Consultation on BBCHI Trade and Clarity on NHC

Black Beauty Culture Hair Innovator (BBCHI) Trade Application and Clarity on the Delivery of Natural Hair Care (NHC)

Black Beauty Culture Hair Innovator (BBCHI) Trade Application and Clarity on the Delivery of Natural Hair Care (NHC)

The Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Board (NSAA) has received an application to designate Black Beauty Culture Hair Innovator (natural hair care) as a voluntary trade. This includes hair services such as braids, weaves, knots, and locs.

The application was reviewed by a Trade Advisory Committee composed of individuals who are involved in this work. We are at the consultation stage and would like to hear from people of African and Indigenous descent, as well as hairstyling professionals and educators.

The Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency (NSAA) and the Department of Labour and Advanced Education (LAE) invite you to help determine if there is support for Black Beauty Culture Hair Innovator Trade to become a voluntary trade with a training pathway for certification. We also want your input on how to enhance the understanding that natural hair care services are not regulated under the Cosmetology Act.

The community and industry/stakeholder consultations are hosted by BBI. The community sessions are organized by region: Northern, Halifax and Central, Southern and are open to individuals from all communities in Nova Scotia.

Northern: Pictou County, Guysborough County, Antigonish County, New Glasgow, Cape Breton.

Central: Cumberland County, Colchester County, Hants County, Truro, Cherry Brook/Lake Loon, Upper Hammonds Plains, Lucasville, East Preston and North Preston.

South: Kings County, Lunenburg County, Queens County, Shelburne County, Yarmouth County, Digby County, Annapolis County, Kentville, Wolfville.

Metro: Halifax, Dartmouth, Cherrybrook, Beechville, Hammonds Plains/Lucasville, East and North Preston, Sackville.

Please register to join us for the virtual consultations. We value and welcome your opinion.


- Black Beauty Culture Association, June 14th, 7 pm

- Nova Scotia Community College and Private Career Colleges, June 15th, 2 pm

- Cosmetology Association of Nova Scotia, June 21st, 2 pm

- Halifax and Central, June 22nd, 6:00-7:30 pm

- Northern Region, June 23rd, 6:00-7:30 pm

- Southern Region, June 25th, 6:00-7:30 pm

Please note: This engagement is being conducted on behalf of NSAA and LAE. Information is being collected in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act in terms of the collection, use, and disclosure of personal information.

Your feedback through any of the options (e-mail or letter, phone calls, online questionnaire, or during the virtual sessions), will help inform decisions about the development of a voluntary occupational trade program for natural hair care and approaches to help people understand that natural hair care activities are not regulated.

We encourage you to share your feedback, but your participation is entirely voluntary.

Our public engagement sessions and questionnaire are designed to gather your input and not to collect your personal information. You should not include any information that may identify you or another individual(s) in your feedback/responses.

Information about how you can provide your feedback is included on this page or contact us here:
(902) 426-2224

Click here for FAQs to help you better understand this consultation.

Black Beauty Culture Hair Innovator Trade Consultations and Clarity on Delivery of Natural Hair Care

If you were unable to attend a session or want to provide additional feedback, please leave your written comments below.

Note: If the Black Beauty Culture Hair Innovator Trade is designated, the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency will work with subject matter experts to develop a training program.

For community participants, please identify the region you live in *
For stakeholder participants, please identify the please identify the organizational group that applies to you.
What barriers kept you from attending the virtual session?

You can also send us a letter to: 910-1660 Hollis St, Halifax, NS B3J 1V7

Or, leave a voicemail to 1-888-664-9333.

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