Hair Braiding

The practice of braiding hair first originated in West Africa hundreds, if not thousands, of years ago. This practice has made its way to America and is now a growing field in the cosmetology industry.

If you have quick hands and an eye for detail, a career in hair braiding may be a great move. Contact the schools below that offer hair-braiding classes to learn more.

State License Requirements

Before you can begin working as a hair braider in Missouri, you must earn a cosmetology license from the Missouri Board of Cosmetology and Barber Examiners. This requires you to complete 1500 hours of training at an approved cosmetology school. In addition to learning braiding techniques and laws, you learn about other aspects of the cosmetology field.

Education Details

You will also learn many different braiding techniques and styles. In the early stages of your education, you may learn how to weave hair and braid it. You can then move on to more difficult techniques like cornrowing, twisting, and locking. You may also learn how to perform these techniques with extensions and with hair of varying textures.

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

Between 2012 and 2022, O*Net hopes to see a 5% increase in cosmetology jobs, which includes hair braiding. If you want to strengthen your own job outlook, master as many braiding styles as possible. In addition, you may want to spend some time developing your own techniques and coming up with designs that can drive new customers. This can make you an in demand stylist in Missouri. According to O*Net, cosmetologists in Missouri earn an average salary of $23,200 per year.

Working as a Hair Braider

Hair braiders can look forward to strong and steady job growth in Missouri at the rate of 10% through the year 2024. Job opportunities for hair braiders will continue to open up in the coming years as hairstylists retire from the profession or transition from the hair care services industry for other reasons. However, competition for jobs will be strong as a larger pool of talented and experienced hair braiders enter the profession to meet the growing demand for creative, natural hairstyles.

State board Contact Information

Missouri Board of Cosmetology and Barber Examiners
3605 Missouri Boulevard, PO Box 1062
Jefferson City, MO 65102-1062
Phone Number: 866-762-9432 (toll-free)/573-751-1052 (local)
Fax Number: 573-751-8167
E-mail Address:

The Missouri 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 Missouri state cosmetology license.

Hair care stylists in Missouri are part of a workforce that is expected to
grow in leaps over the next six years. These individuals possess a number
of techniques to fit their clients’ wishes including hair braiding.
Those looking to be adept at this, gain more information from these

Missouri Board of Barber and Cosmetology Examiners
Professional Beauty Association
National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts & Sciences


Find the Beauty Schools in Missouri that interest you below,

Bellus Academy

1130 West Loop Place, Westloop Shopping Center
Manhattan, KS 66502

Program: Cosmetology

Academy of Hair Design

1834 South Glenstone Avenue,
Springfield, MO 65804

Program: Cosmetology

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