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How to become licensed as a natural hair care stylist

Natural Hair Care Information Update (updated 7/8/2015)


After July 1, 2015 any unlicensed individual must graduate from a licensed Cosmetic Arts natural hair care school, pass examination and pay for licensure.

The scope of practice for a natural hair care specialist is different forms of braiding, corn rows, locks, knots, twist, blow dry, thermal style and a track and sew method for a weft hair.

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