Creating Volume and Thickness Using Hair Extensions

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There’s no getting around the fact that full, voluminous hair will always be in style. It’s a classic choice that’s closely linked to images of health and youth, and it’s having a particular moment now with mermaid-y waves, Victoria’s Secret-like blowouts, and shaggy boy band hair. It’s no wonder, then, that hair extensions are becoming more popular than ever, giving clients the means to turn their existing hair into a full-on mane. Babe’s core extension methods—Fusion, I-Tip, Tape-In, and, most recently, Flat-Tip—are helping women and men around the country achieve the hair of their dreams.

But that’s not all that we’ve been up to. As with any art form, material products are only part of the story. We at Babe have also been developing new techniques for using those products, so we can achieve volume and thickness in new and innovative ways. Take our Micro Bond technique, which involves cutting down a Fusion extension into a series of smaller strands: where once you could only add thickness to the bottom and sides of the head (or the “base,” if you will), Micro Bonds allow you to add dimension to the crown and hairline, giving you greater thickness at the roots and a slew of new possibilities. Just think about it—in a full-head installation, you can only add enough extensions to recreate the thickness at the top of the head at the ends of the hair. This makes for the most natural look. But if you can add thickness directly to the top of the head using inconspicuous Micro Bonds, you can expand your volume threshold for the ends as well, transforming thin hair into a bodacious ‘do. Of course, we don’t recommend adding more hair extensions than the natural hair can comfortably hold. The same 1:1 rule—where the natural hair section equals the hair extension thickness—applies to these cases. But it’s nice to have the room to roam!

Pair the Micro Bonding technique with our traditional methods for the most comprehensive and customizable installation ever, and achieve unprecedented volume in the process! To learn more about Micro Bonding and all the hair possibilities that come with it, visit our Everything But Length Portal today!

 

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Hair Extensions are for Everyone!

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We love hair extensions because they give us options. There’s no need to wait for a bad haircut to grow out, or to resign ourselves to lifeless hair because that’s what we were born with. Your look is something you can control, and it’s absolutely liberating. We’re not just talking about adding length and volume here, either—hair extensions are increasingly being used to alter color, add texture, and even mask damaged hair. Babe is committed to extending hair extension options to everyone, regardless of their current hair situation and intended extension goals. That’s why we came out with Tape-In, Single Sided Tape, Single Clip-Ins, Instant Hair, and our newest development: the Micro Bonding technique. Using this technique, by customizing fusion bonds, we’re evolving hair extensions to address an even wider range of issues beyond missing length or volume—and appealing to a wider audience in the process.

Is your hair thinning with age, or shedding due to weight loss or a major life transition? Extensions may be for you! Our Single Sided Tape extensions and Fusion extensions using our Micro Bonding technique can fill in the gaps without placing any unnecessary stress on your thin hair.

Do you suffer from balding or patchy hair? Our Micro Bonding extension technique can re-introduce hair to exposed areas of scalp without any noticeable bonds or attachments in sight!

Do you want to experiment with your short hairstyle? It’s easy to change things up with Micro Bonds and achieve anything from a color streak to a rattail and beyond.

Highlights, lowlights, a splash of color, and much, much more are all achievable with any of our varied hair extension methods. We even have temporary options for one-time events or people looking to sample a new style before committing. Whatever your desire and whatever your demographic, hair extensions can be a simple and accessible solution. Remember, hair extensions aren’t just for young, fashionable women looking for Rapunzel hair—they’re for anyone and everyone looking for options with their hair.

To learn more about our hair extensions and what they can do for you, visit our Everything But Length Portal, where we feature specific solutions for:
- plumping mid-lengths and ends
- adding length at the front and sides
- filling in aging, thinning hair
- thickening fine hair
- bringing excitement to boring style
- achieving longer, fuller hair from a mid-length base.

And, as always, if you have questions, feel free to leave them in the comments below!

 

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Micro Bonding with Fusion Extensions – Amazing Before & Afters!

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Last week we talked in-depth about our groundbreaking new installation technique: Micro Bonding. Micro Bonding involves cutting a single Fusion extension into a series of smaller Micro Bonds which can be installed on smaller sections of the client’s hair, promising less weight, greater precision, and more flexibility than ever before, and even enabling you to install in the crown area and hairline! This week, though, we’re going to show you just what you can achieve with these tiny little Fusion bonds. Because a picture’s worth a thousand words, right?

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Angie used Micro Bonds to fix her mid-length and ends, and to bring excitement to a boring style.

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Glen used Micro Bonds to fill in his aging, thinning hair.

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Kalee used Micro Bonds to grow out a short hairstyle and add excitement to her ‘do.

You can see more jaw-dropping Micro Bond before & afters at our Everything But Length Portal, and enroll in our new Online Education course to learn how to recreate the transformations yourself! The possibilities are endless, and we’re excited to see what you’ll create.

 

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Using Extensions Above the Crown of the Head

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What? You can use extensions above the crown of the head? What about bond visibility and all that stuff we used to say about not going above the horseshoe area during installation? Good news: when it comes to the Fusion method, you can “break the rule!” We have a new hair extension technique here at Babe called “Micro Bonding,” and it allows you to customize your Fusion extensions so they can go where they’ve never gone before—above the crown and hairline areas of your client’s head! Here’s how it works:

First:
Cut the top half of the keratin bond off of the Fusion extension using our newest tool, the Fusion Cutter!

Next:
Turn the hair extension strand into a number of distinct Micro Bonds by snipping vertically through the keratin bond. Don’t cut all the way through the bond, but rather right up to the very edge, peeling the remaining piece apart with your fingers (that way you leave the hair itself intact!). The number of Micro Bonds you make from a single Fusion extension is up to you, but make sure to size the Micro Bonds to match the density of the hair sections they will be applied to.

Then:
Trim the keratin of each Micro Bond so that the bond is tapered (with the narrowest part on top, where the root will be once the extension is installed, and the widest part on bottom, where the bond connects to the extension hair).

Just like that, one Fusion extension is now a set of Micro Bonds that can be installed on smaller sections of your client’s hair! Smaller sections means greater precision, better resulting movement, and a lighter feeling suited to finer-haired clients. It could also mean using fewer packs of hair when working on more detail-oriented tasks, such as adding volume. And since these Micro Bonds are so tiny, they’re basically inconspicuous once installed, and can therefore be used to perform delicate work in more visible places on the scalp. We’ve already seen great Before & After photos where Micro Bonds were used to cover bald spots, add length and fullness to short or thinning hair, fill out empty sections around the hairline, and even create a man-bun! The possibilities are pretty much endless (you can start offering hair extension services to men and women with short haircuts now!).

To learn more about this new technique and explore all these new and exciting options, visit our Everything But Length Portal, check out our Micro Bonding video, and enroll in our Micro Bonding Online Education course! You can pick up Fusion extensions and a pair of Fusion Cutters—uniquely designed to cut fusion bonds neatly, accurately, and safely—at your local distributor.

 

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Using Single Sided Tape on Fine or Thin Hair

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“Are hair extensions for me?” You’ve heard your clients ask this question. Perhaps we’re a little biased here at Babe, but “absolutely!” is our perennial response. Whether your clients want a quick fix of length and color or an all-over hair transformation, hair extensions and their various installation methods can bring visions to reality.

Hair comes in all shapes and sizes though, and some clients remain skeptical. “I have thin/fine hair. Are extensions still for me?” these concerned clients may ask. It’s certainly a valid question. Hair extensions do require proper installation and upkeep to achieve their intended effect, and it’s crucial for clients to understand their specific hair type before beginning. But our answer is still an unmitigated: Yes! Yes! Yes! With Babe’s Single Sided Tape that is. Here’s why using Single Sided Tape with Tape-In Extensions is perfect for clients with thin or fine hair, and how this revolutionary product is changing the extensions game for women of all hair types…

Half the Wefts = Half the Weight
One of the predominant hair extensions stumbling blocks for those with fine or thin hair is the weight, strain, and discomfort that the hair extensions can potentially place on the hair and scalp. When the client’s individual strands of hair are thinner and the follicles more sparse, Babe’s Tape-In Extensions are preferred over fusion or beaded methods because they’re lighter overall. Still, even traditional Tape-In Extensions can be too heavy for thin-haired clients. This is exactly where Single Sided Tape comes into play. In a nutshell, Single Sided Tape is a gentle solution for thin-haired clients because they use half as many wefts as traditional Tape-In extensions, and, as a result, place half as much weight and strain on the hair. While traditional Tape-In Extensions work by “sandwiching” the client’s hair between two wefts of extensions and then taping them together, Single Sided Tape allows you to achieve that effect using only one weft of hair extensions and a corresponding piece of adhesive on the other side. End result? It creates the same volumizing visual effect as traditional Tape-In Extensions with half the distributed weight overall.

Single Sided Tape-Ins Bring New Opportunities
Beauty, and the opportunity to transform oneself, shouldn’t have an exclusive “door policy.” It’s for everyone! With that in mind, Single Sided Tape creates hair extensions avenues which many clients haven’t previously considered possible. With its weightless alternative to traditional extension methods and premium Babe quality, Single Sided Tape allows women with thin or fine hair to experience the same volumizing effects of Tape-In Extensions without the weight and strain that’s kept them out of the running in the past.

To learn more about Single Sided Tape, as well as other hair extension techniques that make all kinds of hair transformations available to every client, visit our new Everything But Length Portal!

Shop Tape-In Extensions Now

 

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Fine Hair vs. Thin Hair

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When you first hear them, the terms “fine” and “thin” hair may sound interchangeable. Stylists and clients alike have a number of “go-to” terms to describe the spectrum of hair types and lengths they encounter. Still, knowing what these terms actually mean can help you best suggest an upkeep regimen for your clients (or tighten the screws on your own) and help dispel hair myths and misinformation. Here’s a quick guide for identifying the characteristic differences between fine and thin hair (because they are not inherently the same!) and helping your clients determine for themselves.

We’re really talking about Density…
For our purposes, hair is characterized in two ways: the thickness of the individual strands and how dense (closely packed together) each of the individual follicles are. When a client has thin hair, it technically means that they have fewer hair follicles packed close together. Terms like “sparse” or “low density” may be more technically accurate and better help describe what they actually mean in these cases. While styling a thin-haired client, you may notice that you see a lot more of their scalp (while working) than someone with thick hair. It is possible for clients with thin hair to also have fine hair, but the two aren’t necessarily related.

Individual Thickness
When a client has fine hair, they’re technically referring to the individual thickness or diameter of each strand. A visual spot test for fine hair is the strand comparison: if a client’s hair strand appears to be the same thickness as a sewing thread then they have coarse hair. If it appears to be thinner than this, or has “wispy” characteristics, then it is fine. Some suggest gathering the hair into a ponytail and measuring its circumference, fine hair being that which is less than 2 inches in circumference. Clients with fine hair may complain that the fineness of their hair makes it difficult to manage and style.

Can Clients have both Thin and Fine Hair?
It’s absolutely possible for clients to have a combination of hair that’s both thin and fine, and in these cases, gentle styling techniques and regular maintenance come highly encouraged. Particular attention should be paid towards braiding or styles which pull the hair away from the scalp as they may be harder on thin or fine-haired clients than those with medium or coarse hair. Babe offers a special Tape-In application alternative for thin and/or fine-haired clients seeking hair extensions, which involves using Single Sided Tape to lighten the overall load of the Tape-In hair extensions (more on that next week!).

To summarize: “Fine” hair refers to the thickness or diameter of the individual strand of hair. The opposite of fine hair is coarse hair. “Thin” hair refers to the overall density of the hair follicles across the scalp. The opposite of thin hair is thick hair. It is possible for clients to have fine and thick hair, or coarse and thin hair. On occasion, your client may have both fine and thick hair. These clients will benefit from the use of our Single Sided Tape method, or from alternative installation techniques designed to target thinning. For more information on the hair extension options available to thin and/or fine-haired clients, visit the Everything But Length Portal.

Helping clients determine how to categorize their hair is the first step towards solid hair health and maintenance on an individual and global level. Not only are you assisting their beauty transformation at the salon but empowering them with the knowledge and information they need to keep it up once they’re on their own.

 

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Simple Ways to Transform Your Business

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It’s the end of 2016. Regardless of how your resolutions for this year turned out, it’s never too late to set yourself up for a good start next year. Today, as our last blog before 2017, we’re going to list some simple things you can do to give your hair extension business a makeover for the new year (we already know that you’re really good at makeovers). So let’s get to it!

Redecorate.
This is a fairly straightforward one—transform your salon space by moving around the furniture, adding some seasonal decorative elements, or some business-specific marketing materials and displays. Not only will this revitalize the salon itself, it’ll also clue your clients in on all the services that you offer.

Update your inventory.
Depending on your inventory management style, you may be overdue for an inventory update. In 2016 alone, Babe introduced a number of new extension methods, colors, and tools, including our Instant Hair line, Flat-Tips, Fusion Cutters, Hair Organizers, Styrofoam Mannequin Heads, and several ombre shades. With all of the new additions, you may find that you’re missing a few revolutionary items in your salon.

Master a new method.
There’s no better way to boost your extension business than to introduce a whole new method to your arsenal. Our Online Education portal is more equipped than ever to teach you the ins and outs of our various extension methods, from I-Tip, Tape-In, and Fusion to Lash extensions. Enroll today for access to the training videos, including Babe certification (if you so choose). Certification in Babe extension methods puts you on our Certified Stylist list, so potential new clients can find you easily from our site. You’ll also be able to provide your clients with more service options.

Introduce Instant Hair services.
Speaking of more service options, Instant Hair extensions provide a load of opportunities to extend new services to your clients, including extension fitting, trimming, and coloring services. We even have an Instant Hair Rewards program to give you more returns for your investment. Learn more about how you can use Instant Hair to enhance your business by clicking here.

Introduce a customer rewards program.
Take a cue from the Instant Hair Rewards program and introduce your own rewards for your most loyal clients. Enable them to collect points for attending all of their recommended maintenance appointments, collecting all of their hair extension upkeep tools, or bringing a friend into the salon. The possibilities are endless.

Reboot your enthusiasm.
Motivation is the best indicator of success, so get back in the hair extension groove by treating yourself to some live Babe events. We offer trade show classes, Mastery Tour events, and even local-level courses with certain Babe distributors, all of which are guaranteed to increase your enthusiasm and improve your extension skills! Connect with fellow Babe stylists and learn in an engaging, fun environment. You can find our next destination right here.

Get a head start on your best extension year ever by following these tips, and let us know how it goes! You can share pictures and stories to any of our social media pages.

Until then, Happy Almost-New Year!

 

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Happy Hair, Happy Holidays!

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Last week we went over how to defend your hair (and your clients’ hair) from the winter weather. This week, we want to see how your beautiful transformations are standing up to the cold! Christmas is only a few days away, as are Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, and we’re sure that many of our Babes are already picking out their outfits and dolling up for the upcoming holiday festivities. Our hair extensions will be making an appearance from coast to coast and party to party, and we want to be in on the fun!

Submit your holiday hairdo photos to Babe’s Facebook and Instagram pages, and we may feature your look for the entire Babe community. These can be photos of you, or consensual photos of your clients. Either way, be sure to comment on the extension method, length, and color used for the hairstyles, so we can include those details in the caption.

Need some inspiration? Head over to our Pinterest page and browse our many boards to get your creative juices flowing. We’ve got a board for swanky hairstyles, braids, buns, and overall great looks, so you’re sure to find something that’ll pique your interest!

Whatever your style or creed, we’re wishing you the warmest and happiest of holidays, complete with the best hair of the year! We can’t wait for the pics.

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Defending Hair from Winter Weather

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Winter weather can be unpredictable, but there’s one thing that you and your clients can always expect: cold and dry weather always spells trouble for hair (both hair extensions and natural hair). Each and every year, we’re reminded of this fact when our hair frizzes out, gets brittle and straw-like, or refuses to hold any shape whatsoever. So what can be done to alleviate the damage and restore hair balance for all those holiday parties and pictures on the horizon? Read on to find out…

Shield your hair from the cold.
First things first, don’t step out of the house with wet hair when the temperature outside is bordering on freezing. Your hair will stiffen in an uncomfortable and unflattering way, and possibly even break in the process! Instead, ensure that your hair is at least 80% dry, then proceed to wrap it in a protective style (tucked braids, buns, etc.) and/or cover it with a scarf or hat. For bonus points, select a silk or satin scarf, or a hat with a silk or satin lining, for maximum hair protection and smoothness (you can also place a piece of cotton or wool between your hair and a knit cap).

Avoid excessive heat.
Just because you’re avoiding the cold doesn’t mean you should crank up the heat. As always, don’t abuse your hair with super hot heating tools or a lack of heat protectant. In fact, consider using a lower temperature setting and fan speed than usual to retain as much moisture as possible. You can always achieve your desired level of dryness/dimension with multiple low-heat applications (spread out with 15-20 minute breaks in-between).

Control your indoor atmosphere.
There’s not a lot you can do about the weather outside, but there are things you can do to make your indoor space more hospitable for your hair. In keeping with our last tip, don’t overuse your heater, as it can stealthily steal moisture out of your locks. If you absolutely must have a 75 degree house, use a vaporizer or humidifier to reintroduce moisture into the air. Your skin will greatly appreciate this, too!

Indulge in good conditioners, masks, and oils.
You’ll need to improve your hair care regimen to address the drier-than-usual state of your hair. Do this with sulfate-free, color-safe, professional-grade moisturizing products, and be sure to increase the frequency of your moisturizing procedures. We recommend daily frizz-fighting serums, bi-weekly conditioning treatments, weekly hair masks, and the occasional hot oil treatment. When it comes to masks and oils, make sure to keep them away from the bond area of your hair, and to concentrate the product at the ends, where dryness is typically worse. And always make sure that you’re applying these products to clean hair, as dirt and grime will only get in the way.

Fill your body with nutrients.
Physical health is at the root of all beauty, so make sure that your body is equipped to handle the winter with the necessary amounts of vitamins and minerals. You can get this through your diet alone or from a combination of diet and supplements. You should also be ingesting plenty of healthy fats—like avocados, olive oil, and salmon—which help your hair to look shiny. And, most important of all, drink lots and lots of water. And we mean lots.

Get a trim.
Sometimes all of these defences will still leave you with breakage and split ends, and that’s okay. Your hair is not invincible, and it will inevitably accumulate damage over time. Address the problem early on with a trim to soften the ends—leaving it alone could mean letting the split travel up the hair shaft, which can seriously compromise length and hair strength in the long run!

What are your cold-weather tips for hair and hair extensions? Let us know in the comments below!

 

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Give Babe as a Gift!

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The holiday season is upon us, and with it comes lights, decorations, and lots of presents! If you’re on the hunt for gifts this month (whether for yourself or someone else), Babe has you covered with various hair and beauty products—some of which are even on sale through the end of the month! So take a look at our recommendations, then head over to your local distributor to get shopping.

Instant Hair
Our line of temporary, removable hair extensions is perfect for adults and children alike. Instant Hair offers endless styling potential, a professional-quality look, and the opportunity to experience a whole new head of hair—all without the commitment of bonds, glues, or professional maintenance. We offer a range of Instant Hair options to suit each client’s tastes and application preferences, including Clip-Ins, Crowns, and Bangs extensions in various weights, lengths, and styles. Best of all, our Instant Hair is now 15% off—from now until December 31st.

After Care Kit
The Babe After Care Kit isn’t only for hair extension users. Any salon client, beauty enthusiast, or person with hair can benefit from a 100% boar hair bristle brush and Dry Spray Shampoo. Plus, we’re offering our After Care Kit with a limited edition carrying case from now until the end of December, so you can gift your loved ones with great hair and a cute accessory.

Babe Lash
Babe Lash products include our lash-lengthening Eyelash Serum, Enhancing Liquid Eyeliner, Fiber Extend Mascara, and Volumizing Mascara—multitasking makeup products that leave your lashes looking full and thick even after the initial application. They’re a great choice for any makeup-loving ladies in your life who are after swoon-worthy eyes. And, as you might expect, we’re also featuring a November-December Babe Lash deal: from now until the end of the year, receive a free Babe Lash Skinny Clutch and Luxe Lash Separator with your purchase of 2mL Eyelash Serum and Volumizing Mascara. That’s even more goodies to put under the tree!

Head over to our Promotions page today to get a good look at all of these offers, then go straight to your local distributor and make them yours. We won’t judge if you end up keeping a few of these treats for yourself!

Got comments or questions? Leave them in the space below!

 

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