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Cosmetology means any one or combination of practices generally and usually performed by and known as the occupation of beauticians, beauty culturists, beauty operators, cosmeticians, cosmetologists, or hairdressers, or any other person holding himself or herself out as practicing cosmetology by whatever designation and within the meaning of the Oklahoma Cosmetology and Barbering Act and in or upon whatever place or premises.

Cosmetology shall include, but not limited to, any one or combination of the following practices: bleaching, cleansing, curling, cutting, coloring, dressing, removing, singeing, styling, waving or similar work upon the hair of any person by any means, whether with hands or mechanical or electrical apparatus or appliances. Nothing in the Oklahoma Cosmetology and Barbering Act shall be construed to prohibit the use of hands or mechanical or electrical apparatus or appliances for the non-permanent removal of hair from the human body without puncturing of the skin or the use of stimulating exercising, beautifying or similarly working the scalp, face, neck, arms or the manicuring of the nails of any person, exclusive of such of the foregoing practice as are within the scope of practice of the healing arts as provided by law.

Exam Requirements

  • Has completed at least the eighth grade
  • Is over the age of sixteen (16)
  • Completion of 1500 hours of study or equivalent number of credit hours.
  • Exam Fee - $35.00
  • Pass a written and practical exam with a minimum of 75%

Cosmetology Testing Supplies

MANNEQUIN HEAD AND MANNEQUIN HAND must  be used. NO live models.  Over-the-chair Mannequin Head stands will be provided by the Board.  Mannequin hands must have artificial nails glued on and polished.  No jointed hands are allowed.  Students will bring their own suction or clamp style hand stands. Hand stands are OPTIONAL.

  • Mannequin dried (not pre-curled) (6-7 inches in length) 
  • Thermal Iron (3/4 barrel) Standard electric spring or Marcel curling iron
  • Cape
  • At least 12 double prong clips
  • Hard rubber comb (Heat resistant and non metal)
  • Tissue or neck strip (Test strip)                             
  • Towel or neck strip (Drape)
  • Clips or Clamps

  • One (1) Hair brush
  • One (1) Styling, tail, or pick comb

  • Spray bottle for water
  • One (1) cutting or tail comb  
  • Clips or Clamps         
  • Cape   
  • Thinning Shears
  • Shears 
  • Razor with guard (NO carving combs)
  • Towel or Neck strip

  • 2 White, 2 grey, 2 pink rods (No ½ rods)
  • 1 All purpose or tail comb (non metal)
  • Spray bottle for water
  • Clips or Clamps
  • Cotton strip (protective barrier)
  • End papers
  • Towels
  • Chemical Cape
  • Applicator bottle with water for mock application
  • Disposable protective gloves

  • Cholesterol
  • Spatula
  • Disposable gloves
  • Chemical brush (non metal tail) and bowl (No Applicator bottle)
  • Clips or Clamps
  • Tail or All purpose comb (non metal)

  • Cleansing Cream
  • Astringent
  • Cape
  • Cotton pledgets for eye protection(must be moist)
  • Spatulas
  • Cotton pledgets for cream removal
  • Towel or neck strip
  • Headband, cap, or turban

  • Wooden applicator/spatulas
  • Cloth or paper strips for wax removal
  • Cotton swabs or tissue
  • Mock wax product (thick cream, etc.)
  • Soothing lotion or gel

  • Polish Remover
  • Cotton balls/pledgets
  • Wet sanitizer with sanitizing solution
  • Alcohol 70% or hand sanitizer
  • Manicure bowl and brush
  • Liquid soap for manicure bowl
  • Cuticle remover
  • Nippers
  • Cuticle pusher or orangewood stick
  • File or emery board
  • Emollient (massage) cream
  • Red Polish
  • Clear plastic bag (taped to towel)
  • Towels (at least 3)
Last Modified on Mar 06, 2023
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