UAO aims to serve as the African Community Resource Clearinghouse wherein constituents gather, access information, share experiences, exchange views, and coordinate organizational capacity development. UAO's hub of resources on this website is intended to assist community members in navigating services, programs and resources that are available to help them cope better in the United States.
In 2011, United African Organization and allies succeeded in passing a law (HB5783) that recognizes natural hair braiding as a profession in Illinois, separate from Cosmetology. Under this law, hair braiders are freed from the cost and time spent on training for chemically proceeded hair treatments. Hair braiders can now pursue their dreams as legitimate entrepreneurs, creating jobs and opportunity for low-income women.
Instructions and applications for a Hair Braiders License is available online, by click here.
For questions, further information or assistance with applications, contact the UAO on 312-949-9980.