Back away from the hair dryer!
That’s what blow-dry salon workers in Arizona might have heard from police before Republican Gov. Doug Ducey signed a law eliminating a requirement that they obtain a license to blow-dry hair.
Now, entrepreneurs such as Holli Christensen “can get to work without being tangled up in unnecessary government red tape and regulation,” according to a report from the Goldwater Institute.
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Last month, Ducey signed a law sponsored by Republican state Sen. Michelle Ugenti-Rita that removed the requirement that blow-dry salon workers obtain a license to do their job.
“Blow-dry stylists aren’t the only professionals facing government-imposed barriers to employment. In the 1950s, only five percent of jobs required an occupational license. Today, roughly one in four jobs require government permission — and that prevents countless Americans from practicing their profession of choice and moving up the economic ladder,” the institute explained.
“The burden of proving that such restrictions are excessive should not be placed on those who want to earn an honest living; instead, governments should bear the burden of justifying the restrictions, of showing they are needed to protect public health or safety. States should enact a Right to Earn a Living Act to protect freedom of enterprise. By doing so they will ensure that economic opportunity is not merely a promise but a reality,” the organization reported.
Christensen has had a love for styling hair since high school
“I always had a knack for it,” she told the institute. “I would do my friend’s makeup for prom, beautiful updos.”
She wanted to make that her career but was blocked by the state.
“I actually opened up a blow-dry bar, and quite frankly, it was a huge risk. I wasn’t able to work in my own business because I’m not a licensed cosmetologist,” she explained.
The institute said blow-dry salons, where stylists wash, condition and style a customer’s hair using everyday tools such as blow-dryers and curling irons, are increasingly popular.
“Yet every state except Virginia (and up until just last month, Arizona) requires a state-issued, full cosmetology license to blow-dry and style hair,” the institute said.
“This results in a regulatory mismatch, forcing a person who wants only to wash and dry hair to invest considerable time and money taking classes on a host of complex services they will not offer. And blow-drying someone’s hair without that license in Arizona was a crime punishable by up to six months in jail and a $2,000 fine,” Goldwater said.