Proposed bill would repeal cosmetology licenses

Proposed bill would repeal cosmetology licenses
Posted at 9:09 PM, Jan 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-26 05:39:51-05

TULSA -- A proposed new senate bill would repeal cosmetology and barbering licenses.

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"This is pretty, so it's got to be easy," Clary Sage College student Ashleigh McDonald said. "But it's not."


McDonald says everyone thinks that hair, nails and facials are easy.


"People think they don't have to go to someone who has a license and then they could be damaged for life," she said. "You can give someone a disease that debilitates them or they have to go and get something amputated."


Oklahoma representative Nathan Dahm introduced Senate Bill 1312.


"It repeals the entire cosmetology and barbering act," Community Higher Education President Dr. Raye Mahlberg said. "So that would cover barbers, nail technicians esthetics and basically we would have a lot of professionals out there practicing without a license."


It's an idea that some in the industry just can't understand.


"Some might see it as a barrier to entering the workforce, but having licenses and safety and sanitation regulations like this are protecting Oklahomans," Dr. Mahlberg said.


At Clary Sage, students spend a full year learning to look closely.


"We're learning how to take care of the hair, how to take care of the skin and we really learn the whole body," McDonald said. "There are so many things that can affect the while body and if you don't learn those things you could get really messed up."


McDonald says it's essential to be professional.


"We have so many things so social media now," she said. "It's so easy for people to post a tutorial online. So they think it's got to be super easy, you can just go learn it on YouTube, well that's not the case."


With the first reading of the bill set for Feb. 5, McDonald will continue to perfect her craft..


2 Works for You called and emailed Dahm and even spoke to his assistant but we never got a response back.

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