The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation Knows What Your…

Imagine you want to start your own business. Since you love to cook and make especially good and original cupcakes, you decide to start a cupcake business. Would you think it essential to learn how to grill a steak to perfection in order to operate your cupcake business?

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation thinks it is essential for an eyebrow threader to get a license in order to operate a business. Getting a license implies a 750-hour training course on conventional cosmetology that will teach the eyebrow threaders techniques they will not use, reports the Institute for Justice.

Ladies, are you having your eyebrows done professionally? Have you tried eyebrow threading?

Eyebrow threading is not exactly new but it has become very popular lately in western countries.

It is sometimes preferred by those who want to avoid tweezers or wax because the skin on one’s face is sensitive and red spots are not exactly sexy. Ironically, waxing is one of the techniques that is required learning by threaders to get the license. Why should you be forced to learn a technique for which you are offering an alternative that your clients favor?

It looks more like a barrier to entry for a competitor that offers a viable alternative. And indeed:

The Department issued $2,000 penalties to threaders across the state and ordered them to quit their jobs until they completed coursework in private beauty schools costing between $9,000 and $20,000.

Three threaders and two threading-business owners joined with the Institute for Justice and sued the Department in 2009, arguing that the Texas Constitution prohibits useless and expensive training requirements that do nothing to protect the public. Two lower courts ruled in favor of the Department.

New products and services often initially escape regulations if they are original and innovative enough compared to what already exists on the market, because bureaucrats have not yet set their eyes on them. But in the age we live in, any product, service or activity necessitates the “wisdom” of some government regulator, so that we can survive the potential dangers of an innovation. Apparently, the same consumers that are smart enough to earn a living in order to pay for new and innovative services, cannot be trusted in making the good decision on whether it is safe or not to try these services.

It is just one example, among many others, of the government choosing for us what is safe or not (remember fish pedicures?), telling us how to run a businesses and stopping honest people from earning a living.

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