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  • December 1, 2005    |   Economic Liberty

    A Dream Deferred

    Legal Barriers to African Hairbraiding Nationwide

    …one happy except those protected by these government-imposed cartels. Determined to help other entrepreneurial braiders break these chains, Uqdah founded the American Hair Braiders and Natural Haircare Association (AHNHA). As…

  • June 17, 2014    |   Economic Liberty

    Arkansas Hair Braiding

    Untangling Entrepreneurs from Arkansas' African Braiding Laws

    …Nivea Earl and Christine McLean had both been braiding hair for most of their lives. Both had turned their passion for natural hair care into entrepreneurial success by starting…

  • June 17, 2014    |   Economic Liberty

    Missouri Hair Braiding

    Untangling Entrepreneurs from Missouri’s Cosmetology Laws

    …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…

  • October 28, 2015    |   Economic Liberty

    Iowa Hair Braiding

    Breaking Down Government Barriers to African-Style Hair Braiding in Iowa

    …African-style hair braiding is a common and safe practice that has been around for ages. It also offers exciting opportunities for entrepreneurs in African-American and African immigrant communities. Yet…

  • June 20, 2019    |   Economic Liberty

    Louisiana Hair Braiding

    Louisiana Hair Braiders Fight For Right To Earn An Honest Living

    …braiders have put before a court in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where the State Board of Cosmetology has grossly overstepped the constitutional line by attempting to license natural hair braiding. Getting…

  • April 26, 2011    |   Economic Liberty

    Utah Hair Braiding

    Brushing Out Utah’s African Hair Braiding 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…

  • October 1, 2013    |   Economic Liberty

    Texas Hair Braiding Instruction

    Should African hair braiders have to build an entire barber college and become barbering instructors just to teach hair braiding? Texas officials think so.

    …Isis Brantley is a widely recognized expert on African hair braiding who wants to teach people to braid hair for a living in Dallas. But even with her decades…

  • August 5, 2004    |   Economic Liberty

    Washington Hair Braiding

    Challenging Barriers To Economic Opportunity: Untangling African Hair Braiders from Washington's Cosmetology Regime

    …The State of Washington is demanding that African hair braider Benta Diaw obtain a cosmetology license to practice the art she learned in Africa from her grandmother—an art the…

  • April 20, 2005    |   Economic Liberty

    Minnesota Hair Braiding

    Challenging Barriers To Economic Opportunity: Untangling African Hair Braiders from Minnesota's Cosmetology Regime

    …To practice their craft, African hair braiders in Minnesota must enroll in 1,550 hours of government-mandated “training” that does not include even one hour of instruction in braiding. They…

  • June 17, 2014    |   Economic Liberty

    Washington Hair Braiding 2

    Untangling Entrepreneurs from Washington’s Illogical Restrictions on African Hair Braiding

    …In 2005, African hair braider Benta Diaw sued Washington’s Department of Licensing over the state’s effort to require her and other braiders to get irrelevant and burdensome cosmetology licenses….

  • January 1, 1997    |   Economic Liberty

    …lives on in Detroit among Detroiters. Throughout the city, people start businesses in their homes and small retail stores in their neighborhoods; they drive cars for money, and braid hair….

  • December 8, 2003    |   Economic Liberty

    Arizona Hair Braiding

    Challenging Barriers To Economic Opportunity

    …The Institute for Justice Arizona Chapter helped secure a major economic liberty victory for Essence Farmer and other aspiring natural hair braiders in Arizona when the state legislature passed…

  • January 18, 2017    |   Economic Liberty

    Hair braiders may have a new ally in Missouri: Gov. Eric Greitens. Last night, in his State of the State address, Gov. Greitens cited an Institute for Justice lawsuit…

  • April 20, 2017    |   Economic Liberty

    …filing bills to reform or end occupational licensing requirements. Braiding Hair braiding is one of the leading occupations seeing licensing reform. Many states require hair braiders to obtain a cosmetology…

  • November 1, 1991    |   Economic Liberty

    Washington DC Hair Braiding

    Challenging Barriers To Economic Opportunity: Uqdah v. Board of Cosmetology

    …diametrically opposed to the centuries-old art of African hair styling. As a result of the lawsuit, the District of Columbia government deregulated its cosmetology industry allowing hair braiders to practice…

  • April 19, 2016    |   Economic Liberty

    Hair braiders in Kentucky were finally untangled from burdensome and unnecessary laws earlier this month. On April 8, Kentucky became the latest state to exempt hair braiders from cosmetology…

  • August 5, 2004    |   Economic Liberty

    Mississippi Hair Braiding

    Challenging Barriers To Economic Opportunity: Untangling African Hair Braiders from Mississippi's Cosmetology Regime

    …The Institute for Justice helped secure a major victory for economic liberty in April 2005 when the governor of Mississippi signed legislation freeing the state’s African hair braiders from…

  • January 28, 1997    |   Economic Liberty

    California Hair Braiding

    Challenging Barriers to Economic Opportunity

    …which allowed braiders to legally practice their craft. But none of these government-mandated classes actually taught students how to braid hair. In fact, they taught techniques that were especially damaging…

  • October 1, 1997    |   Economic Liberty

    Ohio Hair Braiding

    Challenging Barriers To Economic Opportunity: Hosey v. Ohio State Board of Cosmetology

    …Under Ohio law, it was illegal to braid hair without a cosmetology license. Obtaining the license required 1,500 hours of cosmetology school. (Compare that to the 20 hours of…

  • January 15, 2016    |   Economic Liberty

    …Natural or African-style hair braiding avoids using any potentially dangerous chemicals, making it a very safe practice. But according to Untangling Regulations, a 2014 report by the Institute for…

  • June 29, 2016    |   Economic Liberty

    …All Melony Armstrong wanted was to become a hair braider in Mississippi. Yet, she soon found herself in the middle of a battle against her state’s government. More than…

  • June 28, 2016    |   Economic Liberty

    …The two plaintiffs in the lawsuit against Iowa’s restrictive hair braiding regulations have announced they will drop their suit following an imminent change to the state’s occupational licensing laws….

  • November 18, 2015    |   Economic Liberty

    …other state. It is no surprise then that when it comes to African-style hair braiders, Iowa has the most burdensome licensing laws in the nation. Liberty & Law readers are…

  • October 31, 2017    |   Economic Liberty

    …providers out of the market.16 One example neatly illustrates licensing’s effects on jobs, entrepreneurial activity and the availability of services: African-style hair braiding in Louisiana and Mississippi. With a substantially…

  • March 25, 2015


    IJ Untangles Regulations for Natural Hair Braiders

    …Natural hair braiding is a beauty practice popular among many African, African-American and immigrant communities in the United States. Braiding is a very safe practice as braiders do not…

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