Kansas Wants This Experienced Eyebrow Entrepreneur To Get 1,000 More Hours of Training
Jigisha Modi and Jignesh Biscuitwala are a married couple who together run Miracle Eyebrows, an eyebrow threading business with locations in Olathe and Shawnee, Kansas. Struggling to find potential employees, they hoped to hire Jignesh’s mother, Jyotsna Biscuitwala, to come work for the family business. But Kansas’ occupational licensing regime has made doing so incredibly difficult.
Eyebrow threading is a simple hair removal technique that goes back thousands of years in parts of South Asia and the Middle East, where the skill is often passed down through families and friends. It uses a single loop of cotton thread to safely and gently remove unwanted hairs and, unlike waxing, doesn’t involve heat or significant pain.
Jyotsna is the one who taught the couple how to thread, and she has almost 30 years of threading experience. In 1992, she opened a threading business in India and “performed thousands of threadings,” according to a lawsuit filed in the District Court of Shawnee County, Kansas, by Modi and Jignesh and Jyotsna Biscuitwala.
After immigrating to the U.S. in 2004, Jyotsna tried to get the required license so she could continue to use her threading skills to make a living. But the licensing requirements were expensive, and there were no courses or exams offered in her native language.
Without a license, the couple cannot legally hire Jyotsna, despite her experience.
Kansas law dictates that a license is necessary to practice cosmetology, which includes “temporary hair removal from the face or any part of the body by use of the hands or mechanical or electrical appliances other than electric needles.” Getting this license requires at least 1,000 hours of pricey cosmetology school, hundreds of hours of apprenticeship, and t
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