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Hair Braiding

The art of braiding hair is hardly new. In fact, it can be traced back nearly 5,000 years to cultures around the world, including Asia, Africa and the Americas.

Braiding wasn’t always done to make the hair look nice. During the Renaissance, which lasted from the 14th through the 17th centuries, hair braiding was used as a way to keep hair clean since daily bathing and hair washing was not practiced.

In the 21st century, hair braiding has become all about fashion and style in a majority of cultures around the world. While it is true that some people still use braids as a way to avoid washing the hair too frequently – or as a social activity – for the most part, hair braiding is about expressing personal style.

In the past, the art of hair braiding often was passed down from one generation to another, requiring no formal training or education. However, those who wish to earn a living braiding hair today must follow their state’s guidelines and regulations for hair-braiding professionals. Some states require hair braiders to attend cosmetology school and become licensed, while others require only sanitation courses to be completed before advertising as a hair braider.

Those who wish to specialize in hair braiding should seek out a program that includes loctician training – the formal process of learning how to create and care for dreadlocks and other hair-braiding techniques. Loctician training should include how to wash and prep the scalp and hair prior to braiding, perform palm-rolling techniques, apply color, set rods, rollers and pipes and create advanced styles. Not every cosmetology program includes courses on hair braiding, so those who plan to make hair braiding a specialty service should seek out a program that includes this kind of training.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics groups hair braiders with hairdressers, hairstylists and cosmetologists, who earn an average of $26,790 annually. Future demand for qualified hair braiders is predicted to increase due to the growing cultural diversity in the United States.

To find a program that includes training in hair braiding, please use the unique search tool on www.collegefinder.us.com.

Articles & content by Shari Berg, Collegefinder.us.com.

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