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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.
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
- Request a license certification
Notice: COVID-19 Updates
Wednesday, March 25, 2020:
To keep salon open or closed. The South Dakota Cosmetology Commission does not have the authority to close your salon due to COVID-19. If there would be any mandatory closures, it would not come from our office. We also cannot advise you on the correct course of action. At this time, no such order has been issued in South Dakota. If that changes, the Commission will update licensees via email, we will update our office phone voice mail message, and will update the website. Salon owners and booth renters may close their doors at their discretion. If you choose to remain open please see the CDC’s guidance for businesses and employers here.
The Reemployment Assistance (RA) program provides temporary financial assistance for people who have lost their job through no fault of their own. Workers who become unemployed because their employer needs to temporarily shut down or isolate workers due to COVID-19 might be eligible to receive benefits. Many variables can affect a worker’s eligibility and an employer’s liability for benefits. The Department of Labor and Regulation examines each case on an individual basis and makes determinations in accordance with the law.
Information is provided here concerning reemployment assistance eligibility.
Infection Control. The following information is taken from the Barbicide website. Please remember the Cosmetology Commission does not endorse products; there are many good disinfecting products available. As with all disinfectants make sure to follow all manufactures instructions. Keeping yourself and your clients safe should be a top priority every day in the salon. That said, when there are new pathogenic threats, it should remind us of the importance of adherence to proper infection control guidelines.
- Practice proper infection control. Cleaning & disinfection, as directed by the South Dakota Cosmetology Administrative Rule 20:42:05:01. This rule requires proper disinfection of every non-porous implement prior to use. In addition, disinfection of common use surfaces such as back bars, reception areas, computers, phones, doorknobs, or other surfaces that come in contact with you or your clients should be considered.
- Remember contact time. The most important step of the disinfection process is to allow the chemical time to work! Read all disinfectant labels to know the correct time frame.
- Hand Hygiene. Wash hands with soap and water for 30 seconds prior to every client, after eating, smoking or using the restroom. Where allowed by state law/rules, hand sanitizer is also acceptable, except after eating, smoking or using the restroom.
- Keep your hands to yourself. Handshaking needs to be replaced with other methods of introduction. While hand shaking is seen as a polite gesture, during cold and flu season and with the COVID-19 pandemic it is a super-highway for viruses to move quickly in groups.
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, 605.773.6193.)
- 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: Kate Boyd
Program Assistant: Teresa Diederich
Senior Secretary: Debbie Jensen
Mailing Address: 500 East Capitol, Pierre, SD 57501
Location: 221 W. Capitol, Suite 101, Pierre, SD 57501