How To Apply for A Florida Braiding License

Here’s  how to apply for your Braiding License in Florida. First complete your Hair Braiding 16 Hour Course, you will then be eligible to apply to The Department of Business & Professional Regulations Florida State for your Braiding Registration. Simply print application, fill out and complete all sections of the application.

Pay $25 fee (make check payable to Department of Business and Professional Regulation).

Submit certificate of completion of the minimum two-day, 16-hour course (a copy). You should receive your Registration (license)  within 3 to 4 weeks from The Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Board of Cosmetology,


Application for Hair Braiding.  Form # DBPR COSMO 5

Click here for printable application

How much can you make Braiding Hair?

How much is a client worth to you? Did you know that there are formulas out their to figure out their worth? Every time a client sits in your chair, she is adding money to your income.  You should know how much she/he is worth to you.  I’m sure that you already know that good customer service and excellent communication services along with quality work is the equation for a lasting customer.

Customers go to people they like and trust.  Early in my hairdressing days back in the early 90’s, after receiving my cosmetology license in New York City, from Wilfred Academy I felt that I needed additional training.  I headed out to Dudley University which was located in Greensboro, North Carolina for advanced training.


As a Hairstylist licensed and working for 3 years,  I felt lost and a little stupid when Mr. Dudley came to our class one day and asked  “Do you know how much a client is worth?”  We didn’t know!   All I knew was that they called me, I made an appointment, they came in, we talk about whatever was on TV or what was going on in the  neighborhood, kids etc., their hair got done and that was it!  See ya next time.

Mr. Joe Dudley, Sr  said “No”.  That’s not it!  You have to know your client.  Develop a personal relationship with them (keep it professional) . Know their names.  Know their children’s’ names.  Know their anniversary, their birthdays.   If they get sick, send them a get well card.  If its their birthday, send them a birthday card (with a discount for hair services in it)! And always carry hair products with you.  You are the professional.  Sell products to your clients, retail!

It has been 25 years since that conversation.  I have never forgotten it.  The principles are the same.  Care for your clients and about your clients.  Depending on the services that you provide,  and how often they come in you can figure out their worth.  For example  If you charge  $100.00 for a braid service and the clients comes to you every  2 months to get their hair done, for one entire year that equals to $600.00 .  That is not including products you sell to them to upkeep their hair.  Never send any of your clients to Sally’s, the beauty supply down the street or online to buy products!  Have your own recommended products on hand in your salon or at your station to retail.   Add on services should be at least $20.00 at every salon visit.

So, to sum it all up, using the above example:  Your client is worth $720.00 per year. ($600.00 for services and $120.00 in products, equals $720.00).  If you have 50 clients, your salary for the year will be $36,000.  

Hair Braiding can be a lucrative business if taken seriously.  Know your clients, care about them and they will continue to come to you and tell others about you for years to come.

How To Make Money Braiding Hair – 3 steps

You can make money braiding hair if you follow the steps listed below. “I have my Hair Braiding license, now what do I do? I know that I have to start small and grow. I’m willing to learn.  I’m willing to work hard.  I know I can own my own business one day.  I know I can be my own boss one day, but I just don’t know where to start!


Always remember that everyone has to start somewhere. All braiders have to grow their clientele. It’s not magic and doesn’t happen over night. But, if you have the drive and passion for this industry, the sky is the limit!


 Marketing Plan

You have to have a marketing plan. Now that you have set up your social media pages, received your business cards, told your friend and family that you are a professional braider, what do you do next to get business?  Will the clients come to the salon every 4 to 6 weeks to get their hair braided?  Will they buy hair products from you? Will you make enough money to pay your overhead?  Most people starting out, do not have money to spend on advertising.  So what do you do?

  • Take your business cards with you wherever you go.  Introduce yourself and hand them out to people on a regular basis.
  • Offer a discount on the back of the card! 10% off on their next hairstyle.  A free hair scarf to wrap their hair at night or maybe a sample of the shea-butter mixture you made.  Chances are if people are getting a free item or a discount, they are more likely to come to you for their braiding service than someone who offered nothing free.  Sometimes just handing over a card could prompt an on the spot consultation, which may lead this new client to your chair.”  Within a year you could be fully booked!
  • Post on social media.  Show off pictures of your work on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr and any other social media platform. Social media is the best way right now to reach potential clients.  All you need to do is take quality photos.  This can be done with your cellphone.


Is this the plan to success?  Yes, it really is. But, I have to tell you that in order for you to succeed, you must exude positivity and truly cares about your profession. When you radiate positivity the clients will be drawn to you. If you make your clients a number one priority and treat them well, they will remain loyal.   Be dedicated to your profession and keep learning new styles and techniques to always getting better.  Most of all ” treat everyone you meet like they are a potential client!”

If you are reading this post and you haven’t taken the Hair Braiding 16 Hour Course, for licensure in the state of Florida, please click here.