A Missouri court decided people can’t braid hair without a license out of “great deference” to government regulations
By Bonnie Kristian
To be able to professionally offer African-style hair braiding in Missouri, you have to be a licensed cosmetologist.
To be a licensed cosmetologist, you have to complete 1,500 hours of expensive training.
To complete that 1,500 hours of training, you have to learn exactly nothing about African-style hair braiding, a centuries-old process that uses no chemicals and poses literally no risk to stylist or client.
Oh, and did I mention it only takes 100 hours of actually relevant training to become a Missouri-licensed EMT?
And that’s the insanity that is occupational licensing in a nutshell.