Each state has different laws and regulations as to what does and doesn’t require a cosmetology license. Of course, it is always important to follow the law when you’re offering a service like dreadlocks.
In South Dakota, you do not need a cosmetology license to put natural dreadlocks in someone’s hair. Here’s what that means.
Scope of Practice in South Dakota
According to the South Dakota Cosmetology Commission, no person may engage in the practice of cosmetology unless the person is licensed by the commission.
The scope of practice goes on to define what is and isn’t considered cosmetology. Further down the document, you’ll see “Exemptions.” It states:
Natural hair braiding exempt from chapter. Any person engaging solely in natural hair braiding as set forth in § 36-15-1.1 is exempt from the provisions of this chapter.
What is Considered “Natural” Hair Braiding?
According to South Dakota Codified Law 36-15-1.1., natural hair braiding is:
…a form of hair manipulation that results in tension on hair strands by beading, braiding, cornrowing, extending, lacing, locking, twisting, weaving, or wrapping human hair, natural fibers, synthetic fibers, or hair extensions into a variety of shapes, patterns, and textures and maintenance thereof, by hand or with clips, combs, hairpins, or thread.
Natural hair braiding includes the use of topical agents such as conditioners, gels, moisturizers, oils, pomades, and shampoos.
Natural hair braiding does not involve the use of penetrating chemical hair treatments, chemical hair coloring agents, chemical hair straightening agents, chemical hair joining agents, permanent wave styles, or chemical hair bleaching agents applied to growing human hair.
So, there you have it! As long as you’re not using chemicals to install dreadlocks, the work falls under § 36-15-1.1 and is exempt from the cosmetology requirements.
What Can’t I Do Under South Dakota Law?
Well, a lot of things. ;) But, specific to dreadlocks, this mainly means that you must be a licensed cosmetologist in order to be doing dead perms (which I don’t recommend anyway because it’s not good for your hair.)
You can create dreadlocks using wax (which I also don’t recommend, because ew.) And you definitely can create them using the crochet method, which involves no other materials other than your hair.
That being said, just because you can do it doesn’t mean you should without research and practice. Creating dreadlocks isn’t as effortless as many think, and you don’t want to be responsible for someone having terrible locks.
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