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The Advocate, Baton Rouge, La.

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) In Louisiana, eyebrow threading practitioners needed an esthetician’s license, requiring 750 hours of beauty school courses and three licensing exams. Recently, however, the state board has agreed to ease those restrictions.

The Advocate, Baton Rouge, La.

There’s been a win for the little guy, courtesy of the Institute for Justice, the libertarian nonprofit that has targeted some of the onerous regulations on small business in Louisiana.

The winners: eyebrow threaders.

It’s a hair-removal technique that until recently required hundreds of hours of expensive training to get a license to work in Louisiana.

As one might imagine, in Huey P. Long’s Louisiana, there is a culture of regulation that is justified as protecting public safety.

That tendency of government also protects the fees that fuel regulating agencies, and the licenses that restrict competition.

The institute has challenged restrictive laws in a variety of fields, sometimes successfully and sometimes not.

The Legislature and the courts blocked, for example, the alliance of GOP lawmakers and Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat, to ease restrictions on florists.

As the governor wisely said, the market can determine whether anybody’s good at arranging flowers — but that cause did not prevail.

But the institute challenged the eyebrow threading restrictions in court two years ago.

A spokesman said in an emailed statement Thursday that the group is preparing to dismiss the lawsuit against the state Board of Cosmetology, originally filed on behalf of a suburban New Orleans threading salon. The board has agreed to ease its restrictions.

Threading — a technique popular in Asia and the Middle East — plucks hair by pulling twisted thread along the skin, rather than tweezing hairs out one at a time.

In Louisiana, eyebrow threading practitioners needed an esthetician’s license, requiring 750 hours of beauty school courses and three licensing exams. Does that sound reasonable at all?

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