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Scope of Practice

​Fields of Practice

Applicants may obtain certification in one or more of four individual fields of practice as defined in Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) 690.005:​​

Barbering

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 (see 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).

Esthetics

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.

Natural Hair Care

“Natural hair care” means the braiding, cornrowing, extending, lacing, locking, sewing, twisting, weaving or wrapping of human hair, natural fibers, synthetic fibers or hair extensions through the use of hands or simple devices such as clips, combs, hairpins or needle and thread.

Scissors may be used to trim synthetic fibers, hair extensions or sewn-in weave extensions as is necessary to perform natural hair care activities or to make customized wigs from natural hair, natural fibers, synthetic fibers or hair extensions.

Natural hair care does not include the use of scissors except when trimming synthetic fibers, hair extensions or sewn-in weave extensions as is necessary to perform natural hair care activities or to make customized wigs from natural hair, natural fibers, synthetic fibers or hair extensions.

Natural hair care also does not include the use of penetrating chemical hair treatments, chemical hair coloring agents, chemical hair straightening agents, chemical hair joining agents, permanent wave styles or chemical hair bleaching agents.
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Step-by-Step Process

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To more effectively and efficiently respond to stakeholder questions, the Oregon Health Licensing Agency has developed a step-by-step process.  Below are documents to assist stakeholders (i.e. customers, licensees, business owners) in requesting clarification regarding licensing and regulatory issues.
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More information

For more information contact Samie Patnode, Policy Analyst at (503) 373-1917 or samie.patnode@state.or.us.
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