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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

Board Vacancy: The Board of Barbering, Cosmetology, & Esthetics has a vacancy for a registered tanning facility owner. Please contact the Board office at 603-271-3608 if you are interested in serving on the Board.

Attention Licensees: Microblading is not within the scope of practice for barbers, cosmetologists, estheticians, or manicurists. You must be a licensed tattoo artist to perform microblading.

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. The Board considers Fractora to be a microneedling device.

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
Main Telephone: (603) 271-2152