Marketing with Your Starter Kit

We’re currently featuring our new and improved Babe Starter Kits on the Babe website, promotion list, and social media, and we couldn’t be more pleased! The combination of new and classic tools, hair extension strands, and educational materials makes these kits the perfect introduction to a vital hair extension practice. But did you know Babe’s Starter Kits can also be used to help you with your marketing efforts? With everything included, you’ll find all the details you need to flaunt your business anywhere you go. Here’s how!

Attention-Grabbing
Want to let more of your existing clients know about your extension services without sounding too sales-y? Leave your Starter Kit on display in your salon area, perhaps alongside some of our other Marketing Materials, and let it do the talking for you.

 

Travel-Ready
With the new, cute, grab-able carrying case, you’ll be able to tote your kit around with you to off-site appointments and events–advertising your business along the way . Get ready to field more questions about Babe Hair and your hair extension practice!

 

Complete with a Color Ring
The Babe Color Ring is a stellar promotional tool. It features every hair extension shade that we offer, and shows off the superior quality of our 100% Human Remy locks. So clients are able to see and experience the hair before making an investment. A Color Ring is included in each one of our Start Kits, so you can bring your samples with you everywhere!

 

Install-Ready
Each of our Starter Kits contains all of the tools you need to perform an installation in the given method. That means, as long as you have the kit with you, you’ll be able to demonstrate (or, if you packed sufficient hair, perform) an installation anywhere. Show potential clients how simple it is to install and remove an I-Tip extension, or how safe it is to work with Fusion. You can take the evidence to them, instead of waiting for them to come to you.

 

Card-Friendly
While Babe Starter Kits don’t come pre-packed with business cards, they’re a great way for you to carry your business cards around. Once you’ve answered questions, shown your samples, and completed your demonstrations, be sure to seal the deal by distributing your salon information. You may even choose to store a sign-up sheet inside your Starter Kit, too, so that you can collect email addresses for future follow-up.

 

Get your hands on one of our updated Starter Kits and receive 50% off Online Education! You can find them at your local distributor today.

 

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How To: Darkening Hair with Hair Extensions

Hair extensions aren’t only for adding long, lush length. Here at Babe, we have lots of techniques and methods that use extensions for volume, correcting inconsistencies in thickness or length, filling out thinning hair, covering bald spots, and more! Today, we’re going to focus on how you can use extensions to achieve color transformations–and, more specifically, how you can use them to recreate this season’s most popular shades!

Color Blending
The classic way to use hair extensions in color transformations is to incorporate multiple shades into a single installation. This can be in the form of highlights and lowlights (or extensions two steps lighter and two steps darker than the client’s own hair, respectively), or it can be a more subtle, overall mix that involves alternating between different color strands during placement. This tactic uses no color formulas or dyes–just the hair extensions themselves–and can be used to create any number of tones or shades that are not explicitly offered in our color collection. For example, if your client is looking for a dark, reddish-brown shade between #3R and Red Wine, apply strands of #3R, Red Wine, and #2 to create the desired color.

 

Color Formulas
If you want a more decisive departure from Babe’s established color options, you can use our color formulations. You can achieve anything: pastel, mermaid, ombre, and more. You can even achieve specific “natural” colors in this way. Just remember to abide by the following rules:
1. Use only semi- or demi-permanent colors, as they’re the gentlest on the hair and require no developer to process.
2. If you’re intending to color the client’s natural hair, too, do this on a different day than the installation. We recommend that you color the extensions first so that you can use them as a reference when coloring your client’s hair.
3. Try to stay within 2 shades of the extension’s original color (unless you’re coloring on #60 extensions), and only deposit–never lift color.
4. When coloring Tape-In extensions, remove the tape first. After the coloring process is complete, you’ll have to apply Replacement Tape instead.
5. Always perform a swatch test on an inconspicuous piece of the hair (or on a separate swatch of the same color) to see how the hair takes to the color.
6. Don’t try to return hair extensions that have been removed from their packaging, handled, and/or colored. We can only accept hair extension returns when the hair has not been removed from the box. Take every possible precaution before you apply the color so that you’ll arrive at your desired results. As long as you follow the directions above, your color job should turn out beautifully.

 

Gorgeous Combinations
Fall and winter are all about darker, more decadent hair colors, so help your clients get to auburn, chocolate brown, or even charcoal black by combining blending and coloring techniques. For example, take your middle-range brunette client to dark brown by coloring her hair to the appropriate shade, then installing uncolored strands of #1B and #2 for dimension. Alternatively, add just a touch of darkness by adding strands of #4 and #6 to a #8 base client, or by custom coloring extension strands to add natural-looking depth to a darker blonde. The possibilities are endless, so be creative!

 

Have you performed a color transformation using Babe extensions? Share the before and after with us on our social media pages! We may even feature your work on the site or in a future post.

 

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The Best Hair Hack: Babe Starter Kits

We like to think of the Babe blog as a sort of treasure trove filled with extension tips and tricks. Here, we collect everything from business tips to installation insights, product backstories to style inspirations, and we have more than a few hair hacks to help you save time as you work, learn, and grow. But one of our greatest tricks (and treasures!) is pretty unassuming. We’ve carried these gems for ages without making much of a fuss about them! But from now until October 31st, we’re putting them front and center, because Starter Kits are probably the best hair hacks you can find.

First of all, they make your tool shopping oh-so easy.
No need to draft your own list, assemble your own materials, or look up and down for each item needed to complete your tool kit. We’ve done all of that for you in each professional extension category. We have a Tape-In Starter Kit, a Beaded Starter Kit, a Fusion Starter Kit, and a Deluxe Starter Kit, the last of which contains all the tools you need to perform any Babe hair extension installation. Simply select the kit that best suits your purposes and take it to the checkout line. It’s that easy.

Not only are they easy—they’re also informative.
Each Babe Starter Kit comes with a complete Babe Extension Manual, so you’ll never miss a step or forget a detail about your chosen method(s). It’s like having a mini-Babe educator with you at all times, ready to guide you through your process and answer your questions. The Babe Extension Manual acts as a great supplement to our Online Education courses, enabling you to add context to the videos, study key points, or refresh your memory after the course is over.

Best part is, they save you money!
Save on the total cost of all your tools by purchasing a Deluxe Starter Kit ($80 less than purchasing separately)! Plus, take 50% off Online Education with any Starter Kit purchase, from Tape-In to Beaded to Fusion to Deluxe. These changes are permanent, and they coincide with nice new kit features, like updated packaging and new tools! Start browsing now to review the options, then visit your local distributor to seal the deal!

See you soon!

 

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Happy Fall from Babe!

September 23rd marks the first day of fall, and we’re so excited to bring out all our seasonal decorations, outfits, and recipes! It was a busy summer here at Babe, with new red extension colors, new extension tools, and more! But there’s plenty to look forward to in the months ahead, and we want to give you a quick overview of what’s coming up soon…

This month marks the beginning of our new Starter Kit offering, which will remain in effect from now on. Save $80 on the cost of all your hair extension tools with the Deluxe Starter Kit, and receive 50% off Online Education when you buy any of our Starter Kits. Besides the Deluxe, we also offer Tape-In, Beaded, and Fusion kits.

Next month we’re hitting up Premiere Beauty Classic in Columbus, Ohio, then Premiere Birmingham in Alabama shortly thereafter. These regional trade shows are so much fun, and we always look forward to offering our live hair extension classes and free installations to you all! Get in on the action and reserve your spot early—you can sign up for Premiere Beauty Classic installations here, and Premiere Birmingham installations right here.

We have some treats planned for the holiday season, too, but it’s still too early to be thinking about that! As always, we’ll keep you up-to-date on all Babe happenings right here, so you’ll never miss a beat. In the meantime, we want to wish you a happy and beautiful fall. May all your leaves be magical, and may all your spiced chais be divine!

xoxo
The Babe Team

 

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What Are Velcro Hair Grippers?

Don’t you just hate pesky flyaways? Not only do they ruin the effect of all your polished hairdos, they also get in the way during hair extension installations. Flyaways aren’t good news for your client, either—in the event that a stray hair does get caught in a nearby attachment, they’re the ones who will have to deal with that sharp and painful tugging sensation, or with broken hair. That’s why we’ve hatched a plan to deal with them once and for all. The result? Velcro Hair Grippers: your new installation superhero.

Velcro Hair Grippers are as intuitive and straightforward as they sound. They’re strips of hair-safe velcro that you press against the hair above your part to keep each and every strand in place. They’ll protect your client’s extensions from any unruly and invasive flyaways, ensuring that each bond remains totally clean and comfortable. Plus, they’ll give your arms a break from holding hair at bay. Less hassle means your hair extension appointments will be easier and more enjoyable than ever!

Each pack of Velcro Hair Grippers contains four reusable pieces, so you can use them again and again. Do yourself a favor and enlist some in your salon today! They’re available at your local distributor right now.

 

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Babe’s Top Picks from the “Installation” Archives!

In honor of our September-October Babe Starter Kit announcement, we’ve scoured our “Installation” blog archives and selected some of our all-time favorites! Brush up on your installation know-how, learn a couple of tips and tricks to maximize efficiency, and read our advice for how to tackle some tough hair extension situations. After that, head over to your local distributor to take advantage of our Deluxe Starter Kit ($80 cheaper than purchasing all the tools individually!), plus 50% off Online Education with any Starter Kit purchase–from now on!

To conquer your consultations…
Forget Me Not…During Your Consultation
How Many Hair Extensions Do I Need for a Full Head?
Finding the Perfect Color
Can I Ask for a Down Payment?

To get the most of your tools…
Time-Saving Tips for Extension Appointments
Which Type of Bead Should You Use?
When Two Methods of Hair Extensions Work Better Than One
Be Unique in the Hair Extension Biz with Custom Color

To perfect your installations…
Installation Day No-Nos
Decoding Hair Extension Rules
Babe Hair Stylist Secret: Wash Before Not After…
Getting the Perfect Part
Using Extensions Above the Crown of the Head
How to Install on Curly-Haired Clients

To wrap it all up…
How to Respond to an Unhappy Client
Demonstrating Proper Techniques to Your Clients
Recreating Your Hair Extensions

xoxo
The Babe Team

 

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When is Micro Bonding Right for Your Client?

Micro Bonding is the revolutionary extension technique that allows you to install custom-sized Fusion extensions in the crown and hairline area of your client’s head. Born out of the need to address problems such as thinning, balding, and installations on short hair, Micro Bonding has quickly become one of our most remarkable (and most inconspicuous!) methods for achieving volume. Need help figuring out if your client is a good candidate for this tailored approach? Check out these tell-tale signs, and learn more about Micro Bonding itself at our Everything But Length portal!

Your client is a good Micro Bonding candidate if…

Their hair is too short for standard installations
Whether your client has a short bob hairdo or uneven length between the back and sides of the head, Micro Bonding can help you to install on even the shortest hair strands. We used to have to turn down clients whose longest layers fell above their occipital bone, or leave the thinner/finer areas out of our work. Now, stylists can accept clients of all different lengths and hair conditions. Remember, though: even with Micro Bonding, we still recommend that you no more than double the client’s existing length to ensure a natural end result.

Their hair is thinning in certain areas
Perhaps length isn’t part of the equation, and your client simply wants to add volume to thin or scraggly ends. Micro Bonds are perfect for accomplishing this! Similarly, if your client is experiencing thinning due to aging, illness, stress, or a major life event (and their scalp is still healthy enough to tolerate hair extensions), you can also correct the problem with Micro Bonding. Focus your Micro Bonds in the areas where thinning is evident, and make sure that you follow the 1:1 rule (don’t ever install more hair than the hair section can comfortably carry!).

Their hair is generally thin and/or fine
If your client has always had particularly thin or fine hair, or their hair is getting generally sparser over time, consider combining Micro Bonding with other thin/fine-hair-friendly methods, like Single Sided Tape-In installations. We find that Tape-Ins and Single Sided Tape are great for establishing a strong (and quick) base, and that Micro Bonding is ideal for finishing up the sides, front, and top-most layers.

There are bald spots forming on their head
Balding is a tricky business, especially when hair extensions are involved. Install Micro Bonded Fusion extensions strategically in the hair above or around the bald spot, then part and style the hair so that these extensions cover that area. Don’t ever resort to a blanket comb-over when you can achieve something much more delicate!

Their desired style demands intricacy, or installation on short, fine layers
Maybe your client is after a new look, rather than a specific intervention. If their goal is to achieve something somewhat intricate, then Micro Bonding can help. It’s the one technique best suited to detailed work, and it can also enable customization in the shorter, finer layers of the client’s ‘do.

They want expertly-placed, fine highlights
Beyond the realm of length, volume, and style, Micro Bonds can also be applied towards color work, providing clients with a way to achieve ultra-natural and precise highlights, lowlights, and accent streaks. Give your client a seamless sun-kissed look by adding some well-placed, custom Micro Bonds to the finer hair around their face, or mastercraft an ombre by installing small strands in varied gradations and shades. The opportunities are endless.

They favor highly inconspicuous bonds
If nothing else, your client may be a good Micro Bonding candidate simply because they’re hyper-meticulous, or obsessed with unnoticeable bonds. As far as camouflaging your extensions goes, you can’t get much better than Micro Bonds—they’ve taken our most natural-looking and durable method and elevated it to the point where you can’t see the connections anymore (even when they’re on the top-most layer of hair!). So long as you have the patience (and your client has the money), you could complete a full-head installation using Micro Bonds alone!

Kick your hair extension services into overdrive by appealing to a larger audience. Thanks to Micro Bonds, every client can be a hair extension client.

Watch this video to learn how to create and install Micro Bond extensions, then perfect your technique through our Micro Bond course!

 

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How to Pick the Best New Hair Color for Your Client

Color makeovers are a lot of fun, unless your client doesn’t end up with what they want. Make sure that you’re choosing the best color before you mix the formula, in order to avoid the potential mess and stress of a revision. How do you do that, exactly? We have a couple of tips…

Understand their preferences
Sure, the stylist knows best, but that won’t ever stop a client from having their own preferences and opinions. Ultimately, it’s the client’s opinion that counts when determining the success or failure of your services, so take the time to understand exactly what they want, and why they want it.

Know their allergies
While it’s not necessary (or appropriate) to request an entire medical history from each client, you should at least know if their scalp and hair are healthy enough to undergo the selected treatment, and if they have any allergies to the chemicals you may be using in your formulas or haircare products. It helps to have a product and ingredient list on hand to show them. Be ready to make some adjustments or replacements, if needed!

Match their undertones
As we’ve mentioned in a previous blog post, human hair and skin tends to share the same undertones. So someone with golden hair is more likely to have warm-toned skin, while someone with strawberry blonde hair is more likely to have cool-toned (pinkish) skin. Tailoring your search to the client’s skin tone can quickly reduce the overall number of options.

Complement their other features
Skin undertones aren’t the only thing relevant to your color selection. Your client’s other facial features—like eye color, face width, brow color (and, possibly, shape), etc.—should also be taken into account. You can draw attention to the golden flecks inside your client’s brown eyes by adding some golden highlights to their face-framing layers. You can make your client’s face appear narrower by darkening their hair color, or wider (and even younger) by lightening it. Be observant, and remember to ask your client which features of theirs they like best!

Use a try-on tool
If you find that you still have too many color options, consider using a try-on tool in your salon. This can be anything from a computer or online makeover program to a temporary color or Clip-In trial run. Babe Instant Hair is a great option in this sense, as it allows the client to wear the color (if even on just a section of their hair) for an extended period of time, and in different lighting conditions, providing them with the information they need to make a confident selection.

Once you and your client have settled on a color, the preparation phase is mostly over. Of course, there are a couple of other decisions to be made, and some color-related details to keep in mind…

Know best-practices
No matter what, it’s always important to know how to masterfully wield your tools, and sometimes that means knowing the manufacturer’s recommendations for usage. With Babe hair extensions, we advise stylists to select extensions of varying shades to produce a multi-dimensional, compelling look. That involves selecting a base color, a color up to two steps lighter than the base color, and a color up to two steps darker than the base color—all within the same color family, or tone. We also insist that you avoid lightening the extensions themselves, as bleaches and lightening agents can destroy the integrity of the hair.

Pre-color, if necessary
That being said, it is okay to color the extensions to a darker shade, so long as you are only using semi- or demi-permanent dyes. Extensions should be colored prior to the day of the installation appointment to give the hair enough time to fully dry. Similarly, if the client’s hair needs to be colored to achieve their ideal shade, this should be accomplished before the day of the installation. Color the client’s hair and the extensions separately—otherwise you risk uneven application and compromised bonds. Always make sure that you are not getting color on the hair extension bonds—and, if you do, be sure to clean it off quickly. We recommend that you remove the tape on Tape-In wefts prior to coloring, then apply Replacement Tape once the color has been processed.

Do you have a Babe before & after that you love? Share it with us on our Before & Afters page, and check out other stylists’ work while you’re at it! You just might find some inspiration for your next color job. 😉

 

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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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