A few people have written to me asking why some Hair Braiders can charge $300 for a braid style and get paid what they ask. While another only charges $100 and clients still try to negotiate with them to drop the price down. They say there work looks good, just like other Braiders or even better. They just can’t get paid what they think there work is worth . Why?
Well for starters, the person that wrote to me does not have a Braiding License .
When you are registered with the State of Florida after taking the 16 Hour Braiding Course, you then are recognized by the State and Clients as a Professional Hair Braider. It doesn’t matter how long you have been braiding hair. Even if you were braiding since you were 10 in you mothers kitchen. You are NOT considered a professional until you are licensed.
People tend to gravitate to people who can do good work and those who took the time to further their education and get the proper license required for their chosen career. Here are 4 things you can do to help kick start your career as a Hair Braider and start building your clientele. You will eventually make the money that you deserve.
- Learn new styles. Hands on classes are offered on a weekly basis. Learn – Goddess Braids, Feed in Braids, Ghana Braids, Faux Locs, Box Braids etc. at http://www.hairbraiding16hourcourse.com
- Practice make perfect – Practice on a mannequin or a friends hair.
- Offer added services. You have to make yourself stand out from the rest. Clients are looking for VALUE for there dollar. Give them something extra. For example, if you are going to braid there hair for $150 . Throw in a FREE shampoo before braiding or offer them their first shampoo after 2 weeks FREE. You have to give your client a reason to come back to you on a frequent basic although they have braids they still need to see you more than once in 6-8 weeks.
When they return for their FREE shampoo, you can then say “I can make you hair look fresh like you just got it done. I’ll redo the perimeter of your hair line (front, sides & back) for an additional $30.00. Now you have just given your client something FREE, along with building trust and loyalty, by showing that you care. The extra $30.00 is something you would not have gotten if you didn’t do the shampoo for free. If you do this with 10 clients per month you will have an extra $300.00.
Always remember that building a clientele and getting paid what you think you are worth takes time, consistency and patience.
*NEVER GIVE UP – DON’T QUIT – SUCCESS IS AROUND THE CORNER*!