Hair Braiders In New Jersey Are At Constant Risk Of Losing Their Jobs (HBO)

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Hair braiders in many states across the country are at constant risk of massive fines and losing their jobs.The primary reason: state cosmetology boards. Over the past several decades, these boards have lobbied to require licensing for braiding services, despite offering little training in the discipline or justifying why a non-invasive, non-chemical method needs to be so heavily regulated. Now hair braiders and politicians are fighting back against policies they claim disproportionately affect immigrant women of color. VNT goes to one of the states at the center of the debate: New Jersey.

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That old man had no idea what the topic of conversation was

Author — Flaca Diabla


When I went to cosmetology school it cost me $10, 000. 😭😭 And after working as a hair stylists for 2 yrs, I realized that I absolutely hated it! Such a waste of money. Also, people have a misconception that it's really easy to pass the course. But, about 60% of people end up dropping out and never making it through the entire program. In the beginning it's all books, tests and learning a lot of medical terminology. It's not easy at all! And the state board exams are even worse!

Author — Aida M.


Crucial decisions made by Old White Men, affecting Black lives.

Author — nic ford


That barber couldn’t braid three strands together

Author — thepeacefish


They should have some form of license... Not full cosmetology school...But some form of a short license just like a food handler's license...



The license isn't the problem. Paying 15k+ to get a license that has nothing to do with your profession is the problem. They should require health and safety courses for an affordable price. Or let braiders elect a board or chairperson from their peers to implement requirements for a new certification.

Author — JacJac009


I love the African braid shops but they definitely need to be licensed. Cosmology school doesn’t just teach styles. It teaches about bacteria, proper washing techniques. It’s teaches about the skin and scalp. Everything you would want someone to know that is doing your hair. Did you see how she was ripping the interviewer hair apart? Braiding is their gift not know about the hair and scalp which is what they need to be taught.

Author — mychynadoll06


I went to hair school. SANITATION IS VERY IMPORTANT. You need to know how to keep from spreading germs and disease. Properly cleaning and disinfecting utensils. Not just sitting them in barbercide without being rinsed off when soiled. Those lecture hours are important. Its not just about braiding hair, its also dealing with your customers health. With if the customer has an allergic reaction? Proper training should be required.

Author — Serita Hill


So y’all putting her on blast !!! And she’s illegal

Author — Taylor 4582


i do believe braiding shouldnt have to follow the cosmetology laws, but braids that are too tight CAN cause damage to the scalp. hair braiding should be in a category on its own !

Author — Lulu


If you cannot teach me how to braid wtf am I going to school for?

Author — Lola Bee


“What are you in for?”
“I was braiding hair without a license. Hbu?”
“I killed a man.”

Author — I’m Confused


They should be licensed. It’s more than just braiding hair. If your are not properly sanitizing your combs and brushes that’s a problem that’s how things are spread. Just wiping a comb and putting it in the next persons head is nasty. Also one needs to know the different types of infections when doing someone’s hair. Certain infections shouldn’t be worked on.

Author — Latasha Phillips


So I guess there would need to be a license or certification for braiding. Im not opposed to that, another way for women like the ones in this video to make BREAD & put other braiders in position to be their own boss. If they could find out a way to run it themselves why not.

Author — TORRIE.


Well after I done seen ppl hair and the sanitary concerns in some braid shops a certification would be nice. For example I seen shops not clean Combs or hair and spread stuff in braid shops 😷 which gives me the heeby jeebys and I seen shops snatch women's literally something has to be done!! Like a quick course on how to actually take care of hair in a healthy manner And for the prices some shops charge it wouldn't hurt to have something letting ppl know I have this credential but feel free to enlighten me about why a braider should not be licensed ....maybe not a full extensive class like Cosmo but a shorter version possibly specifically for braiders ...but I don't do hair so I'm not 100% knowledgeable

Author — KeepingItKASEY


This is a way to stop black American people from growing a business and prospering from their cultures.

Author — Rabbi Benyamin Kauffmann


Braided should be licensed to know about the conditions of the scalp.

Author — mary janes baby


I'm for braiders to have training. Cosmetology school teaches you sanitation, professionalism, anr hair care. Im licensed. The state board isn't hard and school isnt as well. It takes a little time but its worth it

Author — BookofNeo


lil shawty look kinda good in them cornrows

Author — jayani


Iam licensed, and have been for over a decade. School is a lot more than chemicals. You learn about hair structure and the science behind it. These women can’t explain to a customer why they have damaged hair and what and how these chemicals and or hair products cause this.This really sounds like my 6 year old son complaining, “mom I don’t want to go to school! I won’t ever use this stuff in real life.” If you want to do anything in life you need an education. And if you decide to work on hair, it’s best to be educated in all areas of hair. So when any issue or situation arises you have the education and know how to fix it.

Author — Sadie D.