Arizona Legislature axes licenses for blow-dry salons

April 9, 2019

PHOENIX (AP) — Hair stylists in Arizona who only provide blow-drying, curling and shampoo services won’t have to be licensed until a proposal on the way to Republican Gov. Doug Ducey’s desk.

Scottsdale Republican Sen. Michelle Ugenti-Rita’s legislation passed the House on a 31-26 party-line vote Tuesday. The Senate had approved the plan in February with a bipartisan 21-9 vote.

The proposal was dubbed the “dry bar” bill because of an emerging business providing quick spruce-ups for clients. It drew strong opposition from licensed cosmetologists and their state association, who argued that even though the shops don’t cut or dye hair, licensing is needed for health and safety.

House Democrats embraced that argument during debate Tuesday, but Republicans laughed off the fears as hypothetical.

Ugenti-Rita unsuccessfully pushed the same plan last year.