Ways You Can Get Prepared For Hair Extension Training Classes

By Juliette Cruz

Getting a job as an extensions specialist can provide people with a steady and good income. But, to get this type of job, individuals must be trained on several different extension installation methods. Examples of such methods include weaving, braiding, weaving, bonding, linking and taping. There are many schools that offer hair extension training classes. There are schools that offer stand-alone courses for hairstylists who want to expand the amount of services they provide, while other extension schools offer full programs to become and an extension specialist. Since many courses are generally held for a short duration, may students prepare in advance to reap as much benefits as possible.

Research the field. Anyone thinking about a career as an extension specialist should find out if it is the right field for him. Installing extensions can be a long and tedious process, and require standing for long periods of time. However, this is offset by the amount it costs for the service.

Research many different training schools. Go to many schools to learn what exactly they teach. Students should also determine if they prefer to enroll in individual classes or a comprehensive program. Ask the person in charge of the program if it meets the minimum requirements to for whatever professional license is required to install extensions. A few other things to think about include: class size, cost, when class is held, job placement assistance and practical experience.

Look through styling magazines. There are basically two types of styling magazines. One is more of a hair book, simply filled with photographs of various hairstyles. The other type also contains pictures but also articles highlighting new trends, product reviews and sometimes instructions on how to complete certain styles. Magazines can be a great way to find inspiration for various types of styles. Be especially on the look out for new ways to install extensions.

Read instructional books and manuals. Use books and manuals to learn a few of the basics before classes begin. Students who have already decided on what class they are going to enroll in may want to purchase the textbook the school requires and study from it. Being able to do a basic braid as well as cornrows is a must for several installation techniques.

Learn from instructional videos. Like books, videos also give detailed instructions. Students can stop or pause the video as needed in addition to being able to observe a trained professional performing various methods. To purchasing videos, search the Internet or go to a public library and look for them.

Buy supplies and materials in advance. Training classes typically require the purchase of supplies. Examples of supplies generally needed are: a practice mannequin head, combs, several sizes of clips, weaving needles, weaving thread, tape and glue. Extensions are also essential. Plan to buy supplies on sale to cut cost and get started with practice.

Practice as much as possible. A prospective student will benefit from practicing some basic techniques before enrolling in any hair extension training classes. Practice on a mannequin head first, and then on a friend or a relative. She can then devote much of her time to perfecting her craft throughout the course.

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