License to Lather . . . Rinse & Repeat

With unemployment rates already high from coronavirus and the state’s response, the New York Senate is looking into adding another barrier to employment, a shampoo license.

NY State Senate Bill S8862 would require 500 hours of course study in order for someone to get a job as a “Shampoo Assistant.” In addition to the cost for taking such classes, shampooers would also have to pay a fee to the state to obtain their certification. I assume part of the training is, “try to avoid getting soap in the eyes.” Not sure what the other 499.9 will be spent on.

The bill states:

This bill would provide additional revenue to the state in the way of application fees and fines for practicing as a shampoo assistant without the proper certificate or practicing as a shampoo assistant after the certificate has been suspended or revoked.

Hopefully these extra fees and licensing won’t result in back alley hair washing by unlicensed shampoo assistants.

New York might kill your granny and chase away the wealthy, but at least they are willing to make sure that your hair is washed in the most professional manner possible.

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25 thoughts on “License to Lather . . . Rinse & Repeat”

  1. Eat our dust, New York!  You can’t do anything in Pennsylvania without  a state license.  Has NY thought to require a license for braiding hair yet?   Amateurs!

     

    What a coinky-dink, though: I just conjured up Kotkin’s The Coming of NeoFeudalism on my Kindle.   And now, I read your post about neo trade guilds.  Well, the modern ones are top-down, but still, you can’t ply your trade unless you pay up to join.

    I just wrote an article (which will be published at Halloweeen!) about the fortune telling statute in Pa (It’s a crime if you do it for “lucre”).  Nonetheless the law is widely flouted, and I said, Pa is missing out on considerable revenue here:  maybe we should license seers.  I’d love to see our Commonwealth establish a “State Board of Divination and Necromancy”…..

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  2. It’s worse and better than you imply.

    Worse in that after the 500, they lose the certification if they do not continue for a full 1000 hour cosmetology license.

    The Summary:

    Relates to the certification of shampoo assistants; requires applicants of such certificate to have completed a minimum of 500 hours of the required 1,000 hours of an approved course of study in cosmetology in a school duly licensed pursuant to the education law and requires such applicants to remain enrolled in such school until completion of such course.

    Note:

    6. A. SHAMPOO ASSISTANT CERTIFICATION  HOLDERS  SHALL  BE  LIMITED  TO
     PARTICIPATING IN THE FOLLOWING ACTIVITIES:
       (I) GREETING AND DRAPING CLIENTS IN PREPARATION FOR SERVICES; AND
       (II) SHAMPOOING AND RINSING CLIENTS IN PREPARATION FOR SERVICES.
    B. SHAMPOO ASSISTANT CERTIFICATION HOLDERS SHALL BE PROHIBITED FROM: 
    (I) APPLYING CHEMICALS TO CLIENTS; 
    (II) PERFORMING HAIRCUTTING TECHNIQUES; 
    (III) PLACING ARTIFICIAL BRAIDS OR EXTENSIONS ON CLIENTS; 
    (IV) PERFORMING ANY NAIL SERVICES OR PROCEDURES; 
    (V) PERFORMING ANY SKIN CARE PROCEDURES; AND 
    (VI) PERFORMING ANY WAXING SERVICES.

    Better in that it appears you currently have to be a full blown cosmetologist to shampoo.
    https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/laws/GBS/A27

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  3. Another ridiculous money grab by the state that will nothing except prevent young people from getting their foot on the lower rung of the ladder. The shampoo person was always just low level job that a high school kid would do. It was way for the salons to give folks who may have an interest in the career path some experience and extra cash. To now require a license it stupid, now the hairdresser will just shampoo the client themselves instead of providing a job to a high school kid. More job killing measures done by shortsighted politicians who would rather nickel and dime regular people in the state, then look to their real culprits who are a drain on the budget.

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  4. Vance:
    The bill states:

    This bill would provide additional revenue to the state in the way of application fees and fines for practicing as a shampoo assistant without the proper certificate or practicing as a shampoo assistant after the certificate has been suspended or revoked.

    Note that the entire rationale given for the bill is the State’s collecting fees for certificates and fines from those who don’t have them.  They don’t even bother to claim that this is a noble attempt to do something about the thousands of needless and tragic deaths every year due to drownings by incompetent shampooers.

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  5. John Walker:
    They don’t even bother to claim that this is a noble attempt to do something about the thousands of needless and tragic deaths every year due to drownings by incompetent shampooers.

    There is a fine line between shampooing and water boarding.

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  6. Mate De:
    Another ridiculous money grab by the state that will nothing except prevent young people from getting their foot on the lower rung of the ladder. The shampoo person was always just low level job that a high school kid would do. It was way for the salons to give folks who may have an interest in the career path some experience and extra cash. To now require a license it stupid, now the hairdresser will just shampoo the client themselves instead of providing a job to a high school kid. More job killing measures done by shortsighted politicians who would rather nickel and dime regular people in the state, then look to their real culprits who are a drain on the budget.

    You are missing the point, I think. The existing law may require you to be a fully licensed cosmetologist to shampoo. This bill may be relaxing the law.

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  7. A:[Knock, knock.] I am here for the you-know-what.

    B: Who sent you?

    A: Vance

    B: What’s the password?

    A: Cuomo is killing me.

    B: Okay …

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  8. ctlaw:
    You are missing the point, I think. The existing law may require you to be a fully licensed cosmetologist to shampoo. This bill may be relaxing the law.

    Yeah, but rather than deregulating they created an extra layer of regulations (and fees) Government logic.

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  9. 10 Cents:
    A:[Knock, knock.] I am here for the you-know-what.

    B: Who sent you?

    A: Vance

    B: What’s the password?

    A: Cuomo is killing me.

    B: Okay …

    I got a bottle of Head N’ Shoulders and a garden hose. For $2 extra I’ll use conditioner, no questions asked.

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  10. Vance:

    10 Cents:
    A:[Knock, knock.] I am here for the you-know-what.

    B: Who sent you?

    A: Vance

    B: What’s the password?

    A: Cuomo is killing me.

    B: Okay …

    I got a bottle of Head N’ Shoulders and a garden hose. For $2 extra I’ll use conditioner, no questions asked.

    Can I get a receipt for a “car wash”?

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  11. 10 Cents:
    “Anyone can shampoo but it takes skill to rinse the public.”

    Good grief!   It’s like when the Beamsters’ Union shut down the United Federation of Planets.

    “No raise, no rays!”

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  12. John Walker:

    10 Cents:
    “Anyone can shampoo but it takes skill to rinse the public.”

    Good grief!   It’s like when the Beamsters’ Union shut down the United Federation of Planets.

    “No raise, no rays!”

    Where are the Beamsters on the political spectrum? Has the Union president gotten out of prism yet? Do they work at night?

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  13. Vance:
    Hopefully these extra fees and licensing won’t result in back alley hair washing by unlicensed shampoo assistants.

    Don’t worry. It’ll be okay as long as coat hangers are not used in applying the shampoo. We can not tolerate coat hanger shampooing.

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  14. drlorentz:

    Vance:
    Hopefully these extra fees and licensing won’t result in back alley hair washing by unlicensed shampoo assistants.

    Don’t worry. It’ll be okay as long as coat hangers are not used in applying the shampoo. We can not tolerate coat hanger shampooing.

    How do you shampoo without coat hangars? It’s not possible.

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  15. Vance:

    10 Cents:
    A:[Knock, knock.] I am here for the you-know-what.

    B: Who sent you?

    A: Vance

    B: What’s the password?

    A: Cuomo is killing me.

    B: Okay …

    I got a bottle of Head N’ Shoulders and a garden hose. For $2 extra I’ll use conditioner, no questions asked.

    Back alley shampooing.

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  16. drlorentz:

    Vance:
    Hopefully these extra fees and licensing won’t result in back alley hair washing by unlicensed shampoo assistants.

    Don’t worry. It’ll be okay as long as coat hangers are not used in applying the shampoo. We can not tolerate coat hanger shampooing.

    You guys beat me to the joke.

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  17. Robert A. McReynolds:

    10 Cents:

    Robert A. McReynolds:

    From Vance’s OP
    “Hopefully these extra fees and licensing won’t result in back alley hair washing by unlicensed shampoo assistants.”

    Vance as usual is Head and Shoulders above us and in good condition, Robert.

    In my defense I had just awakened for the day.

    And the sun was in your eyes. It had been windy. And your mother loved your brother more. (Never give only one excuse.)

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