I am 99% going to pursue hair braiding on the side this upcoming fall (after I save up and buy a car so I can get to my clients).
After landing a job in which the manager politely suggested that I may have to pull my fro back if it got any longer/bigger (which I didn't get mad at, btw. I just moved to Georgia and my hair seriously has a mind of its own, and I was planning to get my hair braided for the summer anyway to avoid my everlasting battle with humidity), I tried installing faux locs in myself and I did an AWESOME job. I get sooooooo many daily inquiries about them that I convinced myself to use my newfound skill to earn some extra cash flow.
I wanted to ask anyone who is willing to share some advice a few (which will actually end up probably being several) questions.
1) I was thinking about the styles I would offer: faux locs, havana twists, senegalese twists, micro braids, kinky twists, cornrow styles, and re-twist and style locs. (How does this sound? Any other suggestions?)
2) I have a mannequin head from high school that I've been practicing on the last few weeks, but the hair is super silky, I'm having issues with slippage. I was going to get and "afro" haired mannequin but all the reviews are horrible and I figured if I could train my hands to master silky hair, I'll be a PRO by the time I have actual clients. (What do you ladies think?)
3) After buying all the hair I needed for my faux locs, I ended up spending quite a lot and I was pondering how much the girls at the braiding shop of anyone profited. (Are some of you such loyal customers to the beauty shops that you get discounts? Do you buy in SUPER bulk to get discounts? Do you include the price of the hair with the price of the styling?)
4) I would love to learn how to actual, natural locs but my cousin already rudely refused to be my guinea pig for practice. (How can I practice locs without an actual head of locs to use? Can I nap up some braiding hair on my mannequin? or is it an impossible pipe dream without the cooperation of someone else?)
5) Lastly, I'd love hear any suggestions for a new hair braider to become a GREAT hair braider! If I become lucrative enough, I'd quit my retail job and just braid braid braid when I'm not interning on film sets. (What hair braiding experiences have you had that were particularly enjoyable?)