Support Safe Standards for Beauty Care in Florida

Florida lawmakers are considering a dangerous proposal that would put millions of Florida residents and visitors at risk. Floridians deserve to know that the hair, nail, and skin services they receive are perfectly safe and completed by trained professionals. Tell your lawmakers to oppose legislation that would dramatically cut the training and safe standards required for these professions!

If this legislation passes, Florida would have the lowest state standards in the country. Tell your lawmaker to oppose SB 1640 and HB 27.

The Issue

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Keep Floridians Safe

Full specialists, nail and skin specialists, and barbers often perform services that require the use of chemicals on the skin, and to best serve the public they must have a thorough understanding of diseases and conditions that can affect their clients. We must protect consumers across the state and keep training standards strong – for the health and safety of all Floridians.

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Hurting Florida’s Businesses

Weaker training requirements for full specialists, nail and skin specialists, and barbers would hurt businesses across the state. Students who want to join these professions wouldn’t receive the proper training to succeed, and business owners would have to  hunt for talent outside our state to come in and take jobs that otherwise could be held by Floridians.

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Unnecessary Legislation

There is no reason for our state to lower the standards to become a full specialist, nail and skin specialist, or barber – this is a solution looking for a problem that doesn’t exist. If anything, this legislation would create new problems by causing more students to fail the certification exam because they were poorly prepared.

Floridians Support Strong Standards

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“Reduction to 150 hours would not give anyone enough time to be prepared with the knowledge to safely service guests...”

- Abigail Garbalena, Full Specialist

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“Cutting hours in Florida’s Cosmetology standards are not only detrimental to me personally but to the industry and esthetics field...”

- Destiny Lastra, Facial Specialist

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“There are many aspects of this program that you need to get safe with, and functional with, and 600 hours, you cannot do that.”

- Roxanne Allison

News

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A Wisconsin man who wanted a fresh haircut for the holidays was left injured and bald after his barber allegedly cut him with scissors and then shaved a strip of his hair off. Read more at New York Daily News.

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Occupational Licensing in Florida: Unnecessary Licenses Are Killing Jobs

“Occupational licensing” requires aspiring workers and entrepreneurs to secure government permission to enter a particular field. Through a combination of educational and experience requirements, as well as exams and fees, occupational licensing attempts to protect consumers from malpractice and ensure that practitioners are sufficiently skilled. While only one in 20 U.S. workers was required to...

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