Anyone who works in the hair industry knows that there are specific requirements that must be upheld. For example, if you have a barber license, then you face regulations and licensing requirements.
Barbers are only licensed to perform specific services without additional certifications or training. Some services they offer include:
- Chemically straightening or waving hair
- Shaving/trimming mustaches or bears
- Trimming, cutting or shaving hair
- Singeing, shampooing and arranging hair
- Giving scalp and facial massages using oils, creams or lotions
- Bleaching or coloring the hair
- Applying hair tonics
- Applying cosmetic oils, antiseptics, powders, lotions and other preparations to the neck, face and scalp
- Fitting wigs, head caps and hairpieces, as well as measuring and cutting them
Doing anything belong the scope of services could put your license at risk, because this job does have public health requirements.
How could you lose your barber license?
It is possible to lose your barber license by failing to take additional educational courses, which are required, or because of failing to meet health standards required by law. Violating the barber code of ethics could also result in the loss of your license.
What is the barber code of ethics?
This code guides members of the American Barber Association on how they must conduct their businesses. For example, they must be in legal compliance with laws, codes and regulations that govern how they run their business in their locale. They must always consider the welfare, health and safety of their clients and the public. They may not use false or misleading advertising and must not participate in illegal conduct.
Barbers have a responsibility to their clients as well. They are required to disclose the scope of services, how much they will charge and must have a license. They must keep their clients’ information confidential and maintain the standards set by the industry.
Failing to keep within the code of ethics could lead to an investigation and potential loss of a barber’s license. For that reason, anyone who has been accused of violating the code or making a mistake that could threaten their license should consider speaking with someone to get legal help. There are ways to protect your license and defend yourself against the loss of your license.