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Rules and Laws

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.

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;
    1. Report includes currently licensed cosmetology schools, barber schools and approved continuing education providers that could have the required training available. Other links will be provided as they are available. You are not limited to these options.
    2. Approved Schools and CE Providers [pdf]
    3. Online Sources for 16 Hour Training
    4. Sweeting's Cosmetology & Braiding Institute
      1. Master's Barber & Styling College
      2. http://thealanexgroup.com/training/
  2. Register biennially and pay a $30.00 registration fee by going to www.core.tn.gov 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.