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Self Taught or training?

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Forum Name: Weaves / Extensions
Forum Description: Discussions on Weaves
Printed Date: Jul 10 2020 at 7:24am

Topic: Self Taught or training?
Posted By: mscaribbeanma
Subject: Self Taught or training?
Date Posted: Jan 02 2014 at 12:06pm
Ladies, I love this hair board and hope to one day be as good as you all when it comes to hair and make-up. I was just wondering are you self taught or did you receive training or are you hair stylist? Did you teach yourself how to do everything? like applying closures, doing self installs etc

Posted By: veedubbz
Date Posted: Jan 02 2014 at 2:25pm
I have taught myself to self install, sew down closures, make closure wigs and uparts etc etc... and braid.

everything I have learned has been from various hair boards and youtube.

But I hate doing my own hair, it takes me much longer than someone else doing it. -_-

Still working on the make up part. CryLOL

Posted By: Petiteagneau
Date Posted: Jan 02 2014 at 3:39pm
Self taught! It saves so much money, time, and you can uninstall, reinstall anytime you like. In addition, you have more control over the look of my hair and dyeing, etc. I have yet to make a wig but I can do any sew in (with bangs), braids, twists, etc. Youtube is great for learning basically anything, and all you need is nimble fingers and patience. I'll be installing a red ombre full sew in this next week on my blog:

Posted By: LaTreMagnifique
Date Posted: Jan 02 2014 at 5:00pm

Self taught.

My mother is a cosmetologist and so I have some knowledge of certain processes/techniques via her advice/instruction.

I have also braided in several shops since the age of 14. That skill is also inherited from my mother. But I personally believe that braiding is a young persons trade and now in my mid 20's, my moderately severe carpal tunnel prevents me from braiding anyone's hair but my own. 

I have improved upon methods and broadened by toolbox of tricks via blogs, YouTube, and BHM.

Posted By: xx_quanna_x
Date Posted: Jan 02 2014 at 10:48pm
YouTube taught mehLOLLOL

Posted By: Lite Brite
Date Posted: Jan 02 2014 at 11:21pm
BHM and youtube!

Posted By: mizzsandra00
Date Posted: Jan 03 2014 at 1:30am
BHM YT and cos school

Posted By: danieb23
Date Posted: Jan 03 2014 at 1:56am
Purely self taught!!

It took me a while and some ratchet installs to get here, but now my hair is laaaiiiddd

Posted By: ivy07
Date Posted: Jan 03 2014 at 2:13am
self taught,BHM and youtube

Posted By: Princess Grace
Date Posted: Jan 03 2014 at 7:05am
Self taught, YT and here even though I havent done a self install in awhile.

Posted By: kandyse1988
Date Posted: Jan 03 2014 at 11:50am
my mom used to be a hair stylist before she developed arthritis, so she gives me pointers... but other than that self taught and yt taught me a lot...

Posted By: ExotiqBeautii
Date Posted: Jan 04 2014 at 1:03am
self taught. started braiding hair at the boys and girls club to practice on people when i was like 12, then i moved on to doing my moms and sisters hair. i remember trying to do some cornrows with extensions on myself one day after school when i was in the 9th grade. i didnt finish until about 5 oclock the next morning. i was very determined to finish it lol. i didnt get any sleep and was falling asleep in my last period and when i went home that day, i went straight to bed. woke up at 7 that night and thought i was late for school (it was winter so the mornings were still dark) and i ran downstairs fully dressed telling my dad i was late and he was looking at me like i was crazy lol. he was like "late for what?!" i told him "school!" he busted out laughing lol. my first "weave" was when i was about 14. it was for homecoming. i never new about weaves or anything and i asked this girl if her sister could do it for me, but the plans fell through so i went to the bss and i didn't know what i was getting. i got 2 packs of 14 and 16 inch hair (the cheapest synthetic kind) and glued that mess in when i got home for homecoming that night. i will admit, it was fly as a kite and i was feeling myself. i was hooked after that and got better overtime, learning how to do installs. i did a lot of hair and got popular when i moved to London. I had a client that suffered from trichotillomania  and would do her installs, sometimes adding a frontal on it, depending how she felt having her hair that month. She had no hair in the main part of the crown area, so I had to make my braid patterns precise so the tracks wouldn't slip out. here are the pics of her installs and some befores.

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Posted By: jadorenaturality92
Date Posted: Jan 04 2014 at 3:30am
Self taught and still learning. Youtube is my best friend. I live in the middle of nowhere while I'm in college and I don't trust just anybody to be up in my head so I'd rather do it myself. If I mess it up I can only be mad at myself. My big sister is a cosmetologist and she kept me looking right so that standard is set and must be met cause she will ride my life if my wig is leaning. 

Posted By: iyawo814
Date Posted: Jan 06 2014 at 5:43pm

Self taught via YT and BHM. When I had a short cut I was always at the shop (for hours) so I would stand right next to my stylist and watch her do other people's hair. That also taught me how to style my short cut like a pro.

Posted By: MsBMW
Date Posted: Jan 07 2014 at 7:14am
I wish I had the patience...I tried to braid my hair once but my arms got tired..LOL

Posted By: pepsi25
Date Posted: Jan 07 2014 at 11:42am
My mother taught me how to braid when I was a child, I use to braid everyones hair from siblings to friends kids to boyfriends and then when I was a teen I started curling my big cousins hair.
I always had long thick hair so when it started to thin out I use to pay my beautician to sew a couple tracks in for me but then she went from $10 a track to some crazy number because of a salon change so I was like I can do this myself so I stole her braid pattern and sewed a couple tracks in to add thickness but when I took it down I had ALOT of breakage so I started making my own clip in's literally super glued tracks together and then super glued my wig clips to the end..I was still going to the shop for doobies...However me and my stylist eventualy ended up falling out because she would over book and I have no patient to give my full Saturdays to the salon.
I got fustrated and said i'm going natural and did so..but I would pay this African Lady to install for me but she couldn't finish me off by triming or cutting bangs so I would go to this guy to trim me and cut my bangs (but he never did it how I invisioned it) Plus the hassel of driving from her house to his shop was redick! So I started wacking on my own bangs It wasn't my hair what did I have to loose? (got pretty good at it!) I did the big chop 6mths after going natural so I lived under sew ins for about 6-8mths but I noticed although I had great hair growth my Edges were suspect as hell. So I youtubed a couple diy upart wigs and started making my own wigs (best decession of my life!) I snatch my wig off everynight I can scratch and wash my hair when I want and nobody can tell it isn't a sew in! Within that I started playing with color by doing test strips. And now I'm confident I can do U-parts, L-parts (haven't tried one with a closure but that's soon to come!)
As far as make-up my little sister taught me years ago (with make up you just have to practice) If I have patients I can hook myself up to the tenth power- just need to get stronger at applying my lashes..
But pretty much My Mom, You Tube, and the rest was trial and error -

Posted By: MrsJHorn
Date Posted: Jan 07 2014 at 12:01pm
Mom was a cosmetologist as well. She couldn't do her own weaves and taught me braid patterns/installs about 18 years ago. Over the last two years I've used YT to tweak some things here and there and put more tools in my toolbox, but otherwise self taught through YT.

Posted By: trendsetta25
Date Posted: Jan 08 2014 at 10:25am
self taught...thanks to experimenting techniques and youtube

Posted By: french_vanilla1
Date Posted: Jan 08 2014 at 9:57pm
Self taught for braids and weaves, youtube for everything else. Still can't install a closure to save my life though lol

Posted By: HowardAlumAKA
Date Posted: Jan 10 2014 at 6:29pm
I want to learn so bad.

Posted By: Gumdrop92
Date Posted: Jan 10 2014 at 9:59pm
Self taught....and boy did it take foreeeeeever.

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