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Federal appeals court rejects hair braiders’ constitutionality challenge

The U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit, upheld the application of standard Missouri cosmetology license requirements for practitioners of African-style hair braiding January 11, rejecting a challenge of the laws' constitutionality filed by two hair braiders and backed by eight libertarian policy groups and U.S. Senator Rand Paul as amici or friends of the court (Niang v. Carroll).

The court found that, whether or not all of the training required for that license was necessary for braiders, the state had a rational motive in imposing the requirements; therefore, they were not in violation of the . . .

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