Blending Tips for Red Hair

We’re loving our newest hair extension colors, and we’re loving the before and afters that you lovely Babes are making with them! Today, we’re compiling some of the best application tips we’ve seen for blending red hair extensions to perfection. Enjoy!

Take a cue from the skin color.
Pheomelanin, the pigment that determines the level of redness in a person’s skin and hair, is typically consistent between the skin and hair, meaning that a person with a ruddy complexion is more likely to have red-tinted hair, and vice versa. Hence the belief that the undertone of a person’s hair should complement the undertone of their skin, so as to produce the most natural-looking result. If you’re ever in doubt about which shade of red to use in a client’s hair (or which highlight and lowlight colors to apply), refer to their skin tone. Golden skin will match a copper hairdo well, whereas pink skin will look better with a more strawberry color.

Dimension is key.
Red hair spans a wide range of shades, from the lightest of strawberry blondes to the darkest of auburns. This variety makes red hair particularly suited to highly dimensional color jobs, so go all-in with the highlights and lowlights to produce a look that truly captures the light. Our rule of thumb is to select a color two steps lighter than the base color, a color two steps darker than the base color, and the base color itself—though you can absolutely incorporate more of the colors within those limits, too.

Throw in some brown or blonde.
If you look very closely, you’ll find that many natural redheads carry strands of brown or blonde within their hair alongside the more vivid red—especially around the face and near the ends of their hair. Feel free to incorporate some of these colors into your blending job, applying a couple of brown lowlights to darker reds and a smattering of blonde highlights to lighter reds. This will produce a beautifully natural-looking effect, while enabling you to modify the overall brightness or dullness of the client’s hair.

Don’t shy away from purple.
Sometimes red hair veers straight into the territory of so-called “fashion colors”, with a tuft of pink or a wave of fuschia buried within the otherwise natural-looking strands. Don’t be afraid to include some of these naturally occurring colors in your extension job! Though a lock of Dark Purple (Whitney) might seem like it would stick out like a sore thumb, when dispersed throughout the hair, it can actually blend right in, leaving only a gentle touch of color in its wake.

Have you met our newest red shades? Head over to your local distributor today to get acquainted, then send us your before and after photos via Instagram for a chance to be featured!

 

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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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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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Creating Volume and Thickness Using Hair Extensions

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

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

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

 

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Hair Extensions are for Everyone!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Micro Bonding with Fusion Extensions – Amazing Before & Afters!

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Using Extensions Above the Crown of the Head

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Using Single Sided Tape on Fine or Thin Hair

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

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

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

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

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

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Should Clients take a Break from Hair Extensions?

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Hair extensions are a lifestyle. Many of our recurring clients wear their hair on repeat, going from one move-up appointment to the next without even a day-long break from hair extensions. While going without their extensions can seem unbearable for those clients who consider long, voluminous hair to be a part of their very identity, it can even feel odd for less-invested clients who have simply gotten used to the hair extension maintenance schedule. Regardless, wearing hair extensions nonstop can eventually strain the natural hair, and as a stylist, it’s up to you to intervene. Here are some tips:

– We recommend that some clients take a brief break from hair extensions between un-install and re-install to let the natural hair breathe, so to speak. This is a good time to perform restorative procedures to both the natural hair and extensions, revitalizing the locks for the second round. This will only involve a day or two of no hair extensions, so you can convince your more addicted clients to wear their hair up in the meantime.

– If hair feels dry, brittle, frayed, or looks particularly dull, tired, or distressed (particularly around the roots), it’s time to take a longer break from extensions. We recommend that, if damage is present, the client wait approximately 2-3 months (the normal length of one hair extension cycle) for the hair to grow out a little, so extensions will be installed on a healthier section of hair. Know that this can be very hard for longtime hair extension wearers to stomach, but it must be done for hair health, and there are ways to soften the blow. Offer restorative treatments during those 2-3 months to speed up the recovery process (and to bolster up your income), and introduce your client to Babe Instant Hair. We recommend the Babe Crown, since it rests against the head itself, rather than the hair—it will allow your client to experience their signature long locks, without the strain to their roots!

If your client likes their non-stop hair extension routine and doesn’t present any signs of hair damage, it’s totally okay to skip the break and go straight for re-install. But it doesn’t hurt to offer your perspective, or to prepare yourself for those occasions where an intervention is necessary. Your client will thank you in the end!

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

 

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Demonstrating Proper Techniques to Your Clients

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Hair extensions are a specialty service. They involve tactics that go beyond the realm of a standard salon practice, and therefore require some additional education—for both stylist and client. While it may be simple to take control of your own hair extension education through Babe’s Online Education program and various events, it’s not as straightforward for your client, who may not even realize that there’s more to hair extension care than just brushing, washing, and drying. So how can you make sure that they get the info they need? Give it to them, and demonstrate. Demonstrating proper hair care empowers clients to make the right decisions with regard to their investment, and leaves less work for you to do later. Here are the bases to cover:

Brushing
Show your client what kind of brush is compatible with their hair extensions, then use it to start brushing through the client’s hair. Talk through the steps as you demonstrate them, pointing out how you begin from the bottom, working the brush through the ends of the hair in a downward motion to coax out knots, then gradually work your way up. Indicate that they should use one hand to hold the roots of the hair in order to reduce tugging at the bonds. Then invite them to try out the technique for themselves. Be sure to remind them that their hair will need to be brushed 1-3 times a day to distribute the oils from their scalp to their hair extensions.

Shampooing
Discuss product selection with your client, and be sure to emphasize that they should be avoiding sulfate ingredients at all costs. Make sure they understand that shampoo should be concentrated at the roots of the hair, since that’s where the dirt builds up. Demonstrate the best lathering technique for their hair extensions by passing your fingers through their dry hair. Advise them to wash their hair no more than twice a week, since over-shampooing can dry out their extensions.

Conditioning
While you can’t really demonstrate the conditioning process to your client without actually washing their hair, you can still address the topic and recreate the proper updo for deep-conditioning treatments. Make it very clear that conditioner should not be applied anywhere near extension bonds, but rather focused at the ends and mid-lengths of the hair. Advise your client to leave the conditioner in their hair for 5-10 minutes before rinsing, to wear their hair in a low bun while doing so (to avoid conditioner seeping into the bond area), and to follow-up with other moisturizing treatments throughout the week, always below the bonds. Again, all products used should be sulfate-free.

Drying
Show your client what a good microfiber towel looks and feels like, and explain why it’s a better choice for drying both hair and hair extensions. Show them how to safely wring the water out of their hair after a shower. Introduce them to a good heat protectant and explain where it should be applied, plus how it should be distributed throughout the hair prior to blow drying. Tell your client that, when possible, they should only blow dry the roots of their hair and leave the rest to air dry.

Styling
Share some heat-free styling techniques that your client can use in lieu of their curling wand or straightener. Reiterate the importance of heat protectant prior to any heat styling, and remind them that heat protectant should be left to set for a minute or so before styling.

Maintaining
There are several aspects of the maintenance process that should be highlighted. Firstly, the use of Dry Shampoo should be encouraged between washes to minimize both oiliness and shower frequency. Introduce your client to this product, demonstrate its use, and devise the best shower/Dry Shampoo schedule for them based on their hair type. Secondly, address sleeping arrangements, including the use of silk or satin pillowcases and headscarves to minimize friction during the night. Tie the client’s hair into an easy braid that they can recreate before sleeping, or tailor a sleeping style that will help them achieve their desired day look without the use of heating tools.

With these tips and an Aftercare Kit to go, your client will be well prepared for their new hair extension life. Don’t forget to snap a picture of them before they leave and share it with us on our Instagram page!

 

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