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.

🧫 #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

ALERT: Protect your Client$ from #Coronavirus in the 💇#BeautySalon, 💈#Barbershop, and 💇🏾‍♀️#HairBraidingSchools

ALERT: Protect your Client$ from #Coronavirus in the 💇#BeautySalon, #Barbershop, and #HairBraidingSchools

I am inclined to believe that many state boards’ cosmetology agencies HAVE not addressed an 🛑ALERT for the coronavirus.  

Take precautions.

  1. Call your clients up to 3 hours before the appointment.
  2. Ask if they have any of the symptoms listed below.
  3. While shampooing maintain the distance from your client. (if possible wear a mask)
  4. Deep clean your station and tools after each client.
  5. Keep a log of clients and your cleaning schedule before and after (just in case you have an exposure)
  6. As an OWNER exposure medication for  COVID-19 cost from $3,000- $10,000 and self-quarantining of the employees.

I have found this information in CA. cosmetology website.

COVID-19

The following information is from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH)

What is coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)?

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:

  • fever
  • cough
  • shortness of breath

How Can People Protect Themselves?

People can help protect themselves from respiratory illness with everyday preventive actions.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

What to Do if You Think You’re Sick:

Call ahead: If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and may have had contact with a person with COVID-19 or recently traveled to countries with apparent community spread, call your health care provider or local public health department first before seeking medical care so that appropriate precautions can be taken.