California State Board of Barbering & Cosmetology

2420 Del Paso Road, Suite 100
Sacramento, CA 95834

Phone: 800-952-5210
Fax: 916-575-7281

1,600 in formal cosmetology program or 3,200 in apprenticeship

Board of Barbering and Cosmetology Sunset Review—Joint Oversight Hearing Friday, April 9

The California legislature has scheduled the Board of Barbering and Cosmetology sunset review for Friday, April 9, at 9:00 a.m. PT. If you would like to provide public comment at the hearing, you will have the opportunity. Or, you can submit written comments to us at by April 8, 2021, and we will forward them to the appropriate committee.

California Update – New Regional Closures – Personal Services including massage, hair, esthetics, and nails to close if ICU bed capacity reaches 15% or less

Governor Newsom modified the state’s Stay at Home orders on December 3, dividing the state into five regions. Regions that have 15% or less intensive care unit (ICU) bed capacity will be shut down from all but essential services for three weeks.

California COVID-19 Update: New Guidelines for Personal Care Services and Outdoor Hair Salons

The California Department of Public Health issued new guidelines for Personal Care Services on July 20, 2020, for massage therapists, estheticians, cosmetologists, and nail professionals. Outdoor hair salons also have new guidelines. In addition, the Department of Consumer Affairs and the Board of Barbering and Cosmetology (BBC) issued new guidance on July 20 regarding BBC licensees who intend to perform personal care services outdoors.

Personal Care Service Guidelines

California COVID-19 Update: Personal Care Service Closures

Governor Newsom announced on July 13, 2020, that counties that have remained on the County Monitoring List for three consecutive days must close indoor businesses, which includes those offering personal care services as of July 13, 2020, “unless they can be modified to operate outside or by pick-up.” It has been interpreted that working outside is working outside of your establishment, so if you are required to have an establishment license, you are most likely not allowed to work outside.

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