Board of Registration of Cosmetology and Barbering

The Board of Registration of Cosmetology and Barbering regulates cosmetology, barbering, and electrology in Massachusetts. The Board issues licenses to qualified individuals, businesses, and schools to ensure public health and safety by maintaining high standards for these industries.

Contact Us

Address

Division of Professional Licensure
1000 Washington Street, 7th Floor, Boston , MA 02118

Online

To receive instructions on conducting common board transactions, email: cosmetologyandbarberingboard.info@mass.gov

Who we serve

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 through the application of an electrical current to the hair follicle. All three professions are regulated by the Board of Registration of Cosmetology and Barbering.

Recent news & announcements

  • News

    Update on School Transfer Hours  

    4/04/2022 Board of Registration of Cosmetology and Barbering

    Board of Registration of Cosmetology and Barbering (“Board”) voted to rescind its Policy on the Expiration of Incomplete Education, eliminating any Board rules regarding when incomplete education hours expire.

  • News

    New Board Policy on Student Apprenticeship and Employment  

    3/29/2019 Board of Registration of Cosmetology and Barbering

    New Board Policy Effective March 29, 2019

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