New Illinois hair braiding law takes effect in January
A new Illinois law that takes effect in January will lessen the amount of training required for hair braiders.
African hair braiding is seen as a cultural art. The practice came from Africa and spread to America, Latin America and the Caribbean. Illinois law requires that braiders have a full cosmetology license. But most do not.
Salon owners balked because they say they don’t deal with chemicals or other cosmetology methods.