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End Regulation that state South Carolina Braiders have to operate under SC Barber Board

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To all cosmetologist and hair braiders:
Hair braiders are no longer allowed to work in salons who are operating under the cosmetology board . Hair braiders can now only work in salons who are operating under the Barber board . I know this because I was inspected on last Friday. I was informed by an inspector in the Forest Acres area of Columbia, South Carolina. The law was passed recently. I too was given 45 days to terminate my braider.

Who does this effect? Most if not all African Braiding salons. Salons who hire stylist who only do natural hair or braids and many salons who specialize in natural hair care only. State Board is giving salons 45 days to let their stylist who fall under this go after an inspection has been made. They are currently doing routine going to all registered salons in SC. Why is this a problem? Most African Braiding salons staff all have only have braiding licenses and this is the same case for many natural salons so they will have to permanently or temporarily close once state board comes until they fall under the new guidelines. The only way around this is your "salon license" has to meet certifications to be registered as a barber salon or braiders have to go work in a barbershop. Any salon that wishes to keep their braider staff has to have their owner or manager who the current license is registered under train, go back to boards,  and get a barber certification then the salon itself has to pay and re-register its salon license and transfer the cosmetology license to the barber side by becoming a master barber under the barber board instead of cosmetology. This decision was made not considering African American salons, those who employ braiders, their hair care needs and choices. Their livelihood is at stake.  Its basically making it harder for current and future braiders in the state who have opened businesses and those who employ them. The time it takes to get in compliance may force many closings due to loss wages. Braiding and natural hair is a cosmetology service and should operate as such. 

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