Everything But Length! Hair Extension Hacks

A couple of months ago, we introduced the Babe Everything But Length portal—a place where you can learn all about extension applications for purposes other than adding length to hair. We offer solutions for problems such as thin mid-lengths and ends, uneven or too-short haircuts, fine or aging hair, and dull ‘dos. Altogether, we offer 7 different (and specific!) hair extension solutions in the Everything But Length portal, as well as techniques for achieving them in your own salon. If you don’t have time to visit right now, below you can find the top hair extension hacks that go beyond just adding length. Enjoy!

Micro Bonding
This new and exciting hair extension technique uses segmented Fusion hair extensions to conquer installations around the crown and hairline areas of the head! No more stopping at the horseshoe or tip-toeing around the sides; now you can install directly in the top-most layers of hair with confidence and full support from Babe! Best for filling in sparse sections of hair (due to thinning, balding, or bad haircuts), the Micro Bonding technique is also great for performing detail work, enabling you to achieve pompadours, A-line bobs, and more—even on short hair!

Volumizing with Single Sided Tape
You can achieve volume using any of Babe’s hair extension methods. But get this: you can also achieve volume using half the number of Tape-In extensions in a typical installation, saving both money and excess weight for finer-haired clients. To do this, take advantage of Babe’s Single Sided Tape—a tape strip that replaces the second Tape-In weft in a standard installation to seal the backside of the first weft. Using Tape-Ins and Single Sided Tape, you can virtually double the volume of an otherwise thin hairdo, and spare your client any discomfort in the process!

Mixing Methods
Just because you decide that Micro Bonding is ideal for the top layers of the client’s hair doesn’t mean you have to use this technique throughout! In fact, sometimes it’s decidedly better (and quicker!) to mix and match methods for the perfect installation. For finer-haired clients, consider starting with a Tape-In base, then incorporate Micro-Bonded Fusion extensions as you approach the top and front of the head. Similarly, you can mix Tape-In with I-Link to get the best of the weft and strand-by-strand methods in different parts of the hair, or opt for our hybrid method—Flat-Tip—to do all of that for you.

Bricklaying
Cover more area using fewer extensions, and prevent any gaps in your installation by employing the bricklaying technique. Place hair extensions so that they cover the gap between the hair extensions below them (in the previous row), just like a bricklayer lays bricks. Bricklaying is a staple of Tape-In installations, but it can apply to other methods, too. Take extra care to make sure that you’re always bricklaying extensions on the side of the head, and filling in the gaps between the sides and the back portions of the head.

Adding Stress-Free Color
Have a client who wants highlights or a funky color, but doesn’t want to expose their natural hair to the damage of hair dye? Hair extensions are here to save the day. Whether you’re using I-Link, Clip-In (for temporary transformations), or Micro-Bonded Fusion for very fine-tuned blending work, extensions can stand in for coloring jobs to give your client the hair-friendly pop that they’re looking for! You can even pre-color the extensions themselves to achieve more fantastical looks, like emerald or pastel hues. And don’t forget our ombre assortment of hair extensions, perfect for achieving the sought-after ombre look without a single drop of dye.

Blending Color at Once
When we talk about “color blending”, we mean the process of mixing more than one hair extension shade to produce a multi-dimensional color look (as opposed to blending at the end of a hair extension installation). Usually, to accomplish this, a stylist will alternate between the different colored strands, distributing them evenly throughout the hair. But there’s an even faster way to do it. Using a standard Tape-In installation method, select one weft of each color and sandwich them around the client’s hair, producing an instant blended effect. We recommend using the darker shade on the bottom side of the section to maintain a natural-looking color transition.

Did you try out one of these hacks in your own salon? Share a picture of the results with us via Babe’s Instagram account! We love to see your work!

 

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Redhead Color Inspiration

Have you gotten a chance yet to work with our newest red extension shades? If you’re still looking for an excuse to try them out, look no further than these beautiful redhead color inspirations. Just grab a willing client, a couple of packs of Babe’s red extensions (you can choose from Colette (#99J), Betsy (#3R), Vivian (Red Wine), Emmie (#5R), Ruby (#30/33), and GiGi (#38)), and some hair color (if necessary), then start re-creating these beauties in your salon today!

Burgundy or Plum

Extension shades
Colette (#99J)
Betsy (#3R)
Whitney (Dark Purple)

Mix the sultry, chocolate-y red shade of Colette (#99J) with Whitney (Dark Purple) for a beautiful burgundy/plum color, then temper it with Betsy (#3R) for a natural touch.

Red Velvet

Extension shades
Vivian (Red Wine)
Emmie (#5R)
Beverly (Burgundy)

Start with a base of Vivian (Red Wine) to establish the velvety color, then throw in some Emmie (#5R) for dimension. If you want extra red richness, mix in some Beverly (Burgundy) strands throughout the bottom layer of hair.

Carrot Red

Extension shades
Ruby (#30/33)
GiGi (#38)

Achieve this bright and earthy look by blending our medium-toned Ruby (#30/33) with her lighter-toned cousin, GiGi (#38).

Golden Red

Extension shades
GiGi (#38)
Cindy (#24)

Use a majority of GiGi (#38) to establish an underlying maple-y hue, then throw in some golden blonde strands of Cindy (#24) to lighten and brighten the look.

Ombre Red

Extension shades
Ruby (#30/33)
Kymberly (Ombre 4-613)
Nina (Ombre 2-27A)

Lay down a base of Ruby (#30/33), then alternate between Kymberly (Ombre 4-613) and Nina (Ombre 2-27A) as you move up the head. For bonus points, color the top section of the Ruby extensions to a #3R shade, and incorporate them into the top layers, too. (You can see how to dye hair extensions using an ombre technique in this Babe video!)

Ready to get started? Pick up our new red extension colors at your local distributor today! They’re available right now.

 

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Are You Keeping Up with Babe?

Here at Babe, we’re constantly thinking of new and exciting ways to make your hair extension journey as easy and enjoyable as possible. But where can you go to keep track of all the new goodies that we have to offer? Today, we’re featuring our most regularly updated pages and platforms, so you’ll never again have to worry about missing out on any Babe things!

What’s New
Our “What’s New” page is basically a bulletin board of updates featuring everything from Babe Hair, Babe Lash, and Babe Online Education. Check in monthly to find new product launch details, portal links, and sale info!

Promotions
The “Promotions” page on the Babe website is specifically dedicated to our bi-monthly distributor promotions. Updated every other month, our promotions include both Babe Hair and Babe Lash deals that last a whopping 2-months each!

Facebook, Instagram, and/or Twitter
Keep up with Babe on the social media platform of your choice! We post show reminders, behind-the-scenes photos, and challenges on the regular, so you’ll get to see exclusive content and interact with other Babes! Be sure to follow our pages so that you never miss a single update.

YouTube
We’ve dedicated a whole blog post to our lovely YouTube channel, talking about how it’s the easiest way to brush up on your hair extension technique. It’s also a pretty great way to stay on top of Babe’s new product offerings and methods, as it’ll give you more specific information (and simple demonstrations!) so you can master the new material sooner.

Babe Blog
That’s right—if you’re really serious about keeping up with everything Babe, then you’re in exactly the right place! We like to fill our Babe blog with all the insider tips, tricks, and insights you need to have the best hair extension practice possible! Plus, it’s updated weekly, so you can stay 100% current with Babe. If you’re not already subscribed to our blog emails, make sure to sign up on the top left of this page so you can get each weekly blog post delivered directly to your inbox! (You can find the signup field under “Babe In the Know”.)

Do you have a question or suggestion that you’d like to have featured in a future blog post? Leave it in the comments below so we can address it in our content!

 

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Beat the Heat—On a Budget!

Depending on where you are in the world, you may be thinking that it’s so, so hot right now. And we’re right there with you. But as enticing as the AC (and a bucket of ice cream) might seem right now, it’s not always the healthiest choice, and sometimes you just don’t have the money to spare on a ghastly utility bill. So how do you keep your salon cool and pleasant when the sun keeps threatening to burn the place down?

Here are some time-tested tricks for beating the heat on a budget…

Know your directions
The sun rises in the east and sets in the west, and—if you live above the Tropic of Cancer—it passes through the southern part of your sky during the summer. If you know which sides of your salon building are getting the most sun throughout the day, you’ll know which doors and windows to address with some of the other tips in this list! The key is to be efficient, and efficiency means focusing your energy and resources where it counts.

Keep an eye on the time
You should also focus your energy and resources when it counts. Noon and afternoon are typically the hottest times of the day, so heat-preventing techniques and activities should be concentrated during these hours. Alternatively, evening and nighttime are the coolest times of day, and cool air should be drawn inward during these times.

Shield the windows
So how do you prevent the heat from getting into your salon? Curtains, blinds, awnings, tinted glass, you name it—whatever will reduce the amount of sunlight pouring in through your windows. Again, take extra care to equip your east, west, and south-facing windows (if you live in the northern hemisphere) with these accessories to achieve the maximum effect.

Reflect the light
If you can’t reduce the sunlight, reflect it away from your salon space. A light-colored exterior or metallic facade elements should help with this, not to mention the many mirrors you likely already have in your salon. For those willing and able to make a non-AC-related investment, a one-way mirror in place of regular windows would also do the trick.

Add some green
Introducing some foliage outside and inside your salon space can do wonders for your air quality and temperature. For example, planting some trees around your sun-facing doors and windows can offer shade, thereby limiting the amount of light and heat that comes in through those openings; planting a rooftop garden can act as insulation during summer and winter; and keeping an aloe vera plant, ficus, or fern indoors can help to reduce indoor temperature while purifying the air of pollution and allergens.

Employ a fan
Fans are a good, old-fashioned way of simulating an outdoor breeze without having to leave your salon. Plus, if you’re strategic about their placement, they can even simulate an actual AC by changing the overall indoor temperature of your room. Place a fan in the coolest part of your salon—say, by your ice tray, or near the floor—to blow cool air towards you, or utilize a ceiling fan to pull the cool air upwards through the space.

Create an air path
Good ventilation is always important, so bring in the actual breeze by opening windows on opposite sides of your salon (as in a cross-draft, or cross ventilation), opening windows on multiple floors of your salon (if you have a multi-story salon), cleaning your vents, and positioning your fans by open windows so that they expel hot air and suck cool air into your space.

Take advantage of height
Hot air rises, so if you have multiple stories, tall ceilings, or skylights in your salon space, make the most of them. If not, place your outside-facing fans higher than your indoor-facing ones so that they push out the hot air floating at the top of your room.

Use a dehumidifier
The only thing worse than a too-high temperature is a too-high temperature on a humid day. Correct the problem in your salon by using a dehumidifier. These guys are also great for ridding your indoor air of dust and allergens.

Have plenty of water
A nice cold glass of water is perfect for cooling down, but it’s also vital for replenishing your body’s fluids after a long day of sweating. Keep a lot of water on hand—perhaps in the waiting area of your salon—and distribute it to your clients as needed. Also, make ample use of your spray bottle; a cool, refreshing mist is like magic on a summer day.

Try some essential oils
Essential oils are good at hydrating hair and hair extensions, and they can also have a cooling effect! Try some peppermint, spearmint, or eucalyptus oils, either directly on the skin or diffused into the air. You’ll also benefit from the beautifully relaxing aroma, which can freshen up even the stuffiest of rooms.

Refrigerate your smocks
This tip isn’t exactly time-tested, but it could make hot days more bearable for your clients. Throw your protective gowns or smocks into the fridge before an appointment so your clients can benefit from the pleasant chill. You could even add a dusting of talcum powder to reduce moisture and keep the fabric cool throughout the day.

Try these tips in your salon and spare your wallet the excesses of summer air conditioning! Best part is, it’ll help the planet, too.

Got questions? Leave them in the comments below and we’ll get back to you ASAP!

 

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Blending Tips for Red Hair

We’re loving our newest hair extension colors, and we’re loving the before and afters that you lovely Babes are making with them! Today, we’re compiling some of the best application tips we’ve seen for blending red hair extensions to perfection. Enjoy!

Take a cue from the skin color.
Pheomelanin, the pigment that determines the level of redness in a person’s skin and hair, is typically consistent between the skin and hair, meaning that a person with a ruddy complexion is more likely to have red-tinted hair, and vice versa. Hence the belief that the undertone of a person’s hair should complement the undertone of their skin, so as to produce the most natural-looking result. If you’re ever in doubt about which shade of red to use in a client’s hair (or which highlight and lowlight colors to apply), refer to their skin tone. Golden skin will match a copper hairdo well, whereas pink skin will look better with a more strawberry color.

Dimension is key.
Red hair spans a wide range of shades, from the lightest of strawberry blondes to the darkest of auburns. This variety makes red hair particularly suited to highly dimensional color jobs, so go all-in with the highlights and lowlights to produce a look that truly captures the light. Our rule of thumb is to select a color two steps lighter than the base color, a color two steps darker than the base color, and the base color itself—though you can absolutely incorporate more of the colors within those limits, too.

Throw in some brown or blonde.
If you look very closely, you’ll find that many natural redheads carry strands of brown or blonde within their hair alongside the more vivid red—especially around the face and near the ends of their hair. Feel free to incorporate some of these colors into your blending job, applying a couple of brown lowlights to darker reds and a smattering of blonde highlights to lighter reds. This will produce a beautifully natural-looking effect, while enabling you to modify the overall brightness or dullness of the client’s hair.

Don’t shy away from purple.
Sometimes red hair veers straight into the territory of so-called “fashion colors”, with a tuft of pink or a wave of fuschia buried within the otherwise natural-looking strands. Don’t be afraid to include some of these naturally occurring colors in your extension job! Though a lock of Dark Purple (Whitney) might seem like it would stick out like a sore thumb, when dispersed throughout the hair, it can actually blend right in, leaving only a gentle touch of color in its wake.

Have you met our newest red shades? Head over to your local distributor today to get acquainted, then send us your before and after photos via Instagram for a chance to be featured!

 

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How Many Different Hair Colors Are There?

Last week we announced our 3 new natural red shades—Colette (#99J), Vivian (Red Wine), and GiGi (#38)—available right now in all 4 professional hair extension methods. Together with our other red shades—Betsy (#3R), Emmie (#5R), and Ruby (#30/33)—that makes for 6 total natural red shades in our Babe collection! New extension colors means more exact matches for your clients, better extension blending opportunities, and safer color jobs (for when you choose to color the hair extensions to a different shade). That’s why we’re on a mission to provide you with the most extensive color range possible. But how many possible hair colors are there, you might wonder? Today, we’ll investigate that very question.

Human hair and skin color is determined by the relative amounts of two different, naturally occurring pigments—eumelanin and pheomelanin—which dictate the lightness or darkness and redness or yellow-ness of the color, respectively. Together, these pigments produce 4 easily recognizable hair color categories (not including grey or white): black hair (high eumelanin, low pheomelanin), brown hair (moderate eumelanin, low pheomelanin), blonde hair (low eumelanin, low pheomelanin), and red hair (varying eumelanin, high pheomelanin). Grey or white hair, which is typically a byproduct of the aging process, is caused by lack of melanin in some (grey) or most (white) hairs.

Within each of these color categories, though, you may find a vast and finely graduated range of possible hair colors, from light blondes to dark blondes, chestnut browns to mousey browns, warm to cool blacks, and beyond. It wouldn’t be possible—or practical—to count the number of total hair colors, especially when you consider that most hair includes various different shades, highlights, and lowlights within it. And that’s just the natural colors—when you include fashion colors in the mix, it’s basically a question of how many colors the human eye can see (about 8-10 million, in case you were wondering).

Obviously, Babe can’t offer millions of different extension color options (no matter how much we’d like to!). Instead, we offer what you might call “core colors”—distinct color steps that cover a reasonable range of the black, brown, blonde, red, and fashion color categories—paired with hair techniques like blending or coloring so you can produce the precise results you want. With our latest red hair additions, we’ve fleshed out the red color line to the point that you can easily accommodate basically any redhead client (aspiring or natural) with the right tools and some creativity. We look forward to seeing the new transformations you’ll create!

Visit your local distributor today to get your hands on our new colors, and click here to share your transformation photos!

 

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New Red Hair Extension Colors!

It’s time to launch the summer in style! Effective immediately, Babe is now offering 3 new natural red extension shades in all four of our professional methods! Say hello to Colette (#99J), Vivian (Red Wine), and GiGi (#38)—a collection of varied and vibrant ruddy hues. Together with our other red shades (Betsy (#3R), Emmie (#5R), and Ruby (#30/33)), they make for the most robust red collection Babe has ever offered! Let’s take a moment to get to know these girls better.

Colette (#99J)
Colette is a deep, rich, sultry red shade that borders on chocolate brown, but don’t think that means she’s subtle! Catch her in the light and you’ll see that she’s a true dark red.

Vivian (Red Wine)
Vivian is the color of red velvet cupcakes, with a beautiful depth and tone that lends dimension to this delectable shade. In terms of tone, Vivian sits snugly in the middle of Betsy (#3R) and Emmie (#5R), making her best for medium-dark clients.

GiGi (#38)
GiGi is a gorgeous, maple-y color that looks as fresh in fall as it does in spring. A medium-light shade, GiGi is now the lightest, brightest red shade we carry!

Visit your local distributor to see these shades in person. They’re available for purchase right now.

 

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Business Tips for the 4th of July

This one goes out to our stylists based in the U.S.A.—Happy almost-Independence Day! Here at Babe, we’re donning our brightest of reds, bluest of blues, and most brilliant of whites, and gearing up to celebrate the 4th with a slice of meat and some sparklers. But before we do that, we want to share some more practical tips that can bring the festivities from the backyard to the salon, and fill your pockets with a little bit of green, while you’re at it.

Install single red, white (platinum), and blue extensions
Take a page from our trade show events and install individual flag-colored strands for $5 a piece. It’s a fun way for clients of all ages to participate in the holiday, and it’s a simple way to generate some extra cash in your salon. Plus, it’ll introduce more of your clients to Babe hair extensions, and potentially pave the way to more thorough transformations later.

Style newly cut ‘dos in traditional American hairstyles.
Top off your typical services with a complimentary style, or offer these styles as a distinct service for a limited time. You can give clients the choice of various all-American hairdos, like the Gibson Girl, Marcel waves, pompadours, and (our favorite) victory rolls. The time expense will be well-worth it when your clients share their enthusiasm with all their friends.

Bring in some ice cream for your clients to snack on.
If there’s one thing we learned in college, it’s that people will gather around the prospect of free food. Wrangle in your tardy or ambivalent clients by tempting them with this small but delicious added perk—for a limited time, only! The great thing is that you can make your own at relatively little cost, so this tactic can work in lieu of a sale.

Simulate a block party
Part of the beauty of the 4th of July is getting together with large groups of people—sometimes your entire neighborhood—and throwing an old-fashioned soirée. Take all the tips mentioned above and combine them into a spectacular 4th of July event, then invite your friends and family to stop in for some strands and styles of their own. You could even partner up with other local businesses (like the restaurant down the street or the bakery next door) to offer a wider range of products and services, then charge admission per person at the door. Make it an event that you and your clients will remember fondly, or a recurring thing that they look forward to every year!

Tried one of these tips? Let us know how it went in the comments below!

 

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Summer-Smart Hairstyles

We love chic little updos for the summer—not only are they beyond cute, but they do an excellent job of keeping our necks cool and shielding our mid-lengths and ends from seasonal wear-and-tear. So if you or your clients are looking for some styling inspiration, check out these popular ‘dos: some of them will likely be your go-tos for the entire season!

Milkmaid Braid
We love this look throughout the year, but it’s especially useful during the summer when we want to keep our hair and hair extensions tucked up and out of the way.

Ballerina Bun
This elegant hairstyle suits just about any occasion, and it elevates any outfit! Bonus is that you can easily work out in this one, just like ballerinas do.

Chignon
Go all-in on elegance with this super-refined chignon. Perfect for brunches, teas, and also business events, the chignon will keep your ends tied up and your style on point for the entire summer.

Top Knot
This easy and fashionable style works well with just about everything, from pajamas to salon attire and everywhere in-between. Plus, it infuses your look with an effortless quality, à la “I woke up like this.

Simple Twist
Accomplish this look by tying a scarf around the crown of your client’s head and wrapping strands of their hair around the scarf. Best part is that this will naturally curl the hair, too!

You can find even more hairstyle inspiration on our various Pinterest boards. Check them out today, and let us know your favorites in the comments below!

 

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Time-Saving Tips for Extension Appointments

Professional hair extension installations can involve long and arduous work, but throughout the years, we’ve done our best to provide stylists with simple and effective hacks to make the process both easier and faster. Today, we’re going to catch you up on all the new ways you can make your installations faster, simpler, and all-around better! Let’s get started…

For All Methods

Quick Pick Hair Parter
This little tool is an oldie but a goodie, and is designed to replace your rattail comb. The Quick Pick Hair Parter rests on the finger of your choice (most stylists choose the pinky!), swooping easily through hair to establish clean and easy parts for perfect installations. The Quick Pick Hair Parter is always at the ready. And as of last year, we offer our Quick Pick Hair Parter in two sizes—(S/M) Regular and (M/L) Medium—for maximum comfort and convenience.

Hair Extension Organizer
Gone are the days of messy, annoying piles of strands during installation—the Hair Extension Organizer allows you to keep all those packs of hair tidy and organized from beginning to end! Best of all, the accompanying Hair Organizer Stand allows you to set up the Hair Extension Organizer in whatever location you want!

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For Tape-In

Styrofoam Mannequin Head
Tape-In installations are pretty speedy affairs, but re-installations are an entirely different story. Make the process quick and easy by introducing the Styrofoam Mannequin Head to your routine! It lets you keep track of your Tape-In placement throughout the removal, cleansing, and re-taping steps by pinning wefts to the corresponding area of the mannequin head. This will save you both time and hassle in the long run!

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For Fusion

Fusion Cutter
The Fusion Cutter streamlines your Fusion customization process by making it easier than ever to cleanly and safely snip the bonds on fusion extensions without the bond flying out of your hands! That’s one less thing to pick up, and one less detail to worry about.

Fusion Go Belt
Our newest hair extension tool is a wearable holster in which you can store your hot Melting Connector, protecting your skin and clothes from the device’s heat! Instead of setting the Melting Connector down after every single use, dock it in the Fusion Go Belt and walk around with it literally sitting on your side for easy access. The heat-free silicone insulation will keep you safe, while the holster will keep you mobile. No hands, no heat, no hassle!

Visit our Product Shelves to learn more about these time-saving gadgets, then visit your local distributor to see them for yourself! Before long, you’ll wonder how you ever managed your installations without them.

 

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