IDFPR Enforcement of Cosmetologists

Cosmetologists are regulated by the State of Illinois. There are a number of different statutes that apply to cosmetologists, as well as extensive administrative regulations. The primary statute that regulated the profession is the Barber, Cosmetology, Esthetics, Hair Braiding, and Nail Technology Act of 1985. The law and regulations include:

  • Licensing standards and requirements
  • Scope of Cosmetologists practice and standards of care
  • Education requirements and standards
  • Disciplinary action for violations of laws and regulations

The significant regulation for cosmologists reflects the government’s interest in protecting the health, safety, and welfare of citizens. Only cosmologists who meet specific requirements are permitted to practice in Illinois. IDFPR offers two categories of licenses:

  • Cosmetologist
  • Cosmetology School-State Owned
  • Off-Site Cosmetology School
  • Cosmetology C.E. Sponsor
  • Cosmetology School
  • Cosmetology Teacher
  • Salon/Shop Registration


When Can a Cosmetologist Lose His or Her License — or Face Professional Discipline — in Illinois?

The Barber, Cosmetology, Esthetics, Hair Braiding, and Nail Technology Act of 1985 contains numerous types of conduct that can warrant disciplinary action. Examples of issues regulated by the Act and the corresponding administrative rules include:

  • Gross malpractice or gross incompetence.
  • Continued practice by a person knowingly having an infectious or contagious disease.
  • Solicitation of professional services by using false or misleading advertising.
  • Habitual or excessive use or addiction to alcohol, narcotics, stimulants, or any other chemical agent or drug that results in the inability to practice with reasonable judgment, skill or safety.
  • Engaging in dishonorable, unethical or unprofessional conduct of a character likely to deceive, defraud, or harm the public as may be defined by rules of the Department, or violating the rules of professional conduct which may be adopted by the Department.

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