There are several new laws that effect NJ residents, including a Hair Braiding License.  If you want to braid hair in NJ, you need a license.  Governor Murphy signed this initiative into law in October 2018 and the law went into effect New Year’s Day.  In order to obtain a license, hair braiders will need to complete 40 to 50 hours of training depending on their level of experience.  Twists, weaves, wraps, and extensions are all under the braiding umbrella, whether they are done by hand or a specialized mechanical device.  Locking and wig making are also part of the legal definition.  Licensing for natural hair braiders will be managed by the NJ Board of Cosmetology and Hairstyling and will cover information regarding sanitation, decontamination and infection control. CLICK HERE  to access details about the limited license requirements and a list of other new laws for NJ.