Summer-Smart Hairstyles

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Time for All the Spring Things!

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It’s officially spring! That means it’s time to transition your salon from the variously cozy and crisp styles of winter to the romantic, breezy looks of spring. If that prospect sounds overwhelming to you, or you’re just not sure where to start, don’t worry—Babe is here with some tips to help you through the project!

Lighter, warmer hair colors
Many clients will be coming in for a seasonal update in the next few months, usually to lift their hair to a warmer or lighter hair color. Prepare by stocking up on golden and fawn-like hues and inundating yourself with plenty of inspiration. Our Pinterest boards are a great place to browse popular colors and styles.

Pastel looks
Pastel hair colors are particularly popular at the moment, and besides being refreshing and eye-catching, they’re also seasonally appropriate. Fill your cabinets with #60 (Patsy) Babe hair to custom color Easter-y soft pinks, blues, greens, and purples.

Bridal ‘dos
Spring is basically marriage season, so brush up on some of your favorite bridal looks to ready yourself for any wedding-related appointments. Once you’ve mastered your Kate Middleton-esque ‘dos, you can whip them out for everything from weddings to school dances—they’re actually incredibly versatile!

Salon spring cleaning
Spring cleaning isn’t only for your home—it’s also vital for your salon. Revisit all of your supplies, donating unused items, replacing damaged ones, and upgrading to new equipment when necessary. Deep-clean your tools, chairs, and surfaces for a brand-new feel in your salon. Finally, get acquainted with good upkeep practices to get you through the year until your next spring cleaning.

Inventory update
While you’re cleaning out your salon, take some time to update your Babe hair extension inventory. We regularly add new extension colors, textures, methods, and tools to our collection, so you’re almost guaranteed to have new Babe items on your shopping list each year. You can also attempt to reorganize your extension closet to accommodate the new items.

New sales and promos
Have new Babe items to buy but feeling short on cash? Take advantage of our various Babe promotions! These sales and discounts update every two months, and feature everything from hair extensions to tools to lash extensions, and even education! You can check out our current promotion—the Babe Color Swatch tag discount set plus free Quick Pick Hair Parter—on our Promotions page.

 

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Styles We Love After Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day has come and gone, but that doesn’t mean the adorable hairstyles have to go with it! Today we’re featuring some hairstyles that we love this season. Recreate them for yourself or your clients, and don’t forget to share pictures!

Half-Up Twists and Bows
These easy-yet-elegant ‘dos are a fashion staple for a reason, and their seriously pretty nature make them great for ushering in the springtime. You can wear the perennial, pared-down version, or add in a festive bow—we like the hair-bow variety a lot at the moment.

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Floral Arrangements
Flowers aren’t just for the table, after all. String a couple of your Valentine’s Day buds into an otherwise simple hairstyle and transform it into a fairytale-esque vision in the process. We dare you not to feel amazing with the scent of roses trailing after you.

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Milkmaid Braids
There’s something downright charming about a milkmaid braid—maybe the way it wraps around your head like a silky halo. The best part about it, though, is that it looks great in almost any condition. Tousled or polished, this classic look will complement anything, and anyone! (Throw in a heart hair part if you’re feeling extra sweet!)

Princess ‘Dos
There’s no better time to practice those wedding-caliber updos than during the stretch of time between Valentine’s Day and spring. So play up your romantic side with buns and coifs that Kate Middleton herself would envy.

For more Babe-tastic hairstyle inspiration—this season and throughout the year—check out our Pinterest boards! From braids to buns to free-flowing hair, you’re bound to find something that you and your clients will love. We’ve even added an all-new section just for our Everything But Length campaign! Be sure to check it out.

 

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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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Happy Hair, Happy Holidays!

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Last week we went over how to defend your hair (and your clients’ hair) from the winter weather. This week, we want to see how your beautiful transformations are standing up to the cold! Christmas is only a few days away, as are Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, and we’re sure that many of our Babes are already picking out their outfits and dolling up for the upcoming holiday festivities. Our hair extensions will be making an appearance from coast to coast and party to party, and we want to be in on the fun!

Submit your holiday hairdo photos to Babe’s Facebook and Instagram pages, and we may feature your look for the entire Babe community. These can be photos of you, or consensual photos of your clients. Either way, be sure to comment on the extension method, length, and color used for the hairstyles, so we can include those details in the caption.

Need some inspiration? Head over to our Pinterest page and browse our many boards to get your creative juices flowing. We’ve got a board for swanky hairstyles, braids, buns, and overall great looks, so you’re sure to find something that’ll pique your interest!

Whatever your style or creed, we’re wishing you the warmest and happiest of holidays, complete with the best hair of the year! We can’t wait for the pics.

😉

 

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How to Master Tape-In Updos

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When it comes to styling hair extensions, Tape-In can be a little bit different than I-Tip or Fusion. That’s because, while I-Tip and Fusion extensions are strand-by-strand methods, Tape-In is a weft method, involving a wider piece of hair that lays flush to the head. The weft nature of Tape-In is what makes it so light and comfortable to wear, though it’s also responsible for adding a slight limitation on mobility—especially with up-do hairstyles. But that doesn’t need to be a problem. With a little bit of foresight and a couple of tricks, you can put those Tape-In locks into any shape or position your heart desires. Here’s how:

Ask in advance
During the consultation phase of your hair extension process, ask your client how they’d like to wear their hair while they’re using hair extensions. Get a sense of how your client typically wears their hair, how frequently they style it or change up their style, and figure out if they have any big events coming up that would call for a more specific ‘do. Not only will this give you the information you need for deciding on the best installation strategy (or even method), but it could also pave the way to a pre-scheduled styling appointment for said event.

Round out your parts
If your client likes to throw their hair into an up-do now and then, try taking making your parts a little rounder. Rather than draw a straight line through the hair, draw a slight “U” shape so the part looks like a smile, with the line extending upward toward the ears. That way, when the hair is pulled back, the Tape-In wefts will fold naturally in the direction of the ponytail.

Shimmy your strands
Let’s say your up-do calls for some difficult maneuvering. Rather than brush the extensions upward (which could flatten the hair and emphasize wayward wefts), pull the hair back so that it sits naturally, then gradually shimmy the bundle to your desired place. The Tape-In wefts will respond better to this gentle coaxing, and will therefore blend more easily into the hair. It helps if the style you’re re-creating is somewhat loose, though you can definitely coax the wefts into tauter styles, too (with some patience!).

Hack your styles
Sometimes your up-do can be re-configured to suit the Tape-In placement, rather than the other way around. Whether you’re working with a bridal up-do, a regal bun, or any performance hairstyle, most styles feature many variations that make the look more accessible to women with different hair situations. Try looking online for some inspiration, then let your creativity lead you!

Fill in
When all else fails, you can always use hair fillers—like bun fillers, braid headbands, or even Clip-In extensions—to fake the look that you’re trying to achieve. These tools can sit on top of any unruly or obvious Tape-In wefts, hiding them from view. You can even use these as a guide for the Tape-In extensions, wrapping the Tape-In hair over top so that they lay flat and even. No fuss, guaranteed!

Have you ever styled Tape-In hair into a difficult ‘do? Share your pictures by tagging us on Babe’s Instagram! We love to see your fabulous work!

 

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Hair Extension Before & Afters!

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A good before & after photo is a stylist’s business card, advertisement, and portfolio entry. It’s a little detail that amounts to a big deal when it comes to lasso-ing in new clients. We’ve talked about before & afters before, including professional tips for snapping the perfect photo when the occasion strikes. Now, we’re going to show you some good examples, because who doesn’t like a little bit of inspiration? Here are some recent Babe before & after photos, performed and submitted by none other than our lovely Babe stylists. Find more on our Instagram page, and feel free to submit your own while you’re at it!

For that beautiful pop of color:

For that miracle hair-revival:

 

 

For that totally new look:

 

See more or submit your own at Babe Instagram!

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Short Cut Season

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It seems like every time we check social media, another celebrity has chopped off her hair into the latest hair trend—the long bob. Don’t worry Babe Hair stylists, you can bank on this trend too! You may be asking, “How? Extensions aren’t meant to be chopped off.” And you’re absolutely right about that. But once upon a time, in the summer of 2015, pixie cuts and short bobs were in, I mean REALLY in. But now the “in” cut seems to be the long bob… again.

Here’s where your skills come in. Those pixie cut clients are most likely trying to grow their hair out to follow the trend. Let them know they don’t have to wait! You’re a master Babe Hair stylist who can give them the look today while they wait for their natural hair to grow out. We do suggest that their natural hair be at least to their occipital bone. This is not to say it can’t be done. We have seen pixie cuts turn into a-line cuts and long bobs. It depends on where you’re at with your extensions and blending skill level.

Also, because you’re not going too long in length (you should be using 12 or 14 inch Babe Hair for this look), there’s an upsell and an upside to it— it’s less expensive than 18 or 22 inch hair packs. Now let’s say your client already has the length she wants on her long bob, does she have the volume? A pack or two can definitely make a difference and give her more styling options. It’s an ideal way to introduce hair extensions to a client that has never worn them before.

If you’d like to see how other Babe Hair stylists do it, follow our Instagram page. If you don’t see the details in the caption, make sure you @ the stylist so they can respond with all the deets.

For any Babe Hair questions, leave them in the comments below and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible. Thanks Babes! xo.

 

 

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Perfect Timing for Hair Extensions

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The hair trend for the past few seasons has been “messy” hair. No longer are we seeing the super slick ponytails or slick middle part. This is awesome news for Babe Hair extension wearers because this means less heat, product, styling, and tugging on your bonds. Meaning, they will stay healthier much longer.

Contrary to other beliefs,  Babe Hair extensions can assist in growing your client’s natural hair. How? Since your client has invested money in their hair extensions, they tend to be more careful with their hair. That, added to the rules of maintaining hair extensions, leads to success in growing out their own longer locks. Rules such as: don’t wear tight ponytails, buns, or braids, don’t wash your hair too often, let your hair extensions air dry, and brush your extensions in sections—help their natural hair feel less stress, tugging, and breakage. By not washing too often, their scalp gives off the oils their hair needs to maintain its healthy shine and strength.

So, if you have a client that has been putting off hair extensions, now is the time to give her that little nudge she needs to try them. Show her how to get those “messy” looks while she wears them and how to be gentle on her hair. She’ll thank you for it when she sees how much longer her natural hair has gotten.

Have a Babe Hair question? Let us know!

 

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Going Light for the Summer

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Sun’s out, which means it’s the season for adding sun-kissed tones to our hair color, and that usually means going light. Whether your client is choosing to go completely light or just some, here is your chance as a stylist to introduce her to a new world: the world of hair extensions. There are many of us who envy the gal who is able to change her hair color every month but who are not willing to put our hair through the chemical process. Babe Hair has so many options for many different hair types and one of our goals is to provide the safest alternative to color. So, next time you’re providing a color service, think about the other options you have with Babe Hair and explore these options with your client for her summer makeover.

Highlights? Why put the natural hair through the chemical process when you can just get a couple of packs of I-Tips, Fusion, or even Tape-Ins. Yes, even Tape-Ins can be cut into highlight size. This is also a great way to get a client who has never worn hair extensions to try a couple packs. When you think about it, the cost is about the same.

Ombre? If you haven’t heard, Ombre hair extensions are available at Babe Hair. If you’ve visited your distributor lately, you’ve most likely to seen them in their new packaging. If you haven’t seen them yet, don’t worry, the official Babe Hair ombre launch is next month. Oops we spilled the beans—look at it as a perk for reading our weekly tips; you’re a Babe Hair insider!

All of Babe Hair products are meant to be safe on every hair type. But it’s only 100% safe if the stylist is using the product properly. So, if you would like to start offering these color options for your client but aren’t quite familiar with our products, your distributor is a great resource. They are educated in Babe Hair, can introduce you to Babe and our product line, and some will even provide hands-on classes for you.

Find your nearest distributor here.

 

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