Natural Hair StylistBoard 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.
Be at least sixteen years of age and have completed at least two (2) years of high school or received at least a score of thirty-eight percent (38%) on the GED® or HiSET® examination.
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.
A written and practical examination is required.
For information on application, registration, examination or fees, contact our testing vender PSI online at https://test-takers.psiexams.com/ or by phone, 800-733-9267.
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
To apply for an initial license please visit www.core.tn.gov. The fee for an initial application is $60.
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.
Licenses expired for more than three (3) years become invalid. In order to reinstate an invalid license, the licensee must take reinstatement exams. There are no waivers to this provision.