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Ohio lawmakers consider a bill to shift cosmetology requirements
Measure would create licenses for boutique services
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE CORRESPONDENT JO INGLES


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Democratic State Rep. Alicia Reece, left, says the changes will mean more services; Sue Carter Moore of Salon Schools says they'll lower standards.
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A proposal that would change the courses cosmetology schools offer is making its way through the state Legislature. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles has this update.

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The bill would get rid of the management certificate and replace it with a license for boutique services such as hair braiding and brow threading. Democratic State Rep. Alicia Reese says this license will legitimize those services.

“This makes people more on the grid, makes sure safety is a first priority and then brings them into the mainstream where they are taxpaying citizens and small-business owners.”

But Sue Carter Moore with the Salon Schools group says the changes lower standards.

“You will not receive education in sanitation, sterilization and communicable diseases -- those kinds of things that are easily passed on.”

Supporters say current law allows cosmetology schools to offer courses students don’t need, making their training more expensive than it needs to be.

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