Indiana to vote on Eliminating Cosmetology & Barbering Licenses

Cosmetology can be traced back to the ancient Egyptians. It was the Egyptian women who gave a lot of importance to hair care, nails, skin, and overall beauty. The Egyptians had a unique approach to their beauty treatments. They were known to carry out extensive researches in the field of beauty, and this was back in the days of the Pharaohs! The Egyptians also enjoy the distinction of being the first ethnic group to actually extract beautifying ingredients from natural resources. They were also known to carry out long and elaborate beauty rituals. Bathing was a big affair back then. Modern day spas help throw a small percentage of light on what was the bathing rituals of the ancient Egyptians. Egyptian women even wore wigs to accentuate their looks. The use of beauty oils and other such products was also not uncommon in ancient Egypt. Pictorial depictions of ancient Egyptian women are testimonies to the fact that the Egyptians took their beauty seriously. (Lifestyle Lounge, web 4/3/2012)
All Cosmetology licenses are regulated and issued by the IPLA. The Indiana Professional Licensing Agency (IPLA) is an umbrella agency for thirty-five (35) boards, commissions and committees that regulate over seventy (70) occupations ranging from physicians, real estate brokers and engineers to dentists, barbers and accountants. Some of the IPLA boards also have regulatory authority over businesses such as pharmacies, tanning salons, and home medical equipment providers. The Regulated Occupations Evaluation Committee (ROEC) was created by the Indiana General Assembly pursuant to IC 25-1-16. The Committee was charged with the responsibility to review and evaluate professions regulated by the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency at least once every seven years. Additionally, the Committee is to make recommendations after their review and evaluation. (REOC 12/16/2011)

The ROEC committee?s recommendation is to eliminate the Cosmetology and Barber Board in its entirety including 25 license types (including 5 temporary license types) associated with the Cosmetology and Barber Board. They further say that information presented to the ROEC board did not warrant high scores among the ROEC Board members for risk related to the Cosmetology and Barber Board license types. The presentations described risks including burns, abrasions, allergic reactions, hair loss and infections. While the risks are real, the ROEC Board scored the degree of risk relatively low in comparison to risks that might be seen in other profession such as nurses or doctors.(ROEC 12/16/2011). The ROEC committee is basically saying that if the consumer is hurt, they can hire an attorney, if they get a bad haircut, they can switch to another salon. But government regulation is not required. This is the furthest we have ever seen steps to eliminate beauty licenses in the US go. If one state does this, you can be rest assured that others will follow.
The ROEC committee further states that it is not cost effective to regulate licenses but according to an article in Skin Inc. it states that: The bill has had a fiscal impact study done on it and published. The cost to the state is $203,044 to staff and maintain the Indiana State Board of Cosmetology and Barber Examiners. The 2011 revenue collected as a result of barbering and cosmetology licenses is $983,646 (a difference of $780,602 after costs for administration of staff for the board). (Skin Inc.) With these figures I do not understand how they can justify saying that it is not cost effective to continue regulating our license. Especially when all we here in the news is how the State of Indiana is in such financial despair.
While you may think this does not affect you because you are not a barber or cosmetologist or you do not live in Indiana then let me please say now, it does. This affects everyone. Since I can?t list every reason, let me start by explaining just one, Disease Control. I think that?s something everyone out there can relate to. I went to Cosmetology School and what I learned there blew my mind. According to the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency?s curriculum for cosmetology, not only does it consist of the principals of hair cutting and chemical services, but also courses in Infection Control and Diseases, Anatomy and Physiology, Skin and Nail Structure and Growth, and Skin and Nail Disorders. Some of the things that some salons do not practice are horrifying which include sanitization. However,