The Tennessee Board Of Cosmetology is in charge of enforcing laws and regulations through inspections, investigation into complaints submitted by consumers and conducts hearings, imposes penalties and enforces actions when they deem necessary. Through education and the enforcement of the cosmetology laws in TN, the state board ensures the safety, welfare and public health by regulating the salons, schools and individuals who practice cosmetology. The list of the board members who are part of the Tennessee State Board of Cosmetology and Barber Examiners are listed below:

State Board Members

Member Function Represents
Ron R. Gillihan II Chair Barber School Owner
Kelly Barger Vice-Chair Cosmetologist
Nina Coppinger Member Public Member with Education Degree
Judy McAllister Member Cosmetologist
Patricia J. Richmond Member Cosmetology School Owner
Mona Sappenfield Member Aesthetician
Frank Gambuzza Member Master Barber
Amy Tanksley Member Barber Shop Owner
Anita Charlton Member Manicurist
Yvette Granger Member Natural Hair Stylist
Jimmy Boyd Member Master Barber
Brenda Graham Member Public Member
Rebecca M. Russell Member Cosmetology Instructor
Cherrelle Hooper Attorney -

They also issue licenses for to individuals who qualify for reciprocity or through the state boards administration of a written and practical examination to schools and salons. To find out how to apply for a new license, renew an existing one or find out how many hours for cosmetology license in Tennessee, check out the Tennessee Cosmetology License page for additional information. The list of categories the state board issues licenses for are below:

  • Available License Categories
  • Esthetician
  • Cosmetologist
  • Electrologist
  • Manicurist
  • Natural Hair Stylist
  • Shampoo Technician
  • Instructor
  • Aesthetician

If you need to obtain a cosmetology license, renew an existing one, or want to open up a salon or go to school, then in most cases there are fees involved. We list all available fees for this state below. We recommend to call the Tennessee State Board Of Cosmetology if you cannot find the fee information you are looking for below, or if you need to know how to pay your fees and what type of payments they accept.

Exam Full Practical Only Theory Only
Cosmetologist $140 $70 $70
Instructor $140 $70 $70
Aesthetician $140 $70 $70
Manicurist $140 $70 $70
Natural Hair Stylist $140 $70 $70

Tennessee Cosmetology License Lookup

If you are planning to setup an appointment with a local salon, it is recommended that you first verify the professional or business license. You can do that online for the state of Tennessee by visiting From there you can search for the person or business and see if there are any disciplinary actions on record. This will allow you to make an informed decision about the person and or business providing your service.

Filing a Complaint

Part of the duties of the Tennessee State Board of Cosmetology and Barber Examiners is receiving and investigating consumer complaints involving unlawful acts which may include:

  • False advertisement
  • Violations of health
  • Deceptive statements
  • Sanitation regulations
  • Unlicensed person
  • Malpractice or incompetence

If you feel like you have experienced one of these issues listed above, or have information about a specific incident, then you would need to submit your complaint. If you have issues or questions about the complaint process outlined below, then it is recommended you contact the state board for assistance.

When the office receives a complaint, a Complaint Form is mailed to the complaining party. Once the complaint is received in the office the following procedure is accomplished:

  • A letter is sent to the complainant acknowledging receipt of their complaint
  • A letter and copy of the complaint is sent to the respondent giving them 10 days to respond to any allegations
  • Each complaint is then logged in the computer with a number

A cover letter is prepared for the staff attorney and copies of the complaint are sent to the staff attorney's office. The staff attorney presents each complaint to the board. The board makes their decision on the evidence. A letter is sent to the complainant and respondent on what action was taken. Before completing the Complaint Form, please read the following:

Complaints filed with the Board office are considered public information. Anonymous complaints containing advertisements or other independent proof of a violation will be opened as complaint cases and processed according to the normal complaint procedures. Independent proof is defined as proof which does not depend solely on the statement of the anonymous complaint. Examples of independent proof are photographs, news articles, contracts, reports, advertisements, business cards, and other documentary evidence. All other anonymous complaints may be subject to administrative closure without presentation to the Board.

Here are some tips on preparing your complaint. Make a list of things you want to say. Try your best to separate your feelings from the facts. Present the events in the order of which they happened, use dates and times if possible. When submitting your complaint, please make sure to provide copies of documents, for example contracts, letters, advertisements, sakes slips, cancelled checks, warranties and any other documentation that can support your claim. Only provide copies, keep the original copies for your own record. Please remember, the complaint should describe the event or practice which misled you. If you can, please also state why the practice was misleading.

If you still have questions or issues about your complaint or about cosmetology, then use the contact information listed below. We provide the Tennessee Board Of Cosmetology phone number, office address and how to access their departments website.

  • State Board Office Location
  • Tennessee State Board of Cosmetology and Barber Examiners
    500 James Robertson Parkway
    Nashville, TN 37243

  • State Board Office Phone
  • You can reach the office by calling the Tennessee State Board of Cosmetology phone number 615-741-2515. Their fax number is 615-741-1310.

  • State Board Website
  • You can acccess the Tennessee state board online by going to