Amber Starks (left), who is fighting to change state law to allow hair braiders to work without earning a full cosmetology license says: “Braiding can be a way for women to start to get comfortable with wearing their hair naturally. That’s what it was for me.” Braiders typically do not use chemicals, heat or scissors, thus practitioners say they should not be required to go through the 1,700-hour training required of cosmetologists. For now, Starks offers advice in Oregon but does her actual braiding — on customers such as 7-year-old Zinnia Rickman — at a salon in Vancouver.”

From oregonlive.com

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