Becoming a hair extension specialist can look like a daunting task if you’re going into it without having done a lot of research. You’ll probably have been reading about all the different types of extensions, which ones are best and which are the worst but not really finding much on how to become a hair extension specialist.
Hair extensions have become increasingly popular whether as a solution for people suffering with hair loss or for people to reach their desired aesthetic. You can create amazing looks with hair extensions and they can really boost people’s confidence. Because of this, training for extension specialists is at an all time high. We’re going to break down the steps you need to take to become a hair extension specialist and possible job opportunities available to you after training; some you may not be expecting!
What qualifications do you need to become a hair extension specialist?
Whilst there’s no ‘official’ requirement for extension specialists to have formal qualifications, we’d highly recommend it! Our hair is a major part of us and we’re all familiar with the gloom a bad hair day can bring. Clients will want to go to specialists who can prove they’ve been through training and who they know they can trust with their hair.
We’d advise going to someone who still actively practises as a hair extension specialist as they will be the most up to date on important things like health & safety and also new techniques that are coming out. They’ll also be able to give your helpful tips and tricks that they’ve found work for them. We recommend contacting Natasha from Crown Creations for more information on her courses, or check out her Facebook page to see her amazing portfolio!
Types of courses:
So now you’ve decided to learn before you run, what courses are available to you? It depends on what you’re wanting to do as a hair extension specialist. There are many types of hair extensions and ways to install them so are you looking to specialise in one or are you looking to offer more general services so you can see a wide range of clients?
Most beginner courses should include at least:
- Basic knowledge about different types of hair
- How to create volume and length
- Using different types of hair extensions
- Applying the hair extensions (full and half head)
- Blending the colours and introducing highlights
- After care, products, what and what not to use
- Removal of hair extensions
- Pricing up your services
- General health & safety
I’ve done my training, what now?
Build your portfolio
Once you’ve finished your training and you feel confident to start practicing, it’s time to start finding clients. To do this you’ll need to start a portfolio! Your portfolio should be easily accessible to future clients (we advise Instagram, Pinterest or a website) and contain high quality images of your work. This will show potential clients what you’re capable of.
Part of your course should have included working on models or doll heads, but once you’re out of training you can ask your friends and family to model for you and also offer reduced pricing on services in exchange for being a model.
What can I do once I’ve trained and built my portfolio?
The obvious answer here is, become a hair extension specialist. You might specialise in one specific form of extensions or keep to a varied approach, but you’ll be able to build your portfolio and grow your business. There are a few other options open to you though:
- Become a self employed hair extension specialist – You’ll be your own boss, be able to work around your own schedule and select your own clients. However, all of the stress of running a business is on you. You need to be a proactive and ambitious person.
- Be a hair extension specialist in a salon – You won’t have any of the stress about running your own business, but you’ll be employed by someone. They may want you to work their way and will hold you to a high standard. You’ll have a set place to work everyday instead of travelling to customers or allowing strangers in your house, but you might also have to pay salon fees. A benefit to salon work as someone new to the industry, is that they may pay for your training and allow you to apprentice with them. Definitely something worth looking in to.
- Become a hair artist for film/runway – Probably a job for the more experienced, but something to keep in mind. Once you have training in the beauty industry, it can be transferred to a lot of places. You could work for films, theatre productions, modelling agencies etc., as a hair artist and/or a hair extension specialist.
- Work in a cruise ship salon – If you want to travel, getting a job on a cruise ship is one of the best and most affordable ways to do it. Earn money while you travel, but you might need more skills under your belt than just hair extension training.