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Braiding hair without a license remains a crime in the Garden State. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy vetoed legislation that would have rolled back the licensing requirements for hair braiders, saying the measure went too far. Murphy suggested that instead of eliminating the 1,200 hours of training and $17,000 price tag presently required to obtain a cosmetic license, the state should require just 40 to 50 hours of training for braiders. Sponsors of the bipartisan bill argued that the state should not require African hair braiders to obtain barber training, and that the onerous time and money requirements served only to protect established hair stylists from competition.


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