Texas says woman who wants to teach people how to braid hair must turn her shop into a “barber college” at great cost

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The cosmetology industry is all about creating barriers to entry for those who would like to start businesses cutting, styling, or in this case even braiding hair. Often aspiring stylists must take hours of classes and adhere to nuisance laws which are designed to keep people from coming into the business. (And to keep the cost of services higher than they otherwise would be.)

Meet Isis Brantley, a woman who was once arrested for braiding hair without a license. Now she’s fighting the Lone Star State for the right to teach others how to braid hair. Texas says she’s got to take 750 hours of barber classes first. She says she doesn’t, and is now headed to court.