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TrichoCare co-signs state registration proposals

TrichoCare supports a Statutory Regulation Initiative
TrichoCare co-signatory

Members of the Hair and Barber Council and the British Association of Beauty Therapy & Cosmetology, along with co-signatories, are campaigning for mandatory registration of hairdressers, barbers and beauty professionals in the UK. We believe this is vital in improving the standards of this world-leading industry which generates £6.6 billion in turnover each year to the UK economy and employs up to 337,687 people. Crucially, mandatory registration will also better protect the consumer as it will mitigate the public risk arising from the purchase and sale of potentially dangerous chemicals. Overall, mandatory registration will additionally help to ensure the long-term sustainability of small businesses across the UK which are a staple in local high street in all areas of the country.
The industry’s overwhelming support for mandatory registration is shared by consumers and the general public too. The following survey findings illustrates the strength of feeling:
• 94% agreed there should be mandatory state registration of hairdressers and barbers.
• 74% stated that a practising hairdresser or barber should have a ‘licence’ which proves they have the necessary qualifications to be able to carry out any hair/barber service.
• 70% of respondents would be concerned, from a health and safety point of view, if their hairdresser or barber was not properly trained and qualified.
• Over 82% respondents believe there should be mandatory regulation within the beauty sector in order to prove that therapists have the necessary qualifications.
• Over 87% of people surveyed believe that beauty therapists should be trained and qualified in order to practice in the UK.
We would welcome the opportunity to meet with you to set out our approach to delivering mandatory registration. As the Minister for Small Business, Consumers and Corporate Responsibility, we also hope
you will stand by the 49,371 hair and beauty businesses in the UK, and advocate for legislation on mandatory registration for all hairdressers, barbers and beauty professionals.