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How Do I Choose the Best Hair Extensions Courses?

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  • Written By: A. Rohlandt
  • Edited By: Susan Barwick
  • Last Modified Date: 10 October 2019
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When choosing hair extensions courses, you need to consider the extension techniques covered in the course and whether just that one technique is covered. Other considerations include additional subjects taught, the trainer-to-student ratio, the course duration, and the costs involved. You should also check to see if the course is approved by a health and beauty governing body in your region or country.

There are several hair extension techniques to choose from, and most hair extensions courses will teach at least one or two of these. Micro-ring and keratin application are two of the more popular methods, but other techniques, such as tape or clip-in application can be taught as well. It is best to look for hair extensions courses that teach one "natural" technique in addition to one that uses bonding agents. Micro-ring extensions, for example, offer an alternative for clients who prefer not to use chemicals or bonding agents on their hair.

Courses that include subjects such as specialized services, client communication, and stock control can help you run your own business once you've completed the course. Other modules can include guidance on how to set prices, how to negotiate pricing with a client, and how to order your supplies. Most hair extension experts will recommend using only ethically sourced hair, so a list of reputable suppliers can be helpful, especially if you are new to the industry.

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The trainer-to-student ratio is another important consideration because of the practical nature of the course. Some courses offer one-on-one training, while others teach in small groups to give each student the most attention possible. Smaller classes make it easier for the trainers to address questions and the individual needs of the students, so larger classes may not necessarily be better.

You should consider course duration as well, though most hair extensions courses can be completed in a matter of days. The length of the course will be determined by the number of extension techniques covered in the course and any additional subjects. One module can typically be completed in four to six hours, but this may vary depending on the class size and trainer-to-student ratio.

The cost of these courses tends to be relatively high but can vary from one provider to the next. It is important to choose a course that offers a high level of instruction and uses quality products but that is still affordable. There may also be additional expenses for extension kits, for example, so it's best to look into this before you commit yourself. Some providers also charge a fee if you cancel with short notice, so check for any additional terms or conditions before you decide on a course.

Hair extensions courses may be regulated by governing bodies in the health and beauty industry. If you are UK based, for example, you may find that some hair extensions courses are approved by the Hairdressing and Beauty Industry Authority (HABIA) or the British Association of Beauty Therapist and Cosmetologists (BABTAC). Some of these courses can also earn you a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) level 2 or above.

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