Foundation to Professional Hair Braiding and Extensions Training

Course Title: Foundation to Professional Hair Braiding 



Qualification:   Habia CPD Certification)

HABIA Certification

HABIA Certification

PRICE: £2,500 (Preffered 1 day Weekly training for 12 weeks)

PRICE: £3,000 (Intensive Training for 20 days)

What is this Course about?

This is an advanced Course in Professional Hair Braiding, Weaving & Extensions.  It is for people who are ready to set up professional business in natural hair designing.  It is for people who are creative, love beauty and would like to have the skill of artistically creating natural designs, braids and adding extensions to enhance and glamorise beautiful hair on people. This is for people interested in working with all racial hair types (Afro, Caucasian, and Asian) and also everyone – men, women and children.

What will I learn and do on this Course?

This course will help you discover the hidden creative skills in your hands. It will teach you about creating and designing 13 Modules of Practical Hair Designing Business skills advanced braiding, weaving and extensions techniques that you can use to protect, glamorise and beautify natural hair on your clients.  With this Course, you have 13 different business options in your hands in the form of advanced natural hairstyles such as – Natural Single Box Braids, Single Box Braids add extensions, Feather tips Box Braids, Designed cornrows – criss-cross, Zig-zag, Ghana cornrows (Pineapple style), Cornrows with extensions – all back design, Afro Kinky twist, Senegalese twist, Full head closure weave, Track weave extensions, Fusion strand-by-strand extensions (used by celebrities) etc.

Your Course is based on 13 Modules of detailed Practical Hair Designing Business skills / techniques in natural hairstyles such as :

Single Box Braids/ Plaits, Cornrows,  Twisting, Weaving, and Strand-by-Strand Extensions

1) Single Plaits- Natural hair 2)Box Braids (Single Plaits – feather tips 3) Single Plaits – 100% Human Hair 4) Cornrows-Natural hair  5)Cornrows add extensions  6)  Ghana Cornrows – Pineapple style  7) Afro Kinky Twist  8) Senegalese Twist  9) Tree Braid Weave  10) Fusion Strand-by-strand glue gun  11) Track Weave extensions  12) Full Cornrow Closure Weave 13) Natural two strand twist

Designed Ghana cornrows

Designed Ghana cornrows

Student styling full head weave at World of Braiding Training

Student styling her full head weave at World of Braiding Training

Student training in Hair Extensions at World of Braiding

Student training in Hair Extensions at World of Braiding

Student in Training at World of Braiding

Student in Training at World of Braiding

Single Plaits feather tips extensions training at World of Braiding

Single Plaits feather tips extensions training at World of Braiding

What else will I learn and do on this Course?

To make you a complete Professional Natural Hair Practitioner, we have divided your training programme into 3 Main Sections /Modules.

1. Practical Skills Module (Optional) 2. Industry Information & Theory Modules (compulsory) 3. Business Education Skills to get you started and grow your business.

The Information & Theory Modules has contents such as:

Get to know about natural hair products & extensions in World of Braiding training

Get to know about natural hair products & extensions in World of Braiding training

Definition of natural hair designing, history and contemporary.  What is hair, how does it grow, what causes hair damage and how do you protect it. Know Health & Safety in Natural Hair industry; see and feel different types of hair Extensions; see, feel and touch healthy Natural hair products; know & see different natural hairstyling options etc.

Business Education Master Class Module has contents such as:

What is a business, write your business plan, Research and understand the Natural Hair industry, Who is your client, care and consult with your clients, Market your business, Public relations, Advertising, Internet marketing, Social Networking for your business, Branding, packaging & Image Presentation, Personal Development to grow your thinking, Set up your business as a Legal Entity, Reception & keeping records etc.

Theory class training in natural hair & extensions at World of Braiding

Theory class training in natural hair & extensions at World of Braiding

Criss-cross designed cornrows at World of Braiding

Criss-cross designed cornrows at World of Braiding

Human hair Micro Braids training at World of Braiding

Human hair Micro Braids training at World of Braiding

Afro Kinky hair training at World of Braiding

Afro Kinky hair training at World of Braiding

Student completing Ghana Cornrow design at World of Braiding Training

Student completing Ghana Cornrow design at World of Braiding Training

Student completing her side parting weave at World of Braiding Training

Student completing her side parting weave at World of Braiding Training

What experience or skills do I need to be on the Course?

No experience or skill is required. You must however have a very keen interest and desire in developing the skill of natural hair designing, braiding and adding extensions.

How long is the Course?

Your training course is done in 12 days (recommended 1 day a week for 12 weeks).


What will I have achieved at the end of the Course?

  • Once you successfully complete the Foundation to Professional Hair braiding course you will receive Habia Certified CPD qualification in Natural Hair Designs.
  • You will be able to obtain public liability insurance and get into natural hair business.
  • You will be able to start working with clients and earn your money back

You will understand natural hair and how to care for them, know how to design natural hair with single braids, cornrows, Twist, weaves, add extensions etc.  You will also understand the natural hair industry, know how to turn your skill into a business; learn about hair extensions retail, run and market your business and become successful in the industry.

How will I be assessed?

  • Continuous assessment is built into the programme to include questions and answers, elicitation of answers, discussions etc
  • We prepare you for real clients where you design and complete your practical work on a training head. Your work is continuously evaluated for neat sections, firmness of starting plaits, smooth plaits, professional finish, creative designs etc. Your work is very detailed and you have to design and complete every project on the training head as this is what happens when you work with clients.
  • You will be required to carry out Case Studies, Research, Discussions, Salon Management theory and Reception duties as part of your training etc,
  • You may be contacted to participate in hair shows /events, seminars, trade shows where applicable – to help you gain confidence and understand the industry.
  • You will be given continuous on-going after training support when required etc.
  • The assessment methods will be explained to you by your tutor and feedback will be given to you on a continuous basis.
  • To gain Habia certification, you will be required to produce and submit a PORTFOLIO of your work for assessment

Why is it important I choose this Career?

For as long as there is life, there will be needs. These needs translate into bills and expenses. To protect yourself and prepare against life’s continuous drama of bills and expenses, you need a skill that is guaranteed to put money in your hands.

At this moment in our society, there is scarcity of jobs due to stagnation and world economic recession. There is no predicted time when the economic recession will end so as to provide everyone with the dream jobs they desire.  This has led smart economies to now focus on empowering their citizens with skill based vocational training that create jobs and self-employment; eradicating poverty and reducing dependence on the Government and labour market. Smart people are now equally choosing skill based careers that help them create their own jobs and businesses to suit their time and their family.  This has become especially necessary for mothers who would prefer to work from home especially as they have to joggle running a home, struggle with the exorbitant cost of childcare and locating suitable jobs that are family friendly.

Here at World of Braiding & Extensions we have been through all the life experiences described above and this is why we have put this training together to help change your life.  Our training is aimed at giving you a life-skill that will help you discover the hidden business in your hands. This is why we believe in the saying “teach a man to fish and he will feed for life”.  Our training guarantees anyone with a desire and interest to gain real skills for business; gets the chance to do so.  Using our proven tools of Information, Education and Skills training methods, we help you create your own job, get you into employment or start your own business to prosper with hair. 

Why is Hair & Beauty a career path to consider?

The reason for your success in hair and beauty career is based on the fact that everyone will continue to desire to look good. Women in particular will love to look glamorous as this is naturally inherent in them.  This desire is regardless of age, race, status etc and this is because looking good helps people to feel confident and gain self-esteem which is what is required to achieve life’s dreams.

Here are some useful statistics in the Hair & Beauty industry:

The UK cosmetics market was worth £8,356 million in 2011 overall.  In the EU, it was worth Euro 67 billion in 2010.

Revenue in the Black Hair industry alone is estimated as follows:

  • In the UK 2004, hair beauty was worth £60million. 
  • South Africa 2002 it was $90million.
  • USA 2008 it was $14.7billion
  • By 2013 in the US it will be worth $4.2trillion.
  • According to Mintel, with the right investment, this market can grow by as much as 35% in the next 5 years and could be worth £88million by end of 2012.

Your skill to help people achieve the look they desire will make you a necessary part of your their lives. Clients now demand more from their stylist and this can be seen in professionally trained and qualified stylist who understands their needs, educate their clients, offer them style options, quality service and good client care.

client with single plaits feathered tips at World of Braiding

client with single plaits feathered tips at World of Braiding

Tree Braid Weave at World of Braiding

Tree Braid Weave at World of Braiding

Micro Braids human hair at World of Braiding

Micro Braids human hair at World of Braiding

Have you ever wondered why some stylists have a long waiting list, state their own price and are highly sought after? Wouldn’t you like to be one of the most sought after stylist in the industry?

Let World of Braiding & Extensions equip you with the hidden secrets, hints & tips the industry standards requires to help you earn the money you deserve.  You will also gain personal and business confidence to get started immediately and make money. We are happy to give you all we know to help you achieve success as we know your success is our success. There is no hype or fuss in our training – simply skills, knowledge, information, education etc that will get you started in your business.

What is my earning potential?

You invest £2500 or £3000 and make the following:

Your earning potential is between £32,000 – £150,000 p.a

(based on a single individual after training)

  •  Single plaits @£100 x 6 days = £600 per week£600 x 52 Weeks = £31,200 per year
  • Cornrows @£40 (x 3 in 1 day) = £120 per day£120 per day x 6 days = £720 per week£720 x 52 weeks = £37,400 per year
  • Weaves @ £80 (x 3 in a day) = £240 per day£240 per day x 6 days = £1,440 per week£1,440 x 52 weeks = £74,880 per year
  • Extensions @£250 (x 2 in a day) = £500 per day£500 x 6 days = £3000£3000 x 52 weeks = £156,000 per year

What is the materials needed for the Course? 

Start with a Professional Image:  A uniform with Black Trousers & Red Top £45

World of Braiding Uniform

World of Braiding Uniform

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Content of Full kit for Course (from £250.00 depending on your chosen options)

  • 3 Mannequin Training Heads
  • 3 Training Head Clamp
  • 12 pack sectioning Clips
  • Sectioning Tail Comb
  • Large Comb
  • Brush, weaving needles, weaving thread
  • Braiding Scissors, Hair Cutting scissors
  • Varied packs of synthetic & human hair braiding hair extensions according to chosen techniques
  • Varied packs of synthetic & human hair weaving extensions according to chosen techniques
  • Carry Bag

How Can I start my business – What is my Progression Route?

With hair braiding, weaves and extensions being very popular and in high demand, you will be able to create your own job, start your business or use your skill for family & friends by:

  • Working from home
  • Renting a chair/ booth in a salon,
  • Become a freelance/ mobile stylist.
  • Grow & expand your existing salon.

Your earning potentials may vary according to your locations, experience and time commitment. Progressions routes will be discussed during your course.


  • 37 Alexandra Street, Southend On Sea, Essex, England SS1 1BW. Our central location is in Southend on Sea but we are willing and happy to take training to different locations required by our group trainings.

Southend on Sea is only about 50minutes drive from London or about 40 minutes on the C2C train from London.  An unspoilt serene, lovely and beautiful tourist town with a lively Seaside location, Southend on Sea is the ultimate place to be outside of London City.  World of Braiding & Extensions is located 2 minutes away from the seafront with a stone throw from Southend Central Station, next to the High Street with lots of Shopping malls showcasing the best designer shops to keep you busy shopping and happy resting outside the pressured city of London.

For Mums with children, you can bring them to have a day out at the Adventure Island & Sealife Adventure facilities while you train at the academy.

Why should I choose World of Braiding & Extensions for my training?

  • Our passion is giving you the skill to help you gain financial freedom and prosperity.
  • Our Chief Executive – Joy Phido is a mother and as someone with children, she understands how difficult it is for mothers to juggle work and family life (work for other people as well as run a home). This personal experience has made her determined to help anyone who is interested in setting up their own business to work around their family.
  • Our training is flexible and we are happy to work around you no matter your personal circumstances.
  • You gain international Certification that is recognised worldwide.
  • Your training is done in a friendly environment, done in a step-by-step classroom attached to a salon guaranteed to make sure you achieve results.
  • You create a portfolio of your work so you see your achievement etc
  • You gain theory and information on personal experiences as well as practical skills which helps you become confident when working with clients.
  • Our experience spans across continents – Africa, USA, Europe and UK so you are well informed about the world industry and standards.

Call now to book your place as time is not on your side to get started. The sooner you train, the sooner you develop your skill and the sooner you start earning your income to change your life.

Spaces are limited and booked only on first come first served basis.

Tel: +44 1702 339 858, mob: +44 7946 439 057,


Joy a mother with her four children

Joy a mother with her four children

About your Trainer

Joy Phido is an internationally established Master Extensions and Natural Hair Educator & Practitioner.  Joy is a mother with 4 children and has first-hand experience on how difficult it is to work and run a family especially in the Western world.  After working in corporate Nigeria as a banker and corporate England in telecoms, Joy tried her hands on buy and sell businesses which failed. She eventually realized that to succeed in business; you need to have a skill in your hands first. In addition to her natural passion and skill in hair designing, Joy took series of professional training from across different continents and now has the mission to give students real skill of running a hair Business. This is why World of Braiding has become a success and it is this passion of owning your own skill that motivates Joy in helping people who come to World of Braiding & Extensions for training.

Joy has a BSc in Business Admin, a qualified NVQ Level 3 Hairdresser, a State Registered Hairdresser (SRH) with UK Hairdressing Council, has over 20 years Natural Hair & Extensions experience.  She is also a qualified teacher, an NLP practitioner with varied career experiences.

Before setting up World of Braiding & Extensions, Joy started teaching Braiding, Weaving & Extensions with the Newham Council Adult Education Department (Newceys) for 5 years at 4 Centres with some classes as big as 30 students. As the Chief Executive, Trainer and Artistic Director at World of Braiding & Extensions, her passion is to make Natural Hair and Extensions a professional skill as well as help stylist understand how to make money while designing glamorous clients.

Joy’s passion for natural hair is also associated with the fact that she experienced hair damage with chemical relaxers which made her start wearing natural hairstyles thereafter.  She can be seen as an evangelist for natural hairstyles where all her children wear natural hairstyles and she is no stranger on the internet writing from her blogs, teaching on Youtube with step-by-step videos to constantly enrich students’ knowledge with over 1.5million views and over 6,000 subscribers.  She is also a Natural Hair & Extensions Business Mentor and adviser helping students & practitioners not only on how to get into the industry but how to become successful and prosper in the industry.  She brings a wealth of knowledge and personal experience to this training to enhance your learning.  World of Braiding & Extensions is constantly exhibiting at Hair events, taking part in major projects and designing hair for fashion shows and events. 

But do not take our word for it!  Read our Student’s Case Studies and what they have achieved after our training:


For years Laurayne worked in the Social Care industry.  She was tired and bored of working for other people and wanted to start her own business.  She however had a passion for hair and had no idea where to start from.  Her immediate purpose was “to learn different techniques in hair styles, to be professional and to introduce new styles”. She had taken a vacation from work and wanted to complete a short course that she could finish before her vacation was over.   She confided in me “I simply do not want to go back to work”.  But she also did not want to go to a college and take at least 2 years to complete a Hairdressing Course.

She searched for natural hair training on the internet and found World of Braiding’s Training and decided this was what she wanted.  She came to us in 2009 and had a consultation with us where we explained all the various options in our skills Training Courses and the routes available for her to take after the training.

She chose the Foundation to Braiding Course and completed it in 10 weeks.  She said to me  “I will give my training the best effort possible as I have a dream and have no intensions of going back to work. I will start my business immediately I finish my course.”  True to her words, after completing her qualification, she worked with an amazing Estate Agent from the Internet who found her a perfect position on the High Street in Ilford, London.  She went straight on to start her Natural Hair and Extensions Salon. This is her testimonial in her own words “When I first came I was so excited about the trainings and worried to get better and professional.  Now that I finished I am so happy and content with what I learned, I feel confident about hair and can start my own business. Joy is a wonderful person, very sociable and patient. I am very happy that I met someone like her and definitely will be missing her, but I will stay in touch.”

Since then she has not looked back.  Today she is constantly busy with unlimited flow of clients and has now added other skills like Beauty treatment to her knowledge.  She is currently taking another course in Beauty etc.  This is one example of what you could achieve in a short period.



When I met Rita in December 2006 she was already in the business of selling Hair Extensions.  She and her husband John had started a small shop of 8 months old on a High Street in Portsmouth where they were servicing customers who needed hair extensions.  The customers will buy the extensions and take it elsewhere to get their hair done.  She had one stylist who decided when to attend to clients and when not to.  This stylist was in charge of Rita’s shop.  She enjoyed the fact that Rita had no skill and was capitalising on her ignorance.  When Rita hinted the stylist that she needed training to gain skill for the business, the stylist was completely against the idea.  She told Rita that no one will ever be able to train her to braid hair.  She believed it was a natural skill that you were born with and could never be taught or learnt.

John thought about this and decided it was enough of helping other people make money so he searched the internet and found World of Braiding training courses in natural hair styles.  John made the first call to us.  Rita came 2 days later for a one day Course on strand-by-strand extensions using the Glue gun.  When Rita joined the Course, her immediate dream was to gain more knowledge on hair extensions and the skill with the aim to grow her business.  Rita was very hands-on and had no interest in writing notes even when I explained to her that she needed the information to assist her learning.  She explained to me that she did not like taking notes and her brain served her better than paper notes.   Before registering on the course, she had been brave and had booked a client to get her hair done on the Saturday while she came for training on Thursday. She promised me she will practice non-stop on Friday. The outcome of the hair service was excellent and Rita could not believe the skill she had locked away in her hands for so long.

Two weeks after the training Rita and John could see the big difference in the income they were getting in the shop.  Rita had recovered the cost of taking the course from her very first client she booked on the Saturday and thereafter was simply making a profit.  Their intake had gone from about £500 a week to £2000 a week in the same shop.  Since then she has not looked back anymore.  She later came back to World of Braiding to take up another Course in Introduction to Hair Braiding.

Rita now owns a huge shop in Portsmouth on two floors selling extensions, products and adding the skill of natural hair and extensions.  She is desperately seeking stylist and is always asking for newly trained students who are happy to live in Portsmouth.  Due to her amazing presence on the High Street in Portsmouth, Rita has been spotted and sponsored by various international products and extensions companies from the USA and other countries who want their brands to be showcased in her shop.  She is constantly offered short training courses on these products and extensions.

Rita has now enrolled on a Hairdressing Course to further her knowledge on how to work with chemicals and service more clients.

You could be like her success story.



Magda came to us in 2009 with her husband.  She had no idea what hair braiding was but loved to look at the intricate styles in natural afro hairstyles. She had amazing fingers that could pick up skills easily she explained to me as she confided that she had taken lessons in musical instruments as well.  She had amazing passion for hair and wanted to use this skill on a freelance basis so as to free up time to be with her 6 year old son who needed her attention after school.  After our consultation, we agreed on a Foundation Course to give her at least 10 different techniques in Braids, Weaves and Extensions to help her have various choices while working with clients.

She was nicely surprised to find that she was the only one in class most of the time as we work with individuals as well as workshops.  She gave the training 110% as Magda still remains one of my favourite students.  She was creative, tried different styles whenever she completed a technique, practiced her styles on her husband and son and was overwhelmed with the knowledge she gained. 

Her testimonial – “this course is one of my best experiences in life.  I still need more confidence to use my skills and start working from home, but even after the course I am always getting support from Joy and encouragement when I need it.  You can study for years and learn nothing, but when you have a master (like Joy) you will get where you really want.  It was brilliant!”

When she completed her training, her immediate worry was where to start practicing her knowledge so as to perfect her skill and gain life experiences.   We sorted this easily.  I contacted another student of mine – Vicky – who had set up a salon in the city where Magda was based – Hemel Hempstead and we agreed that Magda could come in and help out on Saturdays.  This helped a lot as she told me amazing experiences that she encountered.  She explained to me that the hair on the training head was a lot more difficult to work with compared to the afro hair on her clients.  She also experienced that when clients noticed that she was not black, they were usually a bit sceptical about allowing her on their hair until they see her work.  She also advised some of her colleagues on how to work with Caucasian hair as I had taught her in class.  What an experience she had. 

Magda to this day produced one of the best portfolios I have ever seen which I still show to other students who come to make enquiries. 

You could be like her.



Vicky came to us in 2008. Vicky like other students was unique.  She was an immigration lawyer and had taken on the reality that the economy was changing.  Immigration issues in the UK had taken a different turn and she was not prepared to wait until her business crashed.  She had a passion for hair and knew she will be better off getting ready and prepared in this industry. But the issue was where to start from.  She went on to the internet and searched for training in natural hair.  She was also not prepared to spend years getting a new skill.  We needed to get her started on a Course that will give her a lot of skill to enable her start her salon. 

She chose the Foundation to Hair Braiding Course.  Since then Vicky had finished her Course and set up her salon.  In addition to natural hairstyles, she added another short course in working with chemical relaxers so as to give her more grounded approach to servicing her clients. 

Vicky has also sent her 16 year old daughter and her cousin for training in Introduction to Braiding Course so they could help her in the salon. 

Her testimonial “taking on the training is one of the best decisions I had to take.  Joy worked with me to ease me into an industry that I was not sure where to start from.  I will recommend this training to anyone who knows what they want in their lives.  Do not wait for things to overtake you before deciding what you want in life.”

Vicky’s salon is doing great and she is a great resource for students who need practical experience from World of Braiding and live close to her location.  

Vicky gauged the economic situation and did not want to be held back by the changes in the industry she was serving at the time.  Now she is happy she took the plunge at the time.

You could learn from her experience.




Francesca came to us in August 2010.  She is still one of our star pupil as she was only 18 years old when she started with us and celebrated her 19th birthday with us.  Francesca was an established name on YouTube with a huge followership.  The amazing thing with her was that she was self-taught in all the different styles she was uploading on YouTube.  She found World of Braiding on Facebook.   A great thing about Francesca is she is very inquisitive and is constantly on the lookout for the latest information or knowledge.  She will search the world for whatever she wants and go the long mile to get it.  This is a quality she has which I can relate to easily as I am like this in various ways.

We had months of consultation by emails, inbox etc from various sources – Facebook, YouTube etc.  We concluded on what she will need.  She wanted every knowledge she could gain as in her own words “I want to be the best in natural hair in the whole world”.  We chose the International Braiding Course.  This course gave her over 22 techniques but based on her hunger for knowledge, I gave her more than was planned and made it 28 techniques. 

Francesca took on her training in her true Leo star sign style – she was bubbly, worked late, asked questions, sought information constantly etc etc.  There was no dull moment with her.  In the end, she excelled in every technique including the Theory workshop where she finished 2 notebooks.  While in training, she was keeping her fans and clients up to date with her progress by constantly uploading pictures of her work.

She was like a sponge and soaked every information she was given.  First thing she did when she got back home was to change the name of her business.  Then she embarked on the photo-shoot I had advised her to do.  This changed everything for her as she had presented to the world her professional side and that she knew what she was doing.  She uploaded her new styles that she had learnt on her YouTube and Facebook pages.  She started getting new bookings.  Her testimonial “I could never have done it without World of Braiding”.  Her testimonial is numerous.  See her YouTube video on our channel.

She constantly video her work and her clients, she updates her YouTube account all the time and gives her followers up to date information on everything she does.  They find the work great and call to book for their hair to be done in same style. Her followership has skyrocked on YouTube and Facebook, she now writes for a national magazine in Australia, gets celebrity stylist contacting her, attends meetings and events that concern natural hair styling and there is no stopping her.  We did a Press Release on her progress recently where she confirmed how she is in such high demand and gets over 3 weave clients in a day giving her more demands than she can handle.  She is always seeking experienced and trained students from World of Braiding to help her out.   Coming over to get training changed her view on the skill she had started without direction.  Now she is an expert in her own field, she has her brand of hair extensions, has her own line of training in Weaves etc etc.

My experience with Francesca confirmed to me that it is not information and knowledge alone that makes the difference but what you do with it.  There were other people in her class who are yet to utilise their skill. She has used technology to change the way skills and beauty should be seen.

The sky is the limit for this young lady who at this age has no holdback or fear in the form of children and family tying or holding her down.

Watch this space as she will probably become a millionaire by the age of 30.

You can be like her or join her in Australia.



For Felicia, getting training from us was her last attempt at getting a professional training in braiding and understanding her skill.  She had started her own salon and was already attending to customers with some braiding techniques but something was missing.  She realised she lacked professionalism.  Her clients will get her service and not come back again so she needed loyalty from them.  This made her feel insecure and not sure of what was not right. 

Being Ghanaian she thought it will be best to go home and improve her skill after all braiding was an African skill.  She left her family and went back to Ghana for 4 months.  This was a long time to stay away from her young family but being determined and staying focused to achieve a great result she took on the challenge. 

After 4 months, she came back without achieving the results she wanted and still felt empty as if something was missing.  She now went on the internet for more searches. 

She found us in December 2007. I remember very well as this was during Christmas time and her young family was missing her again.  We consulted by phone and agreed on the Foundation course for her training.  We narrowed her training to techniques that she needed and focused to make her understanding clear and professional. 

On completion of the Course, we went on to the unique part of our training – Theory to Braiding.  This part to our training is our best part yet.  This is the section of the training that Joy and World of Braiding has perfected and branded specially for her students and is the part that separates our students from experienced braiders who have been braiding in Africa.  The theory encompasses understanding of the industry, professionalism, and running the business of natural hair.  Everything that no one else will teach you is in this part of the training and is based on Joy’s personal journey into understanding the industry of natural hair.  This is the Education and Information part that brings everything together and makes complete sense to our students.  This is the part that differentiates World of Braiding from everyone else.

Felicia however thought  she did not need the theory and was ready to go home to her children.  She said she knew everything there was to know about extensions and products. We insisted to her that to gain her certificate, she needs this theory side of our training.  Luckily for Felicia there was another student in the class – Sheena Daniels who insisted that she needed the training so Felicia had no choice.  We took on our training and on completion, Felicia was in tears.  This was shocking and we wanted to know what had happened.  It transpired that her continuous search and numerous travels to gain knowledge was based on this information that she lacked.  She had not known that this was the part that she was lacking and needed understanding to make her professional and educated in order to satisfy and be confident with her clients.  She now knew why her clients were not coming back and being loyal. She now understood why she felt insecure and her clients were in control of her business. She instantly felt complete and realised that she now had a business to run and no longer a hobby.

Her testimonial “I am now very satisfied because now I have the knowledge that I needed to run my business.  I am happy for the information I got from Joy and all the training that she has given me.  Thank you so much”

On getting back, she sent lots of glowing report about how she had changed everything in her business and how she was now in control of her business.  Everything had changed and she was a very happy business woman.  She remains in touch and lets us know about her progress.

You could be like her and change your situation around.



Thandi is one of those dream students.  She was hungry for knowledge and was willing to invest in it without argument.  When Thandi came to us in 2009, she had a good knowledge of braiding and was attending to clients.  Somehow she felt something was lacking.  She needed to perfect her skill as she was going back home for good.  She had decided it was time to go home and set up a professional salon.  We had our consultation and concluded on Foundation to Braiding.  We took her skill to the next level and when she was done her current customers where so grateful that she had taken training to better her skill.

Prior to this stage she was like most braiders charging ridiculously cheap rates for her time.  After her training everything changed.  All her new clients had to pay her new rate while she confirmed to me that the old clients who had remained loyal will still get the best service from her at the same old rates they were paying.  She thanked me and could not believe that she had been so ignorant about the industry.  She was so happy when she started shopping for all the things she needed to get back to South Africa. 

Her testimonial “Everything I needed to know and learn I have learnt.  I am satisfied with the way I’ve been taught and have achieved everything I wanted. The course was great; the teacher is very good and makes you feel you are in the right place.”

You too could be like her.



Rose turned out to be a friend.  She like the rest of the students was hungry for knowledge and had a great passion for hair.  She had never braided before but knew this was something she wanted to do for a living.  By this time she was working in Social Care and was working mostly at night in a home.  She took on the Foundation Course in 2006 and embarked on gaining as many techniques as possible that was going to help her. 

She had let everyone in her Brazilian community aware of her training because she wanted the market to be waiting when she was ready.  She stayed focused.  She gave her training all her energy as she practiced every night at work and while her clients were sleeping.  This was because her dream was to have enough time to be with her two lovely boys and eventually take her skill back to Brazil. 

While in training, we attended various events together.  The great thing about Rose was that her hunger for knowledge and understanding encouraged her to be selfless and was always willing to help.  She joined me to every event I attended and assisted in every capacity. We became good friends.

On completion, she let everyone in her community know as well and the most exciting part was when a celebrity musician from her country visited England, she was asked to go and do her hair in the hotel.  She was so excited and could not wait to tell me the tales.  She was chauffer driven to the hotel and was given the star treatment.  She said the lady was so impressed with her work and they paid her amazing amount of money which almost covered the cost of her training.  This was the beginning of great things for her as this has now become part of her CV. She was now a Celebrity hairstylist she told me.  Since then everything had changed for Rose.

You could be like her.


Morgan came to me in 2008.  She had no idea what braiding was but had a mixed race child. There were no salons in her area that attended to mixed race hair so she chose to train herself to be in a position to cope with her child’s hair.  Her husband was black and never believed that she could be able to ever learn braiding.

We took on the Introduction to Braiding Course and she was very determined to surprise her husband.  She completed the training with the skill completely in her hands.  Her immediate testimonial “I really feel very confident to start braiding straight away and I am so pleased to have learnt a lot about products.  This course was such a fantastic experience for me.  Joy is a brilliant teacher and should be charging so much more.  I would recommend this course to anyone with an interest in hair.”

She got back home and sent me glowing reports.  Her testimonial “thank you so much Joy for letting me achieve 2 things in my training.  I gained my skill which I now use easily on my son but in addition, you have been able to help me wipe the smug off my husband’s face.”  What a great result for someone who never imagined she could achieve the skill.

You could be that person.


Sheena was just a Mum who wanted to be able to do her children’s hair.  Kent barely had Afro salons and she was tired of spending a lot of money on taking her children to the hairdressers.  She was also fed up with the long wait, the too many questions from her children, the cries, the general inconvenience of taking them to the salon and especially the Health & Safety issues.

In 2007 she came to us and we undertook the Introduction to Braiding Course.  All she wanted was just a simple course that will give her the skill to style her children’s hair and get them looking tidy for school.  While in the course she met with Felicia – earlier mentioned and became more interested in the business.  She wanted to know more and was willing to give the skill a lot more attention.  She got really good at creating her cornrows and single plaits and was very intrigued.  She then enjoyed braiding her training head which she had a habit of taking with her to everywhere.

Interestingly she went to a salon one day to buy some materials and while there a Mum walked in with her daughter who needed her hair braided.  The salon had no idea how to go about attending to the needs of the client and were thinking what to suggest.  Sheena promptly brought out her training head and asked the woman if she wanted a style like she had on the head.  The little girl was excited and Sheena was asked to braid the hair.  On completion, everyone was happy – Sheena had discovered the use she could put her newly acquired skill to while also working on her own children’s hair, the salon were excited as they could not wait to sign her on as a staff, the little girl and Mum were excited as their needs were met. 

From then onwards, Sheena never looked back as she now came back to take on a Course in Hair Weaving and now became fully professional in natural hair designs. Her testimonial “Simply the best training ever.  Absolute value for money and now I am looking forward to a better life.” 

You could be like her.


Alena came to us in 2009.  She had travelled the world for a period and had decided to stop and do something she loved.  She had passion for hair, had never braided before but knew she could use her hands to achieve great results.   We chose the Introduction to Braiding Course as she did not want anything very complicated.

On completion of her course,  her testimonial “I am very happy with my training course, information, knowledge and skill of hair braiding.  I have gained a lot.  I had a wonderful teacher who is willing to teach, share and help others to start their own business in hair braiding. Thank you.”

On travelling back home to Slovakia, she sent amazing testimonials “Joy I got back home and as you had advised, I marketed my braiding skill to the Council and offered to do children’s hair for the Children’s day celebration.  They were excited and offered me the contract to braid over 1000 children on the day.  What do you advice?” This was amazing.  She had taken on the advice she was given.  At this stage I advised her to work with other braiders in the area but this was one of my favourite cases.

You too could be like her.



Uju has made the best of her training. She just missed one of our Weave workshops which was what she wanted.  She then contacted us and wanted to be part of the next course. 

She has been working in the salon but believed her skill needed to be updated and made professional in other to be taken to the next level.  She had a chat with her boss who completely disagreed with her and did not encourage her to take up training.  She was naturally very curious, had seen the work of other students who had trained with World of Braiding so knew that an investment in a good training will change the way she was offering her service to her clients too.

We consulted and concluded the Weave Workshop was good for her.  Uju like most of my favourite students was hungry for knowledge.  It excites me to see students who have done some research, have a lot of questions and want answers.  Uju never stopped asking questions.  She wanted to understand every style and every reason why a style is created in a particular way.  She took on her training with one of the most amazing vigour I have ever seen.  We completed a full cornrow weave and she got home and replicated the same style on another training head the same night.  She came to class with the new head all completed and showed me what she had done in the night.  I was in awe of her.  She had sat up all night to understand what she had done the day before.  What a woman.

Uju has 6 children and is a single Mum but she has refused to let her personal circumstance stop her from excelling and achieving her dreams.  I absolutely respect her as in my many years of meeting many women who want to better their lives by gaining a skill that equips them to take control of themselves. However, Uju is different.  She comes across as one of the people who not only wishes but takes action to make the changes she requires in her life.  She did not only take on the Weave Workshop, she came back to perfect some of her braiding skills.  She saved money and paid weekly on some of the techniques.  She always came to the class with something new she saw in the shop as she loved sharing ideas and information with me.   She made me see the good in human existence again. She never asked for anything but knowledge to better her life and in return gave back so much.

On completion of her course, this is her testimonial “I achieved perfect closure for my weave.  This is the best investment I have ever made. I am so lucky to have had this opportunity.  My confidence has improved and Joy is an amazing trainer and lady.  God bless you.”

Since then on getting back to work, she has sent more testimonials  I just want to say thank you sooooooooo much for all your help. The teachings were all on point and there was no reservation. i couldn’t have asked for more. You have given me the confidence to believe in myself and to know that i can do it on my own. You are an inspiration and a great teacher and doing the training was the best investment i have made. There is a great improvement in my work and i can now say am proud of my work, thanks to you. Thanks again for everything and keep up the good work. God bless you x.”

We stay in touch and when  she needs confirmation or ideas on any topic, she calls for a chat.  She confirms, taking a training with us was the best decision she made in her life.

You too could be like her.


Alex joined our training in 2007.  She was young and had a passion for hair.  She loved wearing braids but realised that there was no one doing braids in her local area.  This meant she had to pay a lot of money to get her own hair done. Alex saw the opportunity in this and decided to train so she could set up her own natural salon.

Her immediate worry however was the money to use in joining the Course.  She spoke with her job center who was more than happy to sponsor her training.  She took up the Introduction to Braiding Course and immediately picked up everything she was taught.

Her testimonial “everything was explained clearly and slowly which made it easy to pick up.  I found the experience very educational and would recommend this training to anyone.”

Alex now runs her own natural hair salon in Wales, starting from home she created a lovely website and gets orders from the net.  Breaking braiding to strands of single plaits, cornrows etc, highlights, lowlights etc.  She has been very happy she took up our training as she now has her own independence.

You could be like her.


Here are just a few more testimonials from Students across the world that Joy has trained.

“A Course from World of Braiding was all I needed to skyrocket my business.  The thing that realIy stood out for me was the determination and selfless aim of Joy to teach students’ EVERYTHING she knew. World of Braiding has changed my life forever and I’m so happy I travelled the world to gain this skill.  The training gave me confidence to expand and grow my business and now I am everything I wanted to be.  I run one of the most sought after salons in Australia. I am a committee  member of a Hair Show in Sydney,  write for hair magazines, speak on radio show s, stock my own natural hair brand  etc.   Thank you so much – World of Braiding.

Francesca – Owner (Freedom Couture – Australia)

”I am a lawyer by profession but when the economic recession started and my business was changing, I knew it was time to start a new career that will give me a skill.  World of Braiding helped me to make my vision clear and now I run my own salon.  ” 

Vicky – Owner (Braids’n’Weaves -Hemel Hemstead)

”I come from Salt Lake City in Utah in the USA and I came to England to learn detailed Braiding as it was the best full course I could find.  I took up the International Braiding Course and on completion; all aspects of the training exceeded my expectations.  I feel so well equipped and confident to take my skill to the next level. The training is so professionally organized and extremely detailed.  I will recommend this course to anyone who wants to arm their hands with this unique skill which becomes yours for life.”

Celestes –Salon Staff –  USA.

”I was fed up working for other people and wanted to start my own business. Coupled with the fact that I have young children I needed a business that will allow me work around them.  I took up the Foundation Course and now, I have set up my own salon.  After my first month in business, my shop now pays its own expenses. I am very happy as I have achieved the skill I wanted to start my business.  The rest is now left to me” 

Laurayn  – Owner (Laury’s Beauty Elite -Ilford – London)


After completing Introduction to Braiding and a course in Extensions everything changed for me.  With the skill in my hands, I changed my small salon into a huge cosmetics and beauty shop in Portsmouth.   I combine my skill with retail of hair extensions & products. This has changed my life as I am a different person and a lot better than I ever dreamed. I cannot begin to quote my weekly earnings.  Thank you so much World of Braiding.

Rita – Owner (Rita’s Beauty – Portsmouth)

I attended the Track Weave Course at World of Braiding to add more to the knowledge I have in natural hair and extensions styles.  On completion, I set up my own business and since then I have not looked back.  It may be tough running a business sometimes, but I am glad I took the plunge to set up my own business.   Thank you so much World of Braiding.




About worldofbraiding
I run World's first Professional Natural Hair Academy and Natural Hair & Extensions Beauty Centre in the UK. World of Braiding is the only Natural Hair Academy with HABIA certification. Offering hair for natural girls who love glamour and skills to create self employment.

4 Responses to Foundation to Professional Hair Braiding and Extensions Training

  1. hi joy my husband has left work due to an amputation coz he has cancer,am an hair dresser and need to go proffessional so that i take care of my husband and my boys,am from zambia in africa,pls how do i get my much needed training from your school?

    • Hi Judith,

      Sincere apologies for getting back to you so late. Our IT people deleted you message in error. Please contact us via email in the future, In the meantime forward you telephone numbers and the best time to call you and a course adviser will be in touch.

      Best regards

      Charles Edward

  2. Have you ever considered writing an e-book or guest authoring on other websites?
    I have a blog based on the same information you discuss and would really like to have you share some stories/information.
    I know my subscribers would appreciate your work.

    If you are even remotely interested, feel free to shoot me
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