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In 2014, The Braid Lounge, a modern African salon expanded the brand with the launch of The Braid Lounge Academy. Our mission is to inspire and educate braiders of all levels.

Whether you want to learn a few styles, start a side hustle, work at a salon, or create your own braiding business, our comprehensive courses and training program will prepare you for it all. The possibilities are endless. Start your career in braiding with The Braid Lounge Academy.


Meet Your Instructor

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I am Laudia Guilao Ames, aka Braid CEO. As the owner of The Braid Lounge and lead instructor of The Braid Lounge academy, I have built our reputation on passion, creativity, hard work, and honesty.


With 12 years of experience, we are recognized throughout Hampton Roads as a leading professional African hair braiding salon. I am committed to quality and excellence, and I am very excited to share my knowledge with you. 

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