You need a license to braid hair?

Oregon Cosmetology Regulations Entangle Hair Braiders

Cascade Policy Institute: Did you know you need a license to braid hair in Oregon?

Amber Sparks just wants to do good

Last year, Amber Starks of Portland tried to start a hair braiding business geared towards young girls in foster care. The State of Oregon informed Starks that she could not start her business without a cosmetology license. A cosmetology license typically requires over $1,000 and a minimum of 1,700 hours of training focusing heavily on the proper use of hairstyle chemicals and heating equipment―things hair braiders don’t use.
Starks then tried to braid hair as an unpaid volunteer with the state foster care system. She was told once again that it would be illegal for her, and nearly anyone else, to dress hair outside their own homes without a license.
Regulations like these prevent people like Starks from providing simple yet desired services at competitive market prices. Meanwhile, those with cosmetology licenses are protected from competition in markets such as hair braiding―fields that hardly require 1,700 hours of training.
Where public health and hygiene are issues, the state could require professional braiders to undergo a basic health course in lieu of a cosmetology license. By analogy, the Oregon Food Handler’s Card certifies that people who prepare and serve food for the public know basic food safety.
In 2005, Washington State declared that braiders no longer need cosmetology licenses. It’s time for Oregon to do the same.
Big Government doing what it does best – making life difficult for those that want to help people.
h/t Orbusmax

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Caroline Niven-Roy

Omg… what’s next…


Reblogged this on OyiaBrown and commented:
More olitical correctness impeding freedom and progress!


More utterly useless, BS red-tape gubmint regulations keeping enterprising people from staying out of poverty and off the public dime…

Dr. Eowyn

Well said, Grouchy! The more we not resist this Creeping Big Brother State, the more they’ll get even more emboldened and arrogant.


Well, it is the Left Coast.

Jonathan Hughes

Indeed the word of God is true.The law in the USA is much like Islamic Law controlling what a human does trying to micro manage the lives of others.
KJV,1 Corinthians 3 >>18Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise. 19For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness. 20And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.
King James Version