The hidden costs of hair braiding : It's Been a Minute This week, we're revisiting an exploration of hair braiding gone wrong. Online, women looking to get box braids have gone viral with their complaints about confusing pricing structures, minimal care, and poor customer service. Brittany Luse chats with public historian and YouTuber Jouelzy to get an overview of the tension. Then, Jessica Poitras, legislative counsel for the Institute of Justice, joins the show to talk about the legal roadblocks many hair braiders face in setting up their businesses. And later, Brittany is joined by stylist Tyré Rimple to discuss the hidden costs behind braiding. This segment first aired last summer.

Want to be featured on the show? Record a question for 'Hey Brittany' and send it to ibam@npr.org.

The hidden costs of hair braiding

The hidden costs of hair braiding

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A woman sits while her hair is braided; Zendaya with a braided hairstyle
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This week, we're revisiting an exploration of hair braiding gone wrong. Online, women looking to get box braids have gone viral with their complaints about confusing pricing structures, minimal care, and poor customer service. Brittany Luse chats with public historian and YouTuber Jouelzy to get an overview of the tension. Then, Jessica Poitras, legislative counsel for the Institute of Justice, joins the show to talk about the legal roadblocks many hair braiders face in setting up their businesses. And later, Brittany is joined by stylist Tyré Rimple to discuss the hidden costs behind braiding. This segment first aired last summer.

Want to be featured on the show? Record a question for 'Hey Brittany' and send it to ibam@npr.org.

This episode was produced by Alexis Williams and Corey Antonio Rose. It was edited by Jessica Placzek. We had engineering from Patrick Murray and Neil Tevault. We had fact-checking help from Greta Pittenger and Barclay Walsh. Our executive producer is Veralyn Williams. Our VP of programming is Yolanda Sangweni.