Marquetta Breslin

Marquetta Breslin is the creator of Million Dollar Stylist, Lace Wig Training System, Fully Booked, and many others. While she is known for her knowledge and wisdom passed on to other beauty professionals, she teaches her practical and inspirational lessons to people around the world on how to better their lives, their businesses, and themselves. Be notified on new articles, news, and events by subscribing to Marquetta's Daily Journal.

Marquetta Breslin

The Truth About HD Lace Wigs

In this video, I expose the truth about HD Lace Wigs! There's often a misconception about the different types of lace. HD lace is very fine and extremely transparent. Despite what you may be hearing, HD Lace is not recommended to be worn every day. Check out the video for all of the deets.

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Do You Need A License To Make Lace Wigs?

 

One of the most frequently asked questions I get is “Do you need a license to make lace wigs?” The answer is no! If you are working on a wig only. But once you start styling, cutting, and dying the wig you will need your license. To learn more watch this video!

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Video Transcript:

– Some of the best wig makers who have been in the industry for many, many years, don't have a cosmetology license. Yet, in the theater and film industry, they still may use something like toupee tape or spirit gum or something like that to attach wigs. ♪ Breslin Breslin Breslin ♪ ♪ Author and the speaker ♪ ♪ Master stylist using every gift I got to teach her ♪ ♪ Just wanna reach her ♪ ♪ When life changing motivation is his key ♪ ♪ You can look wealthy ♪ ♪ But no the greater is he ♪ ♪ It's Marquetta B ♪ ♪ Breslin Breslin Breslin ♪

– Hey, it's Marquetta Breslin, and I'm back with another video. In this video, I want to answer a question that a lot of people ask and that question is, “Do I need a license, a cosmetology license, “to make lace wigs?” All right, the short answer to that question is no. Lemme explain. When you're making a lace wig, it does not necessarily mean you will ever touch a client. Case in point. Years ago I had to make a couple of pieces for a feature film. I never even touched the main character. Never even saw him unless I googled his name, the person that I was making the wig for. Never had to touch him. The company that contracted me sent me his mold and I took it from there and made the pieces for him. That does not require me to have a cosmetology license because I never have to even touch or physically see the client. Now, there's a gray area. Let's say you are making wigs and you are putting them on people. Technically, the adhesive that you're working with is considered a chemical. However, some of the best wig makers who have been in the industry for many, many years, don't have a cosmetology license. Yet, in the theater and film industry, they still may use something like toupee tape or spirit gum or something like that to attach wigs. Technically, if you're just making lace wigs, no you do not need a cosmetology license. But if you plan on cutting them and styling them and coloring them, then yes, I would highly suggest you get a cosmetology license because to get professional products, you need a license. Yes, you can order on Amazon or somewhere like that, but you want to be working with professional grade products that are backed by the company purchased from somewhere that requires you to have a license like a CosmoProf or a SalonCentric or something like that. Armstrong, McCall's, something like that. First you have to decide in your mind what is it that I want to do with this skill and then the next thing you have to decide is okay, do I need to get a license or is this the only thing I want to do is just make wigs. Even when you're making a mold, let's be very, very clear. Even when you're making the mold and you have either the seller tape or the opaque tape or whatever tape you decide to use and you're making the mold, technically, depending on that state that you live in, if you braid that hair down or pincurl that hair, you are technically touching the client and it depends on the laws in that state whether or not you're allowed to do that without a license or not. I always suggest people to contact the state board where they live so that they make sure they're in compliance because the last thing you want is for someone try to sue you because of whatever reason. The last wing you want is that, so it's very important for you to be mindful of that before you go down that arena at all. In most cases, I'll say 98% of the time, you're totally fine even if you have to braid the hair down or do whatever you're going to do to make that mold. ‘Cause remember, if you haven't seen this video, I will link you to the video at the end of this video because it is very important that that hair is prepared the same way throughout the entire wig making process or else it's not gonna fit properly. That is the long answer to that question. I wanna thank you so much for taking the time to watch this video and I'll talk to you soon.

How To Make Sure Your Wig Fits Every Time

 

Laying a proper foundation is vital to achieving the correct size for your wig. For your foundation to lay flat and smooth, you have to measure your head correctly. You must make sure that the hair underneath is braided down or slicked back during the measuring process and before you apply the lace wig. Doing so creates a seamless, more natural look.

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TRANSCRIPT:

– The measuring tape and I go, “What?” “So she didn't remove your sew-in, “and like, it just wow, why?” ♪ Breslin, Breslin, Breslin ♪ ♪ Author and speaker ♪ ♪ Master stylist ♪ ♪ Using every gift I got to teach ya ♪ ♪ Just wanna reach ya ♪ ♪ With life changin' motivation ♪ ♪ This is key ♪ ♪ You can live wealthy ♪ ♪ But know that greater is he. ♪ ♪ It's Marquetta B ♪ ♪ Breslin, Breslin, Breslin ♪

– Hey, it's Marquetta Breslin, and I'm back with another video. So in this video, I'm going to be answering a question that I get all the time. And it's about how to make sure your wig fits properly every time. And really, the answer can be both for the consumer, and for the person that is installing the wig if it's not the consumer. So, I'm just gonna start by sharing a story with you. So, I'm at my salon. A lot of people don't know that I use to have a brick-and-mortar salon. It was a private salon where a lot of people who suffered from hair loss would come because it was private. And that's where I would do my thing. So, I had a young lady come in one day. And she just could not understand why her wig was so big, and it was big. Her circumference, I believe, was somewhere around a 21-21 1/2. But the wig was about a 22-23. Okay, so that's a lot. That's a big difference. So, I begin to sit her down, and ask her some questions. And one of the questions that I asked her was, how were your measurements taken? What happened? Take me through the process. Because I was tryin' to understand what this stylist did. And the first thing she says is, “I go in, I sit down. “My sew-in is still in. “And she takes “up the measuring tape.” And I go, “What?” “So she didn't remove your sew-in, “and like, it just, wow, why?” So here's the thing, if you're gonna take measurements with the full sew-in in, you better put that wig over that full sew-in, too. Because… However you take the measurements for the wig, for the mold, for cap, for whatever it is you wanna do, that is the the same way that hair needs to be prepared for the fitting and for the wearer of the wig. Her hair should not have been in a sew-in. Her hair should have been prepared either cornrowed down, or whatever she was gonna do, so that when the wig came in it would actually fit. That sew-in created too much bulk. So to put this into a different perspective, or a different light. Let's say you're starting from scratch. I have several of my students who make wigs from scratch, from the ground up, and they don't use anything pre-made. But this goes for pre-made pieces, too. If you're gonna order a piece, you still need to make sure that that hair is prepared properly underneath, the same way it's gonna be worn when the actual finished product is worn. So, let's say you have a client. And you're gonna make a full lace wig for this client. They come in, you take their measurements, and make their mold. Now, the mold that I'm talkin' about is with the tape, and Saran wrap, and you're doin' your thing, and you're drawing it all out, and all of that stuff, right. So they come in, and you get to work. But the way you prep that hair, let's say you just decide to slick it back, I'm just gonna slick it back. And then you take the mold, you take the measurements. And then they come back in for you to fit the cap, to make sure that the cap that you've constructed, fits them properly. When they come back in for that cap fitting, and let's say this time, you're like, “Mmm, instead of slicking you back, “I'm just gonna do some pin curls.” Then you put that cap on, guess what? That cap is not going to fit, because the hair that's slicked back, is is tight to the, usually, it's tight to the scalp. When you pin curl that hair it's going to create a little bit of bulk. So that cap, that you just created, based off of what you did the first time, is now going to be too small, because you have bulk. Alright? So, you just have to make sure that if you slick that hair down for the mold and the measurements, you slick it down for the cap fitting. And you slick it down for the wearer of the wig, as well. Now, is the hair gonna grow? Of course, the hair's gonna grow. You can't stop that. But in essence, you wanna make sure that whatever you do for that first thing, which is should not be with the sew-in in, Cornrows, braids. Well, cornrows yes. But I mean, I'm not gonna take my measurements for a wig, with all this hair. Okay. You just don't do that. Alright, so you wanna make sure that whatever you decide to do, for that mold and measurements, you do the same thing throughout the entire process, to ensure the wig fits properly, every single time. Alright. So, that's it. It's simple, easy. You'd be surprised how many people don't understand that. Alright, I wanna thank you so much for watching this video. And I'll talk to you soon.

Easy Pixie Cut Styling Tutorial

Today I'm taking off my wigmaker hat and putting on my Cosmetology hat with this super easy pixie cut style tutorial. My daughter was headed to a homecoming dance and wanted a different look. This was a quick and easy tousled style that anyone could recreate. Enjoy!

 

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3 Mistakes People Make When Buying & Wearing Lace Wigs

 

In this video I share with you the 3 big mistakes I see people make when buying and wearing wigs. The versatility and range of styles you can create with the right wig are endless. The keyword with the right wig! Enjoy!

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TRANSCRIPT: I'm holding this so weird. It feels very awkward. It feels like I have somebody in a head lock. ♪ Breslin, Breslin, Breslin ♪ ♪ Author and a speaker ♪ ♪ Master stylist using every gift I got to teach her ♪ ♪ Just want to reach her ♪ ♪ When life changer, motivation is this key ♪ ♪ You can look wealthy but no greater is he ♪ ♪ It's Marquetta B ♪ ♪ Breslin, Breslin ♪ Hey, it's Marquetta Breslin and I'm back with another video and in this video, I'm going to be explaining the three biggest mistakes people make when wearing lace wigs. So let's get right into it. The number one thing that I see, the biggest mistake that I see, is the lace not matching properly and as a result, they have to put on makeup, they have to tint the lace, which is, tinting the lace is not bad. Sometimes you just have to tint lace, even with a higher quality lace, but let's say for a piece like this. So this is a piece that my daughter is working on. This lace, I don't know if you can see it on camera, but this lace, when I put it up against my finger, has a grayish, greenish brown tint to it. Hideous, okay. This is not good. So if you're going to be ordering lace wigs from a vendor, someone overseas on AliExpress or something like that, you want to ask what type of lace they provide. A lot of them say they provide HD lace and it's not HD lace. HD lace, which has become very popular right now actually has been around for a very long time because it's what they use in the television and film industry. So you just want to make sure that a lot of times, if you are ordering pieces from a vendor multiple times over and over again, they can send you samples of the lace that they provide and in doing that, you can be sure to choose a type of lace that better fits your skin. Now here's another piece that I have. This lace, I'm actually not mad at this lace. It has a pinkish undertone to it and while it's thick, this can be tinted to match and it will look fine. The thinner the lace, the better it's going to blend. However, most vendors who are mass producing these wigs are not going to be able to produce them quick enough on that type of lace because it is so fragile. Now here's another piece that, I believe this is another piece that my daughter is working on and this is a piece of film lace. It's actually a piece of coated atelier bassi lace, so it's a little bit more thick than a regular film lace, but it I put this up against my skin, yes it needs to be colored, but it's pretty, it disappears. So that's one of the most common mistakes that I see people making, is not properly disguising the lace. Another thing that I see people doing a lot or people having a lot of issues with is sizing. Either the piece is too big or the piece is too small. That is why it is really important to take a proper measurement. The measurements that are going to matter most, if you're purchasing from a manufacturer is your circumference measurement going from the hairline right here all the way down underneath the occipital bone back here, coming all the way around. That circumference measurement matters, okay? And then going from the top of the forehead here down to the bottom of the nape, that matters. This measurement here matters. Going from the tip of the ear all the way down to the bottom of the hairline. Understanding how to properly measure your head is very important unless you're buying a stock piece. Now a stock piece is a piece that doesn't necessarily fit your measurement to a T, but the circumference works for you and you can make it work. In that case, you may have to customize. So if you get a piece and it's a little bit too big, don't just wear it, try to customize it. If it's too big, one thing that you can do, and I'll show you on this, this is an oversized frontal, but I'll show you on this frontal. So let's say this frontal was too big, and this was the back, let's call this the back. You can cut out two pieces, I'm gonna put it down on the table for a second and pinch this together. You can cut out two pieces in the back that are triangular shaped, pinch those two pieces together and stitch them together to tighten up the back of that wig. So you would do that right back here, okay? I know I need a haircut, I don't want to hear about it in the comments. So you would cut out two pieces right back here, two triangular pieces, pinch those pieces together and sew it down. That's what's going to create that tightness that's going to hug to the nape of the neck and it's going to hold it tighter up here. Now, around here you're gonna have to be very careful around that ear, you don't want to remove too much hair, but in most cases, sizing and tightening it up back there in the back is what's going to make all the difference in the world. Now, if the piece is too small, you may have to cut it and stitch a piece of material or a piece of lace in the back to expand it a little bit and that's where you would need to learn how to ventilate, to go ahead and ventilate hair in those areas or you could just leave it blank, but that would look really, really weird and I would not do that. Alright, so number one is the lace not matching, number two is sizing and number three is density. A lot of times I see people wearing these wigs and the density is way too heavy, and a lot of times that's because they're just buying a stock wig and you get what you get, okay? So there's another of different ways to fix that. A lot of people like plucking, I don't do that, that's not my thing, I'm not hating on anybody that does it. Do what you do. But, what I suggest to do is if you have a piece that's super duper bulky and you want to reduce the amount of bulk in the piece, you can either thin it out with some thinning shears or, if you know how to ventilate and you're well versed in that skill, you can just remove the hair in the places that you don't want and go back in and ventilate hair in places that you do want, which is what we've done right here with this piece. So, this hair in this piece is extremely dense. I'm holding this so weird, it feels very awkward. It feels like I have somebody in a headlock. So this piece right here, look, it's super dense up in here, so what we did was we went through here and we removed the hair in this whole area right here because we want to go back in and customize and ventilate this, but a lot of people don't even know that they can do that. So when you're purchasing pieces, you don't want to order the heaviest density, you want to make sure that you have a lighter density in this area up here because it's gonna look way too dense. If they're not able to do that, like I said, you can thin it out with some thinning shears and then mold it down, or you can just completely remove the hair in the areas that you don't want and go back and ventilate hair in the areas that you do want. But, most vendors will, if you explain to them what you want they will be able to work with you and get you at least halfway there and the last resort, for me, is if you got a plug, just get in there and plug but you've got to be extremely careful not to tear holes in the lace, alright? So those are the three most common mistakes that I see people make when wearing lace wigs. Don't let it be you. Thank you so much for watching and I'll talk to you soon.

Learn How To Do A Purple Smokey Eye

Today my daughter Nya is doing a tutorial to show you how to do a purple smokey eye. She shares her tips on how to make your foundation last all day, how to contour according to your face shape, how to create an eyebrow shape, and how to properly blend your eye shadow to have seamless contrast. Not only does Nya share her pro makeup tips in this video, but she also has an important announcement! So stay tuned and watch!

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Responding To Lace Wig Comments From YouTube

Over ten years ago, I posted a video to YouTube called “Create Lace Front Wigs Like A Pro!”. That video was the catalyst for a lot of emerging wigmakers, and still to this day is one of my most popular videos.

I get a lot of comments on that video, and I thought I'd record a video responding to some of the comments I've gotten on that video.

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