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Barbering & Cosmetology

A person shall register with the state of Iowa in order to perform a commercial service involving natural hair braiding.  Natural hair braiding means a method of natural hair care consisting of braiding, locking, twisting, weaving, cornrowing, or otherwise physically manipulating hair without the use of chemicals to alter the hair’s physical characteristics that incorporates both traditional and modern styling techniques.

No fee is required for registration as a natural hair braider in the state of Iowa.

Questions about the registry program can be addressed to the bureau by email at, or by phone at 515.281.0254.

Note: The Iowa Natural Hair Braiding Registry is not regulated or overseen by the Iowa Board of Barbering and Cosmetology Arts & Sciences.


Iowa Natural Hair Braiding Registry: Registration Form

Iowa Natural Hair Braiding Registry