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African Hair Braiders Suing The State Of Tennessee

(Memphis) The Association of African Hair Braiders of Memphis is suing the state of Tennessee saying their licensing law is preventing them from working.

“What the licensing requirement says is that you have to obtain 300 hours in natural hair licensing. We are fighting for the state of Tennessee to issue a hair braiding certificate and to lower the hours of requirement,” said attorney Linda Nettles Harris.

The group argues that they don’t use any chemicals or wash hair.

They also say classes in Tennessee can’t teach them anything they don’t already know about braiding.

“Why should they pay $2,000 to $3,000 for training they don’t need,” said Harris.

“Back home really we don’t have a lot of beauty salons like we have here. They learn it from 7-8 to being a woman,” said Gora Sow, who owns African Braid Action on Winchester.

Harris said the state has recently cracked down on African hair braiders.

Many of them are not licensed because they can’t afford the schooling.

“Some of them are recently here from their country. They can’t afford to take off and then need to work,” said Harris.

The state says the law is in place to ensure the health and safety of public.

7 comments

  • chris smith

    really? I mean, really? Why does anyone care about this and what idiot lawyer thought this to be an overly strict law that matters to anyone? I hope they braid themselves to a truck and go for a swim in the MS.

  • Joe Williams

    ““Back home really we don’t have a lot of beauty salons like we have here. They learn it from 7-8 to being a woman,” said Gora Sow, who owns African Braid Action on Winchester.”

    Well if you cant follow the law here, GO HOME!!!

  • Kimberly

    Sorry, if you are going to work in the beauty industry you have to be licensed. I went through school and was able to get loans and pell grant money when training for an esthetics license for cosmetics and skin care when I was young and kinda broke like most 20-24 year olds are. Chemicals or not it’s the law to have a certification when dealing with the public because the license not only gives you training in other services that can do nothing but expand your business but also teaches ethics and proper hygiene.
    Quit with the wanting something for nothing and do what is right just like everyone else does. Get the training and the proper licenses or the state should find out where they are currently working and fine them and shut them down.

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