Code of the District of Columbia

Part E. Cosmetologists.


§ 47–2853.81. Scope of practice for cosmetologists.

For the purposes of this part, the term “practice of cosmetology” means providing or offering to the general public for a fee any of the following services solely for cosmetic purposes: bleaching, braiding, coloring, curling, cutting, dressing, eyebrow arching, the use of devices or chemicals to straighten, curl, or wave hair, shampooing, singeing, styling, weaving, or similar work performed upon the face, hair, hairpiece, or wig of a person; electrolysis; esthetics; and manicuring. The practice of cosmetology shall not include shaving or trimming the beard or moustache of a person.


(Apr. 20, 1999, D.C. Law 12-261, § 1002, 46 DCR 3142.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 47-2853.81.


§ 47–2853.82. Eligibility requirements.

An applicant for an occupational license as a cosmetologist, cosmetologist-manager, or cosmetologist-owner or any subcategory of specialty cosmetologist, shall establish to the satisfaction of the Board of Barber and Cosmetology that the applicant:

(1) Has passed the examination or examinations required by the Board; and

(2) Meets any other requirements established by rule to ensure that the applicant has had the proper training and is otherwise qualified to practice the occupation, manage a facility where such occupation is performed, own such a facility or teach the occupation.


(Apr. 20, 1999, D.C. Law 12-261, § 1002, 46 DCR 3142.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 47-2853.82.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 47-2853.12.


§ 47–2853.83. Certain representations prohibited.

Unless licensed under this subchapter, no person shall use the terms “cosmetologist,” “licensed cosmetologist,” “cosmetologist-manager,” “cosmetologist-owner,” or words describing any cosmetology specialty (“manicurist,” “braider,” etc.) that may be defined by the Board with the intent to imply that the person is authorized to perform such services in the District.


(Apr. 20, 1999, D.C. Law 12-261, § 1002, 46 DCR 3142.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 47-2853.83.