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Hair Extension Specialist

I’ve been dying to talk to you guys about one of my favorite topics, and today is the day. I’m going to share with you everything there is to know about custom colored extensions, why the majority of extension applications I do are custom colored in some way, and how that changes the final look.

First of all, I think we can all agree that the beauty of high quality extensions is that no one ever has to know that you have them, unless YOU want them to know. For this reason, I have been blend obssesed for the entirety of my extensionist career.

If you have ever spent time in my chair for extensions, you know that I take my time ensuring that the color match and blend is going to be juuuuust perfect, even combining up to three extension colors to create the perfect match. There are several different variations of custom colored extensions, and a variety of reasons for custom coloring. All of which contribute to extension hair that is completely unique to each guest, and creates a beautiful, seamlessly blended final look.

Hair Extension Customization: Shadow Rooting

The number one type of custom coloring is something I do pretty much every week. It’s called shadow rooting, and it may seem like a small thing, but it makes a HUGE difference in how natural and seamless the extensions look and blend. Shadow rooting involves hand painting a toner at the root of the extension, typically half an inch to two inches from the root edge of the extension.

The shadow can be just a shade darker than the rest of the hair, or it can be a few shades darker imitating a rooty, “grown out” color. Shadow roots not only help the extensions blend and look more natural, they also assist in the grow out of a hair color that is lighter than the natural root.

Hair Extension Customization: Dimension

Related to shadow rooting is the next type of custom extension coloring: hand-painted dimension. On natural hair hand-painted dimension often refers to balayage (a painted version of highlights) and is thus lighter dimension. On extensions, hand-painted dimension typically refers to lowlights. Since the rise of balayge as a highlight method, the importance of custom hand-painted extensions has grown.

When a person’s natural hair has hand-painted dimension, so must the extensions to match. That means ordering the extensions in the highlight color and then low-lighting to create the same look as the person’s balayage.

The next type of custom coloring I often do for extensions is toning also known as glazing. Sometimes the extension color needs to be tweaked just a hint. For example, platinum blonde extensions may need a toner to be shifted to a slightly icier blonde.

This can also be used to create more unique colors that extensions may not come in such as strawberry blonde, rose gold, or pastels. Speaking of unique colors, the final type of custom coloring that can be done to extensions is a complete color transformation.

Sometimes when a guest has a vision for something extra special—a vivids color melt, a color that does not come in a particular texture of extensions (such as curly extensions), or hair in need of all of the above (shadow root, toner, and lowlights)—we need to do a total revamp of the extension hair.

Hair Extension Customization: Shadowing, Toning + Dimension

This usually involves ordering light colored hair and doing an in-depth color overhaul. As you might imagine, this is the most time consuming custom extensions, but I also LOVE creating custom looks so it’s totally worth it.

Being blend obsessed means if doing a little extra color work to the extensions can make them look even more perfect and natural, I will do it every time. When the final look is created and you cannot tell where the natural hair ends and the extensions begin—that’s where the warm fuzzies come from.

I fell in love with extension transformations because of the end result, but also because the end result looking amazing comes from a lot of tiny details being juuuust right. Custom coloring is just one of those details. I love being able to provide my clients with a look that is designed, curated, and tweaked JUST for them.

Like their hair, their custom extensions are 100% one-of-a-kind providing them with the most beautiful and seamless possible end result.

Hair Extension Transformation

It’s Transformation Fridayyyy!

You all know complete hair transformations give me all of the ooey gooey feels so OF COURSE I have to share them with you. Allow me to introduce you to the lovely Sarah. Sarah came in ready for a full-on hair makeover. Her whole life Sarah has struggled with a hair concern that many women share—skinny ends. Sarah’s hair just never seemed to grow in the front, leaving the sides of her hair uneven and unable to achieve much length. We talked about her goals of filling in her ends, giving her a nice full look, but not really adding to her length. While extensions are more often thought of as providing length, I see a lot of women who are simply looking for a fuller look at their current length.

Hair Extension Transformation


Hair Extension Transformation


Because of the placement needed and the ideal look she was aiming for, Sarah and I chose NBR as her extension method. Adding a single row of Natural Beaded Rows is a beautiful, simple way to fill in skinny ends in a completely invisible way.

After our consultation, we were both so excited and ready, we wished we could do the whole service that day… Unfortunately, we had a bit of a wait to come. As someone who works in the medical field, Sarah’s schedule is about as packed as mine, so we had to schedule her services over a month from our initial consultation. This type of extended timeframe doesn’t happen often, but sometimes due to schedule restrictions or various other circumstances, it can. Sarah was so committed, she was willing to wait as long as she needed to achieve the look she desired. And MAN was it worth it.

Whenever I am doing a huge color change before adding in extensions, we schedule the color appointment at least one week before the extension application. Color Corrections involve a lot of change to the hair, and coloring in advance of ordering the extensions allows us to ensure the correction brings us to the right goal color, and that a perfect color match can be made.

For Sarah’s correction, she had grown out highlights that needed a revamp, and an adjustment to the tone of her color. I used foilyage (a technique that combines hand-painting with foil highlights) to give Sarah a beautiful melty balayage look with some brighter money pieces framing her face. We cooled down her overall color tone, eliminating a formerly brassy color for an end result of an ashy, rooty blonde.

At Sarah’s second visit we added a row of NBR Extensions, color matched to her new hair color. Sarah looked AMAZING. NBR provides added volume starting at the root all the way down to the ends. Because Sarah only needed one row, and her color correction involved a toner, NBR also provides a unique opportunity with its maintenance method. Every other maintenance appointment includes the ability to update the color of the extensions whether that be touching up the shadow root, or adding a toner.

This means the gorgeous color we gave her at her color correction can be maintained easily through her extension maintenance visits. Take a look at the before and afters from Sarah’s color transformation, and then final look. For more NBR Extension transformations, check out my post from August featuring 4 amazing NBR transformations.

hair extension specialist

It’s official. My favorite time of the year is here! It’s AUTUMN.

As today officially marks the beginning of the season, I wanted to share with you all some of my favorite fall fashion trends. If you live in the South you know how variable the fall weather can be (as evidenced by it being in the 80’s on the first day of the season), which means that fall fashion can have quite the wide range in a Southern Fall. For me, the changing leaves and cooler weather signal three things—FALL ACCESSORIES, FALL COLORS, and of course, FALL HAIR aka EXTENSIONS.

Here are my 2017 fall obsessions…


walking into Mondays like…

hair extension specialist

From #MondayMood to #MondayMotivation.

I hear you. A few years ago, I would have been right there with you. Not long ago, my mentor encouraged me to write a list of things from 2 years ago that were working in my current situation, and also a list of things that were not.


Hair Extension Specialist

It’s #FitnessFriday today, lovelies!

I want to talk with you about how tough it can be to get fit and stay fit. Okay, by show of hands, who here has seen a fit chick walking by at the mall or in the grocery store and thought (perhaps with a hint of resentment), “must be nice to be in such great shape…” or complained to your fit friend how “easy” she has it… You, too? Thought so.



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