Isis Brantley fought a fight that few in Dallas even know existed. A leader in the underground hair-braiding movement, Brantely was arrested in '95 for practicing her craft without a cosmetology license. Known throughout the international hair community as Naturally Isis, she refused to accept the charge, arguing that cosmetology courses required 1,500 hours of training for an unrelated field. Natural hair is a method that embraces the existing texture of hair and works with it, rather than altering it through heat treatment or other services that might make the scalp and locs vulnerable to damage. It's also a movement about reclamation, teaching good nutrition and pride in heritage.
It took nine years until Naturally Isis' case was overturned. She used the time to define and change the course curriculum for future stylists within her field. Now, rather than 1,500 hours of coursework, only 35 are required and they focus directly on braiding and other fundamentals of natural hair. Isis was even grandfathered in as a licensed educator.
On September 1, she's organizing the World Natural Hair Parade, and she's wrangled in celebrity client Erykah Badu to be Grand Marshal.Read more at dallasobserver.com
Do you think natural hair stylists should be required to take as many hours (hundreds) of coursework as other cosmetologists?
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