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Shampoo techs file lawsuit against TN for shampoo license law

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

A lawsuit filed in Tennessee is battling new rules over who can wash your hair.

The lawsuit has lawyers calling out the state in defense of hair salons.

“It was really hurtful because it was something I loved to do,” former shampoo tech, and current Memphis police officer, Tammy Pritchard said.

Shampooing hair is now illegal without a license in Tennessee. Pritchard and lawyers with the Beacon Center filed a civil lawsuit against the state Monday.

The group claims a state law forbidding people to shampoo hair in salons without a license stops shampoo techs from pursuing their right to work.

Lawyer Braden Boucek said to get a license, you have to take classes.

“You have to get 300 hours in the theory and art of shampooing,” Boucek said.

However, Boucek said as of March, the state did not have a school where potential shampoo techs could attend.

“That means that Tennessee makes it legally, you have to get a license that is impossible to get.”

Boucek also said the punishment for going against the law is up to six months in prison and a $500 fine.

The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance did not have a comment on the lawsuit.

Pritchard said shampooing hair gave her some needed extra money.

“She probably would charge you $50. I would've got $20 out of that,” she said.

She said at a busy salon with 10-20 clients per day, that is some serious cash.

“When they took it away, I had to go and find another job,” Pritchard said.

She is hoping the new lawsuit will bring change.

“I hope and pray that we can go back to shampooing, but I can't with my hands tied.”

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