Beauty Industry Links

The links included here are for industry associations, educational organizations & resources and other web destinations that offer important news, industry updates and assistance for beauty industry professionals. Our mission is to help you find accurate information to help you make informed decisions about important industry issues.


California Board of Barbering & Cosmetology

The California Bureau of Barbering & Cosmetology licenses and regulates the professions of barbering, cosmetology, electrology, esthetics, manicuring, and establishments where these services are performed. It also regulates health and safety issues and the curricula in schools approved by the Board.

The primary responsibility of the Board is to ensure the health and safety of California consumers by promoting ethical standards and by enforcing the laws of the barbering and beauty industry.


American Association of Cosmetology Schools

The American Association of Cosmetology Schools (AACS) is a national non-profit association open to all privately owned schools of Cosmetology Arts & Sciences. Services include: updating members with information about new teaching methods, current industry events, and Washington, DC updates, a series of seminars, conferences and conventions held throughout the year.


National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts & Sciences

NACCAS is a national agency for the institutional accreditation of postsecondary schools and departments of cosmetology arts and sciences. It presently accredits approximately 1,000 educational institutions in the U.S.


Professional Beauty Association

The Professional Beauty Association (PBA) is a non-profit trade association that represents the interests of the professional beauty industry from manufacturers and distributors to salons and spas.


California Department of Consumer Affairs

California Department of Consumer Affairs oversees the activities of the Board of Cosmetology & Barbering and the Bureau on Postsecondary Education [link]. If you have a complaint against the board, this is where to make your voice heard.


California Stylist Newspaper

California Stylist Newspaper reports on news, products and services of interest to beauty professionals in the State of California.


California Employment Development Department

The California Employment Development Department regulations greatly affect salon booth renters and salon landlords and owners. Ignorance of these mandatory tax guidelines ensures very unhappy enforcement procedures. To download the barbering and cosmetology guidelines in PDF format, click here.