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Dallas woman files lawsuit over hair braiding classes

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A Dallas woman passionate about African hair braiding has filed a lawsuit to allow her to teach a state-accredited hair braiding class at her studio.

Isis Brantley is best known for creating the hairstyles of Dallas-native and Grammy winner Erykah Badu. Brantley's attorneys announced Tuesday a federal lawsuit in her battle over hair braiding.

Current law, according to her attorneys, requires Brantley to make at least $25,000 worth of upgrades to her shop and complete hundreds of hours of barber training before she could consider teaching state-accredited hair braiding courses.

"Students come to Isis Brantley's shop and they pay her for a course. They take a 35 hour course she teaches and they walk out of here knowing how to braid. But what they can't do is braid for a living because Texas will not recognize Isis' course if she teaches it in her own shop," attorney Matt Miller said.

The attorneys said Brantley's students have to endure another course at a cosmetology school for their state license, even though that course cannot teacher them what Brantley does.

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