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New Bill Would Reduce License Requirements For Cosmetologists, Barbers

Katie Groezinger, a cosmetology student, colors hair using a technique known as balayage at The Spa School in Worthington.
Andy Chow
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Ohio Public Radio
Katie Groezinger, a cosmetology student, colors hair using a technique known as balayage at The Spa School in Worthington.

Ohio lawmakers are considering a bill that would reduce the number of hours required to become a licensed cosmetologist or barber. It's an issue that's been debated in the legislature for years.

Republican Senator Kristina Roegner (R-Hudson) says reducing the required hours of training to become a cosmetologist or barber lowers the hurdles for a person wanting to join the profession in Ohio.

"Individuals that want to work. A lot of them would be single moms and they want to be able to get a job and not have to incur this huge amount, excessive amount of tuition," Roegner says.

Currently, to get a license, a barber needs 1,800 hours of training and a cosmetologist requires 1,500 hours of training. The bill would cut the hours for both professions to 1,000 hours.

Similar legislation has been introduced in the past drawing support from salons and opposition from cosmetology schools.