How To Cornrow For Beginners

Here’s an 3 easy step by step process of how you can cornrow your hair as a beginner.

  1. It can be confusing when the terms cornrows is used or canerows. They’re basically all the same thing. Cornrow looks are a type of flat plait that originates from Africa and the Caribbean. As you may have guessed, the name comes from their appearance, similar to rows of cane or corn.
  2. To create the style, start by taking one to two inches of hair from the top and divide it into three parts. Take the right section and cross it underneath the middle one, then do the same with the left section. Now pick up hair from the sides, adding them to your strands before repeating the weaving process. Keep doing this until you reach the ends of your hair and secure with a hairband. Remember not to leave any hair in the middle. Otherwise, you’ll end up with a standard Dutch braid instead.
  3. You don’t have to worry about cornrow styles damaging your hair. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Cornrows are a great option if you’re looking for a protective hairstyle or even to do a braid out. You just have to remember to be gentle with your hair and not to make the braid too tight so you don’t end up with a tension headache or hair loss! A great way to protect your strands during this process, give them extra hydration and nourish them is by combing a leave-in conditioner into your strands before you braid. 

Below, is an excellent incredibly detailed tutorial for cornrowing, by GlamFam Hair & Beauty.

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Now its time to Braid your Clients Hair. Follow the directions below:

Step 1: Shampoo Clients hair.

Start by shampooing your clients hair, then comb through to remove tangles.

Step 2: Section hair.

Next, section off clients hair to create a vertical row from front to back of your head. Using a tail comb will make this easiest.

Tip: More sections equal smaller braids, larger sections will create bigger braids.

Step 3: Divide hair to start braiding.

Starting at the front of your clients hair, take a small section of hair, and divide this small section into 3 equal pieces.

Step 4: Begin braiding.

Now that you have the hair divided, start the braid by crossing the left or right strand under the center strand and then repeating with the outer strand from the other side.

Step 5: Repeat step four.

Now, you’ll want to keep repeating step 4. However, this time, add in additional hair to each side from underneath as you weave. Do this until you’ve reached the base of your neck.

Step 6: Start a three-strand braid.

Once you don’t have anymore hair to add from underneath, continue to do a traditional 3-strand braid until you reach the end of your hair.

Step 7: Secure with an elastic (if needed).

To make sure your braid stay secured, finish off the ends with a knot or secure with an elastic.(only if needed)

Step 8: Repeat steps two – seven.

Continue step 2-7 until all of your hair is braided.

Step 9: Smooth edges.

Using a smoothing gel, smooth edges down with a toothbrush.

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Dazzling Braids in the Color Green for Spring

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Are you looking for a trendy new braid hairstyle? Spring into the new season with a refreshing new look. Add a little dazzle to your hair by adding green color yarn, synthetic hair, beads, twine or anything that will give you the fresh feel of spring!

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Beaded green braids half up and half down

These styles below are awesome looks. Recreate any of these braid-styles, do it your self or go to a Hair Braiding Licensed Professional to assist you with getting the look that you have been dreaming of. Don’t be afraid to use bold, synthetic hair or yarn in the color green. Any style in green would be amazing! Go ahead, don’t be shy! Give these dazzling looks a try!

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Yarn Twist in deep dark green

Go stylish with this thick yarn twist hairstyle. The dark camo green shade is unique which makes the style look even more chic!
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Lovely side parts are both stylish and girly. This deep dark green yarn braid fits well with almost any style – from chic to edgy – you can wear this anytime.
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Black and Green Yarn Braids
Jazz up your hair with a twist of brilliant deep green and black with this funky style. Color is a great way to liven up your hair. And if you do it right, you’ve got a stunner in your hands.
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Go understated but charming with this beautiful moss green yarn hair. A straight up braid that’s front parted ensures your face becomes the highlight. Pair with subtle makeup and gorgeous eyebrows.
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Who started the Hair Braiding Trend for White Women

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Bo Derek  is a famous American model, actress and film producer as well. She is best known for her stunning appearance in the box-office hit film 10. Who can forget Bo Derek? I surely can’t . Back in the day in 1979, I still remember the controversy that was centered around this sexy lady who wore her beaded braids so proudly! Her hairstyle made a bold statement to the world saying “I can wear Braids with beads like the tribal women of Africa!” Those unspoken words still linger in my mind. I believe that she may have been the first white woman to be in a movie sporting a hairstyle that only black women were wearing at that time. She may have opened the door for other White and Latino women to feel comfortable with a hairstyle that at one time only black women wore. The following pics are of young women sporting their tresses and being very comfortable wearing braids.



Cultural appropriation? Not everyone thinks so. White girls & Latino girls love to wear braids! Not just any type of braid, though. I’m talking long, braided extensions that take hours and hours to do. Hair is personal and you can style it how you want to. There are no limits!

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Braids are usually done tight. Most women don’t like the feeling of having their hair stretched or pulling to create a longer lasting style. But after it was done, it looks nice despite the fact that a few Advil may be needed!

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Green Extensions always look good with an outfit!
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Let’s play around with Ombre colors!
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After all is said and done, braids are fun! A welcome change from your everyday hairstyle. You can put down your blowdryer and curling and just relax. You won’t have much to do as far as hair maintenance! To care for your braids at night, simply put your hair in a bun or tie a silk scarf around your braids to preserve your style. You should be able to get at least 4 weeks out of your hair-do:-)

Zig-zag partings look great on this young lady wearing camouflage
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Look like a Celebrity with Rainbow Braids

Look like a Celebrity with Rainbow Braids! Bold rainbow colorful braids are only for the BOLD and CONFIDENT!  If you are the type of person that loves to be bright, colorful, amazing and daring then rainbow braids are for you. Mix and match colors, play with pastels, neon, neutral colors! Anything goes when it comes to the rainbow braids!

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TRY BOX BRAIDS, CRISS-CROSS UP-DO’S, BANTU KNOTS!  THE SKY IS THE LIMIT WHEN IT COMES TO STYLE! TO SEE MORE COLORFUL BRAID STYLES CHECK OUT PINTEREST

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Self -expression! Be you!  Show the World all the different sides of you!

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

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.

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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Practice makes perfect. Eight easy steps to have a beautiful half up, half down hairstyle. Source deluxe-china.

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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.

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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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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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!!