What’s in my Mobile Hair Braider Bag?

There are many benefits to being a Mobile Hair Braider. Be your own boss. Set your own days and hours to work. Choose the areas you want to work in just to name a few good reasons for working as a Mobile Braider.

Now that you are ready to travel to your clients, what do you need to bring along with you? You don’t want to show up to your clients home or office and realize that you are missing an item. It’s best to travel with more items or products than you need. “Better to be safe than sorry”. As a freelance braider, your bag must always be equipped with everything you need to complete your braiding job.

Here is a list of items that should be in your Braiders bag:

  1. Synthetic hair. At least 1 pack of black and brown
  2. Blowdryer
  3. Scissors
  4. Combs & Brushes
  5. Hair ties
  6. Beads and barrettes
  7. Butterfly Clips to hold the hair
  8. Edge Control
  9. Needle & thread
  10. Oil/grease for scalp
  11. Rubberbands
  12. Brown paper bag for trash or plastic bag
  13. Container the size of your combs for soiled combs
  14. Cape and neck-strips
  15. A towel to lay on the table to place your tools on
  16. Paper Towels or Wubbies Towels
  17. Hand Sanitizer
  18. Barbicide
  19. Wipes
  20. Bandages
  21. Spray bottle
  22. A Smock to wear over your clothes (looks Professional plus it keeps the hair off of you)
  23. Your Braiding License
  24. Sheen Spray/Hair Spray
  25. Toothbrush or small styling brush for edges

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!

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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!

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 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.

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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.

 

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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

Step by Step Guide to attracting Braiding Clients

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When you received your braiding licensing in the mail from the Department of Business and Professional Regulations, you were so happy!  You’ve reached another milestone in your life!  What an awesome feeling, mission accomplished!  Now that you have your braiding license, now what? How do you make money with a Braiding License?

First things first.  You must take a current photo or use a photo that isn’s too old.  Get  your license laminated then display on either on your wall or on your hair station in the salon.

I’m sure that you have a few friends or family members that are you steady clients but you want to get into the game.  You want to know how to build your clientele. You want to know how to really make money.  Where do you start? Well the first place to start is with you!  You should sit down and figure out the following about yourself before you can begin the process of getting into or building your braiding business.

  1. Am I ready to commit myself to the field of braiding
  2. Am I willing to learn new skills and techniques
  3. Am I willing to work long hours standing in a salon
  4. Am I willing to give the best customer service imaginable

If you answered yes to the above questions, you are ready to get started on building your business as a hair braider.  The second item on the list of things to do after getting your license is to get yourself prepared for working on clients and letting everyone know that you are now a licensed Braider and that you are ready to work.

Make sure you have your tools to work with.  Example: combs, brushes, capes, hair ties, clips, rubber bands, beads, sanitizer bottle or container, barbercide.

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  1. Go to VistaPrint  to purchase your business cards. You don’t have to have anything fancy.  VistaPrint even offers Free cards.  All you have to do is pay for shipping.
  2. Create a separate page on all social media platforms to promote your business.  Please note: do not mix your personal pictures with your business pictures. Even though you look great in those shorts or your boyfriend just surprised you with an engagement ring, please don’t post on your business page!

Those are just a few ideas on getting started. But first you will need to get your Braiding license if you live in the state of Florida.  Click here to visit Hair Braiding 16 hour course.  There you will learn everything the State of Florida wants you to know in order to work as a Professional Hair Braider.