• Some barbers, beauticians are against possibility of new natural hair bill

    By: Shelby Sansone


    MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Barbers and cosmetologists across the state are outraged at a proposed bill that could remove a licensing requirement for natural hair styling businesses across the state.

    TN House Bill 320 will go in front of the house at 2 p.m. on Monday. The Senate will hear it as Senate Bill 1185 Tuesday at 1 p.m.

    Barber Johnny Graham has been cutting hair in Memphis for five years. He said the license help keep customers safe - but also employees.

    “Not being properly trained in the use of the tools and the implements that come with this trade, you could very well injure yourself,” he said.

    He believed places without a license could spread disease because there would be no accountability.

    “If you don’t know the proper procedure for a blood spill, you could very well infect yourself as the practitioner from the person you’re doing,” Graham said.

    He wants lawmakers to talk to barbers and cosmetologists across the state before making any final decisions.

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