Governor Dewine has declared a state of emergency related to COVID-19 in Ohio. For real-time information regarding COVID-19, please go to:
Anyone with questions on coronavirus is urged to call the ODH Coronavirus Hotline at 1-833-4ASKODH (427-5634).

Cosmetology and Barber Board Announcements

Governor's Daily Briefings - Tuesday, March 24, 2020


Video of the Governor's daily briefings can be viewed on the Ohio Channel's YouTube page

The Ohio Channel will make these briefings available in numerous languages, including Spanish, within a few hours after each update is complete. A list of all available press conferences can be found under the "Video" tab, and translations are ready when the "CC" symbol for closed captioning is visible the lower right of the player.

To choose a language for subtitles, first click on the "CC" symbol in the lower right of the player, select the settings icon (the gear next to the CC button), and choose the subtitles/CC option. Click the "auto translate" option and choose your preferred language for closed captioning.

For more information on Ohio's response to COVID-19, visit or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.


Student Loans - Monday, March 23, 2020

Should you have a federally held student loan, please see this important information from the US Department of Education.  Should you have any questions, please contact your loan servicer by phone or online.


Stay at Home Order - Monday, March 23, 2020

The Director of Health's Stay at Home Order can be viewed here. Governor DeWine announced the closure of child care except for licensed Temporary Pandemic Child Care (TPCC) providers.  This will go into effect Thursday, March 26, 2020. Healthcare workers, including clinicians, nurses, and other support staff, will be given priority access to the child careFor a listing of currently licensed TPCC providers, please visit the Department of Job and Family Services website here.  Additionally, if you would like to become a licensed Temporary Pandemic Child Care provider, more information is available here


Governor's Directive - Wednesday, March 18, 2020

By order of Governor Mike DeWine, ALL salons, day spas, nail salons, barbershops, and tanning facilities are to close.  This includes services that may be delivered in the customer’s home or in the home of the licensee.  Operations should cease by the end of March 18, 2020. 


Unemployment Compensation - Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Should you have any questions regarding your eligibility or how to file for unemployment compensation, please visit  or call 1-877-644-6562.


Unauthorized Endorsement - Sunday, March 15, 2020

You may have received a communication from Mr. Jeff Geisinger that may be read to imply that the Board has endorsed a product to combat coronavirus. We would like to remind you that the Board does not recommend or endorse any products.



In our attempt to contain the spread of COVID-19, the Board staff is only available by email at or by phone at 614-466-3834.  You may also consult our staff directory located under the “For the Public” tab above if you are attempting to reach a specific staff member.

All exams are suspended until further notice.

Board Meeting
The next scheduled Board Meeting for The Ohio State Cosmetology and Barber Board
will be held on Tuesday, May 12th, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.
at the Riffe Tower
77 South High Street, 31st Floor,
Room South B & C
Columbus, OH 43215

About the Board

Am. Sub. H.B. 49 was signed into law by Governor John R. Kasich on July 1, 2017, which created the Ohio State Cosmetology and Barber Board (COS), effective January 21, 2018. This newly formed agency will continue the work of the former Boards through the effective licensing and regulation of Cosmetology, branches of cosmetology, Barbering, and Tanning Services.  Over the next few months, the new Board will be working hard to improve workflow, application processing, examination services, and updating rules.  Licensees are encouraged to regularly visit the Board’s website to obtain a variety of information on the Board’s activities, including meeting minutes, meeting announcements, rule filings, and frequently asked questions.  Questions relating to the new Board can be sent by email to or by telephoning the Board at (614) 466-3834.