Wesco: New law removes requirement for natural hair braiding in Indiana

Posted by: Devan Strebing  | Tuesday, May 2, 2017

STATEHOUSE (May 2, 2017) — Gov. Eric Holcomb signed into law State Rep. Tim Wesco’s (R-Osceola) bill removing the cosmetologist licensing requirement to practice natural hair braiding in the state.

Previously, braiders could only work if they first obtained a cosmetology license, which requires at least 1,500 hours of training. However, many cosmetology schools do not teach natural braiding.

“The regulation stopped braiders from earning an honest living,” Wesco said. “One woman moved to Texas because she couldn’t legally start a hair braiding business here. If someone with this talent wants to practice their craft, they should be able to do so with no penalties.”

Wesco said before now, people who practiced without a license faced a Class C infraction with a $500 fine.

This law only applies to natural hair braiding services. Hair braiding that requires the use of chemicals, such as for hair relaxation or hair coloring, still requires a license.

House Enrolled Act 1243 will go into effect on July 1. Visit iga.in.gov to learn more about this legislation.


State Rep. Tim Wesco (R-Osceola) represents House District 21, which

includes portions of Elkhart and St. Joseph counties.

A high-resolution photo of Wesco can be downloaded by clicking here.