SB 2127: Allow eyebrow threaders to work without government interference

By Mississippi Center for Public Policy
January 23, 2020

Senate Bill 2127, sponsored by Sen. Angela Hill, will exempt eyebrow threaders from the state’s cosmetology licensure law. 

Eyebrow threading is a safe and simple technique that uses just a single strand of cotton thread to remove unwanted hair. It does not involve skin-to-skin contact between the threading artist and customer, does not reuse the same tools on different customers, and does not involve the use of sharp implements, harsh chemicals, or heat.

Currently, eyebrow threaders are required to take at least 600 hours of classes and pass two exams. Yet, not a single hour of classes covers eyebrow threading. Essentially, eyebrow threaders are required to spend thousands of dollars to learn nothing they want to learn and everything they don’t. 

The Mississippi Justice Institute, the legal arm of Mississippi Center for Public Policy has filed a lawsuit on behalf of Dip Bhattarai. Bhattarai grew up in Nepal, where threading is a way of life, and learned how to thread at a young age from her family. She came to Mississippi after receiving a scholarship to attend Mississippi University for Women, where she saw an opening in the market for eyebrow threading. 

She was pursuing her version of the American Dream, until the state shut her down. 

This bill would allow Bhattarai and others earn a living. 

MCPP has reviewed this legislation and finds that it is aligned with our principles and therefore should be supported. 

Read the bill here.

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