Hair braider challenging Texas barber license law

October 2, 2013 5:05:11 AM PDT
A Dallas woman who contends her business teaching hair braiding represents an ancient African art form is suing Texas regulators who say she needs to take classes as a barber and pass state exams.

Isis Brantley says in her federal court suit that the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation is irrationally applying laws that are blocking her from growing her teaching business.

Brantley's lawyers tell The Dallas Morning News ( ) a 2007 state law that mandates she spend 2,250 hours in barber school and pass four exams would force her to convert her small salon into a fully equipped barber college. They say those restrictions are unreasonable and unconstitutional.

A spokeswoman for the state licensing department said Tuesday the agency doesn't common on pending litigation.

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