Support Natural Hair Entrepreneurs' RIGHT to earn an honest living.

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For years, Black mothers have sat their small daughters on the floor between their legs to plait/braid their hair. Simple tools are needed to complete this process. A comb, pick, perhaps some bobby pins to help control the hair, is all this cultural grooming process requires. 

The manipulation of Black hair in its' natural state is an age-old phenomena. Simply stated, it is grooming. In the state of Delaware, the Board of Cosmetology has included a God-given right-natural hair braiding, into its' definition of cosmetology.

To summarize, it states that before one can legally braid, Delaware
entrepreneurs must have a 10th Grade education, pass a written and
practical exam, and complete either 1,500 classroom hours or 3,000
hours as an apprentice under a licensed cosmetologist.

So basically this means that in order for a natural hair entrepreneur to open a legal business, she must first attend cosmetology school. Natural hair entrepreneurs do not shampoo their clients - clients arrive with their hair freshly shampoo.Natural hair entrepreneurs also do not use chemicals in their skill. They work with combs, picks, or locking tools to complete the hair style. 

The question becomes this....why would it be necessary for such an entrepreneur to be mandated to attend a 1500 hour cosmetology course (costing $15,000+), that does not even address the type of services that are provided by Natural hair entrepreneurs? And further, provides extensive information and training that is not relevant to natural hair care.

The objective of this petition is to raise the voice of those who are impacted:

Clients who have limited access to Natural hair entrepreneurs due to the rigorous requirements
Natural hair entrepreneurs who unable to realize the dream of 'self-employment' due to the cost and rigorous requirements
Please join us in this movement. Together we can change the regulation of Natural hair services, one state at a time.



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