By the Division of Professional Licensure

Please be advised that the Massachusetts Board of Cosmetology, as of January 16, 2001, prohibits the marketing and use of any dyes for eyelash and eyebrow tinting or dyeing in beauty salons because this practice has been known to cause severe injuries and even blindness.

This warning is being issued after an advisory from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding eyebrow and eyelash tinting.

These dyes should not be confused with temporary coloring products used around the eyes - such as mascara, eye shadow, eyebrow pencils and eye liners - which can be used safely.

Any cosmetologist who knowingly markets and uses dyes for eyelash and eyebrow tinting or dyeing in beauty salons will face disciplinary action. If you have any questions regarding this notice please contact the Board of Cosmetology at 617-727-3067.