PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island’s governor has signed a
bill to deregulate the business of African-style hair braiding.
natural hair braiding and exempts braiders from the state’s requirement for
hairdressers and cosmeticians to be licensed, effective immediately.
Democratic Rep. Anastasia Williams, of Providence, has been
working to exempt hair braiders from licensing requirements for several years.
She says their techniques are passed down from generation to generation and
don’t require formal training.
Williams also says forcing braiders to meet the same licensing
requirements as cosmetologists is an injustice and the new law allows
entrepreneurs, including many low-income women, to make a living.
deregulation. It says braiders are not licensed in 27 other states.