The Professional Beauty Association (PBA) has launched a new campaign to combat deregulation of the salon industry and to unite licensed beauty professionals.The “I Am A Professional. I Am Licensed.” campaign is an educational and visual movement to arm licensed beauty professionals with information to share with their clients on the importance of licensing, as licensed professionals must complete hundreds of hours of schooling, learn proper techniques, and practice proper sanitation procedures to minimize the threat of infections. In a national poll conducted by the PBA, 94% of U.S. voters support required licensing for beauty professionals.
Even so, the fate of licensing (oftentimes with a focus on the beauty industry) still hangs in the balance as some states have and continue to consider measures that deregulate licensing. Indiana is one of such states that proposed a bill early last year that would eliminate government licensing and regulation of the professional beauty industry. Luckily, with the help of public and vocal opposition, mainly from cosmetologists, Indiana’s bill was withdrawn.