Cosmetology students rally at the Capitol - WLBT.com - Jackson, MS

Cosmetology students rally at the Capitol

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Hundreds of cosmetology students from all over the state rallied at the Capitol Tuesday.

Their message to the legislature was to make sure that the proper licensing would still be required from the Mississippi State Cosmetology Board in order to work as a professional.

"The legislature has the power to dissolve our agency and our laws as we know them," said Karoline Finch, co-owner and instructor of the Mississippi Institute of Aesthetics, Nails, and Cosmetology.

Student Cameron Brown from the Mississippi Institute of Aesthetics, Nails, and Cosmetology said getting the proper education is what she's most concerned about.

"When they're going to a salon and putting something as important as their hair into somebody's hand that they've got an education," Brown said.

Meanwhile, this protest came with opposition from House of Representatives member Steve Holland. The students and professionals heard that Holland was against the State Cosmetology Board requiring a license to enter the profession.

Holland responded and said this wasn't the case. "I've been here for 27 years and quite frankly you probably have more urban myths surrounding the cosmetologists than any other group that we license here."

Holland's subcommittee did pass to allow the State Board of Cosmetology to continue requiring that all students obtain a license.

Meanwhile, the final decision still needs to be made in the full House of Representatives and the Senate. However, the State Board says they don't see this as an issue as of now.

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