What is the difference between Hair Wrapping & Hair Braiding? I have gotten so many questions and comments on the subject, therefore, I decided to write about the differences between hair wrapping & hair braiding.

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.”

“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.

braids

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.

Hair Wrappers also need to be certified in the state of Florida by taking a 6 hour course. This course is need if you would like to work in a theme park, speciality store, salon adding yarn to an individuals hair.

Model is wrapping yarn into a few strands of her hair

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.

Many people have their own interpretation of the term ” hair wrapping”.   Question: “Can a Hair Braider or Hair Wrapper add extensions to the hair?  The answer is NO.   Visit the Florida Department of Business & professional regulations website, click here to read the question and answer.  You can also call the DPBR for verbal clarification.  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 or Hair Wrapping.

“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.

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. 

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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.

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