• Larry
    13
    Hello, I need some information please.

    I would like to become a wig stylist, and I want to help men, women and children with hair loss issues. I have known and helped women with alopecia areata and women going through chemo to fight cancer. I've had an interest in helping such people when I took some college courses. I'd be bald one day (I shave my head both then and now), a red head the next, and of course, a brunette. I tried, and know I was successful, in helping these women see that not only does baldness have to ruin your life, I showed that wigs can be more than a way to hide a bald head, wigs can be fun!

    I was disabled by a stroke, and lost some of my eye site. I now have a lot of time on my hands, and would like to style wigs. Could you please tell me how I go about becoming a wig stylist? I think I have a lot to offer if I become one. Any information and advice would be greatly appreciated.

    God bless,

    Larry Barbee
  • Danielle | Wigs.com Team
    9
    Hi Larry!

    Jon Renau offers a wig education course where you can learn about wig essentials and customization. You can find out more details here: https://www.jonrenau.com/education-1/core/the-core-program

    Make sure you look through all the pages under the education tab and be sure to reach out to them if you have any questions!

    Hope this helps :smile:
  • Diane gibbs
    0
    Hi larry.IVE GOT TRICHITILLOMANIA.HAD SINCE CHILD.IM RETIRED NOW BUT WISH I COULD DO SAME THING.LARRY PLEASE GO FORWARD WITH IT.A NEED BIG TIME.BUT MAKE IT KIND OF PRIVATE LIKE CAUSE I GET EMBARRSSED.IVE TRIED TO HIDE MY TRICH.ALL MY LIFE MY MOM MADE ME CAUSE SHE TOO HAD IT.SO I NEVER COULD GO TO A SALON.WOULD BE GREAT IDEA.
  • SuzieQ
    36
    Hi Larry,
    I have Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune disorder, which caused my hair loss. I wish you the best and would love to have your help one day!
    Susan
  • Malibu Marge
    6
    Larry, I too would love to learn wig dressing. The main thing for me is to learn hair cutting. Using curling irons isn’t hard. I may contact a beauty school and see if I can just learn what I need for wigs. Maybe they could construct a class for wig specialists. Also make up for the mature woman would be great.
  • Misty
    397
    Hi SuzieQ I have had Hashimoto's too, for almost 30 years, as well as some other issues which have caused my hair loss. Thinking of you :hearts:
  • SuzieQ
    36
    Thank you misty
  • Larry
    13

    I've looked into beauty schools, and now they require you to take courses on nails and on skin -- subjects I have no interest in. None offer classes in wig cutting as a specialty course. I'm afraid this is one dream that I'm going to have to get real and let it go. I do appreciate everyone's contributions to this discussion.
  • MarburgGirl
    27
    Larry, please don't give up. We wig wearers need someone like you. It sounds like you have a kind heart and me for one, feels very fearful when going to a salon to have a wig customized. Most salons don't even want to attempt it and when I ask they look at me like I'm an alien from outer space! I found some recommendations from YouTube videos and I'm going to try a salon in Florida when I go. I've customized some of my wigs but one really needs some skill so it would take several old wigs to practice on (which I don't have). I'm sorry I don't have any recommendations but please keep the faith:)
  • Larry
    13
    Thank you, Marburg, for your kind words of support.

    While I like to think I’m open to any possibilities in all things about my life, right now being a wig stylist is pretty much a closed door. I’d need a four year degree and take courses on topics I have no interest in.

    That does not mean there isn’t anything else I could be doing instead.

    I’m currently considering writing and editing a book about wigs and hair loss. I’m still praying about this, and one of the many considerations I feel about such a project is that I want the book to contain a lot of material from other people. Not because I’m a lazy writer (grin), but because I want the book to contain as many experiences as possible. The more experiences, the more chances there will be to provide inspiration to the reader.

    What do you think? I’d really like to know, and what you’d want and hope to find in such a book?

    God bless and love,

    Larry
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