Hair Braider Wins Lawsuit Challenging Utah Rules

Jestina Clayton is overly excited over her victory in federal court

A Utah woman who braids hair to supplement her family’s income has won a federal lawsuit against the state over its licensing process for her craft, arguing state regulations violated her right to earn a living.

A federal judge ruled this week that the state’s requirement that Jestina Clayton get a cosmetology license to braid hair was “unconstitutional and invalid” because regulations are irrelevant to Clayton’s profession.

Clayton, 30, sued last year after she found it would be illegal to run a hair-braiding business without a license, in part because of public health and safety concerns. Clayton said she learned how to braid hair as a 5-year-old in her West African home country of Sierra Leone, and she was doing it at her suburban Salt Lake City home to support her three children — ages 7, 5 and 1 — while her husband finishes school.

“I’m excited. I can’t believe it,” Clayton said of the ruling. “You go in with the hope, but sometimes things don’t go your way.”

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1394748888 Ashley Gray

    Why is the subtitle for this article mention she is “overly” excited, as though she shouldn’t be as excited as she is for the positive outcome of her case. Happy story, terrible journalism.