One of the benefits of recent growth in the cosmetology industry is the explosion of specialties that beauty professionals can choose to work in.
For example, if you are looking for a career that makes use of your creativity and your quick hands, you may be a perfect fit for the field of hair braiding.
Of course, you have to learn about sanitation and hygiene before you begin your career, as is the case with any cosmetology career. However, you should spend most of your time developing your practical skills. As you learn each skill, you may watch your instructor create it, go through step-by-step directions, and then practice it yourself. Commonly covered skills include weaving, cornrowing, locking, twisting, and braiding. As you become more confident, you may be able to tweak each design to suit your own style.
Hair braiding is still a growing field in Wisconsin, so the demand for skilled braiders is growing in many parts of the state. From 2012 through 2022, O*Net predicts an 8% increase in cosmetology job openings in Wisconsin. This includes jobs that come from hair braiding. Across the state, the average salary for a cosmetology specialist is $22,800 per year (O*Net, 2014).
After you complete your education, it is time to start your new career. When you start out, it is important to build up your experience and your practical skills by practicing on as many people as possible. Until you build a reputation and a client base, this may mean offering free braiding to people in exchange for feedback or a referral. However, once you establish yourself in the hair braiding community, you may find that your schedule fills up fairly quickly. Flexibility is an important trait to have in this career. People may change their styles up from month to month, or they may want you to create the same set of braids every time they come to see you. Clients who enjoy your styling may even ask you to suggest something for them.
Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services
Wisconsin Cosmetology Examining Board
PO Box 8935
1400 E. Washington Ave.
Madison WI 53703
Phone Number: 608-266-2112/877-617-1565
Fax Number: 608-261-7083
E-mail Address: DSPS@wisconsin.gov
The Wisconsin Cosmetology Examining Board can help you answer any questions we did not answer above about obtaining a Wisconsin cosmetology license.
Braiding hair in Wisconsin means that you are part of an esteemed group of
professional stylists. Those specializing in it also add to a diverse state industry.
These following resources are the best places to begin.
Wisconsin Department of Safety and Social Services
Association of Hair Professionals