Taking the cosmetology test may seem scary, but it’s the first step to a wonderful career. While the topics covered in the cosmetology exam regarding Hair, Skin, Nails, etc. are generally the same, each state has unique legal and ethical questions on the cosmetology exam. Usually, there are about ten questions in this area. These questions will only pertain to your state so its important to review them on your state board website along with a cosmetology study guide program like Salon Prep. Select your state here, then click the link at the bottom of the page for your state’s official cosmetology exam information. Read on for some examples of information that may vary from state to state regarding legal and ethical information. Salon Prep contains study guide and practice exams on disinfection and sanitation, but state specific regulations change quickly so make sure you’re up to date.
Disinfecting – Boiling tools is not an accepted way to disinfect tools. Use a disinfecting solution for non electrical tools like clipper blades and scissors which need to be immersed for at least ten minutes. If left in too long, the tools can erode, so follow manufacturers’ directions when using and replacing disinfectant liquids. A high level spray can be used in some states.
Hygiene – Non-disposable cups may be provided at a salon or spa if disposable cups are also provided and properly disposed of. There is no requirement for clients to wash their hands before services are performed, but practitioners must wear single use gloves. If any sores are seen, cosmetology professionals must wait until they are healed. Towels and cloths used do not need to be bleached, but should be washed and laundered and put away in a clean place. Used towels and clothes should be put in a container or basket away from other things in the salon or spa area.
Licenses and Facilities – You can provide your Individual Taxpayer Identification Number instead of Social Security number when applying for a practitioner certification or facility license. If you are moving your location, you need to obtain a new facility permit and the facility needs to move to a physical address (not a PO Box). If you are working in a hospital setting or long term care facility, you do not need to have a cosmetology facility license. If the person is working independently from the facility, hospital or care center, then the practitioner would need a license.
Inspections can be intimidating and nerve racking. There is usually a checklist available for review before you’re inspected. The rules vary by state so make sure you review the requirements in your area while you study online with Salon Prep.