Hair Braiding

Within the cosmetology field, there are many different specialties. This allows customers to get the experience they want and the high-quality service they deserve. If you are looking for the perfect cosmetology specialty for you, consider hair braiding.

This career requires nimble hands, a passion for learning, and the ability to concentrate for long periods of time.

State License Requirements
Education Details

Washington hair braiders should look carefully at the courses each program offers in their area. Of course, you’ll want to learn as many braiding skills as possible. But you should learn business and marketing as well. Some programs include courses that help you understand how trade shows, exhibitions and workshops operate, which can help you earn additional income.

Washington hair braiding courses •

  • Weaves •
  • Braids •
  • Extensions •
  • Locks •
  • Business skills
License Renewal
License Renewal Hours
License Renewal Period
Job Outlook Increase
Between 2012 - 2022

The cosmetology industry of Washington is growing very quickly. As hair braiding grows in popularity, more and more of the job openings in the state may come from the specialty of hair braiding. Between 2012 and 2022, O*Net believes that cosmetology job openings may increase by 20%. The average salary for a cosmetology professional in Washington is $28,700 per year, which is over $5,000 above the national average (O*Net, 2014). Since hair braiders often work for tips, your income may be dependent on how many appointments you make and keep.

Working as a Hair Braider

Your hair braiding skills may be of use in a variety of cosmetology settings, including spas, salons, and beauty shops. If you live in an area where hair braiding is extremely popular, you may even be able to work in a dedicated braiding shop. Once you have experience and you know the local beauty industry, you may even be able to open your own hair braiding store. When you dedicate to yourself to the field of hair braiding, it’s important to remember that it’s all about the customer. Customers may be able to choose from a variety of braiders, so you need to give them a reason to come back to your chair when they want their braids redone or touched up.

State board Contact Information

State of Washington Dept. of Licensing, Cosmetology Licensing Program
Seattle, WA 98124
405 Black Lake Blvd SW
Olympia, WA 98502
PO Box 3856
Phone Number: 360-664-6626
Fax Number: 360-664-2550
E-mail Address:

The Washington State Department of Licensing can help with the entire process, as well as answer any other questions your have about obtaining a Washington cosmetology license.

Hair braiding has become an intriguing form of styling for professionals in
Washington. Given that local expectations see a jump in their ranks over
the next six years, interested parties look to these groups for more career

Washington State Department of Licensing – Cosmetology
Associated Hair Professionals


Find the Beauty Schools in Washington that interest you below,

Gene Juarez Academy

2222 South 314th Street,
Federal Way, WA 98003

Program: Cosmetology

Gene Juarez Academy

6007 A - 244th Street SW,
Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043

Program: Cosmetology

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