South Dakota Now Makes It Legal to Braid Hair In Your Kitchen

Published On July 5, 2017 | By patrice | The latest posts

May seem silly to some, however, all Rachael Gorsuch wanted to do was braid her friends and neighbors’ hair, as well as make a little money on the side in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

However, under their strict state laws, it was apparently illegal to braid hair without a license and after someone went out of their own way to report Gorsuch to the Cosmetology Commission of South Dakota, she’d faced potential criminal penalties.

The young lady’s campaign to make hair braiding legal while at home has since gone on to make national news. At least, that was until recently when the state decided that it was no longer a requirement to have a Cosmetology License just to braid hair in your house.

It is now legal, in the state of South Dakota, for hairstylists to do hair from home, with or without a license.

Gorsuch, who is a white woman, claims that she’s been working on black women’s hair since she was 14-years-old. And she also says that she is one of few people in the state that knows how to braid black people’s hair, however, never got up the nerve to attend beauty school.

“If you call any random salon, they’re going to tell you that they don’t do it,” Gorsuch told The Sioux Falls Argus Leader in February. “You’re not even teaching it in the schools, yet you’re making people get a license?”

Some may look at this story and think it’s silly, but you have to ask yourself, ‘is the fact that South Dakota even made a law for people doing hair in the security of their own homes even sillier?’

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