Occupational Licensing

AZ Cosmetology Board Drops Effort To Regulate Non-Cosmetologists

A bit of mission creep


Thanks to a Goldwater Institute lawsuit and the courage of a local entrepreneur, the Arizona Board of Cosmetology has gotten a makeover.

The Board went after cancer survivor Lauren Boice's small business, threatening to shut her down. Lauren started her business, Angels on Earth Home Beauty, after witnessing firsthand how beauty services lifted the spirits of homebound patients. Her unique business connects the elderly, sick, and terminally ill, with licensed cosmetologists who can perform haircuts, manicures, or massages right in clients' homes. Lauren's services have been in high demand.

But the Board of Cosmetology had its own demands. It told Lauren it would regulate her phone business as if it were a beauty salon. The Board forced Lauren – who does not practice cosmetology – to get licensed and open a physical salon, even though her homebound clients would never visit it.

The Goldwater Institute took Lauren's fight to court to defend her constitutional right to earn a living and help her sick clients. After a 16-month legal battle, the Board agreed to a binding settlement, assuring it would never regulate Lauren or other businesses like hers.

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  1. When does the cosmetology board sunset?

    Is the public allowed or considered during the review?

    There are a lot of changes that need to happen.

    I am not a cosmetologist. But I have observed this board in action. They are confused about their responsibilities.
    They are more concerned about signs and business cards than they are concerned about public health and safety.
    I believe they should adopt California’s ideas.

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