4 | FEBRUARY 2018 | CALIFORNIA STYLIST & SALON |WWW.CALIFORNIASTYLIST.COM Scope of Practice Q&A Q: What does the Board of Barbering and Cosmetology mean by “scope of practice”?
A: The scope of practice refers to the various
services that a licensee is allowed to perform
under the law. In California, the scopes of practice
for each of the barbering and cosmetology pro-
fessions are defined in Section 7316 of the Busi-
ness and Professions Code.
Q: Does natural hair braiding, threading or
styling wigs have to be performed in a licensed
A: No. None of those services is regulated by
the Board of Barbering and Cosmetology; there-
fore, they need not be performed by in a licensed
establishment by Board licensees. However,
you should become familiar with the scopes of
practice in Section 7316 to make sure you do not
cross over into a regulated service.
Q: I want to work in a department store
demonstrating hair, skin and nail products on
customers. Do I need an esthetician’s license?
A: No, provided the only purpose of the
demonstration is to sell the products rather than
to provide beautification services. Theatrical
makeup artists are not required to be licensed by
the Board, either.
Q: Does a person who only shampoos hair in
a salon need to be licensed?
A: Yes. Shampooing hair is part of the scope
of practice of cosmetologists and barbers. Only
licensed individuals can provide that service.
Q: I’m a licensed manicurist. Can I use a credo
blade to remove a callus?
A: Absolutely not. The use of any razor-edged
tool or device of any kind to remove calluses is
strictly forbidden. In fact, these tools are forbid-
den from even being on an establishment’s prem-
ises. Calluses can only be smoothed by Board
licensees, not removed. Needle-like instruments
used to extract blemishes and other procedures
are also prohibited.
Q: Who can performmicrodermabrasion?
A: Both licensed estheticians and cosmetolo-
gists can perform microdermabrasion, provided
the service only applies to the non-living layer
of the skin, or epidermis. Any skin removal tech-
niques and practices that affect the living layers
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it may affect you as a licensee, you may write to the address listed above.
Board of Barbering and Cosmetology
State of California
Department of Consumer Affairs
P.O. Box 944226
Sacramento, CA 94244-2260
Kristy Underwood — Executive Officer
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