Hair Stylists,  Salon Owners, and any other member who would like their voice heard!

Consultation sessions have started and your voice is needed. This is your industry and you have a say.

You have worked hard to be where you are today, your business is your livelihood, and it is time to voice your thoughts and/or concerns.


“The Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency (NSAA) and the Department of Labour and Advanced Education (LAE) invite you to help determine if there is support for Black Beauty Culture Hair Innovator Trade to become a voluntary trade with a training pathway for certification.”

They also want your input on how to enhance the understanding that natural hair care services are not regulated under the Cosmetology Act.

Natural hair care includes activities such as braiding, weaving, knots, twists and may include the use of natural or synthetic hair extensions, fibers, and decorative beads. While natural hair care may include the use of natural botanical and herbal oils and other natural products, it does not include the use of chemical dyes, reactive chemicals, or chemical hair joining agents. Although natural hair care is typically associated with individuals of African descent, natural hair care activities are also practiced by individuals from diverse backgrounds and, in many cases, are culturally significant with practices being passed down over generations.”

Our Position
The Association is in full support of the Black Beauty Culture Hair Innovator and has been asking for this since 2012.  However, for hairstylists, salons, and the industry we strongly believe these skills remain under the hairstylist, as a specialized licence in Cosmetology hair services, only when these services are offered for fee gain or reward or in a salon. It by no means would include anyone of any culture doing this for no fee, gain, or reward.

We are a very diverse, open, and inclusive industry, and keeping the industry together, we will all build brighter futures.

If you have questions for the Association, please email

Link to survey and sessions

Cosmetology Association (NS)
126 Chain Lake Drive
Halifax, NS  B3S 1A2

Hours of Operation
Monday 8:30 - 4:30
Tuesday 8:30 - 4:30
Wednesday 8:30 - 4:30
Thursday 8:30 - 4:30
Friday 8:30 - 3:00

*Holiday or Weather closures/cancellations will be noted in the Calendar.
Office: (902) 468-6477
Fax: (902) 468-7147
Toll Free: (800) 765-8757

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Executive Director
Dana Sharkey, CAE 



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