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Should hair braiders have to go through the same expensive and rigorous training as cosmetologists?

A group of Missouri women who specialize in African-style hair braiding say “no.” On Wednesday their case was heard in federal court.

We’ve discussed the problems with Missouri's occupational licensing policy before, and there’s no better example of the need for reform than the regulations that require hair braiders to undergo 1,500 hours of expensive training, most of it for services (manicures, facials) that have nothing to do with their work.

We caught up with Institute for Justice attorneys Dan Alban and Paul Avelar, who are representing the hair braiders, for a sit-down discussion on the case and on Wednesday's hearing:

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