Why are my client’s nano links sliding out?

There is little doubt that nano links have been a revolution in the hair extension industry.  They have provided an alternative to old fashioned methods like; tape-in’s, weaves, fusions, etc. as a way of attaching hair extensions in a non-damaging way. Since they were originally developed for medical hair loss solutions, they were specifically engineered to accommodate the most brittle, and weak of hair, while remaining discrete and promoting healthy hair growth of the natural hair.

Attached using a tiny painted metal bead, the hair extension is secured to individual strands by clamping a section of natural hair.  The result is long lasting, discrete hair extensions that are comfortable to wear, safe for your natural hair, and easy to remove.

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Nanos are usually a very secure method of hair extensions that also allow clients to care for and style their hair however they chose to: high ponytails, braids, updo’s, and because of the quality of Hair Flair’s hair, even perming the hair is an option. For all of these reasons and many more, are what makes them such a popular choice, however as with any kind of beauty or hair treatment there can be the odd exception to this rule. It’s important for you to understand the possible cause and solution to help better deal with clients.

Slippage is one of the most common issues that you may come across. Here are the causes and solutions to most of these issues.

 

Lets cover some of the top reasons why your clients nano might be sliding out

Conditioner

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We all tell our clients during their consults that they are to come in with clean, dry, hair, on the day of their appointment, but we sometimes forget to tell them to avoid using conditioner. (They can on their ends, but not where the beads will sit.) Most conditioners contain silicone: it is the silicone in the product that gives hair its soft, shiny, and easy to manage texture, but since it coats the hair in a very fine layer, it can certainly cause the beads to slide easier than if the hair is bare and clean.

Not using enough of the client’s natural hair in the bead

This is a very common cause of the extensions falling out prematurely. Ensuring that you have enclosed enough of your clients hair is not only key to making sure the bead stays in place, it is ensures that there is enough natural hair to support the weight of the hair extension.  It is not “easy” to thread the bead into the hair. If it is sliding on easy for you, you are likely not using enough hair. As a general rule the thinner the hair the more you will want to pull into a bead.

Silicone Beads

We know a lot of you use our silicone lined nano beads, and that’s fine as long as you understand they A) can’t hold as much natural hair because the silicone fills up a portion of the bead, and B) silicone’s are slippery (think of other products that have silicone in them; non- stick cookware, hair oils, personal lubricants etc.) So if you can work with non-silicone nano beads, you should.

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Not clamping down hard enough with your pliers

Another thing I have noticed is girls will unintentionally clamp the beads onto the bond too lightly. Because it is unintentional, you may not know you’re doing it until a client mentions more are falling out than expected.

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When is it the clients fault?

If you straight up ask your client if they have used conditioner, or oils, around the bonds, or have washed their hair too much, or have brushed their hair too rigorously, etc., they will feel on the defense and assure they have done nothing wrong. Instead, ask them about their aftercare routine without giving them any indication of what the right or wrong answer is. If they are in the chair, ask them to show you how they brush their hair. Ask them when they condition, do they start at the scalp and work their way down? (because they should not be applying to their scalp at all) Ask how long it is left on for. This way they are a lot more likely to be honest with you then if they feel like they have a finger pointed at them.

Excess Oil

In the very rare occasion, it may not be the fault of your installation, nor the client’s aftercare routine. Sometimes our clients may just plain have too much natural oil. Often, extensions can help better distribute these oils because there is now more hair to accommodate the oil with.  Sometimes though, the excess oil sitting on the client’s hair can cause the hair extensions to not hold very well at all.  This is going to cause inevitable slippage that your client will be disappointed with, especially if they were not pre warned. You can advise your client to use a dry shampoo on their roots to help control the oil between washes.

 

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Hair Extension Inventory

Do I need to keep an inventory?

Aside from the cost of taking the course, the biggest investment you need to make is that of a decent inventory. Yes, need.

In a perfect world, a client comes in, you match them with your colour ring, and they agree to come back in about two weeks for their appointment. Then you log on to shop.hairflair.ca, you purchase your extensions, and they arrive a week before the client is due to come back.

Now in reality, the client has probably messaged several other people looking for A) a good price, and B) an appointment. Because once girls commit in their minds that they are willing to invest in extensions, excitement sets in and they want them now.  You need to have hair physically in your salon.

Don’t you ship next day?

While we do ship out same day, (on orders placed before 3pm EST) shipping times fluctuate, and as much as we’d like to rely on the post office, you should never leave things up to chance when playing the shipping game of Russian roulette. Save yourself a lot of stress by keeping an inventory.

Why is it so important to keep an inventory of hair?

A lot of times, a standard maintenance appointment, turns into a, “can I add another bundle?” type of a situation. If you don’t have hair on hand you are losing money and leaving your client disappointed.

You might also have a client come in that has changed their mind on colour, maybe they decided they want an ombre look now, or they have coloured their hair the night before and it is different than the colour you ordered. If you don’t have the proper colour in stock you will have to turn them away.

Last but not least, do not assume we will have hair in stock all of the time.  Like most popular online brands, our most in demand colours/lengths go, and they go fast. We have hundreds of clients like you, as well as salons, and schools across Canada and the U.S, so to avoid disappointment, you need to stock up and keep a decent size inventory.

Consider this….

Think of it this way – Let’s say own a restaurant. Your patrons would stop coming or making reservations pretty fast, if you didn’t have any food or ingredients in the kitchen. And you wouldn’t take a reservation, and then order the food, you would have everything there for your entire menu, so no matter what your customer ordered, it would be ready to be cooked.

If you expect to run a successful business you need to treat it as a business and carry inventory.

What inventory should you carry?

Our recommendation for a minimum stock list, would be:

5 bundles (1 Head) of each:

  • #60 Platinum Blonde
  • #22 Light Ash Blonde
  • #10 Light Ash Brown
  • #4 Medium Brown
  • #2 Very Dark Brown
  • #1 Black

A full stock list would be:

5 bundles (1 Head) Of Each:

  • #60 Platinum Blonde
  • #1001 Lightest Blonde
  • #602 Dirty Ash Blonde
  • #24 Golden Blonde
  • #22 Light Ash Blonde
  • #10 Light Ash Brown
  • #8 Chestnut Brown
  • #5 Medium Ash Brown
  • #4 Medium Brown
  • #3 Dark Brown
  • #2 Very Dark Brown
  • #1B Soft Black
  • #1 Black,
  • Dark Burgundy
  • Dark Ombre
  • Light Ombre

You should also consider having a full head (5 bundles) of #60 Platinum Blonde in the extra-long length of 26 inches, and #2 in the extra-long length of 26 inches as they are becoming increasingly popular.

It may also be advantageous to keep in mind the time of the year. While brunettes still want extensions in the summer, you may find yourself in need of more lighter shades than dark.

Lets break it down…

Did you know we have a lucrative, bulk discount program? You can save 30% when ordering your inventory, resulting in a larger profit margin for you! Here is how it breaks down:

  • 1 Bundle = $ 69.95 (No Discount)
  • 1 Bundle = $ 55.96 (Professional Discount 20% applied)
  • 30 Bundles = $ 53.16/per bundle (Professional Discount + Bulk Discount (5%)
  • 50 Bundles = $ 50.47/per bundle (Professional Discount + Bulk Discount(10%)

To put that into dollar signs for you, think of it this way: with your trade discount:

  • The cost of 5 bundles with your 20% discount is $279.80
    • if you are charging 100 per bundle your profit is $220.20
  • The cost of 5 bundles with the bulk discount is $252.35
    • if you are charging 100 per bundle your profit is $247.65

The bulk discount is automatically applied to your shopping  cart in our online store, so just put in your trade discount code to receive the full discount amount. Hopefully this information is useful to you, if you have any questions, let us know!

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Can I Colour my Hair Extensions?

Something we are constantly being asked is, “can I colour my hair extensions?” The answer is yes…and no. Our Premium line of European extensions are of the upmost quality: True remy, 100% cuticle intact, real human hair, so the integrity is bar none.

When you process any hair, it negatively effects the hairs integrity, and the same rings true with our hair extensions. So it should come as no surprise that we don’t recommend it. Can it be done? Absolutely. In most cases it’ll turn out fine, but should always be done at your own discretion, and for this reason we cannot guarantee the hair if you decide to alter it. Instead, we suggest if you want highlights or lowlights to add a bundle of extensions in the colour you want. This way you are not over processing your hair and still getting the same result.

Can I highlight my hair with Extensions?

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It is not recommended to highlight the extensions (as we’ve already mentioned,) however If you are touching up your own highlights, it is best to just get them in your crown and a few around your hairlines. Extensions are covering a large portion of your hair so it’s better to not highlight that area and let your natural hair grow out healthy. If you are adamant that you want your full head highlighted, the best route is to take your extensions out and have your entire head highlighted, then have your extensions put back in.

Can I add low lights to my hair with extensions?

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You can add lowlights into the extensions, just try to avoid the bond. The extensions are quite porous and will suck up the colour quickly, so keep an eye on them.

Can I tone hair extensions?

 

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In most cases, toning your extensions is the best option if you just want a slight colour change. It is not as harsh as fully processing the extensions with a colour treatment. If you are applying toner to your entire head make sure that you rinse the bond area very well and dry the bond area immediately. Click here to read our blog for step-by-step- instructions on how to do this.

Can I get my roots touched up with hair extensions in?

 

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When touching up your roots, try to colour the areas that you can visibly see. (crown and hairlines.) The rest of your hair is covered by extensions, so won’t be very noticeable. If you feel that you need the roots done on your entire head, the best option is to take out the extensions and do a full root colour, then reinstall the extensions. Another option, if your stylist is comfortable doing this, is to have them slowly work through your head (with the extensions in) and apply colour to the regrowth only. It is important not to get colour on the bonds and make sure they are using a gentle colour.

Colouring Extensions Recap
  1. Depositing colour is recommended, and bleaching (or lifting) is not recommended
  2. Do it at your own risk, and don’t get colour on the bonds as it can cause the bonds to breakdown faster than they normally would.
  3. Go to a professional to ensure no colour is touching the bonds and that a quality product is used.

 

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Hair Extensions and Shedding Hair

“Will hair extensions cause damage, or hair loss?”

This has to be the number one concern we hear in regards to hair extensions, but Hair Flair’s nano link extensions are the latest technology and were specifically designed for thin, fragile hair. They are the safest, most discreet hair extension option on the market and when fitted correctly by a trained professional, maintained regularly, and cared for, they will not cause any damage to your natural hair.
“If that’s true, why when my hair extensions are removed, do I see a bunch of my natural hair come out?”

The answer is simple.

The average person will lose around 50-100 hairs per day as part of the natural hair cycle. You only have to consider how often you clear out your hair brush to realize that you naturally lose a lot more hair than you realize on a daily basis.
With that in mind, I want you to picture one of your hair extensions clamped on your natural hair with a bead. Your natural hair is still going to shed those hundreds of hairs every day, but instead of coming out in your brush, or falling on the floor, in your bed, in the shower, they remain trapped within the bead with nowhere to go. Over the 6-10 weeks that you have your hair extensions in those shed hairs are going to add up!

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Think of it this way: After a month or two (or three) when your hair extensions are due to be moved up or removed, you would have naturally shed around 12,000 hairs, a lot of which have not been able to free themselves from your hair extension bonds.

So for this reason when you come to your maintenance appointment, you’ll undoubtedly notice a lot of natural hair coming out with hair extensions, and this is COMPLETELY NORMAL. The hair extensions have not caused your hair to thin, and have not caused your natural hair to fall out.

Keep in mind that when you are wearing hair extensions for weeks, and months, at a time, you become accustomed to the feeling of having very thick, full, hair. When your hair extensions are removed it is easy to forget what your hair actually looked and felt like before. Just as it took time to get used to having extensions, it will also take time to re-adjust back.

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Shedding is just the nature of the beast, however if at any point you do become concerned, contact your hair extensionist. A professional hair extensionist will have many years of experience in dealing with this, and will be able to answer any questions you might have, and really just put your mind at ease.

The key to hair extensions is also in finding a professional, reliable, hair extension specialist who is fully qualified, knowledgeable, and practiced. A simple look in the classifieds or social media platforms, and you will be bombarded with people claiming to be qualified specialists, so do your research and find somebody you feel good about and you’ll have no worries.

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The Most Common Aftercare Mistakes

We at Hair Flair Extensions, often tell people to treat their extensions the way you would treat your natural hair, and to not overthink things. The quality of our European hair and the method of installation makes them very easy to work with, however there are a couple of exceptions. Please read on to find out the most common aftercare mistakes and how easy it is to avoid them!

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Sleeping with wet hair extensions

Do yourself and your extension technician a favour and do not fall asleep before your hair extensions have fully dried. Your hair is at its weakest when it is wet, so when you go to sleep with your hair wet or damp the roots can become intertwined, and will dry that way. Over time this will cause matting, because your bonds will becoming tangled. For you, this will mean a longer, and more painful maintenance appointment as your extension technician will have to spend a lot of time detangling (a lot of girls charge by the hour too.) As gentle as she is, there will be pain to you and breakage to your hair.

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Conditioning your scalp

Another common mistake is over conditioning; rather, conditioning the bond and scalp area. After your extensions are installed, feel free to wash it normally, but you must remember to only condition from the mid lengths to the ends. If you put conditioner on the bonds they will break down faster, product will begin to buildup in the bonds, and the extensions will fall out easier since they’ve been lubricated.

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Brushing too rough

Avoid taking your brush and yanking from the scalp downwards. It’ll cause stress at the bond and could pull the extension out prematurely. Instead, grab a section of hair and hold it taut, like in the photo, and brush starting at the tips working your way up. When you get to the top, hold the actual bonds as best as you can to complete brushing.

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Too much heat

Never allow the hot stream of air from your dryer to sit too long in one place (near the bonds) as this can melt bonds over a period of time. A better idea would be to dry your extensions first using the cool setting. Same goes with your other heat tool; straighteners, curling rods/irons, etc. Avoid hitting the bonds with your tools – if the bonds do get overheated, the little metal bead gets stuck in the keratin bond and can be a lot harder to remove for your technician, resulting again in a more painful maintenance appointment for you/ potentially damaging your natural hair.

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Over-toning and purple shampoo

A toner is basically is a semi permanent colour, so it does contain a small percentage of peroxide. We all know you blondes love your toners because they reduce brassiness, but beached hair requires the lowest volume so as not to cause damage. Our extensions do take well to toner, however you need to find someone who really knows what they are doing and has experience. Purple shampoo can certainly be over used as well resulting in dry, brittle feeling hair extensions so use with discretion.

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Purple Shampoo and Hair Extensions

Purple shampoo, the staple product for all of you beautiful blondes. With those icy tones trending big time, a good purple shampoo is a MUST and it’s all about the pigment.

What is purple shampoo?

If you are a blonde you should know what purple shampoo is and if you don’t, you’ve been missing out. Purple shampoo is used to make blonde hair ashier ( think more grey or silver and less yellow). You may think why do I need this? But if you have ever coloured your hair blonde you may have noticed that when it was freshly done the blonde was a perfect cool ashy blonde. But with time your blonde faded to a yellow blonde that you weren’t so fond of. Well purple shampoo can help your hair from turning the dreaded yellow colour and keep it nice and ashy if that’s the look you desire.

Using purple shampoo on your hair extensions

Can purple shampoo be used on extensions? Well yes of course but there are a few things you need to know beforehand.

  1. Keep in mind that purple shampoo isn’t intended for daily use. Wash your hair with purple shampoo once a week or whenever your hair needs it, and keep using your regular shampoo between uses.
  2. Hair extensions are very porous, so purple shampoo will deposit fast. That means that you shouldn’t leave the shampoo on too long otherwise your blonde can turn grey.  Apply shampoo liberally to your hair and let it sit for 1 to 5 minutes. If your hair is very yellow, let the purple shampoo sit for about 5-7 minutes. If it still isnt the colour you want then apply again. Rinse your hair with luke warm, or cool water. This will close the cuticle of the hair, sealing in the colour and leaving hair smoother and shinier.
  3. Overuse of purple shampoo can have damaging effects on hair extension bonds. Dont use it too regularly and try to keep it away from the bonds and just use it on the lengths of your extensions. Below is an example of a hair extension bond that has been weakened and is breaking down because of the overuse of purple shampoo.can-i-use-purple-shampoo-on-hair-extensions
  4. Make sure your purple shampoo is sulfate free and a professional line. Purple shampoo can be very drying and using a cheap brand will not only wreck your bonds but also dry out your extensions.
What if your hair extensions turn grey or purple?

In the event your extensions soaked up too much of the pigment, another wash or two with a clarifying shampoo will remove the excess purple, keeping in mind clarifying shampoo isn’t necessarily healthy for your hair either, so try and avoid getting yourself into that situation.

Pre-applying purple shampoo to hair extensions

Most hair extension colours are naturally warm (yellow) so you may want to pre purple shampoo the extensions before installing them. Here are a few tips if you want to apply purple shampoo to extensions before they are installed.

  1. Start off by making sure the extensions are bundled, brushed out, and have some sort of protection around the bond area. In the picture below you’ll see one bundle of Hair Flair Extensions nano links in #60, platinum blonde. We have secured the bond area with a paper towel held in place with an elastic band.

 

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3. Once you achieve a colour that you like rinse the shampoo off to see what the underlying colour is. If you are not happy with it, put the bundle back in the purple shampoo. Repeat this until you are happy with the colour after washing away the purple shampoo. The longer you do this/ leave the hair in the water, more product will be deposited in the extensions. It doesn’t take long for them to go from icy blonde, to purplish – grey, so keep an eye on them.

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Result:
Regular Hair Flair bundle of #60 on the left, toned bundle of Hair Flair #60 to the right.

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What purple shampoo should I use?

When it comes to purple shampoo, money talks. Professional and salon brands are going to give you better results, so keep this in mind when you make your purchase. Some blondes swear by locking it in with a purple conditioner, however, as the purple shampoo does most of the work, we think it’s OK to use any conditioner you like. Check out our recommendations for purple shampoo here

 

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Hair, Skin, and Nail Gummies: Remembering our outside beauty is a reflection of our inside beauty

We are constantly getting consultation requests from girls with the same issues: weak, dry, or brittle, thin hair with varying degrees of damage. And every single person is seeking that “miracle” “quick fix” solution to solve their problem.

While our Nano-link hair extensions are a fantastic way to help your natural hair’s integrity, grow out damaged hair, and are safe for our ladies with especially weak hair, another thing you may want to consider is “hair, skin, and nail gummies.” We know our extensions will help your hair on the outside, but why not couple them with a proper supplement to nourish from the inside.

With a few exceptions, the health and strength of your hair is a direct result of your body’s health and any unbalance or deficiencies you might be experiencing. If you have noticed a sudden change in the condition or thickness of your hair, it’s not a bad idea to see your doctor to run a full blood test. That way you will know if you’re lacking anything and if your thyroid gland and hormones are functioning like normal.

Not all hair, skin, & nail supplements are created equal

Some are great. Some are just okay. Some are complete scams. First, let’s see what science has to say on the subject.

We all know that hair, skin, and nail supplements commonly contain antioxidants like vitamins A, C, and E, or Co-enzyme Q10, as well as Biotin, a B-complex vitamin. Minerals like magnesium and selenium are also often found in supplements marketed for healthy hair, along with fatty acids such as fish oil and/or flax seed oil.

Deficiencies of these nutrients, although uncommon, may cause the hair and sometimes the skin and nails to change. Over time, for instance, insufficient intake of vitamins A and E may cause rough, scaly, skin patches, whereas a deficiency of Biotin could certainly cause eczema and hair loss.

However for those of us with no clear deficiencies, experts say there’s no good evidence that supplements can make a difference. Ergo, you are wasting your money!

“I’m not aware of any robust data suggesting that any supplements can treat natural, aging-related hair loss or nail damage, or give you healthier skin,” says Pieter Cohen, M.D., an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and an expert on dietary supplements.

Two studies from the nineties did find that Biotin supplements may help strengthen soft, easily breakable nails. But the studies were small and not rigorously conducted, and haven’t been replicated, Cohen says.

“It’s nothing that would ever lead me to recommend it to any of my patients,” he adds.

“What if I’m deficient?”

Most people get enough of the nutrients mentioned above through diet alone, but in rare cases, a medical problem may cause a deficiency or affect your hair, nails, or skin. Take for example those of us who use antibiotics long-term, or use anti-seizure drugs. An over- or under-active thyroid could also be the culprit that’s causing hair loss and dry strands.

Still interested in hair supplements?

It goes without saying that the quality of a supplement depends on what’s in it—the ingredients.

Ideally, you should look for the following:

Biotin – Also known as Vitamin B7 or Vitamin H, Biotin is a nutrient that is most prevalent in kids, which is why their hair is always so shiny and smooth. The amount of Biotin in our bodies decreases as we get older. Biotin deficiency is associated with thinning, graying hair.

Try to find a supplement that contains minimum of 3,000 micrograms of Biotin. If you can get one with even more than that, great! Anything less, however, may not make any difference to you.

Anti-oxidants – Two absolutely essential anti-oxidants are Vitamin C and Vitamin E. These are two of the best nutrients for your hair and really, your entire body. Try to find a supplement with even more anti-oxidants, like grapeseed extract or Goji berry extract, but the most important are Biotin and Vitamins C and E.

Gotu Kola Extract
– Gotu Kola is an herb that has been used in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine for centuries for fighting and treating infections. It has anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-inflammatory properties that can make it effective for healing and rejuvenating the body’s production of essential vitamins for hair support. It also affects hair follicles and the scalp and skin moisture.

Bottom line is to always be wise before you buy. These companies spend millions on marketing and advertisements, including paying celebrities to endorse them. These trendy, yummy treats are never going to fix your chemical haircut, nor are they going to dramatically thicken your limp locks. Don’t expect your dry, bleach blonde hair to become shiny and manageable, or your pixie cut to start growing faster. That said, if you do come across a good supplement and research what is in it (and how that will benefit you personally) we believe that can’t be a bad thing! At Hair Flair, we are huge advocates of strong, confident women, and we know it starts from within.

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How Hair Extensions Saved my Hair

Do blondes really have more fun?

YES!

But… it maybe might have had something to do with the fact that I was younger, thinner, and able to stay out past midnight without wanting to die. Okay, full disclosure: that is 100% the reason. Here I am (or was) 4 years ago:

As you may have guessed, I am in fact a former blonde and a current brunette. I really like my dark hair but I still suffer from blonde withdrawal a couple of times a year. It always happens the same way; you are driving down the street minding your own business, when out of nowhere she appears: a hot blonde, sent specifically to ruin your day. That bitch. The hot blonde makes you question everything. For the rest of the day all you can think about is your hair. You scroll through your old pictures and even though you like your new hair, you are admittedly going through an itsy bitsy bit of buyer’s remorse. You start looking on Instagram and YouTube, finding out if there are any new products for going blonde.

Though I am not sure if the withdrawals will ever completely go away, I can tell you one thing, friends; I will never bleach my hair again. Ever.

Bleaching my hair destroyed it. It wasn’t like a disaster – I didn’t have massive clumps falling out, bald patches, or anything dramatic – it was more subtle. It wouldn’t grow. It was broken and lifeless. I used a lot of product to “fake” a nice shine because my hair had none of its own anymore. Each time I had my extensions moved up, I was constantly disappointed to see that it hadn’t grown at all.

The Struggle is Real. When I’m blonde for a long period of time, I miss being a brunette. Brunettes are so sultry and mysterious and sexy. And then when I am a brunette for a while, I miss being a blonde. Having all heads turn when you enter a room, feeling ultra girly, ultra flirty, and untouchable. Why can’t you just flip a switch and be something different every day? #firstworldproblems

As a recovering blonde (I am two years brunette, thank you), I am happy to report that my hair is coming along nicely. It is shiny again! It has grown a TON! Below is a picture from two weeks ago when I had my extensions taken out (stay tuned for a Hair Flair video starring yours truly, an educational look at getting extensions installed).

With the assistance of my extensions, regular maintenance appointments, and letting my hair breathe, I have had gorgeous results. Life in the blonde lane was great while it lasted, but for today at least, I think I will be staying on the dark side.

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Fall Hair Trends 2016

Extensions sometimes get a bad rap. Bad extensions paint a picture of D-list movie stars, over-the-top reality TV personalities, and tacky side girls. In other words, cheesy and fake-looking. But nothing can be further from the truth.

When done properly, extensions are tasteful and natural-looking. They are a perfect way to change your look and they offer immediate gratification. Extensions give you the freedom to experiment with different hairstyles without the commitment. Not just for length, extensions can help amp up the volume on thin, limp hair, or let you experiment with texture, hair knots, or a long, thick ponytail, all of which are right on trend for fall 2016.

So are you ready for the fall trends?! There are some pretty outrageous styles coming off of the runway. One thing is for sure – everyone from Alexander McQueen to Kate Spade is making hair the star of the show.

Hot trend #1 – Marcel Waves.

You guys, they are honestly everywhere right now. If you’re not sure what Marcel waves are by name, you will know them to see them. Think of old school flapper girls, circa 1920. For this look you will want to make a deep side part and work product (ie; gel or pomade) through the front. Take your comb and shape your hair around your face in an “S” configuration. Clip or pin the curves to set them. Once set, remove the pins and mist with hairspray.

Hot trend #2 – Bed head (messy waves)

It’s true – waves are in but they are far from the smooth, cutesy ones we saw previously. To illustrate my point a little further, a hairstylist at BCBG recently created fake cowlicks on a runway model using a mini flat iron. Her waves were pulled down and ”shook” to complete the look. There are obviously variations and different levels of dishevelment, depending on the look you’re trying to achieve, but overall we are sort of loving this soft, cool, and sexy trend (P.S. – this looks super amazing under an oversized toque!).

Hot trend #3 – Hair knots

We are definitely crushing on the hair knots – and what a fun way to style your hair extensions! Knots vary, as do most hair styles, but the trends right now point to being not overly intricate, and très chic.We are seeing messy loops and equestrian inspired as well as sleek chignons. We think they are perfect for holiday parties and events, and transition really well from day to night. Check out the pic below of a double knot. What do you think?

Hot trend #4 – The 80’s

It seems designers are grabbing inspiration from several decades for fall 2016; we weren’t too surprised to see the return of the perm, and the infamous big teased and flipped bangs. Yes. I am serious. Stylists have certainly breathed new life into these old favourites and while they have definitely been improved upon, I’m not sure this one is one of my favourites. Would you rock a modern flip-bang?

Which fall trends do you love this season? Let us know in the comments section!