Board of Barbering and Cosmetology Sunset Review—Joint Oversight Hearing Friday, April 9

Last year, the California legislature postponed the sunset review of the Board of Barbering and Cosmetology (BBC) to this year. There is a joint oversight hearing with the Assembly Business and Professions Committee and the Senate Business, Professions, and Economic Development Committee on Friday, April 9, at 9:00 a.m. PT.

The agenda and sunset report drafted by staff will be posted here this week. If you care to provide public comment at the hearing, you will have the opportunity to do so. The phone number and meeting access code are modified before every hearing. Please check the committee page a few days before the hearing for the number and the code. If you call in, you will be in a waiting room listening to the committee hearing. At some point, the operator will ask those who wish to comment to press 1 on their dialpad. You will then be given a number, that if called, will give you an opportunity to testify for two minutes. Most likely, not everyone in the waiting room will have an opportunity to speak.

If you would like to submit written comment, please send them to us at by April 8, 2021, and we will forward them to the committee. People can also submit comment after the hearing.

Sunset Hearings
Every few years or so, regulatory boards are reviewed to see if the statutes need to be modified, if the board is still needed, or whether it can be retired. At the joint hearing on April 9, 2021, senators and assembly members will ask questions of BBC staff. After the questioning is complete, they will allow for public comment. All comments should be on issues around the practice act, not personal questions for the board or legislators. It is not a dialogue, and there is no response to comments. People will only have two minutes to provide comment, and there is not enough time for everyone to comment. Legislation will not be presented at this hearing. After the sunset hearing is over, legislative staff will draft a bill regarding the BBC. We won’t know what is in that bill until it gets introduced later this session. We will keep you apprised of any proposed changes to the practice act.

In other news, hours after ASCP sent an email to help estheticians get back to work in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Board of Health switched course and allowed estheticians to return to work beginning April 5, 2021.

Here are the updated guidelines. To be clear, this only applies to personal care services in Los Angeles. The main points include the requirement that estheticians must wear a mask and a face shield when providing services where the client removes their mask. In addition, disposable gloves are required while providing treatment and when cleaning the room. Read the guidelines for all requirements.

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