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As we move closer and closer to the New Year we are also moving closer to something I have been working towards for most of 2019. My salon, Garnish Extension Studio, is becoming THE East Coast training hub for Natural Beaded Rows Extensions. I am so excited that I can hardly stand it.

I don’t think that I have ever planned for something so long and so hard and so tediously and with as much detail as I have in making sure that my team, myself, my clients, and pretty much everything is ready for 2020. This past year has been full of building, growth, and transition for my studio—all for the greater good of becoming an extension powerhouse.

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I wanted every person on my team to feel completely ready for what we’re bringing to the table in 2020. The education we will be offering inside of hair extensions is not just for my team or even for the area, but will be for stylists all over the country. In order to make sure that we could say that yes we are trained for this and are ready for this, we have dedicated most of the last year to upleveling our training.

We’ve conducted several sessions a week to ensure that everyone felt comfortable with every last aspect of the NBR brand to be able to facilitate our upcoming trainings. You have to be able to live it before you can lead it and we have been embodying that this year.

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That’s one of the things that 2019 really offered me is to not just have myself show up, but to have my team show up in a way where we are truly specialists. No matter who you see when you come into the studio, you do not have anything to worry about. It’s such a huge accomplishment to have a high-end, amazing, life-changing service that every single person who works with me has been able to pour themselves into. And now when we have people join our team in the future, we already have a standard or benchmark for where we want people to be.

Garnish’s first class will be on the 13th and 14th of January.

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It will be an intensive for men and women across the nation who want to come and learn the art of NBR. The class will be held at Garnish and I will be the trainer for this event. Because it’s the first event I will be leading, I will be guided by the national head trainer, Anniane. She will be flying into my studio for the very first time. I’ve known Anniane for the past three years so it’s kind of cool to have her in my space to see how we do things.

I can’t wait to have all those men and women pour into themselves for those two days, and to have my staff here helping and answering questions and going around to make sure every person is taken care of. I have such a high level of respect for NBR and what they have provided for me in terms of growth so I just want to be able to help them uphold that and teach that to people on the east coast and beyond. Overall I’m just so excited.

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We’ve been working our asses off to make sure this goes off without a hitch! If you’re reading this, and are interested in learning hair extensions, I invite you to visit bigmoneystylist.com and check out the education schedule. If you’re interested in coming in to a class I would love to have you here in our space. We will roll out the red carpet for you and make sure that we pour into you!

Stay tuned for early 2020 and my blog post on how the training all went down.

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In the meantime… Happy Holidays!

A few weeks ago I gave you all a preview of my upcoming YouTube Channel and its first series, Garnish Your Growth. Now, almost a month later, we have officially launched the first 4 episodes! I wanted to share my experience with creating these videos and why I felt like it was so important for me to do so.

First of all, it has been very different for me to have a regularly scheduled YouTube episode coming out! YouTube is one of the few social media platforms I’ve never really worked with before, so it was a huge learning curve when it came to the process of creating a video and even how to talk for a video series. When it came to the content, however, I knew there was a lot I could offer inside of growth in the beauty industry and for creatives in general.

My industry experience spans pretty much everything. I started at the very bottom 19 years ago in a commissioned salon and have been in every scenario since then—booth rent, freelancing for weddings, salon owner, and now lead educator inside NBR. And through all of that experience I’ve noticed there’s one thing that’s often overlooked within the industry—growth and what growth feels like.

The reality is that growth doesn’t always feel amazing. I wanted to have a series to talk about some of the specific things that happen for all creatives, but especially inside of the beauty industry. We really delve deep into what growth looks like and feels like and how to get through it. I’m really proud, and very excited, to say we have launched our first 4 episodes, and invite you to check them out here below.


 

Wanting to add something additional to my work load on top of my already very busy schedule meant that it had to be something that was very important to me. I’ll be sharing more about managing my work load next week along with addressing the struggle to keep up with never ending change. If anyone has any questions about how I’m able to produce in the way that I do or how I’m able to consistently provide education while still taking care of my kids and running a studio…

I’ll be talking all about that in next week’s post. It all comes down to time management and carving out the time to do the things that need to be done. Which, of course, is easier said than done, and I’m still working my way through it.

Stay tuned next week for New Level, New Devil.

Whew. I just got back from a whirlwind two weeks of travel and it was AMAZING. You all already know I was just in Puerta Vallarta on vacay before being back in Raleigh for just 48 hours before I was back off again to California for our BMS third quarter Mastermind training.

BMS is the business marketing and strategy program for hairstylists hosted by NBR Extensions—also known as Big Money Stylist—for which I am one of the trainers. We meet quarterly to stay accountable and to ensure all of the members are moving forward and growing.

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This training was definitely my favorite so far. We did things a little differently than usual and it worked out perfectly. We realized after the last event that people are learning at different rates and different speeds, so we discussed what we could do to make this a better event for everyone involved.

Our team decided to try break out sessions instead of providing training with all the stylists at the same time like we usually do. The different sessions addressed top questions and concerns that people have when going through the trajectory of extensions, compared to what they’ve been doing before. We had 4 different sessions, 4 different times a day so there were 16 different options to choose from.

I loved working within the session model because it allowed us to give concentrated advice by addressing only about 15 stylists at a time rather than over a hundred. It was incredible to connect with people and answer specific questions that they had that might not have gotten asked if they had had to ask in front of the whole group. It’s difficult to talk about vulnerable topics, and I’ve found that it’s easier for us artists to communicate our questions in a more intimate setting.

The best thing about this particular trip is that I finally feel like I’m getting out of the awkward stage of speaking. I feel so much more comfortable speaking to a group now than I ever did before. I’ve had so many opportunities over the past year and a half to figure out what works for me and find my flow, and I finally feel like I have.

This time when I stood up to speak to the group it felt like second nature rather than something I had to prep for. I’m looking forward to educating on this level to continue to feel even more natural as we host our final quarterly training in a few months. Even more than that I can’t wait to begin hosting training in my very own studio beginning in 2020, along with traveling to train in other spaces as well. If you’re a salon owner who is reading this, and is interested in a class being held in your space, feel free to reach out.

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Oh, and the last thing that was totally different about this trip? I flew first class for the very first time on my way to California and it was a GAME CHANGER. It was a completely different trip. Why didn’t anyone ever tell me that first class was like that?? I was able to recline my seat back and actually get sleep, and was fed a hot meal and all the wine I could drink.

I probably won’t travel like that all the time, but for special occasions, I highly recommend you just go ahead and splurge one time and soak up the goodness.

C A N D I C E G R A M

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