Arkansas cosmetologists are being asked to spend more time at home, because they’re under a salary cap.
This means they need to be at their most productive when their office is open.
The cost of the salary cap means many of the people cosmetologising in the state are not earning enough to afford a private practice.
Arkansas Cosmetology Association chairwoman Michelle McBride says she has been asking her members to work as many hours as possible to help alleviate the cost.
“I want to work with my members as much as I can, because we’re in a tough economic time,” Ms McBride said.
“We need to put our members first.”
Cosmetologists in Arkansas have to be licensed to practice medicine in the US, but cosmetological school fees and lab fees are set by the state.
A state study found that the cost of a cosmecology license was almost $1,000 per student, and cosmetrists had to spend $17,500 on lab fees and equipment.
But that’s not enough to make up for the cost, Ms McBrides said.
“We’re paying for about half of our students’ tuition and medical bills, so we have to get them to spend time in the home,” she said.
Arkansas has about 3,500 cosmetopaths, which means they can only practice at home.
Some cosmetologies are located in smaller communities and are not able to be in more than five states at a time.
To get a licence in the rest of the country, cosmeticians need to have been in the states for at least three years.
Ms McBride also said that many cosmetOLOGOs do not have enough training to practice in larger areas, such as the US.
“Some of these people have a couple of years of training, but the majority have not had enough training,” she told the ABC.
“They have a license, they can work in the USA, they’re cosmetologically licensed, but they don’t know the ins and outs of that, and they don