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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Why am I losing my hair?

Why am I losing my hair? As I grow older, I notice my hair thinning at a slow rate. Year after year it looked like i had less hair. I started to wear more weaves & wigs to cover up the problem instead of doing my research to figure out the reason for my hair loss. The following is a summary of my findings. According to hair loss Doctors, my hair was thinning due to one or more of the following:

  1. Physical stress
  2. Emotional stress
  3. Hormonal imbalances
  4. Thyroid condition
  5. Toxic exposure
  6. Deficiencies in important vitamins and minerals
  7. Allergies
  8. Heredity
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I was told if I want thicker, fuller hair, I could do a few things at home to assist with my hair growth. I had nothing to lose. I gave myself a few weeks to take five herbs, supplements and essential oils to help me naturally thicken up my hair.

*The following are the DIY home products which helped me get back on the road to having healthy hair again.

  • Aloe-vera juice – 1 cup per day
  • Collagen Protein
  • Biotin supplement (vitamin B1, vitamin B12) take 1 tablet daily
  • Rosemary essential oil (mix 5 to 10 drops in aloe-vera gel then massage into scalp, shampoo out. This will/may stop baldness.
  • Omega 3 fatty acid (either fish oil or anything with HV Omega 3 fatty acid add into your diet).

*Disclaimer – I am not a Health Care Professional. This is a DIY home remedy for hair-loss. Please consult your physician before taking any supplements or the above items.

What should I to do with loose hair in my locs

Should I burn the loose dread hairs?

Should I cut off my loose hair that is sticking out of my loc? Should I burn the hair sticking out off my locs with a cigarette lighter the way people do with synthetic braids? Should I put gel on my locs to make them look neater. The answer is No to all of the above.

Do Not cut loose hair sticking out of your locs.

Cutting the loose hairs at the roots is not an good idea. It will make your dreadlocks thin and it only takes care of the problem for a short period of time, the hairs will grow back and they will still be loose hairs among your dreads. The best thing to do is just take care of the problem.
Cutting loose hairs in the middle of the dread is a really bad idea. The effects are the same as cutting tips. The hair is no longer held together and the hair starts to move, sometimes it will fall out of the dread, this can cause the dread to fall apart. The best way to take care of loose hairs in the middle of dreads is to thread the loose hairs through the dread with a Dread Tool.

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How to do it:

  • gather the loose hairs.
  • thread the loose hairs through the flosser.
  • weave the loose hair in and out through the dread using the dread tool.

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 get your clients to advertise for you for FREE!

Customers are advertising Hairstylist work for free everyday! They cause people to look, take pictures, post on social media, ask questions like who did there hair, where is this person located, how much did there hairstyle cost etc. Clients are so awesome! They advertise your work daily. It is to your advantage to always do your best to make your clients look fierce whenever you perform a service. They are you FREE advertising.

Hair Braiders Marketing Tip #2.  “Turn your clients into a walking Billboard.”  I’m so excited to share this tip with you!  When  I started my business, I knew that advertising was important.  I didn’t’t have any advertising dollars.  What was I supposed to do?   On my way to work everyday I would read billboards wishing that I could have one advertising my work.  The billboards  were always advertising sneakers, doctors offices, churches etc.  I inquired about posting an ad but the price was way out of my league. Too expensive.  Then I had an idea!  Why not  make my clients a WALKING BILLBOARD!  

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I chose 5 clients that worked in key places.  For example, the bank, the grocery store, corporate jobs or places were there would be lots of traffic.  They paid me full price to get their hair done.  I then asked them if they would give my card out to anyone that complimented them on their hair.  If they send me 3 people before their next visit, their next hair style would be 50% off!

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I can tell you that this strategy worked like a charm!  Clients love discounts!  They love compliments and being able to show off their hair and talk about their Hairstylist.  Try this today, I promise you that it works!:-)

Let me know how this tip worked for you! For those of you who haven’t taken the step of becoming a Licensed Hair Braider, you can always sign up when you are ready by clicking here.

Happy Braiding!!:-)

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.

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.

Why White Girls wear Dreadlocks

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Why do white girls love to wear dreadlocks? Some women who wear dreadlocks are Hippies, punk or simply regular everyday people who want to express themselves through their hairstyle.  You may ask why would someone who had long, straight or curly soft hair want their hair to get matted into dreadlocks?  Some people feel that dreadlocks on white girls constitute cultural appropriation or appreciation. It all depends on your views.

In my humble opinion, I think that we, are placing too much emphasis on a particular hairstyle. People wear their hair in many different styles for many different reasons.  It’s not just a Black thing or a Caribbean thing or a Jamaican thing or even Rastafarian thing.   It goes a lot deeper than most people know.  Some people wear their hair locked for religious reason, while others look at dreadlocks as simply a fashion statement. In an article from Vice, they asked white people why they wore dreadlocks. Here’s what one young woman said “I always loved the way they looked and wanted them for about five years and hated brushing my hair. Then, when I went traveling, I decided to finally get them made to keep my hair neat and low maintenance.”

Regardless of your reason for wearing dreadlocks, here is a brief history of the hairstyles origin:

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Dreadlocks have been worn by nearly every culture at some point in time or another. Roman accounts stated that the Celts wore their hair ‘like snakes’. The Germanic tribes and Vikings were also known to wear their hair in dreadlocks. Dreadlocks have been worn by the monks of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church, the Nazarite of Judaism, Qalandri’s Sufi’s, the Sadhu’s of Hinduism, and the Dervishes of Islam, and many more! There are even strong suggestions that many early Christians wore dreadlocks; most notably Sampson who was said to have seven locks of hair which gave him his inhuman strength!

Now that you understand where dreadlocks may have originated,  you may want to take a look at the photos below to get some dread inspiration and learn how to make your dreadlocks uniquely YOU!

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Longer dreads can easily be piled on the head for an elegant up do. Accessorize the look with bold flowers for a touch of color and chic flair sure to turn heads. If you prefer a more casual look, however, there are many other dreadlocks styles to choose from.

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SHAVED SIDES OF DREADLOCKS

Shaving the sides of your locks are very simple. Here are the 5 steps:

  1.  Place hair into a pony tail
  2.  Take the hair that you want to cut and then pull out of pony tail
  3.   Use a scissor to cut off long hair
  4.   Use a clipper to shave the hair down close to the scalp

If you desire designs – use the T-Liner for easy designing of zigzag lines, circles or whatever creative drawing your mind can come up with.

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DREADLOCK JEWELRY

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How to put on your loc jewelry:

Step 1: Take a strand of your loc that best fits the hole of the loc jewel.
Step 2: Insert your loc into the hole of the loc jewel piece.
Step 3: Pull your loc through the loc jewel until it is secure.

*For those of you who wear loc extensions.  Please note that you many need jewelry with larger openings to fit onto your thick locs.  Use this quick beader tool to help place your beads or jewelry onto your dreadlocks.

Yarn & Synthetic Extensions

Yarn dreads, sometimes also called ‘knitted’ dreadlocks, are really faux dreads that you create with colorful yarn. As a Hair Braider, you can do Dreadlocks.  It doesn’t matter if the hair is kinky or straight.  You  can be creative and make it look beautiful to show individuality.  Visit Hair Braiding 16 Hour Course for information on how to get a Braiding License. 

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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.