cos·​me·​tol·​o·​gist | \ ˌkäz-mə-ˈtä-lə-jist How to pronounce cosmetologist (audio) \

Definition of cosmetologist

: a person licensed to provide cosmetic treatments to the hair, skin, and nails : one trained in cosmetology : beautician If you're using … any medication that might make you skin more sensitive, be sure to tell your cosmetologist.— Kathleen Conway Engles

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Courtney Haveman and Amanda Spillane filed suit on Tuesday, with the help of non-profit law firm the Institute for Justice, claiming the state’s good moral character requirement for cosmetologists is unfair and unconstitutional. Kristen De Groot, The Seattle Times, "Suit: Drop ‘good moral character’ cosmetologist requirement," 12 Dec. 2018 That’s the same excuse cosmetologists have long used to limit competition and force entrepreneurial braiders to shell out thousands of dollars for schooling. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "A Hair-Brained Veto," 27 Aug. 2018 From a free-market perspective, the consequences of licensure requirements for ride-sharing are little different than similar requirements for barbers, cosmetologists, taxidermists, food-truck operators, florists and numerous other occupations. Jason L. Riley, WSJ, "Getting Around Is About to Get Harder for Minorities," 14 Aug. 2018 But unlike cosmetologists, hair braiders don’t cut hair, mix and apply chemicals, or do other dangerous work. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "A Hair-Brained Veto," 27 Aug. 2018 His father was a union official and his mother a cosmetologist. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Robert Danzig Survived a Bleak Childhood and Rose to Lead Hearst Newspapers," 18 Aug. 2018 In total, $18,375 in fines have been doled out to nail businesses and cosmetologists in and around Houston, according to a analysis of all 2018 Houston data publicly available by Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR). Fernando Alfonso Iii, Houston Chronicle, "Harris County nail salons cited for infractions so far in 2018," 23 Apr. 2018 Life as a cosmetologist was tough before the surgery, but now Andrea can handle the long days standing on her feet. Trihealth,, "Making the most of being mom – how weight loss surgery changed Andrea’s life," 29 June 2018 Krajnyak was a mother of one and a cosmetologist who had just returned to California after visiting family in her native Hungary. Washington Post, "Man charged after California blast held without bail," 23 May 2018

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1926, in the meaning defined above

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cos·​me·​tol·​o·​gist | \ -ˈtäl-ə-jəst How to pronounce cosmetologist (audio) \

Medical Definition of cosmetologist

: a person who gives beauty treatments (as to skin and hair)

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