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(Includes appearance enhancement occupations such as Esthetician, Nail Specialist, Natural Hairstylist and Waxer)


The practice of "cosmetology" means providing service to the hair, head, face, neck or scalp of a human being, including but not limited to shaving, trimming, and cutting the hair or beard either by hand or mechanical appliances and the application of antiseptics, powders, oils, clays, lotions or applying tonics to the hair, head, or scalp, and in addition includes providing, for a fee or any consideration or exchange, whether direct or indirect, services for the application of dyes, reactive chemicals, or other preparations to alter the color or to straighten, curl, or alter the structure of the hair of a human being.

Licensing Requirements

The latest information and requirements for licensure are available on the New York State Department of State website at:


$40 - Initial Application

Licenses Issued and Active:

In 2017, there were 69,049 licenses issued for this occupation.
As of December 31, 2017, there were 119,437 active licenses for this occupation.

Licensing Authority

New York State Department of State
Division of Licensing Services
One Commerce Plaza
99 Washington Avenue
P.O. Box 22001
Albany, New York 12201-2001
Phone: (518) 474-4429
Fax: (518) 473-6648
E-mail: [email protected]

Standard Occupational Classification

39-5012 - Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists
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Fees stated and other information contained in this report are subject to change. Please contact the licensing authority listed above for the most current information.

This page was last updated on 11/7/18.

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