Court ruling: Centerville woman has a right to braid hair without a cosmetology license
"If they don't have a license, then anyone can say they are a hair braider, and it's hard to say that person is only going to be braiding hair in a private business," Brad Masterson, spokesman for the Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Professional Beauty Association, has said previously.
The Associated Press reported that several states have laws regulating cosmetology and barbering that include hair braiding. Eight states, such as Utah and Iowa, require full cosmetology licenses, according to the Institute for Justice. A dozen states, including Texas and Florida, require specialized training, such as more than 30 hours in the classroom.
In 2005, Mississippi removed a requirement that African-style braiders complete 1,500 hours of cosmetology classes or 300 hours of wig course work. Professional braiders there now must take a self-guided test and pay a $25 fee.
Up to 10 states, including California and Arizona, exempt braiders from such laws.
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