Many states across the U.S. have or are considering measures to deregulate occupational licensing, often focusing on the cosmetology industry. Some state officials view licensing and regulation as a deterrent to employment in the beauty industry and a road block to healthy market competition.
However, if the beauty industry were deregulated and licensing requirements removed at the state level, manufactures, distributors, salon owners, licensed professionals, and most importantly, consumers would be negatively affected. According to a first-of-its-kind independent national poll regarding the regulation and licensing of cosmetologists, the voting public believes deregulation would be detrimental: 94 percent polled are in favor of the required licensing of beauty professionals. Sixty-seven percent polled also acknowledged that deregulation would lead to improper sanitation and cleanliness practices.
To combat deregulation and its repercussions, the “I Am A Professional. I Am Licensed.” movement also seeks to arm all licensed professionals with information to educate law makers in their states on the importance of maintaining state cosmetology boards and regulations.
As part of the movement, PBA will send a window cling to display and helpful talking points to share with clients about the health and safety risks when using unlicensed stylists. For more information and to request materials, please visit http://probeauty.org/iam.