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Board of Barbers and Hairdressers

Teleconference Meeting Notice:

The Board of Barbers & Hairdressers will be holding a Teleconference August 13 at 4:30 p.m.

Please email boardofbarbershairdressers@alaska.gov for Zoom meeting information.


COVID-19 MANDATES AND GUIDANCE:

The governor has issued a mandate or the board has issued guidance for this program.

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Examination Update:

Please be aware, due to the ongoing pandemic, ALL examination dates are subject to postponement; if this occurs candidates will be notified.

For the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak in Alaska, please visit coronavirus.alaska.gov.

Public Notice:

Notice of Adopted Changes to the Regulations of the Board of Barbers and Hairdressers

On May 11, 2020, the Board of Barbers and Hairdressers adopted regulation changes to Title 12, Chapter 09 of the Alaska Administrative Code. The regulations concern health and sanitation requirements in shops and schools.

The regulation changes were reviewed and approved by the Department of Law, signed and filed by the Lieutenant Governor on August 3, 2020, and will go into effect September 2, 2020. See copy of the filed version of the regulations below.

The new regulation changes will be printed in Register 235, October 2020 of the Alaska Administrative Code.

Filed Regulations

Removal of Practical Examination Requirements Effective March 1, 2020.

Letters and emails to affected licensees were sent out with the information regarding the practical examination.

The Board, during its February 11-12, 2020 meeting agreed by a majority to remove the practical examination requirements for licensure for the license types listed below, effective March 1, 2020. The Board will be drafting regulations to remove the practical examination requirements from the current regulations. Once the draft regulations are approved by the board for public noticing, the public notice will be mailed or emailed to all licensees, posted on the Online Public Notice System and in the Anchorage Daily News. The public notice will include the means by which the public can make comment on the proposed regulation changes.

License types affected:

  • Barbers
  • Estheticians
  • Hairdressers
  • Instructors
  • Non-Chemical Barbers

The requirements to take and pass a written examination for the license type an applicant is seeking has not changed.

Applicants who have failed a previously administered practical examination will be contacted in writing with information regarding their licensure.

Applicants who have been scheduled or pre-scheduled to take a practical examination will be contacted with updated information and refund of any unused practical examination fees. These applicants must still take and pass the written examination.

The Board of Barbers and Hairdressers is staffed by the Division of Corporations, Business, and Professional Licensing. The Board consists of one barber; one person licensed to practice body piercing, tattooing, or permanent cosmetic coloring; two persons licensed as hairdressers, one of whom is also licensed as an esthetician; one public member; one person licensed to practice manicuring under this chapter; and one person licensed to practice any activity licensed under this chapter. Board members are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the legislature.

The Board adopts regulations to carry out laws governing the practice of barbering, hairdressing, esthetics, tattoo and permanent cosmetic coloring, and body piercing. It makes final licensing decisions and takes disciplinary actions against people who violate licensing laws. The Board meets three times a year and offers a public comment period at each meeting. Meeting agendas and minutes are available from the licensing examiner and will be posted to this website once prepared.

Professions Regulated by the Board

  • Barber
  • Non-Chemical Barber
  • Hairdresser
  • Hair Braider
  • Esthetician
  • Manicurist
  • Manicurist with Advanced Endorsement
  • Instructor (barber, non-chemical barber, hairdresser, hair braider, esthetician, manicurist, manicurist w/ advanced endorsement)
  • Body Piercer
  • Tatooist
  • Permanent Cosmetic Colorist
  • School/School Owner (barber, non-chemical barber, hairdresser, hair braider, esthetician, manicurist, manicurist w/ advanecd endorsement, student instructor)
  • Shop Owner (barber, non-chemical barber, hairdresser, hair braider, esthetician, manicurist, body piercer, tatootist, permanent cosmetic colorist)

Electronic Requests for License Verification

NOTE: This feature is for individuals who have registered with MY LICENSE and wish to pay the filing fee online with a credit card payment .

If you are not registered with MY LICENSE and would like information on how to register, please contact boardofbarbershairdressers@alaska.gov.

  1. Submit Your Request
    • Send your Request for License Verification to: boardofbarbershairdressers@alaska.gov
    • Put the program along with your first and last name in the subject line.
    • The following information must be provided in the body of your email:
      • NAME: The name used when your professional license was last issued or renewed.
      • LICENSE NUMBER: Your professional license number.
      • SEND TO: Provide both the Board and/or Agency name along with a complete mailing address.
  2. Payment of Fees
    • You will be sent a notification email with a link to your license details page.
    • A “Make a Payment” link will be available within your license details page under “Actions”.
    • A $20 filing fee is required for each verification of license.
  3. Completed Request
    • You will be sent a notification email with a link to your license details page when the request is completed.
    • Please allow up to 10 business days for processing after submitting your payment.

If you prefer to submit a check or money order, you may mail in the Request License Verification form.

National Organizations

National organizations may provide information on the regulation of the practice of barbering, hairdressing, and cosmetology in other states.

Contact Information

Wanda Whitcomb, Licensing Examiner
P.O. Box 110806
Juneau AK 99811-0806
Phone: 907-465-1158
BoardofBarbersHairdressers@Alaska.Gov

Cynthia Spencer, Licensing Examiner
P.O. Box 110806
Juneau AK 99811-0806
Phone: 907-465-2547
BoardofBarbersHairdressers@Alaska.Gov