By: Tom Kenny
FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Kentucky Senate passed legislation (last) Thursday that would loosen regulation on the burgeoning business of blow-dry-only hair salons.
The measure, known as Senate Bill 106, would create a limited license for beauty salons to provide only blow-drying and styling services. Currently in Kentucky, these types of businesses must obtain a full salon license and employ only trained cosmetologists who have completed 1,500 hours of training.
“Senate Bill 106 is a game-changer in the industry,” said Sen. Denise Harper Angel, D-Louisville, who introduced the legislation.
Another provision of SB 106 would increase the cosmetology school instruction requirement for obtaining a blow drying services license from 300 hours to 450 hours. Harper Angel said that provision was added because training programs under 450 hours do not qualify for financial aid.
SB 106 would also establish the educational curriculum for blow-drying services by the end of the year.
“By establishing a separate license for these businesses, we will help eliminate barriers to their expansion and growth,” said Harper Angel. “And by lowing the initial costs of entering into the field, we are reducing barriers to education and employment.”
Sen. Julie Raque Adams, R-Louisville, was a primary cosponsor of SB 106 along with Harper Angel and stood in support of the legislation.
“I’m in complete agreement … that this is also an economic development bill,” she said. “I think less regulation equals more opportunity.”
Adams commended Harper Angel for continuing to strive to reduce regulations that throw up barriers to economic opportunity across the commonwealth.