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Upcoming HLO closures due to state holidays

​​Mark your calendar and note that the Health Licensing Office (and all State of Oregon agencies) will be closed on the following days:

  • Monday, May 28, 2018, for Memorial Day
  • Wednesday, July 4, 2018, for Independence Day
  • Monday, September 3, 2018, for Labor Day

Cosmetology Examinations will be Offered in Spanish and Vietnamese

​​Effective Tuesday, January 16, 2018, the Health Licensing Office (HLO) will be providing the Cosmetology field of practice examinations (i.e. barbering, hair design, nail technology, and esthetics), and the Oregon Laws and Rules examination in Spanish and Vietnamese.

Hair Design Definition Clarification - Barbering Services

​​The Health Licensing Office issued a Practice Clarification regarding individuals certified in Hair Design applying hot towels and shave cream when shaving, trimming or cutting the beard or mustache. The Practice Clarification also provides a breakdown of services within the barbering and hair design scope of practice.

Hair Design Exemptions Practice Clarification

​The Health Licensing Office issued a Practice Clarification regarding exemptions for performing makeup artistry services.

Who is allowed to practice microblading in Oregon?

Is microblading in the scope of practice of esthetics? And is microblading in the scope of practice of tattooing?

The short answer is that it appears that microblading does not fit within the practice of esthetics but does fit within the practice of tattooing in the State of Oregon. Read the more detailed answer in the practice clarification linked below:

Practice Clarification on Microblading (Jan. 18, 2017)

Creation of advanced esthetics does not impact estheticians doing waxing

​July 1, 2016, marked the beginning of Oregon's Board of Certified Advanced Estheticians. The scope of practice for certified advanced estheticians includes advanced nonablative esthetics, made up of these seven modalities: skin rejuvenation, body contouring, dyschromia reduction, cellulite reduction, hair removal or reduction, and nonablative tattoo removal. The "hair removal or reduction" in advanced esthetics uses nonablative techniques involving lasers and other light-based instruments. Board of Cosmetology estheticians performing wax-based hair removal are not performing advanced esthetics and do not have to get their advanced certification. Waxing remains in the scope of practice of regular estheticians.


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