In the state of Tennessee, braiding hair without first paying thousands of dollars and attending hundreds of hours of courses can and will get you hit with thousands of dollars in fines. If you do not pay these fines, rest assured that you can and will be thrown in jail. What's more, as the case below illustrates, even if you have a license, you are still not immune from the fines.
Fatou Diouf has been braiding hair for her entire life. She became so good at it that she jumped through all the legal hoops, sat through hundreds of hours of needless classes, and paid thousands of dollars so she could finally turn this passion into a career.
"I never did any other job but hair braiding my whole life," Diouf told the Institute for Justice. "I cannot recall a time when I did not know how."