November 6, 2013

How to Avoid Common State Board of Cosmetology Violations

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The skills and knowledge you learn in preparation for your State Board of Cosmetology exam don’t disappear once you pass the exam. You’ll need to continue to follow all the rules and regulations you learned as you begin working with clients, or you could seriously jeopardize your career! If an inspector comes into the salon and finds that you’re violating any one of the State Board guidelines, you’ll be fined and could temporarily lose your license.

From creating an esthetician room or salon inspection checklist to properly maintaining your establishment, Salon Success Academy has you covered.

Tips to Avoid the 10 Most Common State Board of Cosmetology Violations

1. Improper disinfection of non-electrical equipment

Tips: Clean your equipment using an EPA-approved disinfectant. Keep disinfected items in an area that’s clean and covered, and all dirty items in a receptacle that’s labeled “dirty.”

2. Improper storage of liquids, creams, powders, and cosmetics

Tips: Store all items in clean and closed containers. Label all bottles and containers with their contents.

3. Incorrect disposal of non-disinfected items

Tips: Immediately dispose of items that can’t be disinfected, such as buffers, sponges, and wax sticks.

4. Unlicensed establishment, employee, or independent contractor

Tips: Always keep your personal license current. Be sure the establishment you work for holds a current license.

5. Improper display of license

Tips: Your license needs to be posted at your work station. An establishment’s license must be posted in the reception area.

6. Incorrect cleaning and/or storage of towels

Tips: Towels must be cleaned in water at least 140 degrees, for no less than 15 minutes. Clean towels must be stored in closed cabinets.

7. Establishment is not clean or is in disrepair

Tips: Keep all floors, walls, woodwork, ceilings, furnishings, and fixtures clean and in good repair.

8. Equipment is not fully immersed in disinfectant during cleaning

Tips: There must be enough disinfectant solution in the container to allow the tools and instruments to be completely covered.

9.  Unsanitary brushes

Tips: Keep all brushes maintained and in clean condition.

10. Unsanitary treatment tables or headrests

Tips: Chair headrests must be covered with a clean towel. Shampoo trays and bowls must be cleaned with soap and water after each shampoo. Treatment tables must be covered with a clean sheet of paper for each client.

Prepare for the California State Board of Cosmetology Exam

If you want to start a new career in the beauty industry, there’s a lot riding on the California State Board of Cosmetology exam you’ll need for licensure after you graduate from cosmetology school or esthetician school. After you’ve worked hard in school and studied long hours for the exam, the last thing you’d want is to fail all or part of your exam. You’d have to wait for the next exam date to retake the part of the exam you didn’t pass, and that long wait could seem like torture!

Salon Success Academy wants every one of its cosmetology and esthetics graduates to pass the State Board exam on their first attempt. That’s why the beauty school requires every student to pass a Mock State Board as they near graduation. It’s just like the real State Board exam and the students get detailed notes from their instructors that pinpoint exactly which areas students need more practice on.


Salon Success Academy  gives its students the tools and training they need to pass the State Board exam and continue on to have successful careers in the beauty industry! The beauty school offers hands-on training in cosmetology and esthetics at its five locations throughout the Inland Empire of California. If you would like to learn more about training for a new beauty career, fill out the form or call 877-987-4247!


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