Hair and Makeup Equity’s 3 Major Shifts in 2023: What You Need to Know!

2023 has been a landmark year in advancing hair and makeup equity, with significant strides made in inclusivity and diversity in the beauty industry.

This year’s achievements in legislative actions and industry shifts have set a new standard for beauty in entertainment and media. Let’s delve into these pivotal changes and explore how beauty professionals, cosmetology schools, and production companies can embrace and adapt to these advancements.

  1. New Jersey Leads with Inclusive Beauty Education Legislation
    New Jersey set a precedent with the passage of bill A5443/S3845, a transformative step towards hair equity. This legislation mandates comprehensive training in textured hair management for all cosmetologists, including hairstylists, beauticians, barbers, and hair braiders. This initiative paves the way for a more inclusive approach to beauty education, ensuring professionals are equipped to serve a diverse clientele.
  2. New York Follows Suit with Groundbreaking Cosmetology Education Law
    Building on New Jersey’s momentum, New York State enacted Bill S6528A, requiring all cosmetology schools to include natural hair education in their curriculum. This law addresses the educational gaps in beauty training, particularly for textured hair, fostering a more inclusive and skilled beauty workforce.
  3. SAG-AFTRA’s Ratified Contract Uplifts Beauty Equity in Entertainment
    The ratification of a new SAG-AFTRA contract marked a significant win for beauty equity. Key provisions include consultation rights for performers, reimbursement for external beauty services, compensation for time spent on hair and makeup, and industry-wide awareness initiatives. These measures ensure that performers’ diverse beauty needs are recognized and met in production settings.

    More details on the agreed terms here : Celebrating the Historic SAG-AFTRA Clause: Beauty Equity is now a Priority in Hollywood!

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Embracing Change: The Role of Beauty Pros and Decision-Makers in TV and Film
As the beauty industry evolves, it’s crucial for professionals and decision-makers in TV and film to adapt and embrace these changes.

The BBR Portal is an invaluable resource, providing access to skilled beauty professionals who are adept in managing all skin and hair types.

Expanding Beyond Access: Education and Training for Brands
BBR also plays a pivotal role in educating and training brands to become allies in supporting diversity and inclusion. Through BBR’s initiatives, brands and industry leaders can receive the necessary education and training to effectively promote and support diversity and representation for diverse talent. This comprehensive approach ensures that the industry is not only inclusive in practice but also in mindset and understanding.


Empowering Beauty Professionals with Training and Resources

In addition to facilitating connections, BBR offers beauty pros the chance to advance their skills through BBR Classes. These free online classes, led by esteemed makeup artists and hairstylists, provide invaluable insights into working with diverse talent. By leveraging these opportunities, beauty professionals can stay ahead in the industry, ensuring they are fully equipped to meet its evolving demands and contribute to a more inclusive beauty environment.

Looking Ahead
The achievements of 2023 have set a new standard for inclusivity in the beauty industry. As we move into 2024, it’s essential for industry leaders to continue championing policies and practices that promote equity and representation. Utilizing platforms like BBR for both access to talent and educational resources is a significant step towards sustaining and enhancing the industry’s commitment to diversity and inclusivity.



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