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Paula T. Dow,
Attorney General

Division of Consumer Affairs
Thomas R. Calcagni, Director



For Immediate Release:
June 6, 2011
For Further Information Contact:
Jeff Lamm, 973-504-6327
Neal Buccino, 973-504-6327

NJ Division of Consumer Affairs helps 646 Aspiring Cosmetologists Start Their New Careers; Former Vo-Tech Students Now Licensed by Board of Cosmetology and Hairstyling

NEWARK – A total of 646 aspiring cosmetologists from across New Jersey will become fully licensed at the end of this month, each having completed approximately 1,000 hours of training and a rigorous, state-administered licensing exam, Thomas R. Calcagni, Acting Director of the State Division of Consumer Affairs, announced today.

The individuals are currently eligible to work with temporary permits. Another 150 are scheduled for testing in July.

“Today is a very important day in the lives of these men and women, and an important day for New Jersey’s economy,” Calcagni said. “This week, more than 640 newly-licensed professionals are starting their careers. We hold all licensed professionals – cosmetologists, architects, pharmacists, and physicians – to the highest standards, both for the protection of consumers and as a way to build a strong marketplace. We challenge New Jersey’s professionals to be the best they can possibly be.”

The new cosmetologists will add their numbers to New Jersey’s current total of 70,000 cosmetologists and other professionals licensed by the State Board of Cosmetology and Hairstyling, which is part of the Division of Consumer Affairs. The new professionals graduated from 55 vocational schools statewide, where they completed their cosmetology training along with their academic education during the past two years. Different groups completed the practical portion of their state licensing exams on May 23 and May 24 at Burlington County Institute of Technology, and June 4 at Passaic County Technical Institute.

The students brought their own live models – usually friends or relatives – to the tests, and were called upon by examiners to cut, wave, straighten, blow-dry, curl, tweeze, shave, wax, and manicure their subjects during the rigidly-timed procedure.

The State Board of Cosmetology and Hairstyling, within the Division of Consumer Affairs, last week and today pored over the results of the students’ practical and written exams, and licensing applications. The results are crucial to the decision as to whether a license will be granted or denied. All who passed the exams will receive their licenses upon graduation, according to Jay Malanga, Executive Director of the State Board of Cosmetology and Hairstyling.

The Division of Consumer Affairs includes 46 licensing boards and committees responsible for the regulation of 600,000 licensed professionals statewide. Further information, including the full list of boards and their requirements, can be found at

Consumers who believe they have been cheated or scammed by a business, or suspect any other form of consumer abuse, can file a complaint with the State Division of Consumer Affairs by visiting its website,, or by calling 1-800-242-5846 (toll free within New Jersey) or 973-504-6200.


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