By the Division of Professional Licensure

Please be advised that the Massachusetts Board of Cosmetology has prohibited the practices of tattooing and body piercing in licensed cosmetology salons in the Commonwealth. These are not subjects included in the Board's curriculum for licensure and therefore, we do not have guidelines for formal training in these areas.

Although the Department of Public Health has recently promulgated rules & regulations for body piercing and tattooing, these procedures are not to be performed in cosmetology salons.

Any cosmetologist, aesthetician, or manicurist who knowingly performs body piercing or tattooing (or variations of tattooing such as permanent cosmetics, micropigmentation, permanent makeup, or cosmetic tattooing) in a licensed salon will face disciplinary action. If you have any questions regarding this notice please contact the Board of Cosmetology at 617-727-3067.