You now need a license to Braid hair in NJ – Jana’s is the best place to get it
Let me start by introducing ourselves, Jana’s is the first, and only, black-owned Cosmetology school in South Jersey. That statement stands up on its own but coupled with the best hands-on training, most affordable programs, and even an alumni network, Jana’s is a full head and shoulders above the rest, and what’s more, the head and shoulders have a perfect fade too.
If you weren’t aware, it was recently made law that if you wish to braid hair in New Jersey you need to be licensed. That means that completing a course at Jana’s in as little as 2 months, will set you up as the entrepreneur you’ve always strived to be, doing something that is true to you, those around you, and becoming the best of the best.
Not only do we not waste your time and money making you attend a program that touches minimal industry training, but our braiding program is a dedicated course to learning best practices in Natural Hair Care & Braiding. You’ll come out supported, an expert, and licensed, the rest? That’s up to you.
Braiding matters. The act or styling of braids is a centuries-old technique that hones from West Africa. The style is emblematic of culture and a protective style for naturally curly black hair, but it is also worn by women and men of various races and ethnicities. As Jana’s is the only black-owned Cosmetology school in South Jersey we pioneer ourselves towards owning ourselves and teaching every student that comes through our doors to own themselves too, that includes every part of our culture.
In September 2006, Taalib-Din Uqdah, the man whom at least one observer called “the Johnny Cochran of natural hair,” and the plaintiff in the 1993 braiding case Uqdah v. District of Columbia, went to Illinois to lead braiders’ efforts to eliminate braider licensing regulations.
Coining himself a “modem-day abolitionist” on a crusade against “the last legal bastion of chattel slavery in the United States”-the cosmetology industry. Uqdah claimed that the purpose of his endeavor was to “get the white man’s foot off the black woman’s neck.” His fighting spirit heartened braiders, dreadlock stylists, and state legislators, who began to support his efforts to reduce state regulations on braiders.
In July 2006, Essence Farmer celebrated the opening of her natural hair salon, Rare Essence Braiding Studio, in Glendale, Arizona. Just three years earlier, the Arizona Board of Cosmetology had barred Farmer from opening her salon until she completed 1600 hours of training-which would have cost approximately $10,000 but would have included no instruction on natural styling.
Most schools will do the same, they don’t understand what we are about and they don’t follow the mission we do. Thankfully, in December 2003, Farmer filed suit against the board. Before the case was resolved, the State amended its statute, thereby eliminating the application of cosmetology licensing to braiders, something we emanate with our course that only requires 40-50 hours.
Though it’s not time to be disheartened, in 2019 New Jersey signed a bill that banned hair discrimination, only the third state to do so, it’s only fitting that Jana’s trailblazes the way forward for all those who want to learn, and make a career, out of something that’s so true to our culture.
Brooke Fallon, assistant director of activism at the Institute for Justice celebrated New Jersey’s progress; “The new braiding license is a dramatic improvement over New Jersey’s incredibly burdensome requirement that forced braiders to waste their time and money to attend cosmetology schools, which most often don’t even teach African-style braiding.”
She’s right, for our students it’s the entrepreneur life for them, and it will be for you too. Judges, lawyers, businesswomen, and plain Janes get their hair braided, and so do guys! There’s no reason for braiders to have to go through the old process especially if they aren’t using any chemicals or dyes.
Before the signing of the new law, those who wanted to legally practice hair braiding were required to complete 1,200 hours of training at a cost estimated at $17,000 or more. Thankfully, times changed, and with it so did Jana’s.
We’re affordable, supportive, and we exude excellence in teaching something that is at the heart of our very culture.
March enrolment is only weeks away, don’t delay in changing your career options, sign up here!