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It's A Crime In Michigan To Cut Hair Without A License Even For Free

It is illegal in the state of Michigan to provide hair care, skin care, manicuring and electrology services to anyone who is not an “immediate family” member without first obtaining a state license - even if the service is provided for free.

That provision of state law was invoked by the State of Michigan in the criminal complaint filed June 9 against hair salon owner Sarah Huff. 

According to the state, “immediate family” means persons residing together who are related by birth, marriage, or adoption. The penalties range from having a license suspended to fines of up to $10,000.

Huff had cut hair on the grounds of the State Capitol during a May 20 protest of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's lockdown. She also re-opened her  salon in Holland in defiance of Whitmer's executive order.


Michigan Capitol Confidential is the news source produced by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. Michigan Capitol Confidential reports with a free-market news perspective.