Hair Braiders Marketing Tip #1

Hair Braiders Marketing Tip #1

Hair Braiders Marketing Tip #1 – 2 for the price of 1.”   This marketing tip is a tip that anyone can use to build their Hair Braiding business.  You don’t have to invest any money, just time,  hard work and dedication.  You must be willing to give your clients a FREE  service or a DISCOUNT that has value to them.  Once they receive what they are looking for, guaranteed, they will become local clients and refer others to you.

Let me share a story about myself and how I know for a fact that this marketing tip works.  I am not originally from Florida.  When I moved here from New York City,  I didn’t know anyone.  I had zero (0) clients!   At that time we didn’t have  social media.  Only flyers, business cards and word of mouth.  I didn’t have advertising dollars, so I had to figure out how to get clients through the door without spending a dime.   Here’s what I did to build my clientele from 0 to 20 in just a few weeks! In 3 months I had over 50 steady clients!

 MARKETING TIP #1 . On my slow days in the salon, which were Tuesday & Wednesday, I offered a 2 for 1 Special.

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What that means is that I did 2 people for the price of 1.  If the hair style cost $100, then one person could pay the entire price and treat their friend to a FREE style.  Or they could split the cost, half and half making the cost of the service $50 for each person.

I offered this special 2 for the price of 1  every week for about 3 months.  It was hard work.  I gave quality service.  My clients were happy and continued to return bringing along a friend to get the 2 for 1 special.  *Please note, a client could not return with the same person who had gotten their hair done previously.  They could only bring NEW CLIENTS.

The purpose of this campaign was NOT MONEY!  It was to BUILD A CLIENTELE.  This marketing campaign was a win for me.  I gained new clients every week.  It was also a win for my client because they got their hair done at 1/2 price.

If you would like to learn more about how to run this 2 for 1  special  to build more clients, leave a message or comment,  I would be happy to help you!:-)

 

 

 

 

 

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Hair Braider License for Military Personnel

Hair Braider License for Military Personnel

Hair Braider license for military personal/veterans who have completed the 16 hour hair Braiding course.  One of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation primary focus is helping people get to work. This includes military on active duty who hold professional licenses, military spouses and veterans of our armed services. DBPR has several programs in place to assist these individuals with the licensing process on line.  Whether a spouse needs help applying for a state license after being transferred to a Florida duty station, an active duty member wants to keep his or her license current during a deployment, or a veteran is trying to obtain a license with experience earned during his or her service to our country.  Read more

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Military and Veteran Spouses

Military Personnel, Veterans & Military Spouses Licensing Fee Waiver Program

 

Under House Bill 615, which went into effect July 1, 2017, the Department now has the ability to waive the initial licensing fee for any individual that is currently serving, or has formerly served, as an active duty member of the Armed Forces of the United States, or a spouse or surviving spouse of such member that was married to the member during a period of active duty who applies to the Department for a state professional license.  Read more…….

 

Getting your Certificate

If you would like to receive your Hair Braiding 16 hour course Certificate, please click here . If you have any questions about the course, please send us a message.  Any questions about the state waiving the initial licensing fee, please contact them at:

Customer Contact Center
2601 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, FL 32399

Phone: (850) 487-1395
Submit Request: Customer Contact Assistance

If you want to learn more, please visit Hair Braiding 16 Hour Course to take the 16 hour course to receive you Braiding License in the state of Florida.

4 Ways To Maintain Your Braids

4 Ways To Maintain Your Braids

Many clients who have Braids and twist are wondering how they can maintain their braids and twists.  Even though braids and twists are considered to be a protective style, your natural hair should remain strong and healthy throughout the process.  As a Cosmetologist, I have always promoted the need to have healthy hair.
As you may know there are things that you can and should do to take care of your hair, especially when you’ve chosen to wear braids or twists. The following tips will ensure that your braids look good, last long, and your natural hair continues to thrive.

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  • Moisturize Your Scalp:  Hair needs moisturize to stay healthy.  Think of your hair as a plant. Without hydrated soil, the plant can not thrive and the same goes for your scalp and hair. So make sure that you moisturize your scalp at least once a day with a little water.
  • Protect Your Hair When Going To Bed: Covering your hair  with a satin scarf, bonnet, or even sleeping on a satin pillowcase helps keep your edges in tact and your hair from drying out. Cotton soaks up moisture, therefore a cotton pillow case extracts the moisture from your hair and scalp.
  • Wash Your Braids: Some may think that you aren’t able to wash your own hair when you have it styled with braids. This is false. There is buildup that can form on your scalp from everyday dirt, sweat, etc. that has to be cleansed.  Shampooing your braids aren’t that difficult.  It can be done in the shower by using cleansing products.  I highly recommend Dr. Bronner’s pure-castile liquid peppermint soap.  It will throughly cleanse your scalp while leaving you with a fresh minty feeling every time the wind blows!
  • Moisturize & Seal Your Hair: Moisturizing your hair is another key to maintaining the integrity of your hair, with or without braids. We recommend starting out with a moisturizer of your choice, whether it be homemade, store bought, or just regular water. Then be sure to seal that hydration in will some type of oil or or sealing product. This will ensure that your hair remains soft and supple instead of dry and brittle.
  • Don’t Leave Your Braids In Too Long: Braids and twists are considered to be a type of protective style, but if left in too long, they can become quite damaging. These styles are meant to be temporary.  I recommend the you keep the style for up to four to eight weeks, depending on the style.

For more tips on maintaining your braids and twist follow us on Facebook, Pinterest & Instagram.  If you are interested in getting your braiding license, please click here.

5 Best Braid Tutorials for Long Hair

5 Best Braid Tutorials for Long Hair
Everyone knows long hair requires dedication, patience, and lots of care! In this blog post we share 5 best braid style tutorials on how to braid long hair.  The best and easiest hairstyles for long hair with braids.  If you are in need of some inspiration for long locks, scroll down this page.  As they say “practice makes perfect”!  Try these styles on a weekly basic and in no time you will become a pro braider! Who knows, you may want to make braiding your profession.
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Beautiful Auburn Hair braided into a ponytail. Verify Magazine Source.
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Practice makes perfect. Eight easy steps to have a beautiful half up, half down hairstyle. Source deluxe-china.
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Step by step tutorial for french braid on long hair tied into a bun. Source – K foods.
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How to do the Halo Braid. Split hair into two sections starting from the middle of the head to the nape area. Braid the two sections, then wrap hair around the head and secure with bobby-pins. Now you are ready to show off your Halo Braid! Source – Intimate Weddings
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Fish Tail Braid styled to the right side, resting on the models shoulders. Perfect to wear with a dress or shirt that exposes your back.

If you would like to become a professional hair braider please visit Hair Braiding 16 Hour Course to learn how you can get Licensed.

 

 

 

6 of The Best Blue Braid Styles of 2018

6 of The Best Blue Braid Styles of 2018

Blue Braid PROTECTIVE Hairstyles are very popular.  They can be worn on different occasions. Take a look at 6 of the best braid styles of 2018.

1.  SEXY BLUE AND BLACK BOX BRAIDS

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If you are planning on wearing a protective hair style this summer, please make sure that pressure isn’t placed  on your natural hair strands. Make sure braids for example are not tight, and your hair is not pulling.  Also remember, when wearing these styles, keep hair moisturize to prevent dryness resulting in damage hair. I usually use a mixture of coconut oil and water.  Take a look at the other protective styles below.  I’m sure there is one that suits your fancy.

2.  WAIST LENGTH TWIST STYLE

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3.  JUMBO BOX BRAIDS

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4.  HALF UP INTO A MOHAWK WITH CORNROWS ON THE SIDE

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5.  BLUE BRAID UP-DO

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6.  TWO STRAND TWIST CROCHET

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If you would like to learn more about hair or braiding, please click here to be redirected to Hair Braiding 16 Hour Course.  The place where you will find information about how to promote your braiding business and also get your course for Florida State Licensure.

Hair Wrapping vs Hair Extensions

Hair Wrapping vs Hair Extensions

Hair Wrapping verses Hair Extensions have become a very popular subject amongst Hair Braiders lately. I gotten so many questions and comments on the subject, therefore, I decided to write about the differences between hair wrapping and hair extensions.

In the State of Florida, it is mandatory for Hair Braiders to take a 16 Hour Hair Braiding Course. This course is needed for Braiders who want to work in a salon or open their own business.

According to the Department of Business and Professional Regulations “Hair braiding” means the weaving or interweaving of natural human hair for compensation without cutting, coloring, permanent waving, relaxing, removing, or chemical treatment and does not include the use of hair extensions or wefts.”

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This is an example of “Hair Wrapping”

Hair Wrappers also need to be certified in the state of Florida by taking a 6 hour course. The definition of a Hair Wrapper according to The Department of Business and Professional regulations is:

“Hair wrapping” means the wrapping of manufactured materials around a strand or strands of human hair, for compensation, without cutting, coloring, permanent waving, relaxing, removing, weaving, chemically treating, braiding,
using hair extensions, or performing any other service defined as cosmetology.

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Many people have their own interpretation of the term ” hair wrapping”.   To clarify, I looked up the question and found the answer, “Can a Hair Braider or Hair Wrapper add extensions inth the hair?  The answer is NO.   Visit the Florida Department of Business & professional regulations website, click here to read the question and answer.  I also call the DPBR for verbal clarification, which I received.  To verify,  you can speak to a customer service representative from the DPBR at this 850-487-1395  from 8:30am to 5:00pm.  They will be happy to answer any questions you may have concerning Hair Braiding.

Please do not take the Hair Wrapping course thinking that you can use it together with your Braiding License to add hair extensions into your clients hair.  I am not saying this to scare you or make you uneasy.  I want you to be aware of the consequences.  If you are adding hair into your braided hairstyle and the State Board Inspector walks into your salon, sees you adding hair with a Braiders license, you can be fined! People take chances on a daily basis apply hair extensions, however, it is not approved by the Cosmetology Board, for Hair Braiders to add extension hair even with a Hair Wrappers license.

If you would like to pursue a career in Cosmetology, and receive a license, you will be allowed to add hair extensions into braided hair.  Here is the definition of Cosmetology:

“Cosmetology” means the mechanical or chemical treatment of the head, face, and scalp for aesthetic rather than medical purposes, including, but not limited to, hair shampooing, hair cutting, hair arranging, hair coloring, permanent waving, and hair relaxing for compensation. This term also includes performing hair removal, including wax treatments, manicures, pedicures, and skin care services.

 

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An example of “Hair Braided” with extensions.

If you have any comments about this article, or want to add any additional information, I would love to hear from you.

Can Hair Braiders do Dreadlocks?

Can Hair Braiders do Dreadlocks?

Hair Braiders are also accepting dreadlock clients.  Can a Braider do both? The answer is absolutely YES!  Braids and dreadlocks.  A Florida specialty registration is required to perform hair braider services. Hair braiding is the practice of weaving or interweaving natural human hair without cutting, coloring, permanent waving, relaxing, removing, or chemical treatment and does not include the use of hair extensions or wefts.

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Photo Credit: @killadoesthat

Dreadlocks have been a stigmatized hairstyle for a very long time in many societies and many that maintained this kind of hairstyle were mainly considered to be unruly and sometimes weed smokers. Now in the 21st Century, almost every 2nd person out of 5 (ie about 40%) has dreadlocks within the community cause now as opposed to before where the hairdo was only restricted to blacks, now even the Caucasians can be seen sporting it.

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Photo credit – CurlyNuGrowth.com

 

Right now, more and more people are choosing to go natural and taking up dreadlocks as their preferred choice of natural hairstyle. Why many have chosen this path can not be pinpointed to one reason but being natural is healthier, cheaper, offers flexibility and freedom to especially women that could never walk under the rain with the relaxers. Some men have admitted that dreadlocks help to attract females (we all know locked brothers are HOT!!).  Considering more people are taking up dreadlocks as the hairstyle of choice means that more professionals are also included in the group that are going natural.

So with all of that said, there is a very large population waiting for your services.  Don’t limit yourself to doing only braids.  You can be know as the Stylist that does both BRAIDS & LOCS! If you haven’t gotten your Braiding License yet, click here to see whats going on at Hair Braiding 16 Hour Course in Florida.