Mission Statement

To safeguard the public health, safety and welfare through the licensure and regulation of barbers and barber shops in Idaho.

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The practice of “barbering” is defined as shaving or trimming the beard or cutting, trimming, arranging, dressing, curling, cleansing, singeing, or similar work upon the hair; fitting, cutting or dressing hairpieces or toupees; giving facial and scalp massage or treatments with oils, creams, lotions or other preparations, either by hand or mechanical appliances; applying cosmetic preparations, antiseptics, powders, oils, clays or lotions to scalp, face, neck or upper part of the body. The practice of “barber-styling” includes all of the above plus waving by any method, straightening, bleaching, coloring, or similar work upon the hair.

Both the practice of barbering and barber establishments are regulated in Idaho. It is unlawful to practice, or attempt to practice barbering or barber-styling without a license issued by the board of barber examiners. It is also unlawful to own or operate any barbershop unless a barbershop license is first obtained from the board.

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