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Cosmetology lawsuit
4:59 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Hair Braiders Sue Over Missouri's Licensing Requirement

Ndioba Niang, one of two plaintiffs in a lawsuit challenging the Missouri law that forces hair braiders to have a cosmetology license, works on the hair of Leia Jackson on June 17, 2014.

Updated with comment from plaintiffs, copy of legal complaint. Updated at 1:35 p.m. to correct spelling of Tameka Stigers' last name. Updated at 2:25 p.m. to correct spelling of Ndioba Niang's first name.

A libertarian advocacy group has filed a federal lawsuit challenging the Missouri law that requires African-style hair braiders to get a cosmetology license or face fines and jail time.

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