(225 ILCS 410/3E-1)
(Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2026)
Hair braiding defined.
"Hair braiding" means a natural form of hair manipulation by braiding, cornrowing, extending, lacing, locking, sewing, twisting, weaving, or wrapping human hair, natural fibers, synthetic fibers, and hair extensions. Such practice can be performed by hand or by using simple braiding devices including clips, combs, hairpins, scissors, needles and thread. Hair braiding includes what is commonly known as "African-style hair braiding" or "natural hair care", but is not limited to any particular cultural, ethnic, racial, or religious form of hair style. Hair braiding includes the making of customized wigs from natural hair, natural fibers, synthetic fibers, and hair extensions. Hair braiding does not involve the use of penetrating chemical hair treatments, chemical hair coloring agents, chemical hair straightening agents, chemical hair joining agents, permanent wave styles, or chemical hair bleaching agents applied to growing human hair. Hair braiding does not include the cutting or growing of human hair, but may include the trimming of hair extensions or sewn weave-in extensions only as applicable to the braiding process.
(Source: P.A. 96-1246, eff. 1-1-11