Celebrating Diversity and Showing the Path to Licensure in Two New Videos From DCA

Did you know that the State Board of Barbering and Cosmetology (BBC) offers assistance and materials to consumers and licensees in Korean, English, Spanish, and Vietnamese?

Did you know there are four easy steps on the path to obtaining professional licensure with the Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists (BPELSG)?

You can learn about one—or both—of these subjects by watching two new videos available on the Department of Consumer Affairs’ YouTube channel.

BBC Celebrates Diversity” highlights the board’s recognition of California’s diverse population and its continuing efforts to provide meaningful access to its services, programs, and activities to all of its consumers and licensees. Its expanded language accessibility includes interpreter services via a toll-free language phone service as well as specialized training for board staff.

Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists—Apply for EIT or LSIT” provides a step-by-step roadmap for students on the four components necessary for obtaining a certificate as an engineer-in-training or land surveyor-in-training—both essential in the path to licensure.

Visit the Department of Consumer Affairs’ YouTube channel for a variety of instructional videos, public service announcements, webcasts, and much more, then subscribe to be notified when new videos are available.

Students Counseled After Beauty School Owner Arrested

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Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education advises attendees of San Diego Area cosmetology school of their student rights.

SACRAMENTO – Tramy Van, 41, owner of Tramy Beauty School with facilities in Escondido and San Diego, was arrested Thursday, August 11, 2016, for felony grand theft and theft under false pretenses.

To read the full release, click here.


Men Discovering Pedicures Are “Man-Tastic”

male pediIn case you haven’t noticed, pedicures aren’t just for women anymore. A growing number of men—both young and old and who aren’t even Hollywood celebrities—are taking the pampered plunge. They’re discovering what women have known all along: Getting a spa foot treatment can be a luxurious experience that not only makes you look great, but feel great, too.

Kristy Underwood, Executive Officer for the California Board of Barbering and Cosmetology, discussed this growing trend and how some traditional women’s salons are stepping up to cater to their male clientele, particularly since barbershops don’t offer these services—not yet, anyway. Underwood also talked about what men should look for when choosing a salon, as well as some of the changes on the horizon for the nail/spa industry.

Q. Kristy, can you talk about the trend of men getting spa pedicures? What do you attribute it to?

A. Yes; this service is growing in popularity for men. Many salons even have side areas with foot spa chairs for men to get the service in a little more privacy. I have heard from men who say they find it relaxing, but also that it’s just good upkeep on their nails.

Q.  As men gravitate toward women’s salons, is it likely we will see barbershops start offering spa pedicures as part of their services?

A. I don’t think so. The barbershop has an image, and I think it’s a long way off from offering nail services. We’re actually seeing barbershops going back to more traditional settings. For example, the traditional shave and a haircut is being marketed to men and is becoming more and more common. But you never know, maybe pedicures have a future in the barbershops.

Q. If barbershops ever do make nail care a part of their services, what sort of guidelines and procedures would need to be established to do so, and would they be similar or the same as those regulations at women’s salons?

A. They would simply have to hire manicurists. Barbers are not licensed to do nails whereas cosmetologists are.

Q. What should men who want to try the whole foot spa experience look for when choosing a salon?

A.  First and foremost, valid licenses and a clean establishment. And they should make sure the establishment doesn’t use illegal tools. For example, some consumers think a razor is needed to remove calluses, but it’s illegal to use in a shop and removing calluses can be done perfectly safely with a proper smoother.

Q. What about people with diabetes who may have feet issues—should they get spa pedicures?

A. We get this question a lot. Licensees should ask their clients if there are any health concerns they need to be aware of. Lots of elderly consumers receive pedicures and are fine, but if they have a compromised immune system, we highly recommend they talk to their doctor before getting a service. I would also suggest that the pedicure be received in a transportable foot tub as opposed to a foot spa chair. And again, they should never allow someone to use a razor on their feet.

Q. There also seems to be a trend, perhaps more in the south and on the East Coast, for nail salons to use plastic liners in the foot spa. Are these used for sanitary/health reasons and is the usage becoming more prevalent in California salons as well?

A. In July of last year, we set regulations that allow for the use of liners. It really cuts down on the amount of chemicals used to clean [the whirlpool spas] and often makes the client feel safer. We will likely see more salons in California using liners as well.

Q. What are some changes and trends you see coming to the manicure/pedicure profession?

A. Green products. There is a lot of talk about trying to make nail services safer not only for the client, but for the licensees as well. I think more manufacturers will be putting out safer products. We also expect to see an increase in the use of liners in the foot spa.

For more information on the Board of Barbering and Cosmetology, visit www.barbercosmo.ca.gov.



New Publication from the Board of Barbering and Cosmetology

EyelashExtension_coverThe State Board of Barbering and Cosmetology (Board), which licenses and regulates barbers, cosmetologists, manicurists, estheticians, electrologists, apprentices, and the establishments in which they work in California, has released a new publicationEyelash Extensions Safety Tips.

The brochure details who should be applying eyelash extensions, what to look for at the salon you choose, when a consumer should not get eyelash extensions, and tips for consumers before and after getting eyelash extensions.

Consumer publications from the Board are available online at www.barbercosmo.ca.gov/consumers/index.shtml.
The Board can be reached at (800) 952-5210.

Gel Manicures: How Safe Are They?

shutterstock_260352359The durability of a gel manicure is stuff of a manicure-junkie’s dream. Although more costly than a regular manicure, a gel manicure is relished for its high-gloss polish that can last for weeks.

After application, you need to “cure” the gel polish by putting your nails—and hands—under an ultraviolet (UV) lamp. We frequently hear about the skin cancer dangers of UV radiation from sunlamps and tanning beds, but what about UV exposure from nail lamps?

A 2014 study by the Journal of American Medical Association/Dermatology concluded that because of low UV levels, the risk of skin cancer from nail dryers is small. However, there are some caveats. No regulation exists for nail lamp manufacturing, so your exposure to UV light can vary from device to device and even on how the lamp is set up.

Because of those inconsistencies that can affect the amount of UV exposure, consumers should take precautions to limit skin cancer risk as well as prevent premature aging of their skin. Limit your number of gel manicures, and wear sunscreen on your hands and UV-protective gloves while under a nail lamp.

Also, make sure that you’re going to a reputable and licensed salon. Visit the Board of Barbering and Cosmetology’s website, www.barbercosmo.ca.gov, for more information and to verify a license.

Tips to Stay Safe at Your Next Salon, Barbershop Visit


Wedding season and special events have many of us visiting the salon and barbershop to get primped and pampered. What you may not realize are the dangers you could be exposing yourself to while there. The good thing is you can guard yourself and others with the right information. The Board of Barbering and Cosmetology (BBC) has launched its latest educational campaign CASafeSalon to spread the word about salon safety and infection control.

Here a few things to remember during your next visit to the salon or barbershop:

  • Make sure everyone is licensed, including the establishment. Anyone providing services needs to have a BBC license.
  • Check the cleaning logs. Footspas used for pedicures should be cleaned and disinfected after each customer.
  • Does the salon or barbershop look clean? If the place doesn’t look clean when you first walk in, you may want to visit another location.
  • Check with your barber or cosmetologist if they know whether a product contains formaldehyde-related ingredients and avoid those products.

To learn how to protect yourself and others from potential health hazards from a pedicure, a manicure, hair treatment or other salon services, visit the Board of Barbering and Cosmetology’s website.


Pedicures: There’s Infection Risk Afoot

SafeSandalseason2014_twitter_profilePedicures can be a great way to pamper yourself. But they can also lead to serious health problems unless salons follow the sanitation procedures required by law.

Lurking in the depths of a foot spa basin may be bacteria, fungal strains, and other dangerous microorganisms that thrive in warm, moist environments. Any break in the skin – like insect bites, scratches, scabs, razor cuts – are gateways for those for those microorganisms to cause infections. Sometimes serious infections.

That’s why we want you to know what to do before you get a pedicure:

  • Don’t shave or wax your legs 24 hours before a pedicure. If you have broken skin or lesions on your lower legs, don’t get a pedicure until they have healed.
  • Check to see if your salon or cosmetologist has been disciplined for rules violations.
  • Ask how the salon cleans and disinfects its pedicure equipment―the response should match the instructions on the health and safety poster provided by the Board and required by law to be displayed on the premises. You also have the right to see the pedicure cleaning and disinfection log.

Wiping out the tub between clients isn’t enough. For example, in the case of whirlpool foot spas and air-jet basins, special disinfectant must circulate through the equipment for 10 minutes between patrons.

If you want to know more about how salons should be cleaning their pedicure equipment, watch the video below.


To learn more about salon safety or to file a complaint, visit the Board of Barbering and Cosmetology’s website.

#safesandalseason Is Back!!


The weather is getting warmer and the days are getting longer. That means it is once again #SafeSandalSeason! The California Board of Barbering and Cosmetology wants to make sure Californians know the dos and don’ts of safe pedicures.

Here are few things to keep in mind the next time you head out to your next pedicure appointment:

  • Make sure your nail technicians are licensed by the Board of Barbering and Cosmetology.
  • Don’t shave your legs before your appointment. Shaving makes you more susceptible to nicks and cuts, which are gateways for bacteria.
  • Make sure the foot spas are cleaned and disinfected for at least 10 minutes prior to each use.

Check out more tips from the Board to help ensure you have a safe pedicure experience.