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,

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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.

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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.

Free Braiders License for Military Personnel

Hair Braider license for military personal/veterans who have completed the 16 hour hair Braiding course.  One of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation primary focus is helping people get to work. This includes military on active duty who hold professional licenses, military spouses and veterans of our armed services. DBPR has several programs in place to assist these individuals with the licensing process on line.  Whether a spouse needs help applying for a state license after being transferred to a Florida duty station, an active duty member wants to keep his or her license current during a deployment, or a veteran is trying to obtain a license with experience earned during his or her service to our country.  Read more

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Military Personnel, Veterans & Military Spouses Licensing Fee Waiver Program

Under House Bill 615, which went into effect July 1, 2017, the Department now has the ability to waive the initial licensing fee for any individual that is currently serving, or has formerly served, as an active duty member of the Armed Forces of the United States, or a spouse or surviving spouse of such member that was married to the member during a period of active duty who applies to the Department for a state professional license.  Read more…….

Getting your Certificate

If you would like to receive your Hair Braiding 16 hour course Certificate, please click here . If you have any questions about the course, please send us a message.  Any questions about the state waiving the initial licensing fee, please contact them at:

Customer Contact Center

2601 Blair Stone Road

Tallahassee, FL 32399

Phone: (850) 487-1395

Submit Request: Customer Contact Assistance

If you want to learn more, please visit Hair Braiding 16 Hour Course to take the 16 hour course to receive you Braiding License in the state of Florida.

4 Ways To Maintain Your Braids

Many clients who have Braids and twist are wondering how they can maintain their braids and twists.  Even though braids and twists are considered to be a protective style, your natural hair should remain strong and healthy throughout the process.  As a Cosmetologist, I have always promoted the need to have healthy hair.
As you may know there are things that you can and should do to take care of your hair, especially when you’ve chosen to wear braids or twists. The following tips will ensure that your braids look good, last long, and your natural hair continues to thrive.

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  • Moisturize Your Scalp:  Hair needs moisturize to stay healthy.  Think of your hair as a plant. Without hydrated soil, the plant can not thrive and the same goes for your scalp and hair. So make sure that you moisturize your scalp at least once a day with a little water.
  • Protect Your Hair When Going To Bed: Covering your hair  with a satin scarf, bonnet, or even sleeping on a satin pillowcase helps keep your edges in tact and your hair from drying out. Cotton soaks up moisture, therefore a cotton pillow case extracts the moisture from your hair and scalp.
  • Wash Your Braids: Some may think that you aren’t able to wash your own hair when you have it styled with braids. This is false. There is buildup that can form on your scalp from everyday dirt, sweat, etc. that has to be cleansed.  Shampooing your braids aren’t that difficult.  It can be done in the shower by using cleansing products.  I highly recommend Dr. Bronner’s pure-castile liquid peppermint soap.  It will throughly cleanse your scalp while leaving you with a fresh minty feeling every time the wind blows!
  • Moisturize & Seal Your Hair: Moisturizing your hair is another key to maintaining the integrity of your hair, with or without braids. We recommend starting out with a moisturizer of your choice, whether it be homemade, store bought, or just regular water. Then be sure to seal that hydration in will some type of oil or or sealing product. This will ensure that your hair remains soft and supple instead of dry and brittle.
  • Don’t Leave Your Braids In Too Long: Braids and twists are considered to be a type of protective style, but if left in too long, they can become quite damaging. These styles are meant to be temporary.  I recommend the you keep the style for up to four to eight weeks, depending on the style.

For more tips on maintaining your braids and twist follow us on Facebook, Pinterest & Instagram.  If you are interested in getting your braiding license, please click here.

5 Best French Braid Tutorials For All Textures of Hair

Everyone knows long hair requires dedication, patience, and lots of care! In this blog post we share 5 best braid style tutorials on how to braid long hair.  The best and easiest hairstyles for long hair with braids.  If you are in need of some inspiration for long locks, scroll down this page.  As they say “practice makes perfect”!  Try these styles on a weekly basic and in no time you will become a pro braider! Who knows, you may want to make braiding your profession.
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Step by step tutorial for french braid on long hair tied into a bun. Source – K foods.
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How to do the Halo Braid. Split hair into two sections starting from the middle of the head to the nape area. Braid the two sections, then wrap hair around the head and secure with bobby-pins. Now you are ready to show off your Halo Braid! Source – Intimate Weddings
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Fish Tail Braid styled to the right side, resting on the models shoulders. Perfect to wear with a dress or shirt that exposes your back.

If you would like to become a professional hair braider please visit Hair Braiding 16 Hour Course –  learn how you can get Licensed.

6 of The Best Blue Braid Styles of 2018

Blue Braid PROTECTIVE Hairstyles are very popular.  They can be worn on different occasions. Take a look at 6 of the best braid styles of 2018.

1.  SEXY BLUE AND BLACK BOX BRAIDS

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If you are planning on wearing a protective hair style this summer, please make sure that pressure isn’t placed  on your natural hair strands. Make sure braids for example are not tight, and your hair is not pulling.  Also remember, when wearing these styles, keep hair moisturize to prevent dryness resulting in damage hair. I usually use a mixture of coconut oil and water.  Take a look at the other protective styles below.  I’m sure there is one that suits your fancy.

2.  WAIST LENGTH TWIST STYLE

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3.  JUMBO BOX BRAIDS

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4.  HALF UP INTO A MOHAWK WITH CORNROWS ON THE SIDE

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5.  BLUE BRAID UP-DO

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6.  TWO STRAND TWIST CROCHET

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If you would like to learn more about hair or braiding, please click here to be redirected to Hair Braiding 16 Hour Course.  The place where you will find information about how to promote your braiding business and also get your course for Florida State Licensure.

What is the difference between Hair Wrapping & Hair Braiding

What is the difference between Hair Wrapping & Hair Braiding? I have gotten so many questions and comments on the subject, therefore, I decided to write about the differences between hair wrapping & hair braiding.

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.”

“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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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.

Hair Wrappers also need to be certified in the state of Florida by taking a 6 hour course. This course is need if you would like to work in a theme park, speciality store, salon adding yarn to an individuals hair.

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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.

Many people have their own interpretation of the term ” hair wrapping”.   Question: “Can a Hair Braider or Hair Wrapper add extensions to the hair?  The answer is NO.   Visit the Florida Department of Business & professional regulations website, click here to read the question and answer.  You can also call the DPBR for verbal clarification.  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 or Hair Wrapping.

“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.

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. 

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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.

Make money Braiding Mens Hair in a Barbershop

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The Man Braid-Bun Process after Fade was done by the Barber.

You should be Braiding mens hair in a Barbershop because it is  a very lucrative business. Man braids, edged up with clean lines from the Andis clipper have now become one of the most popular hair fashion for men of every race and culture.  It’s the hottest trend for men right now!  Gone are the days of the simple brushed back and slick hair drawn into a  ponytail.   Men are now stepping boldly into a Braiders chair to get their tresses maintained.

Just imagine what it would be like to be the only female in a barbershop braiding hair.  Yes, the only one.  Each time a client walks through the door with at least 1 inch of hair on their head, you have a new potential client.  Men love one stop shopping.  What could be better than jumping out of the barber’s chair after getting a cut and edge right  into your chair?  I can guarantee you that once the word gets out that you are Braiding hair in the Barbershop, your appointment scheduler on your iPad will be filled on a daily basis.  Your income will increase drastically!

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Men are very particular about their hair.  They tend to stick with a Barber that is familiar with their hair.  For that reason, they choose to go to the same Barber on a weekly or bi-weekly basis.  This is an excellent opportunity for you to team up with the Barber and offer a slight discount if the client pre-books with you for their next appointment. Let them know that if they pre-book, they will not only be saving money, they won’t have to wait to get into your chair.  The transition from Barber to Braider will be smooth and the client will be happy.

 

A lot of hipster men have taken to Instagram to show off their braided looks.  These gentlemen are no longer just wearing men buns, They have decided not to trim their hair and opted for creative braids.

Here are some of the hottest MAN BRAIDS TRENDING for the year of 2018:

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Hair extensions on men are becoming more popular, from dread extensions to adding braiding hair for length or even adding tracks to their hair for a fuller afro or man bun.

Why Do Men Wear Hair Extensions?

Why do men wear hair extensions?   Different people wear hair extensions for different reasons some are looking to cover hair loss, others to try a funky hair color or style, while some may simply be seeking to cover up a bad new haircut. There are plenty of reasons guys are testing the waters with hair extensions.


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Beautiful Braids, faded & Edged

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Platinum Hair is achieved by using the L’Oreal Feria Absolute Platinum Hair Color.

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Don’t miss out on all the opportunities available while working at a Barbershop  There are lots of add on services that you can offer. I will give you a guide on how to set up your business to work in a Barbershop in my upcoming post.  Stay tuned.  If you haven’t already gotten your braiding license to work in the state of Florida, here’s where you can get it, click here.  Happy Braiding!!

10 Benefits of Being a Hair Braider

There are many benefits of being a Braider.  Once you know how to braid you should invest in yourself to increase your skill level. By doing so, it will be easier to build  your clientele.  The doors will open.  You will begin to experience the benefits of being a braider:

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  1. Braiding is a creative art, it allows you to bring out your creativity for the world to see.
  2. You can become self-employed.  As a self-employed individual, you can choose your days to work, hours, terms and conditions and also set your price as you see fit.
  3. Braiding does not require expensive tools to get started, unlike other professions.  All you basically need is  your comb, a few hair ties, clips, pomade or oil for the scalp along with a creative mind and whoola!  You are open for business!
  4. You can go  anywhere in the world and use your braiding skills.  Braiding is loved and practiced world-wide.
  5. The language of braiding is universal. Your clients do not need to speak your language.  All they need is a photo from their smart phone or a magazine to communicate their chosen style to you.
  6. Braiding is a skill that can be passed on from generation to generation. Teach your Son or Daughter the skill, make it a family business.
  7. You can build a huge clientele if you like travelling.  Become a travelling Braider.  This option works well for Military Moms, Digital Nomads, or Braiders who don’t want to be confined to a permanent location.
  8. You will never be told “You are fired”.  When other companies are laying off their employee due to budget cuts, you won’t have to worry.
  9. Braiding is a door opener. If you would like to move on to becoming a Cosmetologist but not sure, braiding in a salon will give you the opportunity to see first hand what goes on behind the scenes of a salon.  You will have the opportunity to also learn additional skills from the hairstylist in your salon.
  10. No one can take away your skill from you.  Your two hands are your money makers.  Treasure them and take good care of them.

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The Art of Braiding

The art of braiding has been practiced for thousands of years. In Ancient times, Women and men were plaiting their hair for beauty and function on all inhabited continents.

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Cornrows or braids, also called canerows in the Caribbean, are an ancient traditional African style of hair grooming, in which the hair is braided very close to the scalp, using an underhand, upward motion to produce continuous, raised row.  Cornrows are often formed in simple, straight lines, as the name implies, but they can also be formed in complicated geometric or curvilinear designs.

 

Depending on the region of the world, cornrows are worn by men or women, or both, and are sometimes adorned with beads or cowry shells. Often favored for their easy maintenance, rows can be left in for weeks at a time if maintained through careful washing of the hair and regular oiling of the scalp. Braids pulled too tight or worn for considerable lengths of time can cause a hair loss known as traction alopecia.

 

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If you already know how to braid and would like to receive your braiding license, take your skills to the next level by enrolling here to get your braiding certificatio