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Prepare for Your California Exam

Score! How to Pass the California Manicurist State Board Exam is packed with illustrations to help students visualize the techniques required to pass the exam.

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Q & A: Opening a Salon without a Nail Tech License

I do not have my nail technician license yet, but I do have a degree in business. Can I open a nail salon and have someone else manage it?TakishaHi Takisha,Yes, you can open a salon in

San Francisco Passes Healthy Nail Salon Recognition Ordinance

In October, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors’ Public Safety Committee passed the Healthy Nail Salon Recognition ordinance at the urging of advocacy groups California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative, Environment California, and Asian Law Caucus.

Watch Out for Licensing Scams

Scams in at least two states make it clear that nail and cosmetology licensees should be on the alert to avoid being defrauded.

Florida Makes Fish Pedicures Illegal

Florida has made fish pedicures, in which clients place their feet into a tub containing small carp that then ingest the callused areas of clients' feet, illegal in the state.

Disinfection Still Required With Foot Spa Liners

The California Board of Barbering and Cosmetology doesn’t allow liners to be used in place of performing the required cleaning procedures.

New Law Lets California Immediately Put Nail Salons on Probation

Since the California State Board of Barbering & Cosmetology began enforcing new law AB 409 on Feb. 15, 10 nail salons have already been placed on immediate probation for pedicure stations that don't meet sanitation requirements.

California Raises License Renewal Fees

Effective March 1, the California Board of Barbering & Cosmetology is raising its renewal fee to $50 for all manicurists, cosmetologists, estheticians, electrologists, and barbers.

California Adopts Emergency Footspa Cleaning Regulations

The California Board of Barbering and Cosmetology has implemented emergency footspa cleaning regulations.

California Nail Techs: Gear Up for Change

If the new disciplinary law passes the Board of Barbering and Cosmetology will be able to immediately suspend any license without advance hearing.