Office of Barber and Cosmetology Licensure: News

Occupational Licensing Town Hall Meeting - Feb. 23 

The Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA), Division of Professions and Occupations (DPO) was awarded a grant by the Council of State Governments (CSG), National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) and National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) (“the Partners”), with the support of the US Department of Labor (USDOL), to participate in an Occupational Licensing Policy Learning Consortium (the Consortium).

The grant is not monetary in nature, but provides significant technical support to the eleven states selected by the Partners, as well as each state’s stakeholder groups, to learn about the following:

  • Best practices in occupational licensing;
  • Challenges and opportunities with streamlining occupational licensing in Colorado;
  • Unique approaches used in current licensing policies in Consortium states;
  • Policies that create unnecessary barriers to labor market entry.

DORA/DPO will host a Stakeholder/Town Hall Meeting to hear from legislators, a representative from the Governor’s office, and representatives from our Partners regarding this endeavor. The meeting will focus on the following five occupations: addiction counselors, barbers, cosmetologists, electricians, and plumbers.

Meeting Information

New Webinars on Rules

The revised and simplified rules governing the barber and cosmetology professions are now in effect.

We will host two webinars to help licensees better understand the changes. These outreach efforts will highlight changes to the rules, and also give you a chance to ask specific questions about the rules.

Webinar #1: Rules 2, 3 and 9

Webinar #2: Rules 7, 8 and 10

Throughout the rulemaking process, we worked with stakeholders to reach a mutual goal of creating rules that are concise, easily understood and fair. The final rules reflect two years of robust discussion and dialogue, and several notable changes may directly impact you and your businesses. We encourage you to review the revised rules thoroughly. The policies are still undergoing review and will be available in 2018. 

If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Ofelia Duran, Program Director, at

Notice of Rulemaking Hearing - Oct. 30

The Department of Regulatory Agencies Office of Barber and Cosmetology Licensure will hold a rulemaking hearing on rules regarding Barber & Cosmetology Chapters 1-11.

Hearing Information

The purpose of this rulemaking is to repeal all existing rules and replace the content for further clarification in obtaining licensure, maintain licensure/registration, prohibited acts, infection control requirements and adopt the amendments made by recent legislation in HB17-1196.

If you believe there will be a significant negative impact on small business, job creation or economic competitiveness, you may request that the Department of Regulatory Agencies require the rulemaking agency to prepare a cost-benefit analysis of a proposed rule or amendment. This request must be made to the Department of Regulatory Agencies by Sunday, October 15, 2017.

You may also submit comments directly to the rulemaking agency for the agency's consideration during the upcoming rulemaking hearing. We hope this information is helpful to you. Thank you for taking the time to participate in the rulemaking process.

Sept. 25 Stakeholder Recordings

The Office of Barber and Cosmetology Licensure held two stakeholder meetings on September 25, 2017 to receive input on necessary rule revisions. In July, all licensees were informed that the Division Director received feedback that the rules were complicated and unclear. With these proposed revisions, we hope to eliminate regulatory burden and simplify the language.

Two meetings were held to accommodate the different schedules of stakeholders. The meetings had the same format and content for review and comments (Chapters 1-11). Please find and access the recordings through the links below.

Revised Program Policy 14

The Director of the Office of Barber and Cosmetology Licensure has adopted revised Program Policy 14 effective July 14, 2017, based on changes made in House Bill 17-1196 related to Section 12-8-114(3), C.R.S.  

Through revised Program Policy 14, the Division Director has repealed the specific hour requirement for each required subject area. This change will allow each educational institution the flexibility to work directly with its accrediting body to develop its curriculum and assign the appropriate credit/contact hours to the required “subject areas” so long as a minimum of 50 credits or 1500 contact hours is achieved in compliance with Section 12-8-114(3), C.R.S.  

In addition, the Director will be announcing a timeline for stakeholder meetings and rulemaking to streamline other areas in the program area and appreciates your time and input. Please reach out with any questions or concerns to

Rule Review Beginning July 2017

The Director of the Division of Professions and Occupations will undertake an additional review of the Office of Barber and Cosmetology Licensure Rules beginning in July 2017. The purpose of this review is to partner with stakeholders to identify and reduce regulatory burden where possible, and provide clarity as needed. The Director appreciates all the input and feedback stakeholders previously provided pertaining to the Rules, and will continue to engage our partners as this additional review moves forward.

During this process, the Director will also work with stakeholders to incorporate any rules necessary to implement House Bill 17-1196, Concerning changes to the training requirements for applicants for licensure under the "Barber and Cosmetologist Act" signed into law on April 13, 2017.

To stay up to date as this process moves forward, please continue to check this website for the latest meeting dates, times, locations, and any other information you may need.

If you have any questions, please contact Ofelia Duran, Program Director, at

New Consumer Tips for Nail Salons

Before your next visit to a nail salon, please view or download our Consumer Tips for Nail Salons to learn more about what you should observe the next time you go in for a manicure or pedicure.

Hair Smoothing Products Could Release Formaldehyde

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and several State OSHA programs are investigating questions and complaints from hair salon owners and workers about possible formaldehyde exposure from hair smoothing products. Some of these products have been labeled as "formaldehyde-free." During Federal OSHA investigations, air tests showed formaldehyde at levels above OSHA's limits in salons using Brazilian Blowout Acai Professional Smoothing Solution and Brasil Cacau Cadiveu, resulting in violations and citations.