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Board of Cosmetology and Barber Board Merger

Am. Sub. H.B. 49, signed into law on July 1, 2017, creates the State Cosmetology and Barber Board, effective January 21, 2018.  Under this law, the two Boards will be combined to form a new Board called the State Cosmetology and Barber Board.  Over the next six months, each Board will be working jointly to successfully implement this transition.  As we do so, we will periodically post joint communiques to our websites.  The link below is the first of these communiques.  In it, we address the impact of the new law.  Please feel free to contact either Board, should our communications generate additional questions.  To reach the Ohio State Barbers Board, you may call 614-466-5003 or access their website by clicking on this link: Barbers Board. 

  Cosmetology/Barber Board Merger Communique July 2017

 Cosmetology/Barber Board Merger Communique October 2017

Ohio State Board of Cosmetology Annual Report 2017

The Ohio State Board of Cosmetology Fiscal Year 2017 Annual Report can be viewed by clicking on the following link: COS FY2017 AR

Cosmetology Phone Scam

Dear Licensee:

The Ohio State Board of Cosmetology (“Board”) has recently received information about telephone scams targeting our licensees.  According to the reported information, there have been two forms of scams, both directed toward salons.  In one, the caller says that they are calling from the Board about an unpaid fine, and they demand immediate payment over the phone.  While certain unpaid fines may be referred to the Ohio Attorney General for collections, and the collection efforts may involve calls, Employees of the Board will never call and demand fine payments over the phone.

In the second version, the caller claims to be an inspector from the Board and says that they are coming to complete an inspection at the salon.  The caller then informs the salon that they need to have money available to pay for the inspection.  The Ohio State Board of Cosmetology does not charge salons for inspections, and Board inspectors will never ask a salon for money.

If you receive a call like the ones noted above, or any other call from someone claiming to be from the Board and asking for money, please hang up and notify the Board.


The scheduled meeting of the Ohio State Cosmetology and Barber Board on January 22, 2018, has been cancelled. An email notice will be sent with the date of the rescheduled meeting, and notice of the new meeting date will be posted on the Board’s website at www.cos.ohio.gov. 


The next Cosmetology Board Meeting has been rescheduled to

Monday, January 29, 2018 at 1:00 p.m.