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The hidden costs of hair braiding

This week we revisit 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 some insight into the tension. Next, Jessica Poitras, legislative counsel for the Institute of Justice, joins the show to talk about the legal hurdles many hair braiders face when starting their businesses. And later, Brittany is joined by stylist Tyré Rimple to discuss the hidden costs behind braiding. This segment first aired last summer.

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