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Bespoke Topper For A Balding Client

Learning the skill of ventilating can take you so far. Most people think that you're limited to just making lace wigs, but that couldn't be further from the truth! The video below proves just that. One of my students sent the message below to me on Facebook…

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Check out the video below to see the before and after of the topper she made for her client. I was completely blown away!

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The Ultimate Guide To Wigs

Wigs have been around for centuries! The first flesh based mesh for wigs dates back to 1805 and since then wigs have evolved tremendously. There are many different types of wigs, wig making materials, hair, and much more.

On this video you'll learn…

  • How to get into wig work. Most people don't even know where to start, in this video I give you a guideline to start you wig education journey.
  • Different types of wigs and when to use them. There are many different types of wigs with different purposes. In this video I discuss those wig options, and tell you when to use them.
  • Working with insurance companies. Most stylists don't know they can work with Insurance Companies to provide cranial prosthesis for their clients. In this video I explain that process as well.

This video is packed with information you don't want to miss out on.

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How To Fix An Over-Plucked Wig

In this video I’m going to teach you how to fix an over-plucked wig! Don't throw away that old wig that has been over plucked or has a bald spot. It can be repaired and revitalized. As long as you maintain the density that your wig already has it will look full and natural.

I hope you enjoy!

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Marquetta Breslin

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Why A Crochet Needle Is NOT A Ventilating Needle

In this video I break down why a crochet needle is not a ventilating needle. A receive a lot of questions about the difference between ventilating needles, crochet needles, and crochet needles. The question that’s usually asked is whether one of those other needles can be used for ventilating. The answer is NO! Absolutely not. A ventilating needle is designed specifically for hair. A crochet needle is used to grab the yarn but it's not thin enough to grasp hair strands.

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Marquetta Breslin

How To Choose The Right Wig Block

Choosing the right wig block is imperative to ensure you have what you need to make or repair your lace projects. Some of the different things wig blocks are typically used for is making lace wigs, styling lace wigs, building foundations, ventilating full lace wigs, modifying lace wigs, and more.

You want to make sure you have the proper wig block to suit your needs.

The wooden wig blocks are used for foundation making, but you can also use them for ventilating the full wig as well. If you do use the wooden wig block, you have to use specific pins for wig foundations.

The canvas wig blocks are used for the same purposes, but they are much lighter. Canvas wig blocks also have long necks for dressing (styling). You can build and ventilate on them as well.

The styrofoam wig blocks are used for exactly the same as the wooden and canvas blocks.

There are several other wig blocks to chose from. You have to choose according to the purpose of the block. It's also about personal preference.

I hope you enjoy the video!

Be blessed,
Marquetta Breslin

Video Transcript:

– Hey, what's up everybody. It's Marquetta Breslin and I'm here with an extra special guest, Waqqas Sheikh.

– Waqqas Sheikh. Yes, and today, we are getting ready to record a video, to tell you all about these different wig blocks.

– So important to know which wig block to choose from, but what is also easy for you to use. ‘Cause everyone's got their own preference of what block.

– Yeah. So let's get started.

– Yep.

– All right, so which one do you wanna start with first?

– Do you wanna go with your new item on the left-hand side?

– The new item on the left-hand side. I wish I could, ugh, I wish I could talk like Waqqas. So, this right here is a styrofoam wig block, and this is actually fairly new. I purchased this one from Atelier Bassi and it is extremely light.

– It is really light.

– Yeah.

– Really light.

– It's really light. I haven't used it yet, but I am excited to get started with it. One of the things that Mr Bassi told me, he talked about the shape a lot.

– Okay.

– The difference in shape between a canvas block and these blocks. If you can see on this canvas block, there's really not an occipital bone.

– Not really no, not at all, whatsoever.

– Right, but here is more of an occipital bone, like it's a little bit more pronounced and the front is a little bit flatter. So, I'm very excited to use this.

– I think some people kinda get confused with what is the front and what is the back.

– Yes, so-

– And they do end up doing it the wrong way.

– So how do you determine the front and the back?

– Usually by the number at the front, but from looking at this, I feel like this is the back,

– Yup.

– then that's the front. But it's very flat here and there isn't that much shape, so this is where you start padding out

– Exactly.

– And it can be time consuming.

– Yes. Now this is one of your favorite things to use.

– This is indeed. I'll scooch this over so. I'm a fan of the wooden block. And it is heavier.

– And it is beautiful.

– For me, it's about the weight. So, when I'm ventilating a wig, I'd like this to sit in a cradle and I don't want it to move around. And because it's wooden, once the blocking pins are in, they stay in. Whereas, what I find is with a canvas block, as you pin it all in, it can come out. So, I've gotta keep pushing it back in, and it will lift, and keep pushing it back in. So I'm a fan of this for ventilating a wig.

– Now, when you say blocking pins, 'cause these right here in the US, we call these straight pins.

– Yes, so straight pins I would use on canvas, and on this.

– And in this.

– So on this, I would use… So, it's a blocking pin. And, basically, a small pin, where it is pointy on top and then it's flat at the bottom.

– Right, so doesn't have a head like this, like these straight pins, so you can't push that in with your finger.

– Hell no. ‘Cause it will go straight through you finger.

– So you gotta use a tack hammer.

– Yeah, so this, literally pop on top. And you wanna go halfway in. Excuse the banging. Oh, it's not that bad.

– Oh, look at that.

– So half way in and then… Knock it down.

– Flat.

– And that's it.

– And it's nice and secure.

– And how do you remove those? With just a pair of needle nose.

– See, yeah.

– Yup, there you go. And then this last one over here is, it's not a canvas block, it is a… it's covered with a synthetic leather material. A lot of times, these are used for dressing, which is also in our industry, dressing is the same thing as styling. But this one, I just so happened to, This is actually a beauty supply store wig, that was re-fronted for the last lace wig training system, when Jims came, and I just never took it off or finished it. So it's been padded out and everything. But it's really, really light.

– It's really, really light and if I just grab a pin.

– Sure.

– I think with a canvas, they come out quite easily. Where with this, and I was having a feel, on the leather, it's got the grip. It has got the grip, so I don't think it will come out.

– No, they don't come out as easy. In fact, it's a little bit tough to get them in. So, when it comes to choosing, what do you look for when choosing a block? 'cause everybody has their different preferences. Sometimes with these… I had an event once where I had about 20 or 30 students in, and I had purchased these wig blocks from, I don't remember the company, but they were a wonky, wacky shape. So we had to get tack hammers and beat the blocks. So how would you… how do you choose a wig block and say, “Okay, this is the one that-” or, “This is what I would like to use.” or how would you say the best way to chose a wig block is?

– I think it's longevity. So, they are pricey, and you wanna make sure that they do last. This is slightly expensive, compared to this. Maybe double the price, but this will last longer.

– Oh, yeah, that's gonna last forever.

– And I don't wanna keep spending money on new blocks. As much as I like spending money on equipment, and I get so excited, this will last longer.

– And they come in different sizes.

– Different sizes, exactly the same as your other ones. This is a 58cm.

– Okay.

– And the thing I like about this, it is quite heavy, so it will.. It's very heavy.

– And then, if you look on the side, right side angle, you can see the shape for the back of the head just there. And you can see that angle, which kind of mimics a forehead more, compared to, where this is slightly flatter.

– Yes.

– I think it's all about making the equipment last.

– And so, when you get different wig blocks, do you cover them them in the… Some people shrink wrap.

– Yeah, we call it cling film, you call it shrink wrap.

– Ah, cling film.

– For foundation making, I'll do it on this. And I will close it up with shrink wrap and then obviously pad out your template. Cling film it again, so that's nice and secure.

– So why do you prefer to use this for foundation building, and this for… I think you kind of explained why you like to use this, because it's hard.

– So ventilating wigs, I use this one. Once the blocking pins are in, the wig will stay. For foundation making, because I put the lace on, unpin, lace back on, and unpin.

– And it's easy to get the pins in and out.

– Exactly.

– Yeah. There are some wig makers though, who will build and do everything on a wooden wig block, and my hat goes off to them. I love you guys, but I am with you on this. Because, I mean that is… it looks like… me just looking, at what you've just hammered in here, looks like it's not gonna be easy to get it out. And imagine getting hundreds of them out, on a fully blocked-

– Yeah. Once it's in, it's in.

– That's it.

– And as long as you block it into the correct points, you don't actually have to use quite a lot. As long as you put your tension on, it's completely fine.

– It's completely fine. Okay, cool. All right, guys. So that is our video on how to choose a wig block, and also describing the different types of wig blocks, you just wanna make sure that whatever you do, it maintains the shape, and you wanna make sure that it's very easy to work with. So, some people would say, “Just order a bunch of different ones.” and I kinda do agree with that, because you have to find what works for you. So you may say, “Oh, I don't like the styrofoam ones,” or “I would prefer to work only with wooden ones.” but nobody knows what they like to use, unless you order and use it.

– Exactly.

– Yeah. And it's important also, that whatever you choose to go with, you have to order the wig blocks in different sizes. Because everybody's head is, obviously different sizes.

– Exactly.

– So you have to be mindful of all of these things. I probably, in my stash, have about 50 to 60 different wig blocks.

– Oh my God, someone's got an addiction.

– Slightly. I have the different materials. I have the different sizes. A lot of the reason why too, is because I work with so many different students, and I like to show the different things that people can work with. And people will chose different things based on how they feel, and what works best for them.

– Totally.

– Yeah. All right guys, so thank you so very much for watching this video, I will put a link at the bottom of this video, telling you where you can purchase each of these different types of wig blocks. So, we wanna thank you so much for watching, and we'll talk to you soon.

– Bye.

“When The Saints Have A Hair Class…”

One of my favorite Instagram accounts to follow is @NotKarltonBanks! He has some of the funniest videos. About a week ago he created this video for me for the Lace Wig Training System launch. Check it out, it’s hilarious!!

Be blessed,
Marquetta Breslin

Man Weaves Added To The Lace Wig Training System

Last Friday, I made a huge announcement on Instagram Live!

I posted a video on my Instagram of soon to be new Lace Wig Training System instructor Waqqas to my Instagram. In that post, he's ventilating blonde hair to make a man weave for an upcoming course we're filming.

Initially, the course was going to be launched in 2021 with the next Lace Wig Training System launch. But after talking with Waqqas last week, I made the executive decision to launch the course now and make it available to all who enroll in the system.

So, on Thursday, we will begin filming “Man Weaves” plus a few other bonus courses to add to the system. All who are enrolling now or who have already enrolled will be eligible for this new content when it goes live.

The other thing I did was decided to extend the sale to March 10, 2020!

So, there's still time to enroll in the Lace Wig Training System. Don't miss out!

Be blessed,
Marquetta Breslin

Why You Don’t Need HD Lace

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With so much hype about HD lace, I want to take the time to tell you why you probably don't even need it. So let's start with the denier. There are different deniers of lace. 

So let me break down what denier is. So denier, by definition, is a unit of measurement that is used to determine the fiber thickness of individual threads or filaments used in the creation of textiles and fabrics.

So the higher denier, the heavier your material or lace is. That means opera lace, bass lace, and French lace are all a heavier denier because of the weight and thickness (typically 30 denier or higher). 

Film lace, which is not the same as HD lace, is a lighter denier of fabric (typically 20 denier and lower). The lighter the lace, the more fragile it is. 

Now, HD lace is amazing, but it's not good for everyday use. In fact, you can check out this video right here where I break down HD lace. 

Here's why you don't need it. HD Lace was designed to be used in film because of how transparent it is. It's nearly undetectable on camera. It was only meant to be worn a few times. With a wig that you're going to need for daily use, a film lace with 20-25 denier will be totally fine.

If you're not making lace wigs yourself, be sure you are buying from someone who uses quality materials, because a lot of times, just because it says it's HD lace, does not mean it's true HD lace.

Don't forget the lace wig training system opens for enrollment on February 14th, 2020 at 10:00 AM PST.

Be Blessed,
Marquetta Breslin

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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.


Hey it's Marquetta Breslin and I'm back with another video. So today I decided to do a video to break down what HD lace really is. HD lace has been around for very long time and it's been used in theater and films so it's not something that just came on the scene, it's something that's been around for a really long time and for those people who are truly interested in the wig making, and when I say wig making, I mean all aspects like what I teach, from creating the cap, creating the mold, creating the cap, ventilating all of that stuff. You definitely want to head over to AtelierBassi and invest in their lace sample booklet.

If you don't have a background knowledge in the different types of lace and you get this booklet, it will blow your mind. There's many different types of lace and Mr. Bassi is one of, I don't know how many there are in the world, but I know that Mr. Bassi does have the machines, the real machines to make lace, the lace that we see, the real lace, I'll say that. The real lace, which is what I'm gonna get to next. All right, so that's step number one is educating yourself on the different types of lace. You have thermal lace, you have coated lace, you have film lace, you have opera lace, you have stretch lace, you have all different types of lace. Okay? So let's start there.

Now, when it comes to HD lace, there's a misconception and the misconception, I believe that is being, well let's say the misunderstanding, with these lace wigs that have HD lace now, is that oh my gosh, this HD lace is amazing and it is, but true HD lace is not something that is to be worn on a wig that you're gonna put on and take off every single day. And I'm going to explain to you why in just a second. So what I have here, is I just wanted to show you just have three different types of lace, okay? This is an opera lace A.K.A base lace, all right? That is typically used on the back part of the wig. This is not to be used on a closure, frontal or anything in the front part of the wig because it is so thick, all right?

So, when we're making wigs and you can see here, that it is very, very thick. Okay? So when we're making wigs, this is not used in the front part of the wig. It's typically used all around the nape band area, which is back here, in the crown and maybe up here at the top. This does not go anywhere else, all right? So that's opera lace. A lot of people may call this french lace. The real wig-making term is opera lace A.K.A base lace. All right? Then you have film lace and with all different types of laces there's different deniers of lace. The lighter the denier, which means like if it's a 15 denier, 20 denier the thinner the lace. So something like this is going to be a heavier denier, okay? So this is a piece of coated film lace from Atelier Bassi, okay? Now I'm American, so I hope I'm sayin' that name correctly. All right so what I have here, now, I do sell lace on my website. This is how it comes. This is the opera lace which is this right here. I don't really wanna take it apart and take it out of the cute little baggie there, so what I'm gonna do is, I'm gonna just open it up here, even thought I've opened it before so that you can see, see it again, how thick that lace is.

Now what I am gonna do though, is I'm gonna open up this HD lace and I've been carrying this lace on my website for over a year now, for a couple years now and in fact, in the lace wig training system 2.0, I brought in an instructor from the U.K and her name is Gemma Dillon. Now Gems, in the section that she taught, was teaching cap construction and when she got to the front part of the wig, she used HD lace, but, but in using the HD lace, there was a very strategic thing that she did, when using the lace. All right? She didn't just plop the lace on like normal, okay? Because this is, if you could feel this, it is super, if I just took it here and pulled it, I would rip in with no strength at all. Not like it's gonna tear, but I mean if I put a little bit of force behind it, it's gonna rip and tear and gonna be a mess, okay? But, there is a strategic way to use this, when it is used there is a strategic way that it is to be used because it is so fragile. So it's a way that they make it a little bit more durable and that's by folding it in half.

Now, I know you're thinking, “Well now if I fold it in half, it's gonna be visible.” Hear me out. Not only do you fold it in half, but when you do fold it in half and you get to that hairline area, 'cause you know, HD lace is going to be used in either a frontal or closure. Once you get to the hairline area, you're not going to fold that part over. As you're ventilating, you will only pick up that top layer of lace and you'll cut everything else out underneath, okay? Okay, so this lace, I'm gonna put it up against my skin and you will see how amazing, it virtually disappears on any skin, okay? Now from where I'm sitting, I'm looking at my other camera over here, I can't see a thing. Now sitting on top, if I were to use adhesive on this, it would completely disappear.

Now, you could even just lightly tint this. I could lightly tint this if I wanted to and then boom, it is completely, completely invisible. But I want you to understand that on going back to this, this film lace right here and comparing the two, even in terms of feel, I can tell that this is a heavier denier than this but if I put the two up against each other, it's a difference and you can see that difference. So my point in doing this video is to educate you on what true HD lace is. HD is high definition lace that is to be used, typically in television and movies and it's not designed to be used on a piece that you're going to wear every single day because it's such a fine, fine, fine piece of lace and it can easily rip or tear. So, what's probably being used, and there's no way for me to order a wig from all of these vendors that are saying they're using HD lace, there's no way for me to do that but in my mind, what's probably being used is just finer denier or thinner denier of film lace. Not true HD lace.

HD lace is not durable enough to be used on a wig that you wear every day unless you're doubling that lace, it'll last a little bit longer but it's still gonna be super duper fragile. All right. Before I go, I just want to remind you that I am opening up enrollment again for the lace wig training system. I was about to say 2.0, we dropped the 2.0 off of the title, but we're opening up enrollment again. February 14th, 2020 and you do not want to miss it. This system has been responsible for training thousands of students from over 70 countries and I cannot wait for everybody to get their hands on all of the new material that I have coming up. I can't even say what I have coming but I promise you that it is going to blow your mind. So, if you haven't already, go over to and register, get your email, give us your email so that you'll be notified when we go live but most importantly, listen, I have a free training, it's two 20 minute videos, it's almost, let's see, that's 40 minutes of training to teach you how to make a hybrid wig. I mean from creating the closure from scratch, ventilating it, using the sewing machine, all that good stuff, I'm giving that to you for free. All you gotta do is sign up for the early bird list so go over to I also have another bonus for you there as well. Don't miss out. This is going to be amazing. All right, I'll see you on the next video.

Now front lace, so many different kinds. So many different deniers, different coated laces, different colors. Obviously for every day use, I would not recommend us to be using HD lace, such as this. A 40 denier, or theater lace, stunt lace if you've heard of it like that, definitely much better for every day use. However, for the film and TV wigs that I'm used to making, what we do, you would never use a single lace of HD like that, at all. So what we tend to do is fold it over and double it to make it a little bit stronger. It will still be HD on the very edge and you're gonna pick up that top layer but I will show you that when we go into the hairlines. And again, it's so delicate so any snags you've got on your fingernails, and I always keep a nail file in my kit, just in case, because if you've just put a nice HD front lace on there and you go and like nick a hole in it with your fingernail, you're done. You know.

On lines forward, so personally for me, lines going across gives you a lot more leeway with the directions and I just feel it creates a bit more of a natural flow when it comes to the hairlines especially. So, what I'm gonna do now is I'm gonna just make sure that I've got enough folded over to incorporate the parting. Both sides to either side of the ear and that I've got enough in the front here, not so that it's so short that I'm blocking it and it's pulling really tightly but I wanna make sure that I've got enough length down here that I can block it tight enough to get a good tension when I want those tight knots. So what I want to make sure is that I've got definitely enough to come all the way back to the part here. And enough lace coming down here that I can block it nice and tightly with some glue or just with pins. But I don't want it, I don't want it so far from the back of the parts that I don't have enough room to you know, do my double seam back there. But again, I don't want too much excess lace down here either. So somewhere nice and in the middle. Maybe four or five inches from the hairline. Just to make sure you've got enough to go from front to back.

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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.