Braiding Freedom

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WSJ: “Amid Licensing Backlash, A Reprieve for Arkansas Hair Braiders”

August 29, 2014

Today’s Wall Street Journal detailed our fight for braiding freedom:

But here’s another twist: Hair braiders in Arkansas were recently granted a reprieve from a requirement that they must undergo more than one thousand hours of cosmetology training before taking in paying customers. In a “Declaratory Order” issued late last month, the Arkansas State Board of Health said it has proposed legislation to create a “Natural Hair Stylist” certification for hair braiders, exempting them from a decades-old Cosmetology Act.