Stylists Fight Against Bill That Would Deregulate Natural Hair Industry In Tennessee

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) - Natural hair stylists, barbers, and hair instructors in Memphis are concerned that their hair licenses may not mean a thing. This comes as a bill is making its way through the Tennessee General Assembly that would deregulate the hair industry.

House Bill 1809 would make it so hairstylists would no longer need a license to work with natural hair.

Natural hair is all about embracing your natural hair texture and pattern, without the use of chemicals.

State Representative Antonio Parkinson, who is against the bill, says his counterparts feel it should be in place because they think there aren't the same health concerns for natural hair, as there are for other hair services.

Barbers, Beauticians, and Hair Instructors across the city of Memphis are now banding together to fight the bill, which has already passed in the Senate. If it passes, natural hair stylists will not be required to follow sanitation or safety rules created by the State Cosmetology Board.

“I see people who are operating out of their home, or unlicensed, or uneducated, and I see the result of travelling Alopecia, the result of all types of damage,” says Tamika Turner, owner of TN's First Natural Hair School. “Even walking through the middle schools, our little children's hair is being damaged.”

“Without them letting us have a license, I that's going to hinder the new stylists that are coming up in 2018,” says Porsche Armstead, a student at the Institute of Beauty Natural Hair. “I feel like a license is important. You need the right terminology, the right procedures, there are a lot of hazardous items you need to know about in the hair industry.”

The bill would also combine Barbering and Cosmetology into one licensed trade. Senator Mark Norris of Collierville is sponsoring the bill in the Senate. He did not return our calls for comment.

If passed, the bill would go into effect January 1, 2019. 

 


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