Color Hacks for Babe Hair

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Coloring jobs can be intimidating, especially when they’re being performed on human hair extensions. Fortunately, Babe has many resources, tips, and tricks to conquer any coloring exploit with Babe hair. Here, we’ve featured some of our best color hacks for your next color transformation.

Blending existing color shades
One way to update a client’s hair color involves the use of hair extensions alone—no color and no developer, nothing other than pure and simple Babe hair. Select shades from our available collection, then use the hair extensions to simulate the desired look. For example, though Babe may not offer the exact shade of red your client is looking for, you can mix strands of 30/33 (Ruby) and 27/613 (Bridget) to produce the same effect as a single, multi-dimensional red color. This is our traditional extension color method, and it’s a favorite among clients seeking highlights, lowlights, balayages, and even ombres without any color processing.

Coloring extensions to desired level
Custom color can be used to explore the terrain outside of Babe’s existing color collection, making any and every color available to clients. Whether you’re mixing for pastel hair, mermaid-esque locks, an icy silver ‘do, or even the perfect match to your client’s natural hair color, the possibilities of color are basically limitless. The only rules to keep in mind are:
– Use professional, semi or demi-permanent colors, only
– Do not lighten or bleach the hair—only darken
– Perform a strand test first
– Pre-wash extensions with sulfate-free shampoo before coloring them
– Color extensions before installing them
– Stay within two shades of the extension base color (unless you’re working with #60 (Patsy) hair)
– Always flip extensions to color both sides
– Go with the direction of the hair’s cuticle when coloring extensions
– Remove all tape from Tape-In extensions before coloring them
– Use only color-safe, sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner on color-treated hair

Warm-to-warm, cool-to-cool
One tip that we’ve found particularly helpful in the coloring process (though it’s not a hard-and-fast rule, per se) is to stick with the same tone of hair. That means that, if your desired end color is a warm blond, select a warm-colored extension in a lighter shade. Similarly, if your desired end color is a cool medium brown, select a cool light brown to color, so as to preserve the tone of the hair extension. This will produce particularly vivid results.

#60 (Patsy) as an ideal base
When performing more drastic (or imaginative) color transformations, it might be necessary to start with a blank canvas. For Babe, that means choosing our #60 (Patsy) extensions. This shade is one of our lightest and most neutral, making it versatile enough to use in just about any color transformation. It will not have the same staying power as color jobs performed on shades within 2 steps of the end color, but it will have magnificently saturated results! This quality lends itself especially well to pastel, emerald, and fantasy-color jobs.

When in doubt, Color Swatch
If ever you feel uncertain about a color selection, or about the interaction between a color formula and an extension hue, refer to the Babe Color Swatch. It’s a great reference for extension colors, and can be used in a multitude of different ways to facilitate your color job. This March-April, we’re featuring a special Babe Tag promotion with our Color Swatch: get 3 colorful discounts and a free Quick Pick Hair Parter with your purchase of the Color Swatch. Discounts include: a free marketing kit, a free intro DvD, and 10% off your next order. Visit your local distributor to take advantage of the deal!

Did you try any of these tips in your salon? How did it go? Share pictures of your color transformations with us on Babe’s Instagram!

 

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Time for All the Spring Things!

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It’s officially spring! That means it’s time to transition your salon from the variously cozy and crisp styles of winter to the romantic, breezy looks of spring. If that prospect sounds overwhelming to you, or you’re just not sure where to start, don’t worry—Babe is here with some tips to help you through the project!

Lighter, warmer hair colors
Many clients will be coming in for a seasonal update in the next few months, usually to lift their hair to a warmer or lighter hair color. Prepare by stocking up on golden and fawn-like hues and inundating yourself with plenty of inspiration. Our Pinterest boards are a great place to browse popular colors and styles.

Pastel looks
Pastel hair colors are particularly popular at the moment, and besides being refreshing and eye-catching, they’re also seasonally appropriate. Fill your cabinets with #60 (Patsy) Babe hair to custom color Easter-y soft pinks, blues, greens, and purples.

Bridal ‘dos
Spring is basically marriage season, so brush up on some of your favorite bridal looks to ready yourself for any wedding-related appointments. Once you’ve mastered your Kate Middleton-esque ‘dos, you can whip them out for everything from weddings to school dances—they’re actually incredibly versatile!

Salon spring cleaning
Spring cleaning isn’t only for your home—it’s also vital for your salon. Revisit all of your supplies, donating unused items, replacing damaged ones, and upgrading to new equipment when necessary. Deep-clean your tools, chairs, and surfaces for a brand-new feel in your salon. Finally, get acquainted with good upkeep practices to get you through the year until your next spring cleaning.

Inventory update
While you’re cleaning out your salon, take some time to update your Babe hair extension inventory. We regularly add new extension colors, textures, methods, and tools to our collection, so you’re almost guaranteed to have new Babe items on your shopping list each year. You can also attempt to reorganize your extension closet to accommodate the new items.

New sales and promos
Have new Babe items to buy but feeling short on cash? Take advantage of our various Babe promotions! These sales and discounts update every two months, and feature everything from hair extensions to tools to lash extensions, and even education! You can check out our current promotion—the Babe Color Swatch tag discount set plus free Quick Pick Hair Parter—on our Promotions page.

 

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Conquering Consultation Madness

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Sometimes consultations are smooth, speedy affairs. Other times, they’re absolute disasters. To make sure that you’re getting more of the former and less of the latter, take stock of these consultation-specific tips! And, of course, if you have any questions or concerns, get in touch with Babe HQ at 888-840-BABE (2223).

Maintain an organized salon schedule.
An organized salon is a calm and efficient salon, and this reflects on both stylists and clients. Help everyone in the space feel as centered and collected as possible by managing your salon schedule to account for longer-than-expected appointments, lunch breaks, and general breathers. The most important feature of an organized salon schedule? No double-booking!

Focus on one client at a time.
Don’t attempt to conduct a consultation for more than one client at a time. Even if they’re friends or siblings, including another customer in your consultation will divide your attention and compromise the quality of your service. Don’t put yourself in a position where you inadvertently cater more to one client than another, or let your decisions for one client bleed into the next. That being said, it’s perfectly fine to let your client bring a friend or sibling (or whomever) to their consultation so long as they are simply observing or offering moral support.

Have all tools and materials ready beforehand.
Consultations involve some explanation and demonstration, so know what you’re going to cover, and have everything on the scene before your client walks through the door. This could include a Color Swatch (currently featured in our March-April promotion), hair extension samples from various different methods, hair care products, etc. This will allow you to focus on the consultation process, and not on the whereabouts of all your supplies.

Go to the appointment with no expectations.
Even though you’re the experienced party in the hair extension consultation, you’re not the one who calls the shots. Ultimately, it’s the client who determines the success of any service, so it’s their expectations that you should focus on—not your own. The only thing you can do is establish the limits for the service (that is, what is or is not possible in a given situation). So don’t push your ideas onto your client, but rather phrase your opinions as recommendations. Allow the expectations to emerge and evolve gradually over the course of the consultation—as a dialogue between yourself and your client.

Be upfront about all costs, liabilities, and procedures.
Again, consultations are designed to lend clarity to an otherwise complicated process—don’t skip or skim over the necessary discussion of costs and risks. Help your client to be as informed as possible so they can make an assured decision. This will help you in the end, too, as you’ll be able to better meet their expectations and achieve a successful end result.

Gain your client’s explicit approval.
To make sure there are no gaps in communication, and to protect your investment and reputation, have your client literally sign off on all the details of the procedure beforehand. That way, should they come in afterwards complaining about some detail, you can refer back to this agreement to settle the dispute. Revisit the agreement on the day of the service, too, to absolutely ensure that you and your client are on the same page.

Have more consultation tips? Leave them in the comments below! The more the merrier.

 

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How to Make the Most of Your Babe Color Swatch

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No extension consultation is complete without the Babe Color Swatch—a handy little tool featuring 100% Human Remy swatches of all our extension colors (37 and counting!). But did you know you can use the Babe Swatch for more than just choosing shades? Today, we’ll outline some of the lesser-known uses for your Babe Swatch, so you can make the most of it in your salon.

1. Use it to identify your client’s current hair shade. Regardless of whether or not your client is looking for hair extensions, the Color Swatch can be used to identify their current hair color. Incorporate it into your color consultations to help your client describe their own hair color, and gain an understanding of where their hair color sits within a range of shades.

2. Use it to plot your client’s ideal highlight or lowlight shades. The rules of hair extension blending apply to color dimension, too: once you’ve determined your client’s existing hair shade, select a similarly-toned color 2 steps lighter and 2 steps darker as a reference for your highlights and lowlights.

3. Use it to imagine a new hair color for your client. Shades on the Color Swatch can be used for more extensive color transformations, too. Use it as a reference for a new all-over color, first by comparing shades to your client’s skin tone to achieve a perfect complement, then by comparing your color formulation’s test strand to the swatch color for accuracy. Feel free to use multiple swatches for inspiration, too.

4. Purchase extra swatches to create a swatch book for color jobs, or for test strands. Test out how certain color formulations will react with Babe hair extensions by pre-coloring swatches. You can compile these tests into a book for easy perusal, or utilize the swatches directly as test strands for specific color jobs.

5. Use it to help new extension clients feel the quality of 100% Human Remy hair. Since the swatches on the Babe Color Swatch are 100% Human Remy, they look and feel exactly the same as our hair extensions themselves. Take advantage of the similarity and let your clients handle the hair. We’re sure they’ll notice the quality!

6. Use a color swatch or practice hair strand to demonstrate care practices to your client. Again, since the quality of the swatches on Babe’s Color Swatch correlate exactly with Babe’s actual hair extensions, swatches can be used to demonstrate proper hair care practices to your client. Let your clients brush, braid, or even wash the swatches, pretending that the metal clasp is the hair extension bond.

From March-April 2017, Babe is offering our special Babe Tag promotion: enjoy 3 friendly little tags with colorful discounts when you purchase Babe’s Color Swatch. Discounts include: a free marketing kit, a free intro DvD, and 10% off your next order. You’ll also get a free Quick Pick Hair Parter! Head over to your local distributor to take advantage of the offer now.

 

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The Easiest Way to Brush Up on Your Technique

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The beauty industry is ever changing, and sometimes it’s hard to keep up with everything that’s going on. You attend trade shows, enroll in high-level courses, attend distributor events, and even join beauty-related social media groups, taking every opportunity that’s offered for you to develop your skills and expand your career. Yet, even so, you find yourself marveling at the next big thing almost as soon as you’ve mastered the previous one. It’s the perfect environment for stylist fatigue, and a total momentum-killer for newly-budding New Year’s resolutions! That’s why, here at Babe, we make a point of updating not only our Online Education and event offerings, but also our YouTube channel—an easily accessible catalog of concise, quickly digestible videos on everything from installation and removal techniques to new product demonstrations and expert advice for your extensions business. If anything new comes up at Babe, expect to see a video about it!

Some of our most popular videos to date are installation how-tos for each of our core methods: Tape-In, Fusion, and I-Tip. These videos feature a summarized, simplified version of what we teach in our Online Education courses (minus consultation, blending, and subsequent certification), making them an ideal tool for brushing up on your extension technique without any additional financial investment, and no significant time investment (videos are regularly less than 5-minutes long). Refresh your practice from the comfort of your own home, whenever you want!

If you’re hungry for a couple of quick-but-informative videos to get started, we recommend:

The BEST Do’s & Don’ts for Professional Hair Extensions
Why Cutting and Blending Extensions is Important
Hair Extension Consultation Tips | How to Avoid Mishaps with Your Client
How to Dye Hair Extensions | Ombre & Pastel Colors

Enjoy!

 

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Styles We Love After Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day has come and gone, but that doesn’t mean the adorable hairstyles have to go with it! Today we’re featuring some hairstyles that we love this season. Recreate them for yourself or your clients, and don’t forget to share pictures!

Half-Up Twists and Bows
These easy-yet-elegant ‘dos are a fashion staple for a reason, and their seriously pretty nature make them great for ushering in the springtime. You can wear the perennial, pared-down version, or add in a festive bow—we like the hair-bow variety a lot at the moment.

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Floral Arrangements
Flowers aren’t just for the table, after all. String a couple of your Valentine’s Day buds into an otherwise simple hairstyle and transform it into a fairytale-esque vision in the process. We dare you not to feel amazing with the scent of roses trailing after you.

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Milkmaid Braids
There’s something downright charming about a milkmaid braid—maybe the way it wraps around your head like a silky halo. The best part about it, though, is that it looks great in almost any condition. Tousled or polished, this classic look will complement anything, and anyone! (Throw in a heart hair part if you’re feeling extra sweet!)

Princess ‘Dos
There’s no better time to practice those wedding-caliber updos than during the stretch of time between Valentine’s Day and spring. So play up your romantic side with buns and coifs that Kate Middleton herself would envy.

For more Babe-tastic hairstyle inspiration—this season and throughout the year—check out our Pinterest boards! From braids to buns to free-flowing hair, you’re bound to find something that you and your clients will love. We’ve even added an all-new section just for our Everything But Length campaign! Be sure to check it out.

 

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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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