Hair Braiding

To make the most of your hair braiding career in Colorado, you’ll need to compare programs that offer courses and training. Even if you already have the kinds of skills clients want, it’s important to go the extra mile when you start your career in the competitive, creative, and red-hot beauty industry. We recommend speaking with beauty schools after you read the following information about licensure, course topics and admissions that may impact your decision. Fortunately, the field of hair braiding offers several professional options. You can either start working at an existing salon or start your own business.

With marketing tools, such as Facebook, you can show off your skills while popping up in local search results. Take a look at Sophie’s African Braiding and Beauty Supply on Facebook. You can see how their high rating (4.8 stars – pretty awesome) and photos of their work would be appealing to new clients – and keep their current one’s happy. When you enroll in the right hair school program, you’ll learn how to apply the same kind of good business sense to your hair braiding practice in Colorado.

State License Requirements

Before working as a hair braider, you must complete a cosmetology or hairstyling license in Colorado. While a cosmetology license requires 1,800 hours of training, a hairstyling license requires 1,200 hours of education. For either license, you must pay a $127 testing fee. You must also pass a written test and a practical skills test. All testing goes through PSI. With your license, you can work as a hair braider in Colorado.

Read more about hair braiding licensure:

Education Details

If you want to become a professional level braider in Colorado, then you need to find training that will help you develop solid skills, as well as marketing and business skills. Some braiding programs will even help you learn about trade shows, exhibitions and seminar opportunities that can bring in additional income. That’s why we recommend comparing the courses from all the programs in your area before deciding.

Hair braiding courses in Colorado offer: •

  • Twists (Nubian, sengalese, comb, flat, etc.) •
  • Business skills •
  • Extensions (human, synthetic, yarn) •
  • Braids
License Renewal
License Renewal Hours
License Renewal Period
Job Outlook Increase
Between 2012 - 2022
Working as a Hair Braider
State board Contact Information

Colorado Office of Barber and Cosmetologist Licensing
1560 Broadway, Suite 1350
Denver, CO 80202
Phone Number: 303-894-7800
Fax Number: 303-894-0364
E-mail Address:

Contact the Colorado State Board of Cosmetology if you need help replacing a lost cosmetology license, updating a change of name or change of address or for any additional questions about obtaining a Colorado state cosmetology license.

As Colorado embraces a more hip element to hairdressing in salons
across the state, professionals are seeing the benefits through customer
growth. At present, there is no licensing for hair braiding there on a state
level. But those interested in acquiring that skill consult these organizations.

Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies
Colorado Office of Barber & Cosmetology Licensure
Professional Beauty Association


Find the Beauty Schools in Colorado that interest you below,

Avalon School of Cosmetology

2231 S Peoria St,
Aurora, CO 80014

Program: Cosmetology

Stacey James Institute

16534 Keystone Blvd,
Castle Rock/Parker, CO 80134

Program: Cosmetology

International Salon and Spa Academy

5707 North Academy Boulevard,
Colorado Springs, CO 80918

Program: Cosmetology

Toni&Guy Hairdressing - Colorado Springs

5125 N Academy Blvd.,
Colorado Springs, CO 80918

Program: Cosmetology

Aveda Institute - Denver

700 - 16th Street,
Denver, CO 80202

Program: Cosmetology

Empire Beauty School - Littleton

Bowles Avenue Marketplace Shopping Center,8996 W. Bowles Avenue
Littleton-South Lakewood, CO 80123

Program: Cosmetology

New Dimensions Beauty Academy

10158 S Parker Road ,Unit A
Parker, CO 80138

Program: Cosmetology

Empire Beauty School - Thornton-Denver

3811 East 120th Avenue,
Thornton-Denver, CO 80233

Program: Cosmetology

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