What’s the difference between SKW and other extension methods? Is it worth investing? Inquiring minds want to know....here are some answers.
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Truth bombs from a method developer. It's not about what you've spent on education it's how you spent your time. Rather than tell your clients I've spent X amount of dollars on extension training and expect that to impress anyone, discuss what you learned from that experience and how the education leveled up your skill set. It's more compelling to express your intellectual and technical gain. We're all aware that any form of education is not cheap but that doesn't always mean it was monetarily worthy or that you departed with any exceptional value.
That being said, to the many artists that have spent large amounts of money on extension training hoping to acquire anything different than just another way to tie thread and beads...in hindsight, you've essentially learned them all. I get this question all the time from artists hesitant to invest in yet another method and I completely understand. So I'll do my best to inform you. Trust me, as a person who sutures for a living and who created two methods there are only so many ways to stitch and tie a knot. The truth is, each brand is more likely to be another version of the same concept and you shouldn't have to spend your life's savings to realize that. Nor should a training company EVER require you spend your child's college fund to be acknowledged as an artist.
In terms of originality only. It's minute. For instance, the shape of the section: Square, rectangle, round or oval. It's basically the same. Thread the needle through the bead or don't. Same. Wiggle the hair through the bead or don't. Same. Place the bead on base or don't. Same. If you're expecting to experience a momentous occurrence between one beaded method to another, it's highly probable you'll end up disappointed.
I did everything within my power to make the original SKW extensions method individualized and am so proud of my work, however, there are limits to a beaded row concept. My focus was to reduce the side effects (yes, speaking as a NP, contact dermatitis, inflammation, folliculitis and traction alopecia are side effects) of beaded rows, which all potentiate the same risks, regardless of what you're told. This is a conversation I've had with my dermatologist on numerous occasions.
The original SKW method has helped so many women who suffer from particular ailments that result in hair loss in addition to those with a history of specific method intolerance. Integrating my medical knowledge with my cosmetology background lead me to both creations. In this next chapter I simply chose to take my artists off the beaten path and down the beadless road to SKW 2.0. The aggregate amount of "hybrid" methods or exact replicas of leading brands diminishes the authenticity of the specialty. Artists will struggle to set themselves apart and the uniqueness is lost in the masses.
If you have no prior training in beaded rows, pick one, any one of them. They're all great. What truly sets the method apart is the company itself. So do your best to pick the one that best reflects your business ethic. If you're certified in one or more beaded row methods, awesome, keep doing them and perhaps save yourself some money before signing up for another certification. If you're still feeling skillfully unfulfilled and still seek exclusivity then SKW 2.0 is your answer. This is TRULY distinctive. SKW 2.0 sliders (my invention currently under patent) are only available to SKW artists.