Another state has won the war on braiding licensing. North Dakota has become the 26th state to remove the red tape around braiding, including the requirement to have a minimum of 1,800 training hours for a cosmetology license.
Requirements for eyebrow threading were also eliminated. Threading is another ancient beauty practice which removes facial hair with a looped string of cotton thread. However, the state required 600 hours of training to practice the craft.
North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum signed the new bill (HB 1345) on April 10 which now makes both braiders and threaders completely exempt.
While neither braiding nor threading require any chemical processes, their requirement were more stringent than what it takes to become an emergency medical technician (just 150 hours) or a pharmacy tech (three months), according to the Institute for Justice.
“This bill means that I and many others like me can reopen our businesses in North Dakota and the public can get the services they deserve,” said Peace Suglo, who runs a braiding business in Moorhead, Minn., right across the Red River from Fargo.
Suglo had previously closed her braiding shop in Fargo, moving across state lines to Minnesota, which only requires a 30-hour training. “HB 1345 also shows that North Dakota welcomes diverse groups of people moving to the state and wants to increase business diversity and economic growth.”
“This is a great win for entrepreneurship, economic liberty, and just plain common sense,” said Institute for Justice Legislative Counsel Meagan Forbes, who testified in favor of the bill in Bismarck. “The government has no business licensing something as safe and common as braiding or threading hair. By deregulating these practices, HB 1345 will expand economic opportunity, especially for female entrepreneurs and people of color, which in turn will help North Dakota diversify its economy.”
With more than half of the country having reduced or repealed braiding license requirements, expect to see more states to follow suit. Currently, there are repeals pending in Florida, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island.