Hair Braiding License Repeal

The Problem

The rising tide of government licensing has been drastic over the past half-century. In 1950, just one in 20 American workers required a license or certificate in order to obtain a job. Today, it is estimated that up to 30% of Americans need government permission to earn a living.  One major example is hair braiding. In 2016, Iowa, Nebraska, and Kentucky deregulated hair braiding, bringing the number up to 23 states that do not require a license to braid hair. The Tennessee legislature passed a similar reform in 2017 by repealing a law requiring shampooers to be licensed by the cosmetology board.

The Solution

The Hair Braiding License Repeal act seeks to repeal the burdensome government requirement that an individual must obtain a license from the state cosmetology board in order to legally braid hair.

What the Bill Does

Under the Hair Braiding Repeal Act, the license requirement that an individual must obtain 300 hours of training and paying a fee to the state will be repealed. Braiders do not cut hair, dye hair, nor do they do any other activity that might warrant government oversight.


More Resources

“The Dirty Dozen: Eliminating Red Tape for Blue-Collar Workers”
Beacon Center of Tennessee


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