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Having the right products are key to maintaining y and extending the wear time of your hair extensions. While there are TONS of great products available for you to use, we have narrowed it down to three MUST have products to always have on hand for detangling, styling and polishing. These products are always available here in the studio or to order though our Oribe website.

The Best Hair Extension Products

detangle

Detangling your hair and extensions is the first line of defense to taking care and maintaining your rows. Oribe Run Through is the perfect detangling product. Its a leave-in conditioner that makes combing through your hair virtually effortless. Make sure when you use this or any detangling product that you are sectioning off hair and combing through every single day, and a couple of times a day if you have a tangle prone texture like curls. Unaddressed tangles can not only shorten the life of your extension wefts, but can ultimately damage your own hair as well.
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The Best Hair Extension Products

styling & restyling

Proper protection from heat and external elements is key to maintaining the health of both your natural hair and extensions. We love Oribe Mystify because it is a spray on product that can be used on either wet or dry hair. You can use this as a prep on day one, freshly washed hair to blowdry and style or to restyle or freshen up your curls on the days between washes. This product dries super fast on dry hair and provides heat protection for both blow drying and heat styling with a curling or flat iron.
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The Best Hair Extension Products

polish

Our scalps produce oils that help moisturize our natural hair, but unfortunately those essential oils don’t always make it to the ends of your hair, and rarely make it to your extensions at all. But because your extensions are human hair, they definitely need that same TLC to keep from becoming dry, brittle, and damaged. This is where Oribe Gold Lust, the ABSOLUTE must have product, comes in. This product adds amazing shine to your extension and natural hair ends where most damage lives. Gold lust adds the polish to your hair and is the perfect finishing product. But go easy with this. A little goes a long way!
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When you have amazing hair, you want to care for it with amazing products. Be sure to grab your Power Trio the next time you are in the salon for a service or anytime online!

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Working Out With Extensions

One of the questions we get most often from our active guests is,

“Can I work out with extensions?”
And the answer is always, “YES! YES! YES!”

One of the things that we love most about the extension method that we offer in the studio, which is NBR (Natural Beaded Rows), is how versatile it is. We wholeheartedly believe that beauty should be an extension of your lifestyle, not a deterrent from it. In fact all of the stylists in the studio maintain very active lifestyles while confidently wearing extensions. Yes, even swimming is ok!

Working out with Extensions

Today we are sharing a quick video that creator of Natural Beaded Rows, Danielle White, created all about working out and caring for your NBR while keeping up with your workout routine.

One trick that Danielle talks about is the bang wash. If you want to skip the whole head post workout shampooing, but don’t want to leave the house with sweaty bangs, just wash your bangs. It’s easy: pull the rest of your hair back in a ponytail, wet your hands with a small dime-size amount of shampoo then conditioner, run it through your fringe, and rinse it out under the faucet. This hack is also one of the fastest ways to save a bad hair day in a pinch.

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Garnish Crowns Extensions for Thinning Hair

a thinning hair solution!

Marsha came to Garnish 3 years ago as a last ditch effort to find a solution to her thinning hair. She had tried everything from wigs, to pills to regrow her hair, to extensions that looked anything but natural. Feeling defeated, she reached out for a consultation with Mot, after seeing an Instagram post, to see if there was anything that the Garnish team could do.

Garnish Crowns Extensions for Thinning Hair

Garnish Crowns Extensions for Thinning Hair

Behind the curtain, Mot discussed all of the options to address Marsha’s thinning hair, which was especially thin on top, where regular hand tied extensions couldn’t help. At Candice’s suggestion, Marsha decided to go with a crown extension (to give her a full top of head look) in addition to two rows of NBR for fullness and volume.

The result is AMAZING and Marsha is a client for life. Why? Because our team took the time to listen and care about Marsha’s problem and make suggestions that would fit into her lifestyle.

Garnish Crowns Extensions for Thinning Hair

You can go anywhere for pretty hair, but the feeling that you get from sitting in one of the Garnish chairs, can’t be duplicated. We take the time to get to know about our clients’ lives, and routines so that the hair, color, and style we suggest not only looks amazing, but is attainable and MAINTAINABLE for each guest.

If your story sounds like Marsha’s and you are looking for a team that can help your exterior shine as brightly as your interior, schedule a consultation so we can give you the best options for your unique situation.

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Hello Garnish Guests,

After discussing everything with our team, and checking into local government regulations along with the state board of cosmetology, we are NOT able to offer house calls at this time.

We have just released the quarantine survival guide video for tips and tricks to get through this tricky time as your hair extensions are growing out past your scheduled maintenance.

However, we know that with a five week mandatory shut down, that some of you will not be able to safely push through without removing the extensions.

It breaks our heart to have to write this, but we will be working on a “safe removal of your extensions” video to send out for those that will not be able to make it SAFELY to their next appointment.

This video should be ready within the 5 days to walk you through safely removing your extensions.

Also, we have decided to pause on rescheduling everyone for the time being until we get more information. We would hate to reschedule everyone, only to find it necessary to reach back out if the mandate is lifted earlier, or if it is pushed out. Especially with thousands of guests, this could be a huge undertaking.

As soon as we are able to open up our doors, Garnish is committed to having extended hours to make sure that all of our guests are able to fit back in in a timely manner.

Please stay connected with us here via email, and also on our social media pages for the most up-to-date and current information as we weather the storm with you ladies.

Our commitment to you is to make sure that we are able to provide the same Garnish Experience through this time of uncertainty.

Thank you for your continued support through this time, it means the world to us!

The Garnish Team

PS: Our quarantine kits will be ready for purchase by the END OF THE WEEK.

We will have 2 different kits available

Quarantine Color Kit
A root touch up kit with the option of adding a glaze or toner to take care of your touch up in the comfort of your own home. Complete with all tools necessary to perform the service safely with video guidance.

Survival Kit
Hand selected products from our Oribe line, specific to your hair’s needs to help your extensions make it through the quarantine.

Taking care of your extensions during this time is key to protect your investment. We believe that focusing on maintaining a sense of normalcy will not only help inside of your hair routine but might bring a level of peace.

On behalf of garnish please enjoy and soak up the garnish goodness from the comfort of your own home💚

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We wanted to take a moment to talk a little bit about one of our specialties within our specialty. It’s something we’re super passionate about and we have poured a lot of time and energy into being well-educated when it comes to this area.

Of course we’re talking about TEXTURED hair extensions.

We pride ourselves on being really well versed with a lot of different hair textures, and it goes far beyond just curly or straight. There’s curly, there’s fluffy, there’s coils, there’s silky straight, there’s just a hint of a wave… the list goes on.

NBR Extensions

NBR Extensions

NBR Extensions

NBR Extensions

NBR Extensions

The texture is also what shape the hair is in. There’s different “finishes” of hair aka how the hair actually feels. You can have a rough finish on curly hair or you can have a silky finish on curly hair, and so on and so forth for different curl patterns. You can also have fine hair or thick hair in all different textures. There are so many different combinations that make each person’s head of hair unique. Which means that creating the perfect blend between someone’s natural hair and extension hair requires a lot of expertise.

It takes significant training and experience to be able to match textures when it comes to all of these different variables. Especially when you add in matching and blending the color at the same time. It’s why we pride ourselves on having such a diverse clientele that chooses us.

When it comes to the world of hair, extensions are already a niche within the industry. Specializing in a lot of different textures is essentially our niche within the extension niche. Extensions are already highly specialized, but there are even fewer salons and stylists that are well-versed in working with and blending different textures.
You may have read that Garnish recently became the east coast’s first and only training salon inside of Natural Beaded Rows extensions.

At the most recent training event, Candice hosted a private break out session for stylists looking for extra education in this category. Some of your fave team member’s were a part of the training as models for some of our most popular textures. Check out the photos below!

If you’re interested in finding out more about hair extensions that curl and respond to the weather just like your natural hair, click the link below! If you’re a hairstylist and you’re interested in learning more about diversity inside of hair extensions, make sure to follow us on social because we have a curly class in the works and will be announcing all the details soon!

We love working with different textures and we love to share the knowledge so other stylists can do the same! It’s so important to us that women with all different hair types can experience the world of hair extensions.

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Extension Slip NBR Hair Extensions

A couple of weeks ago we broke down what to expect when wearing hair extensions for the very first time (link). Our belief is that the more you know, and the better prepared you are, the smoother your experience will be. That’s why we decided to shine some light on a fairly common problem for women wearing hand-tied hair extensions. We call it “a slip,” and it pretty much happens to everyone at some point during their hair extensions journey.

So what is this “slip” we’re talking about? If you’ve experienced it, then you already know. Essentially, each bead is attached to about 100 strands of hair, and each bead is also connected to the next bead using thread. A slip occurs when one bead slides out of place. This can be just a little bit, or it can be enough that your row suddenly feels pretty loose.

The most important thing to remember is that each bead is secured to its own foundation of hair, so a slip of one bead most likely will not affect any of the other beads. Each bead has its very own foundation and security. Most often slips occur to the front bead, and it can make it feel like your entire row is about to come off, but don’t panic! The rest of your row is still completely secure.

It’s important to know that slips happen, and you didn’t do anything wrong. Women with finer hair and more active lifestyles are more likely to experience slips, but they can happen to any hair texture. As you go about life, throwing on hats, wearing high ponies, working out, playing with your kids, pressure is applied to your beads and may result in one sliding down a bit. If this happens, it’s super easy to fix.

The first step is to secure your row with a bobby pin to minimize it pulling on the next bead. (Note: make sure to stick the bobby pin in horizontally, not vertically!) The second step is to text or call us to let us know. We’ll ask you to send a photo, if possible, so we know what we’re working with, and then schedule a time for you to stop by the studio. “Quick fixes” as we call them, only take about 15 minutes max.

If you believe something more than just a slip has occurred, please give us a call immediately. It’s very rare that something more serious happens, but we will always be super transparent with you about what’s happened with your hair extensions. Generally speaking, hand-tied beaded row extensions still pose the least potential for damage from any other method of extensions. Using a flat iron on too high of heat could cause more damage to your hair. As long as you are following the guidelines on your maintenance sheet, your experience with extensions should go smoothly.

For any of our out of town guests: please be aware that the need for a quick fix is always possible. When choosing to travel to our studio for your hair extensions, you are either committing to coming back should a slip occur, or we recommend finding a local artist who could assist you in such an instance.

While we wanted to give you all the deets about what a slip is and how to take care of it, it’s possible you could never experience one. They are a normal occurrence, but most women don’t experience them more than once unless their hair is particularly prone (super soft and fine), they live a very active lifestyle, or they are not properly following the maintenance guide. If you ever have any questions about your hair extensions, please give us a call or text us! We’re here to support you in your hair extensions experience just as much after you’ve left the salon as when you are in our space.

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Even though the temperatures have yet to drop here in North Carolina, we are still eagerly awaiting the upcoming season change. Our love for Fall runs deep and we particularly love the different ways we can style our extensions in the cooler weather. We wanted to share with you some of our favorite Fall inspo—from cuts to styles to accessories—that you can rock this upcoming Autumn.

If you follow us on social media you may have seen our “Fringe Feature” from a few weeks ago. We’re kind of obsessed with adding fringe to your haircut, but we particularly love it because it’s a small change that make you feel a big difference. If you’ve been rocking the same style for a while, but you’re ready to do something a little different, adding bangs to your look is the perfect way to mix things up.

NBR Hair Extensions Fall Hair Trends 2019

There are so many different variations of fringe from side swept bangs to micro fringe aka baby bangs to one of our faves—that parted in the middle, intentionally grown out, brushing your cheekbones fringe. While we love a good fringe on anyone, we think it’s the perfect addition to hair extensions for a couple of different reasons. For one thing, when you’re wearing this really big beautiful ponytail, having fringe adds style to your look. It also shows off your color and gives you some face framing without having to wear your hair completely down. If you’ve been wearing extensions for a while, now is definitely the time to consider a fringe!

Next up on our list of fall inspo is almost the opposite of our typical Summer look (those messy, beachy waves). This Fall we expect to see a whole lot of satiny, sleek looks. Especially for our longgg extension wearing ladies. From the long sleek ponies to wearing it parted down the center, straight hair is in for the upcoming season. We’re going to be seeing that 70s inspired center-parted look in an updated way this Fall. You know the one—blown out with a little bit of natural volume, but still sleek and shiny ends. We love this look because even though there’s no movement from texture, the hair still moves so beautifully! If you need assistance with styling your hair extensions straight, let us know!

NBR Hair Extensions Fall Hair Trends 2019

Finally, the third upcoming Fall trend that we are so excited for is HAIR ACCESSORIES! You’re going to be seeing barettes of all kinds, scarves of all colors, and fall-inspired big brimmed hats. We’ve seen a ton of hats with feathers in the currently debuting fashion, and can’t wait for alll the fall hat days. We’ve also been seeing head scarves worn in different ways and are so ready to incorporate the look in with our hair extensions.

NBR Hair Extensions Fall Hair Trends 2019

Our new fave is definitely winding a scarf into our extensions braid. This makes your big fluffy NBR braid even fuller and adds such a cute, trendy look to it. We’re also in love with the idea of combining the two—scarves with hats. Wearing a scarf in your hair peeking out from under your fave felt fall hat—we’re all heart eyes over here. Can we also have a moment for how far barettes have come since when we were small?? If you haven’t seen the latest in fall hair accessories, definitely check out Anthro, free people, and even Etsy for some of the cutest barrettes, scarves, and headbands you’ve ever seen.

If you can’t tell—we’re anxiously awaiting the temperature drops so we can get in on all of these Fall trends! And if you’re interested in the fashion side of the upcoming season, check out today’s post on candicemotley.com as she shares her personal obsession with the season and her recent scouting of what’s gonna be HOT this Autumn.

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hair extension transformation

Wearing hair extensions for the first time can be quite the experience. It feels different, you look different, and there’s a definite learning curve. We wanted to let you in on some things to expect when you receive your first set of NBR hair extensions—both the great things and the challenging ones. We want you to have an incredible experience with your hair extensions, and we’ve found that being prepared always makes things smoother.

First up is the BEST unexpected result of new hair. We’re talking about that incredible natural hair high. Whenever our guests come into their 2 week follow up appointment, they seem to be floating on a cloud. We hear everything from, “Omg I see why these are so addictive,” to “I thought I would like it, but more than that, I actually feel like a new person!” This completely euphoric experience happens for about 80-90% of our guests.

For the other 10-20%, the euphoria is followed by a bit of a crash. The just walked out of the salon feeling like a million bucks lasts all the way up until their first shampoo/style. All of a sudden it’s a “holy shit it took so much longer to dry and I have no idea what I’m doing with all this hair,” sort of feeling. We often have women who come into their 2 week follow up expressing that they styled their hair themselves for the first time and couldn’t make it look how it did when they left the salon. THIS IS TOTALLY NORMAL. There is definitely a learning curve with extensions, and it’s crucial to give yourself time, space, and grace when it comes to shampooing and getting reacquainted with your new self.

Our best advice for adapting to your new hair is to give yourself PLENTY of time for the first several shampoo and styles. We recommend setting aside about twice the amount of time as you would typically spend. You definitely do not want to try to squeeze in a wash and style of your brand new set of extensions in the same amount of time as your natural hair.

Once you’ve had your extensions for a little while, this process will get easier and the time will shorten back up a bit. You’ll learn exactly what works best for you and your hair and everything will get smoother. Expecting the learning curve is half the battle. You should never feel bad if the first time you wash and dry your new extensions it feels like a bit of a disaster. You are not alone!

Next up is the physical experience of your brand new set of extensions. If you are not used to having something attached to your scalp, aka if you’ve never worn extensions before, your head might be a little bit tender for the first few days. If this is you—don’t panic! It won’t stay like that for long. While nothing should be hurting or pulling, it will be a little snug and tender. The snugness is a totally separate feeling that takes a moment to get used to. It almost feels like you’re wearing a really tight headband (or headbands depending on your number of rows).

The next aspect of having a whole lot more hair that we receive tons of questions about is how to wear your hair up in a ponytail. One of our favorite qualities of NBR Extensions is how versatile they are in terms of style. But just like there is a learning curve for washing and drying them, there is definitely a learning curve for wearing them up as well. We’ve found that when you’re receiving a ton of new information like you are on the day you get your new hair, it’s not the best time to also talk ponies.

That’s why we designate a few minutes at the 2 week follow up appointment to walk you through wearing your hair up in a ponytail or topknot. We will walk you through the process, explain how to secure it, and talk about the different options. We also explain what’s better for working out vs just hanging around town and how to avoid unnecessary tension on your scalp when your hair is tied back.

The last thing that women aren’t always prepared for may seem a bit obvious, but is often still a surprise. When you change your hair you typically expect a comment or two, but depending on how large your transformation is you can actually expect for people’s jaws to drop. It’s pretty common for a transformation to include a color revamp along with hair extensions, which means you’re going to look pretty different in a pretty short amount of time. Expect for people to come up and ask you all about it.

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There’s a fairly common taboo when it comes to not asking people about their hair extensions, but our philosophy is the total opposite. We fully encourage you to embrace your new look and when people ask if you’re wearing hair extensions for your answer to be, “Girllll, hell yes!” Be proud that you’ve made an investment in yourself—you will probably inspire someone else to do the same. We also encourage you to train your brain to accept the compliment! You’re probably going to get an influx of compliments on your hair and your new glow—embrace it! Eat it up! You look amazing and you deserve to feel that way as well.

If you’re considering hair extensions, we hope that this helps you prepare for what experiences to expect. And if you ever have any questions before, during, or after you receive your new set of hair extensions, just give us a call or shoot us an email! We’ve got your back and are here to talk you through whatever you need! Our goal is always for you to have the best and smoothest extensions experience possible!

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Brassy Blondes NBR Hair Extensions

There’s one particular hair struggle that we hear about every single Summer. It comes with being out in the sun and elements, and it takes a little effort to counteract. Yep, we’re talking about keeping your ‘lites from turning brassy. Whether you’re the blondest blonde or a balayaged brunette, if you prefer to keep your hair cool or even neutral, it’s going to take a little extra work in the Summer. Lucky for you, we’re here to talk you through it.

Let’s spend just a minute talking about what brass is and how it happens. Everyone has warmth in their hair naturally. As hair is exposed to lightener and color, the warmth shows up in your balayage and highlights. Glazes, or toners, are what hairstylists use to combat the natural warmth when your preferred tone is cooler or more neutral than the level to which your hair naturally lifts. Which brings us to our tips for banishing brass through the summertime.

First up, don’t even THINK about skipping out on glazes during the summer months. The number one way to combat brassy tones throughout the warmer months is by coming in regularly for toning services. Glazes last an average of 4-6 weeks, but could be even less if you swim or spend a lot of time in the sun. We highly recommend scheduling out your glaze services if you want to keep your color the tone that you love.

Brassy Blonde NBR Hair Extensions

We also recommend keeping your hair OUT of the sun and water as much as possible. Hats are your best friend, and the less you expose your hair to the summer elements, the better for your hair color.
If you can’t make it into the studio for your glazes, or if you want to maintain your color in between appointments, we highly recommend a purple or blue toned shampoo.

Color toned shampoo does not typically have the capacity to correct your color, but it will contribute to maintaining the tone of your hair. If you’re wondering what the heck blue shampoo is (we know purple is pretty well known), blue toned shampoos are typically for cancelling brass in either brunettes or natural silver hair.

Brass in the Summer may be inevitable, but there are definitely ways to counteract it and maintain the tones you love. Schedule your regular glazes, invest in an awesome color-toned shampoo, and keep your hair out of the sun! And if you have any questions about your hair tone and how to maintain it, ask your stylist at your next visit!

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July Summer Hair

Happy Independence Day!

If you’re not at the beach, you’re probably at the pool, and if you’re not at the pool you’re definitely attending a BBQ. No matter where you are, the temps are hot, it’s humid AF, and no one wants to mess with their hair right now. ESPECIALLY if you’ve got hair extensions, which let’s be real can be kind of like a blanket on your neck. That’s why we wanted to take a moment to share some different ways to wear your hair today (and for the rest of this blistering hot Summer).

First up…Bandanas + other hair accessories

…may just be your best friend. We love bandanas because they serve a dual purpose. They’re super cute and fashionable, but they also absorb sweat from your scalp, which TBH we all need right now. They also hide the fact that you probably need to wash your hair, but you’ve just decided to throw it up in a pony or a braid, because it’s too hot for freshly washed hair anyway.

Next up… Braids

We love a braid all year long, but in the Summer it’s just about the cutest way to get your hair off your neck while still looking like you put some effort into your hairstyle. (This is not us hating on a messy top knot.. that’s coming up next). Braids can be done in so many different ways… it allows you some flexibility and creativity with your hair while still guaranteeing that you’re not going to have to worry about it while you’re out in the hot Summer sun.

Yep, you knew it was coming…

that messy topknot life is EVERYTHING

in the summertime, and it’s also one of our favorite NBR styles. NBR Extensions are one of the only methods of hair extensions that allow you to wear your hair up, and we think this is a total gamechanger. You can definitely put that bandana to good use with this style, which is a super easy way to make your topknot that much more chic.

If you REALLY want to wear your hair down, but you’re still looking for a way to keep it off your face and make it not quite so hot, we recommend a half up-half down style. The seamless nature of NBR Extensions makes this style a breeze, and you can change it up. A half pony, half top knot, or even braiding back the front are great ways to get your hair off your face while still wearing it down.

No matter what you’re doing this 4th of July or how you choose to style your hair, we wish you fun, safety, and tons of good food & drinks. We also wanted to take a moment to shout out our NBR Tribe—the amazing nationwide group of hairstylists who specialize in Natural Beaded Rows Extensions. One of Candice’s fellow platform artists, Amanda, posted the photo at the beginning of this post that inspired us writing this, and graciously allowed us to share it. We are so blessed to be a part of such a great network of creatives.

Happy 4th of July, friends!

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repeat after me: I am worthy of the very best in life, and I now lovingly allow myself to accept it.