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North Carolina Board of Cosmetic Art Examiners

Board Office Moved Mid-July 2012

The Board office has moved to 1207 Front Street Suite 110 Raleigh, NC 27609. (updated 5/23/12, 7/24/12)

License Renewals and CE Rule Updates

Renewals for the 2013 licenses began July 1, 2013.

Reminder: payment of CE course fee is separate from the license renewal fee due to the Board. To renew, login to the Board's website (above)

New regulations significantly change the administration of cosmetic art continuing education for the Board, licensees and providers.  We hope the following list will assist licensees in the transition.

 Effective April 1, 2012 licensees must:

  • Maintain records of course title, description, date, address of location and number of hours earned
  • Ensure at least 50% of subject matter broadens the knowledge of the cosmetic art profession (instructors – 50% teacher training techniques/and enhance the ability to communicate)
  • After completion of these requirements date and sign affirmation of course completion. All licensees may be subject to audit and must provide records of course title, description, date, address of location and number of hours attended if requested by the Board. (All Board audits will review actual course attendance hours. Licensees must complete a minimum of 8 hours of CE per year of licensure.)

 

Course providers no longer need submit course applications, packets, lesson plans, schedules or attendee information directly to the Board. Should you have any questions or if we can be of other assistance please do not hesitate to contact our office. 

License status can be verified and printed online.


Natural Hair Care Information Update (updated 7/18/2012)

Any natural hair care specialist who submits proof to the Board that the natural hair care specialist was actively engaged in the practice of natural hair care prior to July 1, 2010 must pass a practical and written examination conducted by the Board and pays the required fee under G.S. 88B-20 will be issued a license without having to go to school for the 300 hour Natural Hair Care curriculum. Current law gives individuals until July 1, 2015 to pass the examination. Changes can occur to the law during any legislative session. Any natural hair care specialist not practicing prior to July 1, 2010 must go to school for 300 hours prior to taking the examination. A cosmetic art shop that practices natural hair care only and that submits proof to the Board that the shop was actively engaged in the practice of natural hair care on or prior to July 1, 2010 will have until July 1, 2015 to comply with the requirements of G.S. 88B-14. Changes can occur to the law during any legislative session.

Exam application can be obtained from DL Roope Administration at www.dlroope.com .
Cosmetologists are licensed to practice natural hair care and need not obtain an additional natural hair care license.

Additional Information about Natural Hair Care Licensing

Notifications

A disinfectant jar located at each individual styling station, including manicuring tables, is not necessary.   The proper sanitation procedure requires washing implements in warm soapy water, drying, immersion in the disinfectant solution according to manufacturer's directions, rinsing, drying and storing in a clean closed container. Licensee/Students should have, at each station, a closed container for disinfected implements and a closed container for soiled implements. 

Dermaplaning is not within the scope of practice of our licensees.
§ 88B2.  Definitions. (11a)    Esthetics. - Refers to any of the following practices: giving facials; applying makeup; performing skin care; removing superfluous hair from the body of a person by use of creams, tweezers, or waxing; applying eyelashes to a person, including the application of eyelash extensions, brow or lash color; beautifying the face, neck, arms, or upper part of the human body by use of cosmetic preparations, antiseptics, tonics, lotions, or creams; surface manipulation in relation to skin care; or cleaning or stimulating the face, neck, ears, arms, hands, bust, torso, legs, or feet of a person by means of hands, devices, apparatus, or appliances along with the use of cosmetic preparations, antiseptics, tonics, lotions, or creams.

Teeth Whitening Notice
The Federal Trade Commission issued an Administrative Complaint in 2010 against the Dental Board challenging the legality of the Dental Board’s attempts to restrict the provision of teeth whitening services by non-dentists in North Carolina. At the conclusion of that administrative proceeding, the Commission issued a Final Order requiring the Dental Board, among other things, to cease and desist from certain activities involving teeth whitening by nondentists and to take certain remedial actions, of which this Notice is one part. Complete copies of the Federal Trade Commission’s Complaint and Final Order are available on the Commission’s website at http://www.ftc.gov. In 2007, the Cosmetology Board, at the request of the Dental Board, displayed a “Teeth Whitening Bulletin” on the Cosmetology Board’s website advising cosmetologists and estheticians “that any process that ‘removes stains, accretions or deposits from human teeth’ constitutes the practice of dentistry . . . . Taking impressions for bleaching trays also constitutes the practice of dentistry . . . .” That Bulletin further advised that it was a misdemeanor for anyone other than a licensed dentist to provide those services. The Dental Board hereby notifies you that the prior Bulletin, described above, only expressed the opinion of the Dental Board, and that such opinion is not a legal determination. The Dental Board does not have the authority to order you to discontinue providing Teeth Whitening Goods or Teeth Whitening Services. Only a court may determine that you have violated, or are violating, any law and, if appropriate, to impose a remedy or penalty for such violation. Further, you may have the right to request a declaratory ruling from the Dental Board, pursuant to 21 N.C.A.C. 16N .0400 and N.C. Gen. Stat. § 150B-4, regarding whether a particular method of providing teeth whitening goods or services is lawful. You are further notified that any right to a declaratory ruling from the Dental Board supplements any other legal rights that you may already have to establish the legality of any particular method of providing teeth whitening goods or services.