Bipartisan Bill Aims To Free Hair Braiders From Licensing Requirements, Confusing | Economic news
The bill, which was passed by the assembly in March, would amend the state’s barber law, redefining these areas to exclude “twisting, wrapping, weaving, stretching, locking, crochet or braiding the hair ”. Such techniques, unlike chemical dyeing, straightening or curling hair, do not require chemicals, main sponsor Rep explained. Shelia Stubbs, D-Madison. As such, Stubbs said, these professionals shouldn’t have to attend cosmetology school, which can cost thousands of dollars and take years.
These schools often give little or no instruction in hair braiding, Stubbs said, citing testimony from the last session of two cosmetologists who had taken out loans to attend a Madison cosmetology school so they could pursue careers in the field. braiding hair, only to find that their schools provided no training in their main area of interest.
“For African Americans it’s just a profession,” said Stubbs, explaining that she grew up learning to braid the hair of her mother and sisters and now teaches art at his 10 year old daughter. “Why should she go to school and take out a loan to learn a trade she already knows how to do (when) there isn’t even a teacher to teach her?”