Why Are We In Tennessee?
“Licensed Beauty and Barber Professionals, WE must organize and be strategic in order to help protect our clients and strengthen our professional license. There are blatant attacks to deregulate our industry, lower our standards and put our clients in harms way. This can’t happen. WE must organize and fight back.
Tamara Johnson-Shealey, Senior Advocate at Politics Beauty and Barbers
Solidarity is what we need, want and require to move this industry on the ‘Highway of Life’. Currently the ‘underground’ Natural Hair Care licensing has caused many legislative bills for deregulation of the cosmetology #occupationallicensing. The Institute for Justice submitted over 30 bills to Congress and Lee McGrath of Institute for Justice thinks specialty licensing of any kind “It creates barriers to entry and makes it harder for people to enter the field of their calling.”
A Republican-sponsored bill would have removed licensing requirements for natural-hair-care stylists such as braiders, in last years session. Politics Beauty and Barbers tracked, organized and advocated for this bill in Tennessee with natural hair care licensees to maintain their licensure and the benefits, confidence, and skills that come from education.
So, I’m asking you before you book your ticket PLEASE take the time to tweet, email or call @ (615) 741-4575 Rep. Antonio Parkinson and let him know that the Beauty and Barber Industry is in Solidarity with the Tennesee Cosmetology and Barber Boards for #occupationallicensing.
Tennessee is now the hot spot to see if natural hair care and here is why:
- The natural-hair-care licensing requirement was NEVER a part of the plan for “The Road to Freedom”
- Without the 155A.28 Hair Braider Registration Statue that sets the groundwork for educational expansions and #RaceEquity in the Black community. For example, braiding includes #STEM learning skills, the science of ingredients in product development, technology of social media to bridge the digital divide, engineering of the parting, sectioning, and installation of hair and extensions, most of all the many math application, from economics, cultivation of natural ingredients, even down to the packages of hair extensions for weaves.
- MOST IMPORTANT, the war on #BlackWomen is clear in the legislative fight to abandon the Black community. Natural-Hair-Licensing holds the key to the Cosmetology industry now. The court order ruled that “Simple Hair Devices” become a regulated set of implements brought on by Judge Isabella Gomez in Minnesota. A “needle” is used frequently used in the natural hair salon and governed by the “Sharps” Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Blood-Borne Pathogens standards. The probability of “Needle-Stick” cross-picking from client to natural hair stylist and vice-versa is the main AWARENESS campaign for all members of Congress to know.
Rep. Parkinson derailed hair-care legislation that would have changed the state’s laws dramatically for the industry.
A Republican-sponsored bill would have removed licensing requirements for natural-hair-care stylists such as braiders, and it would have combined barber and cosmetology licenses, creating what Parkinson called “adverse” business and public health conditions.
Numerous people in the hair-care industry visited the Cordell Hull Building during the session to lobby Parkinson and other state lawmakers on the legislation, which would have pulled everything in regard to natural hair from state law.
“The danger in that is that people will begin to surrender their licenses and instead of saying barber shop on the outside of their sign, it will say natural hair salon, which means the state has no purview in there anymore,” he said.
Opponents of the legislation also said combining barber and cosmetology licenses would hurt training schools and affect public safety because schools already licensed would be able to offer two different specialties without having the proper training. Here is the full article.
Tennesee’s Infection Control Requirements
Natural Hair Stylist
Board of Cosmetology and Barber Examiners
A person who uses techniques which result in tension on hair strands such as twisting, wrapping, weaving, extending, locking or braiding of the hair by hand or mechanical appliances, which work does not include the application of dyes, reactive chemicals or other preparations to alter the color or straighten, curl or alter the structure of the hair. The techniques include providing or offering to the general public for compensation any of the following services solely for development or improvement of physical qualities of the natural hair structure: intertwining in a systematic motion to create patterns in a three-dimensional form; inversion or outversion flat against the scalp along the part of a straight or curved row; or extension with natural or synthetic fibers.
Be at least sixteen years of age and satisfy education and examination requirements.
Satisfactory completion of a course of instruction of not less than 300 hours in the practice and theory of natural hair styling at a school of cosmetology.
A written and practical examination is required.
Renewal notices are mailed approximately one month prior to renewal date. Licensee required to submit renewal notice with required fee, if applicable, due by expiration date on license.
Application and Fees
For information on application, registration, examination or fees, contact our testing vender PSI online at:
or by phone, 800-733-9267.
License renewals can be done here.
The Natural Hair Stylist renewal fee is $60.00, as set forth in Rule 0440-1-.13(3) of the Tennessee Rules of Cosmetology.
The renewal form and fee must be submitted to the board office prior to the expiration date listed on the license. If the renewal is not processed prior, there is an additional late fee of $25.00 per license. If the late fee is due, your license is not renewed.
Again, PLEASE join Politics Beauty and Barber on February 11, 2019, for Industry Day in Tennessee.