Here’s tea, being a licensed braider was something that WAS required when I first started braiding. It was a known to-do if you wanted to get into the business, or even just work in a salon. When I first started I had an opportunity to work in a salon once I got my license, my aunt was a shop owner. She was like “you need a license to work in here” period. So I got it over the summer after high school, my braid instructor Fama said I needed to do that first! Before the time came to renew my license.. Texas deregulated braiders all over the state. To me it’s a WIN for women, but a loss for businesses. The talented braider responsible for the deregulation- she’s Erykah Badu’s braider too so I’m a fan as well.. her name is “Isis Brantley” and she basically got a lawyer after she was arrested to fight for the right to NATURALLY braid hair whenever and wherever. Because before laws, before America, black women have always done this. And just as me, her skillful blessing been passed down in her family for generations. So yes I STAN with her. I don’t use chemicals and I’m all for natural healthy hair. But the week that spent getting my license, the things I learned, I feel as if everyone needs that to an extent. Especially if they want to put their hands in different people’s head for a living. I tried to renew my license once it expired AFTER deregulation and I couldn’t. I realize now that I have information and resources to give now because of the deregulation as well. Granted braid businesses still operate as normal, they’re just not regulated by law anymore. Home braiders have been liberated to style at home wishing their rights. I think braiding licenses should stay an OPTION for those who wanted it. Because they didn’t even teach “how to braid” in licensing. It’s more sanitation, clients health/hair, and certifications. What do you guys think? Should natural hair styling and braiding stay regulated, should it be an option, or free the braiders with nipples?! I’d love hear. Here’s a pic of my eldest being introduced to braids without a tight grip when he was around 4m.