New York State is integrating new, inclusive curriculum into its cosmetology programs. On November 17, the New York legislature enacted Senate Bill 6528, amending training and testing requirements for cosmetology and natural hairstylist students.
The bill requires these students to learn how to service individuals of all hair types and textures, including various curl or wave patterns, hair strand thickness, and volumes of hair. The bill also requires changes to exams. Testing questions must now include questions related to providing services to individuals with differing hair types and textures.
Rules will be drafted based on this new law that will determine details such as appropriate minimum training hours, health and safety, and practicum requirements.
Effective date: May 15, 2024