Hair Braiding

If you'’re looking for a cosmetology career that allows you to work with a devoted group of customers, build on your skills every day, and explore the opportunity of becoming self-employed, you may want to become a hair braider in Maryland.

Maryland hair braiding salons are rapidly growing in popularity, typically serving African-American and ethnic communities located throughout the state. Braiding techniques utilized in these salons originated in different parts of Africa.

State License Requirements

Maryland exempts hair braiding professionals from cosmetology licensing requirements. You can work as a hair braider without any formal training or education, which allows those with braiding skills to work as soon as they can meet the expectations of customers. If you are new to braiding, you may still want to go through a hair braiding education program before starting your career.

Education Details

The state of Maryland does not have any licensing requirements for hair braiders, so you can choose the braiding program that best suits your career interests and your existing braiding skills. Some schools require you to study all available braiding skills, while others let you pick and choose what you want to learn. Some of the techniques you may learn in hair braiding school include twisting, locking, weaving, braiding, cornrowing, and extensions. As you explore each technique, you may discover how to make it work with different hair lengths and textures. This often involves working with real clients to perfect your technique.

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

The demand for hair braiders is growing all over the United States. However, there is little information on job growth in this specialty, since it’s still a relatively small part of the cosmetology industry. As hair braiding continues to grow in popularity and attract the attention of people throughout Maryland, you may find that the job outlook continues to improve. From 2012 to 2022, O*Net anticipates a 7% increase in cosmetology job openings in Maryland. Salaries in hair braiding vary quite a bit, based on your employment setting, how quickly you build a solid customer base, and the community you work in. O*Net reports that the average salary for a Maryland cosmetology professional is $25,400 per year. Part of your income may come from tips, so it’s crucial to get a loyal customer base as quickly as you can.

Working as a Hair Braider

Hair braiding is a skill that can really help you build a career that you love. For Harriet reports that the field of ethnic hair care has done quite a bit to strengthen communities throughout the United States. In fact, hair braiding is a field in which self-employment and small business ownership are highly valued. You may choose to offer your braiding services at a salon or seek employment at an existing braiding salon. However, you may also choose to open your own hair braiding salon and become a small business owner. This may allow you to create your own schedule, market your skills, and corner a part of the hair braiding market in your city. Keep in mind that you must meet local health and sanitation requirements to own a hair braiding salon in Maryland. Customer service is important in all cosmetology specialties, but it’s particularly important in hair braiding. Your customers may need touchups once a month or less, which represents a huge income opportunity for you. If you can get a customer to rely on your high-quality braiding and trust you for their touchups, you can make them a customer for life. As a result, it’s important to spend time talking with your customers, finding out what they want from their hairstyle, and meeting their needs during every single appointment.

State board Contact Information

Maryland Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing
500 N. Calvert Street, Room 201
Baltimore, MD 21202-3651
Phone Number: 410-230-6320
E-mail Address:

You can contact the board if you have additional questions about obtaining a Maryland state cosmetology license.

Maryland has a reputation for premier hair care, and talented professionals
who can show off a dazzling array of styles including hair braiding. Currently
there is no licensing procedure in the state, but interested stylists obtain
training information through these groups.

Maryland Board Of Cosmetologists
Professional Beauty Association
National Interstate Council of State Boards of Cosmetology

Find the Beauty Schools in Maryland that interest you below,

Baltimore Beauty & Barber School

8660 Pulaski Highway,
Baltimore, MD 21237

Program: Cosmetology

Blades School of Hair Design

22576 Macarthur Blvd # 316,P.O. Box 226
California, MD 20619

Program: Cosmetology

Empire Beauty School - Glen Burnie-Baltimore

6320 Ritchie Highway,
Glen Burnie, MD 21061

Program: Cosmetology

Award Beauty & Barber School

26 East Antietam Street,
Hagerstown, MD 21740

Program: Cosmetology

Hair Academy II

3705 Branch Ave,Lower Level - Iverson Mall
Hillcrest Heights, MD 20748

Program: Cosmetology

Paul Mitchell the School - Jessup

7351 Assateague Drive,
Jessup, MD 20794

Program: Cosmetology

Hair Academy Cosmetology, Barber & Massage School

8435 Annapolis Road,
New Carrollton, MD 20784

Program: Cosmetology

Empire Beauty School - Owings Mills-Baltimore

9616 Reisterstown Road, Suite 105,
Owings Mills-Baltimore, MD 21117

Program: Cosmetology

Hair Expressions Academy - A Paul Mitchell Partner School

12450 Parklawn Drive,
Rockville, MD 20852

Program: Cosmetology

Montgomery Beauty and Barber School

8736 Arliss Street,
Silver Spring, MD 20901

Program: Cosmetology

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