2021 - 2022 LEGISLATURE
March 1, 2021 - Introduced by Representatives Stubbs, Sortwell, Cabrera,
Neubauer, Considine, Hong, Conley, Baldeh, Tranel, Ortiz-Velez, Subeck,
Billings, Tusler and Hesselbein, cosponsored by Senators Johnson,
Felzkowski, Roys and Carpenter. Referred to Committee on Regulatory
Licensing Reform.
AB121,1,2 1An Act to amend 454.20 (2); and to create 454.20 (11m) and 454.20 (12m) of the
2statutes; relating to: practicing hair braiding without a license.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill specifies that a person does not need to obtain a barbering or
cosmetology license in order to perform natural hair braiding, which is defined in the
bill as twisting, wrapping, weaving, extending, locking, crocheting, or braiding hair
by hand or with a mechanical device.
For further information see the state fiscal estimate, which will be printed as
an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
AB121,1 3Section 1. 454.20 (2) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB121,2,34 454.20 (2) “Barbering" means, for compensation, arranging, styling, dressing,
5shampooing, cleansing, curling, dyeing, tinting, coloring, bleaching, waxing, waving,
6straightening, cutting, shaving, trimming, relaxing, singeing, or performing similar
7work upon the hair of the head, neck, or face of any person by any means. “Barbering"

1does not include the removal of a person's hair at the root , natural hair braiding, or
2the application of temporary or permanent eyelash extensions to the eyelashes of a
AB121,2 4Section 2. 454.20 (11m) of the statutes is created to read:
AB121,2,65 454.20 (11m) “Mechanical device” means a clip, comb, crochet hook, curler,
6curling iron, hairpin, roller, scissors, needle, thread, or hair binder.
AB121,3 7Section 3. 454.20 (12m) of the statutes is created to read:
AB121,2,108 454.20 (12m) (a) “Natural hair braiding” means twisting, wrapping, weaving,
9extending, locking, crocheting, or braiding hair by hand or with a mechanical device.
10“Natural hair braiding” includes all of the following:
AB121,2,1211 1. Using natural or synthetic hair extensions, natural or synthetic hair or
12fibers, decorative beads, and other hair accessories.
AB121,2,1413 2. Trimming of natural hair or hair extensions incidental to twisting, wrapping,
14weaving, extending, locking, crocheting, or braiding hair.
AB121,2,1615 3. Making wigs from natural hair, natural fibers, synthetic fibers, or hair
AB121,2,1817 4. Using topical agents such as conditioners, gels, moisturizers, oils, pomades,
18and shampoos in conjunction with an activity described in this paragraph.
AB121,2,1919 (b) “Natural hair braiding” does not include any of the following:
AB121,2,2120 1. The application of dyes, reactive chemicals, or other preparations to alter the
21color of the hair or to straighten, curl, or alter the structure of the hair.
AB121,2,2322 2. Using chemical hair joining agents such as synthetic tape, keratin bonds, or
23fusion bonds.
AB121,2,2424 (End)