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Springtime Hacks

Between the warmth and rain we all know that it’s definitely Spring here in North Carolina. With the ever-changing springtime weather, how you style your hair can make such a difference. So I’m bringing you my top FOUR fave Spring hacks for this new season.

First up…

Big beautiful ponytails

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Every time I wear my hair up in a high pony (and yes you can do that with NBR Extensions) I receive so many compliments. Even more importantly, it’s so easy to style. Sometimes I even sleep in my pony so that by the time I wake up it’s just tousled and fluffed up enough to look even more amazing. The final benefit is that for all these humid and rainy days… you just really don’t want to wear your hair down. The big, beautiful ponytail is the perfect solution.

Next on the list…

Braid Magic

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Braids literally never go out of style, but having NBR extensions in just makes them that much more amazing. I’ve found that throwing in a braid and just fluffing it and making it look really really full gives a really beautiful and polished look. Also great for the humid and rainy days, but just as perfect for sunny days on the go where you’ll be out and about a lot and don’t want to have to worry about your hair being anything but a beautiful accessory.

Trust me on this next one…

The Bardot Bang

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What exactly is the Bardot Bang? It’s that gorgeous center-part long fringe made famous by Brigitte Bardot. If you’re willing to trim a fringe around the front of your face, this look provides a finished quality without having to do a lot to the rest of your hair. Besides, we all know Spring and Fall are the best times to try out bangs!

Finally…

Embracing more of your natural texture

When it comes to humidity, curls and waves always react to the weather. This often makes it difficult for women who wear hair extensions, as traditionally extensions didn’t come in very many textures, so as their natural would start to frizz, their extensions would go limp making a big difference! NBR extensions can be completely customized to match the texture of your hair. Why is this a Spring Hack? Because every time you have to go outside when your natural hair is reacting to the weather, your extensions will respond just the same making it SO much easier for you to not have to worry about the affects of the weather on your hair and hair extensions. It’s really a game changer for anyone who has bend or body to their hair.

I hope these Springtime Hair Hacks help you move through this season smooth and stress-free, and if I’m missing something, drop a comment below and let me know what it is!

Around this time last year I was just beginning to take the first steps towards transitioning my business into our specialty niche of hair extensions. Along the way there have been so many steps and changes, and I am thrilled to announce our latest big step towards completing the Garnish rebrand. I have always loved our website, but as with all things, it had started to get a little outdated. Not to mention, we needed to completely rewrite it to match our new focus and goals. I also realized there was a lot more information we could provide to our guests and future guests and I wanted the Garnish website to be a resource.

When it comes to hair extensions, my passion began long ago and I’ve spent the last 12 years delving as deep as possible into becoming an absolute expert in my craft. I love being able to share the gift of beautiful hair and greater confidence with as many women as possible, and I realized that providing more information and transparency on the Garnish website was just one more way to contribute to that. My team and I worked to create a beautiful, seamless, easy to navigate site designed to best serve our guests.

It was important to me that our new site have a few key details that would really make it stand out. First, hair is a visual art, so I wanted to showcase it by having a beautiful gallery as well as adding video to the site. It was also important to me that all of the photos on our site were hair that was actually done by the artists in my space.

The images you see throughout the entire site were created by the hands that work in our studio. I also knew that I wanted our site to be a resource for hair extensions information. We detailed our process, the methods that we offer, and all of our services. Our stylists also updated their bios and we integrated their instagram feeds in order to bring fresh content to the site daily.

I wanted anyone who visited the Garnish site to know exactly what we were about, to be able to research whether hair extensions are right for them, and which method they are most interested in, and to really get to know our business and team before they ever walked in the door to the studio.

I would love for you to check out our new website and be sure to subscribe to the blog while you’re there. My team has also been tailoring the blog content to speak more to our expertise in hair extensions in order to provide more detailed information and transparency for our craft and process.

Don’t just check it out, really explore everything our new site has to offer… garnish-studio.com.

 

Hair Extension Investment: We’ve got all the deets!

 

There’s one question we get asked far more than any other questions when it comes to hair extensions. The number one thing everyone wants (and needs) to know is what exactly is the ACTUAL investment of hair extensions. We’ve found that there’s not a lot of information out there that really breaks down the cost of quality hair extensions, so we wanted to go ahead and lay it all out there for you. We never want anyone to feel like they don’t understand what’s involved or they aren’t prepared for both the time and cost commitment of hair extensions.

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Continuing the theme of love from last week, I wanted to do a spotlight on my very first baby. He doesn’t get much attention usually (and trust me, he prefers it that way), but I wanted to show a little love to the guy who’s been with me for the past decade.

Introducing, my pup FoXx. Yes, with two Xx

FoXx is of unknown age and origins, and came to me sort of out of the blue, just about ten years ago. A friend of mine’s husband found him on a military base and brought him home as a surprise to her. Little did he know, she had an even bigger surprise for him. She was pregnant with her daughter, so they decided they couldn’t keep their new pup. So I showed up for a lash appointment with Jill (of company name) and left with a whole ass dog. Seriously.

Natural Beaded Rows

Confession: I wouldn’t exactly call myself a dog person. But somehow, FoXx just fits. He’s a very quiet man… he rarely ever barks. He’s the most chill dog I’ve ever met. After I got him, I spent some time researching his breed (he’s a Shiba Inu) and now I can’t imagine having any other dog.

He’s been with me for so long—before kids, before Garnish, he’s moved multiple places, been to every party hosted at my house—he has truly been a part of my life for the last ten years.

Other than the fact that he was my first baby, he is the lowest maintenance relationship I’ve ever had and he’s the perfect man because he’s great with kids. He doesn’t want much from me, but yet he’s always there.

Basically, everyone needs a FoXx in their life!

I wanted to introduce you all to my newest love, the one I’ve got butterflies over, and the one I’m pouring all of my time and energy into. It’s bright and beautiful, and I’ve been dreaming about it for a long, long time…

Introducing, this year’s Valentine…

Just like a new relationship, I’m definitely in the obsessed and in love phase with this new adventure that is home ownership. Even though I’ve lived here for just about six weeks now, I still get a high every time I walk in the door.

I’ve spent years talking and dreaming about buying not just a house, but my dream house, and this is truly it. For one thing, the closet… y’all, my closet fits ever-y-thing. All of my things aren’t scattered throughout the house anymore… they are all actually living in my closet together. Then there’s the patio… Oh man.

Let me tell you something about the screened-in patio on this house. It’s almost resort-style in its level of relaxing, and for me that means so much. I travel a lot for work, but don’t actually get to take a lot of vacation, and when I step out onto my patio, I get the same kind of vacation vibes, but in my own home. It’s nice to have that kind of space to get to experience that feeling, but still have it be your own space.

More than my favorite aspects of the house though, I love that this is a home for me and my littles. The way they talk about the house gives me all the feels because I can just tell that they are super proud of it. And in addition to being special to hear them talk like that, it also gives me the opportunity to talk to them about being grateful. There’s not a lot of ways to explain that to a toddler, but it’s a concept that’s so important to me. I’ve been able to teach them that we say “thank you” because this house is important to us. And, how to care for something that means a lot to you.

Talking about buying a home, as much as I wanted it, used to stress me out. All you hear about from other homeowners are the challenges of owning your own home… it’s easy to forget about the high that comes with buying it and investing in it. I’m thankful to get to experience that for myself. It may seem like finally purchasing the house is “the end” of a journey, like—Yep, I did it. It’s done now. Instead, it feels more like the beginning. It’s a milestone of what I’ve been able to create in tangible form, but there’s still so much more to go.

I hope you enjoy this little mini virtual tour of my new love, my Valentine.

January began my extension studio’s official first year as just that—an extension exclusive studio instead of a full-service hair salon. As amazing as it feels to have made it to this achievement, you all know I don’t ever stop striving for even more growth, so I really considered what my studio needed to be the absolute best at what we do. We offer a luxury service that is extremely detail-oriented, and requires not just one, but many skillsets in order to really provide a top-quality service.

I knew I had a team full of talented artists, but each of their backgrounds and skill levels is very different and I wanted to find a way to bring everyone up to the same standards not just in the hands-on aspects of our services, but in the quality of service as well. As the owner of the studio, I wanted to set aside time to really pour into my team and my business.

Enter: Level Up Wednesdays

Each week from 5:00-7:00 pm, my entire team comes together to focus solely on the business of hair extensions. This can mean hands-on training, but we also cover verbiage, troubleshooting, efficiency meets complexity, and more in order to prepare every single stylist to be able to best offer the exceptional standard of service that is the norm at Garnish. My stylist team has learned differently than my apprentice team, and I wanted to find a way to bridge that gap and offer the same knowledge and experience to every member of the Garnish Squad.

Our most recent Level Up class consisted of a lesson on connectivity. This is something I value so much and consider at the core of my business, so it was important to me to sit down and work through it with my entire team. Within connectivity we talked about relatability with our guests, prescribing not just extensions, but game-planning their entire journey towards their hair goals.

We talked about making sure that we understand our clients’ needs, and how to find the “nugget”—that most important core of what they are looking for—and how to translate that into finding the extensions that will be the best fit for them. We talked through different scenarios and hair needs to prepare the team to best be able to both communicate with different guests, along with troubleshoot and find the best possible solution for each individual.

It’s so important to understand what each person wants and doesn’t want and what’s going to be a good fit for them. This process is imperative to achieving beautiful extensions and have an incredible experience with wearing extensions. Investing into this process and becoming better communicators is why I feel like we have so many people who keep coming back.

Here’s a sneak peek…

We are continuously leveling up to offer better extensions methods, better service, quality control, and consistency. I’m investing in my team and they are committed to putting in time and effort into growing and making sure things are consistent with one another.

I love that my entire team is committed to this leveling up experience. Everyone from my lead stylist to my newest apprentice is sitting down together to listen, learn, share, and grow. This is exactly the kind of environment I have been striving to achieve within my salon, and I am so grateful to be surrounded by such passionate, inspired individuals.

Okay mamas, this one goes out to you. Particularly working moms.

I wanted to share about some difficulties my kids and I are currently experiencing, and how we’re navigating such a pivotal time inside their lives… Because maybe you can relate. Did you know as a parent that you have to preregister and apply for schools THIS early if your child starts school for the first time in August? I did not know this until a fellow mom told me. So as Kingston turned five earlier this week, this is the year he will start kindergarten… and let me tell y’all… having to find a school for him has been very tumultuous. Not only have I been looking at schools for him, but am now having to figure out what to do with Houston as they will now have completely different schedules.

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When December becomes January… January then has to become December.

Huh? I know, it sounds confusing, but let me explain. Every year my November into December looks exactly the same. It’s all about goal-setting and prepping for the new year. My goal-setting has become so regimented that it’s almost like breathing. I don’t even have to really think about it, it’s just in the plan and I set aside time for it at the end of every year. You would think that would mean that nothing could keep me from sticking to my schedule…

Well, this year went a little bit differently. Typically at the beginning of November I hand out goal packets to my entire team and I give both them and myself about 60 days to go through their goal-setting and really reflect on the upcoming year. THIS November, I traveled to Laguna for two separate trainings, and was gone for just about 10 days right before the Thanksgiving holiday. It was my first time on stage at an NBR Extensions Convention as a platform artist, teaching to everyone in attendance. Talk about a whirlwind where I did literally nothing else but breathe extensions. Then as soon as I returned the Thanksgiving holiday was underway and before I knew it, it was December. Half of my typical goal-planning time was gone.

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December rolled in just as full of hustle and bustle as November had been. Before I could even realize, December took on a very January-ish feel. Newness was happening constantly, I decided to buy a house, and it felt very much like one chapter of my life was closing as the next opened. I knew throughout the midst of everything that I could force myself to sit down and knock out my goals worksheets, but it kind of defeats the purpose if you don’t take the time to really reflect and focus while going through the process. I decided to break my routine for the sake of the routine and push off the goal-planning until I was settled into my new home.

The month finished up even more chaotic than it began as I closed on my house on December 28th, and was set to move in on the same day… Until the movers refused to move me in the pouring rain and I got stuck in limbo between two houses. After staying with a friend for two days we finally got everything moved and the past week has consisted of slowly putting my life back together.

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Thus my January is about to become my December. I plan to take the next 30 days to reflect, plan, and work through my goal-planning for the rest of the year. With the chaos behind me, I feel like I can finally start the year in a place of peace, even if it takes a few weeks into the year to get there. This whole experience has reminded me that it’s okay to take a step back and course correct and try something different if your typical routine isn’t working for you. It can be a temporary course correction to get you through a crazy time, or it can be something that you shift permanently.

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Either way, it’s okay to change things up and move forward differently. Even if that means swapping out your Decembers for Januarys and vice versa. Happy New Year, my friends! Stay tuned for more as the Mot Blog gets back on schedule… 😉

wellness

When it comes to being healthy, we all know there are two main categories—what you eat, and how you exercise. Typically, I have a pretty good routine for both, but I got knocked off my game recently and it led to me having a pretty huge realization. What is this miraculous new knowledge? All the little things that comprise my routine actually turn out to be what makes the biggest impact on my daily health and wellbeing. It’s not groundbreaking information per se, but when you really truly understand the value of each individual part contributing to the results as a whole, it hits home.

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From Blonde to Bronde: The subtle shift into deeper color

A couple of weeks ago I told you all about my favorite fall trends, and today I wanted to dive a little deeper into one of the color trends I mentioned. It’s been around for a couple of years now, but it’s become more and more popular and it’s easy to see why. BRONDE is the perfect blended goodness of brunette and blonde. It’s not dark enough to be considered brunette, but it’s also not light enough to still be considered blonde. It most often fades from a more brunette root into blonder ends.

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C A N D I C E G R A M

Owner of @GarnishHairStudio | Transformations are my Specialty | Fashion is a hobby | Fun is a Necessity
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