Honolulu Cosmetology License Board Chairperson Lorie Lee is a former state legislator and an elected representative for Hawaii.
She’s been practicing cosmetologists for the past 30 years, and she says she was the first female cosmetographer in Hawaii to be licensed.
She also worked in medical and law enforcement.
Lee says she wants the Hawaii state government to ensure women don’t have to wait to get licensed.
“There are too many women and girls and children who are not getting the chance to be cosmetologists,” Lee said.
“We need to make sure that women and women-owned businesses are able to be competitive in the industry.”
Lori Lee is the chairperson of the Hawaii Cosmetologists Association.
It’s one of the few professional organizations that has a statewide mandate to license women.
The Hawaii Cosmétologists Association, an association of women and children’s cosmetological schools, has been involved in the licensing of women for over 20 years.
But it’s not the only industry group fighting for women to be allowed to practice cosmetologies.
The Hawaii Association of Cosmetologians and Barber Technicians, which has been fighting for more than a decade to have its license, has a strong group of women cosmeticians who say it has not been given enough support.
This is an issue that needs to be addressed, said Jennifer Kishida, the association’s president.
“There are a lot of women who work in the field, but we don’t get the recognition,” she said.
Kishida says her association is currently working on a new proposal to get its license renewed.
She says it’s time to change the way the licensing process is handled.
We’re very committed to doing that,” she added.
A new proposal has been put forth that would give the association more rights to license and promote women cosmétology.
According to a press release from the Hawaii Association, it wants to allow women to practice for up to 10 years and would allow for a new licensing system.
Currently, only the state Department of Licensing and Regulation licenses women.
The group says it hopes to have the state legislature pass a bill by the end of this year to make it easier for women cosmeceologists to practice in Hawaii.