For Immediate Release - January 18, 2006

State Board Temporarily Shuts Down Dorchester Beauty Salon

State Board Temporarily Shuts Down Dorchester Beauty Salon

The Board of Registration of Cosmetology ("Board") has suspended operations at Delicias Unisex Beauty Salon at 304 Bowdoin Street in Dorchester for numerous violations determined to place the health and safety of customers at risk.

The Board's action against the salon and the suspension of the cosmetology license held by Santa Castillo of Milton follows a Division of Professional Licensure investigation that found the following violations:

  • Presence of over two-dozen hypodermic needles, two bottles of the anesthetic XylocaineÒand two vials of an unidentified liquid substance;
  • Failure to post the salon license on premises;
  • Failure to post a price list.

A hearing has been scheduled for January 25 th to allow Castillo to respond to the findings of the investigation and the summary suspension of operations. New enforcement provisions signed into law by Governor Mitt Romney in December 2004 gave the Division of Professional Licensure the authority to temporarily close cosmetology salons if they pose a threat to the health, safety and welfare of the public.

"This law gives our Boards the tools they need to act quickly in situations like these so that the highest level of consumer protection is ensured," said George K. Weber, Acing Director of Professional Licensure. "Illegal practices, violations of professional standards, breaches of ethics and unlicensed practice simply won't be tolerated."

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 ("DPL") is a regulatory agency within the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation. The agency is responsible for ensuring regulatory compliance and the integrity of the licensing process for approximately 330,000 licensees across 43 trades and professions under the jurisdiction of 29 boards of registration.