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Natural Hair Care & Braiding Program Outline

Hair Braiding Course Objective

This course is a 300-clock hour certificate program that will cover all aspects and types of hair

braiding. This course will help you understand and learn how to care for natural hair, create

braids, plaits, and other techniques, and understand human biology as it pertains to the scalp and

hair, common disorders, and basic hair types. Understand how to build your customer base,

develop your portfolio, and provide excellent customer service to develop and build customer

loyalty, and income opportunities.

Hair Braiding Course Completion

Upon successful completion of this Hair Braiding Certificate, students will be able to:

❖ Function more effectively as a hair braiding professional working with individuals

providing beauty services such as styling hair, massaging, make recommendations for

treating the scalp, and other hair care services.

❖ Maintain a level of client confidentiality, personal integrity, and professional standards.

❖ Build a successful hair braiding business or work in a beauty salon to develop a portfolio

and income opportunities.

❖ Build a customer base and provide excellent customer service to build customer loyalty.

❖ Demonstrate proficiency in conducting client assessments to understand the needs of the


❖ Maintain a level of client confidentiality, personal integrity, and professional standards.

❖ Assume responsibility for continued professional and personal development through

lifelong learning/continuing education.


Full-time and Part-time Student Academic Progress (i.e., evaluation on theory, practical and clinical

works (however, clinical work is graded on a pass/fail basis only and will not be considered as part of the

overall GPA) will be evaluated during the same time periods as stated above in the “Attendance Progress

Evaluation”. Each student is expected to achieve a minimum grade point average of 75%.

Grading System

A = Excellent (91-100)

B = Good (81- 90)

C = Average (70 -80)

F = Failing (Below 70)

W = Withdraw Probation

Students who meet only one of the evaluation requirements attendance or academic, will be considered to

be making satisfactory progress but shall be placed in a probationary status for a maximum of two (2)

times. In order to be taken off of probationary status, a student must achieve a 75% rate of attendance

and/or academics. If a student is placed on a second, consecutive probation, the student will be

determined as not making satisfactory progress and will be considered for dismissal.


The clock-hour education is provided through a sequential set of learning steps that address

specific tasks necessary for entry-level job skills. Clinic equipment, implements, and products

are comparable to those used in the industry. The course is presented through comprehensive

lesson plans that reflect effective educational methods. Subjects are presented by means of

lecture, demonstration, and interactive student participation. Audiovisual aids, guest speakers,

projects, activities, and other related learning methods are used for course delivery.

TEXTBOOK: Milady’s Standard Natural Hair Care and Braiding, 1st Edition

Hair Braiding Topics

1. History Overview

2. Bacteriology/Infection Control & Prevention

3. The Client and You

4. The Professional Consultation

5. How Hair Types and Structures Differ

6. Hair and Scalp Diseases and Disorders

7. Shampoos, Conditioners, Herbal Treatments and Rinses

8. Textured Hair is Manageable

9. Braiding and Sculpting Techniques Introduction


History of hair braiding

Disinfection and sanitation


Disorders and diseases of hair and scalp

Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) on: chemicals, hair analysis, & scalp care

Hair and Scalp Diseases and Disorders

Professional Ethics

Tools and equipment

Braiding and Sculpting Techniques Introduction

Basic styling knowledge

The Professional Consultation

Growth patterns

Braid removal, scalp care

Styles and sectioning

Single braids with and without extensions

Cornrows with and without extensions

Twists and knots/ Multiple strand braiding

Hair locking/dreading


Career paths

Full-Time Students Hair Braiding

300 Hours = 16 Weeks = 4 Months

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