The U.S. Supreme Court has vacated a lower court’s decision that protected a lengthy licensing process for hair-braiders in Missouri.
The Supreme Court’s ruling, handed down Tuesday, aligns with a new law passed by the Missouri Legislature in May that relaxed the state’s licensing requirements for hair-braiders and rendered the lawsuit that advanced to the Supreme Court moot.
The lawsuit, filed four years ago by Missouri braiders, challenged the state’s requirement that an individual must complete cosmetology school and 1,500 hours of training to get a hair-braiding license.
The new state law, passed this year, eases those requirements considerably, requiring braiders to watch an instructional video and register with the state.
Tuesday’s judgement by the Supreme Court voided the opinion of the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, which had upheld the old braiding requirements. However, the high court did not write a separate opinion.