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Women sue Iowa over licensing requirement for hair braiding

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Two Des Moines women have filed a lawsuit against the Iowa cosmetology board, seeking to start a hair braiding business without acquiring state licenses.
   The Des Moines Register reports that Aicheria Bell and Achan Agit filed the lawsuit against the Iowa Board of Cosmetology Arts and Sciences on Tuesday. Bell and Agit say they don't want to spend thousands of dollars on cosmetology school to attain licenses.
   State law requires a license for someone to legally conduct business braiding hair. Someone would have to complete 2,100 hours at a licensed cosmetology school to pass the state exam. The lawsuit says the schooling could cost as much as $22,000.
   A spokeswoman for the Iowa Department of Public Health, which oversees the cosmetology board, said officials hadn't seen the lawsuit yet.

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