Our Mission Statement

The Kentucky State Board of Hairdressers & Cosmetologists was created to protect the health and safety of the general public, to protect the public against misrepresentation, deceit, or fraud in the practice or teaching of beauty culture, to set standards for the operation of the schools and salons, and to protect the students under the provisions of this chapters.

Office Hours and Locations

We are open Monday through Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Kentucky Board of Hairdressers & Cosmetologists
111 St. James Court, Suite A
Frankfort, Kentucky 40601
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Phone: 502-564-4262
Fax: 502-564-0481

License Renewal

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License Renewal for 2016-17 begins on July 1, 2016

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Administrator Vacancy

The Kentucky State Board of Hairdressers and Cosmetologists is now taking resumes for the position of Administrator.  Please submit all resumes to the Board office no later than close of business on September 15, 2016.  All resumes must be received by mail or email.  Mailed resumes must be sent to: The Kentucky State Board of Hairdressers and Cosmetologists, 111 St James Ct, Ste A, Frankfort, KY 40601 C/O Sharon Smith.  Emailed resumes must be submitted to sharonj.smith@ky.gov .   

Adminstrator duties and requirements are listed below.

Administrator-Kentucky State Board of Hairdressers and Cosmetologists

Requirement: minimum educational requirement- completion of 12th grade education or higher, current active Cosmetology license issued by the Kentucky State Board of Hairdressers and Cosmetologists.


  1. Oversee all aspects of the Agency.
  2. Assist members of the Board in giving and supervising of licensing examinations.
  3. Serve as the Board's liasion officer and coodinator in all Administrative matters.  Supervise the preparation for monthly Board meeting agenda.
  4. Dictate and sign all correspondence relating to this agency.
  5. Inspect establishments reported as practicing illegally.  Issue subpoenas on behalf of the Board.  Coordinate, supervise, and sign inspections and issuings of licenses.
  6. Fill all merit positions from the merit register as required by the Department of Personnel.  Suspend or discipline employees when necessary as directed by the Board.
  7. Review, sign, and approve all pay-in vouchers, travel vouchers, payroll vouchers, purchase requisitions, and departmental purchase orders.

Changes to Cosmetology Instructor Examinations

Please be advised that as of October 14, 2015 any person applying for the Cosmetology Instructors Examination will only be scheduled during the following examination months.

·    January 2016
·    March 2016
·    May 2016
·    June 2016
·    September 2016
·    November 2016

Changes to Examination Scheduling Procedures

Please be advised that during the May 4, 2015 board meeting the board approved a change to the agency’s exam scheduling process. It was approved for a set schedule to be used for scheduling of all examinations.

These changes will be effective as of the September 2015 examination period. The board will seat for its practical exam a maximum of 40 applicants per Apprentice and Cosmetology examination, with a total of 80 total applicants tested per day. Nail Technology will seat 16 applicants per exam, 32 per month. Esthetics will seat 16 applicants per exam period. Educator/instructor will seat 6 applicants per exam period. The classes will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. Once the classes are full for that month the applicants who were not scheduled will be processed for the following months examinations.

Schools should encourage students to file applications as soon as possible and avoid waiting until the deadline date to submit applications as applications will be processed in the order received.

If You Have Not Received Your License After You Have Submitted the Renewal

No renewed licenses can be reprinted until 30 days after they were accepted. If you have not received your license after 30 days you must submit a written statement requesting a reprint of the license to the board office no later than October 1. The statement must be signed and dated and state that you did not receive your license from renewals. Any requests for reprint postmarked after October 1 will be denied and you will be required to submit a duplicate license application with the required fee. ​

Please Be Advised

KBHC has received reports that Salons licensed thru our agency have been receiving automated calls concerning Salon inspections.  KBHC does not send automated messages of any kind.