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Board of Barbering, Cosmetology, and Esthetics

The principal focus of the New Hampshire Board of Barbering, Cosmetology, and Esthetics is to protect the public health, safety and welfare by regulating the practices of Professional Barbers, Cosmetologists, Estheticians, Manicurists and Tanning. The Board qualifies and licenses individuals and businesses, establishes and enforces administrative rules and laws, and provides information so that the public may make informed decisions.

Board News

Public Hearing

On November 28, 2016, the Board voted to adopt Bar 300-400 as a regular initial rulemaking proposal. The Board will hold a public hearing on these rules at the Office of Professional Licensure and Certification, 121 South Fruit Street, Concord, NH 03301, on January 9, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. Oral comments may be presented to the Board at that time. Written comments will be accepted through January 19, 2017, and may be emailed directly to robert.lambertijr@nh.gov.

Shops and Licensees pdf file

As of August 20, 2016, estheticians may perform natural nail manicures only with proper training. Temporary permits will be valid for 60 days. Shampoo assistants will no longer require licensure. Persons employed as shampoo assistants in a licensed shop who perform the functions of shampooing, rinsing and removing rollers or perm rods, and rinsing treated or untreated hair are now exempt from licensure.

Estheticians pdf file

As of March 14, 2016, estheticians are not allowed to perform microneedling/dermarolling services. The Board has determined that these services are not within the scope of practice for estheticians.

Contact the Board

(603) 271-3608
(603) 271-3950 (fax)

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Office of Professional Licensure and Certification
121 South Fruit Street |  Concord, NH 03301