Hair Wrapping vs Hair Extensions

Hair Wrapping verses Hair Extensions have become a very popular subject amongst Hair Braiders lately. I gotten so many questions and comments on the subject, therefore, I decided to write about the differences between hair wrapping and hair extensions.

In the State of Florida, it is mandatory for Hair Braiders to take a 16 Hour Hair Braiding Course. This course is needed for Braiders who want to work in a salon or open their own business.

According to the Department of Business and Professional Regulations “Hair braiding” means the weaving or interweaving of natural human hair for compensation without cutting, coloring, permanent waving, relaxing, removing, or chemical treatment and does not include the use of hair extensions or wefts.”

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This is an example of “Hair Wrapping”

Hair Wrappers also need to be certified in the state of Florida by taking a 6 hour course. The definition of a Hair Wrapper according to The Department of Business and Professional regulations is:

“Hair wrapping” means the wrapping of manufactured materials around a strand or strands of human hair, for compensation, without cutting, coloring, permanent waving, relaxing, removing, weaving, chemically treating, braiding,
using hair extensions, or performing any other service defined as cosmetology.

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Many people have their own interpretation of the term ” hair wrapping”.   To clarify, I looked up the question and found the answer, “Can a Hair Braider or Hair Wrapper add extensions inth the hair?  The answer is NO.   Visit the Florida Department of Business & professional regulations website, click here to read the question and answer.  I also call the DPBR for verbal clarification, which I received.  To verify,  you can speak to a customer service representative from the DPBR at this 850-487-1395  from 8:30am to 5:00pm.  They will be happy to answer any questions you may have concerning Hair Braiding.

Please do not take the Hair Wrapping course thinking that you can use it together with your Braiding License to add hair extensions into your clients hair.  I am not saying this to scare you or make you uneasy.  I want you to be aware of the consequences.  If you are adding hair into your braided hairstyle and the State Board Inspector walks into your salon, sees you adding hair with a Braiders license, you can be fined! People take chances on a daily basis apply hair extensions, however, it is not approved by the Cosmetology Board, for Hair Braiders to add extension hair even with a Hair Wrappers license.

If you would like to pursue a career in Cosmetology, and receive a license, you will be allowed to add hair extensions into braided hair.  Here is the definition of Cosmetology:

“Cosmetology” means the mechanical or chemical treatment of the head, face, and scalp for aesthetic rather than medical purposes, including, but not limited to, hair shampooing, hair cutting, hair arranging, hair coloring, permanent waving, and hair relaxing for compensation. This term also includes performing hair removal, including wax treatments, manicures, pedicures, and skin care services.

 

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An example of “Hair Braided” with extensions.

If you have any comments about this article, or want to add any additional information, I would love to hear from you.

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