Hair Braiding
West Virginia

Developing a specialized beauty skill can make you a valuable asset to any employer, or it may give you the freedom to start your own business and be your own boss. Consider, for example, the field of hair braiding.

Though this technique has been around for thousands of years, it has just recently started to gain popularity in the United States.

State License Requirements
Education Details

There are many techniques that are covered under the term hair braiding. You may learn many of them, depending on what your instructor excels at and what they think you need to know. In your education, you may explore subjects like locking, twisting, weaving, and corn growing. While learning different styles, you combine classroom learning and practical experience. While you may memorize the steps for each look, you must also practice it on a mannequin head or client.

License Renewal
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Job Outlook Increase
Between 2012 - 2022

In general, the cosmetology industry is growing. So is the field of hair braiding. O*Net reports an expected 13% jump in cosmetology jobs between 2012 and 2022. Your salary may vary from week to week, since hair braiders often earn tips as part of their income. In West Virginia, the average salary for a cosmetology specialist is $19,200 per year (O*Net, 2014). You may be able to increase your income by building a base of loyal clients.

Working as a Hair Braider

Hair braiding is a fast-moving specialty, so you should be able to work quickly and make the most of your time. Even when you are working quickly, a full set of braids can take hours, so working as quickly as you can also respects your customers’ time. As you get repeat customers, you may spend less time completing full sets of braids and more time doing touchups. In general, it’s important to be flexible with your schedule, plan ahead of time for your appointments and how long they'll take, and learn how to work accurately and rapidly.

State board Contact Information

West Virginia State Board of Barbers & Cosmetologists
1201 Dunbar Ave.
Dunbar, WV 25064
Phone Number: 304-558-2924
Fax Number: 304-558-3450
E-mail Address:

The West Virginia 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 West Virginia state cosmetology license.

West Virginia’s hair care industry has seen slight growth, and to that end
stylists are embracing new fields including hair braiding. With that in mind, those
looking to become professionals utilize the following information.

West Virginia State Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists
Professional Beauty Association
Association of Cosmetology Salon Professionals


Find the Beauty Schools in West Virginia that interest you below,

LBI School of Cosmetology

40 Commerce Drive,Suite 201
Morgantown, WV 26501

Program: Cosmetology

Our School LTI's School of Spa and Cosmetology Arts can help you turn your creativity into a career. Our cosmetology, esthetics, and nail technician curriculum is designed to cover it all - from Our School LTI's School of Spa and Cosmetology Arts can help you turn your creativity into a career. Our cosmetology, esthetics, and nail technician curriculum is designed to cover it all - from basic skills like cutting and styling to complex procedures such as chemical texture services, skin care, manicures, and pedicures. Programs Offered COSMETOLOGY Our comprehensive cosmetology curriculum covers a wide variety of skills including classes in hair styling and color, manicuring, skin care, chemical services, and salon management. You will have the opportunity for supervised practice in the school's full-service cosmetology clinic and perform services for real clients. This clock-hour program is designed to train students in both theory and practical experience. The courses are structured to give each student a well-rounded and marketable education. After completion of 1,250 hours of instruction AND successful completion of the Cosmetology program, the graduate must take and pass the licensure examination through the Pennsylvania State Board of Cosmetology in order to practice in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The exam consists of a written portion and a practical portion. All classes prepare our students to take and to pass the exam; a mock state board exam is available to the student prior to the actual exam. MASTER TEACHER OF COSMETOLOGY DIPLOMA As a Master Teacher, you'll gain the skills, knowledge, and ability to teach students the ins and outs of cosmetology. You'll learn the basics of instruction like communications and public speaking. You'll reinforce these skills with higher-level classes about personal and professional conduct, instructional methodology, and theory behind managing salons ESTHETICS* You'll earn this certificate in Esthetics & Professional Makeup in two semesters. You'll gain an understanding of skin care and makeup, including a study of anatomy, physiology and histology, chemistry, and nutrition. We'll teach you how to provide services like specialized facials with facial massage, Galvanic treatments, and hair removal. You'll learn skin analysis, use of facial machines, and makeup artistry skills. ESTHETICS/NAIL TECHNICIAN This program is designed so that the student can work as an esthetician or as a nail technician. Graduates of this program will be awarded a diploma and be able to sit for the Esthetics and Nail Technician licensing exam after successful completion of 600 hours of instruction AND successful completion of the Esthetics and Nail Technician program.  For more information about these programs, please contact us. *These two programs are not accredited and therefore "cash only" programs.        
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