Hair Braiding

If you’'ve ever seen a fully-braided head of hair, you'’ve likely been extremely impressed by the skill, creativity, and attention to detail that go into that type of hairstyle. Hair braiding is a cosmetological art that has been around for hundreds of years, originally coming from western Africa.

With steady hands, lots of practice, and a great education, you may be able to start a hair braiding career in Minnesota.

State License Requirements
Hours (Sanitation Course)

Minnesota is one of the states in which hair braiding is regulated by the Minnesota Board of Cosmetology Examiners. To be eligible for licensure as a hair braider in Minnesota, you must complete a 30-hour course that covers sanitation, hygiene, and safety. However, most hair braiding courses in Minnesota also help you develop your braiding skills, which is good news for those who have not learned braiding techniques from skilled family members.

Education Details

When you first learn about a new braiding technique, you may first watch your instructor perform it on a mannequin or a human head. Then you may cover the braiding technique step by step. The final step is practicing the technique yourself, first starting on mannequin heads and then moving onto other people. You may experiment with different hair textures and lengths as part of your training. Different techniques you may cover as part of your education include weaving, cornrowing, braiding, extensions, locking, and twisting.

License Renewal
License Renewal Hours
3 Years*
License Renewal Period
Job Outlook Increase
Between 2012 - 2022

Though hair braiding has been around for hundreds of years, it is just starting to gain popularity and traction in the United States. As a result, the demand for hair braiders is growing throughout the country. The more styling techniques you can effectively use on clients’ hair, the greater demand you may see for your skills. O*Net reports an expected 6% increase in cosmetology jobs through 2022 in Minnesota. This includes hair braiding jobs. It may be difficult to pinpoint salary information in this beauty specialty, as it is still a fairly small field with little data available. However, O*Net reports that the average salary for a cosmetology professional in Minnesota is $23,500 per year, with the top 10% of professionals earning more than $43,800 per year. Your income may depend on whether you work for a salon or own your own business.

Working as a Hair Braider

You can take your hair braiding skills into many different settings and start building a client base. If you live in an area where braiding hasn’t yet taken off or it’s still growing, you may wish to open your own salon and get your share of the hair braiding market. This may involve working out of your home, performing hair braiding services in other people’s homes, or renting out a salon space to see customers. It all depends on what your long-term goals are! Becoming a business owner may increase your earning potential if you’re willing to work hard and work long hours in the early days of ownership. In addition, it may help you develop a strong reputation in your community for hair braiding. You may also find work at a salon or a specialty hair braiding shop. This may be ideal if you’re not quite ready for business ownership or if you don’t want to start from scratch on your client base. This may allow you to benefit from the salon’s reputation, take walk-in clients that are assigned to you, and slowly develop a list of loyal clients that way. There are benefits to working in a salon or working for yourself! In your hair braiding career, you may see the same clients for many years. Customers who find a hair braider they like may go back for touchups, new sets of full braids, and extensions. Customer service is at the core of this career.

State board Contact Information

Minnesota Board of Cosmetologist Examiners
2829 University Ave. SE, Suite 710
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Phone Number: 651-201-2742
Fax Number: 612-617-2601
E-mail Address:

The Minnesota State Board of Cosmetology can help you with replacing a lost cosmetology license, updating change of name or change of address information, and acquiring out-of-state and other useful forms, as well as answer additional questions about obtaining a Minnesota state cosmetology license.

Hair stylists are a welcome part of the community across Minnesota. They
are arbiters of vibrant trends, including fashionable and alluring hair braiding.
They and other aspiring stylists learn all pertinent information about it
from the following groups.

Minnesota Board of Cosmetology Examiners
Professional Beauty Association
Associated Hair Professionals



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701 Apache Mall,
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Program: Cosmetology

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Model College of Hair Design

201 8th Avenue South,
St. Cloud, MN 56301

Program: Cosmetology

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