Which State Has Fined Residents Almost $100,000 for Braiding Hair Without a License?

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The Institute for Justice revealed that almost $100,000 in fines have been levied against several braiders because of “unlicensed braiding.”

Getting your hair braided is something I’ve always taken for granted. You grab your bundles (if you want added hair); you go to your favorite salon, family member, friend, friend of a friend or acquaintance; you may or may not drop some coin; and you walk away feeling like a million bucks.

But apparently, in Tennessee, things are not quite that simple: The Institute for Justice revealed that almost $100,000 in fines have been levied against several braiders and more than 30 different natural-hair shops and salons since 2009 because of “unlicensed braiding.” 

Nick Sibilla, a writer and legislative analyst for the Institute for Justice, wrote in Forbes that all of the violations have been for unlicensed braiding and that none of the fines were prompted because of any health or sanitation violation.

The Institute for Justice looked over meeting minutes and disciplinary actions for the Tennessee Board of Cosmetology and Barber Examiners and noted that typically the board would issue a $1,000 “civil penalty” for every instance of “performing natural hair care services for clients without a license” it encounters.

The board has targeted braiders who work from their homes or unlicensed salons, and even licensed shops that have employed workers who do not have a government license to braid hair. 



Read more here:
https://www.theroot.com/tennessee-has-fined-residents-almost-100-000-for-braid-1823829972

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