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All exam candidates must schedule testing appointments with D.L. Roope by submitting the application from their website: D.L. Roope.com

Candidate Information Bulletins and the Candidate Handbook can be accessed at www.dlroope.com All candidates are responsible for reading the Candidate Information Bulletin prior to examination.

Candidates must register with the full legal name as it appears on their government issued identification. The name on the identification must be the same as the name used to register for the examination. If the candidate fails to bring proper identification or the candidate names do not match, the candidates will not be allowed to test and their examination

If ID and candidate information do not match the candidate may be turned away.

Questions? Contact D.L. Roope 1-888-375-2020 or 1-866-773-1114

Natural Hair Care Examination Information

"Braiding styles can be broadly classified as visible and invisible.  A visible braid is a three-strand braid that employs the underhand technique, in which strands of hair are woven under the center strand.  An invisible braid or inverted braid, also a three-strand braid, is produced by overlapping the strands of hair on top of each other."

Invisible Braid - This is only part of the information in this section of the textbook:
The invisible braid uses an overhand pick-up technique.  It can be done on the scalp or off the scalp, with or without extensions.

Complete instructions and illustrations for the invisible braid are in the Milday textbook on pages 434 - 435

There is information in the Milady textbook for basic cornrows which would be a visible braid on pages 447 - 448 as follows:

Procedure - This is only part of the information in this section of the textbook:
"To create a panel, start by taking two even partings to form a neat row for the cornrow base.  With a tail comb, part the hair into a panel, using butterfly clips to keep the other hair pinned to either side."

"Divide the panel into three even strands.  To ensure consistency througout the braid, make sure the strands are the same size.  Place your fingers close to the base.  Cross the left strand under the center strand."

"Cross the right strand under the center strand.  Passing the outer strands under the center strand this way creates the underhand cornrow braid."

"With each crossing under, or revolution, pick up from the base of the panel a new strand of equal size and add it to the outer strand before crossing it under the center strand."

"As new strands are added, the braid will become fuller.  Braid to the end."

Temporary Permits

Each graduate is eligible for a temporary permit if the following is complete:
1. Graduation paperwork is submitted to the Board (this is completed by the school)
2. The graduate submits the examination application (within 3 months of the date of graduation) to DL Roope.
3. The graduate submits the temporary permit form and $5 fee to the Board office.

All permits are valid for 6 months after the date of graduation. Permits cannot be renewed.