According to Institute for Justice, Ohio regulates hair braiders as “natural hair stylists,” a profession distinct from cosmetology and barbering.
Natural hair stylists cannot singe, bleach, curl, dye or use chemicals on hair.
To become licensed, a stylist needs to complete at least 450 hours of coursework.
Natural hair stylists are also required to be at least 16 years old, have at least a 10th grade education, pass an exam and be “of good morale.”
Currently, there is only one school licensed to teach natural hair braiding in the Buckeye State.
Thanks to these burdensome restrictions, from 1999 to today, only 63 natural hair stylist licenses have been issued.
Of those, 28 are still active and only one belongs to an instructor.
New laws in Ohio could possibly challenge the Natural Hair Stylist.
The cosmetology board is considering deregulation of hours from 1500- 1000 and creating an apprenticeship program.
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