A Little Hair Help

Blís Salon

Hair extension questions answered. Trends explored before you commit to them. Products tested and reviewed.

 

Hair extensions for everyone

The new method of hair extensions that I have been installing offer an opportunity for everyone to try hair extensions. A guest can opt to try 5-25 pieces just to see how they feel in the hair. 

The Hairdreams extensions lie so flat that comfort isn't a concern anymore. Maintenance isn't a concern either because the extensions are left in until it is time to replace them, between 3-6 months. Installation time is reduced to minutes using a Hairdreams installation gun, which installs up to 5 at a time. Cost can be drastically reduced by trying a few pieces rather than installing a full head of extensions. Also the extension bonds are almost invisible, and they stay that way. 

I personally have 10 pieces of extensions in my hair, 5 on each side. The extra body those measly 5 pieces give to each side is remarkable. Surprisingly the texture matches my curly hair perfectly.  

So what are you waiting for? Come in for a haircut and leave with a few pieces of your own. You won't regret it. 

There are 5 bonds on this side. Can you spot them?

There are 5 bonds on this side. Can you spot them?

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Hair extension consultation

Hair extension consultations are complimentary at Blís salon. A consultation will only take about 15  minutes, but it is an invaluable part of the extension process. During the appointment we will discuss a number of things:

  • Your desired style, adding length, density or both
  • Maintenance both daily and monthly time commitment
  • Cost of desired extension installation
  • Color and texture match of your hair to extension swatches
  • Set an appointment for the installation
  • Possible challenges

Schedule your consultation today so we can create your perfect look. 

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Hairdreams extensions

I traveled to Seattle, WA last weekend to attend a 2 day hair extension class. I am now certified to install Hairdreams extensions. This is going to mean a lot to my clients. Installation will only take minutes now rather than hours. The extensions can be worn without removal for months with only minimal maintenance. The bonds are made of nylon so they don't absorb water. This means that they wont turn color or get puffy with successive installations. Also the bonds are completely flat so they won't feel bulky against your scalp. 

Watch the short video below to see how quickly they install. 

A full head application only takes between 35-55 minutes!! 

These extensions have a life of between 4-6 months. Once it is time for removal each bond is crushed and gently removed from your natural hair. 

Schedule a consultation appointment today so we can match the exact color, texture and length for your Hairdreams creation. 

 

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Thank You!

I would just like to take a minute to say thank you to all of my clients. I love my career and it wouldn't be possible without your kindness and generosity. Every appointment you show up for, every client you refer to me propels me further towards my goals. Thank you for all the encouragement you gave me in finishing my book, Does this career make me look dumb?.

I want to extend my gratitude for your patience and devotion to my industry, in exchange I give you my personal time and attention to your ongoing concerns and evolving inspiration. 

Thank you!

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Pramasana

If your favorite part of your salon visit is your time in the shampoo bowl then you are in luck. Aveda just introduced their new scalp care collection Pramasana. This is a treatment line specifically for your scalp. You can consider it a pre-cleanse or a detox for your scalp. Because shampoo is specifically designed for your hair and the results you want Aveda identified the need to have a specific cleanser for your scalp. Pramasana is a 4 part in salon treatment or a 3 part take home treatment. 

First is the exfoliating brush: Massage the entire scalp using gentle, rolling and brushing motions. 

Gently exfoliate your scalp with this brush.

Gently exfoliate your scalp with this brush.

Next is the Pramasana scalp cleanser: This can be applied to either wet or dry scalp, then massaged into a foam.

Purifying scalp cleanser

Purifying scalp cleanser

Lastly apply the Pramasana scalp concentrate: Apply a dropper full to the top, back and sides directly onto the scalp, gently massage to distribute. 

Pro-biotic scalp concentrate

Pro-biotic scalp concentrate

In salon we also offer a professional scalp masque as a part of the treatment. The masque feels very cool and calming directly on the scalp. 

The entire Pramasana system is designed to help balance any perceived or neglected problem that you may have whether the problem is product build up, dandruff, oily scalp, sweaty gym scalp, or I just want extra time massaging my head scalp. 

I have been using the line for a couple of weeks now, three times per week and it really has been an enjoyable ritual. Along with a lovely massage I really enjoy the foaming scalp cleanser on dry scalp, it's so enjoyably odd. The smell and texture of the entire line are not overwhelming. The smell is slightly cucumber/lemon/delicate mint. My hair is curly and when my hair is overly cleansed it can really disturb the curl pattern. The Pramasana collection does not over cleanse my hair. My scalp feels delightfully clean, neither dry nor oily. My hair feels fantastic, as usual, and my curls still look incredible. 

 

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Global Brand

Aveda is a global brand, there are very few of them. As a customer this means that you can walk into an Aveda salon in any country in the world and receive a universal result in both color and product. As an employee of Aveda this means that you can potentially work anywhere in the world. This is big news! To be able to deliver and receive consistent treatment offers a lot of opportunity. 

In order to become a global brand the parent company, Aveda in this example, has to file for patents and be approved in every one of those countries. All of their product and color ingredients are scrutinized along with their labeling, marketing and delivery systems. 

This also means that Aveda education is available in every corner of the world. Aveda is an astounding company to work for based on their educational opportunities alone. There are always a variety of classes to attend in your area, or while on a work vacation. 

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Aveda Tea

Aveda has an incredible 100% organic tea. It can be served  iced or hot and should be offered to every guest* upon entering the salon. The only problem with this tea is that it is a very fine loose leaf tea. At Blís we have tried all sorts of different strainers and contraptions to eliminate the bits of tea that would inevitably end of in the client's cup, eww. The Teavana Perfectea Maker solves this problem while brewing a delicious cup. 

Begin by placing 1.5-2 teaspoons of loose Aveda tea, add 12oz of warm water. There is no need to stir. Allow the tea to sink, or float for 5 minutes. Think of this as a "tea hot tub" Place the Perfectea Maker on top of the cup which triggers the perfectly brewed tea to be strained through an extremely fine strainer directly into the cup. Offer your guest the clean, perfect cup of Aveda tea. 

Tea hot tub

The Perfect tea maker is available in a variety of colors, sizes and materials. Give it a try and see what your client's think. 

*Aveda does not recommend you serving the tea to anyone who is pregnant or suffering from hypertension. 

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Home hair color

Do you want to know what your hair will look like when you don't make time to go to your stylist and you have a friend apply box color to your hair? Wonder no more. 

Not only will there be a band or a stripe of color where the box color was applied, there are also splotchy areas in the middle of the hair where the "friend" missed applying the color. These were just two pieces of the client's hair, but there were stripes and splotches throughout the hair. 

To fix this home hair color fiasco first we decided on an end result. The client wanted deep natural colored roots with ends as blonde as we could get them. The first step was to eliminate some of the splitchiness and pull any residual color out of the client's ends with Aveda enlightener and 20 volume. I applied the Enlightener using the balayage method and let it process for about 25 minutes. At the shampoo bowl I applied Aveda Demi-permenant color 7N from 1/4" away from the root to midshaft. At the root I applied Aveda men demi-permenant color 6N on the roots only to achieve a shadow root. 

 

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Blís Bio

Hello I’m Jennifer Bridges. I have 12 years of experience in the salon environment. I consistently expand my knowledge in the service industry by working with a broad variety of clients and independently researching trends, customs and product lines.

I am an expert in the hair extension industry and the hair color industry.  I have 4 years of experience exclusively with the Aveda color line. 

At Blís I provide a streamlined approach to serenity. I know what makes you feel good because I listen. Blís is my safe haven, come make it yours.

I am currently booking appointments in hair cut, hair color and hair extensions. Please visit my website www.aliitlehairhelp.com for further information on the cost and maintenance of hair extensions. 

I look forward to hearing from you.

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Sombré

Sombré is a variation of Ombré. Ombré is the gradual blending of one color hue into another. Sombré is just a softer version of that gradation. In order to achieve a true Ombré there needs to be a difference of at least 4-5 levels on the color scale. On the hair color scale 10 is the blondest hair, 1 is the darkest hair. For a true Ombré, if the client's ends are a level 10 her roots need to be a 6 or darker. The Sombré color doesn't need to have that drastic of an effect. You can achieve a similar result with only a variation of 2-3 levels difference between the roots and the ends. This allows the client to try out a trend without having to commit to a drastic color process. Most of the focus will be on the ends while maintaining the depth and shine at the roots. 

I use the balayage method of application for both the Ombré and the Sombré method. Pictured below you will see that i am using a paddle to help provide a backing as I paint the highlights onto the hair. The process of painting the color on in large sections allows for the ends of the hair to receive a lot of color, which is crucial is achieving a successful Sombré. 

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Advanced extension education

Cosmetology is unique in its lack of education requirements. After completing the required hours at school and passing the licensing test a cosmetologist requires 0 hours of continuing education throughout their career. None, nada, zip. This explains why the standard of professionalism is so low. We are never encouraged to become experts in the industry. 

Luckily there are an abundance of educational opportunities available in every state. They are typically associated with a brand or a product line which means that they are not necessarily giving you an unbiased education. They are training you to be a professional in their particular brand. Hey we will take what we can get. 

Extension education is different. Although a student of cosmetology is qualified to install and remove extensions upon completion of the required school hours and passing of the state test, extensions are hardly touched upon in school. There are a handful of extensions companies who will all try to convince you that they offer the best hair and installation method. Most of these companies will charge you, a lot, to be certified in their methods therefore allowing you to purchase their hair. The fact that these companies still continue to teach the same 4-6 methods of installation and never progress past the initial installation boggles my mind.

This is why I am developing the curriculum to teach advanced extension education. There is so much to know beyond the basics of "this is how you install the hair".    

Extensions are so much fun and so lucrative. There are so many things that need to be covered, from becoming a hair broker, to recruiting new clients, to moving beyond the initial hair company that you are certified in. 

Stay tuned for more on this educational opportunity. 

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How much do hair extensions cost?

This is the first step into hair extensions is establishing a budget to have them installed and maintained. The information I am providing is strictly for my business and it varies month to month depending on the hair supplier, texture, length and color this will give you a basic idea from which you can decide if this process will be affordable for you.

These are the options that you need to sort through before arriving at a price: 

1. Length: How long do you want the hair extensions to be? The longer it is, the more it costs.

2. Texture: What texture is your natural hair? Straight, wavy, curly, in-between? The texture of the extensions can enhance the natural texture of your hair but it needs to closely match it. 

3. Density: How much natural hair do you have? Is it fine, medium or thick? We have to at the very least double the amount of hair that you currently have; especially if you are wanting to add length and not just thicken your natural hair. 

4. Color: Do you want the color of your extensions to match your current hair color? Or will we be changing your natural color and enhancing that look with extensions. It is best not to color the hair extensions. They are available in so many colors that it is relitively easy to match them perfectly with the color on your head. Hair extensions are colored to last longer and resist fading. If the color is ordered correctly it will create a seamless transition between the natural hair and extension hair.  

5. Method of installation: Fusion, keratin glue attached to your natural hair. Tape-In, small flat wefts adhered using a double stick tape. Beaded, extension hair is attached to your natural hair using a small plastic coated bead looped onto the hair. Clip-In, wefted hair is temporarily attached to your hair using clips.

6. Maintenance: Each method varies in the amount of time between appointments and the amount of time spent during a re-glue. No matter what the method I charge $100 per hour for maintenance.

Cost: For the following assessment I will be using 14" straight brunette hair as an example. Keep in mind that anything longer, blonder or textured will raise the cost and possibly limit your method of installation.

All of these prices include the hair, the installation, a care and tips sheet and a extension brush.

Tape-in Hair Extensions

Initial installation: 14" ,#4 ,Silky straight, $4500-1000

Maintenance: Re-using previously purchased hair, 1 1/2-3 hours @ $100 per hour, maintenance needs to be done every 4-9 weeks in order to avoid damaging the natural hair.

Pre-tipped Hair Extensions

Pre-tipped Hair Extensions

Fusion Hair Extensions:

Initial Installation: 14", #4, Silky straight, $500-1300

Maintenance: Re-using previously purchased hair, 2 1/2-3 1/2 hours @ $100 per hour, maintenance needs to be done every 6-10 weeks in order to avoid damaging the natural hair.

Beaded Hair Extensions:

Initial Installation: 14", #4, Silky straight, $500-1000

Maintenance: Re-using previously purchased hair,1 1/2-2 hours @ $100 per hour, maintenance needs to be done every 6-10 weeks in order to avoid damaging the natural hair.

Clip-In or Halo Hair extensions:

Initial Installation: 14", #4, Silky straight, $250-350 I will walk you through the proper installation technique to apply these everyday to your own hair. If necessary I can label or photograph proper installation techniques.

No Maintenance!!

Please contact me at 208-841-1090 to arrange a private, complementary consultation. I would be happy to answer any questions you may have. 

 

 

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Hair extension care and maintenance

With new hair comes a new routine. Hair extensions are an investment that must be taken care of in order to achieve the best look and to have that look last for as long as possible.

All of the extensions that I install are 100% human hair, no synthetic fibers. The hair is also called Remy hair which means that the cuticle is all aligned starting at the top of the hair shaft and continuing to the bottom. Cuticle alignment is crucial for a product to stay tangle free.

Products: The hair can be “treated just like your own hair” but there is a whole lot more to take care of. You can use very similar products to the ones normally used in hair but you will be looking at these products for different reasons. For example hair extensions tend to become dry over time because they don’t absorb the natural oils produced by your scalp. So moisture must be added to the extensions. The moisture can be added with moisturizing shampoo, conditioner, deep conditioning treatments, and styling products. The hair extensions don’t react well to silicone products, so they should be avoided. Most extension companies have their own lines of cleaning and styling products but I don’t think they are necessary. Through trial and error you will learn what works best in your hair.

You will need an extension brush for daily maintenance. Extension brushes are typically paddle brushes with a round shape. The bristles on extension brushes can be looped which pulls the least amount on the hair, plastic bristles are also very soft and have a lot of give, boar bristled brushes provide more tension while distributing the oils through the extension hair. You can use any or all of these brushes.

Tangling: Before you get the hair wet, brush through the hair with an extension brush starting at the bottom and gently working your way up the hair. To keep the extensions tangle free you will want to sleep with your hair in one or two braids. The hair should be dry before you sleep on it.

When you are in the shower keep your hair smoothed down in its’ natural position. Don’t rough the hair up by lathering it or bunching it on top of your head. Your extensions will rarely need to be washed, mostly just conditioned. Your scalp is what needs to be washed.

After you exit the shower blot the water out of your hair with a towel or an old t-shirt. Use the towel or cloth to gently squeeze the water out of your hair. If there is any tangling while the hair is wet be patient and wait until your hair is 90-100% dry to untangle.

While blow-drying the hair keep the airflow aimed down in the proper direction of the hair. Don’t raise and rough up the hair cuticle by blow-drying in the opposite direction of growth. The extensions will add a minimum of 20 minutes to your normal getting ready routine.

Styling: Most extension clients wash their hair 2-3 times per week, no more. The inconvenience of drying time combined with the loss of moisture through constant shampooing and blow drying make a good excuse for getting your hair wet as little as possible.

A dry shampoo will be one of your most used products. The dry shampoo will eliminate any oil at your scalp while freshening up your extensions. Soon to come in Aveda is a dry conditioner, which will be so wonderful for adding moisture without the weight or wet styling. 

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Extension extravaganza

It's been all extensions these days! I have been ordering all sorts of extensions. There are so many  different colors and installation methods. If you are thinking about scheduling a consultation for extensions do it soon! My full time schedule is filling up quickly. 

I also registered for a extension class in Arizona. The class is in December which will be the perfect excuse to get out of Boise in the winter. I hope it's an incredible 2 day class. 

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Full time lease

I am so excited to announce that I am moving into a full time lease. The stars have aligned. Julia and Sophia are both in full time school now. My salon owner has purchased a new building; which she is moving into and suddenly there are simultaneously free space and time in my life. 

Starting in October I will be available at the salon on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. I will also continue to work 1-2 Saturdays a month. Wednesday is the only day that I will take appointments after 2:00. 

As always I will continue to provide the best service in a comfortable, blissful environment. Let's start booking for the holiday season! 

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