SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A woman who braids hair to supplement her family's income has won her federal lawsuit against Utah over its licensing process for her craft.

Jestina Clayton sued last year after she found it would be illegal to run a hair-braiding business without a license. She says she learned how to braid hair as a 5-year-old in her West African home country of Sierra Leone, and she was doing it in suburban Salt Lake City to support her two children while her husband finished school.

A judge this week found that Utah's requirements are irrelevant to the craft of braiding and that the state couldn't prove a cosmetology license is needed to protect public health.

Utah is among eight states that require braiders to have full cosmetology licenses, while others such as California and Arizona exempt them from such laws.

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4 thoughts on “Hair Braider Wins Lawsuit Challenging Utah Rules

  1. on said:

    Thank You for that very good story. I have been in the hair business for 30 years. Can you Help Me with my state La. to change the law for us here.

  2. veronicaj on said:

    Wow! I am glad she won. This is a craft that most little girls learned at an early age. I guess this is just one way to try to collect money for businesses/schools. What! So is the state willing to sue every little girl and some boys on this craft. Next they will be sueing people for cooking instead of going to school for culinary.

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