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How to become licensed as a natural hair care stylist

Natural Hair Care Information Update (updated 8/13/2014)

House Bill 1133 was signed by the Governor on August 11, 2014 which removed the exam requirement for any natural hair care specialist who was practicing the art of natural hair care prior to July 1, 2010. Applicants eligible for natural hair care specialist licensure must apply prior to July 1, 2015.
(To Apply click here: Natural Hair Care License Application)
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 and a track and saw method for a weft hair.
To be eligible for licensure you must have been practicing the services mentioned above PRIOR to July 1, 2010, any natural hair care specialist not practicing prior to July 1, 2010 must go to school for 300 hours prior to taking the examination.
When you file your application online you will be asked to affirm under penalty of law that you were actively engaged in the practice of natural hair care prior to July 1, 2010 then you will be asked to submit the fee of $20.00.
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.

 


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