Business Tips for the 4th of July

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Summer-Smart Hairstyles

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Time-Saving Tips for Extension Appointments

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

For All Methods

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

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

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For Tape-In

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

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For Fusion

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

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

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

 

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Do Hair Extensions and Summer Weather Mix?

We’ve bombarded you with tips and advice over the years on how to defend your hair—and your clients’ hair—from brutal summer weather, so we wouldn’t blame you if you thought that summer and hair extensions just don’t mix. Should clients avoid getting extensions during the summer months? The answer is no, and here’s why…

We operate on a solutions-based outlook.
Rather than impose limitations on hair extensions (and restrict the operation of your business), we believe the best way to tackle the issue of summer hair extensions is not to avoid it, but to address it, so that eventually we can resolve it and go back to simply loving summer. At the end of the day, life happens. We wouldn’t recommend someone avoid getting hair extensions because they exercise often or straighten their hair, even though those activities can compromise the integrity of the extensions. Instead, we offer solutions that minimize the risk, because risk is the only thing that ought to be limited.

There are existing interventions.
Speaking of these solutions, there are actually plenty of them—more than enough to adequately counter any risks that the sun throws your way. We live in a world of heat-protectants, moisture masks, protective styles, and sun hats (glorious sun hats!). Pick and choose the interventions that best suit you or your client’s circumstances, then don’t spare a second thought on the issue. The beach is calling, after all.

We’ve got you covered.
We’re on a mission to make the hair extension life as inviting and straightforward as possible, for both you and your clients. So we’ll continue to post about new summer hair developments—particularly in the arena of hair-protection—and tell you how hair extensions fit into the picture. (Bonus points if you also cover up those bonds, though! Hats are still our favorite summer accessory…)

Read up on some of our past summer-related blogs here:

Preparing Your Clients for Summer Hair Upkeep
The Trouble with Tanning
Overcoming Humidity
Summer Hair Care—It’s a Breeze!
How Can I Take Care of My Hair Extensions on My Tropical Vacation?
Summer Hair Care Tips

 

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Making the Most of Your Distributor

Distributors are to Babe what agents are to Hollywood starlets—they help make Babe the extensions powerhouse that it is. We love our distributors, and we’re sure you do, too (not least because they provide you with your Babe fix!), but are you sure that you’re making the most of their products and services? If your usual interaction with them involves stepping into the store, purchasing an item or two, and then going on your way, then we think not! Today, we’re going to talk about some of the ways you can utilize your distributor to the fullest.

Promotions
Firstly, distributors aren’t just the storehouses for all the professional beauty products you can’t do without—they’re also the keepers of the discounts you really ought to have. Our distributors feature Babe and Babe Lash bi-monthly promotions, offering everything from marked-down hair extensions and tools to buy-one-get-one deals on lash-enhancing products. This month, they’re selling Flat-Tip at 15% off. And we know they have promotions for their other beauty brands, too.

Professional Support
Have a question about a product, or need a second opinion about a beauty-related decision? Call up your local distributor. Distributors are versed in the A-Zs of the products they carry, and they’re invested in your salon’s success (more clients for you = more business for them). Get their input and give them feedback within the same session—it’s a win-win for everyone!

Networking
Another thing about distributors is that they interact with a lot of other beauty industry professionals. Their staff knows stylists of varied specialties, beauty salesmen, human resource and marketing specialists from your favorite brands, and maybe even a founder or two. At Babe, we make a point of being on close terms with our distributors. Our CEO will visit them himself on occasion. So never underestimate who your distributor might know!

Continued Education
Many distributors are beginning to leverage their industry insight and valuable connections by including ongoing education in their menu of services. You can sign up for classes on highlighting, Brazilian blowouts, spray tanning, and now hair extensions! Babe is teaming up with some of our particularly education-minded distributors to bring you Babe intro classes and access to other events. Learn more about Babe events—including dealer classes—by visiting our Events page!

Visit your local distributor today to see how they can enrich your career, and pick up some Flat-Tip while you’re there! Our promotion ends at the end of June 2017.

 

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Products to Prep for Summer

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Summer is just around the corner, and we can just about smell the barbecues, beaches, and outdoor brunches already! Of course, it’s not all fun and food in the coming months—sun and heat-related hair damage is no joke, and you should be preparing your salon now to cater to the needs of your vacation-bound clients. So what should you have up and ready by the time June 21st rolls around? Read on to find out!

Heat-friendly after care products
Set your clients up with some after care products that style hair to perfection while protecting it from heat and UV radiation. This can include SPF-infused texturizing sprays and styling creams, or simply good, old-fashioned heat protectants. Make sure to put these products in a place of prominence so your clients can see them, and don’t be afraid to recommend them at the end of an appointment!

Dry Shampoo
Outdoor activities and additional summer sweatiness are, unfortunately, no excuse to over-wash hair extensions. Let your clients know that they can achieve the same level of cleanliness without the additional showers by incorporating some Dry Shampoo into their routine. Babe’s proprietary Dry Spray Shampoo is formulated to work perfectly with hair extensions, replacing every other shower and leaving a divine vanilla scent in its wake.

Fusion Go Belt
Chances are that your salon is hot enough in the summertime. Keep any additional heat from Babe’s Fusion Melting Connector contained using our brand-new Fusion Go Belt—a wearable, heat-resistant pouch that holds your activated Melting Connector safely and securely as you work. The best part is that the Fusion Go Belt enables you to move easily around your workspace, without needing to set down or reach around for your Melting Connector after every Fusion strand. Talk about liberating!

Blonde, funky, and pastel colors
Summer is a time when many clients want to try out lighter, bolder, and generally more playful hair colors, with hair extensions and mixed color alike. Give the people what they want by stocking up on blonde, vibrant, and pastel formulas, as well as blonde and funky hair extensions. We find that extension color #60 (Patsy) works as a great base for color makeovers. Seeing as it’s our lightest neutral shade, it readily absorbs any pigment added to it, without distorting the tone of the formulation.

Instant Hair
When you’re going from school to work to beach to bungalow and back again, flexibility is absolutely key. Clients may not want to commit to high-maintenance, semi-permanent extension methods when they’re gearing up for an eventful summer—especially since we don’t advise mixing professional methods and salt/chlorine water. Instant Hair is a simple compromise: it allows clients to enjoy the beautiful effect of semi-permanent hair extensions, without the sometimes limiting after care that accompanies it. All they have to do is take the extensions off before jumping into the water.

Flat-Tip
As far as semi-permanent extension methods go, we mentioned just recently that Flat-Tip is a great choice for summertime because of its forgiving installation/correction technique, its hat-compatibility, and it’s blow-in-the-breeze mobility. It’s also currently on sale at your local Babe distributor! Pay them a visit today and pick up some Flat-Tip extensions for 15% off—this May-June, only.

Marketing Materials
Finally, if you don’t have Babe Marketing Materials donning your salon walls, shelves, and mirrors already, now is the time to get with the program. They’re a fast and painless way to advertise your hair extension services to all of the clients who step foot in your space. And since summer tends to bring in a lot of new customers looking for hair transformations, it’s the perfect time to introduce them to Babe.

How are you prepping for summer in your salon? Let us know in the comments below!

 

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Graduation Season

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Right now in the U.S., Pomp and Circumstance is playing on repeat. Students are packing their bags, putting away their textbooks, and donning their graduation gowns for a brisk march and a long ceremony that’ll initiate them into the next phase of their life as adults. It’s an interesting and overwhelming time, and stylists, as always, are there to make sure it’s beautiful, too. Whether it’s styling for the graduation itself or giving a young person an all-new look to commemorate their new life, graduation season presents a number of opportunities for growth and activity in your salon. So what should you do to seize them?

Schedule a targeted sale.
Offering graduating seniors a discount on hair services and/or aftercare products is a sure-fire way to attract new customers to your salon. A little attention and recognition can go a long way towards validating a client and fostering a positive relationship with them, so make it clear that you acknowledge their achievements and want to celebrate with them in the form of a well-placed sale!

Feature graduating students in your community.
Another, more personal way to recognize your graduating clients and make your salon a celebratory space is to feature their pictures, stories, and/or style transformations in the salon itself. Ask your clients whether they’d be willing to share these details, and offer them a reward or incentive for doing so! For example, you could select a few and give them full, complimentary makeovers, then show off the before & afters. This works as a promotion tactic, too.

Mentor a young stylist.
One distinct aspect of graduation season is a subtle-yet-persistent energy (sometimes bordering on anxiety) that comes from a whole new generation of young talent looking for something new to fill their time and bank accounts. Bring this energy and talent into your salon by mentoring a recent or soon-to-be grad who’s interested in hair and hair extensions. It’s the best form of training, for you and the student, and it could potentially produce a dedicated employee for your salon in the future.

Go back to school.
When it comes to new lives and new opportunities, it’s not just students who have all the fun. You can always return to school, get more training, or develop your career, too, and Babe has numerous resources to help you do just that. Sign up for a Mastery Tour or dealer class to interact with other top stylists and perfect your craft, or tag along with us to a Trade Show and help install hair extensions as a Babe show stylist. The next phase of your career is just around the corner.

Click here to learn more about Babe events and education opportunities.

 

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How To Ward Off Spring Fever

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Spring is like a siren song. It has an eerie-yet-agreeable way of making you want to jump ship to swim with the dolphins, frolic in the sunshine, or just sit outside with some sparkling water and a Kindle to keep you company. So what’s a busy, committed stylist to do when the urge to drop everything becomes too overwhelming to ignore?

Make the salon your paradise.
You don’t need to deprive yourself of fresh air and sunlight to do your work. If your heart is calling for springtime, bring the springtime into your salon. Open all the blinds, dim the inside lights, crack a window or install an air purifier to freshen up the air (which helps a load with allergies, too!). Then get to the good stuff—light some candles for a dew-like scent, play some gentle, upbeat music, and fill the space with flowers, which is sure to have you smiling ear-to-ear in no time.

Give yourself a fresh start.
Maybe your daily routine has gotten a bit old, or you’ve gotten a little too familiar with your space. That means it’s time to switch things up! Go on a spring cleaning spree, rearrange your salon furniture, update your tools and materials, and give your routine a total makeover. You can do this by streamlining your processes and making them more efficient, by introducing new services, and even by revising your pricing—something you should absolutely do now and then to account for your added experience and expertise!

Take a holiday.
If you’re still feeling sluggish, trapped, unmotivated, or under the weather, take an actual break. You’re a stylist, not a martyr, and you deserve a vacation just as much as any other dedicated worker. Give yourself permission to stay at home for a couple of days, or plan a trip to the destination of your choice. Sometimes the only remedy to the call of spring is to literally go outside.

Revive your practice.
Maybe you’re dealing with something a little more profound than just spring fever or a little burnout. If you’re feeling tired with your work, unfulfilled by your passion, or limited in your prospects, it may be time to up the ante on your career. Here at Babe, we always offer stylists opportunities for professional development, continued education, and interaction with other stylists from around the country. Catch us at a Mastery Tour class, come see us at a Trade Show, or stop by a dealer event to get started. In time, you could even be invited to events as an instructor or Babe show stylist, elevating your career and expanding your horizons on a regular basis!

Do you have any advice for warding off spring fever? What has worked in your salon? Let us know in the comments below!

 

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The Perfect Time for Flat-Tip

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Our newest professional hair extension method is as versatile as they come: a seamless blend of I-Tip and Tape-In extensions that achieves the strand-by-strand movement of the former and the unparalleled comfort of the latter. Flat-Tip is a popular choice year-round for many clients, but we maintain that now is the best time to invest in Flat-Tip, for a couple of reasons…

It’s heat-friendly.
Though we never recommend intentionally exposing extensions to heat, heat is basically inevitable—especially in the coming summer months. And as far as extensions go, I-Tip/Flat-Tip’s bead attachments do pretty well in the sweaty, sticky summer weather. That’s because, should anything go awry, beaded extensions are the easiest to correct. The beads are not melted or glued to the hair, so there’s less risk of bond deterioration causing damage to the hair itself. Any compromised or slipping bonds can simply be loosened and replaced with a little visit to the salon.

It’s hat-friendly.
Due to Flat-Tip’s flat nature, this extension method—like Tape-In—is particularly suited to hats. These extensions sit comfortably and easily against the client’s head without any maintenance, so hat-wearers won’t need to fuss with their hair every time they put the hat on or take it off.

It moves easily.
Even though these extensions lay flat against the head, they move just as gracefully and naturally as your own hair. This is because of the strand tip of the extension, and it happens to allow for great scalp ventilation in the warmer months. Just let your hair get caught in the breeze to see what we mean.

It’s on sale.
Right now (and through the end of June) you can purchase Flat-Tip extensions for 15% off as part of our May-June promotion. Head over to your local distributor today to check out the offerings: we carry Flat-Tip in 22” lengths and 16 colors.

 

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What Do Babe’s Color Codes Mean?

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Have you ever found yourself wondering, “What exactly does color #1001 mean?” Babe definitely doesn’t offer 1001 hair extension colors, and there’s clearly a big jump from our next-highest extension code—613—and the color we like to call Yvonne. So what’s the deal?

Babe’s hair extension color codes are partially based on the International Color Chart (ICC)—an industry resource and standard defining 25 colors and 9 tones. The ICC is frequently used by dye producers, wig makers, hair extension manufacturers, and various other hair specialists to describe the color of their products in a widely understood way. This system features 2-3 numbers detailing the base color, primary tone, and sometimes secondary tone of a color (ex. 8.34 for a golden or copper-hued light blonde). At Babe, we often simplify this format considerably—for example, ICC 5.3 and 5.4 become 5B and 5R in the Babe system, the former being a more golden light brown and the latter being a more copper (or red) light brown. Other times, we keep our color code in near alignment with the ICC, as in the case of color #1001, which could be interpreted as base shade 10 (lightest blonde) with a slight coolness (.01) added to it.

But there are a number of differences between our system and the ICC. Firstly, in Babe’s color code system, we extend our base shade numbering beyond 10 values, maintaining the trend of higher numbers equaling lighter shades. To make sense of our hair extension numbers, remember that they fall into five basic categories.

Base Shade Number Range
Black & Brown – 1 to 10
Blonde – 12 to 27
Red – __R; 30/33
Gray & Platinum – 60 to 1001
Solid Colors – By Name

Secondly, we feature a number of blended colors that merge two distinct color codes together. For example, #27/613 means that blonde hair #27 has been blended with platinum hair #613 in the same strand or weft. The same principle applies to brown #6/10—the strand contains a certain percentage of colors #6 and #10.

Solid colors are another thing altogether. They are sometimes referred to as fashion colors and have no numbers assigned to them. So you’ll see names like Red Wine, Dark Purple, Green, Burgundy, Black Wine, and Pink. It’s not unusual to find that solid colors from different manufacturers vary in color, just as clothing dye lots can vary from company to company.

Given all the variation in color classification systems out there, it’s extremely important to have a physical reference in addition to a coherent code system when it comes time to select a color for your client. That’s why we always recommend that you keep your Babe Color Swatch nearby and at-the-ready—it’s the simplest, most effective way to understand and evaluate Babe’s range of extension colors, featured on actual swatches of 100% Human Remy hair. You can’t get that from color codes or pictures on the Internet.

Until the end of this month, we’re offering a special Babe Tag Color Swatch promotion—purchase 1 Color Swatch, get 3 special discount codes alongside it. Each discount code is printed on a tag that’s attached to the ring. Head over to your local distributor today to take advantage of the deal!

 

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