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!

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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!

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The Wonders of Dry Spray Shampoo

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According to Babe hair extension best practices, clients should be washing their extensions no more than 2-3 times per week (or once a week for curly and wavy extension types). So what’s a client to do if they find their hair getting oily or tacky in-between washes? We have a solution for that: Babe Dry Spray Shampoo.

Our proprietary Dry Spray Shampoo is unique in that it is 100% extension-safe. It’s formulated with absolutely no sulfates for maximum hair health, and it includes minimal alcohol to prevent loss of moisture. Furthermore, unlike many other dry shampoos on the market, Babe Dry Spray Shampoo is not particularly powdery, and does not leave any noticeable residue on the hair. Instead, it leaves behind a light and pleasant vanilla scent that will keep your hair smelling as good as it looks.

We recommend providing your client with an After Care Kit—which includes Babe Dry Spray Shampoo, a Hair Extension Brush, and an aftercare card—following their installation to ensure that they have the tools to properly maintain their hair extensions. Instruct your client to hold the can of Dry Spray Shampoo 12 inches or so away from their hair, and to spray the formula evenly over the scalp area of their head for no more than a couple of seconds. They should then massage the product into their scalp with their fingers, allowing a few moments for it to take effect, then finally brush through their hair with the Hair Extension Brush.

This November-December, Babe is offering a special, limited edition version of our After Care Kit that includes a cute little carrying bag to hold all of the contents! Visit your local distributor by December 31st to check it out.

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Unexpected Brushing Rules

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Brushing isn’t always a simple affair—especially when hair extensions are involved. The risk of tangling, knotting, or even breaking hair increases when bonds are holding whole sections of strands together, and extension ends—removed from access to the scalp’s natural oils—can get dry and brittle without proper brushing care. Using the right Hair Extension Brush is a good remedy to these problems, as the 100% boar hair bristles glide easily over extension attachments and distribute the scalp’s oils throughout the hair. Still, it’s really just a starting point; technique is what really matters, and it can be taught to any client using a couple of steps, some key rules, and (of course) in-person demonstration. Here’s what your clients need to know:

How-To:
1. Start at the ends of the hair.
2. Place your free hand a couple of inches above where you’re brushing, and hold the hair firmly in that spot (to avoid tugging on the bonds or the roots).
3. Brush in a downward motion, coaxing (not tearing) out knots.
4. Gradually work upwards towards the roots of the hair, always brushing in a downward motion.

Key Rules:
- Use an extension-friendly, 100% boar hair bristle brush to brush your extensions, as it will unravel knots and spread hydrating oils while gliding smoothly over your attachment points.
- Do not brush dripping-wet hair. Wet hair is more likely to break than dry hair. Instead, pull apart knots in wet hair with your fingers, or use a wide-tooth comb as a preliminary detangler.
- Do not yank the brush through the hair. Doing so will cause breakage. Address knots by pulling them apart with your fingers.
- Brush hair extensions 1-3 times daily to ensure that the oils from your scalp are reaching the extension ends.

Some Suggestions:
- If your hair texture causes your hair to frizz when it’s brushed dry, consider applying an anti-frizz spray, leave-in conditioner, or other styling product first so that the hair is slightly moist. Alternatively, brush the hair dry and follow-up by applying a styling product and twisting the hair into a braid or bun to set.
- If you use a blow dryer to dry your hair after a shower, brush the hair while you’re blowdrying it to produce a smooth finish (and always use a heat protectant beforehand).
- If you find that your root area loses volume after you’ve brushed your hair, consider brushing your hair upside down.
- Carry your Hair Extension Brush with you for quick touch-ups throughout the day, and always remember to pack it (alongside the rest of your After Care Kit) when you travel. This November-December, Babe is offering a special, limited edition version of our After Care Kit that’s available for purchase at your local distributor. This kit includes our classic Hair Extension Brush, Dry Spray Shampoo, a hair care card, and a cute little beauty bag to carry it all in!

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What Is a Hair Care Consultation?

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We’re all familiar with hair extension consultations—those all-too-important appointments where you and your client work out the expectations, procedures, and specifications of the hair extension installation. But the consultation format is useful for many other hair situations, too. From color jobs, hair relaxing services, and even haircuts and general hair care, meeting with a client to talk out the details of any given process is extremely useful for everyone involved. There’s no better way to build rapport, ensure satisfaction, and preserve top-notch hair quality all at once. So this week, we’re going to talk you through a potential hair care consultation, and invite you to try it out in your salon soon!

What:
A hair care consultation is an appointment where you and your client will discuss the ideal hair care regimen for your client’s hair type. You’ll help them to classify their hair based on various type scales (oily to dry, porous to nonporous, curly to straight, etc.) and to formulate their hair care goals and metrics (so they know how to track their improvement).

Why:
Hair care is important in and of itself as part of basic human hygiene, and it’s additionally important for encouraging a client’s self-esteem and confidence. Hair is a loaded topic in our image-based society, and as stylists, it’s our job to help our clients achieve their ideal hair conditions. Furthermore, good ongoing hair care ensures that our work is viewed in the best possible light, and that the products of our efforts (and our clients’ investments) remain intact long after the salon service is complete. After all, your client’s hair is your business card, portfolio, and/or resume; your business will grow when your client’s friends ask about their hair, and your client speaks affirmingly of your work.

When:
When you perform a hair care consultation will depend largely on what other services your client is seeking/receiving from you. If your client is also a hair extension user, we suggest that you conduct the hair care consultation after the hair extensions have been installed so you can more effectively direct their hair care regimen with product recommendations. Of course, hair care requirements should be touched upon during a hair extension consultation so that the client is aware of the commitment they’re making, but hair care specifics can reasonably be saved for later so as not to overwhelm the client with information that they cannot immediately use. Consider separating the hair care consultation from the installation appointment by a couple of days to encourage your clients to adhere to the 48-hour rule.

How:
Ask your client in advance to think about their hair history, hair experience, and hair goals before arriving to the consultation, and advise them to bring images of their hair inspiration and a list of their currently used or favorite products to the appointment. You can do this by providing them with a short question card for this purpose. Have an iPad or other electronic device handy in the event that you or your client need to look up images or information during the consultation.

Invite your client to describe their hair in their own words. Have them describe their hair care process, and ask whether they’re satisfied with the results they’re seeing. Get a sense for how much time, energy, and/or money your client is willing to spend on their hair care process, and develop a range of steps (say, 2-4), a loose shampoo and conditioning schedule, and a budget based on the information they provide.

Conduct a few measurements of the client’s hair, identifying its: length, individual hair thickness, overall hair volume, porosity, oiliness/dryness, level of damage or health, curl pattern, and color (shade and tone—you may use the Color Swatch for this). Modify your product and regimen recommendations based on these details, as well as your client’s hair care history and goals. If your client is a professional extension user, help them to understand the differences between their natural hair and extension hair, and alert them to products that cater to a range of hair types.

If possible, provide the hair care consultation for free, generating revenue from aftercare product sales, instead. You can set the client up with product samples if they’re on the fence, or even with an After Care Kit, which is useful for both extension clients and non-extension clients alike. This season we’re offering a special, limited edition version of our After Care Kit, complete with our Dry Spray Shampoo, Hair Extension Brush, hair care card, and a chic little beauty bag to hold it all. Visit your local distributor to take advantage of the promotion.

Have you conducted a hair care consultation in your salon? Tell us all about it in the comments below!

 

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How to Sell After Care to Your Clients

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Hair extension after care is a big deal. In a 2-month window (after the initial installation and before the next move-up appointment), roughly 99.9% of the hair extension process happens outside of the salon—because what’s a 2-hour installation to 1,462 hours of wear? That’s not to undermine the importance of that first hair extension experience; the sustainability of the hair extensions will depend in large part on the quality of the installation itself. But 2 months is a long time—enough to do a lot of good or a lot of harm. So how do you convey the importance of aftercare to your clients, and help them to follow through on it?

We’ve written some tidbits about this before. Check out “How to Make Sure Your Clients Are Taking Care of Their Extensions,” or “Demonstrating Proper Techniques to Your Clients.” This time, though, we’re going to make a more specific recommendation: the After Care Kit. Babe offers a simple, introductory after care product set—complete with a Hair Extension Brush, Dry Spray Shampoo, and a hair care instruction card—to initiate each and every client to the task of maintaining their hair extensions. We encourage stylists to carry this kit in their salons, and even to include it as part of the installation package for first-time extension wearers. With only a couple of items involved, the After Care Kit is the easiest access point to a world of varied and sometimes ornate hair care products, which can be overwhelming to new clients. This November-December, we’re even offering a limited edition version of the kit with a special (and chic!) carrying bag that’ll make the hair care process that much more appealing (visit your local distributor to check it out)!

When you’re showing this kit to a new hair extension client, be sure to mention the following:

Hair care is important even for your natural hair.
Let’s forget about the extensions for a minute and examine your ordinary hair care routine. At the very least, you shampoo, condition, and brush your hair with some regularity. You do this so you can keep your hair looking its best. It’s the same thing for hair extensions, but with a few extra rules.

Hair extensions require their own specific hair care.
Even if your natural hair does well with a common shampoo, a weekly condition, and minimal brushing, your hair extensions are a different story. They’re different from your natural hair, so they’ll need custom treatment. This usually involves scarce washing, frequent conditioning (always below the bonds), mindful product selection (NO sulfates!), and gentle, daily brushing with a hair extension-friendly brush.

You have the power to perfect or destroy your extensions.
The hair extension process doesn’t end when you step out of the salon—it proceeds throughout the duration of your hair extension wear. That’s anywhere from a couple of weeks to 3+ months, depending on your intentions. Needless to say, the after care portion of your hair extension experience easily overshadows the consultation and installation parts, so the damage you do (or prevent) during this period can make or break that initial work.

More than anything, let your client know that they are a key player in their hair extension process! You can do this from the very beginning by encouraging their input and participation during the consultation and installation phases. There’s nothing more beautiful than feeling empowered, and your client will glow a little bit brighter when she realizes that her head of hair is partially her own accomplishment. With resolve like that, there’s no doubt that the hair will stay looking great, too.

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

 

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