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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Babe New Product Alert: Instant Hair

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Guess what Babes? Babe Hair just released their newest product— Babe Instant Hair! Now you can get the same high quality hair without going through an online store. Get your perfect color match at any Babe Hair distributor and start showing off your new look right away with the new Clip-In extensions, Clip-In bangs, or Crown extensions. Most high-end clip-in extensions can only be found online. Babe has made it easier for you, the consumer, by making Instant Hair available to you so you no longer have to guess if you’ve ordered the right color or texture.

Stylists what does this mean for you? More business of course! Instant hair needs to be blended for a more natural look, not to mention, some clients will still want them colored for more dimension or an even better match. Just like you would charge for a cut or color you can make some extra income helping your client achieve the natural look with Instant Hair. You can also make a profit if you choose to stock and sell them. They would be perfect for the client who wants longer or thicker hair without the commitment of having hair extensions bonded, taped, or beaded to their natural hair. Some women just cannot get used to the feeling of having hair extensions for longer periods of time or are just simply too intimidated by the idea. This is a great way for them to give hair extensions a try… who knows, maybe they’ll want a more permanent look with Babe’s other methods like Fusion, Tape-Ins, or I-Tips.

Need more info? Click here. Otherwise, get your Instant Hair today and make sure to tag us on Facebook or Instagram for a feature of your new fabulous look!

 

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Be Unique in the Hair Extension Biz with Custom Color

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Being Babe Hair-certified means you’ve taken the right step in becoming one of the best in the business. Why? Because at Babe Hair we not only stand by our product, we stand by our stylists. We provide you with the best tools to keep you outshining the rest, starting with the best quality of hair in the market. We know it’s a competitive business for us as much as it is for you as the stylist. So what can set you apart from the rest? Let’s start with color.

If you haven’t been comfortable with custom coloring, now would be a great time to put some practice in and jump on the wagon. The top stylists with the most followers on social media, who also happen to have a large clientele, get that way in part because of their custom coloring skills. Coloring can be very tricky, and it takes a lot of skill and knowledge, especially when it comes to coloring hair extensions. You don’t want to ruin hundreds of dollars-worth of extensions, which is why we always recommend doing a test strand.

Some coloring formulas are too harsh for hair extensions, just like bleach on natural hair can be really harsh. Therefore, before coloring a whole batch of hair, make sure you do one strand only to find out how the hair will react. If it goes bad, you should try a different line of color products. It’s very important that you master your coloring skills before attempting a color job. Part of being a master is becoming very familiar with the coloring formula and the color line of products that are safe for hair extensions.

Babe recommends that you only use a semi- or demi-permanent hair color. Never lift color, but deposit it. When depositing, make sure you keep within two shades of the hair’s original color. While these guidelines are recommended by Babe, it doesn’t mean you can’t put your own creativity to work. To see how stylists are coloring their Babe Hair extensions, follow these stylists on instagram: @hairbyrubiking, @carlyraelawrenson, @aklounge, and @cortneypinion.

Got a favorite color line you like to use on your Babe Hair extensions? Drop it in the comments below; we’d like to pass it along to our fellow Babes!

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What Every Client Should Learn from their Hair Stylist

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As a stylist, you’re not only providing a service, you’re also providing an experience. The experience the client has with you is what sets you apart from your competition. Aside from the pampering, the conversation, and the installation, the most important thing you can do for your client is to educate them on the care of their hair and their extensions. Based on our feedback from phone calls and social media posts, here are the most common questions asked by clients.

“Is there anything I should do to my hair extensions before bed?”

Yes. To avoid tangling and matting, you should put your hair extensions in a loose braid or wrap your hair with a headscarf that has a satin or silk lining (silk and satin are the best because they don’t absorb moisture and they also help keep your strands from rubbing together). If possible, aplly hair masks and deep conditioners at least once a week. They should be applied before going to bed to give the product more time to moisturize your extensions. As always, keep these conditioning products away from any beads, bonds, or tape.

“I don’t know if I’m brushing my hair correctly. How often should I brush it?”

Believe it or not, there is such a thing as over-brushing. Think about it, every time you run a brush through your hair, you’re pulling on the connection of your hair extensions. Even when you’re cautious, there is some light pulling involved. Brush only when necessary in a downward motion. Start by holding your hair extensions at your jaw line and move upward. Brush gently as you’re brushing around the roots.

“I had my hair colored the same day as installation. Is that why I’m experiencing unusual slippage?”

Yes. Having another treatment done on the same day as installations is not the best idea. This includes blow-outs, relaxers, keratin treatments, etc. Your hair should always be squeaky clean and free of any build up, which is why we strongly recommend using a clarifying shampoo and no conditioner on the day of your hair extension appointment. Chemicals from hair treatments such as hair color, additives in keratin treatments, and products used for blowouts can block the tape and bonds from adhering to your natural hair like they are supposed to. If you’re using I-Tip extensions, beads can also slip from coloring or other treatments.

If you’d like us to address a question we haven’t covered. Please ask, that’s what we’re here for!

 

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3 Essentials That Can Save the Day

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You never know when your hair will decide to act up and become unmanageable on those special occasions—a date, a night out with girlfriends, or, worst case scenario, bumping into a frenemy or an ex after a hectic day. I’m sure we’ve all experienced flat hair after we’ve spent hours curling or styling it. For a quick fix, make sure you have the following items handy in your purse. These days, everything is about photographs (thanks, Facebook and Instagram). Don’t let bad hair stop you from taking the perfect picture, or from looking fabulous when you run across that old acquaintance.

Hairspray. There’s no excuse not to have a bottle of it with you at all times, especially when they come in travel sizes. It’s a life-saver when you need some emergency oomph! Or for those unexpected weather changes in the day that may make your hair flatten. A couple sprays should bring your hair back to life. Flyaways are a common hair issue we all have—tame them with your trustee bottle of hairspray and worry no more!

Hair extension brush. It’s a good idea to have two hair extension brushes—one to leave at home and one to take with you for the day. We’re so busy running around and fiddling with our hair that it frizzes out at the most inopportune times. Not only does a hair extension brush come in handy in these situations, but it saves you a trip back home before those last-minute after work plans. Refresh your hair by giving it a run-through with your brush and you’re ready to go!

Bobby pins and hair elastics. Doesn’t it seem like we just bought a brand new pack of bobby pins yesterday? Where did they all go? Don’t give up on them—they’re a great investment! Let’s say you’ve curled your hair extensions for the day and by five o’clock your curls look more like waves. Part your hair to one side and secure it with a couple of bobby pins and voila! You now have the Hollywood wave look. Or create a messy wave look with a hair elastic by simply placing your hair in a ponytail, pulling some hair out it at the crown of your head for a little volume, and you now have a trendy, messy ponytail!

Is there a hair product or item you can’t leave home without? We’re curious to know; please share!

 

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The Top Three Colors for Fall

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As fall is making its way in, your summer color will most likely be on its way out. Something about the change from summer to fall has us running to our stylists for a change in hair color. You know fall is right around the corner when you start seeing your favorite blondes a shade or two darker. We’ve done a little research to find out which colors will be this fall’s trend. Here are the colors you should try when deciding on your new fall makeover.

Bronde. The perfect color for a warm, sun-kissed look. It’s a mix of brown with a few honey blond pieces placed around the eyes, cheekbones, and neckline. To achieve this look, stay away from adding the blond to the top of the head. A very classy look for brunettes to add a touch of excitement to their basic brown look. When adding length with Babe Hair Extensions, mix two colors together. For a more subtle look, our favorite is Eva. For a more dimensional look, try mixing two colors like Roxanne with Cindy, or Roxanne with Ginger.

Sombre. A more subtle look that will be big this fall. It’s similar to the ombre but going in a new direction. With sombre colors, the lighter pieces are placed higher up, especially around the face, keeping the top of the head darker, while the lower lengths of the hair have a stream of light colors running through. It looks more natural and brings to light the texture and layers of your hair. For instance, a combination of Sally and Ruby would work beautifully to achieve this look.

Chocolate. If you’re in the mood for a good old fashioned one-color classy hair style, try a rich chocolate brown. Several celebrities have been spotted with this gorgeous color already. We can see why so many love this unique color. It really brings out the color of the eyes, and pairing it with a rouge lipstick is absolutely stunning. Betsy is one of our favorite chocolate brown colors. You can never go wrong with a chocolate brown for the fall/winter seasons.

If you want to skip on the harsh coloring process, you can create brondes and sombres without coloring the natural hair unless the top of the head needs to be colored. If you’re going for length with a chocolate color, we suggest you have the chocolate hair extensions in hand, that way it’ll be much easier to match the natural hair with the hair extensions.

Have you started on your fall makeover? Share your ideas with us, we’d love to help!

 

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How Often Should I Wash My Hair?

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If you’ve been a long time fan of Babe’s blogs, you’ve probably already heard us tell you a thousand times, “Only use sulfate-free products!” Not only do they benefit your hair extensions by extending their life, they’re also beneficial to your natural hair. Most sulfate-free shampoos won’t remove the natural oils your natural hair and scalp produce, which they need to keep both of them healthy. But did you know you could be over-shampooing your hair?

You should only be washing your hair extensions 2–3 times a week. However, if your hair is curly or wavy and therefore have had curly or wavy hair extensions installed, washing your hair once a week is perfect. Over-shampooing your hair removes the nourishing oils that are key to keeping your natural hair healthy and shiny. As for your hair extensions, they don’t receive the oils your scalp produces, so over washing can really strip them of the moisture they have. If you can’t handle fewer washes and have fine hair, you could rinse your hair with just warm water in between washes. If you have fine hair, washing your hair with too much conditioner isn’t a good idea because it tends to weigh fine hair down.

Because your scalp and strands can get oily, we recommend using a dry shampoo between washes to absorb excess oil. If you haven’t tried Babe’s Dry Shampoo, you really should. It’s a big hit and a best seller. The scent is soft and won’t leave your hair sticky or powdery like some dry shampoos do.

Moral of the story—cut back on your shampoo. But just because you’re skipping the shampoo doesn’t mean you can’t wet your hair. Rinsing with conditioner or warm water is still fine (especially after a hardcore workout). And don’t forget, dry shampoo should be one of your best friends!

Have a shampoo or hair extension question? Ask us, we’d love to help out!

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Hair Extensions Don’t Have To Be Expensive

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According to an April 2014 article in Modern Salon magazine, years ago, a full head of hair extensions could cost anywhere between $3,000 to $8,000. Now that they have become more popular, the price for high quality hair extensions has come down so you don’t have to spend a fortune to have gorgeous hair! Stylists usually charge per hour or per strand installed (in addition to the cost of the hair itself). Luckily, there are multiple options for you to make sure your extensions fit into your budget.

Because Tape-Ins are the fastest to install, the cost of installation will be less than the other methods. An installation for a full head can be as quick as 30 minutes. Tape-In hair extensions are the latest rave because of the high quality, natural, seamless finish you get once installed. They can be reused up to three times and will last 3 to 6 months with proper care upon each installation.

I-Tips are more expensive than Tape-Ins as far as installation goes because they are more time consuming. These extensions are installed strand by strand and are attached to your natural hair with tiny beads that are crimped to secure their hold. They can be installed in as little as two hours, but it can take longer depending on the thickness of your hair. These are clients’ favorite because they allow 360º movement and the beads are easy to hide. You can reuse them up to three times and they will last anywhere from 3 to 6 months after each application, if cared for properly. This method requires no heat, glue, bond, or chemicals.

Fusion tends to be more expensive than the other two methods. They too are installed strand by strand by connecting the extensions your natural hair with a keratin bond. The application time is about the same as the I-Tip method. Stylists have been using the fusion method longer than any other method because of the natural feel and the ultimate styling potential of not having to hide beads or tape.

For those on a tighter budget, Clip-Ins might be another option to look into. Because you can quickly put them in and remove them yourself, you save a good amount of money not having them professionally installed. These are a favorite of the commitment-shy who want some extra length for a special night or occasion. Clip-Ins can last anywhere from 6-12 months if cared for correctly.

As far as the cost of hair goes—the longer in length, the higher the price. Babe offers lengths that range from 14 inches to 22 inches in Tape-In, I-Tip, and Fusion. Prices for Clip-Ins are based on your choice of single clips or full head extensions.

Need help deciding which method is best for you? Please ask, we’d love to help!

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Overcoming Humidity

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We love summer and all it has to offer, except maybe one thing— humidity. For those of us who live near beaches, we know one thing is for sure, there’s no fighting the poofy, unmanageable hair humidity brings. We can try to fight it and manage it, but, unfortunately, we can’t make it go away. And while some might believe that taking out their hair extensions will make it easier to manage, they soon find that the short hair isn’t as easy as they thought. High buns and ponytails aren’t as easy to achieve with shorter hair, so the poofiness can be harder to tame. Sometimes having longer hair can actually help you beat the frizz! Here are a few tips to help you and your hair extensions have a standing chance against this muggy enemy.

Lay off the heat tools. Why spend time straightening or curling your hair when you will just be disappointed when it disappears the second you walk out the door? If you have curly or wavy hair, you’re far better off embracing it. Try installing curly or wavy hair extensions for the summer months. It’s always great to be able to switch up your look for the season anyway. The same can be said for naturally straight hair. The curls you get with a curling iron will drop out as soon as you step outdoors. By getting the appropriate hair installed, you save yourself from heat damage to your natural hair and your extensions and have the chance to embrace your natural texture!

Stay away from the wrong shampoo and conditioners. Besides using sulfate-free products, you’re going to want to use products that specifically say moisturizing, frizz-control, and silky straight. Applying a leave-in conditioner can also help to reduce frizz along with other smoothing serums. Be really careful in keeping these oils and serums away from your beads, tape, and bonds as this can cause slippage. (Try to stay at least two inches away from them.) These products tend to do pretty well in this type of weather. It’s also best to stay away from products that have anything to do with volumizing.

Repair. After being in the humidity all day try using a hair oil or hair butter to help moisturize your hair. The perk to using moisturizing products like these is that you’re hair will remain healthy, shiny, and your hair extensions will last a lot longer because your ends will be less prone to becoming brittle or split.

Have a hair extensions question? Please ask, we’re here to help!

 

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Trending Now: Hair Extensions in Pastels and Vibrant Colors

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve been aware of the new hair color trend—pastels and vibrant, bright colors. It may seem like a trend only celebrities can pull off, but in actuality, women and men from all walks of life are catching on to this trend. Even professionals in conservative work environments are becoming more accepting of unique colors. (And if you think you’re too old for this trend, think again. Actress Helen Mirren wore her hair a pastel pink to the BAFTAs in 2013!) Thanks to social media sites like Instagram and Pinterest, the color trend has quickly gained the attention and popularity of all age groups. Here are a few things you should know before you dive into this color fad:

Brunettes. Because you’ll need to bleach your hair to almost a white blond, you might want to take baby steps. Bleaching your hair can be very damaging, leaving your hair vulnerable. By breaking up the bleaching sessions, you can help your hair recover with deep conditioning treatments in between. You may choose to do a whole bleaching session at once, but it’s all about what you feel comfortable with and if you think your hair is strong enough to take it. Why so much bleach? Well, personally speaking, I am a super dark-haired brunette who just recently changed my hair color to an electric blue. I made the mistake by thinking once my hair reached blond I was ready to add the blue color. Wrong. When I added the blue to my blond hair it turned my hair green. As we learn in elementary— blue added to yellow makes green. Get the picture? So in order to avoid bleaching your hair again to remove the unwanted color with a bleach cocktail like I had to, you want to make sure your hair color is almost white before depositing the bright colors to make sure they come out as intended.

Blonds. You will have it a little easier than the rest of us because your hair is already light, but that doesn’t mean you’ll be able to escape the bleaching process. All it means is fewer bleaching sessions. You may also want to consider breaking up the bleaching process to help strengthen your hair in between, it depends on how patient and what shape your hair is in. If you think your hair is strong enough to take it, go for it.

Before and After: Before you go bold try applying hair chalk first. Hair chalk washes out easily and allows you to play with different colors so you can get a feel for them before deciding. Go to a professional hairstylist who knows color and knows what they are doing with bleach. Also know that the after care is high maintenance. Be prepared to get well acquainted with your hairstylist as these monochromatic colors fade after about two weeks. You shouldn’t wash your hair more than twice a week and only use sulfate-free shampoos and conditioners with cold water. Hot water opens up the hair cuticle causing it to fade, so cold water will keep the color in longer. Using a dry shampoo in between washes will help preserve and extend the brightness of your new hair color.

The best part of going bright—Babe offers extensions in a variety of monochromatic colors so you won’t need to spend time trying to color hair extensions to match your new hair color. You can also color the extensions if you choose to, but always make sure to do a test strand first and remember to always deposit color but never try to lift. This is where a color swatch comes in handy. Individual color swatches are available for strand testing or getting your hair color as close to the extension color as possible.

Will you be the next one to take the plunge? Share your thoughts with us!

 

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