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Cosmetology in Oregon

Fields of Practice

Cosmetology student  
A student at an Oregon cosmetology college
Board of Cosmetology licensees may be certified in one or more individual fields of practice:


Barbering is a separate discipline from hair design. Barbers shampoo, cut, style, condition and singe (lightly burn hair ends with a lighted wax taper) hair, but they cannot provide chemical hair treatments that are allowed in Hair Design.
Barbers also shave, trim and cut the beard, and massage the scalp, face and neck, applying facial and scalp treatments with creams, lotions, oils and other cosmetic preparations, either by hand or mechanical appliances, but such appliances shall not be galvanic (direct electrical current) or faradic (interrupted, or alternating, electrical current).


Estheticians provide services to keep skin healthy and attractive. Estheticians use their hands or mechanical or electrical apparatuses or appliances for cleansing, stimulating, manipulating, exfoliating or applying lotions or creams and for the temporary removal of hair, makeup artistry. facial and body wrapping, and facial and body waxing.

Hair Design

Hair designers shampoo, cut, style, condition and singe (see Barbering) hair and apply chemical treatments such as coloring, dyeing, relaxing and permanent waves.  They also temporarily curl and braid hair as well as shave, trim and cut the beard or mustache.
Hair designers also massage the scalp and neck, but not the face, if in conjunction with the above services. 

Nail Technology

Nail technicians cut, trim, clean, polish, color or tint the natural nails on hands and feet and massage, cleanse, treat and beautify the hands, arms (below the elbow) and legs (below the knee).  They also apply, sculpt and remove artificial nails.

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Where They Work

Practitioners in the four fields of cosmetology work in a variety of settings, including hair and nail salons, barbershops, day spas, medi-spas, health care facilities, health clubs, resorts, and in collaboration with dermatologists and plastic surgeons.

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Number of Practitioners

How many practitioners are certified and facilities licensed in Oregon?  Click here to find out.

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Certification / Licensing

Certification / Licensing Period - Two years
Certification, Licensing, Service Fees  Fees
Practitioner, Facility Owner Information and applications  Forms

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Qualification Pathways

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