Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The Fight for Braiding Freedom

Is your stylist an outlaw? Probably not, but if she braids hair for a living without first obtaining acostly and time consuming cosmetology license, she may be running afoul of a troubling policy trend requiring licenses for professions that are perfectly safe.

No one should have to go to work with the fear that they could be fined or arrested. Unfortunately, for thousands of natural hair braiders, that fear is very real. That's because twenty-four states regulate hair braiders as cosmetologists, despite the fact that they do not use dyes, caustic chemicals or dangerous tools. In fact, the only tools they *do* use are their hands, which these laws effectively regulated as dangerous weapons.

 Today, that fear ends. The Institute for Justice, a nonprofit law firm that has represented hair braiders for more than two decades, is launching a national legal and online initiative to defend natural hair braiders' right to work free from over-zelious licensing laws. Those laws require that braiders take upwards of 1,500 or more hours of course work and take two exams—neither of which test their braiding ability—before they can accept their first paying client.

You can read more about the initiative at http://www.braidingfreedom.com." - J. Justin Wilson, Director of Communications, Institute for Justice. To support this cause, hashtag #braidingfreedom on your social media pages. Check out the video below for more information.

1 comment:

  1. I have mixed feelings about this; Braiders don't use the same tools as licensed cosmetologist but when you are working in one someone's hair, it might be helpful to the braider and the customer to recognize potential scalp issues, aslo proper hygeine...I'm sure braiders use combs on their clients and proper sanitation practices should be enforced. Hair dressers are required to have studied skin/scalp/hair as it is related to the hair and recognizing conditions that could be detrimental. Now 1500+ hours is debatable but a little education on hair and scalp health and hygiene can benefit both parties.


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