When is Micro Bonding Right for Your Client?

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

Your client is a good Micro Bonding candidate if…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Everything But Length! Hair Extension Hacks

A couple of months ago, we introduced the Babe Everything But Length portal—a place where you can learn all about extension applications for purposes other than adding length to hair. We offer solutions for problems such as thin mid-lengths and ends, uneven or too-short haircuts, fine or aging hair, and dull ‘dos. Altogether, we offer 7 different (and specific!) hair extension solutions in the Everything But Length portal, as well as techniques for achieving them in your own salon. If you don’t have time to visit right now, below you can find the top hair extension hacks that go beyond just adding length. Enjoy!

Micro Bonding
This new and exciting hair extension technique uses segmented Fusion hair extensions to conquer installations around the crown and hairline areas of the head! No more stopping at the horseshoe or tip-toeing around the sides; now you can install directly in the top-most layers of hair with confidence and full support from Babe! Best for filling in sparse sections of hair (due to thinning, balding, or bad haircuts), the Micro Bonding technique is also great for performing detail work, enabling you to achieve pompadours, A-line bobs, and more—even on short hair!

Volumizing with Single Sided Tape
You can achieve volume using any of Babe’s hair extension methods. But get this: you can also achieve volume using half the number of Tape-In extensions in a typical installation, saving both money and excess weight for finer-haired clients. To do this, take advantage of Babe’s Single Sided Tape—a tape strip that replaces the second Tape-In weft in a standard installation to seal the backside of the first weft. Using Tape-Ins and Single Sided Tape, you can virtually double the volume of an otherwise thin hairdo, and spare your client any discomfort in the process!

Mixing Methods
Just because you decide that Micro Bonding is ideal for the top layers of the client’s hair doesn’t mean you have to use this technique throughout! In fact, sometimes it’s decidedly better (and quicker!) to mix and match methods for the perfect installation. For finer-haired clients, consider starting with a Tape-In base, then incorporate Micro-Bonded Fusion extensions as you approach the top and front of the head. Similarly, you can mix Tape-In with I-Link to get the best of the weft and strand-by-strand methods in different parts of the hair, or opt for our hybrid method—Flat-Tip—to do all of that for you.

Bricklaying
Cover more area using fewer extensions, and prevent any gaps in your installation by employing the bricklaying technique. Place hair extensions so that they cover the gap between the hair extensions below them (in the previous row), just like a bricklayer lays bricks. Bricklaying is a staple of Tape-In installations, but it can apply to other methods, too. Take extra care to make sure that you’re always bricklaying extensions on the side of the head, and filling in the gaps between the sides and the back portions of the head.

Adding Stress-Free Color
Have a client who wants highlights or a funky color, but doesn’t want to expose their natural hair to the damage of hair dye? Hair extensions are here to save the day. Whether you’re using I-Link, Clip-In (for temporary transformations), or Micro-Bonded Fusion for very fine-tuned blending work, extensions can stand in for coloring jobs to give your client the hair-friendly pop that they’re looking for! You can even pre-color the extensions themselves to achieve more fantastical looks, like emerald or pastel hues. And don’t forget our ombre assortment of hair extensions, perfect for achieving the sought-after ombre look without a single drop of dye.

Blending Color at Once
When we talk about “color blending”, we mean the process of mixing more than one hair extension shade to produce a multi-dimensional color look (as opposed to blending at the end of a hair extension installation). Usually, to accomplish this, a stylist will alternate between the different colored strands, distributing them evenly throughout the hair. But there’s an even faster way to do it. Using a standard Tape-In installation method, select one weft of each color and sandwich them around the client’s hair, producing an instant blended effect. We recommend using the darker shade on the bottom side of the section to maintain a natural-looking color transition.

Did you try out one of these hacks in your own salon? Share a picture of the results with us via Babe’s Instagram account! We love to see your work!

 

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The Best Ways to Invest Your Tax Return

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Tax season is awful until you get your tax return check—then it transforms into an opportunity. That little bit of extra income for the month can be saved, spent, or invested. You can apply it to your next vacation or to your ongoing education. Here at Babe, we like to invest our tax returns in hair extension tools, courses, and professional development. Here’s why you might want to do the same!

Flexibility
Getting some spare cash opens up a world of options that you may not otherwise consider pursuing, and Babe is constantly offering new and exciting avenues for exploration. Look into our Lash Extension products and courses, discover our Babe Lash serum and makeup line, or dive into Fusion Micro Bonding with peace of mind and copious flexibility.

Convenience
Our products are designed to make your job as a stylist easier and more efficient. Shave time off of your installations with the Quick Pick Hair Parter, Hair Organizer, and our method-specific tools, and cut down your re-installation time with the Styrofoam Mannequin Head. Employ our quickest installation method—Tape-In—to achieve a full-head installation in under an hour. We’re here to streamline every aspect of the hair extension process, so investing in our products means unparalleled and ongoing convenience in your salon!

Reputation
Being up-to-date on all of the latest extension techniques and equipped with the newest hair extension methods and devices will make you a stand-out in the hair extension space. A well-stocked hair extension closet and well-maintained hair extension tools will indicate that you are a professional who is prepared for any extension job that comes your way. Investing in Babe’s products and services equals more human and manufactured capital in your salon, and more trust/respect from your clients and recognition from your peers. A good reputation is vital for a sustainable business, and it’ll help you to leverage your skills and increase your income.

Return on Investment
Ultimately, Babe tools and services enable you to generate more income in your salon, and to do so evermore quickly and easily. Well-made tools that last through many years of installations cost relatively little per use, but help to generate significantly more revenue. Tools that help to cut down on installation time allow you to earn more per hour, and to fit more installations into your schedule. And our top-notch hair extensions keep your clients coming back for move-up after move-up, so you can earn reliably and continuously throughout.

Ready to get started? Visit your local distributor today or sign up for an online or in-person education course.

 

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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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The Truth About Fine Hair

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As stylists, we know that hair comes in all colors, lengths, textures, and thicknesses. Most of us have experience working on straight strands, curls, thick manes, and thin tresses alike, for anything from a standard trim to a wild dye job. And we realize that, in general, anything that can be done to one hair type can be applied to another with little-to-no difficulty. Sure, the tactics that you use to get the job done may differ, but there’s nothing stopping you from employing the service itself, so long as the client has healthy hair to work with. Hair extensions, however, can be a bit different. Not only do we advise against installing on very short hair (with few exceptions), but we also warn against installing certain types or lengths of hair extensions on exceptionally fine hair. In that sense, it’s not exactly an equal playing field. However, most of us know that it is still possible to install hair extensions on fine hair, given a couple of hacks and extra tools. But do your clients know that?

The next time you’re in a situation where you need to explain the hair extension options available to your fine-haired client, be sure to offer up these little truth bombs:

Fine hair is not the same as thin hair.
This one can be a bit confusing to some clients, who may not distinguish between hair volume and individual hair thickness. Basically, it’s possible to have a lush, full head of hair made up of many fine hairs, or a thin spread of hair made up of a few thick hairs, because the number of hairs on your head is not directly aligned with the thickness of each individual hair. Thin hair, where there are few enough hairs on the head that you can essentially see through to the scalp, can be indicative of scalp problems, which should always be resolved prior to installing extensions. Fine hair is pretty normal, and it just means that your individual hairs are less thick than the average strand of hair. If your client needs additional information, feel free to show them this video.

Fine hair can be pretty strong, as long as you take care of it.
The average hair strand can hold about 100 grams, according to scientists at L’Oréal Research. That’s roughly the weight of a bar of soap, or a small apple (by some estimates). Fine hair, though weaker than the average strand, can still carry quite a bit of weight. We found a video that features a finer-than-average strand of hair that could handle 62 grams of pennies and tape all on its own. Think of what a full head of hair could carry, if only the scalp could support it! So long as the hair is well-hydrated and well-treated, it should be strong and elastic enough to handle most hair extensions like a champ.

If your scalp is healthy, there’s nothing to worry about.
Again, the scalp is usually the culprit behind fine-hair and thin-hair troubles. If your client feels discomfort when too much pressure is applied to the hair, they feel it in their scalp, not the hair itself. Problems with hair strength or elasticity can be spotted when there’s excessive hair breakage, and they can be treated with hair-boosting supplements, like biotin and fish oil pills. Also, problems with hair strength can be countered by selecting the appropriate extension method (more on this below). Scalp health, however, should always be verified prior to hair extension installation, because a modified method and/or supplements may not be enough to address the problem. A healthy scalp is free of build-up, unburdened by clogged pores or inflammation, and actively growing and shedding hair at a normal rate. If your client’s scalp is healthy, everything else should be perfectly manageable.

The Tape-In method was specifically designed for finer hair types.
In an effort to make our hair extensions accessible to everyone, we introduced a cutting-edge extension method that distributes the weight of the extension hair across a wider section of the client’s natural hair. This method, called the Tape-In method, effectively reduces the strain on individual hairs, making it the most comfortable and sought-after extension type in our arsenal. Tape-In hair extensions are a great option for anyone, but they’re an especially great fit for finer-haired clients who tend to favor the lighter hold.

For extra-fine hair, there’s always Single Sided Tape.
Here at Babe, we’re always looking for ways to improve upon our existing offerings. That’s why we took our Tape-In efforts a step further by introducing Single Sided Tape—a product that allows you to replace the second Tape-In weft needed in a Tape-In installation section with a single piece of tape. This little hack basically halves the weight of your typical Tape-In ensemble, guaranteeing a nearly weightless new look! Show your client what Single Sided Tape looks like in action! If this doesn’t convince them to bite the bullet, nothing will.

We are currently featuring a special Tape-In promotion from now until the end of October! When you buy 3 Replacement Tapes at your local distributor, you can get 1 Single Sided Tape free of charge! Find your local distributor right here, and be sure to take advantage of this deal while it lasts!

Have comments or questions for us? Feel free to leave them in the space below! We’ll get back to you with our response ASAP.

 

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The Safest Hair Extension Option for Thin-Haired Clients

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Have you ever had a thin-haired client express concern about hair extensions tugging on their natural hair? Even when hair extensions are a recommended course of action for filling out hair thickness or adding length, some clients have a hard time getting over their fear of discomfort, hair loss, or even see-through bonds. In a lot of cases, these are understandable fears–improperly installed hair extensions can cause very real damage. But hair extensions can be a great option for finer-haired women, especially now that there are so many styles and varieties available to suit their needs. So the next time you meet a client who’s on the fence about hair extensions on account of thin hair, pull out some of these extension insights to assuage them:

Tape-In is designed for finer-haired women. When we were developing this method, we were aiming for a lighter, more seamless extension product to suit finer-haired wearers. As such, Tape-In extensions are the safest, most reliable professional extension method for finer-haired women. The weft model distributes the weight of the extension across a wider swath of hair, minimizing tugging, while the tape adhesive applies gently and effortlessly to strands. You can even opt to install the Tape-In extensions with Single Sided Tape–as opposed to a second Tape-In weft–to keep the overall weight as light as possible.

Clip-In is a good, temporary option. Babe Clip-Ins also boast a wider weft model for distributing weight across a large swath of hair, making them great for thin-haired clients. Additionally, though, Clip-Ins can be customized, removed, and adjusted as the client sees fit. They’re a great entryway into professional methods, allowing clients the opportunity to sample the hair extension life before diving in. Advise your finer-haired clients to apply Babe Dry Shampoo to their roots before installing Clip-Ins (for some extra grip). If necessary, they can even twist the hair before fastening the clip to it. Be sure to demonstrate how this is done.

Babe Crown applies no pressure to the hair at all. Babe Crown–one of our newer Instant Hair extension methods–is distinct from all of our other extensions in that it doesn’t attach to or hang from the client’s natural hair. Instead, Babe Crown sits on the crown of the head with the hair suspended from a headband-like wire. It’s ideal for adding extra volume and length without the long-term commitment of professional methods, and it installs/uninstalls in moments. You can even let your client try it out with a sample piece to experience how comfortable it feels for themselves.

What are your tips for assuaging an anxious, thin-haired, would-be hair extension client? Have you ever been in a situation like the one described above? Let us know how you handled it in the comments below!

 

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