Occ. Code 5303100




New York State Department of Civil Service


Classification Standard




            Beauticians provide standard beauty treatments and hairdressing services such as shampoos, haircuts, permanent waves, manicures and facials to residents and patients of State facilities.


            Positions in this class are located in the Office of Mental Health and the Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities.




            A Beautician may work alone or as a member of a group in providing a full range of hair washing, cutting, waving and manicuring services usually for female residents of state facilities.  A Beautician typically uses standard beautician instruments such as scissors, razors, hand and electric hair clippers, hot irons, nail files, combs, brushes and soaps, rinses, lotions, cosmetics, towels and hair dryers.  However, there are occasions in working on a resident with a head deformity or a severe emotional disorder when a Beautician must vary from standard techniques and procedures to accommodate the situation.


            This class is distinguished from the Barber class in that the latter performs a variety of tasks in providing barbering and hair grooming services for male residents of State facilities.


            In the Department of Correctional Services, Vocational Instructors provide a full course of practical and classroom instruction in hairdressing to inmates.  Within this framework they guide and control the hairdressing activities of a group of inmates and periodically perform typical hairdressing tasks.




Using such equipment as scissors, combs, hand or machine clippers cuts resident’s hair in accordance with the wishes of the patient, the general style standards prescribed or the condition and contour of the patient’s scalp.


-          Drapes a linen or plastic sheet over patient to prevent soiling of resident’s clothes.


-          Uses scissors, cuts scalp hair to appropriate length.


-          Using hand scissors or machine clippers, trims hair as closely and neatly as possible to conform to the desired style.


-          Combs hair neatly in place before and after cutting hair.


-          May trim loose strands of hair with scissors.


-          Applies soap lather to back of neck to provide moisture preparatory to shaving for a neat, trim appearance for this type of style.


-          Brushes and wipes loose hair from the clothing or person of the resident and may apply lotion or powder to face, neck and hair.


-          May instruct residents as to the proper techniques of combing and grooming the hair. 


-          May shampoo and rinse resident’s hair.


Performs hair setting tasks which require constant use of the hands and fingers while standing.


-          Applies hair setting solutions to sectioned off portions of hair.


-          Using curlers, rolls hair up and secures in place.


-          Using electric hair dryer, sets wave in place through the application of heat.


-          May apply hair coloring, dye or color rinse.


-          Using the hot comb method may straighten hair.


-          May apply solutions and lotions for facials.


-          May apply cosmetics to face.


-          May manicure the fingernails.


-          May instruct residents in hairdressing and facial cosmetic techniques.


Maintains cleanliness of beauty parlor and equipment.


-          Dusts chairs and working shelf area.


-          Sweeps up hair clippings and places them in a waste receptacle.


-          Cleans and sterilizes all instruments used in cutting hair, hairdressing and hair setting.


Maintains cleanliness of beauty parlor and equipment.


-          Dusts chairs and working shelf area.


-          Sweeps up hair clippings and places them in a waste receptacle.


-          Cleans and sterilizes all instruments used in cutting hair, hairdressing and hair setting.


Maintains equipment in working order.


-          Sharpens cutting blades using hand or machine sharpening tools.


-          Lubricates and makes minor repairs to hand and machine haircutting, hairdressing and hair setting tools using a few simple hand tools such as screwdrivers, pliers, wrenches, files and brushes.


Orders supplies used in the beauty parlor.


-          Inventories stock and estimates beauty shop needs on a six-month basis.


-          Orders supplies by requisition from either the lead beautician or business office.


-          Upon receipt of supplies, stocks and stores them in the beauty parlor.


Keeps all residents under close observation while in the beauty parlor and records observations when necessary.


-          May write observations on resident behavior for referral to appropriate clinical staff.


-          Notes particularly the actions and reactions of suicidal and homicidal residents.


Keeps a running tally count of haircuts and hair sets given on a daily, weekly, monthly and yearly basis.


May instruct and supervise apprentice hairdressers.




            While the actual tasks performed by a Beautician are thing-oriented there is constant oral communication between the resident and the Beautician.  This communication may at times be of an instructive nature but is generally casual and designed to make the resident feel comfortable.


            Oral and written communication with clinical personnel is occasional and is designed to report observations made on residents’ actions and reactions while in the beauty parlor.




            Beautician is not a supervisory class.  However, there are situations in which an incumbent will be designated as a “lead” Beautician of a small group and as such performs some tasks associated with scheduling, approving leave time and ordering supplies.


            Although a Beautician usually performs the tasks independently, the efficiency and quality of their performance is measured by adherence to a work schedule and the appearance of their clientele.




-          Working knowledge of haircutting and hairdressing techniques.


-          Working knowledge of proper sanitary beauty parlor procedures.


-          Working knowledge of the use and repair of tools and equipment used in the beauty parlor trade.


-          Ability to stand on feet for a long period of time.


-          Ability to communicate orally and in writing for the purpose of exchanging information and making people feel at ease.


-          Ability to establish rapport with clientele to make them feel at ease.


-          Ability to coordinate eye, hand and finger movement.




            Completion of either a course in a standard beauty culture school or an apprenticeship in the beauty culture trade.



Reviewed:  5/04



NOTE:  Classification Standards illustrate the nature, extent and scope of duties and responsibilities of the classes they describe.   Standards cannot and do not include all of the work that might be appropriately performed by a class.  The minimum qualifications are those which were required for appointment at the time the Classification Standard was written.  Please contact the Division of Staffing Services for current information on minimum qualification requirements for appointment or examination.