A braid stylist is an individual who is a specialist in creating different types of braids for clients, in a salon capacity.
Usually, a braid stylist is expected to perform other hair styling duties as well but may be considered an expert in this particular area.
Working as a braid stylist means that you will be in constant contact with clients whose hair you have to do – good communication skills and pleasant nature are obvious requirements here.
Typically, a diploma in hair styling is considered sufficient to work in this role. Inherent interest in providing beauty services (especially those related to hair styling), is imperative to be able to do justice to this work.
As a braid stylist, you will need to possess great insight into what industry trends are pertaining to hairstyles, and then ensure that you keep yourself updated about them.
Communicating with clients to determine what their specific braid styling requirements are, providing suggestions, and ensuring that one delivers what is asked for, are all part of the game.
If you want to work as a braid stylist, you will need to know all there is to know about the different types of braids that are popular nowadays, such as double bun braids, waterfall twists, pigtails, and Boho braids.
Here is a list of duties that you will be performing in the role of a braid stylist:
Braid Stylist Duties and Responsibilities
• Greet clients as they arrive at the salon, and inquire about their hairstyling and braiding needs.
• Assess clients’ hair quality and type to determine if the braid style that they have requested can be managed.
• Provide suggestions to clients regarding different braid styles to suit their face cuts and stature.
• Interview clients to determine which event they require styling for, and provide suggestions on different hairstyles.
• Wash and blow-dry clients’ hair, and create braids such as embellished chignons, crown braids, waterfall twists, pigtails, and milkmaid braids.
• Inquire from clients if they want their braids to be embellished with pearls, zircons, and flowers.
• Fix embellishments using pins and stick-on, securing them with hair spray where required.
• Provide clients with information on how to maintain their braids during the course of their events.
• Suggest salon or retail products to clients, to help them in maintaining a healthy hair care routine.
• Train new hair stylists in creating different types of braids, as part of their induction program.
• Design new styles/signature styles, including braid weaves, in a bid to attract more clients.