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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.

Public Notice:

On October 6, 2020, the Board of Barbers and Hairdressers adopted regulation changes to Title 12, Chapter 09 of the Alaska Administrative Code. The regulations concern practical examinations, application requirements, and adding a “proficiency examination” to the training requirements for barbers, non-chemical barbers, hairdressers, and estheticians.

The regulation changes were reviewed and approved by the Department of Law, signed and filed by the Lieutenant Governor (or designee) on November 6, 2020, and will go into effect December 6, 2020. See copy of the filed version of the regulations below.

The new regulation changes will be printed in Register 236, January 2021 of the Alaska Administrative Code.

Adopted Regulations


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Examination Update:

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Additional 2020 Tentative Examination Date Added
(Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau):
Exam Date: December 7, 2020
Application Deadline: November 7, 2020

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)

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

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