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How to become licensed as a natural hair care stylist

Any natural hair care specialist who submits proof to the Board that the natural hair care specialist was actively engaged in the practice of natural hair care prior to July 1, 2010 must pass a practical and written examination conducted by the Board and pays the required fee under G.S. 88B-20 will be issued a license without having to go to school for the 300 hour Natural Hair Care curriculum. Current law gives individuals until July 1, 2015 to pass the examination. Changes can occur to the law during any legislative session. Any natural hair care specialist not practicing prior to July 1, 2010 must go to school for 300 hours prior to taking the examination. A cosmetic art shop that practices natural hair care only and that submits proof to the Board that the shop was actively engaged in the practice of natural hair care on or prior to July 1, 2010 will have until July 1, 2015 to comply with the requirements of G.S. 88B-14. Changes can occur to the law during any legislative session.

Pass the written and practical examinations with a score of 75 or higher and file the license application confirming experience as a natural hair care specialist, pay $20 license fee to the NC Board of Cosmetic Art Examiners 1207 Front Street Suite 110 Raleigh, NC 27609.

To schedule an examination please visit www.dlroope.com

Candidate Information Bulletins can be found at the link to examinations as a guide to both the written and practical examinations. *Make sure to read all information included in CIBs and FAQs*


Natural Hair Care -
a service that results in tension on hair strands or roots by twisting, wrapping, extending, or locking hair by hand or mechanical device. For purposes of this definition the phrase "natural hair care" shall include the use of artifical or natural hair.

How to become licensed as a natural hair care stylist (for individuals not practicing prior to July 1, 2010)

Complete a 300 hour natural hair care styling course in a NC approved cosmetic art school, pass the written and practical examinations with a score of 75 or higher and pay the $20 license fee to the NC Board of Cosmetic Art Examiners 1207 Front Street Suite 110 Raleigh, NC 27609.

How to license a natural hair care styling shop (for shops not operating prior to July 1, 2010)
Fill out the Salon License Application and pay the license fee to the NC Board of Cosmetic Art Examiners 1207 Front Street Suite 110 Raleigh, NC 27609. Inspection to follow for approval, licensure subject to Board rules and regulations. Additional information

How to license a natural hair care styling school
Fill out the School License Application, Guarantee Bond/alternative and submit to the NC Board of Cosmetic Art Examiners 1207 Front Street Suite 110 Raleigh, NC 27609. Review of application, payment of fees and inspection to follow for approval, licensure subject to Board rules and regulations. Additional information

Natural Hair Care Specialists do not need continuing education at this point. CE courses for Natural Hair Care Specialists credit will not be approved.

Cosmetic Art licensees, including Natural Hair Care Specialists must be aware of all Board rules and regulations. Please click the link to review rules specific to Natural Hair Care Specialists