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Board of Barbers and Hairdressers

Updated Regulations Will Be Effective April 5, 2018

Board approved text books for 12 hour manicuring safety and sanitation course in accordance with Regulation 12 AAC 09.143(b).

During its January 22, 2018 meeting the board approved text books published by Milady, Pivot Point and CLiC as meeting the requirements of 12 AAC 09.143(b).

NOTE:   Valid license numbers may or may not include four alpha characters. If you have an alpha-numeric license number, you must
enter all characters in order to renew online.

WARNING: License Renewal Scam

If you received a green postcard in the mail for renewal of your Alaska practitioner license, DO NOT go to the website on the card to renew your license. You may only renew your license through the Board of Barber and Hairdresser Website. Click here to view the illegal postcard.

On June 17, legislation was enacted that will return certain licensing requirements to pre-2016 standards. The table below explains the changes to several license types. The most significant changes are to manicuring licenses:

  • A current licensee holding a Nail Technician license will be converted into a Manicurist with an Advanced Manicurist Endorsement and must apply to renew that license by August 31, 2017.
  • A previous licensee who held a Manicurist license but did not complete the requirements for a Nail Technician license by January 1, 2016, may renew the Manicurist license by submitting a renewal application and payment and all back fees for the periods in which your license was lapsed.
  • A person who has passed a 12-hour manicuring course approved by the board may apply for licensure as a Manicurist.
  • A person who has passed a 250-hour advanced manicuring course and the national nail technician exam may apply for licensure as a Manicurist with an Advanced Manicurist Endorsement.
  • All manicuring exams scheduled by the board are cancelled until further notice. For a refund of your exam fee, please email your request to:

Please direct all questions about these changes to for fastest response. Due to our current workload, telephone inquiries may receive a significantly delayed response.

License Type Requirements from
January 1, 2016, to June 17, 2017
Changes beginning June 17, 2017
  • Called "Nail Technician"
  • 250 hours of work experience
  • Pass the national nail technician exam
  • New applicants must also prove 250 hours of education or apprenticeship
  • Applicants must complete a 12-hour manicuring health, safety and hygiene course approved by the board.
  • Applicants do not have to take a manicuring/nail technician exam to become licensed
  • Applicants do not have to take 250 hours of education to apply for a Manicurist license.
  • A person who holds a current valid license from another state may apply for a license if the training and exam requirements in the other state are comparable to requirements in this state.
Advanced Manicurist Not a license type between
January 1, 2016, to June 17, 2017.
  • The Advanced Manicurist Endorsement is available to applicants who successfully complete 250 hours of education approved by the board and pass a written exam.
  • A person who holds a current valid license from another state may apply for a license if the training and exam requirements in the other state are comparable to requirements in this state.
Hairdresser A Hairdresser is not allowed to practice manicuring under the hairdressing license.

A Hairdresser is allowed to practice manicuring under the hairdressing license if the curriculum approved by the board at the time of completion included 12 hours of instruction in health, safety and hygiene.

Instructor An Instructor in hairdressing is not allowed to instruct in manicuring without also holding a nail technician license.
  • An Instructor in hairdressing may instruct the 12-hour safety and hygiene course required for a Manicurist license.
  • Allows the board by regulation to establish requirements for other manicuring instructors, including instructors who teach courses that satisfy the requirements for an Advanced Manicurist Endorsement.
  • 12-hour manicuring course no longer available
  • 250-hour manicuring course is required for licensure
  • May offer 12 hours of instruction or training that cover health, safety, and hygiene concerns relevant to the practice of manicuring.
  • The school may not require more than 12 hours of instruction to satisfy the Manicurist training requirement.
  • Schools may seek approval by the board to offer coursework toward the Advanced Manicurist Endorsement.
  • A student of the 12-hour manicuring course is not required to hold a student permit.
  • A student applying to take an exam may apply for a temporary license valid until the applicant either passes the exam or the 120-day license expires.

      Renewal Information      

NEW starting mid-July: Online renewal will be available for the following license types: Barber, Hairdresser, Esthetician, Instructor, Manicurist, Advanced Manicurist Endorsement, and School.

Shops, Tattooists/Permanent Cosmetic Colorists, and Body Piercers must submit additional documentation to renew and therefore may not renew online.

Paper renewal application forms will be available on the website mid-July. You must submit an application for the September 1, 2017, through August 31, 2019, renewal period in order to make a payment toward your renewal. Money without this documentation will not be accepted.

Notices will be mailed to current licensees when renewal forms are available. If you do not receive a notice, we may not have your current mailing address on file. You may update your mailing address by sending an email to with your name, license number, and new mailing address.

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

Licensee Last Name: A—K

Licensing Examiner: Dawn Hannasch
P.O. Box 110806
Juneau AK 99811-0806
Phone: 907-465-2543
Fax: 907-465-2974

Licensee Last Name: L—Z

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