CHAPTER 387
HAIRDRESSERS AND COSMETICIANS

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Sec. 20-250. Definitions.
Sec. 20-252. Licenses. Examinations.

      Sec. 20-250. Definitions. As used in this chapter, unless the context otherwise requires:

      (1) "Board" means the Connecticut Examining Board for Barbers, Hairdressers and Cosmeticians established under section 20-235a;

      (2) "Commissioner" means the Commissioner of Public Health;

      (3) "Department" means the Department of Public Health;

      (4) "Hairdressing and cosmetology" means the art of dressing, arranging, curling, waving, weaving, cutting, singeing, bleaching and coloring the hair and treating the scalp of any person, and massaging, cleansing, stimulating, manipulating, exercising or beautifying with the use of the hands, appliances, cosmetic preparations, antiseptics, tonics, lotions, creams, powders, oils or clays and doing similar work on the face, neck and arms, and manicuring the fingernails of any person for compensation, provided nothing in this subdivision shall prohibit an unlicensed person from performing facials, eyebrow arching, shampooing, manicuring of the fingernails or, for cosmetic purposes only, trimming, filing and painting the healthy toenails, excluding cutting nail beds, corns and calluses or other medical treatment involving the foot or ankle, or braiding hair;

      (5) "Registered hairdresser and cosmetician" means any person who (A) has successfully completed the ninth grade, and (B) holds a license to practice as a registered hairdresser and cosmetician; and

      (6) "Student" means any person who is engaged in learning or acquiring a knowledge of hairdressing and cosmetology at a school approved in accordance with the provisions of this chapter who has successfully completed ninth grade or its equivalent. The provisions of this subdivision shall not apply to schools conducted by the State Board of Education.

      (1949 Rev., S. 4586; February, 1965, P.A. 79; 363, S. 1; 1969, P.A. 822, S. 1; 1972, P.A. 127, S. 46; P.A. 77-519, S. 1, 6; P.A. 77-614, S. 302, 323, 610; P.A. 80-484, S. 111, 174, 176; P.A. 81-471, S. 55, 71; P.A. 84-33, S. 1, 2; P.A. 93-381, S. 9, 39; P.A. 95-257, S. 12, 21, 58; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 99-2, S. 62; P.A. 01-195, S. 164, 181; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 01-4, S. 12, 58; P.A. 04-221, S. 14; P.A. 05-272, S. 11.)

      History: 1965 acts added twenty-one-year age requirement and three-year assistant's license alternative and raised minimum training and experience alternative from three years in Subdiv. (7) and added sixteen-year age and eighth-grade requirement in Subdiv. (8); 1969 act redefined "operator", clarifying education level required of applicants before and after July 1, 1972, and redefined "registered hairdresser and cosmetician" to allow passing equivalency examination as alternative to tenth grade education; 1972 act changed minimum age requirement for hairdresser and cosmetician from twenty-one to eighteen, reflecting lowered age of majority; P.A. 77-519 deleted requirement that person be or intend to become a U.S. citizen in Subdivs. (1), (5), (6) and (7); P.A. 77-614 replaced secretary of the state board of education with commissioner of education and commissioner and department of health with commissioner and department of health services, effective January 1, 1979; P.A. 80-484 deleted definitions of "assistant hairdresser and cosmetician" and "instructor" and defined "board" renumbering Subdivs. accordingly, deleted minimum age requirements for operators, hairdresser and cosmeticians and students, replaced references to females with references to "any person" in Subdiv. (4) and deleted references to holding of assistant hairdresser and cosmetician's license in Subdiv. (6), formerly Subdiv. (7); P.A. 81-471 amended section to clarify that term "manicuring" applies to fingernails, to delete reference to "operator", to clarify that unlicensed persons may perform facials, eyebrow arching, shampooing and manicuring, to substitute approval of hairdressing schools for licensure and to increase the entry level educational requirements for hairdressing and cosmetology students from eighth grade to ninth grade; P.A. 84-33 amended Subsec. (4) to include pedicures in the definition of hairdressing and cosmetology; P.A. 93-381 replaced department and commissioner of health services with department and commissioner of public health and addiction services, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 95-257 replaced Commissioner and Department of Public Health and Addiction Services with Commissioner and Department of Public Health, effective July 1, 1995; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 99-2 amended Subdiv. (4) by deleting "manicuring of the fingernails" and adding "braiding hair"; P.A. 01-195 made technical changes, effective July 11, 2001; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 01-4 amended Subdiv. (4) by adding provision re unlicensed person performing manicuring of the fingernails, effective July 1, 2001; P.A. 04-221 amended Subdiv. (4) to allow unlicensed person to treat toenails for cosmetic purposes only, effective June 8, 2004; P.A. 05-272 amended Subdiv. (5)(A) by removing provision re equivalency examination prepared by Commissioner of Education and conducted by Department of Public Health.

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      Sec. 20-252. Licenses. Examinations. No person shall engage in the occupation of registered hairdresser and cosmetician without having obtained a license from the department. Persons desiring such licenses shall apply in writing on forms furnished by the department. No license shall be issued, except a renewal of a license, to a registered hairdresser and cosmetician unless the applicant has shown to the satisfaction of the department that the applicant has complied with the laws and the regulations administered or adopted by the department. No applicant shall be licensed as a registered hairdresser and cosmetician, except by renewal of a license, until the applicant has made written application to the department, setting forth by affidavit that the applicant has successfully completed the eighth grade and that the applicant has completed a course of not less than fifteen hundred hours of study in a school approved in accordance with the provisions of this chapter, in a school teaching hairdressing and cosmetology under the supervision of the State Board of Education, or, if trained outside of Connecticut, in a school teaching hairdressing and cosmetology whose requirements are equivalent to those of a Connecticut school and until the applicant has passed a written examination satisfactory to the department. Examinations required for licensure under this chapter shall be prescribed by the department with the advice and assistance of the board. The department shall establish a passing score for examinations with the advice and assistance of the board which shall be the same as the passing score established in section 20-236.

      (1949 Rev., S. 4590, 4591; 1957, P.A. 215; February, 1965, P.A. 363, S. 2; 1969, P.A. 822, S. 2, 3; 1971, P.A. 468, S. 2; 1972, P.A. 127, S. 47; P.A. 77-614, S. 302, 323, 610; P.A. 80-484, S. 112, 176; P.A. 81-471, S. 56, 71; P.A. 84-173, S. 2; P.A. 93-381, S. 9, 39; P.A. 95-257, S. 12, 21, 58; P.A. 98-43, S. 4; P.A. 01-195, S. 165, 181; P.A. 04-221, S. 15; P.A. 05-272, S. 12.)

      History: 1965 act added twenty-one-year and tenth-grade requirements and three-year assistant's license alternative and raised training and experience alternative from three years; 1969 act amended Subsec. (a) to add education requirements and amended Subsec. (c) to allow equivalency examination as alternative to tenth grade education; 1971 act deleted practical and oral segment of examination in Subsecs. (a) and (c); 1972 act reduced minimum age requirement in Subsec. (c) from twenty-one to eighteen, reflecting changed age of majority; P.A. 77-614 replaced secretary of the state board of education with commissioner of education and department of health with department of health services, effective January 1, 1979; P.A. 80-484 deleted references to assistant hairdresser and cosmetician and instructor categories, including Subsecs. (b) and (d) which had contained licensing requirements for those categories, deleted requirement that applicants be "of good moral character", redesignated remaining Subsecs. (a), (c) and (e) as (1), (2) and (3), deleted minimum age requirements in Subsecs. (1) and (2) and added provisions in Subsec. (2) re health services department's responsibility for administering exams and establishing passing scores; P.A. 81-471 amended section to eliminate reference to operator's license and qualifications, to delete the requirement that equivalency examinations be given concurrently with licensure examinations, to eliminate requirement of training under the personal supervision of a registered hairdresser and cosmetician and to insert a specific requirement of not less than fifteen hundred hours of study in an approved school and reduce the entry level educational requirement from tenth grade to ninth grade; P.A. 84-173 required examinations for licensure to be prescribed by the department with the advice and assistance of the board and required the board's advice and assistance rather than consent in establishing a passing score; P.A. 93-381 replaced department of health services with department of public health and addiction services, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 95-257 replaced Commissioner and Department of Public Health and Addiction Services with Commissioner and Department of Public Health, effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 98-43 changed education requirement from ninth grade to eighth grade; P.A. 01-195 made technical changes, effective July 11, 2001; P.A. 04-221 deleted requirements that department conduct equivalency and licensure examinations, and added provision re training at school outside state; P.A. 05-272 removed provision re equivalency examination prepared by Commissioner of Education.

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