Melony Armstrong

Melony Armstrong was working for other people when she decided she wanted to learn a skill that would enable her to open her own business.  She loved the idea of natural hair care and took a short course in African-style braiding.  She was hooked.  She taught herself and practiced on people for free.  As she gained skills, she began braiding out of her home.  But she wanted a legal business, one that she could grow and develop.  Melony now operates Naturally Speaking, a natural haircare establishment in Tupelo.

  • August 5, 2004    |   Economic Liberty

    Mississippi Hair Braiding

    Challenging Barriers To Economic Opportunity: Untangling African Hair Braiders from Mississippi's Cosmetology Regime

    The Institute for Justice helped secure a major victory for economic liberty in April 2005 when the governor of Mississippi signed legislation freeing the state’s African hair braiders from the irrelevant and unnecessary licensing requirements of the State Board of Cosmetology. Previously, braiders across the state were prevented from earning an honest living practicing or…

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