Happy Juneteenth Pennsylvania’s Hair Braiding License is Going to Court!

Okay, #SuperNaturals

Today’s more that Juneteenth to me most you you know my thoughts on Juneteenth and the ignorance of knowing we were free.

Well today I woke up to GREAT 💯 news. The Hair Braiders are going to court. But this time with an expert patent infringement attorney.

☝🏾I have attached his ( John Shaw of ShawKeller, LLP) press release to this post.

✔️Please read it, share it, and walk in your POWERS on Juneteenth ‼️

PHILADELPHIA—Pennsylvania’s mandatory license for hair braiding still stands even after a commonwealth government study found that the license blocks opportunities and is unnecessary to protecting the public. Gov. Tom Wolf admitted the state should eliminate the license because it blocks hardworking people from, “getting a good job, supporting their families and growing our economy.” Today, 2 years after the Governor’s comments, three Pennsylvania braiders launched a lawsuit to finally unravel the unnecessary and burdensome requirement.

New World Order

Astou Diop, Tanyita Henry and Awa Gaye are experienced in traditional African hair braiding, a natural technique involving no chemicals or heating implements. Each of them learned their skills at an early age, just as generations of women before them learned. Yet Pennsylvania requires 300 hours of unnecessary training and a computerized test before these women can braid for paying customers. John Shaw, of Shaw Keller LLP, filed the suit on behalf of the braiders at the Commonwealth Court in Harrisburg.

“Braiding is so safe that no natural hair braider in Pennsylvania has ever received a health or safety complaint,” said Shaw. “Yet braiders are still required to get hundreds of hours of training, much of it in subjects that have nothing to do with braiding. The Pennsylvania Constitution protects the braiders’ right to earn a living. Right now, they have to stop working to get completely unnecessary training.”

While Pennsylvania mandates 300 hours of training to acquire a license, no cosmetology school offers close to that number of hours of education in braiding. Additionally, Pennsylvania has only licensed two braiders to teach natural hair braiding, with one of these individuals living in New Jersey. This means that in order to comply with the law, natural braiders must take hours of instruction in cosmetology practices that they do not intend to offer.

“My shop is completely focused on natural hair braiding and I only employ natural braiders,” said Astou Diop, the owner and manager of a shop in Philadelphia. “Braiders can’t put their careers on hold to get training that doesn’t improve their skills and that isn’t needed to keep people safe.”

“This is an issue for communities across Pennsylvania including near State College,” said Tanyita Henry who lives in Bellefonte, 9 miles from Penn State’s campus. “There are too few resources for black students and residents outside of Philly. I want to open a salon to meet their hair needs.”

Currently 28 states allow braiders to practice without a license, and legislation to eliminate the braiding license is currently awaiting the Florida governor’s signature. Among them, three states bordering Pennsylvania do not license the practice: Delaware, Maryland and West Virginia. Even among the few states that require a license for braiders, Pennsylvania’s requirements stand out as exceptionally burdensome. Only Louisiana requires more training, 500 hours, and that state’s requirement is also being challenged in court.

Following a June 2018 study by the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs focused on identifying any overly broad or overly burdensome Pennsylvania occupational license, Governor Wolf called for the elimination of the braiding license. Pennsylvania’s Acting Deputy Secretary for Regulatory Programs and Commissioner of Professional and Occupational Affairs also recommended repeal of the license and noted that no natural hair braider in Pennsylvania had ever received a customer-driven complaint relating to health or safety.

COVID-19 Salon/ Shop/ Suite Mobile Response

COVID-19 Salon/ Shop/ Suite 
 Mobile Response

Hey, I’m Denise I’m looking for a hairstylist who has experience in waves, weaves, and wigs.

Salon Owners, Barbershops, Hair Artist, Blow Dryer Bars, Massage Therapist, and Hair Braiders.

Timeline:

Throughout the next 3 days (3:30 pm CST), I’m going to be working with a handful of clients that are looking to create or update the copy on their website.

April 4, 2020

April 5, 2020

April 6, 2020

Interested

If you meet the following requirements please comment (including a website or Facebook Business Page)

Your Neo-Essential Business is one of the following:

  • Independent Contractor
  • Booth Renter 
  • Salon Owner
  • Hair braider as a Gig Worker wanting to increase your income by expanding your services. 

To complete some of these projects you MUST be:

  •  Dependable
  • -On-time with deadlines

In response to COVID-19, we will be discussing

  1. The CARE Act and what it means to the Beauty Industry
  • Who qualifies 
  • What are your options
  1. Accept clients on an appointment basis only!
  • Spacing your appointments out to reduce the number of people within the shop at a time. If you have more than one person in the shop then make sure there is good space between stations and that everyone working in the shop or space is following the same protocols. 
  • It’s IMPORTANT for you to implement a culture of safety in your business and for your brand. 
  • Learn how to use your phone calendar or a hand calendar to write appointments down 
  • Try a gig worker style of business for your premium customers where you travel to their home to do styles and cuts.
  1. BE SAFE with this and take all necessary precautions.  
  • Use NEW comfortable PPE’s when styling hair 
  • WASHING your Hands not just SHAMPOOING!
  •  Disinfect and power clean your shop
  • You and your clients should wear masks
  • Keep hand sanitizer or some cleanser around at all times when servicing your client
  • Communicate your new safety plans to your customers to help them feel safe and to keep them as customers.

Thank you!

Denise@BraidersCourse.com

Contact us for more information.

COVID-19 Salon/ Shop/ Suite Mobile Response

COVID-19 Salon/ Shop/ Suite 
 Mobile Response

Hey, I’m Denise I’m looking for a hairstylist who has experience in waves, weaves, and wigs.

Salon Owners, Barbershops, Hair Artist, Blow Dryer Bars, Massage Therapist, and Hair Braiders.

Timeline:

Throughout the next 3 days (3:30 pm CST), I’m going to be working with a handful of clients that are looking to create or update the copy on their website.

April 4, 2020

April 5, 2020

April 6, 2020

Interested

If you meet the following requirements please comment (including a website or Facebook Business Page)

Your Neo-Essential Business is one of the following:

  • Independent Contractor
  • Booth Renter 
  • Salon Owner
  • Hair braider as a Gig Worker wanting to increase your income by expanding your services. 

To complete some of these projects you MUST be:

  •  Dependable
  • -On-time with deadlines

In response to COVID-19, we will be discussing

  1. The CARE Act and what it means to the Beauty Industry
  • Who qualifies 
  • What are your options
  1. Accept clients on an appointment basis only!
  • Spacing your appointments out to reduce the number of people within the shop at a time. If you have more than one person in the shop then make sure there is good space between stations and that everyone working in the shop or space is following the same protocols. 
  • It’s IMPORTANT for you to implement a culture of safety in your business and for your brand. 
  • Learn how to use your phone calendar or a hand calendar to write appointments down 
  • Try a gig worker style of business for your premium customers where you travel to their home to do styles and cuts.
  1. BE SAFE with this and take all necessary precautions.  
  • Use NEW comfortable PPE’s when styling hair 
  • WASHING your Hands not just SHAMPOOING!
  •  Disinfect and power clean your shop
  • You and your clients should wear masks
  • Keep hand sanitizer or some cleanser around at all times when servicing your client
  • Communicate your new safety plans to your customers to help them feel safe and to keep them as customers.

Thank you!

Denise@BraidersCourse.com

Contact us for more information.

🧫 #Coronavirus Positive 💇🏽‍♀️#Beautician Spreads #COVID-19 to 40 Beauty Salon Clients

🧫 #Coronavirus Positive 💇🏽‍♀️#Beautician Spreads #COVID-19 to 40 Beauty Salon Clients

Coronavirus scare at Gold Coast beauty salon after beautician tests positive following trip to Iran

40 people who went to a Gold Coast salon and were treated by a beautician who has been diagnosed with coronavirus are being tracked down by the health departments.

She began to feel sick after returning to work in the Shopping center.

The Australian state’s chief health officer, Jeannette Young, said the woman did facial treatments on up to 40 clients, in sessions lasting less than 15 minutes.

Outbreak Workplace Measures.

Only 130 Beijing barbershops were allowed to open by Monday, February 30, 2019, only a tiny fraction of the more than 20,000 that usually operate across the city.

That’s .0065 percent four of the JF Pro Salon’s eight Beijing beauty businesses in the city.

Customers must maintain a distance of no less than 1.5 meters (5ft) between chairs.

You will have to make personal calls to EVERY customer who made reservations on the day of their appointment.

📳Ask if they have a cough or a fever, symptoms of pneumonia caused by the virus that causes 🦠Covid-19?

“Now we try to wash hair faster and cancel unnecessary services so as to cut down on the time with customers,” said Fu Jun, founder of JF Pro Salon.

“We keep the door open every day. Once the customers who made reservations arrive, we will 🧼disinfect their hands and 🚿shoe soles. These are the measures we take to ensure safety.”

40 percent of your employees/booth renters could work others should self-quarantine if they have a weakened immune system.

Sephora Cancels All Beauty Services And Makeovers

NPI

Nonpharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) are public health actions that can slow the spread of emerging respiratory diseases like COVID-19 for which vaccines and drug treatments are not yet available.1  They include personal protective measures implemented by individuals and community measures implemented by affected communities.1   NPIs are used to build community preparedness in communities without known COVID-19 disease and to support outbreak responses in communities where local cases or clusters of diseases have occurred.

  • Personal Protective Measures. During an outbreak in your community, CDC recommends the everyday preventive measures listed above—especially 🤧staying home when sick—and taking these additional measures:
    • Keeping away from others who are sick.
    • Limiting face-to-face contact with others as much as possible
    • 👩‍⚕️Consulting with your healthcare provider if you or your household members are at high risk for COVID-19 complications
    • 😷Wearing a facemask if advised to do so by your healthcare provider or by a public health official
    • Staying home when a household member is sick with respiratory disease symptoms if instructed to do so by public health officials or a health care provider (Voluntary Home Quarantine)
  • Community Measures. If COVID-19 disease is occurring in your community, state and local public health authorities may decide to implement:
    • Temporary closures or dismissals of childcare facilities and schools
    • Other social distancing measures that increase the physical space between people, including:
      • Workplace social distancing measures, such as replacing in-person meetings with teleworking
      • Modifying, postponing, or canceling mass gatherings.

Decisions about the implementation of community measures will be made by local and state officials, in consultation with federal officials as appropriate, and based on the scope of the outbreak and the severity of illness.  Implementation will require extensive community engagement and ongoing and transparent public health communications.

Beautician With COVID-19

https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/australia/coronavirus-scare-at-gold-coast-beauty-salon-after-beautician-tests-positive-following-trip-to-iran/ar-BB10xfBF

Sephora

https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/sephora-cancels-makeup-service-coronavirus_au_5e3bc05ec5b6bb0ffc0b297b

Coronavirus: China’s Hair Salon

https://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/fashion-beauty/article/3052672/coronavirus-chinas-hair-salons-and-barbershops-suffering

NPI-CDC

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/preparing-individuals-communities.html

🧫 #Coronavirus Positive 💇🏽‍♀️#Beautician Spreads #COVID-19 to 40 Beauty Salon Clients

🧫 #Coronavirus Positive 💇🏽‍♀️#Beautician Spreads #COVID-19 to 40 Beauty Salon Clients

Coronavirus scare at Gold Coast beauty salon after beautician tests positive following trip to Iran

40 people who went to a Gold Coast salon and were treated by a beautician who has been diagnosed with coronavirus are being tracked down by the health departments.

She began to feel sick after returning to work in the Shopping center.

The Australian state’s chief health officer, Jeannette Young, said the woman did facial treatments on up to 40 clients, in sessions lasting less than 15 minutes.

Outbreak Workplace Measures.

Only 130 Beijing barbershops were allowed to open by Monday, February 30, 2019, only a tiny fraction of the more than 20,000 that usually operate across the city.

That’s .0065 percent four of the JF Pro Salon’s eight Beijing beauty businesses in the city.

Customers must maintain a distance of no less than 1.5 meters (5ft) between chairs.

You will have to make personal calls to EVERY customer who made reservations on the day of their appointment.

📳Ask if they have a cough or a fever, symptoms of pneumonia caused by the virus that causes 🦠Covid-19?

“Now we try to wash hair faster and cancel unnecessary services so as to cut down on the time with customers,” said Fu Jun, founder of JF Pro Salon.

“We keep the door open every day. Once the customers who made reservations arrive, we will 🧼disinfect their hands and 🚿shoe soles. These are the measures we take to ensure safety.”

40 percent of your employees/booth renters could work others should self-quarantine if they have a weakened immune system.

Sephora Cancels All Beauty Services And Makeovers

NPI

Nonpharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) are public health actions that can slow the spread of emerging respiratory diseases like COVID-19 for which vaccines and drug treatments are not yet available.1  They include personal protective measures implemented by individuals and community measures implemented by affected communities.1   NPIs are used to build community preparedness in communities without known COVID-19 disease and to support outbreak responses in communities where local cases or clusters of diseases have occurred.

  • Personal Protective Measures. During an outbreak in your community, CDC recommends the everyday preventive measures listed above—especially 🤧staying home when sick—and taking these additional measures:
    • Keeping away from others who are sick.
    • Limiting face-to-face contact with others as much as possible
    • 👩‍⚕️Consulting with your healthcare provider if you or your household members are at high risk for COVID-19 complications
    • 😷Wearing a facemask if advised to do so by your healthcare provider or by a public health official
    • Staying home when a household member is sick with respiratory disease symptoms if instructed to do so by public health officials or a health care provider (Voluntary Home Quarantine)
  • Community Measures. If COVID-19 disease is occurring in your community, state and local public health authorities may decide to implement:
    • Temporary closures or dismissals of childcare facilities and schools
    • Other social distancing measures that increase the physical space between people, including:
      • Workplace social distancing measures, such as replacing in-person meetings with teleworking
      • Modifying, postponing, or canceling mass gatherings.

Decisions about the implementation of community measures will be made by local and state officials, in consultation with federal officials as appropriate, and based on the scope of the outbreak and the severity of illness.  Implementation will require extensive community engagement and ongoing and transparent public health communications.

Beautician With COVID-19

https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/australia/coronavirus-scare-at-gold-coast-beauty-salon-after-beautician-tests-positive-following-trip-to-iran/ar-BB10xfBF

Sephora

https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/sephora-cancels-makeup-service-coronavirus_au_5e3bc05ec5b6bb0ffc0b297b

Coronavirus: China’s Hair Salon

https://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/fashion-beauty/article/3052672/coronavirus-chinas-hair-salons-and-barbershops-suffering

NPI-CDC

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/preparing-individuals-communities.html

🧫 #Coronavirus Positive 💇🏽‍♀️#Beautician Spreads #COVID-19 to 40 Beauty Salon Clients

🧫 #Coronavirus Positive 💇🏽‍♀️#Beautician Spreads #COVID-19 to 40 Beauty Salon Clients

Coronavirus scare at Gold Coast beauty salon after beautician tests positive following trip to Iran

40 people who went to a Gold Coast salon and were treated by a beautician who has been diagnosed with coronavirus are being tracked down by the health departments.

She began to feel sick after returning to work in the Shopping center.

The Australian state’s chief health officer, Jeannette Young, said the woman did facial treatments on up to 40 clients, in sessions lasting less than 15 minutes.

Outbreak Workplace Measures.

Only 130 Beijing barbershops were allowed to open by Monday, February 30, 2019, only a tiny fraction of the more than 20,000 that usually operate across the city.

That’s .0065 percent four of the JF Pro Salon’s eight Beijing beauty businesses in the city.

Customers must maintain a distance of no less than 1.5 meters (5ft) between chairs.

You will have to make personal calls to EVERY customer who made reservations on the day of their appointment.

📳Ask if they have a cough or a fever, symptoms of pneumonia caused by the virus that causes 🦠Covid-19?

“Now we try to wash hair faster and cancel unnecessary services so as to cut down on the time with customers,” said Fu Jun, founder of JF Pro Salon.

“We keep the door open every day. Once the customers who made reservations arrive, we will 🧼disinfect their hands and 🚿shoe soles. These are the measures we take to ensure safety.”

40 percent of your employees/booth renters could work others should self-quarantine if they have a weakened immune system.

Sephora Cancels All Beauty Services And Makeovers

NPI

Nonpharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) are public health actions that can slow the spread of emerging respiratory diseases like COVID-19 for which vaccines and drug treatments are not yet available.1  They include personal protective measures implemented by individuals and community measures implemented by affected communities.1   NPIs are used to build community preparedness in communities without known COVID-19 disease and to support outbreak responses in communities where local cases or clusters of diseases have occurred.

  • Personal Protective Measures. During an outbreak in your community, CDC recommends the everyday preventive measures listed above—especially 🤧staying home when sick—and taking these additional measures:
    • Keeping away from others who are sick.
    • Limiting face-to-face contact with others as much as possible
    • 👩‍⚕️Consulting with your healthcare provider if you or your household members are at high risk for COVID-19 complications
    • 😷Wearing a facemask if advised to do so by your healthcare provider or by a public health official
    • Staying home when a household member is sick with respiratory disease symptoms if instructed to do so by public health officials or a health care provider (Voluntary Home Quarantine)
  • Community Measures. If COVID-19 disease is occurring in your community, state and local public health authorities may decide to implement:
    • Temporary closures or dismissals of childcare facilities and schools
    • Other social distancing measures that increase the physical space between people, including:
      • Workplace social distancing measures, such as replacing in-person meetings with teleworking
      • Modifying, postponing, or canceling mass gatherings.

Decisions about the implementation of community measures will be made by local and state officials, in consultation with federal officials as appropriate, and based on the scope of the outbreak and the severity of illness.  Implementation will require extensive community engagement and ongoing and transparent public health communications.

Beautician With COVID-19

https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/australia/coronavirus-scare-at-gold-coast-beauty-salon-after-beautician-tests-positive-following-trip-to-iran/ar-BB10xfBF

Sephora

https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/sephora-cancels-makeup-service-coronavirus_au_5e3bc05ec5b6bb0ffc0b297b

Coronavirus: China’s Hair Salon

https://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/fashion-beauty/article/3052672/coronavirus-chinas-hair-salons-and-barbershops-suffering

NPI-CDC

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/preparing-individuals-communities.html

🤔Hairstyling vs Hair Braiding The REAL Jim Crow of Cosmetology

🤔Hairstyling vs Hair Braiding The REAL Jim Crow of Cosmetology 

I agree with 💯Magan Forbes with the deregulation of makeup only because of cosmetic care innovation into advanced skin procedures such as eyelash extensions, chemical peels, and botox injections💉💉 due to the adoption of the “simple hair devices’” allowing cosmetology the use of “needles.”

However, her inability to answer the question clearly to Representative Mason as to “the difference in 💆cosmetic care of the skin” and the personal application of makeup 💄as “professionalism?’

Hairstyling, on the other hand, has been deregulated as from Megan’s own testimony 💬informing but not answering the question. She began by “an example would be Hairbraiding carved out of Hairstyling” same thing as Makeup carved out of cosmetic care.”

I would beg to differ that Makeup would be carved out of 🚫esthetician ONLY!

⛑️Makeup that is FDA safe.

👩‍🎨Makeup airbrush machines compressors with maximum pressurization.

🦠Makeup 3-hour Infection Control annual certification.

Back to hair braiding vs hairstyling, as the Director of ecoHair Braiders Association, I am will to adopt the language of Hairstyling to assist and help ALL 👩‍🎨women and #MenToo👨‍🎨 to abolish the Structural Racism within the beauty industry of these newly formed professions as Hair Artist a more neutral term.

COVID-19 Hair Braiding Salon/Shop Re-Opening Plan Open Your Salon Today Without A License!

Open Your Salon Today Without A License!

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Hi, #SuperNaturals

You have made it to to right website.

Here we will discuss the challenges and changes with natural hair laws and rules.

The natural hair business is a booming billion dollar industry.

NOW Is The Time for you to jump in but first with the right information and instructor to guide you on this journey.

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A licensed Occupational Health and Safety salon hygienist.

I have supervised and trained hair artist with accomplishing, managing, and coordinating their natural hair beauty business goals.

Natural Hair Care Includes:

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You will Learn :

What Simple Braiding Devices Are Used for ?

Who Can use Simple Braiding Devices?

Why the cosmetology boards do not want you to have them?

  • Combs
  • Scissors
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😯Why do I need a license to 💇braid hair in NV #2020 Nevada?

Happy New Year!!

Hi, I’m 007 Blon’De an expert on infection control in salons.

I’m going to share with you hair braiding states that are deregulated from cosmetology and barbering.

Let’s begin with your FREE coaching call about hair braiding licensing in Nevada at https://payhip.com/OO7BlonDeNaturalHairCare where you can purchase your state’s requirements in a perfect ebook designed just for your hair braiding business.

 These are my chosen states with cosmetology deregulation for hair braiding licensing as they are requiring special licensing for hair braiders.

For techniques as minor as cornrowing into patterns or extending with sew-in weaving for Hair Braiders and Natural Hairstylists are required to get an occupational license in hair braiding.

Hair braiders are not conditioning and manipulating the hair strands with chemical hair straightening agents as a cosmetologist does. 

#2020 is here! Are you a Weaveologist or Cosmetologist doing sew-in weaves?

Are you a Cosmetologist or Weaveologist?

Weaveologist install front lace weaves, frontals and sew- ins on customers as a professional hair artist.

“Hair braiding” as defined includes more than just cornrows — it also includes “locking, sewing, twisting, weaving, or wrapping” hair and extensions by hand and by only using simple braiding devices.

Those “simple hair devices” include needles under Minnesota Statute 116.76.

These needles are used for installing “scalp hair prostheses” as defined in Minnesota Statutes 62A.28, commonly known as “customized wigs” as included in the Hair Braiding definition, as well as for sew-in weaves.

This is scary as most Black women in braiding salons re-use weaving needles and do not use safety equipment in hair braiding salons and we are the highest rate of HIV, HCV, and HPV contacting in Minnesota.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that about 385,000 sharps-related injuries occur annually among health care workers in hospitals.

While there is no data for exposure to injuries by the Board of Cosmetology or the MN Health Department, the CDC reports that such simple device injuries pose a 24 percent increased risk with suture needles.

As a licensed cosmetologist and hair braider course provider, I helped form the EcoHair Braiders Association, LLC in 2014 along with five hair braider course providers to provide an online learning natural hair course and learning experience for hair braiders.

Currently, there are 350 registered hair braiders 156 active, 17-course providers, 2 charter schools and four community colleges offering the hair braiding services and curriculum, “Natural Hair Braiding Safety for the Public and Practitioner.”

As hair braiders, individuals and entities, we authorized, reviewed, and approved the adoption of the rules by the Board of Cosmetology into Chapter 154 and 155A and are now asking Minnesota’s legislators to amend HF 140 to include informative safety oversight research and analysis that will create uniformity and allow reciprocation between 24 other states that currently regulate hair braiding and fiscal note for appropriations.

We also request the creation of a Needle-Stick Committee to help reduce exposure to bloodborne pathogens by establishing preventive rules for the safety of the citizens of the state.

We do not want the current hair braiding law repealed, we just want it transferred to another chapter in the Minnesota Statutes to address infection control. In addition to needles, “hair braiders” use glue, cigarette lighters and boiling hot water which could also create health risks. 

We recommend this infection control training be regulated and include three parts: bloodborne pathogen compliance via OSHA and its Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act of 2000; first-aid training from Red Cross; and personal protective equipment training from the Department of Labor and industry to include the use of thimbles and containers. This training could be completed in as few as three hours, but needs to happen annually.

We understand Moran’s desire to remove cumbersome requirements as it relates to the economy, but ultimately see it posing a greater risk for the health of Black women which is our greatest form of wealth.

Denise Jarrett a licensed cosmetologist, manager, instructor, school manager, hair braider course providers, and expert witness.