- Help Us Combat Unlicensed Practice in Your Profession
- Revised Rule Effective May 30, 2021
- New Rule in Effect December 15, 2020
- CDPHE Public Health Order Closing Non-Essential Public Services through April 30, 2020
- Consumer Tips for Nail Salons
- Hair Smoothing Products Could Release Formaldehyde
Help Us Combat Unlicensed Practice in Your Profession - Information Booklet in Several Languages Provides Advice to Combat Unlicensed Practice in Barber/Cosmetology Industry
The Office of Barber and Cosmetology Licensure wants barber and beauty shop owners and the public to know that unlicensed practice puts them at risk. It may result in cease and desist orders or other punishments for violators working without a license.
Knowingly or unknowingly allowing these services may result in disciplinary actions for shop owners as well, such as monitoring, continuing education, probation, or fines.
The attached booklet - available in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, and Chinese - contains some simple actions you can take to proactively avoid issues and ensure that your business follows laws and rules while raising the bar for industry safety in Colorado.
Revised Rule Effective May 30, 2021
A revised rule for the Office of Barber and Cosmetology Licensure went into effect on May 30, 2021. The revisions to Rule 1.4, corrected language in the rule that conflicted with portions of section 12-20-202(3), C.R.S., in Colorado House Bill 20-1326 (Concerning an expansion of an individual's ability to practice an occupation in Colorado through creation of an occupational credential portability program).
To view the details of this rulemaking project and track all rule changes, see Tracking Number 2021-00115. The Office encourages all licensees and stakeholders to read the revised and published Rule 1.4. Please direct any questions to email@example.com.
New Rule in Effect December 15, 2020
A new rule for the Office of Barber and Cosmetology Licensure went into effect on December 15, 2020. The adopted new rule implements Colorado House Bill 20-1326: Concerning an expansion of an individual's ability to practice an occupation in Colorado through creation of an occupational credential portability program.
To view the details of this rulemaking project and track all rule revisions, follow Tracking Number 2020-00663. The Office encourages all licensees and stakeholders to read the final, published New Rule. Please direct any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
CDPHE Public Health Order Closing Non-Essential Public Services Through April 30, 2020
On March 19, 2020, Governor Jared Polis announced a number of state actions to further address the spread and impact of COVID-19. Among those actions is an updated order from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) mandating that all businesses conducting “nonessential personal services” close to entry, exit, use, and occupancy by members of the public through April 30, 2020.
This order, effective immediately, impacts DORA licensees in the Barber/Cosmetology and Massage Therapy fields. Hair stylists, nail technicians, barbers, estheticians, cosmetologists, massage therapists, and shop owners in the barber/cosmetology industry licensed by the Division of Professions and Occupations are impacted.
Updated Public Health Order 20-22 defines nonessential personal services as “services and products that are not necessary to maintain an individual’s health or safety, or the sanitation or essential operation of a business or residence. Nonessential personal services include, but are not limited to, hair or nail salons, spas, or tattoo or massage parlors.”
The order strictly mandates closure of businesses falling under the definition of “non-essential personal services,” and not individuals who provide these services outside of a business; however, DORA strongly recommends all licensed professionals adhere to CDPHE’s guidance regarding social distancing. Under this guidance, individuals are advised not to invite visitors or non-essential service workers into their homes.
The CDPHE order also includes previous statewide closures of other multiple business types, including bars, restaurants, theaters, gymnasiums, casinos, and other nonessential personal services facilities in Colorado in an effort to protect and preserve the public health. The Order has been deemed necessary to control any potential transmission of disease to others and to avoid overwhelming the state’s healthcare system.
Licensees should check their email and the DORA COVID-19 Updates for Licensees and Consumers site for additional updates, as they become available.
General information on symptoms, testing, prevention, quarantine measures and more related to the Coronavirus is available on the Centers for Disease Control and CDPHE websites.
Consumer Tips for Nail Salons
Before your next visit to a nail salon, please view or download our Consumer Tips for Nail Salons to learn more about what you should observe the next time you go in for a manicure or pedicure.
Hair Smoothing Products Could Release Formaldehyde
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and several State OSHA programs are investigating questions and complaints from hair salon owners and workers about possible formaldehyde exposure from hair smoothing products. Some of these products have been labeled as "formaldehyde-free."During Federal OSHA investigations, air tests showed formaldehyde at levels above OSHA's limits in salons using Brazilian Blowout Acai Professional Smoothing Solution and Brasil Cacau Cadiveu, resulting in violations and citations.
- Hazard Alert Update from the Occupational Safety &, Health Administration(OSHA)
- OSHA Fact Sheet on Formaldehyde