Since the advent of hair braiding more than 5,000 years ago, it has been a simple and safe practice that government has no business regulating. African-style hair braiding uses no dyes or chemicals, and it is safe for braiders to perform and safe for the people getting their hair braided. But in most states, if you want to braid hair for a living, you need to get permission from the government first.(Read More...)
In March 2005, the Washington Department of Licensing issued a statement in response to a lawsuit involving African hair braiders. That statement promised braiders that their profession does not—and will not—require a cosmetology license. Find out more
If you want to braid hair for a living in Missouri, you must spend thousands of dollars on at least 1,500 hours of cosmetology training that teaches you nothing about African-style hair braiding. That’s far more time and money than it takes to become a licensed EMT in the state. Find out more
Since the advent of hair braiding more than 5,000 years ago, it has been a simple and safe practice that government has no business regulating. African-style hair braiding uses no dyes or chemicals, and it is safe for braiders to perform and safe for the people getting their hair braided. But if you want to braid hair for a living in Arkansas, you need to get permission from the government first. Find out more
A “locktician” from San Diego, Dr. JoAnne Cornwell created “sisterlocks,” a tiny and uniform technique of naturally styling hair. Sisterlocks has certified associates in over 30 states. But when Dr. Cornwell first tried to open her own braiding salon in the 1990s, she learned she need a license in cosmetology, which required 1,600 hours of training. (more…)
At her braiding school in Dallas, the Institute for Ancestral Braiding, Isis Brantley has braided hair for a diverse clientele, including homeless women and Grammy award-winning artist Erykah Badu. Brantley is also passionate about the right to braid hair freely, calling it “the latest civil rights struggle.” (more…)
For almost 15 years, Melony Armstrong has owned her own natural hair braiding business, Naturally Speaking, in Tupelo, Miss. Starting from scratch, she now employs 25 people and has trained more than 125 people how to braid. (more…)
Pioneers in the natural hair care field, Taalib din Uqdah, along with his wife Pamela Ferrell, opened Cornrows & Co. in 1980 to provide high-quality African hair styling to customers in Washington, D.C. Cornrows & Co. soon flourished, providing a popular service to the community, paying tens of thousands of dollars in taxes annually and creating jobs and training opportunities for the unemployed. (more…)
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