This question is harder than I thought, because I never actually thought about it. I’ve had my hair braided more times than I can count over the past 19 years, and as I trusted everyone who graced my scalp with their talented fingers, the thought of them actually being licensed for the right to braid was never discussed and never crossed my mind.
There have been women styling hair without a license for years! It’s nothing new and as many women read this nodding in agreement while reflecting on their childhood (or yesterday) when someone braided, pressed, permed, or colored their hair at home. Some would say it’s a rite of passage while others would say it's risky because the price might be right, but the repercussions could be irreversible.