Board of Barbers and Hairdressers

Licensing Questions?

Visit our Frequently Asked Questions web page for answers to basic questions on obtaining a barber, hairdresser, esthetician, tattoo, permanent cosmetic coloring or body piercing license. Also, each license application has detailed instructions on what is required and how to obtain that particular license type.

We also suggest applicants review the Board of Barbers and Hairdresser Statutes and Regulations.

The Board of Barbers and Hairdressers is staffed by the Division of Corporations, Business, and Professional Licensing. The Board consists of two barbers; two hairdressers, one of whom is also licensed as an esthetician, one person licensed to practice body piercing or licensed to practice tattooing and permanent cosmetic coloring; and one public member. 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.

Visit the Division of Environmental Health's Food Safety and Sanitation Program website for useful sanitation information and resources for Tattoo and Piercing shops and Hair and Nails shops.

Warning to Consumers from OSHA: Hair Smoothing Products Hazard Alert

Professions Regulated by the Board

  • Barber
  • Esthetician (skin care)
  • Hairdresser
  • Instructor (barber, hairdresser, esthetician)
  • School/School Owner (barber, hairdresser, esthetician, manicure, tattooing, body piercing)
  • Shop Owner (barber, hairdresser, esthetician, manicure)
  • Student (barber, hairdresser, esthetician, instructor, tattooing, body piercing)
  • Nail Technician
  • Nail Technician Instructor
  • Body Piercing
  • Tattooing
  • Permanent Cosmetic Coloring

National Organizations

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

Contact Information

Cynthia Spencer, Licensing Examiner
P.O. Box 110806
Juneau AK 99811-0806
Phone: 907-465-2547
Fax: 907-465-2974

Alexa Adelmeyer, Licensing Examiner
P.O. Box 110806
Juneau AK 99811-0806
Phone: 907-465-1158
Fax: 907-465-2974