Permanent Cosmetics Legislation

Many states have limited permanent Cosmetic (Cosmetic Tattooing) law regulations. It is the student’s responsibility to understand and comply with state and local health department laws..

Massachusetts State Regulations

Please be advised that the Massachusetts Board of Cosmetology has prohibited the practices of tattooing and body piercing in licensed cosmetology salons in the Commonwealth. These are not subjects included in the Board’s curriculum for licensure and therefore, we do not have guidelines for formal training in these areas. Although the Department of Public Health has recently promulgated rules & regulations for body piercing and tattooing, these procedures are not to be performed in cosmetology salons.


Any cosmetologist, aesthetician, or manicurist who knowingly performs body piercing or tattooing (or variations of tattooing such as permanent cosmetics, micropigmentation, permanent makeup, or cosmetic tattooing) in a licensed salon will face disciplinary action. If you have any questions regarding this notice please contact the Board of Cosmetology at (617) 727-3067

You would have to make sure that:

  1. The town/city you want to work in is regulated for Body Art, Tattooing and/or Cosmetic Tattooing. The State of Massachusetts does not have a statewide regulation and has left it up to each town or city to decide whether or not they will adapt this new law. Please be advised.
  2. You are practicing in an establishment (other then a salon) that is licensed for Body Art, Tattooing and/or Cosmetic Tattooing.
  3. You have obtained a license to practice Body Art, Tattooing and/or Cosmetic Tattooing. While you are performing permanent cosmetics you can only refer to yourself as a Body Art, Tattoo or Cosmetic Tattoo Practitioner, not an Esthetician or a Cosmetologist.