2022 Updates to California Esthetician Laws: What You Need to Know

At Tuel, we are experts in educating estheticians on products, techniques, and business solutions that will help their clients and their salon thrive. More than just a powerful skincare brand, Tuel will help you broaden your expertise through hands-on classes, business advice, and marketing—all backed by 40 years of industry experience. And because we are skincare professionals first, we know how important (and difficult) it can be to stay on top of all the current esthetician laws. As we head into a new year, we took a look at SB-803 Barbering and Cosmetology and the changes it creates for salons in California, but always be sure to do your own research and confirm what is correct in your state. Any questions? We are just an email away at info@tuelberodin.com.

In 2021, the California Board of Barbering and Cosmetology passed the state senate bill, SB 803 that among other things, creates substantial changes to licensing requirements and abolishes the practical exam. In addition, it changes the esthetic scope of practice to include lash and brow tinting and perming. 

An overview of the changes effective January 1, 2022 include:

  • Reduces the cosmetology and barbering programs to 1,000 hours (from 1,600 and 1,500 respectively).
  • Creates a 600-hour program for a new (non-chemical) hairstylist license. 
  • Changes the esthetic scope of practice to include lash and brow tinting and perming.
  • Removes the practical examination and therefore eliminates the pre-application process.
  • Changes the number of board members from 9 to 13 and requires that one licensee from each sector of the industry be represented on the Board.
  • Allows for a streamlined endorsement process to license an individual from another state that holds a valid license in that state.
  • Requires an apprentice to receive their pre-apprentice training from the Board prior to licensure.
  • Updates the requirements for a mobile unit.
  • Increases hours allowed in the extern program.

You can find a full 2022 SB 803 FAQ document here.