OHLA and the Board of Cosmetology are currently preparing an online tutorial and examination for natural hair care (braiding, cornrowing and other similar services) that applicants can access on the State of Oregon's iLearnOregon system.
Passage of House Bill 3409 in this year's Oregon Legislative Assembly established natural hair care as a new field of practice in cosmetology. Unlike barbering, esthestics, hair design and nail technology, certification in natural hair care will not require applicants to obtain education at a cosmetology career school.
"The natural hair care community stressed, and the Legislature agreed, that it shouldn't require 1700 hours of schooling (required for certification in hair design) to practice in this field," says OHLA Qualification Analyst Cerynthia Kingsley, who is overseeing the creation of the online tutorial and examination.
OHLA previously created an iLearnOregon online tutorial and examination for earlobe-only piercing applicants for the Board of Body Art Practitioners.
"With iLearnOregon, we have another option for ensuring applicants are qualified, but the process is much more streamlined," says Kingsley.
The natural hair care online tutorial and examination, which will be free of charge, will be available in early 2014. Natural hair care practitioners must also obtain a cosmetology facility license (unless they gain a freelance authorization) and will be subject to OHLA inspections as are all cosmetology facilities statewide.