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    Posted: January 20 2006 at 5:05pm
Absolutely, and good luck. Great training for them. All work is constantly supervised. A great place for outsiders to go get a cheaper hair cut as well. All work is observed, by one or two others. Look great after.They need the experience. They'll welcome you with open arms.
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Originally posted by Lassie Lassie wrote:

wish i had the answer for crazy shell~ I am graduating beauty school this month, state board testing 5 days following.  when I get my license, I want to take a hair extension course.  I only want the best;  have been researching and am torn now between hairlocs and shrink links, (specifically, Mark Barrington concepts)  Are those the best?  is one better than the other?  the schools are kind of expensive, so I want to make sure i invest wisely!



More or less all hair extension classes tend to be the same. Find the cheapest and take one of each method. From there you'll have a better idea of what you would like to go on into in the future. For example, the Great Lengths class for $1600 is = to the Balmain class for $250. Both taught by people who show you on basically shoulder length dolls, basic application, basic removal, basic cutting. The brands will try to impress you. Don't be fooled, the techniques are generally the same everywhere and you can decide what quality/brands of products to order later. Remember, 4 less expensive classes are going to offer you a great deal more knowledge then 1 very expensive brand name class. Exposure and hands on time is priceless. A name will not make you a better extensionist. This is from experience.
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Sure, here it is:

Use a fusion method and be sure to use keratin tips. Using a hair type with a bit more texture sometimes keeps bonds from sliding on very fine hair. Prewashing with a stripping shampoo (liquid gold prebond is excellent and inexpensive) and drying thouroughly makes a HUGE difference in how secure your bond will be. When doing a permanent method really find good quality hair. It makes a world of difference. I suggest Balmain Paris or Bohyme (best anyone can buy) depending on your budget.

$1400-$2000 is a very standard price for these extensions, as it really is a time-consuming service, however, I do not charge anywhere near this. I think that is taking advantage of the client.

I do not know whether or not I would trust a beauty school student & here is why: Most standard beauty schools do NOT teach fusion. It is still seen as an ongoing-education type of service. Some teach some weaving (cornrows & sewing) or quick cold bonding. But most students practicing any strand by strand technique (shrinkies/locs/fusion) are learning trial and error without a licensed instructor backing them. They HAVE to if they are dedicated students and want to learn, and it is the right thing to do if you want to eventually specialise in the service, but I can gurantee there are MANY mistakes to be made. Lol. Manequins are a much better learning solution. I REALLY recommend someone that has experience with fusion for this reason: As a hairdresser and extension specialist, I see tons of unqualified people playing with or even charging for extensions. When they are not applied properly or removed properly, they WILL cause damage. This ruins the reputation of everyone in the industry that does them... hence the stereotype that they break your hair. Good extensions and extensionists will NOT damage your hair. This is a fact. I have never had one client suffer damage from their fusion bonds.
Also, application and removal are only a fraction of good hair extensions. The layout of the applicati9on and the finishing cut/blend make all the world of difference. If a person can put them in cut them and they don't stay=worthless. If a person gets them in well and doesn't know how to cut into extensions= worthless.

If you want to learn strand by strand yourself and if you are looking for the most affordable extension strand by strand class with the best value (as in products used and quality) check out the Balmain Paris classes. They run only $250 without the fusion applicator. You can't beat that price.
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PS... In regards to shrinkies, they tend to be the similar application to fusion, but if hair isn't gripped through the middle you will have immense shedding. Heat and cold also cause the shrinking materials to expand and tighten, therefore eventually loosening the hair in the center and again, causing the shedding.

Locs and beads (any clamping) runs a very serious riskof cutting hair off at the clamp over time and when you go to remove them. I work in a variety of methods, as I think all extensionist should be very familiar with all techniques. I hope this is helpful!
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Thanks for your reply crazy~ I know, it a tough choice, shrinkies, hairlocs, shrinkies hairlocs... I read the sh*t out of this board last night.  You got some great replys;  this board fricken rocks!  Sounds to me like shrinkies are taking the lead though, as even the hairlocs experts are also incorperating shrinkies into their work.  obviously, eventually, you learn all sorts of methods according to your clients specific needs. I guess like everything, it's not all just black and white.  I'll go to one or the other first~ then branch out and expand my training and techniques.  The shrinkies class (Mark Barrington concepts) is $1475.  I've not been quoted a price for hairlocs yet;  heard it was expensive.  Anyone reading this know?  Price may have some impact on my decision. 
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Good luck to lassie at state boards!! Don't sweat it to much.. It wasnt really hard (lol). I looked into the fusion class in Georgia but it 1,100.00 dollars for a day class and thats exactly why I have not taken the class. I would like to make sure I am taking the best possible class. I have heard good things about shrinkies. the big thing I hear is people buying crappy hair. Thats what I done want a rats nest on my head. any suggestions anyone?

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wish i had the answer for crazy shell~ I am graduating beauty school this month, state board testing 5 days following.  when I get my license, I want to take a hair extension course.  I only want the best;  have been researching and am torn now between hairlocs and shrink links, (specifically, Mark Barrington concepts)  Are those the best?  is one better than the other?  the schools are kind of expensive, so I want to make sure i invest wisely!

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Originally posted by crazyshell crazyshell wrote:

HAIR EXTENSION QUESTION

 Hi all Im new to this site and have a question.

I have been doing the bonding method of hair extensions for a while now and want to adventure into a longer lasting method.

 I am a hairdresser and have been for 13 years but I am not willing to pay 1,400.00 to have it done when I think one of the girls in my shop could do it. Does anyone know what the best tyupe of hair extension is for my fine thin caucasion hair??? help

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HAIR EXTENSION QUESTION

 Hi all Im new to this site and have a question.

I have been doing the bonding method of hair extensions for a while now and want to adventure into a longer lasting method.

 I am a hairdresser and have been for 13 years but I am not willing to pay 1,400.00 to have it done when I think one of the girls in my shop could do it. Does anyone know what the best tyupe of hair extension is for my fine thin caucasion hair??? help

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Why not?  Most beauty school students are closely supervised by experienced instructors who will watch over your friend.  Ask a lot of good questions to make sure you feel comfortable and ask to speak to the teacher as well.  It you want extensions and you feel comfortable it could be a great opportunity for you and your friend.

Good luck.

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 I have a friend in beauty school and am willing to be her "guinea pig" I have very short hair and would like to try extentions.  I've never had them before.  Should I trust my dear, close friend still in school to do the extensions?
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