Did you know…?
New Jersey has a licensing requirement that makes it illegal for hair braiders to earn a living practicing their craft unless they receive 1,200 hours of state-required training to obtain a cosmetology license.
This licensing requirement is both costly and time-consuming for hair braiders looking to operate a small business and provide for their families.
Hair braiding does not use chemicals or artificial products. It’s a safe, natural form of styling hair that has been practiced for thousands of years.
Yet, New Jersey regulations insist on requiring a license for hair braiders before these entrepreneurs can open for business.
These regulations create a barrier to opportunity for braiders, some of whom are immigrants, single-mothers and in a low-income household, who rely on their business to support themselves and their families.
Hair braiders should not be required to get a government permission slip to do honest work.
It’s time to get rid of these onerous barriers by passing S-2510, two bills to eliminate the cosmetology licensing requirement for hair braiders.