Ejgayehu Beyene Asres

Ejgayehu (known as “Gigi”), a legal resident alien living in Hennepin County, Minn., was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and came to the United States in 1999, as a political refugee fleeing the horrors of civil war. She is an experienced African hair braider who has worked gainfully at the Braid Factory in Minneapolis for many years.

  • 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 must also take State-mandated examinations that do not test for braiding skills.  Any braider who refuses to secure a government license can face up to $1,000…

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