Kansas Board of Cosmetology

Frequently Asked Questions


Disclaimer: The Kansas Board of Cosmetology maintains these FAQs as a public service to enhance public access to the Board’s information and resources. These FAQs are not intended to take the place of statutory law, regulations, or guidance documents. These FAQs are meant to serve merely as general summary information and, consequently, do not constitute legal advice for your particular question, issue, or concern. Please consult your own legal counsel for assistance with your legal matters.


For the Consumer


What professions does the Board regulate?

What is the purpose of the Board?

Why should I care if a person or an establishment is licensed?

How can I find out if an establishment or practitioner is licensed?

How can I tell if an establishment or practitioner has been disciplined by the Board?

What is the proper procedure for cleaning and disinfecting pedicure equipment?

How can I tell if a pedicure basin has not been cleaned and disinfected?

What is the proper procedure for disinfecting nail technology instruments?

What are single-use items for manicure and pedicure services?

What should my practitioner do if I am cut during a service?

What procedures can my esthetician perform?

I am interested in having my eyebrows done with microblading. Can my esthetician perform this service?


General


Can we serve alcohol in the salon?

Is wig fitting the practice of cosmetology?

What license do I need to become a Lash Artist?

Are cuticle clippers prohibited by the Board?

How do I update my address with the Board?

I received a "Notice of Required Remedial Action." What do I do?

I lost my license, what do I do?

How do I change my establishment name?

I am moving. How do I get verification of my licensure to the state I am moving to?

I am licensed in another state. How do I get my Kansas license?

If I fail any part of my initial licensure exam is my temporary license still valid?

What do I do if I have a name change?

How long will it take to receive my license?

How do I become a licensed Body Art Practitioner?

Where can I get tanning device operator training?

How do I acquire a law book?

How do I file a complaint?

Does Kansas have reciprocity with any other states?

What if I have a prior felony conviction?

I just failed my exam. How can I reschedule my exam?

What license do I need to provide microblading and/or permanent cosmetic services?

When are licensure exams?


Hair Braiding


Do I need a license to provide hair braiding services?

Make-up Artistry


Is Make-up artistry regulated in Kansas?

What licensure do I need to provide make-up services for compensation in Kansas?

Under what conditions can I apply make-up without licensure at a department store or make-up counter?

Do I need a license to teach make-up?

Does a mobile establishment providing make-up services need to be licensed?

Do I need a license to provide make-up services to a person at their home or office?

Do I need a license to provide make-up services for a TV & film or commercial production?

Do I need a license to provide make-up services in a salon or spa?


Hearings


How do I request a hearing?

How long do I have to request a hearing?

When and where will my hearing take place?

What to expect?

What do I need to bring to the hearing?

What if I want to cancel my hearing request?


Fines


How do I pay my fine?

What if I can’t pay the whole fine right now?

Do I have to pay my fine?


Felony Reporting Mistakes


I received a letter asking for information about a felony conviction and I have never been convicted of a felony. What should I do?

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For the Consumer


What professions does the Board regulate?

The Board regulates cosmetology apprentices, practitioners, instructors, establishments and schools; body art apprentices, practitioners, trainers and facilities; and tanning facilities.

What is the purpose of the Board?

To protect the health and safety of the consuming public by licensing qualified individuals and enforcing high standards of practice.

Why should I care if a person or an establishment is licensed?

Because licensure ensures that the individual has received proper training and that they have demonstrated knowledge of infection control requirements. Further, licensees are required to comply with the infection control regulations and are subject to inspection to maintain licensure.

How can I find out if an establishment or practitioner is licensed?

The Board has a searchable license database available on its website: https://www.kansas.gov/kboc/License_Verification.htm

How can I tell if an establishment or practitioner has been disciplined by the Board?

Disciplinary Action Reports can be found on the Board’s website.

What is the proper procedure for cleaning and disinfecting pedicure equipment?

After every consumer, the pedicure basin must be cleaned and disinfected. The proper procedure can be found on the Board’s website here.

How can I tell if a pedicure basin has not been cleaned and disinfected?

Look for residue in the basin and on the drain cover. If the basin has a jet, ask the practitioner to remove it and disassemble it. If you hear a grating sound (foot scrub residue) when the jet is opened or you see visible hair, product or debris in the jet assembly, it has not been cleaned and disinfected.

What is the proper procedure for disinfecting nail technology instruments?

After every consumer, the instruments must be cleaned with soap and water and then rinsed. The instruments must then be totally immersed in a bleach solution for 10 minutes or an EPA- registered disinfectant and disinfected according to the manufacturer's instructions, then rinsed and dried.

Always ask to see instruments before they are used on you. If nail dust or nail clippings are present, the instruments have not been cleaned and disinfected.

What are single-use items for manicure and pedicure services?

The following items may only be used once and must be thrown away after use.

Orange Sticks, Files, Buffers, Chamois Bits, Sanding Bands, Arbor Bands, Pumice Stones, Foot Files with Sandpaper Strip, Pedicure Liners, Foam Toe Separators & Flip Flops

Examine all items before they are used on you. Used nail files will have white lines and/or nail dust. Used pumice stones will have dead skin and product residue. Used flip flops will have a foot impression or dirt on the sole.

What should my practitioner do if I am cut during a service?

If you are cut, or your practitioner cuts themselves, the practitioner is required to stop the service and do the following:

1. Put on gloves;

2. Clean the cut with an antiseptic;

3. Place a bandage over the cut;

4. Clean and disinfect instruments, equipment, and surfaces exposed to blood; and

5. Double-bag and dispose of all contaminated items.

What procedures can my esthetician perform?

Kansas estheticians may only perform noninvasive procedures. “Noninvasive” is defined as procedures or services confined to the nonliving cells of the epidermis found in the stratum corneum layer of the skin. The practice of esthetics shall not alter, cut, or damage any living cells. If you are interested in a procedure that is invasive, you should consult a physician.

I am interested in having my eyebrows done with microblading. Can my esthetician perform this service?

No. Microblading is the process of inserting dyes or pigments into the skin using a “pen” fitted with very fine needles. Microblading is tattooing and is outside the scope of practice for cosmetologists and estheticians. If you are interested in microblading, you should contact a Kansas licensed tattoo artist.


General


Can we serve alcohol in the salon?

While alcohol is no longer prohibited by the Kansas Board of Cosmetology, we do not regulate the sale or consumption of alcoholic beverages in the State of Kansas. Please contact the Department of Revenue, Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control, for further guidance regarding alcoholic beverage laws.

You can contact the Department of Revenue, Liquor Licensing and Enforcement Division at (785) 296-7015 or by email at abc.email@kdor.ks.gov.

Is wig fitting the practice of cosmetology?

The Board determined on October 14, 2013, that if the person providing the wig fitting service is not in a licensed facility and are selling a product, it is not practicing cosmetology and they would not need a license.

Wig fitting in a licensed facility requires the wig fitter to have a practitioner license to offer this service.

What license do I need to become a Lash Artist?

All eyelash services offered for compensation is the practice of cosmetology. To offer eyelash services for compensation in Kansas, you must be a licensed Cosmetologist or Esthetician and practice in a licensed facility.

Are cuticle clippers prohibited the Board?

No

How do I update my address with the Board?

Please use the following link to access the Address Update page for detailed instructions on how to change your address online: Address Update.

Facilities:
A complete change of location requires a new facility application.

I received a "Notice of Required Remedial Action." What do I do?

Whenever an establishment has four (4) or more violations at an inspection, the establishment is considered to be out of compliance. The Board will then send you a “Notice of Required Remedial Action” to which you must reply.

Included with the notice is the “Remedial Action Form and Affidavit.” This form lists each of the violations from your last inspection. Look at the questions on your most recent inspection sheet to see what each particular violation is. Then, in the box under “Remedial Action” on the form, write what you have done to correct the violation. You may attach a separate sheet if you need more space.

Send the form and any additional pages to the Board office by email, mail or fax. This form should be sent to the Board office within 20 days of the date on the notice.

Please note, you are not being fined at this time. If you receive a “Notice of Required Remedial Action” it simply means violations were found within the facility during your recent inspection and the facility is currently out of compliance. Correcting the violations will help ensure the facility remains in compliance and possibly avoid future Disciplinary Actions that may result in a fine. For further information on what constitutes a fine, please refer to the Fine Schedule.

I lost my license, what do I do?

Complete the duplicate license application and submit to the Board office with the $25 processing fee.

How do I change my establishment name?

Complete the facility name and/or owner change form and submit to the Board office.

I am moving. How do I get verification of my licensure to the state I am moving to?

Complete the licensure and training verification form, and submit it with the $20 processing fee.

I am licensed in another state. How do I get my Kansas license?

Complete the applicable out of state application and meet the Board’s requirements for licensure.

Cosmetology profession practitioners: Out of State License Application

Cosmetology profession instructors: Instructor Reinstate/Out of State Application

Body art profession practitioners: Out of State Application for Examination

If I fail any part of my initial licensure exam is my temporary license still valid?

No. The temporary license is null and void at that moment.

What do I do if I have a name change?

Submit the name and address change form according to the directions provided on the form.

How long will it take to receive my license?

Work is processed in the order it is received. Please allow at least ten business days for processing before checking the status of your application. When your application is processed, you will be notified of the status of your application and any additional steps needed to obtain a Kansas license.

How do I become a licensed Body Art Practitioner?

Kansas law requires that each applicant for Kansas Board of Cosmetology licensure be a high school graduate or have attained the “equivalent thereof.”

You must submit the application provided by the Kansas Board of Cosmetology and meet the following criteria

Please click here for the Kansas law and regulation as they pertain to Kansas licensure.

Once the documents are submitted your application will be reviewed for compliance with Kansas law. At that time, you will be informed of the application status.

You will be required to take the State Board exams. Once compliance is determined you will be contacted regarding examination fees and scheduling of the exam.

Please also be informed that to practice tattoo, body piercing or cosmetic tattoo services in Kansas without a valid Kansas license is a violation of Kansas law and may subject you to legal action. Likewise, a facility that employs an unlicensed individual is in violation of Kansas law and may also be subject to legal action.

Feel free to contact our office if you have questions or need additional information.

Where can I get tanning device operator training?

Click here to view a list of professional tanning associations that offer training.

How do I acquire a law book?

The Board provides the law book in several formats please refer to the Law Book Resources document to find the one that is right for you.

How do I file a complaint?

Complete the Board complaint form, and submit it to the Board office by email, mail, or fax. Visit our Filing Complaints page for information on where to send your form.

Does Kansas have reciprocity with any other states?

No. Every cosmetology profession applicant must complete the out of state application and meet the Board’s requirements for licensure.

Every body art applicant must take and pass the Kansas exam and meet the Board’s requirements for licensure. To apply for the examination, complete the out of state examination application and submit the application and the required documentation to the Board office.

What if I have a prior felony conviction?

Click here to read information about the felony review process and find a printable checklist.

I just failed my exam. How can I reschedule my exam?

Go to the testing company website. Sign in and follow the same steps you used to schedule your initial exams. If you have any problems with your scheduling or you do not remember your user name and password you will need to contact the testing company.

What license do I need to provide microblading and/or permanent cosmetic services?

In order to provide microblading and or permanent cosmetics in the state of Kansas (outside of working under a private physician), you will need to obtain a tattoo or a cosmetic tattoo license. You can access Information on how to obtain a tattoo or cosmetic tattoo license by using the following link: How do I become a licensed Body Art Practitioner?

When are licensure exams?

Click here to see the open dates available for examination.

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Hair Braiding


Do I need a license to provide hair braiding services?

Pursuant to K.S.A 65-1901: "Cosmetology" shall not include a service that results in tension on hair strands or roots by twisting, wrapping, weaving, extending, locking, or braiding by hand or mechanical device so long as the service does not include the application of dyes, reactive chemicals or other preparations to alter the color of the hair or to straighten, curl or alter the structure of the hair and so long as the requirements of K.S.A. 65-1928, and amendments thereto are met. Nothing in this paragraph shall be construed to preclude a licensed cosmetologist from performing the service described in this paragraph.

Pursuant to K.S.A. 65-1928: For an individual engaged in hair braiding to be exempt from the practice of cosmetology under K.S.A. 65-1901 and amendments thereto, such individual shall complete the self-test part of the brochure and keep the brochure and completed self-test available at the location at which the individual is braiding hair.

Pursuant to K.S.A 65-1928, The secretary of health and environment (KDHE) shall develop a brochure containing information about infection control techniques which are appropriate for hair braiding outside the salon setting. This brochure shall be made available through the department of health and environment’s website or by mail, upon request, for a fee to cover the department of health and environment's printing costs. The brochure shall contain a self-test with questions on the information contained in the brochure.

Please use the following link to access the KDHE brochure and completed self-test: https://www.kdheks.gov/epi/download/Hairbraiding.2011.pdf

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Make-up Artistry


Is Make-up artistry regulated in Kansas?

The application of make-up for compensation is the practice of cosmetology and requires licensure.

What licensure do I need to provide make-up services for compensation in Kansas?

A cosmetology or esthetics practitioner and establishment license is required.

Under what conditions can I apply make-up without licensure at a department store or make-up counter?

The application of the make-up must be related to the sale of the make-up product and no compensation for the application of the make-up can transpire between the person applying the make-up and the prospective buyer.

Do I need a license to teach make-up?

It is a violation of law to conduct a school for cosmetology unless the person holds a valid license. It is also a violation of law to teach cosmetology in a licensed school or clinic unless the person holds a valid instructor’s license.

Does a mobile establishment providing make-up services need to be licensed?

Mobile establishments providing cosmetology services for compensation must obtain a mobile establishment license and the services must be provided by a licensed practitioner.

Do I need a license to provide make-up services to a person at their home or office?

Cosmetology services provided for compensation require licensure. Licensed practitioners must provide services in licensed establishments except they may provide services to a person at that person’s home or office if a Statement of Performance of Cosmetology Services Outside a Licensed Establishment is approved and on record with the Board.

Do I need a license to provide make-up services for a TV & film or commercial production?

Cosmetology services provided for compensation require licensure. Licensed practitioners must provide services in licensed establishments except they may provide services to a person at that person’s home or office if a Statement of Performance of Cosmetology Services Outside a Licensed Establishment is approved and on record with the Board.

Do I need a license to provide make-up services in a salon or spa?

The application of make-up for compensation is the practice of cosmetology requiring the applicable practitioner license. It is a violation of law for an establishment licensed by the Board to employ or allow any unlicensed individual to engage in any activity for which a license is required.

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Hearings


How do I request a hearing?

Our office requires a written request for a hearing. Sign and send your request to the Executive Director via mail, fax, or email. Be sure to include your name, case number and the reason(s) you are making the request. Visit our Contact Us page for information on where to send your request. If at any time during the appeal process your address changes, it is your responsibility to provide that address change to the Board office.

How long do I have to request a hearing?

You have 15 days from the date printed on the Certificate of Service to request a hearing. If a hearing is not requested in a timely manner, the Order becomes final and effective upon the expiration of the time for requesting a hearing.

When and where will my hearing take place?

All hearings take place at the Kansas Board of Cosmetology office. Once a hearing request is received by the Board, you will receive acknowledgement of your request via mail. Hearings are scheduled on in-person Board meeting days per the Board Meeting Schedule. A notice of the date, time, and place of the hearing will be sent to you at least ten days prior to the scheduled hearing date.

What to expect?

Hearings are held before the Board and Legal Counsel at the Board office per the Kansas Administrative Procedure Act. The hearing is your opportunity to appeal the Order regarding the violations of Kansas law.

What do I need to bring to the hearing?

You may bring any information or witnesses that you think will help to prove that the Order issued against you is incorrect. You may wish to bring a copy of the Order sent to you, which outlines the facts of your case.

What if I want to cancel my hearing request?

You may withdraw your request at any stage of the appeal process, up to and including the day of the hearing. The request must be signed and in writing stating the intent to withdraw.

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Fines


How do I pay my fine?

You can submit a check or money order to our office in the regular mail, please make sure to note the case number on the memo line of the check/money order. Credit card payments may be accepted via the payment portal located on our website.

What if I can’t pay the whole fine right now?

We are happy to work with you! Submit correspondence via mail or email to our office requesting a payment plan and staff will contact you to set up a Payment Agreement.

Do I have to pay my fine?

Yes! Outstanding fines cause a hold to be placed on your facility license and/or your personal license. Failure to make timely payment may result in your case being turned over to the Kansas Debt Set-Off program and revocation of your license

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Felony Reporting Mistakes


I received a notification asking for information about a felony conviction and I have never been convicted of a felony. What should I do?

Provide the Board with a written statement, by email, fax, or mail, indicating that you made a mistake on your application and that you have never been convicted of a felony. Visit our Contact Us page for information on where to send your statement.

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If you are unable to read any of the information contained on this website, please contact the Kansas Board of Cosmetology. We will be happy to assist you.

714 SW Jackson, Jayhawk Walk Building, Suite 100, Topeka, Kansas
Phone: (785) 296-3155 * Fax (785) 296-3002 * Email
Laura Gloeckner, Executive Director