Appearance Enhancement

Fraud Alert for Nail Salon Owners Seeking to Purchase Wage Bonds

Please be cautious if you receive an unsolicited contact from a person offering to assist you in obtaining a wage bond. An unsolicited call requesting money may be a scam. Make sure to use a licensed insurance agent or broker and then contact that person directly. Use our secure portal to check to see if an agent or broker is licensed.

DFS Wage Bond Certification Letter to DOS

Nail Salon Wage Bond and Calculator

Nail Salon Wage Bond Form

Nail Salon Wage Bond Providers

Nail Salon Wage Bond Coverage FAQs


Nail Specialty Trainee Registration


Legislation to Protect to Protect Nail Salon Workers

Governor Cuomo Announces Statewide Task Force to Combat Worker Exploitation and Abuse Throughout New York State/ Governor Signs Legislation to Protect and Support Nail Salon Workers

Governor Cuomo Introduces Legislation and Comprehensive Plan to Protect Nail Salon Workers and Educate Employers


Nail Salon Workers' Bill of Rights


Notice of Adoption of Emergency Regulations for Appearance Enhancement Establishments


Hazardous Chemicals Found in Nail Salon Products


All beauty treatment specialists as well as all spas and salons must be licensed to legally operate within New York State. The state has five different designations for beauty specialists, listed below. Click on the occupation that may be of interest to you. Follow the links to learn about licensing and exam information. It is the responsibility of licensees to understand the Appearance Enhancement Law.


“How do I renew my license?”
Appearance Enhancement and Barber licenses must be
renewed online through the NY License Center.
Quick Online Renewal Instruction Flyer (pdf)


An individual may apply for an Appearance Enhancement Business License to operate an Appearance Enhancement establishment that provides any or all of the services included in the practice of cosmetology, esthetics, nail specialty, natural hair styling and/or waxing.

Forms:

• Appearance Enhancement Business/Area Renter Application
• Appearance Enhancement/Barber Business Closing Form
• Bond Form

• Wage Bond Form
• Self-Inspection Checklist for Appearance Enhancement Business Owners (English) (Spanish) (Haitian/Creole) (Italian) (Korean) (Russian) (Chinese) (Vietnamese) (Nepali) (Tibetan) (Polish) (Burmese)


Appearance Enhancement and Barber E-Licensing System Update

License Center Guides:

License Center
Quick Online Application Instruction Flyer (pdf)

Quick Online Renewal Instruction Flyer (pdf)

Applicant User Guide for the License Center (doc)

License Center Amendments Guide (doc)

NY Licensing Center Claiming Record(s) Guide (doc)

NYS Licensing Center Renewal Guide (doc)


NYS Appearance Enhancement Advisory Committee


Proposed Regulations


LICENSE LAW —  pdf It is the responsibility of licensees to understand the Appearance Enhancement License Law. For instance, owners of an appearance enhancement shop shall conspicuously post a sign (pdf) at the entrance of the business indicating that the business and individual operators are licensed by the New York State Department of State and that rules and regulations governing the business and practices are available for review upon request.


PUBLICATIONS:

Stay Healthy and Safe While Giving Manicures and Pedicures: A Guide for Nail Salon Workers:
English – Courtesy of OSHA
(pdf)

Stay Healthy and Safe While Giving Manicures and Pedicures: A Guide for Nail Salon Workers:
Spanish – Courtesy of OSHA
(pdf)

Stay Healthy and Safe While Giving Manicures and Pedicures: A Guide for Nail Salon Workers:
Vietnamese – Courtesy of OSHA
(pdf)

Stay Healthy and Safe While Giving Manicures and Pedicures: A Guide for Nail Salon Workers:
Korean – Courtesy of OSHA


Appearance Enhancement Recall: AVON ergonomic Eyelash Curler