Bill could cut regulations for barber shops

Bill could cut regulations for barber shops

TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) - A lot of area cosmetologists are upset about a bill that could cut regulations for barber shops.

House Bill 344 would remove barbers from being regulated by the state board even though some put chemicals in hair and give perms. That's not sitting well with local salons who have to be inspected by the board every so often to make sure it's safe for customers.

"I think it would be a mistake," Tera Lane, a Tuscaloosa salon owner said.

Tera Lane owns a busy salon in Tuscaloosa's Midtown Village. She feels the board inspections show you are qualified to do your job.

Lane tells us health and safety could be at risk if the bill passes.

"They come in and check our sanitation and I think that's going to be an issue with barbering is making sure their sanitation is where it needs to be to operate," Lane said.

We're told the state board calls the measure an unfair competition bill in a letter to salons.

"If it's passed and we're not educated as to why it's passing and the specifications of it, it could definitely be a slap in the face," Lane added.

Barbers at the Northport's Barber Shop don't do perms or add chemicals to hair so they don't feel they need to be regulated in that aspect. In the past, they told us a little regulation is fine, but they don't want to lose all their independence by being regulated too much.

State lawmakers could vote on the bill this week.

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