Pennsylvania Hair Braiding Requirements Under Governors Review

Pennsylvania Hair Braiding Requirements


Calling all #SuperNaturals!

Today I would like to address the article published on KYW News Radio 1060 by Justin Udo.

The full article ask for the #NaturalHair communities input and to contact Pennsylvania Senator Anthony Williams by email with their thoughts on Natural Hair Braiding Registration License.


Tweet your input on Natural Hair Braiders Registrations/Licenses to Senator Anthony Williams on Twitter.

The question is:

Should natural hair braiding be license?


Should natural hair braiding not be regulated for licensure in the state of Pennsylvania?

At eco Hair Braider® Association,LLC. we advocate in SUPPORT for Natural Hair Braiding Registration License Completion Certificate for ALL Natural Hair Braiding home-based, mobile, shops, salons and barbers as hair braiders to have Infection Control Certification.

Here is why?

In 2006, Institute for Justice, Lee McGrath won in the case of Minnesota Hair Braiding.

The Natural Hair Braiding Registration was awarded exemption from regulation under the Minnesota Cosmetology Board.

However, the “simple hair braiding devices” [means clips, combs, curlers, curling irons, hairpins, rollers, scissors, needles, thread, and hair binders including adhesives, if necessary, that are required solely for hair braiding] are used by Natural Hair Braiding Registration Licensees.

And under this court order of 2006 in which, Institute for Justice, Lee McGrath won in the case of Minnesota Hair Braiding the “Simple hair braiding devices” are under regulation of the cosmetology board.

  • Our position on health, safety and sanitation from a public health perspective.


Natural Hair Braiding services are done primarily on Black women.

Protecting the health of #BlackWomen through awareness of the spread of HIV and HPV from “needles” sticks are the demand of eco Hair Braider® Association,LLC.

🦠Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA) Blood-Borne Pathogens manuals requires all sharps including “needles” be used once and placed in a marked container to prevent needle-prickling cross contamination.


It is time for Natural Hair Braiding Salon’s/shops to use preventative measures to protect the public’s health.

🦠OHSA also requires professional protective equipment (PPE’s) are useful with safety and awareness of blood to blood transmission.


Cleaning of needles does not eliminate exposure of blood to blood illnesses from Natural Hair Braiding Licensee to the public.

As seen in this Phoenix Salon Suites episode on Undercover Boss is a demonstration of the installations a “sew-in” weave primarily worn by Black women.

The owner of the “underground” natural hair braiding salon (Black Women) continues to coach the owner of multiple established beauty complexes (White Woman).

These complexes are sometimes called ‘beauty malls’ for state licensing purposes.

The two women are a PERFECT example of what the people are doing while installing a weave with a needle to a clients head.

The underground Natural Hair Braiding Stylist is heard saying ” there is going to be some pricking ” as the Phoenix Salon Suites owner is heard saying “ouch, ouch, ouch!”.

All while the poor client is in pain!

🦠 Most importantly, OSHA Needle-Stick Act requires a detailed “sharps injury log” and an “exposure control plan” of ALL Needle-Sticks from workers to clients for up to five (5) years.

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Click here to view full episode of Phoenix Salon Suites on Undercover Boss.

In this case I wonder if any of these preventive measures were used and if there is an ‘exposure control plan’ at Phoenix Salon Suites as a Infection Control standard.

As for Natural Hair Braiding Stylist looking for information in Pennsylvania on Infection Control.

Here is what I was able to find.

Infection Control

Natural Hair Braiding License Course Requirements are:


 300 hours in a licensed cosmetology school

 10th grade education or equivalent

 State Board examination (consists of theory and practical examination prior to 11/25/14;

after this date the exam consists of a theory only exam)

However, the current state laws and rules for Natural Hair Braiding in Pennsylvania do NOT include any continuing education requirements, godfathering or reciprocity for Natural Hair Braiding Registration Licensee.

Here is the Pennsylvania Natural Hair Braiding Registration License laws and rules click here.

The Pennsylvania State Board of Cosmetology has a difficult website to manage but, I was able to locate this Application for Professional Licensure Examination for Natural Hair Braiding Registration Licensees.

Again #SuperNaturals contact Senator Anthony Williams with your thoughts.

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