Iowa Natural Hair Braiding Registry

A person shall register with the Iowa Department of Public Health 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. After the registration form is processed, registrants will receive a letter by U.S. mail confirming his or her addition to the registry. Questions about the registry program can be addressed to the department by phone at 515-281-0254 or online using the Contact Us system.