The Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural hair or CROWN Act continues to win favor with state legislatures across the country and Massachusetts became the latest this week as Governor Charlie Baker signed H.4554 into law on Tuesday. The legislation, which has now been adopted in 18 states around the country, was first passed into law in California back in 2019. It prohibits any discrimination in workplaces, schools or throughout society on the basis of hair texture and protects natural hairstyles including afros, braids, twists, dreadlocks and the like. At the federal level, the CROWN Act was passed by the US House of Representatives in March of this year, but has yet to have been enacted in the Senate. President Biden has pledged to sign it should it make it to his desk.