A state lawmaker is defending his bill to permit nail technicians and barbers, cosmeticians, hair braiders to operate without a state permit.

No Barber State License in Illinois

Illinois continued education to receive a state license and requires people to acquire lots of hours of training. Cosmetologists are expected to receive 1,500 hours of instruction. 750 hours are required by an esthetician license. The need is 300 hours for hair braiding, and 350 hours for nail technicians. There are regulations for barbershops and barber.

State Rep. Allen Skillicorn, R-East Dundee, said his House Bill 5558 was easy. It would enable those practicing work to do so long as it posted they are not licensed. He said the idea came about after he got his hair styled with his stylist.”

And she is not licensed to perform a straight razor shave so I must return and get a consultation from somebody else to get a shave,” Skillicorn said. “Nevertheless she knows what she is doing. She trained as a cosmetologist. She’s licensed. She has gone to college, but due to the present licensing in Illinois she must return to college for many, many hours, repetitive education she has just to find that 1 certificate for a straight razor shave.”

He said that was not honest to his stylist, nor was it fair to customers. He said the measure was designed to eliminate barriers.

“Frankly, we will need to get more people in the transactions, and why do we want to exclude individuals from the transactions?” Skillicorn said. “These are good-paying jobs. All these are careers that are good. Why don’t we open the door for young people to get involved and work their way up the ladder?”

Opponents of the bill include an association for the cosmetology profession, the Beauty Show. The team said customers and public safety would impact.

Skillicorn disagreed.

“If it is less safe, that provides the people, the customers more reasons to attend a licensed individual, so it actually does not do this,” Skillicorn said. “It really just opens the door for entry jobs and apprenticeships.”

Others fear the measure would devalue the business, but Skillicorn said it was about free markets and consumer choice.

“People who don’t expect the free market, they have an inherent distrust of liberty itself,” he said. Skillicorn is the sponsor.

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