Occupational Licensing

Hair-Braiding Regulation at Issue in SC

Similarly pointless rules were recently tossed out in Utah


 "I think any time there's a discussion about too much regulation from the government, that (professional licensing) needs to be discussed," Strom, a former U.S. attorney for South Carolina, told The Nerve in a phone interview.

Several states, including Iowa, Illinois and Wyoming, similarly require hair braiders to be certified in cosmetology.

South Carolina is one of many states that allows hair braiders to apply instead for a specialty license with a $25 registration fee, a six-hour hair-braiding course and a test (with 25 multiple-choice questions) administered by the S.C. Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (LLR).