Hair Braiding

Hair braiding is a traditional African technique of styling hair that has become popular in the United States over the past decade or so. It involves designing elaborate braids, or plaits, often all over the head, into a style that is attractive and easy to care for over a period of time.

If you are a hairdresser or cosmetologist and are interested in finding a specialty area in which you can stand out for your unique skills and knowledge, a career move into hair braiding in Arkansas may be a great career choice for you!

State License Requirements

Kansas is one of many states that exempts professional hair braiders from the licensing requirements of cosmetology. You do not have to go through any specific training program before working as a hair braider, although this experience may be helpful. You do have to complete a self-test and keep the completed test at the place that you offer hair braiding services.


Find the self-test brochure at the licensing agency:

Kansas Board of Cosmetology

Education Details

You will study hair braiding at a school of cosmetology that offers this specialized program. There, you will learn the five basic methods of braiding hair: weaving, cornrowing, braiding, twisting, and locking. You will learn by watching videos and live demonstrations of stylists performing these procedures. You will move on from there to working on mannequins, and only after you have achieved a certain level of mastery will you go on to work on other people and live clients. The number of required hours for hair braiding programs varies considerably, and there is no standardized curriculum or program, so if you have more than one school of cosmetology near you, be sure to look into what each school has to offer in this area. Some hair braiding programs also teach you how to put in extensions, as many braiding techniques are performed on hair that is lengthened with extensions.

License Renewal
License Renewal Hours
License Renewal Period
Job Outlook Increase
Between 2012 - 2022

Cosmetologists and hairdressers in the state of Arkansas earned an average salary of $20,500 in 2013. Of course, with a specialized area of expertise such as hair braiding, you will have the potential to earn considerably more than that. As you gain a reputation and repeat clients, you may want to consider opening your own hair braiding salon which will make your income potential even higher. It is projected that growth in the field of hairdressing and cosmetology will grow between 8% and 14% between the years 2012 and 2022, making this a career move that has good potential for increasing your income.

Working as a Hair Braider

Working as a hair braider means developing repeat clientele who come to know, like, and trust your work. Because hair braiding is very time consuming, you will spend long sessions with individual clients. You may have just a few long sessions each day with a handful of clients. You will need to be a good listener, as many clients like to talk with their stylists while they are having their hair worked on. In between clients, you will need to clean and neaten your work station in preparation for the next client. As a hair braider, you will enjoy considerable flexibility in regards to scheduling. Braiders can work either full or part time, although they need to be sensitive to the scheduling needs of their clients, which usually means working some evening and weekend hours. If you are interested in finding a specialty niche within the field of hairdressing and cosmetology, consider the specialty of hair braiding. It just may be the move you need to make to get your career moving forward!

State board Contact Information

Arkansas State Board of Cosmetology
4815 W. Markham St. Slot 8
Little Rock, AR 72205
Phone Number: 501-682-2168
Fax Number: 501-682-5640

The Arkansas State Board of Cosmetology can help you with obtaining an Arkansas state cosmetology license, replacing a lost cosmetology license or updating change of name or change of address information.

Becoming a hair braiding specialist in Arkansas means that you are adding
extra flair to the landscape of hair culture within the state. Making that a
career path means that you’ll be undergoing a solid process with strong
resources to help along the way.

Arkansas Department of Health
American Association of Cosmetology Schools
Professional Beauty Association



Find the Beauty Schools in Arkansas that interest you below,

The Salon Professional Academy

13125 HWY 107,
Sherwood, AR 72120

Program: Cosmetology

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