How as a Hairstylist I went from applying relaxers to Braiding Hair

As a Cosmetologist, my speciality at the beginning of my career was mainly applying relaxers, styling & cutting hair.  I wasn’t a natural hair stylist doing braids, twists & locs all day.   About 7 years ago, I made a major change in my career after seeing  80% of my clientele chose to become naturalists!  They no longer wanted relaxers!  So with that said, I added  chemical free options to my salon services.pexels-photo-1826346

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I informed  my clients that they didn’t have to do a big chop.  Hair Weave was an option to help them grow out their natural hair without cutting.  I announced that if they wanted to transition from relaxer to natural hair and didn’t want to cut it off, weaves were the way to go! They listened and I was back in the game!  I used what I knew but just gave clients a solution to their problem!  How to transition from relaxers to natural hair.  That’s just one thing that I did.

YOU can do the same with your Braiding business.  Add on weave services! If you can braid and sew, then DO IT!  It will boost your income.  Most people pay anywhere from $75 – $300 in my area for a weave by **Professional Braiders.  Research what people in your area are charging and then offer a discount to beat their prices.

Always remember, “Nothing ventured, nothing gained! Start doing something today!  Get into the Billion Dollar Hair Care Business!

**Please note that I am a Licensed Hair Stylist.  I am allowed to cut hair.  With a Braiding license, you are not legally allowed to cut hair as per the DPBR.
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16 Purple Braided Summer Styles


Sixteen purple braided summer hairstyles!  Purple, we love purple! In our clothing, shoes, walls, furniture, everywhere!  And yes, especially on our HAIR!! We’re got purple fever!

If you prefer a lighter shade of purple hair, these lavender box braids may be just right for you. Less common than darker shades of purple, these braids are sure to make you stand out in the crowd.

Did you know that darker shades of purple tend to look more subtle and could be a good fit if you are more conservative about color. Lighter shades of purple tend to create a more dramatic, vibrant, and eye-popping look. When it comes to braided extensions, consider how the length and thickness of the braids will affect the weight. Thinner braids will weigh less individually, which could put less tension on your roots. On the other hand, thicker braids use larger sections of hair, which may be able to withstand more weight from the added hair.  Let’s take a look at the many different ways you can rock purple braids!


If  you like thicker braids, these purple box braids might be more your speed. The rich purple color really makes this style pop.


This is a truly unique way to wear purple braids. Purple braiding hair in the front paired with black braiding hair in the back creates an interesting look, especially when pulled up into a high bun, which is a great way to show off a shaved design in the very back of the head like this one. Make sure to take you time when doing your zig-zag designs.


Braids look fabulous when combined with African Wear! Show off your cultural side with these amazing outfits like the model above.


These gorgeous waist-length box braids are perfect if you prefer a deeper shade of purple. Pair them with a matching shade of lipstick for an even bolder look.


These pretty purple box braids are styled into a cute half up half down style by wrapping the braids in the front into a simple high bun.


Bob length box braids are great for those who want to experiment with purple while maintaining a shorter length. Are you a braider? Do you have questions about how to get started as a braider or how to get your Florida Braiding License? Leave me a message or click here for more information.

Are you a braider? Do you have questions about how to get started as a braider or how to get your Florida Braiding License? Leave me a message or click here for more information.

Stay Purple Guys & Dolls.  Muah!!

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.



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

Can Hair Braiders do Dreadlocks with a Braid License?

The answer is yes. If you take the 16 Hour Hair Braiding Course, you will be able to work on natural hair which means that you can braid or do dreadlock hairstyles on your clients. A Hair Braiders license is required to perform hair braiding services in the state of Florida.  Hair braiding is defined as the practice of weaving or interweaving natural human hair without cutting, coloring, permanent waving, relaxing, removing, or chemical treatment and does not include the use of hair extensions or wefts.

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The Stigma and misrepresentation of Dreadlocks:

Dreadlocks have been a stigmatized hairstyle for a very long time in many societies and many that maintained this kind of hairstyle were mainly considered to be unruly and sometimes weed smokers. Now in the 21st Century, almost every 2nd person out of 5 (ie about 40%) has dreadlocks within the community cause now as opposed to before where the hairdo was only restricted to blacks, now even the Caucasians can be seen sporting it.

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Right now, more and more people are choosing to go natural and taking up dreadlocks as their preferred choice of natural hairstyle. Why many have chosen this path can not be pinpointed to one reason but being natural is healthier, cheaper, offers flexibility and freedom to especially women that could never walk under the rain with the relaxers. Some men have admitted that dreadlocks help to attract females (we all know that brothers with dreadlocks are HOT!!).  Considering more people are taking up dreadlocks as the hairstyle of choice means that more professionals are needed to work in Beauty Salons around the State of Florida.

Don’t Limit yourself

So with all of that said, there is a very large population waiting for your services.  Don’t limit yourself to doing only braids.  You can be know as the Stylist that does both BRAIDS & LOCS! If you haven’t gotten your Braiding License yet, click here to see whats going on at Hair Braiding 16 Hour Course in Florida.