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Proposed Changes Spark Debate In Ohio's Cosmetology Industry


Two bills pending in Ohio's House and Senate are pitting big hair salons against cosmetology schools as lawmakers propose eliminating the state's mandate requiring someone with a manager's license on salon premises at all times.

The identical bills seek a variety of regulatory changes, but the manager's license debate has divided the industry.

Ohio cosmetologists are obligated to undergo 1,500 hours of training at a private school or 1,125 hours at a public vocational school to earn a license. Private schools also offer an additional 300 hours to obtain a manager's license, which allows stylists to manage or work alone in salons.

Salon owners call the manager's license tedious and unnecessary, but beauty schools argue it sets up stylists for successful careers.

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