Oregon law currently prohibits natural hair care stylists from performing braids, cornrows, twists, locks and other similar styles outside their homes without having a full cosmetology license. On Tuesday, April 23 the Oregon House unanimously passed a bill to exempt natural hair care from the state’s barbering requirements. The new bill will establish an online certification process for natural hair care practitioners that will allow them to work outside of their home.
Rep. Alissa Keny-Guyer, D-Portland, introduced the legislaton. Oregon’s cosmetology requirement “creates a barrier for many people, especially for Africans and African-Americans who have learned this from generations before them,” she said. “Going to Washington or practicing underground results in lost income tax revenue for our state.”