Senior Research Analyst
A January 2021 executive order requires Utah executive agencies to identify occupational regulations that are no longer necessary or can be reined in to reduce barriers to entry. One regulation that should be on the table is cosmetology licensing. This policy brief draws on a national study to explore the experiences of people pursuing cosmetology careers in Utah. Key findings include:
Together, these findings suggest cosmetology licensing fails aspiring beauty workers in the Beehive State; instead, licensing primarily serves to transfer wealth from students and taxpayers to cosmetology schools. Utah policymakers should take a hard look at whether licensing is the proper way to regulate cosmetology.
ARLINGTON, Va.—A new report reveals for the first time the shocking amount of debt Utah beauty school students take on only to end up in jobs that rarely pay off in terms of earnings. The examination of federal data on cosmetology schools nationwide shows that state-mandated education often fails aspiring beauty workers. Specifically, the new…