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North Carolina Board of Cosmetic Art Examiners


Consumer and Student Complaints

To file a consumer complaint please use our online form.

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 2014 licenses began July 1, 2014.

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)

Natural Hair Care Information Update (updated 8/13/2014)

House Bill 1133 was signed by the Governor on August 11, 2014 which removed the exam requirement for any natural hair care specialist who was practicing the art of natural hair care prior to July 1, 2010. Applicants eligible for natural hair care specialist licensure must apply prior to July 1, 2015.
(To Apply click here: Natural Hair Care License Application)
After July 1, 2015 any unlicensed individual must graduate from a licensed Cosmetic Arts natural hair care school, pass examination and pay for licensure.

The scope of practice for a natural hair care specialist is different forms of braiding, corn rows, locks, knots, twist and a track and sew method for a weft hair.
To be eligible for licensure you must have been practicing the services mentioned above PRIOR to July 1, 2010, any natural hair care specialist not practicing prior to July 1, 2010 must go to school for 300 hours prior to taking the examination.
When you file your application online you will be asked to affirm under penalty of law that you were actively engaged in the practice of natural hair care prior to July 1, 2010 then you will be asked to submit the fee of $20.00.
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.


Continuing Education

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.


21 NCAC 14 - Board of Cosmetic Art Examiners (Posted April 17, 2014)Comments shall be directed to Lynda Elliott, North Carolina State Board of Cosmetic Art Examiners, 1207 Front Street, Suite 110, Raleigh, NC 27609 or lelliott@nccosmeticarts.com Further information may be found on the Board's website, www.nccosmeticarts.com Comment period: April 23, 2014 - June 30, 2014 Scheduled month and year for RRC review: December 2014

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.