California Amends Esthetics Scope of Practice

Senate Bill 803 (SB 803) was signed by Governor Newsom on October 7, 2021. The bill changed various sections of the Barbering and Cosmetology Act and went into effect January 1, 2022.

One area SB 803 amended was the esthetics scope of practice, which now includes lash and brow tinting and perming:

(c) The practice of skin care is all or any combination of the following practices:

(1) Giving facials, massaging, stimulating, exfoliating, cleansing, or beautifying the face, scalp, neck, hands, arms, feet, legs, or upper part of the human body by the use of hands, esthetic devices, cosmetic products, antiseptics, lotions, tonics, or creams for the purpose of improving the appearance or well-being of the skin that do not result in the ablation or destruction of the live tissue.

(2) Tinting and perming of the eyelashes and brows, or applying eyelashes to any person. (Emphasis added.)

(3) Removing superfluous hair from the body of any person by use of depilatories, tweezers, sugaring, nonprescription chemical, or waxing, or by the use of devices and appliances of any kind or description, except by the use of lasers or light waves, which are commonly known as rays.


To learn more about how SB 803 affected cosmetology and esthetics, view the Board of Barbering & Cosmetology’s Questions and Answers PDF. You can also email

Check to see what esthetician requirements are applicable for your state.

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