DC Board of Barber & Cosmetology Summer 2019 Newsletter - Updated

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Summer 2019 | Volume #1 | Issue #1




Message From the Board

Welcome to the DC Board of Barber & Cosmetology's (Board) inaugural newsletter. Licensees in the fields of barbering and cosmetology are uniquely qualified to raise the standards of practice in services provided. The Board protects the public health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of the District by ensuring that individuals engaged in these practices have the specialized skills and training required to perform such services for the public. In each newsletter, you'll find news, events, educational information, helpful hints, and more. 


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News & Updates

Mark Wills Named President of NABBA


Mark Wills, Barber and DC Board of Barber and Cosmetology board member, has been named the National Association of Barber Boards of America's (NABBA) president. Mr. Wills looks forward to continuing NABBA's mission by bringing a unique blend of vision and distinguished achievement, assuring the Association's commitment to learning and leadership.


NABBA was formed in 1926 for the purpose of maintaining professional standards and policies in the barbering industry. Membership in the NABBA is open to state barber boards and other entities responsible for licensure or other regulatory functions of the barbering profession.


The mission of the National Association of Barber Boards of America is to support state licensing boards in their authority to protect the public as it applies to the practice of barbering by upholding health and safety standards and by maintaining the policies and protocols of the barbering industry.




Past Events


The Board is committed to continuing education (CE) and offers multiple opportunities for licensees to fulfill CE requirements each year. The Board held its 13th Annual Practitioners Forum: Modernizing Tradition in June 2019. Sessions included a presentation on Properties & Disorders of the Hair and Scalp (Identifying Problem Areas), and Quality Customer Care and Service -- Before, During and After Service.


Be on the lookout for information/registration for 2020 CE opportunities.


The Board offered a 4-hour class for barbers on the origins of barbering in March 2019. Attendees learned about the history of barbering, ethics and professionalism, and a haircut demonstration. 


In November 2018, the Board offered a course on mastering power and influence in the industry. Education provided included classroom logistics, marketing and sales, and principles of ethics.

Upcoming Events & Board Information

Upcoming Conferences

NABBA Annual Conference in Reno, Nevada – September 15–19, 2019: Register here


Continuing Education Requirements

DC Barber, Cosmetology, and Specialty licensees must complete six continuing education (CE) credits during each two-year cycle period to renew a practitioner license. Licensees must submit to the Board proof of completion of at least six CE hours from an approved CE program or course during each two-year license period.


  • Barbers must complete six CEs by the next renewal date–September 30, 2019
  • Cosmetologists and Specialties must complete six CEs by the next renewal date–April 15, 2020 


Find more information here about course requirements and here for the updated DC Municipal Regulations.


Board Meetings


The Board holds meetings at the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, 1100 4th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20024, on the first Monday of each month at 10 a.m. Meetings are open to the public.

There are multiple ways to join if in-person is not an option:


Meeting number: 730 515 756
Password: 2fT4aVAc


Join by video system
Dial 730515756@dcnet.webex.com
You can also dial and enter your meeting number.


Join by phone
1-650-479-3208 Call-in toll number (US/Canada)
Access code: 730 515 756


Remaining 2019 meeting dates:


August - Recess

September - Recess

October 7

November 4

December 2


Board Members


Anwar S. Saleem, PhD – Chair, Cosmetologist

Raymond L. Kibler, PhD – Barber

Jared Scott – Barber

Mark C. Wills – Barber

Isaac Colon – Body Artist

Eric Doyle – Body Artist

Richard A. DeCarlo, PhD – Cosmetologist

Erwin Gomez – Cosmetologist

Vonetta Dumas – Cosmetologist Specialty, Braider

Kandace Murray – Cosmetologist Specialty, Esthetics/Electrologist

Sharon A. Young – Cosmetologist Specialty, Manicurist

Vacant – Consumer Member

Vacant – Consumer Member

Vacant – Body Artist


To apply for a vacancy, please visit the Mayor’s Office of Talent and Appointments for more information and an application.


Board Staff


Cynthia Briggs - Program Manager

Andrew L. Jackson, III - Board Administrator

Kevin Cyrus - Education Coordinator


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