Local Stylist Fighting Bill to Eliminate Cosmetology License Requirement
Heather Hoy, who works at a South County salon, says the proposed bill would jeapordize the entire industry and its customers. She has started an online petition to oppose the measure.
A proposed bill that would eliminate the state cosmetology licensing requirement has many in the profession up in arms. In fact, one South County cosmetologist has started an online petition opposing the measure.
"Not only does it impact my career and my passion negatively, but it can also put the general public at a health risk," Heather (Wingbermuehle) Hoy said in an email to Patch.
Hoy, a hair stylist at Frederick's Beauty Etc., explained that obtaining her license required her to take classes on proper sanitation, how to recognize different types of disease/fungus on the hair, skin and nails and how to use chemicals.
"I understand that a good percentage of the public tends to think that the beauty industry is a joke," Hoy said in the email. "It is not. We are trained in what we do and want to give our clients the best. This is why we went to get our education and passed a state board exam."
The bill, which was introduced by State Rep. Andrew Koenig of West St. Louis County, was proposed in hopes of creating more jobs, according to our partners at Fox2. Mandatory licensing requirements for salons, cosmetology schools and instructors would also be eliminated if the measure were approved.
Others in the industry have echoed Hoy's concerns. Fox2's Betsey Bruce spoke with a hair stylist and manicurist at Identity Salon and Spa in Sunset Hills. Read what they have to say about the proposed legislation here.
Patch was unable to reach Koenig, the bill's sponsor, for comment on Monday.
What do you think about eliminating the state cosmetology licensing requirement? Will you sign Hoy's petition? Tell us in comments.
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