NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A lawsuit alleges that Louisiana imposes onerous and unconstitutional permit requirements on people who braid hair for a living.
The petition was filed Thursday in Baton Rouge by three practitioners of natural hair braiding techniques practiced widely in African-American communities.
The lawsuit claims Louisiana’s requirement for 500 hours of training is difficult to comply with.
That’s because few cosmetology schools offer the course and the state doesn’t appear to offer the required exam.
The institute, a Virginia-based organization, has challenged hair braiding requirements in other states, including Mississippi.
In the past, the organization also has pursued challenges of Louisiana licensing requirements for florists and requirements for practitioners of cosmetic eyebrow threading.
Messages seeking board comment weren’t returned Friday.