Board of Barbers and Hairdressers

Public Notice

Use of Mannequin for State Board Practical Examination Beginning April 2015

Esthetician Advisement Letter, April 14, 2014

It is a violation of Alaska Statute 08.13.070(2) for an esthetician who is licensed in this state to practice (provide esthetics services for a fee) in ANY shop or location where a shop owner license is not present, unless that esthetician is specifically exempted.

Licensing Questions?

Visit our Frequently Asked Questions web page for answers to basic questions on obtaining a barber, hairdresser, esthetician, tattoo, permanent cosmetic coloring or body piercing license. Also, each license application has detailed instructions on what is required and how to obtain that particular license type. We also suggest applicants review the Board of Barbers and Hairdresser Statutes and Regulations.

12-Hour Online Safety & Sanitation Course Approved

During the Board’s January 26, 2015 meeting the Board approved online training for the manicurist license of Alaska Statute 08.13.080(b), 12 AAC 09.002(l). The Board stated that the 12-hour safety & sanitation course may only be offered by schools licensed in Alaska in accordance with 12 AAC 09.125; the course requirements of 12 AAC 09.144 must be met. The Board felt that the use of program(s)/software which allows for verification of student attendance by personal user in ID and video streaming would be sufficient to verify student attendance.

The Board of Barbers and Hairdressers is staffed by the Division of Corporations, Business, and Professional Licensing. The Board consists of two barbers; two hairdressers, one of whom is also licensed as an esthetician, one person licensed to practice body piercing or licensed to practice tattooing and permanent cosmetic coloring; and one public member. Board members are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the legislature.

The Board adopts regulations to carry out laws governing the practice of barbering, hairdressing, esthetics, tattoo and permanent cosmetic coloring, and body piercing. It makes final licensing decisions and takes disciplinary actions against people who violate licensing laws. The Board meets three times a year and offers a public comment period at each meeting. Meeting agendas and minutes are available from the licensing examiner and will be posted to this website once prepared.

Visit the Division of Environmental Health's Food Safety and Sanitation Program website for useful sanitation information and resources for Tattoo and Piercing shops and Hair and Nails shops.

Warning to Consumers from OSHA: Hair Smoothing Products Hazard Alert

Professions Regulated by the Board

  • Barber
  • Esthetician (skin care)
  • Hairdresser
  • Instructor (barber, hairdresser, esthetician)
  • School/School Owner (barber, hairdresser, esthetician, manicure, tattooing, body piercing)
  • Shop Owner (barber, hairdresser, esthetician, manicure)
  • Student (barber, hairdresser, esthetician, instructor, tattooing, body piercing)
  • Manicurists
  • Manicurists Instructors
  • Body Piercing
  • Tattooing
  • Permanent Cosmetic Coloring


National Organizations

National organizations may provide information on the regulation of the practice of barbering, hairdressing, and cosmetology in other states.


Contact Information

Cynthia Spencer, Licensing Examiner
P.O. Box 110806
Juneau AK 99811-0806
Phone: 907-465-2547
Fax: 907-465-2974