NH Bill Harming Cosmetology Schools Fails

Last week, we reported that New Hampshire law makers were considering a bill that would effectively remove the need for cosmetology school in the state.

House Bill 446 was created to remove the requirements for many technical occupations to attend classes and obtain certification or licensure to open a business in that state.

Cosmetology was one of many professions on the list that also affected educational institutions for everything from landscaping to massage therapy and recreational therapists to family mediators.

The supporters of the bill thought that removing the regulation requiring cosmetology school hours and licensing might result in more cosmetology related businesses and jobs in this field. Opponents considered the bill very ill-advised, stating that this type of deregulation would only serve to put the public at risk for receiving services from unqualified people.

A report by the Union Leader put the implications of this bill into perspective, stating that all professional organizations that would be affected by this type of legislature were opposed to such a measure. Cosmetology schools were certainly among them.

As the New Hampshire Beauty Professionals, a web blog put it: “NH will no longer be in the business of certifying that the stylist you go to has been trained to work with the chemicals and dyes used in modern salons, or has been educated in the proper sanitation of their tools, or has any experience cutting hair whatsoever.”

Cosmetology schools, along with many other trade schools stood the most to lose from a financial stand-point. Less regulation would equate to fewer enrolled students. Many people in the community were wary of this bill as the house took time off for the annual holiday vacation, stating that discussions about the bill would resume this year.

The discussion did resume and, luckily, we didn’t have to wait long for the verdict. Last Thursday, the House voted on HB 446 and, much to the relief of cosmetology schools, the bill failed in a vote of 214 opposed and 116 in favor.