By the Division of Professional Licensure


1000 Washington Street, Suite 710
Boston, Massachusetts 02118-6100

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Bianca Hoffman, Executive Director

The Board of Registration of Cosmetology and Barbering protects the public through regulation of the practice of cosmetology, barbering, and electrology in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, in accordance with applicable statutes, regulations, and policies. The Board issues licenses to qualified individuals, businesses, and schools to engage in the practice of each profession, and seeks to ensure the continued protection of the public health, safety, and well-being by maintaining high standards for each industry.

The Cosmetology profession includes hairdressers, manicurists and aestheticians, who provide a variety of services including haircutting, hairstyling, manicuring, and aesthetics. Barbers provide haircutting, hairstyling, facial shaving, permanent waving, hair coloring, and facial services to the general public, but primarily to men.  Electrologists provide hair removal procedures through the application of an electrical current through a needle to the hair follicle. All three professions work closely with the public, and are regulated by the Board of Board of Registration of Cosmetology and Barbering.

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