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Board of Cosmetology and Barber Examiners

Here you will find information pertaining to rules and laws that relate to cosmetology and barbering.  Each profession must comply with the state laws and statutes in order to maintain a license.


Per a court order issued by the Davidson County Chancery court on August 5, 2020, the Tennessee Board of Cosmetology & Barber Examiners (Board) is enjoined from enforcing Tenn. Code Ann. § 62-3-110(b)(2) which requires that all master barber registration applicants obtain a high school diploma, GED, or HiSET equivalence. Please note that the director and staff will no longer require that barber schools contain proof of a high school diploma, GED, or HiSET equivalence in a student’s file.  For any question please contact the Board office at . Should this status change the notice on this website will be updated.

New 2019 change

Effective July 1, 2019, hair braiders are exempt from Title 62, Chapter 4 provided that the following general requirements are met:

  1. Obtain 16 hours of training in health and hygiene in-person or online;
  2. Register biennially and pay a $30.00 registration fee by going to on or after July 1st;
  3. Use only disposable or properly sanitized instruments; and
  4. Post a notice that the hair braider is not licensed and refrain from referring to oneself as a natural hair stylist.