DEPARTMENT OF LICENSING AND REGULATORY AFFAIRS  
DIRECTOR'S OFFICE  
BARBERS GENERAL RULES  
(By authority conferred on the director of the department of licensing and regulatory  
affairs by sections 205, 1110, and 1112 of the occupational code, 1980 PA 299, MCL  
339.205, 339.1110, and 339.1112; and on the board of barbers by section 308 of the  
occupational code, 1980 PA 299, MCL 339.308; and by Executive Reorganization Order  
Nos. 1991-9, 1996-2, 2003-1, 2008-4, and 2011-4, MCL 338.3501, 445.2001, 445.2011,  
445.2025, and 445.2030)  
PART 1. GENERAL PROVISIONS  
R 339.6001 Rescinded.  
History: 1991 AACS; 2003 AACS; 2014 AACS.  
R 339.6003 Rescinded.  
History: 1991 AACS; 2003 AACS; 2014 AACS.  
R 339.6019 Rescission.  
Rule 19. All of the following rules are rescinded:  
(a) R 338.601 to R 338.615 of the Michigan Administrative Code, appearing on  
pages 3501 to 3503 of the 1954 Michigan Administrative Code and page 2198 of the  
1961 Annual Supplement to the Code.  
(b) R 338.631 to R 338.643 of the Michigan Administrative Code, appearing on  
pages 1472 to 1474 of the 1960 Annual Supplement to the Code.  
(c) R 338.661 to R 338.668 of the Michigan Administrative Code, appearing on  
pages 1474 and 1475 of the 1960 Annual Supplement to the 1954 Michigan  
Administrative Code.  
(d) R 338.2001 to R 338.2054 of the Michigan Administrative Code, appearing on  
pages 2515 to 2520 of the 1979 Michigan Administrative Code and pages 239 to 244  
of the 1980 Annual Supplement to the Code.  
History: 1991 AACS.  
PART 2. LICENSES  
R 339.6021 Rescinded.  
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History: 1991 AACS; 1998 AACS.  
PART 3. SANITATION  
R 339.6031 Premises.  
Rule 31. (1) All premises used by a licensee must be maintained in a clean, safe, and  
sanitary condition. The premises must be free from all of the following:  
(a) Dust.  
(b) Mold.  
(c) Mildew.  
(d) Insects.  
(e) Rodents.  
(f) Vermin.  
(g) Other sources of contamination or potential causes of health or safety hazards or  
nuisances.  
(2) Floors, walls, ceilings, fixtures, furnishings, and work surfaces must be kept clean.  
Open windows and doors must be screened to prevent the entry of insects. Waste  
containers must be kept closed with a lid or hinged-door and emptied when full and at  
least once every 24 hours. Waste containers must be cleaned and disinfected at least once  
every 24 hours unless lined with a plastic bag that is disposed of each time the waste  
container is emptied.  
(3) Equipment and supplies for barbering use must be stored separately from storage for  
any other purpose. Soiled or used towels or rubbish must not be allowed to accumulate on  
the premises or in adjacent areas. Used towel and rubbish storage must not be adjacent to  
storage for clean supplies. Covered containers or cabinets must be provided for clean  
supplies that are not wrapped for sanitation.  
(4) Toilet facilities must be furnished on the premises unless public toilet facilities are  
reasonably available.  
(5) Licensed premises must have stationary washbasins located within the licensed  
premises. Effective 180 days after the promulgation of this rule, washbasins used to  
satisfy the sanitation requirements of these rules must not be in a restroom or out of view  
of the work area where services are performed. Each basin must be connected to a  
pressurized water system with hot and cold running water and with adequate provision  
for drainage and disposal of waste into a public disposal system or septic tank.  
(6) Licensed premises must be in compliance with all regulations of the political  
subdivision in which they are located and with state and federal building codes, health  
regulations, and fire safety regulations.  
History: 1991 AACS; 2019 MR 21, Eff. November 4, 2019.  
R 339.6033 Tools and equipment.  
Rule 33. (1) Before being used on a patron, tools and equipment used for barbering  
must be wiped clean and sanitized using 1 of the following methods:  
(a) Exposure to ultraviolet light at a distance of not more than 8 inches for not less  
than 2 minutes from a germicidal lamp that has a strength of not less than 15 watts. Tools  
sanitized in this manner must be kept mechanically clean.  
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(b) Thoroughly washing the tools and equipment in a detergent solution and placing  
the rinsed equipment in a container holding a chemical sanitizing agent. Chemical  
sanitizing agents acceptable for such uses are those registered for use in interstate  
commerce by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. After sanitizing, the  
tools and equipment must be stored in a covered container.  
(c) Sharp-edged tools must be wiped with a 70% alcohol solution.  
(2) When not in use, tools and equipment that are intended to come in contact with a  
patron and are capable of storage in a covered container must be stored in a covered  
container.  
(3) Tools and equipment must be maintained in a sanitary and safe condition and in  
good working order.  
(4) The reuse of unsanitized finger bowls, common powder puffs, common sponges,  
and paper and cotton items is prohibited. Such items must be sanitized before reuse or  
must be discarded.  
(5) Small items of equipment, including combs, brushes, rollers, clips, pins, head  
coverings, caps, permanent waving rods, protectors, and supplies, must be maintained in  
a sanitary condition, must be stored in covered containers, and, to minimize the  
possibility of accidental, unsanitized reuse, must not be carried about between work  
areas on the person of a licensee.  
History: 1991 AACS; 2019 MR 21, Eff. November 4, 2019.  
R 339.6035 Use or storage of certain items prohibited; use of astringent to  
stop bleeding.  
Rule 35. (1) The use or storage on licensed premises of styptic pencils, lump alum, or  
drops, washes, and treatments of the eyes is prohibited.  
(2) Only powdered or liquid astringent applied on a clean towel, cotton, or gauze may  
be used to stop bleeding.  
History: 1991 AACS.  
R 339.6037 Patron protection.  
Rule 37. (1) A clean, fresh paper or cloth towel must be used for each patron.  
(2) A headrest of a barber chair must be covered with clean, fresh paper or cloth before  
use by each patron.  
(3) A hair cloth or cape must be used on each patron. A clean, fresh towel or sanitary  
paper or cloth neck strip must be placed around the neck to prevent the hair cloth or cape  
from touching the skin.  
(4) After being used on a patron, a towel or cloth neck strip must be placed in a covered  
container with a hinged door or lid.  
(5) Creams and other semisolid substances must be covered when not in use and must  
be removed from their containers with spatulas. Fluids or powders used on a patron must  
be applied from a bottle or shaker-type dispenser.  
(6) A licensee shall wash his or her hands before serving each patron and shall make all  
reasonable attempts to prevent the spread of communicable diseases or skin lesions.  
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History: 1991 AACS; 2019 MR 21, Eff. November 4, 2019.  
R 339.6039 Blood Spill Procedures.  
Rule 39. (1) A licensee, barber shop owner, instructor, student, or barber school  
owner shall comply with all of the following provisions if a blood spill occurs:  
(a) Temporarily suspend the service being performed.  
(b) Provide the patron or other person who is bleeding  
with  
adequate first aid  
supplies so that the bleeding can be stopped and the wound covered.  
(c) Sterilize any equipment, implements, or tools which have come into contact  
with the blood spill.  
(d) Immediately discard porous materials or supplies which have come into contact  
with a blood spill.  
(e) Immediately clean floors, counters, chairs, or other durable surfaces in the area of  
the blood spill with a sodium hypochlorite solution, such as household bleach, or other  
hospital-grade disinfectant.  
(f) Dispose of blood spill waste in clearly labeled leakproof containers or bags.  
(2) A licensee, student, or instructor shall not perform services or demonstrations  
on a patron until all bleeding has ceased and all wounds covered. A licensee,  
student, or instructor shall keep an open sore, cut, burn, or other injury on patrons or  
on themselves covered at all times when performing services or demonstrations.  
History: 2003 AACS.  
PART 4. BARBER COLLEGES  
R 339.6041 Construction standards and required equipment.  
Rule 41. (1) A barber college shall provide for all of the following:  
(a) A classroom with adequate space and sufficient number of desk chairs for each  
student in attendance.  
(b) A practical training room.  
(c) A separate student locker area.  
(d) Adequate toilet facilities to meet the needs of the number of enrolled students.  
(2) The practical training room must be equipped with all of the following:  
(a) Sufficient practical training stations so that students are not required to share a  
station during practical training periods.  
(b) Tile, first-grade linoleum, or other board-approved floor covering.  
(c) Ample lamps and vibrators to give demonstrations in scientific treatment as  
provided in the curriculum.  
(d) Ample supplies of steamers, sources of lather, and clean towels provided by the  
college for the proper performance of services by each student.  
(3) The practical training room may be equipped with any of the following optional  
equipment for practical training:  
(a) A cash register.  
(b) A sales counter.  
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(c) A reception counter.  
(d) A hair analysis machine.  
(e) Skin care equipment.  
(4) A practical training station must be equipped with all of the following:  
(a) A barber chair that is in mechanical working order, easily cleaned, and not less  
than 6 feet from the next chair, when measured from the center of one chair base to the  
center of the next chair base.  
(b) One storage cabinet for tools, clean towels, and hair cloths.  
(c) One electric sterilizer.  
(d) One approved soiled towel container with a hinged lid or door.  
(e) One complete set of the customary barber tools.  
(5) A barber college shall indicate to the public that it is a barber college by a sign, with  
letters that are not less than 6 inches in height, that includes the words "barber school" or  
"barber college." A sign must be displayed indicating that the work performed in the  
barber college is primarily performed by students.  
History: 1991 AACS; 1994 AACS; 2019 MR 21, Eff. November 4, 2019.  
R 339.6045 Rescinded.  
History: 1991 AACS; 2003 AACS; 2006 AACS; 2014 AACS.  
R 339.6047 Barber college; curriculum.  
Rule 47. A barber college shall follow a curriculum of instruction in barbering shown  
under table 47. The curriculum may vary within 10% of the hours for each subject  
specified in this rule as long as the total theory hours is not less than 225 and the total  
practical hours is not less than 1,575.  
TABLE 47  
Barber Training Curriculum  
Topic  
(a) Orientation:  
Theory Hours  
10  
Practical Hours  
0
(i) History of barbering profession.  
(ii) Implements of barbering profession.  
(b) Safety and sanitation:  
60  
50  
(i) General (basic first aid, work stations).  
(ii) Bacteriology and diseases of hair, scalp, skin,  
nails, and glands.  
(iii) Implements (sanitation, maintenance, care).  
(iv) Laws and rules governing safety and sanitation.  
(c) Client services:  
30  
These activities  
(i) Composition, structure, function of skin, hair,  
head, face, and neck.  
shall  
performed  
be  
as  
(ii) Analysis of bone structure, skin, and hair.  
part of activities  
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(iii) Determination of services desired by client.  
(iv) Examination of client (identifying disorders  
and diseases), referral for medical treatment.  
(v) Recommending services and follow-up  
maintenance.  
specified in sub-  
divisions (d),  
(e), and (f) of  
this rule.  
(d) Haircut and shave:  
60  
1,000  
(i) Hair cutting.  
(ii) Hair styling.  
(iii) Razor honing and stropping.  
(iv) Shaving and beard trimming.  
(e) Chemical services:  
(i) Shampooing and conditioning hair.  
(ii) Hair waving and relaxing.  
(iii) Hair coloring and lightening.  
(f) Secondary services:  
15  
25  
125  
275  
(i) Skin care (facials, massage, and therapy).  
(ii) Hair and scalp treatments (preparations,  
massage, and therapy).  
(iii) Selling and servicing hairpieces.  
(g) Laws, rules, and regulations:  
(i) Governing the barber.  
(ii) Governing the barbershop.  
(h) Business management:  
(i) Ethics.  
10  
10  
0
100  
(ii) Merchandising.  
(iii) Bookkeeping.  
(iv) Taxes.  
(v) Insurances  
(i) State board examination preparation  
5
25  
225  
1,575  
History: 1991 AACS; 2019 MR 21, Eff. November 4, 2019.  
R 339.6049 Records.  
Rule 49. (1) A barber college shall keep records of students which shall be maintained  
for not less than 7 years after termination of training. The records shall contain all of  
the following information:  
(a) A summary of the student's attendance record.  
(b) A summary of the student's training.  
(c) The date of the student's enrollment.  
(d) A copy of the student's contract.  
(e) The student's final grades and graduation date.  
(2) A barber college shall keep temporary records of students which shall be  
maintained until the termination of training and which shall include all of the  
following information:  
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(a) The daily attendance record.  
(b) A record of the types of services and practical applications performed.  
(c) Progress records.  
(3) A barber college shall keep a monthly record of all student enrollment. A  
report shall be sent to the department on or before the tenth day of the following  
month containing each student's name  
in alphabetical order, each student's  
accumulated hours of credit, and each student's status as a full-time, part-time, night  
class, or brush-up student. A copy of each month's report shall be posted in  
conspicuous location in the barber college.  
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History: 1991 AACS.  
R 339.6051 Rescinded.  
History: 2006 AACS; 2014 AACS.  
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