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Monday, February 01, 2016

Ind. Gov't. - "Cosmetologists in fight over who can be allowed to trim facial hair"

From a story in the Sunday Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, by Niki Kelly:

A flap over facial hair has hit the Indiana Statehouse as cosmetologists fight a legal interpretation that has kept them from putting their clippers on beards and mustaches.

“The whole issue is nonsense,” said Flo Woodward, a longtime instructor at Ravenscroft Beauty College in Fort Wayne with both a barber and cosmetologist license. “Whoever decided this had nothing better to do.”

That someone is the State Board of Cosmetology and Barber Examiners, which in August turned the industry a bit on its head with a decision that reversed decades of practice.

The 3-1 vote said cosmetologists and cosmetology students may not trim or shave beards or mustaches, though barbers can.

The result is House Bill 1172, which reverses that vote by adding shaving or trimming beards and mustaches to the definition of cosmetology.

It passed the House 65-27, but some barbers believe it jeopardizes their businesses. The legislation now moves to the Senate.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on February 1, 2016 09:53 AM
Posted to Indiana Government