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Board of Barbers and Hairdressers

Due to multiple recent vacancies on staff and increased COVID-related workloads, we are currently unable to return calls and emails within our normal processing times. Our primary focus is on reviewing and issuing licenses at the moment. If you have applied for licensure, please check the online portal ( MY LICENSE) for real-time updates on the progress of your application. Answers to most other questions can be located using the links on the right hand side of the page. Thank you for your patience while we attend to these priorities, and we will respond as soon as possible.

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Examination Information:

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

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Effective December 2020 the Practical Examination component for licensure was removed and replaced with a Proficiency Examination. Proficiency examinations must be administered by the school or Instructor (apprenticeship) at the conclusion of training in accordance with 12 AAC 09.050.

Documentation of passing a proficiency examination must be documented on Completion of Training forms; updated forms were posted to the web December 2020.

Students/apprentices who completed training prior to December 2020 still must provide proof of passing a Proficiency Examination by requesting their school/Instructor complete and submit an updated Completion of Training form.

Applicants are required to take and pass a written examination to complete the licensure process.

License types affected:

  • Barbers
  • Non-Chemical Barbers
  • Estheticians
  • Hairdressers

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)

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: 907-465-2550
BoardofBarbersHairdressers@Alaska.Gov

Cynthia Spencer, Records & Licensing Supervisor
P.O. Box 110806
Juneau, AK 99811-0806
Phone: 907-465-6246
BoardofBarbersHairdressers@Alaska.Gov