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Three states now require textured hair education in cosmetology schools, ensuring future professionals can style all hair types. Learn about L'Oreal's support and more.

More States Mandate Textured Hair Education in Cosmetology Schools

Three states now require textured hair education in cosmetology schools, ensuring future professionals can style all hair types. Learn about L'Oréal's support and more.
More States Mandate Textured Hair Education in Cosmetology Schools

In another victory for inclusivity and equity in the beauty industry, Minnesota has become the third state mandating textured hair education in cosmetology schools. The legislation, which is backed by the Textured Education Collective (TEC), ensures that future hair professionals graduate with the necessary skills to serve clients of all hair types and textures. Minnesota follows on the heels of Connecticut and New York, the latter of which passed the first landmark bill in November 2023.


By requiring textured hair education in cosmetology schools, these states are taking significant strides toward dismantling systemic disparities and ensuring everyone has access to quality haircare. Many cosmetology students receive little to no education on caring 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 haircare 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 these three states, passing the textured hair education bill is just the first step. Schools have six months to begin implementing this change. In the meantime, an overhaul of their cosmetology school curriculums is to be expected, demanding deeper instruction on caring for and styling textured hair. Some of the new topics are to include:

  • 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 with 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 haircare 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

The ripple effects of this legislation are hoped to be felt across the nation. As of June 2024, California, New Jersey, and Ohio are all in various phases of passing the same bill. Sign this petition to help us champion the need for textured education standards across cosmetology schools nationwide.

Check out Our Complete Haircare Guide to Coily Hair on The Texture Edit, Hair.com’s hub for textured hair

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

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