Cosmetologists practicing in the state of Alabama cover a variety of beauty services, including make-up styling, nail artistry, coloring and treating hair, barbering, salon services, esthetics, and more. The overall goal of these services is to help your client leave his or her appointment feeling more confident and beautiful.
Although this outcome is not always 100% guaranteed. Accidents can happen—especially, in this profession.
Professional liability (or malpractice): protects a cosmetologist both legally and financially. For example, a client could file a lawsuit against you claiming you made a professional mistake, in which your service caused financial or emotional distress. For example, if a skincare or hair treatment went wrong and caused damage to the client’s skin or hair, the injured customer could potentially bring a lawsuit against you or your business claiming bodily injury from burns, emotional distress, and/or loss of income.
General liability (or slip-and-fall scenario): protects your business and reputation—between the products you supply to your customers and the environment in which you run your business. A lawsuit brings a significant risk of negative exposure that could lead to a downfall in both your reputation and your business. For example, a client steps on dry hair, a slippery floor, or slippery product residue, and falls to the floor. Since the incident was caused by your slippery floor, the injured client could make a claim for the damages he or she suffered.
Do I have prerequisites to complete?
If you are at least 17 years old and have completed at least a 10th grade education, you are eligible to obtain a cosmetology license in the state of Alabama.
What do I need to do to obtain my cosmetology license?
You will have to complete 1,500 school hours or 3,000 apprentice hours in 3 years and pass both written and practical exams.
Do I need a license to be a cosmetology instructor?
Yes, you will need to have completed at least a 12th grade education, one year in practice, and a 650-hour teacher training course along with passing the exams.
Does the state of Alabama require me to complete continuing education units (CEUs)?
Yes, eight CEUs are required for renewing a master license, and 16 CEUs are required for renewing an instructor license.
How often do I need to renew my cosmetology license?
A person practicing cosmetology must renew his or her license every two odd-numbered years during the applicant’s birthday month—along with a $80 dollar fee.
Moving to Alabama from another state?
No problem, just make sure you submit a current state certification, complete the appropriate paperwork. and pass the necessary exams.
Having to worry every day about common circumstances that could lead you and your business into a financially-draining lawsuit can lead any professional cosmetologist into days of biting their nails in stress. Fortunately, there is a simple solution to this problem.
Carrying the appropriate liability insurance can save you from these stressful days. Due to the variety of services the cosmetology industry provides, even the most experienced beauty professional can make a mistake. The risk of accidents happening in the cosmetology industry will never cease and lawsuits do happen. But, choosing the appropriate coverage would be a financially-wise decision for both your reputation and your career as a beauty professional.Scroll Up