Cheryll Hosey and Michael Martin

Cheryll Hosey and Michael Martin own and operate IMB (It’s My Business) Hair Braiding Gallery in Youngstown, Ohio. Cheryll learned to braid as a child and has braided for over 18 years. Michael performs consultations and does dreadlocking.

Cheryll and Michael have a long history of community involvement. They bring that commitment to IMB as well. IMB serves a nearby nursing home, Gateway for Better Living, providing natural hair care for African-American residents, whose hair had been damaged by chemical processing. Cheryll also volunteers through her county’s Human Services agency to braid children’s hair.

  • October 1, 1997    |   Economic Liberty

    Ohio Hair Braiding

    Challenging Barriers To Economic Opportunity: Hosey v. Ohio State Board of Cosmetology

    Under Ohio law, it was illegal to braid hair without a cosmetology license.  Obtaining the license required 1,500 hours of cosmetology school.  (Compare that to the 20 hours of training required to serve as a security guard with a firearm or the 130 hours of training to become an emergency medical technician, or even the…

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