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South Dakota Cosmetology Commission
The mission of the South Dakota Cosmetology Commission is to ensure the health and safety of our citizens as they use cosmetology, esthetics and nail technology services.
Notice of Public Hearing to Adopt Proposed Rules
See the Notice of Public Hearing for information on a public hearing to adopt proposed rules Monday, June 25, at 9 a.m. CDT. View the public hearing agenda and proposed rules on the Cosmetology Commission's meetings page.
Online Licensee Services
Before logging on to renew your license using our new online system, please visit our License Renewal page for important information to remember.
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Licensees, log in to:
- Renew your licenses
- Apply for a salon or booth license
Cosmetology Commission Mission
The Commission ensures the health and safety of citizens by:
- examining and licensing qualified practitioners
- conducting inspections of cosmetology, esthetics and nail salons, booths and schools
- enforcing statutes, rules and regulations governing the practice of cosmetology, esthetics and nail technology, including consumer complaints
- resolving complaints
- overseeing the educational process of cosmetology schools and licensees
We regulate the following activities when done for any fee or compensation:
- hair care (styling, wrapping, arranging, braiding, twisting, weaving, extending, fusing, dressing, curling, waving, permanent waving, singeing, cleansing, shampooing, cutting, bleaching, setting, coloring, straightening, relaxing, fitting, massaging, or similar work upon the hair, scalp, wigs or hairpieces of a person)
- skin care or esthetics (beautifying, massaging, cleansing, exfoliating, stimulating, applying oils, creams, cosmetic preparations, make-up, facial treatments, body treatments, body wraps, antiseptics, scrubs, clays, lotions, masks, waxes or other preparations for the noninvasive care of the skin)
- nail care (cutting, filing, trimming, shaping, polishing, coloring, removing polish, tinting, air-brushing, decorating, cleansing or otherwise beautifying a person's fingernails or toenails; applying and removing artificial nails; or massaging, cleansing and exfoliating a person's hands, arms, feet and legs)
- removal of superfluous hair by nonpermanent means
- education, equipment and safety and sanitation in salons, booths and schools
In no case may the above procedures be invasive or medical treatment.
More details may be found in the Scope of Practice (Adobe PDF format).
The Cosmetology Commission does not regulate:
- barbers (regulated by the South Dakota Board of Barber Examiners, 605.642.1600)
- electrology, permanent hair removal
- body piercing and ear piercing
- permanent makeup and tattooing
- massage therapy (regulated by the South Dakota Massage Therapy Board, 605.224.1721)
Executive Director: Kathryn "Kate" Boyd
Program Assistant: Kelsey Skoglund
Secretary: Bradi Stampe
Mailing Address: 500 East Capitol, Pierre, SD 57501
Location: 221 W. Capitol, Suite 101, Pierre, SD 57501