Section 34-7B-20

Qualifications of applicants for examination or licensure - Natural hair stylist.

(a) No person may be admitted to an examination or licensed as a natural hair stylist unless he or she satisfies all of the following qualifications:

(1) Is at least 16 years old.

(2) Has successfully completed at least 10 grades in secondary school, or the equivalent.

(3) Has successfully completed at least 210 clock hours in a licensed or registered school of cosmetology or natural hair styling or 420 clock hours in a licensed shop for a period of six months under the immediate supervision of a licensed cosmetologist or natural hair stylist, who has held a license for at least five years, including practicing as a natural hair stylist before August 1, 2013, and as a licensed cosmetologist or a natural hair stylist before August 1, 2017. The five-year requirement shall not apply to natural hair stylists operating before August 1, 2013.

(b) Any applicant who satisfies the qualifications in subsection (a), pays any applicable examination fee, successfully completes any examination, and pays the license fee shall be issued a natural hair stylist license.

(c) Any person who is working as a natural hair stylist on August 1, 2013, upon payment of the applicable license fee by January 28, 2014, shall be licensed by the board under this section. Any person licensed pursuant to this section shall be subject to this chapter and rules adopted by the board pursuant to this chapter including, but not limited to, shop requirements, sanitation procedures, and license renewal.

(Act 2013-371, p. 1330, §2; Act 2017-300, §1.)