Illinois Cracking Down on Unlicensed Spas and Salons

Members of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation spent a lot of time at the spa in 2011. It was not all about pampering, though. The department was investigating the state’s day spas and salons to make sure visitors had a safe experience, according to an IDFPR press release.

Working with local government agencies, the regulatory group visited 446 salons and day spas in 2011 and found more than half of them did not have the proper state and local licenses. Across Illinois, 273 spas and salons were not properly licensed. The surprise inspections prompted more than half of the violators to get their licenses immediately. Associations that represent cosmetologists spoke out in favor of the IDFPR’s raids.

“Cosmetologists wholly support Illinois law requiring that salon and spa services be performed on Illinois’s consumers by appropriately licensed salon and spa professionals at properly registered salon and spa service venues,” said Cosmetologists Chicago CEO Paul Dykstra in the press release.

Some cities and towns in the state have regulations that deny local licensure to day spas and salons that do not already have applicable state
licenses. This partnership with the IDFPR prevents health issues that can arise in unlicensed spas like infections or injuries, according to the release.

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