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of the skin, known as the dermis, are considered
the practice of medicine and are outside the
scope of Board of Barbering and Cosmetology
licensees. Remember — Board licensees should
only be providing beautification services.
Q: I would like to offer facial shaving at my
salon. Is that allowed?
A: Yes, but only if the person performing the
facial shaving is a licensed barber (and you have
an establishment license for your salon). Shaving
of the beard is only within the scope of practice
Q: I’m an esthetician and would like to offer
ear candling to my clients. Can I do this legally?
A: No. Ear candling is outside the scope of
practice for all Board of Barbering and Cosme-
tology licensees. The U.S.
Federal Drug Administration
(FDA) classifies the ear candle
as a device which is specific
to medical use. Licensees
within the jurisdiction of the
California Board of Barbering
and Cosmetology would be
in violation for using proce-
dures not approved by the
FDA and by using medical
devices which are beyond
their scope of practice.
Q: I’ve read about these fish pedicures that
are popular overseas. Can I offer this service in
A: No. The Board has reviewed this service and
has determined that using live fish for pedicures
violates the Board’s rules regarding disinfection.
Q: Does my cosmetology license allowme to
offer services in my clients’ homes?
A: No. All barbering and cosmetology services
offered by Board licensees must be performed in
a licensed establishment. The only exception is
performing services on people who are shut-ins
and physically unable to get to a shop. There is a
license available for mobile units, but the services
must be performed inside the mobile unit.