Hairdressers who have had their licenses revoked by state for not being ‘clean’
HARD-HANDED, HARD WORKING, AND HARD CULTURE: Some of the most recognizable names in the hairdresser’s world have had the rights to continue to operate in Arizona revoked by the state of Arizona in recent years.
It’s been nearly two years since the state’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs revoked two licenses, including those of a pair of the state agency’s own agents.
“The department believes that the conduct and policies of the agency were inconsistent with its own regulations,” it said in a March letter to H&M and American Apparel, saying they violated state and federal laws.
They also cited a series of violations including a lack of “compliance with state and local regulations.”
The department has said the license suspension has affected approximately 20,000 people.
H&M & American Appels, LLC, in Tucson, Arizona, said the revocation was related to its use of a “shady” contract to import, sell, and market a range of products including lingerie, women’s clothing, accessories, and hair care products.
It said it has taken steps to address the situation, including hiring an outside attorney and changing its policies.
American Appel is one of a number of businesses in Arizona that have lost their licenses for failing to adhere to state regulations, including in recent months, the owner of a nail salon in Tempe said.
“It’s a slap in the face to the women who have been paying their taxes, working hard, making a decent living,” he said.
The owners of another salon in Mesa said they are not aware of any other businesses that have had license suspensions for failing their own licensing.
The owners of the Phoenix salon said they have heard from many customers who are concerned about the issue, and they want to help those people.
But they are also concerned about losing their licenses because of the way in which the state handles its licensing issues.
“They’re trying to make it appear like it’s just a local issue and they’re not the ones that are responsible,” said the owner, who asked not to be named for fear of repercussions from the state.
In February, the Phoenix attorney general said he had opened a criminal investigation into H&American Appels and American Automobile Group for violating state law by importing a range and types of clothing from China, but the investigation was closed in February.
The investigation was reopened last week after the state said it found new information that indicated the company could have violated state laws.
State law says a license cannot be revoked for any violation, but state and municipal licensing agencies in Arizona are not required to issue licenses for non-compliance with the state laws or regulations.
The state Department of Consumer Protection also said the company may have violated the state law, which states that a licensee must follow all laws, regulations, and directives pertaining to the business, including the rules of the local jurisdiction.
American Apparel also told The Associated Press it has worked with the company to resolve the issue.
“We are working with our state licensing agency to ensure that all relevant information is being made available to our customers and that the company is abiding by all state regulations and laws,” said a company spokesperson.
“As this situation evolves, we will provide any information to the department as needed.”
H&am has been in the United States for almost 80 years and has been a leader in the beauty and lifestyle industries for more than 60 years.
The company has an annual revenue of more than $9 billion, and it employs more than 400,000 in its operations in the U.S. and abroad.
Associated Press writer Matt O’Malley contributed to this report.