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I LOVE Education.

Especially Hair Education

I love to learn, I love to grow, I love to teach… pretty much everything about it. March has been all about education for myself and Garnish, and while I would typically say I can’t get enough of it… I have a confession. I’ve been feeling a bit of education overwhelm. You probably already know that at the beginning of March my team and I took a trip to NYC for the International Beauty Show.


Hair extension specialist

Pixies to Hair Extensions

And everything in between…

It’s no secret that I’m obsessed with hair extensions… I mean, hello, I own a Hair Extension Bar. But last year I had the opportunity to fall in love on a deeper level. After specializing in extensions for a decade without ever really being able to experience them for myself, Natural Beaded Rows Hair Extensions finally made it possible. Why did I wait so long? Allow me to take you along on a bit of my hair journey.

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The first important note is that my hair is thick and curly and the longer it got the more unruly it became so for most of my life I’ve kept it in varying degrees of “short.” I always identified with my pixie cut, and it’s how I felt most myself. The last time I tried to grow out my hair (# years ago) I managed to grow my bangs just long enough that I could add a few tape-in extensions. I thought the longer extension bangs might be just what I needed to make it through the inevitably awkward pixie grow out phase. And thennnn… I shaved my head. What can I say? Short hair just worked for me.

So what finally changed my mind and set me on the determined path to grow out my hair? Children. More specifically, the hair loss I experienced after the birth of my two children. Hair loss affects many women after giving birth and it hit me hard. In order to make up for my thinning temples I began to grow out my hair. As soon as it was long enough I decided to try Halo Extensions. HaloCouture Hair Extensions are a removable extension method that add volume and can also be used for a bit of added length.

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Because my hair is naturally thick I had to wear two halos, which allowed me to pull them up higher on the sides, filling in the thinning spaces. And thus the addiction was born. Over the course of a few months I went from being addicted to my halos and wearing them every single day to getting even longer halos until finally I went to my first Natural Beaded Rows Hair Extension Course.

The rest, as they say, is history… NBR was the first method I learned in all 10 years of extensions that had the perfect combination of features that fit my hair type and lifestyle. I could order the extensions curly, they could be tossed up in a top knot, and they could accommodate the thickness of my natural hair.

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I was completely blown away by the variety of lengths and textures that NBR offered. I started off with three rows (supposedly the “limit” to how many rows you can have), and at first I didn’t really want a ton of length… just all of the volume. It only took a couple of weeks for me to add a forth row, and when it was time for me to get my new set… I was ready to add all of the length in addition to the volume. My hair has just gotten longer and longer since and it is now by far the longest it has ever been.

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Having the opportunity to finally experience extensions for myself has only strengthened my passion for the solutions they can offer women with hair loss, thinning hair, and other hair concerns. I love being able to speak not just from years of extensive training, but also from personal experience.

If you’ve been thinking that extensions weren’t for you or couldn’t accommodate your hair type or lifestyle… we have got to talk. I would love to find out how i can help you fall back in love with your hair and look just like I did when I tried NBR.

What are you waiting for…. call me!

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Welcome to the Hair Extension Confession Session

It’s about to get real

I’ve been wearing my NBR Extensions for about three months now and, well, I’ve had a few…snafus. If you’ve been into the studio you know I’m pretty much OBSESSED with my NBR extensions, and when they’re extra fluffy I love them even more. And as the person who helped write the maintenance sheet I should’ve been GOLDEN…#famouslastwords

In the midst of this chilly weather I wanted to bring you all some Cali vibes and share with you my amazing third (yes, third!) trip to Laguna for NBR training. This trip was for the first ever Natural Beaded Rows Convention, hosted by NBR creator Danielle White and her husband, motivational speaker and mindset guru, Garrett White.


Hair Extension Specialist

Hair Extension Specialist

When you’re a mom, business owner, and wife with very little time to spare the best possible trend to arrive is “lived-in” hair.  I’ve been in love with this trend since it began, and if you’ve embraced it like I have you know why.  Lived-in hair can refer to the color or style, but most often it’s the casual waves or undone braids that are naturally a product of being a get-up-and-go type of gal.


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.


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