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This is my second Valentine’s Day holiday inside of being single. It gives me an opportunity to make “self love the new relationship goals.” This Valentine’s Day I wanted to do something a little different. I wanted to treat myself to something that I rarely ever do—which is to actually take a pause.

Instead of going out to dinner or scheduling a massage, I am going to spend some time in my house. I’m going to get some take out so I don’t have to cook, I’m going to take a bath, read, journal, watch a movie… or whatever I want to do. My typical nights are spent looking at calendars, scheduling things, grading papers, answering emails, and other work related things. Valentine’s Day is going to be when I hit the pause button, decompress, and rest.

I also want to take a moment to share with you all about the self love that I’ve been able to pour into myself over the last couple of years. The first year single I was just focused on learning to co-parent, creating a safe space for my kids, buying a house, and transitioning my salon from full service to extension exclusive. This second year, however, I’ve really been able to focus on creating balance inside of my life. For me, balance is a form of self-love. Creating the time and the space to feel balanced even when it can be difficult is so important. I’ve tried really hard to make sure that this stays at the top of my priority list, which is really just taking the time to do the things I love to do. Which, for me, is really just getting back to basics.

One of the things that I love to do is find time in the morning to work out. That’s a really big version of self love to me. Vanity speaks to me—I want to look and feel a certain way. I gave myself permission to do the things that make me feel pretty inside and out. Going to therapy makes me feel like a better person so that’s something I want to start doing again. I love getting my lashes done, getting my nails done, pedicures, and of course I cannot exclude getting my hair done. I’ve allowed myself the freedom to do those things and feel good about them.

I love the way these things make me look and feel, so about a year ago I decided I was going to let myself treat myself and find time to do those things. I make an appointment and make it a priority. Self love for me is loving the way that I feel about these services so much that I put them in a special place in my calendar and treat them like an important appointment with myself to pour in or to work on something that is going to make me feel better and feel more confident.

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I encourage all my ladies, whether single or not, to find the thing that makes you feel good, and prioritize it and do more of it. You don’t have to do it weekly or even monthly, but find the time to do the things that you really love to do and don’t make yourself feel guilty for wanting to do those things.

Make loving you and the things that you love a priority, so that you can feel like the best version of yourself when you show up for every body else every single day.

You may have noticed… extensions have become really popular. But there’s a big difference between something that has just gained a lot of popularity and become trendy, and something that is someone’s passion and life’s work. Hair extensions have been something that I have been passionate about for almost two decades.

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One of the aspects I feel most passionate about is how deeply hair extensions can change women’s lives. I never want that reasoning to sit second in the running for something that just seems super popular because it’s on social media. The first thing that drew me to extensions was that they could make such an impact. When you change the way a woman looks and how she feels about herself, it goes deep—it changes her confidence level, how she walks, and how she talks. The popularity of hair extensions is coming around for so many reasons—some good, some not so good.

I want to speak for a moment to fellow industry professionals who may be just getting into hair extensions or considering getting certified. You can get certified in an extension method in about a day now, but just because you have a certification doesn’t mean you should just start offering the service. I pose the following question to newly certified stylists, “Do you feel confident offering the service and having someone show up on the other side and have a good result?” Along with, “Have you put in the time and the work and had more than just a day or two of consistent practice?” Hair extensions are something that requires so many hours of dedication before you offer it as a case study or especially as a full-time service.

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To be clear—this is coming from a good place. My perspective on extension specialists is the more the merrier—the more people that we can have on board that really feel connected to the service and are really pouring their heart and soul into it within the industry, the better off our niche will be. What I don’t want is the people on board for the quick money or for the before and afters. There are so many important details that can be missed if the person isn’t truly dedicated to the ins and outs of extensions. Most importantly is the person’s experience—is it pulling, is it damaging anything? When you damage someone’s hair it can take years to heal that damage so it’s vital you’re asking these questions and ensuring that the service you are offering is top notch.

Through my training with Natural Beaded Rows I learned a training technique called “power practice.” Essentially you take what you’ve learned and you practice it 15 minutes a day for several months before you ever work on a guest. You have to make sure that you feel confident in what you are able to perform. Your skillset doesn’t have to be perfection, but you do need to be confident that you will not damage someone’s hair while performing the service. It’s so important to find an educational experience that not only certifies you, but also offers you a consistent platform of advanced, ongoing education. Having this support helps you get over your hiccups and continue pouring into your craft.

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Essentially, my philosophy on it is—be passionate about it so much so that you’re willing to put in the work to uphold the service. I believe if we all have that mindset, everyone can win.

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.

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!

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.

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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.

Over the seventeen years I’ve been a hairstylist I’ve used countless different tools. Hair dryers, curling irons, and flat irons of all kinds. As you’d expect, some have been better than others, but it takes something special to really get me excited. And I’ll be honest… when I first bought my Dyson blow dryer I was NOT excited. It was nothing that I expected it to be.

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Introducing Virtue, the life-changing new haircare products

New technology is always such a cool thing to learn about, and it’s even better when it coincides with your passion. Recently, my studio brought in a new product line and I wanted to let you guys in on why I’m SO excited for these new hair products.

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I’m a big believer in the universe.

By that I mean that I definitely believe things happen for a reason, and that what you put out will come back to you in some way. Because of this, I am a firm believer in vision statements. I have used vision statements as a way to create what I’ve needed in my life, and every time they have each worked in their own way. When I first had Kingston, I sat down and wrote a vision statement for what I wanted in the person that would take care of my children while I worked.

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It probably seems like Laguna Beach is becoming my second home, and in a way it feels like it is. I’m completely addicted to delving even deeper and learning even more about Natural Beaded Rows Extensions along with elevating my business. This particular trip focused solely on that second part… it was dedicated specifically to evaluating my business in detail alongside my coaches.

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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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