House File 31 - Introduced HOUSE FILE 31 BY PETTENGILL and ABDUL-SAMAD A BILL FOR An Act exempting African-style hair braiding from the 1 definition of cosmetology. 2 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA: 3 TLSB 1569YH (5) 86 tr/nh
H.F. 31 Section 1. Section 157.1, Code 2015, is amended by adding 1 the following new subsection: 2 NEW SUBSECTION . 01. “African-style hair braiding” means a 3 method of natural hair care consisting of braiding, locking, 4 twisting, weaving, cornrowing, or otherwise physically 5 manipulating hair without the use of chemicals to alter 6 the hair’s physical characteristics that incorporates both 7 traditional and modern styling techniques. 8 Sec. 2. Section 157.1, subsection 5, paragraph a, Code 2015, 9 is amended to read as follows: 10 a. Arranging, braiding, dressing, curling, waving, press 11 and curl hair straightening, shampooing, cutting, singeing, 12 bleaching, coloring, or similar works, upon the hair of any 13 person, or upon a wig or hairpiece when done in conjunction 14 with haircutting or hairstyling by any means. “Cosmetology” 15 does not include African-style hair braiding. 16 EXPLANATION 17 The inclusion of this explanation does not constitute agreement with 18 the explanation’s substance by the members of the general assembly. 19 Generally, a person practicing cosmetology on a more than 20 casual basis, regardless of whether the person is compensated, 21 is required to be licensed with the board of cosmetology arts 22 and sciences. This bill defines “African-style hair braiding” 23 and exempts it from the definition of cosmetology in Code 24 chapter 157. 25 -1- LSB 1569YH (5) 86 tr/nh 1/ 1