Cutting, styling textured hair required for state license in cosmetology

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (BRPROUD) – A change to the Louisiana State Board of Cosmetology licensing exam will require cosmetology students to learn how to cut and style textured hair.

On November 1, the board passed the resolution in hopes of making the state’s hair and beauty schools more inclusive.

Textured hair refers to frizzy, curly, or wavy hair in its natural state, which is typically found in people of color.

A group of friends and hairstylists, Jasmine Haynes and Troyann Freeman, said hairstyling is not just a job, but their passion. The couple spent thousands of dollars in beauty school but didn’t learn how to style their hair.

“I only learned a little about the side that had to do with the type of hair I actually had, so I had to go through continuing education because I didn’t feel like I was prepared,” Haynes said.

“It was 500 extra hours that I had to do and these are styles that I’m already doing, so I’m aware of it, but just to get the license for that I had to do some extra education,” Freeman said.

The State Cosmetology Council voted unanimously to implement the change. It’s a change Louisiana State Board of Cosmetology Chairman Edwin Neill has changed that.

“65% of the population has textured hair defined as wavy, curly or curly hair. We don’t want people turned away in a salon because the salon can’t do their hair type. It’s not what everyone wants, so it’s a step in the right direction, ”said Neill.

Haynes and Freeman said they hope the move could overturn racist beauty standards, proving that all hair can be beautiful.

“As a hairstylist, you have to know how to work with all of the different styles of curls,” Freeman said.

“It’s about time people started to accept us for who we are, that the things we do are different or quirky… it’s not a ghetto. It’s our culture, ”said Haynes.

Louisiana is the first state to implement the changes for the Board of Cosmetology review and it will take effect in June 2022.

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