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Hair braider says Utah cosmetology law is unfair

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  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    May 2, 2011 5:59 a.m.

    Re: BJR | 7:03 a.m. May 1, 2011

    When it comes to common sense no one has ever accused government of having any.

  • Andre Kaysville, UT
    May 1, 2011 7:47 p.m.

    @RedShirt
    "Would you go to an unlicensed doctor? Would you live or work in a building that was designed by an unlicensed engineer? Would you trust the Dam built by an unlicensed civil engineer? Would you trust your fate to an unlicensed lawyer? Do you demand that the teachers that instruct your children are certified by the state?"

    To answer your questions: No, no, no, no, no, no. Would I go to an unlicensed barber? Yes

    Your example of spreading lice seems to me to be a rather nasty and unjustified insinuation which I am surprised made it by the DN comment censors.

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    May 1, 2011 3:54 p.m.

    Would you go to an unlicensed doctor? Would you live or work in a building that was designed by an unlicensed engineer? Would you trust the Dam built by an unlicensed civil engineer? Would you trust your fate to an unlicensed lawyer? Do you demand that the teachers that instruct your children are certified by the state?

    If you said yes to any of those, think of this. Would you want somebody working on your hair that could potentially spread lice, or other problems to you? Granted with a license that doesn't prevent the problem, but it does give you a line of recourse if something does go wrong.

  • Andre Kaysville, UT
    May 1, 2011 11:11 a.m.

    Bravo Jestina! This law never was about public safety? But was instead a case of an industry or trade association leveraging its political clout to place artificial barriers to entry on indivivual entrepeneurs and keep prices for cosmetological services artificially high. It is anti-competitve and anti-capitalist. Shame on the legislature for ever having passed this non-sensical legislation.

  • skylinestar saltlake city, utah
    May 1, 2011 10:54 a.m.

    why would anyonne pay lots of money to get a cosmo hair liscence.

    Oh How The Goverment just stiffs thier nose.
    For life of - others doing (No harm done,why is
    this a BigDeal of a very innocent skill)

  • Rob Logan, UT
    May 1, 2011 8:56 a.m.

    She does a beautiful job. If braiding is not taught to get a license then why is she required to do it?

  • Mike Rose Provo, UT
    May 1, 2011 8:36 a.m.

    You must understand that hairdressers and other professions lobby for licensing laws in the name of safety. when their biggest reason is to restrict competition, and thus increase revenue through an increased client base. Doctors have done this very effectively, as have lawyers, as well as several other professions to a lesser extent. I'll reverence these professions after they repeal their licensing laws, but they benefit too much while the public is harmed by grossly inflated prices do to the restricted supply.

  • T-Jeff Uinta Basin, Utah
    May 1, 2011 7:11 a.m.

    Good for the Institute for Justice. We can use some defenders of freedom in today's society. The free market can decide if this woman can braid hair or not. Government should butt out!

  • BJR Duchesne, UT
    May 1, 2011 7:03 a.m.

    Have we lost our common sense?

  • BJR Duchesne, UT
    May 1, 2011 6:56 a.m.

    We should have enough common sense to see how unfair this law is and then do something about it. One of todays problems is to many of those in authority have shown no common sense.

  • My2Cents Kearns, UT
    May 1, 2011 4:37 a.m.

    I don't have a problem with licensing special skills such as barbers and stylist and its a personal prestige builder and it does protect those who have spent thousand of dollars in training. If there wasn't any licensing then what measures would there be to protect consumers from more fraud and scams?

    This skill of braiding apparently is not a procedure taught in any of the schools or part of training so there should be special circumstance licensing for specialty hair care or service that there is no training for. Where this person and others like her have done this for the majority of her life should not required her to take any necessary classes that are not even available.

    It seems there may be more of a turf battle of jealousy rather than skills by some beauticians and licensing department personnel. The licensing department should have some authority of waivers for skills that are not even in class room curriculum.

  • westcoastlife saltlake city, utah
    May 1, 2011 2:27 a.m.

    Oh heck,its only fashion in braid now a days people do what they are best at.
    Shes not using any Dyes just simple braids

  • three11stu Saratoga Springs, UT
    April 30, 2011 10:37 p.m.

    They say that this law protects the public, but this is just another way of the government unnecessarily getting involved. She is not lying saying that she has a license, and anybody going to her knows that she does not and the services that she is offering. If they are willing to go to her, then so be it.

  • Ace Farmington, UT
    April 30, 2011 10:12 p.m.

    To a certain extent, I agree. The whole concept of a "license" to cut hair is a joke.