Tennessee Natural Hair Braiding

Derailed Legislation

Rep. Parkinson derailed hair-care legislation that would have changed the state’s laws dramatically for the industry.

A Republican-sponsored bill would have removed licensing requirements for natural-hair-care stylists such as braiders, and it would have combined barber and cosmetology licenses, creating what Parkinson called “adverse” business and public health conditions.

Numerous people in the hair-care industry visited the Cordell Hull Building during the session to lobby Parkinson and other state lawmakers on the legislation, which would have pulled everything in regard to natural hair from state law.

“The danger in that is that people will begin to surrender their licenses and instead of saying barber shop on the outside of their sign, it will say natural hair salon, which means the state has no purview in there anymore,” he said.

Opponents of the legislation also said combining barber and cosmetology licenses would hurt training schools and affect public safety because schools already licensed would be able to offer two different specialties without having the proper training. Here is the full article.

Infection Control

Natural Hair Stylist

Board of Cosmetology and Barber Examiners


A person who uses techniques which result in tension on hair strands such as twisting, wrapping, weaving, extending, locking or braiding of the hair by hand or mechanical appliances, which work does not include the application of dyes, reactive chemicals or other preparations to alter the color or straighten, curl or alter the structure of the hair. The techniques include providing or offering to the general public for compensation any of the following services solely for development or improvement of physical qualities of the natural hair structure: intertwining in a systematic motion to create patterns in a three-dimensional form; inversion or outversion flat against the scalp along the part of a straight or curved row; or extension with natural or synthetic fibers.

Licensing Requirements

Be at least sixteen years of age and satisfy education and examination requirements.

Education Requirements

Satisfactory completion of a course of instruction of not less than 300 hours in the practice and theory of natural hair styling at a school of cosmetology.

Examination Requirements

A written and practical examination is required.

Renewal Requirements

Renewal notices are mailed approximately one month prior to renewal date. Licensee required to submit renewal notice with required fee, if applicable, due by expiration date on license.

Application and Fees

For information on application, registration, examination or fees, contact our testing vender PSI online at:


or by phone, 800-733-9267.

License renewals can be done here.

The Natural Hair Stylist renewal fee is $60.00, as set forth in Rule 0440-1-.13(3) of the Tennessee Rules of Cosmetology.

The renewal form and fee must be submitted to the board office prior to the expiration date listed on the license.  If the renewal is not processed prior, there is an additional late fee of $25.00 per license.  If the late fee is due, your license is not renewed.

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