I've noticed a few people asking whether or not they need a licence to professionally operate as a Loctician. If you're apart of the #DivineDreadlocksTribe then you'll know that we offer plenty
of support for getting your business on its feet long after we perfect your skill as a Loctician, but for those who would like to know in advance, I hope this blog post clears things up at least
Do you need a licence to be a Loctician in Australia? No, in Australia you don't need a licence to be a Dread Loctician, BUT if you want to start cutting hair you may need a licence as a hairdresser. If you don't intend to cut hair or operate as a hairdresser, then to dreadlock or maintain dreads for others as a Dread Loctician then all you need is to have some professional training, which we can provide. Our training is not government accredited due to the face that the Australian Government doesn't recognise dreadlocks as an industry, they only recognise hairdressing. Training to be a Divine Dreadlocks Certified Loctician bears no similarity to any formal hairdressers training or knowledge including the unit on dreadlocking offered by TAFE for hairdressers. The hairdressers method of dreadlocking produces a very different result and involves the use of wax and chemicals in the creation and maintenance process. Our whole business ethos is to teach people how to create 100% natural, neat, tight, instantly formed low maintenance dreadlocks without the use of any chemicals or products. This is the way our dreadlock training is 100% natural. If you wish to learn how to make free form dreadlocks, that's also another thing entirely. Just look at YouTube or stop combing and conditioning your hair. To start operating as a Dread Loctician in Australia however, you may need to seek a free ABN (Australian Business Number) for tax purposes if you feel it is going to become more than a hobby business.
The laws internationally vary quite a lot. In America the laws vary from state to state! We would love to expand on this blog later with a list of countries and states where you're in the clear, but in the meantime you should be able to call your local chamber of commerce to find out. If you are in California, here's a link to the Department of Consumer Affairs which may contain the right information for the rules around doing natural hair (dread) work. Most states in the U.S.A request people doing natural hair (which we believe the Divine Dreadlocks Loctician Certificate falls into) to have a cosmetology certificate. Yet some states do not. Also if you are starting your service like a "hobby business" then you can safely operate by dreadlocking for "friends" until you choose to become a true business.
We will continue to research which countries require further licenses to operate as a Natural Dread Loctician, so please feel free to share any valid links you've found & keep checking