your cosmetology operator license or esthetician license allows you to perform microneedling.
Microneedling affects areas of live tissue below the epidermis and your license does not authorize you to affect or treat live tissue.
To the extent, if any, that a physician may delegate microneedling to a licensee, please contact the Texas Medical Board at 512-305-7030 or 1-800-248-4062.
For information on state requirements for medical device manufacturers or distributors, contact the Department of State Health Services.
Reduction of Cosmetology Hours from 1500 hours to 1000 hours
Ray Pizarro, TDLR's Education and Examination Director, addresses schools regarding the reduction of cosmetology hours from 1500 hours to 1000 hours. He also discusses the frequently asked questions which have been received from schools and students.
Video 1 Reduction of Hours
Video 2 Frequently Asked Questions
Hair Braiding Deregulation
Governor Greg Abbott signed House Bill 2717 into law on June 8, 2015, deregulating natural hair braiding for the Texas Barbering and Cosmetology professions.
1. What has changed to hair braiding requirements in Texas?
As of June 8, 2015, natural hair braiding no longer requires a license or certificate to perform or teach.
Hair weaving that includes braiding with the use of chemicals and adhesives still requires a hair weaving specialty license. For more information, please refer to weaving curriculum rules Section 83.120.
2. What is natural hair braiding?
Natural hair braiding includes braiding a person's hair, trimming hair extensions as applicable to the braiding process, and attaching commercial hair by braiding and without the use of chemicals or adhesives. As of June 8, 2015, natural hair braiding no longer requires a license or certificate to perform or teach.
3. Can I braid in commercial hair and cut it?
Yes. You can braid in commercial hair (natural or synthetic) and cut it.
4. Since a license is no longer required can I perform natural hair braiding in my home and charge my clients?
TDLR does not prohibit this; however, there may be applicable local regulations. TDLR no longer regulates braiders as of June 8, 2015.
5. Can I provide natural hair braiding services in a licensed cosmetology salon?
6. I have a salon gallery and one of the rooms leased out is providing braiding services. Does that room/space require a Mini-Salon license?
No, a room/space where only natural hair braiding services are provided does not require a Mini-Salon license.
Mobile Cosmetology Salons
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. 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.
3. 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.'
4. 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.
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 (PDF).
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 (PDF).
1. Is the practice of cosmetology regulated in medical spas?
Yes. Please see the Medical Spas Frequently Asked Questions page for detailed information.
1. 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.
2. 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.
Credit Hour Schools
1. What is the difference between a cosmetology credit hour school and a clock hour school?
A credit hour school reports only those credits which have successfully been completed by a cosmetology student.
A clock hour school reports monthly all the hours completed by a cosmetology student.
2. Is a credit hour school required to report credits if the student did not complete the entire module or course?
No, credit hour schools only report those credits for the module or course which have successfully been completed by a student.
3. When is a credit hour school required to report credits?
When a student successfully completes a module or course, all credits earned by the student must be reported.
4. Can a credit hour school use a time clock to track student attendance?
Yes, a credit hour school can use a time clock to track student attendance and be used for attendance records.
5. Is a credit hour school required to convert credits to clock hours for students?
No, 83.72 (p) Successful completion of 1 credit hour is equal to 37.5 clock hours. This equivalency will be used for conversion between clock hours to credit hours or credit hours to clock hours and the department must periodically assess this equivalency conversion to ensure it is an acceptable industry standard.
6. How does a credit hour school report field trips and distance education?
Credit hour schools will no longer see the columns for classroom, field trip and distance education. Field trip hours and distance education hours should be included in the successful completion of a module or course. A credit hour school will only report a student’s successful completion of a module or course.
7. What documentation is a credit hour school required to have on file for module or course completions?
Each student should have a module or course completion form indicating the credits successfully completed by each student.
9. What required information should be included on the module or course completion form?
- A module or course completion form should contain the following information:
- Student Name
- Student Permit number
- Program type
- Course or Module and dates
- Date of completion
- Number of Credits
- *Optional – Number of hours which would include: classroom hours, field trip hours and approved distance education hours
1. Is a cosmetology license required to perform body wraps?
No, the performance of body wraps is not within the scope of practice for cosmetology.
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?
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?
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.
Shampooing and Conditioning
1. Are shampooing and conditioning regulated in Texas?
No, as of September 1, 2017, shampooing and conditioning are deregulated. Governor Greg Abbott signed Senate Bill 2065 and Senate Bill 1503 into law on June 15, 2017. These two bills deregulate statewide regulation of hair shampooing and conditioning and eliminate shampoo apprentice permits and shampoo specialty certificates for the Texas Barbering and Cosmetology professions.
1. What is threading?
The removal of unwanted hair by using a piece of thread looped around and pulled to remove the hair and includes the incidental trimming of eyebrow hair.
2. Am I required to hold a license, permit, or certificate to perform or teach threading in Texas?
No. A license is not required to perform or teach threading.
Governor Greg Abbott signed Senate Bill 1502 into law on May 28, 2017, and Senate Bill 2065 into law on June 15, 2017. These two bills clarify that the practice of threading in Texas does not require a barber, cosmetologist, or specialty license.
1. Do the sterilizers and or sanitizers have to be FDA approved?
No, this is no longer a requirement.
1. Is it true that cosmetologists can shave?
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:
- Prevent the razor from cutting too deeply; and
- 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.
OAG Denial of License Renewal
1. I received a Notice of Denial of License Renewal. Who should I contact to resolve the matter?
The Texas Office of Attorney General Child Support Division (CSD) sends these notices. Contact CSD at (800) 252-8014 to settle payment of any amounts you may owe and to update the non-renewable status of your license. Once the issue has been resolved, you may apply with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation for renewal of your license.
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. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
School Closure Information
1. What happens when a cosmetology/beauty culture school closes?
Students enrolled in schools that have since closed will have the opportunity for their completed credit hours to transfer to another school. TDLR will attempt to arrange for students enrolled in the closed school to attend another beauty school.
Please see the following resources for more information:
Cosmetology School Operation
1. What needs to be submitted for a cosmetology school name change?
Please submit the Cosmetology School Name Change Application (PDF) along with the $25.00 fee for the license to be re-printed under the new name.
2. Can a person attend a cosmetology class if the person is not enrolled in a private beauty culture school or vocational cosmetology program in a public school?
Yes, however, a person who is not enrolled in a private beauty culture school or vocational cosmetology program in a public school and who does not hold a student permit CANNOT accrue hours of instruction.
3. Can I operate a barber school in the same space as my cosmetology school?
Yes, but not at the same time.
4. Can I operate a barber and cosmetology school and share the theory classroom space?
Yes, but not at the same time.
5. Can I apply for a dual license to operate both a barber and cosmetology school?
No, you must apply for both a barber school license and a cosmetology school license and meet all requirements for licensure.
6. Can I operate a cosmetology school in the same space as my barber school and share equipment?
Yes, but not at the same time.
7. I have several theory-classrooms, can I offer barber and cosmetology at the same time in different classrooms?
Yes, classes can be held at the same time, but not in the same space. You must hold both the barber and the cosmetology school license and meet all requirements.
8. If I am approved for both a barber school license and a cosmetology school license, will I be required to have two separate inspections.
Yes, each school will need to have the initial inspection, but the inspections can be completed on the same day assuming all requirements have been met.
9. Are the requirements for a barber school and a cosmetology school identical?
No, but the requirements are similar, and equipment is similar.
10. If I hold both a barber school license and a cosmetology school license, can the same instructor teach in both schools?
A licensed barber instructor is required to teach in the barber school and a licensed cosmetology instructor is required to teach in the cosmetology school. If a licensee holds both the barber instructor license and the cosmetology instructor license, then the instructor can teach in both schools.
Whirlpool Foot Spa Cleaning
1. Do I need to disinfect a whirlpool foot spa after each client?
Yes. Please see out Whirlpool Foot Spa Cleaning Videos for detailed information on how to clean and disinfect a whirlpool foot spa.
2. How do I clean portable jets, foot spa liners and non-whirlpool foot basins?
Please see Section 83.108 of the cosmetology administrative rules.
Reduction of the Cosmetology Operator 1500-Hour Course to 1000-Hour Course
1. Can schools continue offering 1500-hour cosmetology operator courses?
Yes, cosmetology schools may continue offering 1500-hour cosmetology operator courses.
2. Will the Department provide a certificate of approval for a 1500-hour cosmetology operator course?
No, beginning May 1, 2020, TDLR certificates of approval for cosmetology operator courses will only reflect approval for 1,000 hours of instruction as outlined in 16 Texas Administrative Code Chapter 83, §83.120.
3. I am an accredited school which offers financial aid to my students. My accreditation agency requires my school to provide proof of TDLR approval before I can offer the new 1000-hour cosmetology operator course. Are there going to be delays in the approval process?
No, there will be no delays to allow schools a smooth transition with no disruption in class schedules. TDLR is conditionally approving all schools operating a licensed 1500-hour cosmetology operator course to enroll students in a 1000-hour cosmetology operator course beginning May 1, 2020. The conditional approval was provided to the Department of Education and to all accrediting agencies on March 4, 2020. The conditional approval is valid from May 1, 2020 to August 31, 2020.
4. Will schools receive a new certificate of approval during the transitional period for the new 1000-hour cosmetology operator course?
Schools will not receive a new certificate of approval, until TDLR has a new 1000-hour approval application on file. Once an approval application is on file, we will issue a new certificate of approval.
5. When will the new 1000-hour approval application be available?
TDLR is working diligently to have the new application available on the website as soon as possible. Once the application is available, the Education Division will also be reaching out to each individual school with instructions for the approval process.
6. When can I start enrolling students in the new 1000-hour cosmetology operator course?
Schools will be able to start enrolling students as early as May 1, 2020, in the new 1000-hour cosmetology operator course.
7. Do schools need to submit an approval application to TDLR, prior to enrolling students in the new 1000-hour cosmetology operator course?
No, during the transitional period, schools will be able to enroll students in the new 1000-hour cosmetology operator course. Schools will need to submit an approval application before August 31, 2020.
8. Do schools need to drop students who are currently enrolled in the 1500-hour cosmetology operator course?
No, schools do not need to drop students who are currently enrolled in the 1500-hour cosmetology operator course. Students will remain enrolled in the 1500-hour cosmetology operator course. TDLR will continue to recognize the validity of a 1500-hour cosmetology operator course enrollment begun prior to May 1, 2020, which will allow currently enrolled students to complete their education.
9. After May 1, 2020, can schools still enroll students in the 1500-hour cosmetology operator course?
No, after May 1, 2020 schools will no longer be able to enroll students in SHEARS for the 1500-hour cosmetology operator course. The new 1000-hour cosmetology operator course will be the only option for enrollment in SHEARS.
10. Can a cosmetology school still offer the 1500-hour cosmetology operator course?
Cosmetology schools may continue offering 1500-hour cosmetology operator courses. However, beginning May1, 2020, TDLR certificates of approval for cosmetology operator courses will only reflect approval for 1,000 hours of instruction as outline in 16 Texas Administrative Code Chapter 83, §83.120.
11. What is the difference between the existing 1000-hour high school cosmetology operator course and the new 1000-hour cosmetology operator course?
High schools will continue to enroll students in the 1000-hour high school cosmetology operator course. No changes have been made to the enrollment process. Effective March 15, 2020, high schools should be adjusting existing lesson plans to meet the new technical standards for §83.120.
12. Will there be changes made to the cosmetology operator exam?
No changes will be made to the operator exam. The current cosmetology operator exam is the same for the 1500-hour, 1000-hour and the 300-hour courses. The technical standards for the cosmetology operator course remain the same with the only exception being a reduction in time or hours.
13. Will there be any changes made to the current Manicure/Esthetician course?
No, there will be no changes made to the current Manicure/Esthetician course. The hours for the Manicure/Esthetician course will remain at 1200 hours.
14. If a student is enrolled in the 1500-hour cosmetology operator course, but has completed over 1000 hours by September 1, 2020, are they eligible to take the exams?
Yes, they will be eligible to take the exams on or after September 1, 2020.
15. Can former cosmetology operator students who already have hours completed, return to school and complete the 1000-hour cosmetology operator course to obtain a license?
Yes, former students who have already completed hours in a cosmetology operator course, can return to school. Once an individual has obtained 1,000 hours of instruction, they have met the education requirement for a cosmetology operator license, in accordance with Texas Occupations Code Chapter 1602, §1602.254.
16. Where can a school send questions regarding the new 1000-hour cosmetology operator course?
Questions can be sent to the Education Division at the following email address: SHEARS@tdlr.texas.gov
The Education Division will also be hosting Regional Meetings around the state to provide instructions and answer any additional questions schools need answered.
17. If a cosmetology operator student is enrolled in the 1500-hour cosmetology operator course prior to May 1, 2020 and the student has completed 1,100 hours by September 1, 2020, can they obtain a cosmetology operator license with only 1,100 hours?
After September 1, 2020, once an individual has obtained 1,000 hours of instruction, they have met the education requirement for a cosmetology operator license, in accordance with Texas Occupations Code Chapter 1602, §1602.254. Even if the student was enrolled in a 1500-hour cosmetology operator course prior to September 1, 2020.