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State Board of Cosmetology

The State Board of Cosmetology regulates the practice and licensure of estheticians; nail technicians; cosmetologists and teachers of cosmetology; and cosmetology salons and schools in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Board promulgates and enforces regulations for the examination and licensure of applicants to practice or teach cosmetology and to manage schools of cosmetology.

The Board also issues apprentice permits in appropriate circumstances as well as licenses to perform nail technology only, natural hair braiding only or practice esthetics only. The Board prescribes disinfection standards to be followed to prevent the creation or spread of infectious diseases.

The Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs has begun migration to an upgraded phone system for all of its call centers. Because of this transition, there will be outages on September 9th and 10th where the Commissions and Boards will be unreachable by phone. Licensees will be alerted when outages may occur by prompts within the phone system. Thank you for your patience during this transition. 

Please read the following important information: 

  • On November 5, 2018, the State Board of Cosmetology approved a consent agreement (case number 17-45-06196) in which the Respondent acknowledged that the practice of microblading is outside of the scope of cosmetology and that performing microblading within a cosmetology salon is a violation of 49 Pa. Code § 7.77 (use of salon for other purposes prohibited). 
  • The Board’s regulations allow an applicant to request a variance from the minimum space requirements set forth in 49 Pa. Code § 7.76 (floor space).  All floor space variance requests shall be submitted in the manner set forth in the new salon application or salon change application, whichever is applicable. 
  • Bureau inspectors will continue to inspect the entirety of your salon for compliance with 49 Pa. Code § 7.77 and all other relevant regulations and provisions of the Cosmetology Act. 
  • Reminder: The Board staff and Board counsel are unable to give advisory opinions, legal advice or interpretations of the Cosmetology Act and Board regulations. Please consult an attorney of your choice for legal advice or interpretations of the Cosmetology Act and Board regulations. 


IF YOUR LICENSE IS EXPIRED YOU MUST CONTACT THE BOARD OFFICE TO REQUEST A REACTIVATION APPLICATION.

You may contact the Board office by email at st-cosmetology@pa.gov or by phone at 717-783-7130.

**Please provide your license number and full name as it appears on your license when emailing or calling the Board office. If you do not know your license number, you can search for your personal or salon/shop license at https://www.pals.pa.gov

Please note that neither the Board/Commission, nor its staff or counsel, are permitted to provide legal advice or advisory opinions, including interpretations of the law or regulations, or any indication as to how the Board would vote on any given case or scenario. You are invited to contact a private attorney or professional organization for advice or guidance.