General Laws

Section 87V. The board shall make such uniform rules and regulations as the board deems proper for the performance of its duties, the practice of aesthetics, barbering, cosmetology, electrolysis, hairdressing, manicuring, the operation of shops and rules governing the education, experience or examination requirements for applicants for an aesthetician, barber, cosmetologist, electrologist or manicurist licenses. The board shall hold frequent examinations in the greater Boston area and at such other convenient locations as it deems necessary. The board may issue specialty limited licenses within the practice of aesthetics, barbering, cosmetology, electrolysis, hairdressing and manicuring to the extent necessary for the protection of the public's health, safety and welfare.

Except as may be necessary for the protection of the public health, safety or morals, the board shall not make any rule or regulation restraining the normal and incidental business of a shop by restricting the retail sale therein of so-called beauty preparations, lotions, salves, toilet articles, jewelry, gift novelties, personal attire and accessories or other articles.

The practice of aesthetics, barbering, cosmetology, electrolysis, hairdressing and manicuring shall be engaged only in a fixed place or establishment, which place or establishment shall be provided with such instruments, implements and equipment and subject to such sanitary regulations and inspection as said board may prescribe. The board shall promulgate rules and regulations permitting the dual use of a room for massage therapy and cosmetology within the establishment provided the establishment is also licensed as a massage therapy establishment.