Jestina Clayton

Jestina Clayton—her name means justice in her native language—fled the Sierra Leone civil war to come to the United States for a better life.  Since coming here she has graduated from college (Weber State, 2008), met and married her husband Paul, and become the mother of two with a third on the way. Jestina has been braiding hair since her childhood in Sierra Leone.  In 2005, as a college student with a young family, she started braiding hair for money.

  • April 26, 2011    |   Economic Liberty

    Utah Hairbraiding

    Brushing Out Utah’s African Hairbraiding Laws

    Jestina Clayton began braiding hair during her childhood in Sierra Leone, where braiding is a part of the cultural heritage, and has been braiding hair for most of her life. Jestina brought this special skill with her to the United States after fleeing from the Sierra Leone civil war. In 2006, Jestina, then a college…

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