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New York mandates textured hair education in cosmetology schools, ensuring future professionals can style all hair types. Learn about L'Oreal's support and more.

Crowning Glory: New York Mandates Textured Hair Education in Cosmetology Schools

New York mandates textured hair education in cosmetology schools, ensuring future professionals can style all hair types. Learn about L'Oréal's support and more.
Crowning Glory: New York Mandates Textured Hair Education in Cosmetology Schools

In a landmark victory for inclusivity and equity in the beauty industry, New York State has passed a bill requiring all cosmetology students to learn how to style textured hair (November 17). This historic legislation, backed by the Textured Education Collective (TEC), ensures that future hair professionals graduate with the necessary skills to serve clients of all hair types, including Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC).


By mandating textured hair education in cosmetology schools, New York is taking a significant step towards dismantling systemic disparities and ensuring access to quality hair care for everyone. Many cosmetology students receive little to no education on how to care for textured hair, leaving them unprepared to serve a diverse clientele. As a result, the onus falls on frustrated clients to seek out specialized hairdressers—or take on the burden of educating their stylists themselves.

The TEC, a coalition of organizations representing the textured hair care industry including L’Oréal USA, played a pivotal role in advocating for this bill. They worked tirelessly to raise awareness about the gap in haircare education, educate policymakers, and garner support from the beauty industry.

This success is a result of TEC’s collective efforts to build upon an existing 2017 law that mandates New York to appoint a professional hairstylist to the NYS Appearance Enhancement Advisory Committee. Said stylist is to advise on matters concerning the maintenance of all hair types and textures to help ensure that hair education is systemically more inclusive.

Video Credit: The Texture of Change

For New York, passing the textured hair education bill is just the first step. There is a six-month period for schools to begin implementing this change. In the meantime, an overhaul of cosmetology school curriculums is to be expected, demanding deeper instruction on caring for and styling textured hair.

The new law requires cosmetology schools to incorporate textured hair education into their curriculum, covering topics such as:

  • Hair science and the unique characteristics of textured hair
  • Styling techniques for various textures, including braidstwists, and natural hairstyles
  • Proper scalp care and product recommendations for textured hair
  • Cultural sensitivity and understanding the importance of inclusivity in the beauty industry

This comprehensive education will equip future hair professionals with the knowledge and skills to provide competent and respectful service to clients of all hair types.

Propelling texture education to become a fundamental part of all beauty school education across the United States.

Credit: @thetextureofchange

The implementation of this new law has the potential to revolutionize the beauty industry. Ensuring that all cosmetologists are trained to care for textured hair will increase access to quality hair care for BIPOC communities that have historically been underserved. It will also create a more inclusive and welcoming environment for all clients, regardless of their background or hair type. The reality is that roughly 65% of Americans have textured hair and a law of this stature affects communities across the board.

*According to a 2018 Texture Trends Report from NaturallyCurly

We hope the ripple effects of this legislation will be felt across the nation, inspiring other states to follow New York's lead and ensure that all cosmetologists are equipped to serve a diverse clientele. By working together, we can create a beauty industry that is truly inclusive and representative of the world we live in.

Check out Our Complete Hair Care Guide to Coily Hair on The Texture Edit—Hair.com’s hub for things curly, coily, and in between.

Header photo credit: @samira.bem and Hair.com

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