Click here for more information on this executive order.


Registration for testing has been updated. Approval Letters with expiration dates from March 16, 2020 through June 16, 2020 will be accepted.

Approval letters expiring soon need to register for the earliest test date available, to prevent additional assistance, and possible brush up hours.


Permits that expired during the COVID-19 Pandemic, will be extended 60 days once salons are reopened by the Governor.



The Mississippi State Board of Cosmetology is aware that all the licensees are extremely concerned about having a Plan of Action in place for reopening your salons and spas following this pandemic.  Please rest assured that each and everyone one of you already have the proper infection control standards set up for you in the Mississippi State Board Rules and Regulations.

Remember this is only a temporary situation, we are all hoping that we can go back to our “normal” life as soon as possible.

Please Refer to your Mississippi State Board Rules and Regulations, (Chapter 7:  Sanitation), and you will find it already has almost everything in place for you.  If you do not have a copy in your salon, please go to the Mississippi State Board of Cosmetology website, and download, and print off your copy.  Chapter 7: Sanitation states that a copy of the Rules and Regulations governing sanitation must be posted in a place conspicuous to the Public.

It is up to each of you to educate yourselves and your clients on the proper measures that need to be taken during this pandemic.   Here are some extra precautions you can use during this reopening process, and continue until this virus is under control:

  • Please be more aware of the necessity of thoroughly washing your hands with soap and water before and after each client, and whenever necessary.  The CDC suggests washing your hands for a full 20 seconds.  Hand sanitizers can be used throughout the day.
  • Masks:   Licensees should wear mask as a safety precaution, and all clients should also wear a mask upon entering the salon.   According to CDC regulations, disposable masks can only be worn for a single customer, and then disposed of.  If you do have cloth masks, please follow all CDC regulations regarding this type of mask.
  • Even in the presence of Plexiglas during nail services, masks should be worn at all time.
  • Personal contact:  As this is very hard for us, there should be no hugging, hand shaking, and close personal contact with client, other than performing the desired service.
  • Gloves:  We all know it is hard to wear gloves performing the tasks that cosmetologists perform, but please wear them when appropriate.  Gloves should be worn during all nail and esthetics services and discarded after each client.  Please wash your hands thoroughly once you remove your gloves in between customers.
  • Prepare your salon prior to reopening to ensure you have everything you will need for proper social distancing and sanitation.  Place your stations and chairs where you will be able to abide by the 6-foot social distancing.  If you cannot move your chairs or stations, only use alternating stations and chairs.
  • Mississippi State Board Rules on Sanitation/Disinfection currently require the cleaning and disinfection of non-porous surfaces and implements and the disposal of porous implements after a single use.  You will need to make sure you follow all manufacturer’s directions on proper mixing and procedures on the use of that product.  Porous/soft surfaces cannot be disinfected, but they can be cleaned by soap and water and/or chemical cleaners.  This includes towel hampers, all door handles, phones, keyboards, light switches, and anything that licensee or client touches.  Make sure all electronic devices are wiped down with disinfectant wipes or 70% alcohol.
  • Break rooms should be temporarily closed during this pandemic, and there should be no items laying around salon that cannot be sanitized and/or disinfected, such as magazines, books, and newspapers.  It is recommended that no candy dishes, or disposable coffee or drink cups be used during this time.
  • Capes should be used only on one client, then laundered with hot soapy water.  We recommend having multiple capes per licensee in salon.  Disposable capes are an option.  It is especially important to make sure your towels are laundered in hot water with bleach and dried in a hot drier to make sure they are sanitized.
  • If doing chemical services on client, have an area that the client can sit away from the other licensees and clients.  Until the Governor releases the “no more than 10 people in an area” restrictions, please be aware that this number includes all licensees and clients.
  • Appointments:  Please allow adequate time in between clients for that client to leave the salon, sanitize and/or disinfect everything, before you allow next client to come in.  Do as much electronic consulting as possible, so this will save you some time.
  • If there are multiple licensees in your salon, and for each one of them to have a client, and if that makes the number above the designated number allowed, please consider alternating the licensee’s schedules to accommodate the CDC ruling on this.
  • Only allow one client to come into salon at a time for licensee, no family members or friends with them.  No extra people should be allowed in waiting room.  This should be arranged ahead of time through social media, phone, or any means of communication that you have with your clients.
  • All your sanitation/disinfection regulations are listed in your rules and regulations, so please follow them explicitly, and sanitize or disinfect EVERYTHING  that can possibly be sanitized or disinfected, and think about everything in that salon that either you or your client touches, should be sanitized/disinfected or used only once.

If you do not have a copy of the Mississippi State Board Rules and Regulations, please go onto our website, and download them and print them off.  Make sure every licensee in your salon abides by these, and you will be just fine.

Remember, we are all in this together, and we will work through it to the end.  This is a temporary situation, and it will not last forever.  We have faith in you and our country.

Due to the Governor’s order, salons are prohibited to open during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

MS State Board Of Cosmetology has amended the Rules and Regulations due to this order. See below.

Rule 7.16 Practice of Cosmetology, Manicuring and Esthetics During COVID-19 Pandemic Emergency Orders

  1. No holder of a salon license issued by the Board may open the business operations of a salon to the public, thereby increasing the risk of transmission of the disease, in violation of an Executive Order of the Governor or the lawful order of any county or municipal authority created to protect the public during the COVID-19 pandemic. The fine for each violation of this rule shall be no more than $1,000.
  2. No holder of a salon license issued by the Board may allow any person to practice cosmetology, aesthetics, or manicuring in their salon in violation of an Executive Order of the Governor or the lawful order of any county or municipal authority created to protect the public during the COVID-19 pandemic. Every person practicing cosmetology, manicuring, or esthetics in a salon constitutes a separate violation of this rule. The fine for each violation of this rule shall be no more than $500.
  3. No holder of a cosmetologist, esthetician, manicurist or instructor license may practice cosmetology, manicuring, or esthetics, thereby increasing the risk of transmission of disease, in a salon or nursing home in violation of an Executive Order of the Governor or the lawful order of any county of municipal authority created to protect the public during the COVID-19 pandemic. The fine for each violation of this rule shall be no more than $200.

Source: Miss. Code Ann §§ 73-7-7, 73-7-33, 33-15-11.

We care about our Licensees. Once the Governor announces his decision to open salons, the MS State Board Of Cosmetology will post recommendations for salons to ensure the safety and well being for all.

During the brief conference on April 24, 2020, Governor Reeves announced our state is not at the point to allow cosmetology, manicure, and esthetic salons to open at this time. This order is to expire on May 11, 2020, any changes to this order will be posted.

Due to the COVID-19 the SOTA Seminar will be rescheduled.

The Mississippi Board of Cosmetology has heard the concerns of salon owners throughout the state about the national emergency we now face. The COVID-19 virus presents an extreme risk of person-to-person transmission throughout Mississippi. Governor Tate Reeves asked the people of the State of Mississippi to follow the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control on social distancing to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic. Further, Governor Tate Reeves issued an executive order directing all state agencies to cooperate in actions and measures taken in response to COVID-19. The Board recommends that all salons that choose to stay open follow the guidance of the CDC and OSHA. Please encourage employees and customers who have symptoms to stay home and isolate. Do not allow more than ten people to gather in your salon at any one time. Please maintain social distance wherever possible and ask your elderly clients and clients with health issues to postpone their trips to the salon. We believe these are necessary steps to protect the health of our professionals, customers, and of all Mississippians.

You may not provide cosmetology, manicure, or esthetician services in the State of Mississippi without a current and valid Mississippi license.

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