Hair braiding (135884)

By a vote of 34-0, the New Jersey Senate approved a bill Sunday that would eliminate the state’s expensive and time-consuming license requirement for African-style natural hair braiders.

In New Jersey, braiders can only work legally if they are licensed cosmetologists. That license takes at least 1,200 hours of training, while tuition at cosmetology schools can cost upward of $15,000. Adding insult to injury, many cosmetology schools do not teach African hair braiding techniques, which are all-natural and shun the use of potentially hazardous chemicals.

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