Shampoo police show ugly side of beauty industry

Hair braider Dara Collier knows her craft. She started practicing twists and weaves as a child, until she mastered each look.

Customers near Atlanta appreciate her advanced skills, but Georgia regulators will not let her do something more basic: shampooing.

Washing clients’ hair outside a state-approved salon without cosmetology credentials is illegal in Georgia. As a self-employed braider, Collier does not need an occupational license to run her business in Georgia.

But that also means she cannot legally cleanse hair — something she would like to do as an extra precaution during COVID-19.

Regulators do not care that shampoo is safe, sold over-the-counter and routinely used at home by children. “It does not make a lot of sense,” Collier says.

Other states impose even stricter licensing rules, treating shampoo like a controlled substance.

A 2017 Institute for Justice analysis showed that 37 jurisdictions specifically mandated licensure for shampoo assistants

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The Best Ugly Functional Fashion Shoes Fall/Winter 2020

The category “ugly shoes” has become a bigger entity than ever before since the launch of Balenciaga’s Triple S in 2017. But many of the “ugly shoes” of the world predate the Triple S by years, and were reserved for outdoorsy, green-fingered rambling people who’d pair said shoes with technical jackets and zip-off pants, utterly unironically. 

How times have changed. Because today, the world can’t get enough of questionably-designed footwear. As Esquire claims, “We’re in the midst of the Crocs renaissance,” a shoe that was never cool or fashionable. Since 2019 Crocs have become all the rave, delivering collaborations with Bad Bunny, BEAMS, and more.

Since the global coronavirus pandemic has consumed our day-to-day life, “ugly shoes” that are functional, comfortable, and dare we say, fashionable, have taken over. Did you want a pair of Birkenstocks all of a sudden? There are more of these functional, fashionable, comfortable, practical, affordable

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