Is it "illegal" to style hair for free as a hobby?

I was mentioning to a friend on FaceBook that I have a friend who does my hair. She’s extremely good and she doesn’t have her hair license and she’s never been to school for it. She’s just naturally talented. She’s cut my hair, styled it for dances, and colored it with normal box hair dye from Walmart. My friend’s aunt read these comments and said that my friend (who does my hair) can’t do my hair because it’s illegal since she doesn’t have a license to do it. She said that if she ever tries to get her license she’ll have to pay a fine and will be banned from getting it if they find out that she does other people’s hair without a license. I thought it was the biggest load of crap I’ve ever heard. I understand that people spend their time and money to get their hair license to work in salons, etc. But my friend does it as a HOBBY. She does it for her close family and friends and she doesn’t charge anyone for it. She does it for free. She’s a teacher, in her late twenties, and for right now doesn’t want to get her hair license. She said in the future she would like to and open up her own salon, but for now, she is ok with teaching and doing hair on the side as a hobby.

My question is: is this illegal? Because if so, then every friend who has ever done my hair is going to jail. Lol. I mean, seriously? She’s not getting paid for it, she asks for nothing in return, she does this as a hobby. Maybe the other girl online doesn’t understand what I’m saying. This is what she just said, "The ‘hair police’ look for people practicing without a license in salons and online. You don’t need to say this persons name for them to get caught. All it takes is just a mention of someone you know practicing without a license and they will find them. It is protection for those of us who go to school and pay 20 grand to get licensed. By the way, she may have a gift but that doesn’t mean she understands what can go wrong with the products she is using. With any luck it’ll be you that she causes to go bald. Trying to save money? Id rather save my hair". (She mentioned the hair police because I made a joke about the hair police coming to take my friend to jail.)

Am I really ignorant or is this chick wrong? She’s obviously a hair stylist herself and went to school for it and I understand that. But I don’t think my friend did anything wrong.
Thank you guys! I thought she had no clue what she was saying. I would have apologized if I was wrong. But I was pretty sure she was mistaken. =D

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11 Responses to Is it "illegal" to style hair for free as a hobby?

  1. audrey b says:

    Tell your friends aunt to get a hobby! There is no payment involved and what people do in their privacy of their own homes is their business. You are all adults what would be illegal would be if your friend was receiving monetary payment and benefiting from these proceeds now that is another Kettle of fish!

  2. Dani3L O says:

    i dont think so

  3. Jonathan says:

    It’s not illegal, you can do whatever the f*** you want!

  4. Nadia says:

    Tell the chick to kiss your ass. You aren’t bribing anyone into ddoing something they wouldn’t want to do in their right state of mind. She’s wrong.

  5. fireteamfredfred says:

    As long as you aren’t charging people or doing it professionally. No… It’s completely legal…

    I mean, what would happen if you cut your own hair? Sue yourself cuz u did a crappy job without a degree? lol

    I’ve got barbers in my family and what not, and I’ve had them do my hair, along with family friends who I’ve paid… As long as they aren’t running any unsigned business then it’s completely legal.

  6. Elizabeth says:

    That’s the dumbest shit I’ve ever heard. I’m sure she can’t open up her own salon without a license but she can style anyone’s hair she wants to as long as she has their permission!

  7. Cinnie-Bear says:

    oh my gosh! Why would it be illegal? She’s like your mom, doing your hair. My sister dyed mine, and she’s not gonna get in trouble!

    But she might want to get paid in the future, her talent shouldn’t go to waste. Hope this helps. 🙂

  8. Shade Nine says:

    She’s not getting paid for it, so I don’t see any problem. My friend rebecca has dyed like 6 people’s hair and there’s nothing wrong with it.

  9. Bébé. says:

    No, it’s not illegal at all. It would be illegal, however, if she were to CLAIM to be a PROFESSIONAL hairstylist while working in a SALON for MONEY. Your friend’s aunt doesn’t know what she’s talking about.

  10. sandy says:

    It’s not illegal but if she causes problem with one of her patients hair she can be sued for practicing without a license.

  11. Eugenia Gavrilova says:

    Not illegal, as long as she is not forcing you to pay. Now if she was doing something licensed like a Brazilian Blowout she would probably need a license.

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