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 and Veteran Spouses

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:

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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.

Natty Dread Congo Bongo What does it mean?

“Natty Dread Congo Bongo,” the term goes way back.  The term natty (as in “natural”) and a style of dreadlocks which have formed naturally without cutting, combing or brushing.  Natty Dread is a Rastafarian term for a member of the Rastafarian community. The image of such a person is often used in reggae music and elsewhere to represent an idealized personification of the Rastafarian movement as a whole. b55c0cbcd7f1f5a45f16d7853370e371

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People from every walk of life, be it in the music world or sports field, have opted to wear dreadlocks (matted coils of hair). As a result, dreadlocks have become increasingly socially acceptable. Even those with very straight hair have developed methods to dread lock their hair.

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Several different cultures have commonly worn locs. In some cultures, locs are an expression of religious beliefs. In other cultures, dreadlocks are a representation of ethnic pride or simply fashionable.

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Loc jewelry can be worn on all types of locs, from Sister locks to Freeform locs, however the maturity of your locs makes a difference when choosing the right loc jewelry.  Only place loc jewelry onto your hair if it is healthy and strong.

Rasta style gained in popularity, beauty and fashion industries jumped on the bandwagon. These industries were hoping to capitalize financially.

Salons now offer their dreadlock clients a variety of hair care products for their locs.  These products range from shampoo, wax, and jewelry.

The hair stylists, working at these salons, started creating a variety of different modified or artificial locs, including extensions, multi-colored synthetic locs.

If you would like to see 194 images of Natty Dreads Congo Bongo visit my Pinterest page and follow.  Beautiful pictures of Dreadlocks, ideas on how to wrap your hair and all types of braids in a variety of colors.  Photos added daily.

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.

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.

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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.
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  • 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:

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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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How to do Triangular Box Braids

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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.”

 

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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.

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