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Industry FAQs

{slider=Who regulates cosmetology in Ohio?}

Section 4713.02 of the Ohio Revised Code is the authority for the State Board of Cosmetology. The provision provides for the creation of the State Board of Cosmetology, consisting of the following nine members appointed by the governor, with the advice and consent of the senate: three graduate licensed cosmetologists, two of whom are actively engaged in the management of a beauty salon at the time of appointment; one regularly licensed physician; one owner of a licensed school of cosmetology; one member of the public; one Independent Contractor or owner of a salon that employs ICs; one person who represents individuals who teach the theory and practice of a branch of cosmetology at a vocational school; and one owner of at least five licensed beauty salons. Terms of office are five years for each Board member.


{slider=Who are the Cosmetology Board members and their term expirations?}

Term Expires
Dolores Gillis
Board Member - Licensed Cosmetologist
October 31, 2013
Dr. Shalini
Board Member - Medical Doctor
October 31, 2017
Board Member -  Educator with a career technical school
October 31, 2017
Board Member - Licensed Cosmetologist Salon Manager
October 31, 2017
Board Member - School Owner
October 31, 2017
Steve Thompson
Board Member -  Licensed Cosmetologist Independent Contractor Salon Owner
October 31, 2015
Thomas Taneff
Board Member - Public Member
October 31, 2015
Valerie Benfer
Board Member - Licensed Cosmetologist Salon Owner
October 31, 2017
Clara Osterhage
Board Member - Owner of 5 or more salons
October 31, 2014
James Trakas
Executive Director serves at the pleasure of the Board


{slider=Where is the Cosmetology Board located?}

1929 Gateway Circle
Grove City, OH 43123-9309
614-644-6880 fax


{slider=Who regulates the barber industry in Ohio?}

The Board was established in 1934 to protect the public by establishing, maintaining and monitoring sanitary and professional standards in the barber industry. The Board's mission is to enforce those standards through examinations, routine inspections, investigations and disciplinary action. It is mandated by Chapter 4709. of the Ohio Revised Code to licensed barbers, barber shops, barber schools and barber teachers and has authority to deny, suspend or revoke a license for just cause.


{slider=Who are the Barber Board members?}

Chairman: Charles W. Graf
Secretary: Concepcion H, Skaggs
Public Member: John Korting
Executive Director: Howard L. Warner


{slider=Where is the Barber Board located?}

Riffe Center for Government and the Arts
77 South High Street, 16th Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215

Barber Board - 614-466-5003


{slider=Can the public attend cosmetology and barber board meetings?}

Yes. Meetings are open to the public. Each will provide scheduled dates.


{slider=What is the significance of the red and white of the barber pole?}

The red and white striped barber pole remains in general use although few realize its original significance. It is centuries old and an importation from Europe. Its significance is that the barber of medieval days was also the surgeon, or "blood letter." Blood-letting was a common treatment for almost any ill. The red stripes denoted the blood; the white, the barber's bandage.


{slider=What is Locks of Love?}

Locks of Love is a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children under age 18 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis. We meet a unique need for children by using donated hair to create the highest quality hair prosthetics. Most of the children helped by Locks of Love have lost their hair due to a medical condition called alopecia areata, which has no known cause or cure. The prostheses we provide help to restore their self-esteem and their confidence, enabling them to face the world and their peers.


{slider=What is Look Good Feel Better?}

Look Good Feel Better is a free, community-based program that teaches beauty techniques to female cancer patients currently in chemotherapy or radiation treatment to help restore their appearance and self-image. Look Good Feel Better is a partnership between the American Cancer Society; the Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association Foundation; and the National Cosmetology Association. Certified and licensed cosmetologists and beauty professionals provide tips on a variety of issues that cancer patients face including makeup, skin care, nail care and head coverings. Trained volunteer beauty professionals lead small groups, usually consisting of six to ten women, through a practical, hands-on session. Each participant receives a free kit of cosmetics for use during and after the workshop. Those interested in becoming a Look Good Feel Better Facilitator should call the American Cancer Society at 330-533-0546 or toll free at 888-227-6446.