Results 1 to 4 of 4

Thread: 'Braid Free or Die!' NH, IN & SD End Onerous Licensing For Hair Braiding

  1. #1

    Red face 'Braid Free or Die!' NH, IN & SD End Onerous Licensing For Hair Braiding

    'Braid Free or Die!' NH Ends Onerous Licensing For Hair Braiding
    P. Gardner Goldsmith
    June. 16. 2017

    Don’t let anyone say America hasn’t made progress.

    After years of struggle, lives lost in the Revolution fighting to disconnect from the Brits and their heavy-handed taxes, regulations, invasive searches, copious work to add a Bill of Rights to the U.S. Constitution, and all the efforts to try to get the politicians to actually conform to their own so-called “rule book," folks can now braid hair for free in New Hampshire.

    Earlier this month, N.H. Governor Chris Sununu (son of former Gov. and White House Chief of Staff John H. Sununu) signed a law that -- get this -- decriminalized unlicensed hair braiding.

    As the Institute for Justice (IJ) reports, H.B. 82, a bill sponsored by a friend of mine named Carol McGuire (who is consistently one of the most pro-freedom members of the N.H. House), made New Hampshire one of just 23 states that do not require the expensive licensing that the other 27 states mandate in order to simply braid a person’s hair.

    New Hampshire joins South Dakota and Indiana this year as the latest states to pull back from this ridiculous infringement into a voluntary interaction.
    Kudos to Carol McGuire and all those who worked to pass this bill, which, really, would not be necessary in a political framework that operated more in line with the ideas of the Founders.

    Because, let’s face it: licensing is mercantilism. It's cronyism. It’s the government using mobster-like tactics to give legal oligopoly status to those who already have their businesses up and running. It increases the cost of entry into any field, thus decreasing the likelihood of new competition, and allowing the vested interests the legal power to keep their prices high.

    And, just as new hair-braiders should not have to answer to bureaucrats and stuffy politicians who want to make them pay “protection money” to the state, Carol McGuire and those who helped pass this bill should not have had to have spent their time trying to end this corrupt state shakedown. That was one of the major points about the American Revolution: people are supposed to have the liberty to conduct business free of government meddling and favoritism.

    Some might look at this particular issue as being inconsequential. But regardless of whether some of us might be out of the market for hair-braiding services, the principle of freedom is key, and, as a result, the opening of this piece is not sarcastic. One really should celebrate the fact that New Hampshire just joined nearly two dozen other states in letting people be free to offer hair-braiding services or payment for those services, while lamenting the fact that others still require licenses.
    More at
    Lifetime member of more than 1 national gun organization and the New Hampshire Liberty Alliance. Part of Young Americans for Liberty and Campaign for Liberty. Free State Project participant and multi-year Free Talk Live AMPlifier.

  2. Remove this section of ads by registering.
  3. #2


    The hair stylist industrial complex is going to be upset!
    "He's talkin' to his gut like it's a person!!" -me
    "dumpster diving isn't professional." - angelatc

    "Each of us must choose which course of action we should take: education, conventional political action, or even peaceful civil disobedience to bring about necessary changes. But let it not be said that we did nothing." - Ron Paul

    "Paul said "the wave of the future" is a coalition of anti-authoritarian progressive Democrats and libertarian Republicans in Congress opposed to domestic surveillance, opposed to starting new wars and in favor of ending the so-called War on Drugs."

  4. #3


    Actually you can walk into any beauty supply store and buy the stuff you need to do just about any hair styling process. The issue the state has is whether I can go buy the stuff, do the process on someone else and get paid for it. That's why an $11 box of color ends up costing $90 dollars in a salon.
    "There are two freedoms - the false, where a man is free to do what he likes; the true, where he is free to do what he ought."~~Charles Kingsley

  5. #4


    One step at a time. Sometimes you win if you keep at it. Hopefully it gives inspiration to other occupations. The more ridiculous....

    selling caskets
    selling flowers
    fortune telling
    shampooing somebody's hair
    teeth whitening
    interior decorating
    probably a $#@!load of others

Similar Threads

  1. Occupational licensing must go.
    By Lucille in forum Economy & Markets
    Replies: 27
    Last Post: 11-30-2017, 05:11 PM
  2. Replies: 2
    Last Post: 03-25-2013, 11:02 PM
  3. The Burden of State Licensing
    By FrancisMarion in forum U.S. Political News
    Replies: 27
    Last Post: 01-26-2013, 12:00 PM
  4. Stossel - Licensing
    By BuddyRey in forum U.S. Political News
    Replies: 26
    Last Post: 03-19-2010, 04:44 PM
  5. Contractor Licensing
    By forsmant in forum U.S. Political News
    Replies: 13
    Last Post: 01-01-2010, 11:51 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts