South Dakota Senate Passes Bill to Untangle Hair Braiding From Occupational Licensing

From Institute for Justice (

The South Dakota Senate today unanimously approved HB 1048, a bill that would exempt natural hair braiding from the state’s cosmetology laws. State law currently requires braiders to finish 2,100 hours of cosmetology training before they can legally work—the highest in the nation.

“Today’s vote is a win for entrepreneurship, economic liberty, and just plain common-sense,” noted Lee McGrath, Legislative Counsel at the Institute for Justice. “The government has no business regulating something as safe and common as braiding hair.”