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When I say “insta” I guarantee you “instantly” know what I’m referring to. Instagram has become such a huge thing we’re all obsessed with, that a slew of “insta” words have become common vernacular. “insta-worthy,” “insta-famous,” “insta-husband,” and the list continues.

The most exciting insta-development, however, is the insta-story. If you have an Instagram, and have logged into it within the past few months then surely you’ve noticed the collection of bubbles across the top of your screen (and occasionally intermixed into your scrolling). What exactly are those bubbles, why should you care, and why am I so addicted? Oh, I’m so glad you asked. 😉

First of all… what even is an insta-story? Well, it’s a collection of photos, boomerangs, and videos collected from the past 24 hours and uploaded in one place to create a “story” of your daily life. Anyone can view your story, and can choose to send you messages in response to what you’ve shared. It’s a slightly more personal way to connect than just looking at static photos. As soon as the feature launched and I started to watch stories by my friends, celebs, and fellow hairstylists I fell head over heels and had to join the fun. If you follow me on Insta then you already know… and if not, well, I have a confession. “Hi, my name is Candice, and I’m addicted to posting insta-stories.”

What can I say? I LOVE sharing my passion with you all… giving insight into the world of transformations, color corrections, and extensions. Talking about hair extensions, the process, and the dirty details, has often been a taboo subject in the past. I believe being open and honest about the process is the best way for someone interested in extensions to be able to make an informed decision about if they are going to be a good fit for their hair and lifestyle.

I love being able to use my insta-stories to not only share my craft and educate, but also to show a little bit about the atmosphere of Garnish, and what you can expect at a visit with myself or my team. Not just the quality of the experience, but also the incredible personality and fun that we all share.

If you’re not already watching stories, I encourage you to find your favorite business, artist, family member or friend, and watch a few of their stories. I guarantee you will feel more connected, and maybe even learn something new. I’m pretty much a connection-junkie and I love to meet new people, talk about my passions, and just have real, genuine conversations. Of course I connect with my clients and team face to face every day, but insta-stories have allowed me to connect with others—people who live far away, other women who love fashion, women curious about hair extensions, and I love every one of those new connections.

It’s also easy to fall into the trap of believing every “perfect” photograph you see on social media is the only reality—that all of your friends and favorite celebs are living “perfect” lives while you’re struggling through reality. Insta-story has provided an avenue for being REAL with your followers. I talk about everything from toddler mom probs and my weightloss journey, to curly girl struggles when it rains.

So, next time you check out your insta-feed, make sure to click on a few of those bubbles at the top of your screen. THEN, swipe left and create your own! I’ll be looking out for it.


1. Make sure your instagram is on your feed screen rather than profile screen.

2. Swipe left.

3. If you want to upload a photo or video you’ve already taken, swipe up from the bottom of the screen, then select the photo, etc.

4. If you are taking a new photo or video, use the options listed across the bottom of the screen to decide what type of image to capture (photo, boomerang, etc).

5. Once the photo or video is captured, use the 3 buttons at the top right to add decoration to your post. The square smiley face is stickers, the pen allows you to draw, and the Aa is the typed text tool.

6. Click the little plus button beside “Add to Story” and ta-da! You’ve published a story.

*Once your story is posted, you can revisit it to see which of your friends have checked it out! If you need help… you know your girl is an expert and I would love to share my tips and tricks with you. Just shoot me a message!

Candice Motley Hair Extension Specialist

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