"The NHBC is preserving the legacy of Natural Haircare in New York State, by strengthening current licensing, testing, and curriculum for texture inclusion in both Natural Hair Care and Cosmetology.”
-Erin H. Maybin, NYS Appearance Advisory Appointee
About The NHBC
The Natural Hairstyle & Braid Coalition, Inc., (NHBC) is a New York-based 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization formed in 2022.
Dedicated to preserving the legacy of the natural haircare industry we champion the NYS Natural Hair License, advocate for ethical practices, and promote access to safe, inclusive haircare for all nationally and globally.
The membership-based coalition is made up of licensed natural hairstylists, cosmetologists, educators, entrepreneurs, NGO’S, community leaders, political and justice-focused organizations.
Mission & Vision
The Natural Hairstyle & Braid Coalition's mission is to Elevate the ART & SCIENCE of the natural hair care industry through education and legislation on a global scale.
Incorporating our Four Pillars: Advocacy & Activism, Ethical Education, Business Development, and Community Health & Safety.
We envision a world where everyone has access to safe, ethical, and sustainable hair care regardless of hair type and texture.
Natural Hairstyle & Braid Coalition Pillars
Advocacy & Activism
Create and uphold professional standards and protocols, with accompanying curriculum while spearheading legislation that protects the rights of hair care professionals and the consumer.
Foster growth and innovation in the industry while promoting the highest standards of professionalism, ethics, and safety.
Assist natural hair care professionals in building sustainable careers through licensing, training and certification, while increasing career opportunities and service quality for clients.
Health & Safety
Set standards for public safety through proper sanitation practices and the implementation of safe and effective styling techniques for the natural hair community.
“70% of patients with alopecia report significant impact on emotional and social well-being. This type of hair loss is a form of Black trauma that can lead to depression, anxiety and stress.”
- Dr. Osei-Tutu MD, FAAD, Board-Certified Dermatologist, Hair Loss Specialist