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Two federal courts reject challenges of cosmetology board authority

Two federal courts recently upheld the authority of state cosmetology boards to regulate hair care and makeup practices. In Tennessee, the U.S. Court of Appeal, Sixth Circuit, affirmed July 16 that the state board of cosmetology does have authority to regulate the practice of African hair braiding. The court rejected a challenge to the regulation brought by a group of hair-braiders and salon owners who claimed the license requirement had no rational relationship to health and safety (Bah v. Attorney General of Tennessee).

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