Beauty group backs less-strict licensing for hair braiders

10 months 22 hours 43 minutes ago Friday, October 13 2017 Oct 13, 2017 Friday, October 13, 2017 12:23:00 PM CDT October 13, 2017 in News
Source: AP
By: The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A national cosmetology organization says it supports less-stringent requirements for hair braiders.

Professional Beauty Association lobbyist Bridget Sharpe says it's not fair to force hair braiders to get a full cosmetology license. Sharpe spoke Friday during a Missouri-based Women's Foundation announcement on research and proposed policy changes to reduce barriers to female business owners. She says the organization backs registration or certification instead.

The Institute for Justice, a libertarian law firm, says Missouri is one of 13 states that require hair braiders to obtain some form of cosmetology license. Licenses can cost thousands of dollars and hours of training. Sharpe says some programs don't teach hair braiding.

Hair braiders advocating for less-strict requirements have met pushback from some cosmetologists who say regulations are needed to ensure hygiene in braiding shops.

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