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.


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.

Model is wrapping yarn into a few strands of her hair

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. 

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!


Boys Corn rowed Bun

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:



Cornrows with Beads


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.


Beautiful Braids, faded & Edged


Platinum Hair Extensions Added

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



Box Braids

Kinky Twist

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!!

Hair Braiders Beware of Scalp Disorders!

Hair Braiders should always be aware of disorders and/or diseases that may be found on  clients scalp at the time of the Hair Braiding Service.  Today, we will go over 5 of the disorders.   I know its hard to believe, as a natural hairstylist, you have to be aware of the diseases and disorders that can  spread from person to person.  You do not want to be the stylist responsible for helping other become sick or infested with head lice, ringworm, dandruff, psoriasis or any other disorder of the hair and scalp.


Diseases and Disorders of the Scalp include:

  • Dandruff – Dandruff is a common chronic scalp condition marked by flaking of the skin on your scalp. Dandruff isn’t contagious or serious. But it can be embarrassing and sometimes difficult to treat.
  • Seborrehic Dermatitis –  Considered a chronic form of eczema, seborrheic dermatitis appears on the body where there are a lot of oil-producing (sebaceous) glands like the upper back, nose and scalp. The exact cause of seborrheic dermatitis is unknown, although genes and hormones play a role. Microorganisms that live on the skin naturally can also contribute to seborrheic dermatitis.People of any age can develop seborrheic dermatitis including infants (known as “cradle cap”). However, it most commonly affects adults between the ages of 30-60 and infants under 3 months.

Scalp Psoriasis


  • psoriasis – Scalp psoriasis is a common skin disorder that makes raised, reddish, often scaly patches. It can pop up as a single patch or several, and can even affect your entire scalp. It can also spread to your forehead, the back of your neck, or behind and inside your ears.
  • Ringworm – If you have ringworm, you may think you have worms in your skin or a disease caused by worms. You have neither. Ringworm is actually a skin infection caused by fungus. No worms involved.  The name “ringworm” probably comes from the rash that many people see. On the skin, the rash often has a ring-shaped pattern and a raised, scaly border that snakes its way around the edge like a worm.
  • Lice – Head lice are small, wingless, blood-sucking insects. They live in the hair on your head and feed off the blood from your scalp. A louse (a single adult) is about the size of a sesame seed. A nit (louse egg) is about the size of a small flake of dandruff.

It is very important to be able to distinguish between the diseases and disorders of the scalp.   You, the Braider  will always have to make the judgement call as to whether or not a hair braiding services can be performed on a client.

In Florida,  all Hair Braiders go through the Florida Board of Cosmetology. They make sure that you are well equipped to protect yourself and others from diseases.  Unlike some states, which may require a full cosmetology licence for those who only want to braid, Florida has a dedicated licensure path for hair braiders. All you have to do is complete the hair braiding 16 hour course to be eligible  to receive your license and begin your new career.

If you have any questions, please leave a comment.  I would love to hear from you.  Please follow this blog for more informative information for the Professional Hair Braider in Florida.


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:


  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.


If you found this article helpful, please like and share with your friends and family.  If you live in the State Florida and would like to receive your Braiding License, please click here.  Always remember that you are Awesome!  Dream BIG!!


16 Purple Braided Summer Styles


Sixteen purple braided summer hairstyles!  Purple, we love purple! In our clothing, shoes, walls, furniture, everywhere!  And yes, especially on our HAIR!! We’re got purple fever!

If you prefer a lighter shade of purple hair, these lavender box braids may be just right for you. Less common than darker shades of purple, these braids are sure to make you stand out in the crowd.

Did you know that darker shades of purple tend to look more subtle and could be a good fit if you are more conservative about color. Lighter shades of purple tend to create a more dramatic, vibrant, and eye-popping look. When it comes to braided extensions, consider how the length and thickness of the braids will affect the weight. Thinner braids will weigh less individually, which could put less tension on your roots. On the other hand, thicker braids use larger sections of hair, which may be able to withstand more weight from the added hair.  Let’s take a look at the many different ways you can rock purple braids!


If  you like thicker braids, these purple box braids might be more your speed. The rich purple color really makes this style pop.


This is a truly unique way to wear purple braids. Purple braiding hair in the front paired with black braiding hair in the back creates an interesting look, especially when pulled up into a high bun, which is a great way to show off a shaved design in the very back of the head like this one. Make sure to take you time when doing your zig-zag designs.


Braids look fabulous when combined with African Wear! Show off your cultural side with these amazing outfits like the model above.


These gorgeous waist-length box braids are perfect if you prefer a deeper shade of purple. Pair them with a matching shade of lipstick for an even bolder look.


These pretty purple box braids are styled into a cute half up half down style by wrapping the braids in the front into a simple high bun.


Bob length box braids are great for those who want to experiment with purple while maintaining a shorter length. Are you a braider? Do you have questions about how to get started as a braider or how to get your Florida Braiding License? Leave me a message or click here for more information.


Are you a braider? Do you have questions about how to get started as a braider or how to get your Florida Braiding License? Leave me a message or click here for more information.

Stay Purple Guys & Dolls.  Muah!!

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.

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.



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

How to do Triangular Box Braids


Triangular Box Braids is the hottest Trend right now!  A new way of doing individual braids.  A simple plait mixed in with micro star shaped corn-rows with a bun on top of this beauties crown leaves most people mesmerized.  This style spells elegant, fun and trendy!  Cosmopolitan Magazine says “Triangular box braids are a unique style that’ll definitely give your hair some edge.”



I know that this spring, you will definitely want to learn how to do this style.  Put your own spin to it.  Play with the different colors and lengths of the braids. Here is a step by step guide on how to style triangular box braids.

1. Section and part your hair.

2. Use gel to smooth any flyaways.

3. Create triangular parts.

4. Braid in extensions for a longer length. 

5. Braid each section all the way down.

6. Part your hair again.

7. Create more triangular parts.

8. Repeat steps 4 and 5.

9. Part a semi-circle from temple to temple. 

10. Part another semi-circle starting at mid-brow. 

11. Map out the rest of your triangular parts. 

12. Seal the ends of your hair.

11. Add embellishments as desired.

12. Create a bun at the top of your head.

For video and in depth details click here.





Why Mature men and women wear Dreads

Why do mature men and women wear dreadlocks?  To express their sense of style or spirituality.  Dreadlocks have been around for a very long time.  Some of the earliest depictions of dreadlocks date back as far as 3600 years to the Minoan Civilization


Wisdom, Lion/Lioness, King/Queens, Mature Men and Women.  These are just a few words that I’ll use to describe the pictures above.  Who said that dreadlocks are only for the youth? Some men and women start growing their hair from birth, other decide later on in life that its alright to express themselves and allow there natural tresses to sprout out of their head the way God had intended.


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It’s not true at all that grey hair makes you look older.  You’re as young as you feel.  In fact, grey hair is a more popular choice than ever, with people embracing the


trend through experimentation with metallic colors, as well as transitioning from dyed hair to their natural grey shades. It would be a wonderful thing, if you, like these distinguished Brothers and Sisters choose to embrace your natural hair and natural color. Will you dye your hair when it starts turning grey? Or would you let it do whatever it does?

If you are a natural hair stylist or someone interested in showing the world your hair-craft, you will need a braiding license. With a Braiding License in the State of Florida, you will be able to work in salons as a Braider or Locktician. Click here to learn more.

Please leave a message if you are on this journey and would like to share with others:-)

Can Hair Braiders do Dreadlocks with a Braid License?

The answer is yes. If you take the 16 Hour Hair Braiding Course, you will be able to work on natural hair which means that you can braid or do dreadlock hairstyles on your clients. A Hair Braiders license is required to perform hair braiding services in the state of Florida.  Hair braiding is defined as the practice of weaving or interweaving natural human hair without cutting, coloring, permanent waving, relaxing, removing, or chemical treatment and does not include the use of hair extensions or wefts.

Photo Credit: @killadoesthat

The Stigma and misrepresentation of Dreadlocks:

Dreadlocks have been a stigmatized hairstyle for a very long time in many societies and many that maintained this kind of hairstyle were mainly considered to be unruly and sometimes weed smokers. Now in the 21st Century, almost every 2nd person out of 5 (ie about 40%) has dreadlocks within the community cause now as opposed to before where the hairdo was only restricted to blacks, now even the Caucasians can be seen sporting it.

Photo credit – CurlyNuGrowth.com


Right now, more and more people are choosing to go natural and taking up dreadlocks as their preferred choice of natural hairstyle. Why many have chosen this path can not be pinpointed to one reason but being natural is healthier, cheaper, offers flexibility and freedom to especially women that could never walk under the rain with the relaxers. Some men have admitted that dreadlocks help to attract females (we all know that brothers with dreadlocks are HOT!!).  Considering more people are taking up dreadlocks as the hairstyle of choice means that more professionals are needed to work in Beauty Salons around the State of Florida.

Don’t Limit yourself

So with all of that said, there is a very large population waiting for your services.  Don’t limit yourself to doing only braids.  You can be know as the Stylist that does both BRAIDS & LOCS! If you haven’t gotten your Braiding License yet, click here to see whats going on at Hair Braiding 16 Hour Course in Florida.