By John MacDougallHerald staffAurora, Colo.
— It’s the last day of spring and the hairdresses are in full bloom.
The first thing you notice is that this is not the place to be.
The hair of some of the most celebrated and influential women in the world is at risk of falling into the hands of unscrupulous, unscrupulous people who will sell the hair of the next generation.
It is a sad irony that so many of these same women have done what they do for decades.
But they have a very good reason for it: They are not afraid of the consequences.
The hairddresser profession has been around for decades, but the last 20 years have seen the industry come under fire for some serious issues, most notably over the misuse of prescription painkillers and a massive increase in people dying.
The trend has been especially severe for women in hairdos, a highly regulated profession.
The profession is regulated by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration and employs more than 150,000 people, according to the American Association of Hairdressers and Allied Trades.
The profession is also one of the few professions that can survive the recession.
But as consumers look to cheaper alternatives for haircuts, the profession is struggling to make ends meet.
A number of states have enacted regulations requiring hairdo salons to pay employees, including some who earn as little as $15 an hour.
The federal government has imposed regulations on the profession as well, and has required more than $2.5 billion in refunds and penalties to cover the cost of employee-related health care costs, according the American Bar Association.
The rules, which were signed into law in 2010, require salons that employ more than 50 employees to pay their employees at least $10 an hour and to provide their employees with up to $10,000 of benefits a year.
The law also required that all hairdrassers and hairstylists in the United States must be licensed to perform hair services.
The American Board of Hairdressing (ABC) has said it has lost $150 million in fees over the past 10 years due to regulations, and the board says it will be more than ready to impose more fines if the rules are not changed.
In Colorado, the ABC is also considering taking action against a salon in Aurora, which has been under fire due to complaints about the practice of falsifying records and using falsified information in its paperwork.ABC spokeswoman Sara Kowalski said the agency has taken several steps to address the concerns of consumers, including a recent settlement in which the ABC was forced to pay more than half a million dollars to settle allegations of malpractice, fraud and deception.
Kowalskis statement about the Aurora salon said the ABC has made significant improvements in the past two years, and is committed to improving customer service, training, quality and accountability.ABC employees have also received an additional $5,000 in compensation for each employee who was injured during the past year, according a statement.
Kowan, the association’s president, said the new regulations are the result of an industry that is in dire straits.
“The industry is facing severe challenges because of a lack of regulation, a lack to properly manage the profession and a lack, unfortunately, of oversight,” she said.
The ABC said it is not responsible for the actions of any individual salon owner or employee.
“We encourage consumers to seek the advice of a licensed hair stylist or hairdrapist for any questions they may have regarding their health, hair or the benefits and dangers of this profession,” Kowaleski said.ABC did not respond to a request for comment.
In response to the ABC’s actions, the American Academy of Hair Dressing, which represents about 2,000 hair stylists and hairdryers, said that its members are concerned about the safety of its members.
“As a member, we recognize that there are individuals who will not abide by ABC’s regulations and who will do whatever it takes to continue to earn their living,” the association said in a statement Tuesday.”AHA welcomes the continued efforts of the ABC to work to reform the regulations that are in place and address the safety concerns of its member salon owners and employees,” it said.
While the ABC does not directly control the practice at any salon, ABC members are required to follow all of ABC’s requirements, including being certified to perform haircuts.ABC members must also be able to certify that their salon is in compliance with all state and federal laws and regulations regarding the practice.ABC said it does not have a code of ethics for its members, and said it works with the American Barber Association and the American Dental Association to educate salon owners on its code.