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NJ hair-braiding bill conditionally vetoed by Gov. Murphy

August 27, 2018

Brigitte K. Nzali braids the hair of a customer at the African & American Braiding, Inc in Blackwood, N.J. Nzali, from Cameroon, has been fighting for 17 yrs to get the state to understand that braiding should not fall under cosmetology and hair styling because no chemicals are used and because she says its a “cultural tradition” and not a styling technique to be taught in beauty school.

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Gov. Murphy conditionally vetoed a popular bill that would have lifted the requirement in New Jersey that professional hair braiders complete 1,200 hours of training at a beauty school – which costs upwards of $17,000 – and suggested  lawmakers consider an amendment that would reduce the required hours of training to 40 to 50 hours.

“I commend the Legislature for taking steps to expand economic opportunities for African-American women, immigrants from African and Caribbean countries, and others, by easing potentially burdensome licensing requirements that may prevent many from engaging in the practice of hair braiding… At the same time, it is important to balance opening economic opportunity with maintaining consumer protections,” Murphy said in a statement Monday before he sent the unanimously-passed bill back to the legislature.

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