Wesco’s hair braiding deregulation bill moves to the Senate

Posted by: Devan Strebing  | Monday, February 13, 2017

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 13, 2017) — The House of Representatives today voted in support of State Rep. Tim Wesco’s (R-Osceola) bill that would deregulate hair braiding and allow citizens to practice for-hire without a license.

Currently, those who practice this craft must hold a cosmetology license despite many beauty schools having little-to-no course instruction on this type of hair service.

“I want people who have this skill to be able to utilize that and be able to provide for their families without unnecessary burdens,” Wesco said. “People who practice without a license face a Class C infraction with a $500 fine. My bill would allow them to be more open and advertise this service to build up a customer base.”

This bill would only apply to natural hair braiding services. Hair braiding that uses chemicals for hair relaxation or coloring will still require a license.

Wesco’s bill now moves to the Senate for further consideration. To learn more about House Bill 1243, visit iga.in.gov.


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.