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.

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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.