Nj,The Oregon State Department of Health said in a news release Tuesday that it will allow cosmetologists to practice in Oregon in the next six months.
The department said it will issue an Oregon license to a cosmetological student who meets all of the requirements for licensure, including having at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited school.
The student must also be a licensed cosmetographer.
“The department has received applications from approximately 4,000 applicants, and is accepting the applications for licensures,” said department spokeswoman Lisa C. DeCicco.
The state expects to issue a final decision by the end of July.
The state also said it plans to allow cosmologists to work at a hospital, and to take classes at an accredited college.
Cosmetologists are a relatively new industry in Oregon, with the state opening its first accredited cosmetography program in January.
It also opened a licensed hair salon in January, and the state plans to license cosmeticians for cosmetic surgery.
Oregon has become a leader in cosmetotherapy, which focuses on helping people achieve their goals with their hair.
The practice has been a boon for Oregon’s economy, which has seen a jump in the number of people applying for cosmetologic licenses.
In 2013, the state had about 100,000 people applying to be licensed cosmological professionals.
Oregon’s cosmetolgists can also work in schools and other non-cosmetological settings, such as community service, according to the news release.