We offer 3 different membership courses designed to help you master the fundamentals of styling natural hair from braiding, locking, and business.



6 Month Program

36 Video Tutorials
(Delivered Bi-Weekly)

The Course Covers Topics On:

  • Braiding Techniques
  • Loc Theory Techniques
  • Twist Techniques



9 Month Program

75 Total Video Tutorials
(Delivered Bi-Weekly)

Course Enrollment Includes Access to:

  • The Techniques Course
  • Private REA Facebook Group
  • 60 Min Monthly Group Call
  • The Essence of Success (ebook)
  • REA Certificate of Completion *

The Course Covers Topics on:

Advanced Loc Styles, Braided Updos, Flat Twist Styles, Mindset & Motivation (bonus) and much more.

* Upon Full Completion (See FAQ'S  below for completion details)




Yearly Program

111 Video Tutorials
(Delivered Bi-Weekly)

Enrollment Includes Access to:

  • 36 Business Video Tutorials
  • Everything in Techniques Course
  • Everything In Styling Course
  • 1 Yearly Private VIP Day
  • Two Monthly 1:1 Coaching Calls
  • Free VIP Access to All REA Events

Plus: REA Elite Natural Hair Styling Kit
(Includes Rattail Combs, Afro kinky Mannequin, & REA T-Shirt)



What tools will I need?

The tools needed and suggested are an afro kinky mannequin, rattail combs, clips, and scissors, which we offer in the REA store. Rare Essence Academy offers step-by-step video tutorials and lectures; a mannequin will allow students to learn the information in a "hands on” way and retain the techniques and styles provided.

Will I still have access once my 9 months are completed?
Yes, you will have access to the tutorials once subscription is complete.  

If I need to cancel subscription, how do I cancel? 

You may cancel you subscription at any time by logging into your account and select  "account settings" and requesting to cancel.

Can I pick up where I left off?
Yes you may re-enroll at anytime and pickup where you left off within 3 months of cancellation. Otherwise you will need to re-enroll.

What are the requirements to receive my certificate upon course completion?

You will need to successfully complete and submit your photos via our private Facebook group. Photos should consist of 6 styles from the REA course performed by you.

  • 2 Locs Styles
  • 2 Braid Styles 
  • 2 Twist Styles 

Are the tutorials able to be downloaded?
Our program is web based only. As long as you have internet access you will be able to access our tutorials. The tutorials are not downloadable and we do not ship DVD's. 

How does Rare Essence Academy differ from cosmetology and beauty schools.

Rare Essence Academy is a continuing education program that will help you increase your skill set for creating artistic and skillful natural hair work. We will not only teach you the fundamentals and advanced techniques to natural hair styling, but we will also provide a business course. Our business course contains education on how to market/brand yourself, build clientele and grow your business. Rare Essence Academy is not an alternative to cosmetology school and will not offer a license.

Is Rare Essence Academy geared more towards teaching how to become a natural hair artist or the business trades in the industry?

Rare Essence Academy is correspondingly catering to both subjects. Fundamentals, advanced styling, and techniques are vital to a hair artist’s portfolio. However, they can almost be pointless if not marketed and branded correctly. We want to help build the natural hair artist in you while equally building and empowering the businesswoman in you. Students will not lack in either areas of the curriculum, Rare Essence Academy prides itself on the development of well-rounded and entirely educated entrepreneurs.

How long are the courses?

Each course ranges from 3-9 months. Members are welcome to advance to the next course at any time. It is our suggestion that the courses be taken based on skill set so students are able to achieve a solid understanding of the information given.

Is there any help with the cost of my enrollment?

Since enrollment is established as a monthly opt-in subscription there is no financial aid or scholarship programs.

Does Rare Essence Academy offer a license?

We do not offer a license. Every state has their own set of requirements as it pertains to getting a license for braiding and natural hair services. Rare Essence Academy is here to equip you with education that you can use no matter which state you are in. Once you complete the full course and complete the styles taught by to REA satisfaction our students will receive a Rare Essence certificate.