About Us

As our Mission Statement reads, our purpose is to protect the health and safety of the public who obtain professional cosmetology services in the State of Nevada.

Under the authority of Nevada Revised Statutes and Nevada Administrative Code, the Board of Cosmetology provides consumer protection by only licensing qualified professionals measured by standardized tests that prove competency in infection prevention and scope of practice understanding.

The mission of the Nevada State Board of Cosmetology is to protect the public health, safety and welfare through education and insuring only qualified persons are granted licenses to perform cosmetology in the State of Nevada and that all areas where cosmetology services are provided are kept clean, sanitary and safe (NRS 644 & NAC 644)

The laws and regulations that enforce consumer protection are the Nevada Revised Statutes, Chapter 644 and Nevada Administrative Code, Chapter 644.

Although the laws and regulations are approved by the Nevada State Legislature, the Board Members contribute to the democratic process by formally addressing complaints, violation appeals, law and regulation revision reviews, and determining proper disciplinary action for unsafe practices at Board Meetings.

If you are interested in formally addressing the Board to review a law or regulation, appeal a violation, or for any other reason please complete the Petition to Appear Before the Board form.


The Board is structured within the Administrative Department of the Nevada State Government. The Governor of Nevada appoints members to the Board. Board Members are appointed to serve for a four (4) year term: a member may only serve two (2) full terms.

The Board Members participate in at least four (4) Board Meetings per year. At the Board Meetings, members review complaints, violation appeals, law and regulation revisions, and interact with the public in the democratic process.

The Board Staff oversees and performs the operational functions related to testing, licensing, and inspection services.

Gwen Braimoh

President (Cosmetologist)

Las Vegas, Nevada

Email: info@nvcosmo.com

Term: September 28, 2015 to April 30, 2019

Bryan Baltazar

Vice-President (Public Representative)

Las Vegas, Nevada

Email: info@nvcosmo.com

Term: September 28, 2015 to June 30, 2019

Debra Ritchey

Secretary-Treasurer (Cosmetologist)

Las Vegas, Nevada

Email: info@nvcosmo.com

Term: September 28, 2015 to April 30, 2019

Tialutrell McCormick

Board Member (Aesthetician)

Las Vegas, Nevada

Email: info@nvcosmo.com

Term: July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2020

Kai Stanton

Board Member (Cosmetologist)

Reno, Nevada

Email: info@nvcosmo.com

Term: December 21, 2016 to June 30, 2017

Vitoria Negrete

Board Member (Cosmetologist)

Las Vegas, Nevada

Email: info@nvcosmo.com

Term: August 21, 2017 to June 30, 2021

JoAnna Tran

Board Member (Nail Technologist)

Las Vegas, Nevada

Email: info@nvcosmo.com

Term: August 21, 2017 to June 30, 2021

Dear Consumers and Licensees of the Nevada State Board of Cosmetology,

I would like to welcome you to our website. We are glad you joined us in your search for information relative to the practice of cosmetology within the State of Nevada. Our goal is to provide every consumer and licensee a vast amount of data in the smallest amount of time giving you the information you are seeking and getting you on your way. We strive to satisfy your search for the answers to your basic or complex issues in the least amount of time taken out of your schedule.

Part of the answer to this website of solution finding is giving you quick access to the most basic of your needs.

You can find:

  1. Ways to file a complaint
  2. How to register for an examination
  3. Renew your license
  4. How to call for an initial inspection to open a salon

….. and so many more items that you are looking for.

I can assure you that we have taken a great amount of time and energy getting the information assembled and displayed on the pages of this website, but we sometimes do not meet the needs of every person searching on this website. In the event that you cannot find what you are looking for you can either email us or call us at 702-486-6542.

It is our pleasure to serve you as the Board of Cosmetology staff and we are pleased to help you in any way we can. From all of us to all of you we say – thank you for letting us help you.

Sincerely,

Gary K. Landry

Executive Director

Please visit the Board Staff page for a directory.

Las Vegas

Reno

The Board delivers consumer protection services through our testing, licensing, and inspection services.

Through our Testing Services, we administer a national computerized theory test to prospective licensees and a 25-question state law test. The theory test validates that the applicant is knowledgeable in infection control procedures to reduce the risk of the spread of infection and disease, as well as, theorized knowledge of how to safely deliver the scopes of practice in each respective license. The state law test raises awareness of public safety and state-specific requirements.

Our Licensing Services help promote consumer protection by informing the public that applicants have proven and demonstrated the knowledge to control the spread of infection and disease by properly following infection control procedures.

Our Inspection Services perform licensing, infection control, and consumer complaint-based inspections of licensed salons to ensure compliance with laws and regulations enacted for consumer protection.