How To Start A Hair Braiding Business

How To Start A Hair Braiding Business

Braiding Hair is an art, and the styles of braids range from box braids to micro braids to knotless and to cornrows. While it takes great talent and skill to braid hair, to make money from your work as a professional you must follow your state's cosmetology guidelines. Such regulations are in place to educate hair braiders and ensure the safety of consumers. If you're looking to start a hair braiding business, you can do many things to grow your venture into a success.

Step 1.

Contact your state's board of cosmetology to see what are the requirements for braiding hair professionally -- requirements vary vastly between states. In some areas you need a cosmetology license, while other states require a specific braiding license.

Step 2.

Obtain the business licenses required in your state to start a service business, such as a fictitious name certificate (DBA), Employer Identification Number or state tax identification number. If you plan to sell hair care products to your clients, you may also need retail permits.

Step 3.

Lease or buy a space to braid your client's hair. In some areas, you may be allowed to braid hair from home. Another option is to rent a space, often referred to as “booth rental,” at an established salon.

Step 4.

Open accounts with the hair care product lines you prefer to use, or a beauty supplier like Wholesale Braiding Hair. Professional discounts typically range between 20 percent and 40 percent off retail price at most places, but you usually need to provide a cosmetology license, business license, and identification to get an account.  You'll find the biggest discounts on your favorite braiding hair at

Step 5.

Build a portfolio of braid styles you're able to do well by taking photos of clients you have worked with. To create your initial portfolio, offer to braid the hair of friends and family for free, or a reduced price.  Then post the photos on your own website, blog, or on social media outlets like Instagram and Facebook, which are both very popular platforms for professional hair braiders.

Step 6.

Market your hair braiding business. Offer business cards to each client, open a promotional blog or website, set up social networking accounts, distribute news releases to local media outlets or submit photos of your work to be featured in hair styling and braiding magazines and websites.  Good Luck!
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