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Hand Tied Weft Educator

It’s official I am an educator in the Hand Tied Weft method. I have completed all of the training and job shadowing that Aqua has asked me to do. I completed my third class in Idaho Falls last week.

I initially felt that 3 classes plus the 3 day training that we had in Seattle was overkill but I do now realize how important all of those classes were. All of my shadow classes were hosted by a different educator which was an experience in itself because everyone has their own teaching style and everyone absorbs and gives information differently. Also meeting all the different class attendees helped me to realize the variety of skill levels that turn up to these classes. There is a broad mix of total amateurs, intermediate’s and professionals. They all have different needs.

I am so happy to have the extensive training that Aqua provided me both directly and indirectly. This past summer has been a whirlwind of Hand Tied Weft experience. I started 2019 not knowing a thing about Hand Tied Weft and I am ending it with over a hundred hours of training and a new handful of trusted hair extension colleagues that I can turn to for advice and inspiration.

I am teaching a Hand Tied Weft class all by myself on 10/6 at Kiwi salon in Boise. If you are a stylist who would like to attend please contact Melissa Dancer through Salon Service. She will get you registered, but you better hurry there are only a few seats remaining.

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Teaching Hand Tied Weft

I had an adventure in Spokane yesterday. The adventure really started on Sunday night, that’s when I flew up to Spokane from Boise. I went quickly to my hotel and was totally mortified at the accommodations that I had booked for myself. That’s right I had done this to myself, nobody else to blame. I knew it was going to be bad when my middle eastern Lyft driver told me that I should have stayed closer to the airport. When he dropped me off he said “good luck” and sped away. There were shady characters standing out front smoking, more like standing in front of the door. I whisked past them determined to get inside and go to bed. I have nothing else to do here! The check in clerk eyed me I felt suspiciously when I handed her my credit card and ID, She asked if I had any pets and when I answered “no” she looked at me again as if to say, really? No “service animals”? I walked about 100 feet from the check in desk to my room and the second I walked inside I realized why she had asked me about pets. It smelled like I was sleeping in a kennel. I may as well have been caged. Thoughts ran through my mind about the poor families in detention centers at our American Borders who would probably find this luxurious and all I can do is think badly about it. I briefly thought about grabbing my stuff and walking out to find another place, but since it was just me, I knew I could get through it. I set my alarm for 6:00 am. I willed myself to sleep, trying to stay in one position to touch the least of the bed possible. I woke up at 5:50 amazed that my plan had worked. I quickly showered and left ASAP. I went to a local coffee shop and caught up on work for a couple hours, arriving at my classroom at promptly 8:00 am right when they opened.

I was the first educator to arrive. I wanted to be there early because I was unsure what portion of the class I was supposed to be teaching. The classroom was unfortunately in the basement of Salon Services. So there was no daylight, the concrete floors are tough on the body and it was unbearably quiet. As it got closer to 9:00 people, both educators and students started drifting in. I had a chance to quickly catch up with a few of the educators that I had met in Seattle at our training event.

This small group of students who attended the Hand Tied Weft class were lucky because they each had an educator to help them. Unlike the class I took a couple of weeks ago with 50+ students and 3 educators. If I could have taught the class myself I would have done it differently. Here are some suggestions that I have.

  1. Go over the format of the class at the beginning. Let everyone know how their day is going to unfold. I hate suffering through not knowing when we will get a break or when I will be able to leave.

  2. Cover the client consultation in much more detail. This is the most important part of the whole process. Choosing the method that is correct for your guest, determining the palette of hair color and arriving at a price for both the initial installation and the maintenance are crucial in making you and the guest feel good about the service(s) that you will be giving to them.

  3. Problems and Roadblocks, these are rarely discussed in class, as if they never happen. They do happen and we should be asking students what types of issues they are running into in the salon. Are their clients needing maintenance sooner than they should? Are clients experiencing any irritation or damage from an installation?

  4. Legal paperwork, the services that we are providing often exceed the $500 mark, often in the deposit alone. Although we may not be able to provide a template for the student and their clients we should be doing a much better job at providing them a framework for the stylist legal responsibility to the client after they take the initial deposit money. The paperwork isn’t meant to intimidate or put off the client. It is meant to better define their responsibility for their purchase. The disclaimer also protects the stylist against almost everything besides a horrible installation. It isn’t the stylists fault if the client doesn’t take care of their new hair the way they are supposed to. It isn’t their fault if the hair is defective from the beginning. It isn’t their fault that the hair is very expensive, but we do get the blame and hear the complaints. I am always willing to work with my clients to find a solution and talk with the company regarding their product and guarantee but I need them to also know that if nothing can be done to satisfy them that they won’t be receiving a refund of any kind.

  5. Visual materials: Besides the mannequin head and the instructor there is little to look at during the class. It would be nice to have a visual description of the thread in relation to the bead. It would also be nice to have a cohesive description of the installation, spacing, removal and maintenance procedures. Another nice touch would be to send those visual cues out to the students a day or two after class via email to keep extensions on their mind, and to let the students know that we as a company and as educators are here for them. Even a demonstration of the threading of just the beads without the weft in the way would be a great way to better visually break down the training and keep the students moving

  6. Physical Materials: We should be able to look at and smell the shampoo, conditioner and masque that Aqua retails. If it is an important part of their guarantee and a required product for clients we should know more about it. Aqua should send those products in advance along with the kits and give them away at the end.

  7. Giveaway, everybody likes to get something. Aqua is missing a huge opportunity to get tools into their stylist hands. They should be giving away items that they are wanting stylist to order more of. How about an extra loop tool for loading the additional colored beads? How about a different color of beads or thread? Or how about a few packages of clips? Maybe with the Aqua logo on it? How about an Aqua cape or travel size styling products, or their mini brush? Don’t we want to look at, touch and feel all of these items? The educators could use these incentives to their advantage by asking questions of the audience and giving items to people who answer correctly. Even a simple coupon for their first order enticing them to check out the website or mentally build a shopping list with the company.

  8. Get into the hands on stuff much more quickly. Or skip lunch to make the class shorter. We are all stylists here. We are used to skipping lunch in order to get out earlier. It is difficult for us to dedicate a full 8 hours of time to a project. If there are no legal requirements for how long a class is why is it taking so much time? I am certain that the students would pay the same amount and walk away feeling better about a company that made the process seem like such a breeze that even the class is shorter. If we dove into hands on more quickly the format would work. I think that 1 hour of process, all the technical details, is sufficient for most students. Then have them open their kits and dive into the hands on.

  9. Placing an order: What are the different ways that stylists can place an order? Walk them through the online process. What is that going to be like? Shipping? Time of arrival? Where is the closest supply store for them? Who is their rep? Ask how they are ordering their extensions currently. Do they carry inventory? What additional products are they considering adding to their personal inventory?

It was fun to assist as an educator to the class. I enjoyed meeting all 5 of the students and discussing the problems and situations that they are dealing with in the salon. It was also great to watch the other educators function in the room. Each person has such a different approach. The students seemed fairly confident in their ability to complete an installation, some more than others.

I left Salon Services and flew home without incident, thankfully. I was so happy to arrive in Boise and have my husband and daughters come to retreive me. Now back to the salon!

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Hands on demonstration

Hands on demonstration

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New website

I am so happy to say that my new website is 99% completed. I have been working my my web designer and content creator for almost a year now and I am very happy with the results.

My new website offers clients a way to explore all varieties of the hair extensions that I offer. It also offers clients the opportunity to book and appointment directly through the site. My biography will give them a better sense of who I am and how I have gained my experience in hair extensions.

So please check it out and tell me what you think. There are a few photos that will be changed, and I am sure a few other changes that I haven’t yet anticipated. That’s why I need your feedback.

Below is a link to my site. Take a peek.

www.fusionstylist.com

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Hand Tied Weft Class

I took another hand tied weft class from a local distributor today. It wasn’t Aqua and I’ll tell you a few big differences that I noticed. The method of installation leaves the client’s natural hair much more vulnerable to breakage and tension. Both of those are a problem. The support provided by the thread and the knotting does seem slightly more delicate but I feel it also leaves the client’s natural hair more vulnerable to feeling stress from the installation. I did meet some really nice people in the class. Including another local stylist who is also named Jenn B, she works with my favorite beauty school colleague and we had the same color nail polish! We were meant to be together.

The class was all day long! It seemed to be oversold to me, there were about 50 students and only 3 educators. The students were crammed in together so tightly that the educators could hardly get in between us to answer our questions.

The class also seemed a little scattered. It moved in a linear direction from consultation to checkout and I liked the tips that they gave us in both of those arenas. Since I have been doing hair extensions for a long time I was comfortable with not being able to ask a lot of questions because I already knew the answers, but if I was a stylist that was new to extensions I don’t think that I would have left that class feeling confident to charge the client the amount they suggested for the services that would be rendered after that training. An example is that they never covered what to do if you run out of string during the installation, what to do if you miss a knot, miss a bead, the weft sags because it doesn’t get included in the sewing. What to do with a client who doesn’t have enough hair in the temple area for a successful installation. What to do if a bead bucles or breaks and you have a difficult time removing it. There can be a whole lot of problems and if a stylist is going to charge a premium price that they are going to be required to provide all the solutions.

Anyhow I did enjoy the class. The company did give away a ton of great product and discounts. The videos that they showed were a great way to allow everyone to see the method of installation and removal. I do feel like I got my money’s worth out of the class. Oh and the fed us lunch and I love that they held the training in town and at my favorite hotel, The Riverside in Garden City, ID.

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So many people!

So many people!

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Aqua Hair Extensions

I shadowed my first Hand Tied Weft class today! Teaching has its’ rewards. I met some great local talent and I learned a few things too. Fearless Samantha came all the way from Ohio to teach this class. Her bag didn’t make it but her beautiful smile and talent arrived. We were at the lovely new Pigment Salon. They re-arranged their uber-cool custom designed salon furniture to accommodate all of us. We were there for 8.5 hours helping everyone learn the techniques and principles that make Aqua such a unique company. The process provides the client with much more support and much less tension. Our process better protects the client’s hair as it grows out. There is a lot to learn though! It can be a little exhausting. Good thing we had lunch, snacks and cold drinks, thanks to Salon Services and Melissa our lovely rep.

I have heard from a couple of the students after the class regarding some installation questions and I am so happy about that!! I love that they are still thinking about the process and practicing the installation enough to have questions. Two more classes to go before I am certified with Aqua as an educator.

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Hand Tied Weft

I was invited to attend a 3 day training in Seattle with Aqua hair extension company. At the training we learned everything “hand tied weft” related. We learned how to install, remove, and maintenance the beautiful Hand tied weft products that Aqua retails. These wefts are so gorgeous and delicate they are truly a work of art.

The 3 day intensive class also allowed me to meet 14 other incredible stylists who are also working part to full time at installing and maintaining hair extension. It was so nice to have some in person conversations with stylists who are dealing with the same problems that you are, and to find some new solutions.

Aqua’s method of hand tied installation differs from other brands of professional hair extensions. Aqua takes the health of the client’s hair very seriously and wants to help the stylist to keep the natural hair intact, without adding stress or pressure at installation points. The health of the hair is a number one priority!

If you are curious about the Aqua method I am able to show you in person. You can either book a consultation with me or if you are with a salon you can convince some of your team members to go in on a full day class.

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That’s my girl xoxo

That’s my girl xoxo

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More Hair Books

Here are a few more books that I have recently read. Some of them I have liked so much that I have re-read them.

My oldest daughter really likes doing nail design these days so we have a few nails books in the mix.

This is another incredible book from the Curly Girl Queen Lorraine Massey. She has managed to yet again help women to feel their very best while being their most natural selves. I love that! If you need inspiration to ditch the dye and want to know how you can get through it, this is the book for you.

This is another incredible book from the Curly Girl Queen Lorraine Massey. She has managed to yet again help women to feel their very best while being their most natural selves. I love that! If you need inspiration to ditch the dye and want to know how you can get through it, this is the book for you.

A simple and well photographed guidebook to some of the styles that you see routinely but may have trouble figuring out how to create

A simple and well photographed guidebook to some of the styles that you see routinely but may have trouble figuring out how to create

If you have a fun party coming up for any reason this book can provide you with tons of inspiration! Pincurls, beehives, roller sets. The higher the hair the closer to God.

If you have a fun party coming up for any reason this book can provide you with tons of inspiration! Pincurls, beehives, roller sets. The higher the hair the closer to God.

This is the Dry Bar owner guidebook. The Dry Bar has cuts names for all their styles, the Mai Thai, The Martini, all the blow out’s are explained in detail for you to re-create on your own at home. Your shoulders will get a work out from this book!

This is the Dry Bar owner guidebook. The Dry Bar has cuts names for all their styles, the Mai Thai, The Martini, all the blow out’s are explained in detail for you to re-create on your own at home. Your shoulders will get a work out from this book!

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The author of this book did an incredible job in considering the hair texture, length and density for each style and nobody is left out. There are some really fantastic looking styes in here that somehow are simply explained.

The author of this book did an incredible job in considering the hair texture, length and density for each style and nobody is left out. There are some really fantastic looking styes in here that somehow are simply explained.

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Keune

I just completed a Keune introductory color class. I learned a lot about their permanent, semi-permanent and blonding line. I have been doing research over the last year on a variety of color lines, debating which line I should switch to and Keune checks all the boxes. Keune is a salon exclusive company, meaning that they only sell to professionals this is very important to me! Keune provides ample education opportunities both online and in person. Keune formulates all their products with the greatest of care not only for the health of the hair, and the health of the stylist, but also for the look and longevity of the color. Keune offers incredible grey coverage whether you want a translucent look or more opaque.

The options that Keune offers to blondes really blew me away as well. They have cream bleaches, clay based bleaches and powdered bleaches, each of them have distinct advantages. No more one size fits all color removal. Keune offers so many options!

Another important factor for me is the ability to order online. I am not the kind of stylist who goes to a supply store to purchase 2 tubes of this and 3 tubes of that. I want the entire line at my fingertips and I want a constant supply of it. I like to place large online orders using a carefully crafted list. Also, staying out of the supply stores saves me money on random impulse buys.

A big thank you to the educator today, Tyree Ward for taking the time to teach about Keune. I was very grateful to be in the midst of a class of stylists today to listen to their questions and hear their personal solutions. Now I need to find out more about that intro kit…

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Hair Books

I really enjoy reading so it makes sense that I would enjoy hair research through both word and photography. Picking up a book to do this research is so much better than browsing site after site, being distracted by one youtube video after another. I am going old school! I am also reaching out to some of the stylists in my community to research their particular methods and preferences.

Here are a few that I have read recently and really enjoyed.

This book does a phenomenal job of explaining in great detail the human hair trading industry. I really enjoyed this book, but it’s obviously not for everyone, because it is a long book with very few pictures, and frankly unless you’re in the hair industry you probably don’t want to see the pictures anyway.

This book does a phenomenal job of explaining in great detail the human hair trading industry. I really enjoyed this book, but it’s obviously not for everyone, because it is a long book with very few pictures, and frankly unless you’re in the hair industry you probably don’t want to see the pictures anyway.

This book was written by a former Johnson & Johnson research scientist. He attempts to explain the fact that nobody knows what causes hair loss. He also has a fascinating description of how the hair follicles cycle like the phases of the moon.

This book was written by a former Johnson & Johnson research scientist. He attempts to explain the fact that nobody knows what causes hair loss. He also has a fascinating description of how the hair follicles cycle like the phases of the moon.

A funky little book for anyone who wants to tame unruly hair or just be more hip and edgy in general.

A funky little book for anyone who wants to tame unruly hair or just be more hip and edgy in general.

Cultural stories of hair and it’s importance and significance for different people

Cultural stories of hair and it’s importance and significance for different people

This is a little older but still very relevant. Robert Vetica has some serious A-list clients who love to sing his praise. This is somewhat of a recipe book for all types of hair.

This is a little older but still very relevant. Robert Vetica has some serious A-list clients who love to sing his praise. This is somewhat of a recipe book for all types of hair.

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Online Booking

I have online booking available now. Follow the link below to book the appointment that suits your schedule. If you are unable to find an appointment please let me know and I will do my best to accommodate your needs.

Clink on the link below and it will take you to my booking site.

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New Website

I am currently in the process of designing a new website. This site, alittlehairhelp will remain active even after the launch of the new site. Although this site will focus on hair extension care and hair styling tips for extensions. The new site will be an information page for those clients seeking information on a consultation or an extension appointment. I can’t quite say yet when the site will be done, most likely within the next 6 months. Stay tuned for all the exciting changes!

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Hair extensions at your convenience

I am excited to offer a unique hair extension service regionally. Hair extensions done in the comfort of your own environment. I have so many clients who have to reschedule appointments because of personal or work plans that get in the way. I wanted to solve this problem by offering that I come to your home or office to perform a full hair extension installation and/or removal. The service would take between 2-4 hours depending on the amount of hair desired. 

Included in this exclusive service would be an exclusive hair extension care kit which includes a booklet of information I have compiled over the years to give you the best possible outcomes in every area of concern. Also included is a hair extension brush and a few key products that I recommend for the longevity and beauty of your hair extensions. 

If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity please contact me at 208.841.1090

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Bliss Boise

Our lovely salon has endured another change. The name has changed from Blís to Bliss Boise. Another big change is the product line. As of June 1st we will no longer be an Aveda salon. We will continue to offer only the highest quality and environmentally responsible products. 

Katherine Dunkley can be reached for appointments at 208.859.8514

Jennifer Bridges can be reached for appointments at 208.841.1090

The salon address is still the same 713 N Garden St 83706

We look forward to having you in the salon to serve your hair needs. Have an incredible day!

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Beaded Weft Extensions

I am happy to offer a new installation method to clients, beaded weft.If you are looking to add a lot of hair in minimal time with minimal maintenance this could be the method for you.

Beaded weft uses the same high quality Remy hair that every installation client demands. A weft of hair or a track of hair is the original method of hair extension installation. We are talking old school installation. In the 80's and 90's black women and eventually white women had horizontal rows of braids done in the back of their head. The weft or track of hair was then sewn to the braided row. The problem with the traditional method of installation is that the braid put unnecessary pressure on the scalp. The weight of the weft also put additional stress on the scalp. Additional problems, the braids had to be redone with every install and the thread used to sew the weft to the braid would often break.  Fast forward to 2017 and we have a new method of installation the Beaded Weft. With the new method the weft is temporarily clipped to the clients hair, a small section of hair is taken from above and below the weft and placed into the bead. The bead is placed up close the scalp, then crimped. Once all the beads are placed around the length of the weft, the temporary clips are removed. Typically there are between 2-4 rows of weft installed. See the video below for a more detailed explanation of the process. 

Beaded Weft Advantages: 

  • Large amount of hair for minimal price
  • Quick and easy installation
  • Super quick maintenance
  • No glue, tape, or braids
  • High quality hair in any color, texture or length

Pricing: This will vary based on the length, texture and color desired. On average the price is between $350-600. 

Maintenance: Beaded Weft Extensions have a huge advantage when it comes to maintenance. The appointment can be as quick as 30 minutes. The bead is simply un-crimped and slid up, then re-crimped. Occasionally a bead will have to be replaced. 

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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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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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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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