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The Oklahoma State Board of Cosmetology and Barbering establishes and enforces safety and sanitation practice standards, which preserve and promote health and safety for the citizens of Oklahoma.

Testing with PSI is optional. However, the limit to test four times still applies and registration is required with the Board, including the thirty-five ($35) fee, each time testing is done with PSI. 


Cosmetology means any one or combination of practices generally and usually performed by and known as the occupation of beauticians.


Barbering means any one or any combination of the following practices, when done upon the upper part of the human body for cosmetic purposes.


Manicuring is the practice of cutting, trimming, polishing, coloring, tinting, cleansing the nails, or beautifying the hands and feet of any person.


Esthetics refers to performing skin care, make-up and hair removal services to the public provided the hair removal services shall not include electrolysis.


Massage therapy means the skillful treatment of the soft tissues of the human body which includes, but not limited to the use of touch, or pressure.

Hairbraiding Certification

Hairbraiding refers to performing hairbraiding, hairweaving, and hair extensions which must be performed in a licensed cosmetology establishment.


A Threading Technician is a person licensed by the Board to perform temporary hair removal by using thread that is twisted and rolled along the surface of the skin, entwining the hair in the thread and lifting it out of the follicle.


Cosmetician is a person licensed by the Board to perform patron services limited to hair arranging and application of makeup, including, but not limited to, using hairstyling tools and products. Services must be performed in a licensed establishment.


Demonstrator is a person who is not licensed in this state as a Cosmetologist, Barber or Instructor and who demonstrates any cosmetic preparation. The person shall be required to obtain a Demonstrator license from the Board before making any such demonstrations.

Master Instructor

Master Instructor means a person who gives instruction as a qualified teacher in cosmetology or barbering.

Facial Instructor

Facial/Esthetics Instructor is a person licensed by the Board as a qualified teacher of the art and science of facial and esthetics theory and practice.

Manicurist Instructor

Manicurist/Nail Technician Instructor is a person licensed by the Board as a qualified teacher of the art and science of nail technology theory and practice.

Last Modified on Mar 28, 2023