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2007 Letter to Virginia Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists

July 26, 2007

Virginia Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists
3600 West Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23230-4917

Dear Board Members,

I am writing on behalf of the Society of Virginia Skincare Specialists regarding the proposed regulations that will
define the professions of Esthetician and Master Esthetician in the Commonwealth of Virginia. When HB 2510
was originally crafted and eventually passed, all aspects of practicing esthetics, technology, products, education, and
especially the safety for citizens of, and visitors to, Virginia were considered. Many industry experts from across the
state and the nation were asked for input to ensure a progressive, yet realistic standard.

It was evident from the beginning that education was key. In comparison to a Cosmetologist, who is required to
successfully complete a minimum of 1500 hours of education, the proposed 600 hour requirement for basic
esthetics and additional 600 hours for Master Esthetician is not only conservative, but considering the practical
training necessary, a bare minimum that should be readily accepted by the state.

It has come to the attention of the Society that a few individuals in other departments might not completely
understand the full spectrum of services that are being performed under this licensure. The Board can be assured
that every organization interested in the licensing was allowed to voice both their views and requests (which were
accommodated) to satisfy all of the complementary professions. In addition, the Delegates, Senators and various
committees responsible for investigating HB 2510 did so vigorously. The Society of Virginia Skincare Specialists,
along with many others, attended these meetings, when appropriate, to answer questions or address concerns regarding
the licensing.
When HB 25

10 reached the voting floor it was passed by a majority in both the House and Senate – evident to
the elected officials of Virginia that this was a wise decision for the state. The requirements were fully discussed and
the Board has executed the codes set by the passing of HB 2510 in the most appropriate manner. The Society
commends the Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists for their professional interest and expertise in proposing the
mandatory hours of education. This measure will go far to assure safe treatments for consumers in Virginia.

Sincerely,
Kim Thumel
Executive Director
Society of Virginia Skincare Specialists

S O C I E T Y O F V I R G I N I A S K I NC A R E  S P E C I A L I S T S
M E M B E R
S V S S  A P P R O V E D

Society of Virginia Skincare Specialists
2600 Potters Road • Virginia Beach, VA 23452 • Telephone 757.431.4526 • Facsimile 757.431.4527

We, the undersigned, agree with and support the Society of Virginia Skincare Specialists in their effort
to properly ensure the adequate training and education requirement for basic esthetics (600 hours)
and for Master Esthetician (an additional 600 hours) in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

 

SVSS 2007 Letter_Form

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