ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The attorney for a group of Missouri women who specialize in African hair braiding were back in court appealing their case to federal court Wednesday.

Attorneys with the Institute for Justice say the district court was wrong to uphold the state requirement that African-style hair braiders be licensed cosmetologists which cost over a thousand dollars. Attorney Dan Alban says only 7 percent of the coursework overlaps with what braiders actually do.

“People have a right to earn an honest living without being subject to arbitrary regulations and these are completely arbitrary,” he says.

Alban calls it a licensing scheme supported by cosmetology schools to increase their enrollment. Missouri is one of only 13 states that still require braiders to get what he calls the “unnecessary” license to braid hair.

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