Texas Barber Regulation Hurting Small Businesses, Could Be Unconstitutional
If Isis Brantley wants to teach the hair-braiding techniques she’s perfected over the past few decades—and do it out of her own Dallas shop—there are a few hoops to jump through.
She just has to fill out a simple permit application. And make sure she has at least 2,000 square feet of floor space. Her school also has to have at least 10 student workstations, each with liquid sterilizer and a sink behind every two. Oh, and she has to complete 2,250 hours of training.
There is an alternative, the state of Texas says: Brantley can teach African braiding — which she’s done for the likes of Erykah Badu — out of an existing barber school instead. But that, she and the lawyers she’s suing the state of Texas with say, is the problem.