The continuing deregulation of Arizona’s cosmetology industry has created a troubling rift in our local styling community. Last year, I took an interest in this topic when several of my state’s legislators began debating House Bill 2011. The Blow Dry Bill, as it was quickly nicknamed, allows unlicensed stylists to provide more hair services, including washing, curling and blow-drying, without obtaining training, permits and insurance.
Anyone in support of the common-sense bill, including myself, has been criticized for trying to “tear apart an industry.” As a licensed cosmetologist since 2005 and a salon owner, I am baffled that more of my peers are not railing against this unjust system. States are implementing stringent requirements for extensive, expensive schooling and licensing to perform entry-level tasks. These antiquated regulations are stifling the creative entrepreneurial spirit that is the heartbeat of the beauty community.