Loosen up: NH reps vote to deregulate hair braiding

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CONCORD, N.H. - The New Hampshire House of Representatives wants to deregulate the braiding of hair.

A bill passed by the house would strip the state of a restriction, which forces people who braid hair professionally from having to obtain a cosmetology license.

Supporters of the bill argue the process of braiding hair is simple-enough and chemical-free, therefore it should not be subjected to the same licensing process as the rest of cosmetology.

The cosmetology license currently takes at least 1,500 hours of training, according to the Institute for Justice. The Institute for Justice says it has filed over a dozen lawsuits on behalf of hair braiders in several states.

House Bill 82 would exempt braiders from the state’s licensing laws.

New Hampshire is one of 15 states that require braiders to obtain a license in either cosmetology or hairstyling.

Similar bills have been introduced in Indiana, Missouri, New Jersey and Rhode Island.

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