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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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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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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