For Immediate Release - February 04, 2005

Tewksbury Cosmetologist Agrees to Stayed License Suspension

Vien Nguyen, owner of Silk Spa and Nails Salon in Tewksbury, has entered into a consent agreement with the state's Board of Registration of Cosmetology ("Board"), resulting in a three month stayed suspension of his cosmetologist license. .

Nguyen admitted that an employee at his salon painted a New England Patriots logo on the face of a complainant's son. The painted area of skin subsequently became red and blistered and a dermatologist determined that the child sustained a second-degree burn to his face. State investigators say the probable cause of the burn was the use of a fingernail top coating that contained Toline and/or Formaldehyde Resin. Nguyen neither admitted nor denied that the face painting caused the child's injury.

Nguyen agreed to comply with all Board laws and regulations during the oversight period. Any violations detected in that time would result in the immediate closing of the Tewksbury salon and revocation of Nguyen's license for the remainder of the suspension period. Nguyen will also be required to contact the Board in writing following the suspension period to seek full reinstatement of his license.

The Board of Registration of Cosmetologists licenses over 62,500 cosmetologists and cosmetology salons throughout the Commonwealth. In fiscal year 2004, the Board inspected 1,920 salons and approved the opening of 1,367 new salons and training schools. Nine hundred sixteen complaints were resolved, resulting in 364 consent agreements, four license probations and fines totaling $119,500.

Consumers are urged to visit the Division of Professional Licensure's website at www.mass.gov/reg and select the "check a license" option to determine whether a professional they are considering doing business with is licensed and in good standing.

The Division of Professional Licensure is an agency within the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation. It is responsible for ensuring the integrity of the licensing process for 43 trades and professions regulated by 29 boards of registration, the updating and renewal of approximately 330,000 licenses and the maintenance of databases for licensing, enforcement and revenue collection. In fiscal year 2004, the Division of Professional Licensure imposed record levels of enforcement, including 829 disciplinary actions, $128,000 in fines and the return of more than $25,000 to consumers.