Regulating Eyebrow Threading to be Presented Before Texas Supreme Court

A threading business owner in Irving hopes to keep it illegal for unlicensed professionals to thread eyebrows

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    Regulating eyebrow threading will become an issue presented before the Texas Supreme Court on Thursday. (Published Wednesday, Feb 26, 2014)

    Regulating eyebrow threading will become an issue presented before the Texas Supreme Court on Thursday.

    A small group of threaders and threading business owners filed a lawsuit after state inspectors began enforcing cosmetology regulations.

    Jenny Moman found Everest Salon in Valley Ranch after a negative experience at another threading business.

    "Cheaper rates, but very painful. You pretty much pay a little bit more for quality work and good experience," she said.

    Another customer, Surinder Crim, said her eyebrows are a part of her face she won’t take any risks on.

    "If they’re not careful I could see that it could break the skin and maybe cause some sort of infection," she said.

    Threading has been a routine for both ladies, something unlicensed professionals want to bank on.

    Krishna Lamichhane, owner of Everest Salon, said, "It is definitely affecting my business. If somebody is doing illegally somewhere with a cheaper cost, if the government not watching for them, regulating them, then people now with this kind of economy where it’s cheaper they want to go there."

    The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation's spokeswoman, Susan Stanford, said getting caught while operating without a proper license could get expensive. The first violation penalty fee is $300. By the third violation, the penalty fee rises to $1,000-$1,300 plus possibility of up to a six month full suspension.

    Lamichhane said that is why he's not taking any chances, hiring only licensed and seasoned professionals.

    The salon has grown despite the illegal competition and now have three locations across the Metroplex.

    Lamichhane hoped the Texas Supreme Court will act on their favor on Thursday. The group filing the lawsuit lost before two lower courts.