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Limited Cosmetology License Requirements

Esthetician

An esthetician is an individual who renders or offers to render skin care services.

Skin care services include the following services, or combination of services:

  • beautifying the skin of the body of an individual by the use of cosmetic preparations, antiseptics, tonics, lotions, or creams, including body wrapping.
  • cleansing or stimulating the skin of the body by the use of the hands, devices, apparatus, or appliances, with or without the use of cosmetic preparations, antiseptics, tonics, lotions, or creams.
  • the temporary removal of hair from the body of an individual by the use of depilatories, waxes, razors, scissors, clippers or tweezers.
  • giving facials, applying removable makeup, applying eyelashes, or any other application of a preparation or beauty enhancement to the body of an individual but does not include applying permanent makeup or the use of tanning equipment.

To become licensed as an esthetician an individual must be at least 17 years of age, be of good moral character, have an education equivalent to the completion of the ninth grade, have completed not less than 400 hours of training in a licensed school of cosmetology or as an apprentice for not less than 6 months in a licensed cosmetology establishment where skin care services are rendered, and have successfully passed an examination prescribed by the board and the department.

Manicurist

A manicurist is an individual who renders or offers to render manicuring services.

Manicuring services are defined as the cleansing, filing, shaping, buffing, polishing, or beautifying of the nails of the hands or feet, and the cleansing, massaging, stimulating, exercising, or beautifying of the skin of the hands, arms, and feet, manually or with the use of tools, appliances, or cosmetic preparations, including the repair of nails, or the creation or decoration of artificial nails. Manicuring services do not include the practice of podiatric medicine and surgery as defined in section 18001 of the public health code, 1978 PA 368, MCL 333.18001.

To become licensed as a manicurist an individual must be at least 17 years of age, be of good moral character, have an education equivalent to the completion of the ninth grade, have completed not less than 400 hours of training either in a licensed school of cosmetology or as an apprentice for not less than 6 months in a licensed cosmetology establishment where manicuring is practiced and have successfully passed an examination prescribed by the board and the department.

Electrologist

An electrologist is an individual who renders or offers to render electrology.

Electrology is defined as the permanent removal of hair from the body of an individual by the use of electricity.

To become licensed as an electrologist an individual must be at least 18 years of age, be of good moral character, have an education equivalent to the completion of the ninth grade, have completed not less than 400 hours of training either in a licensed school of cosmetology or as an apprentice for not less than 6 months in a licensed cosmetology establishment where electrology services are offered and have successfully passed an examination prescribed by the board and the department.

Natural Hair Culturist

A natural hair culturist is an individual engaged in natural hair cultivation but does not include a person engaged in natural hair cultivation if that activity is performed as part of the practice of a recognized religion. Licensing of this speciality is voluntary and is not required unless the individual wishes to use the title "natural hair culturist."

Natural hair cultivation is defined as the techniques that result in tension on hair strands such as twisting, wrapping, weaving, extending, locking, or braiding of the hair by hand, which work does not include the application of dyes, reactive chemicals, or other preparations to alter the color or to straighten, curl or alter the structure of the hair.

To become licensed as a natural hair culturist an individual must be at least 17 years of age, be of good moral character, have an education equivalent to the completion of the ninth grade, and have completed not less than 400 hours extending over a period of at least 3 months in a school of cosmetology approved by the department where services relating to natural hair cultivation are rendered, or has served at least 6 months as an apprentice in a licensed cosmetology establishment in which natural hair cultivation is practiced and successful completion of an examination prescribed by the board and the department.

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