So you’ve heard of medication being prescribed “off-label” right?

Well, we’re about to let you in on our secret “off-label” Keratin treatment magic. If you know about Keratin treatments, you likely know that they are a Smoothing treatment that relaxes curl patterns, improves manageability of your hair, and are mostly used by women with curly, wavy, or thick hair.

All true, and it does work wonders in all of those regards. The lesser known reality of Keratin treatments is how they can affect the texture of your hair even if you don’t have curl or wave. AND how they can make your extensions blend even more beautifully.

Let’s talk a little more about Keratin treatments and what they do. Keratin is a protein that your body naturally produces and is found in your hair. Over time your body naturally loses some of its keratin leaving “gaps” in the internal structure of your hair. A keratin treatment goes in and finds those gaps and repairs them, which leads to smoother, stronger hair. Keratin treatments also speed up the drying time of your hair, and make it easier to blow dry smooth. So how does this help someone who doesn’t have curly or wavy hair?

There’s another category of hair that we’ve encountered over and over, which is fine or thin hair that “fluffs.” When your hair is prone to getting fluffy or frizzy, especially in the humidity of North Carolina, a Keratin treatment can be your hair’s best friend. When it comes to wearing hair extensions, if your hair is straight the extension hair is called “Silky Straight” and stays fairly smooth even over time.

If your hair naturally frizzes or fluffs, it can make it more challenging to keep your hair perfectly blended with your silky straight extensions. A keratin treatment is the perfect solution.

In addition to creating the most beautiful blend, keratin treatments make it so much easeir to style your hair with extensions. As you might imagine (or have experienced) once you receive extensions you have signicantly more hair than you are used to drying and styling. A keratin treatment can ease that transition by making it smoother and quicker to blowdry.

Overall, keratin treatments are an amazing solution to many different hair problems. And if you always thought keratins weren’t for you, but you relate to your hair fluffing or frizzing, talk to your stylist!

Or if you wear hair extensions and are interested in a smoother blowout, a keratin treatment might be your answer. No matter what, Spring has arrived, and the NC humidity is coming soon.

It’s officially Keratin Season!

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We’ve talked before about the versatility of hair extensions when it comes to color and texture, etc. but there’s an important aspect of their versatility that we’ve never really talked about. When it comes to extensions there is often a misconception about “who” wears hair extensions and what exactly hair extensions look like. The reality is that women choose hair extensions for all kinds of reasons and just as varied as their style and cut is before hair extensions, it can be just as different with hair extensions as well.

Because we offer both traditional extensions and crown extensions (need to know more about crowns, check out this recent post) we have a lot of flexibility in terms of the solutions we can offer to meet womens’ hair needs.

Whether their hair is thin and fine, or it stopped growing, or they’re experiencing loss due to hormones or aging… we most often have a solution. This means that the women who come into our studio for hair extensions are incredibly diverse and we LOVE that. We’ve found that there are essentially no limits when it comes to age and style of extensions.

We welcome women of every age to our studio. We want each and every person to feel welcome no matter what their hair looks like, how they choose to style it, or just because there’s a preconceived notion that hair extensions are only to make your hair “long and pretty.” For us, hair extensions are an incredible solution to women’s hair problems such as thinning and loss, that provide confidence and self-love to the individual wearing them.

At Garnish, we take pride in the fact that our clientele is diverse, that everyone is welcomed at the door just the same, and that we will always do our best to ensure we can meet your needs and make your hair goals a reality.

If you want to follow along with the diversity of our clientele and their hair and see just how many beautiful women we work with, follow us on instagram and facebook. We share photos (from those guests who give us permission) of our transformations and we are proud to be able to showcase the versatility of hair extensions through our beautiful clients.

We would love to welcome you to our studio as well! Click here to get started.

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Hair Extension Investment: We’ve got all the deets!

There’s one question we get asked far more than any other questions when it comes to hair extensions. The number one thing everyone wants (and needs) to know is what exactly is the ACTUAL investment of hair extensions. We’ve found that there’s not a lot of information out there that really breaks down the cost of quality hair extensions, so we wanted to go ahead and lay it all out there for you. We never want anyone to feel like they don’t understand what’s involved or they aren’t prepared for both the time and cost commitment of hair extensions.

Before we break down the numbers, we wanted to talk a little bit about investment. Like so many things, hair extensions can range in quality in many ways. The quality of the hair itself, the quality of the method, along with the quality of the actual installment can all make a huge difference in both your experience and the cost of extensions. Here at Garnish, we have chosen to only work with the top brands within the industry of hair extensions. Each brand that we work with guarantees the premium quality of their hair and is one of a few methods we consider to be the safest, most comfortable, and most natural looking. When it comes to the installment of extensions, the experience of your stylist is extremely important. Our owner, Candice, has spent over a decade devoting countless hours and thousands of dollars into education for every method, honing her skills, and becoming truly expert level.

Each of our stylists is committed to learning and growing in the same way, both from Candice in the studio and from external classes. Continuing education is vital within the hair industry in general, but especially in the growing world of hair extensions.

In addition to the quality of extensions, an important aspect of your investment in hair extensions is the time involved. For our studio, that means beginning with an in-person consultation, the time of your extension application, along with the time for your maintenance appointments. Our consultations are typically around 45 minutes. In addition to answering some questions that help us guide the rest of your consult, this time allows you to understand the details of extensions, really figure out what’s going to be the right fit for you, and answer any questions you might have. We consider this an absolutely vital step to your extension experience.

When you come in for your extensions application, there are typically one of two things happening. Either you have a color you already love and you’re just receiving extensions, or you’re getting a color revamp prior to your extension application. The color portion takes on average 2-3 hours, but if you are receiving a corrective color it could take longer. Your initial extension application averages between 1-3 hours depending on the method, amount of hair, and the stylist applying your extensions.

To ensure a great experience with hair extensions, you absolutely must commit to properly maintaining your extensions. Most methods require maintenance at around 6-8 weeks, give or take a week depending on your hair needs and hair growth. Each maintenance appointment takes on average 1-3 hours depending on the method, amount of hair, and the stylist performing your maintenance service. During your consultation, you can get a more accurate estimate of time for your particular services.

Alright, let’s dive in to the part you’re really here for—the financial investment of hair extensions. When it comes to estimating the cost, it can be difficult to provide an accurate range due to how many factors can influence the price. The method of extensions, amount of hair, length of hair, texture of hair, and even color of the hair can alter the cost of the extensions. This is why extension stylists are so hesitant to give a quote or even ballpark prior to having an in-person consultation.

Here’s our best summary of the cost of extensions based on some general assumptions.

1. Looking to add volume, but not length, with average length of hair. For most methods that we offer, this is going to be somewhere around $1,000. It could be a little less, it could be a little more (up to around $1,500), but the $1,000 mark is pretty standard. For example, this would be one row of NBR extensions.

2. Looking to add volume, and some length. This category can range a little more and will typically fall into the $1,500-$2,500 range. Most often when looking for volume and length, even if it’s not a signficant length difference, more hair is needed. Typically, this would be two rows of NBR extensions.

3. Looking for major volume and all the length aka bombshell hair. When long, luscious hair is your goal, the cost of investment is typically going to start around $2,500 and go up from there. This would be three rows of NBR extensions.

4. When you’re looking to address thinning, hair loss, or an area of concern, typically you will be in need of a Crown Extension. The cost of a crown extension can range quite a bit based on how customized it needs to be, but the average cost is going to be somewhere between $2,000-$3,500.

From our studio, every extension quote includes the actual extension hair, application of your extensions, custom color of the extensions, the blending cut, style, and 2 week follow up appointment. Any color to your natural hair is not included in your extensions quote.

The cost of maintenance varies based on the method of extensions, amount of hair, and the stylist’s level. Most methods start around $100. NBR extensions begin at $150 and go up from there based on the number of rows and stylist’s certification level. The quote you receive during your consultation will also include the cost of maintenance for your particular hair extensions.

One last thing to note when it comes to the cost of hair extensions. Each of our stylists brings a different level of experience, expertise, and style to their extension services. We have a level system that differentiates these aspects, which also means each of our stylists has slightly different pricing. As the owner and extension expert, Candice’s pricing is going to be the most investment. We know that everyone has a different beauty budget and we want them to feel confident in choosing one of our other stylists for their transformation. Our Creative Director, Niko, brings incredible artistry and attention to detail to her extension transformations. Our New Talent Stylist, Reece, does amazing extension maintenance services, and is currently completing his full transformation training. No matter whose chair you sit in, the Garnish Experience remains the same—our commitment to the highest quality of service and artistry is a studio standard.

If you have ANY questions about hair extensions, the investments required, or our process, please give us a call at (919)793-4008 or shoot us an email at info@garnish-studio.com.

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There’s a trend that’s happening slowly but surely, and it’s one that we are totally here for. And while trends often come and go, this one we believe is here to stay. In light of a certain holiday today we wanted to talk to you a little bit about the most important relationship in your life: YOU.

When you really take a moment to reflect, you realize how impactful taking care of yourself can be. So much of what we do in life—how we interact with others, how we care for others, how we take care of ourselves in terms of what we eat and activity levels… it all comes back to how we feel about ourselves. And I mean, how we really, truly feel deep down.

At our core, we instinctively want to love and care for ourselves. The reasons why we find it so difficult are based on years of societal standards, social conditioning, and negative self-talk, which is often learned at a very young age. It takes time and effort to undo those standards, but ultimately, it IS possible to fall in love with yourself and begin the process of not just taking care of yourself, but really investing in yourself as a person.

There are many aspects to self-investment and they can look vastly different based on you as a person, your individual needs, and what makes YOU feel good. There’s internal self-investment such as taking a class to learn a new skill, reading a book, meditating, listening to music that makes you feel good, and many more things. And then there’s external self-investment such as getting a massage or facial, buying new clothes, working out, or getting your hair or nails done. There’s value in both aspects of self-investment, and it’s incredibly personal what works best for you.

On a daily basis we meet women who have struggled deeply with a physical aspect of themselves. Whether they’ve lived their whole life with thin or fine hair, or they’ve experienced thinning and loss due to a medical illness, or their postpartum hair loss really hits them hard, their hair is something that keeps them from feeling self-confident. Our passion for hair extensions is rooted in the ability to help transform that aspect for women and help them feel amazing when they look in a mirror. Internal self-investment and external self-investment are intricately linked together in that often it takes both to truly achieve self-love.

One of the most difficult aspects of walking down the path towards self-care is that we sometimes experience a level of guilt for focusing on ourselves instead of our children, partner, or really anyone else. The reality is that if we invest in ourselves and care for ourselves, we are better able to show up for the people in our lives that matter most. Don’t you want your son and daughter to know that they are perfect exactly as they are and they are loved unconditionally?

Being a living example by loving yourself unconditionally will leave a far more lasting impact than if you constantly put yourself last because you feel like you “should.”

As our Valentine’s Day gift to you, we are giving you permission (in the hopes that you will give YOURSELF permission) to take some time for self-care. Whether that’s taking a long hot bath, or just going for a walk outside, whether it’s signing up for that class you’ve been dying to take, or if it’s finally achieving the hair of your dreams… you deserve to feel AMAZING about yourself.

It may not come natural to you, but we promise, you will never regret making an investment in YOU. You are so worthy of feeling loved, and the best place to start is by loving yourself.

Happy Valentine’s Day from the Garnish Team <3

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If you’ve been following the blog for the past week, you saw that our Salon Manager, Kassy, has recently transitioned out of that role and into a new one.

If that left you wondering who would be taking on that role, well, we didn’t want to leave you hanging for long. Without further ado, we wanted to take a moment to introduce you to the TWO incredible individuals who will be sharing the Guest Service space and taking care of all the guest service related things within the studio.

Both of our two new team members have extensive experience working with guests, managing, and creating an organized, efficient space. They are both detail-oriented, caring, easy to talk to, and both LOVE hair. All of this means that when you call or come into the studio you will be in GREAT hands for all of your appointment scheduling, rescheduling, having questions answered and more.

Introducing… Lauren Hall & Susan Wright!

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A little bit about Lauren

Lauren was first introduced to Garnish as a guest of Niko’s, which means she truly understands the guest perspective. She previously spent a decade in the corporate world as an IT project manager for a large clinical research company. After falling out of love with her career and eventually choosing to leave it behind in pursuit of a lifestyle fueled by her passions, she answered our call for a new Studio Manager and here she is!

She loves using the skills from her old life as a project manager in a brand new way while being surrounded by so much beautiful hair and all the best haircare products. (Lauren is definitely a product junkie and would love to talk to you about haircare products!) Engaging with clients is at the top of her priority list, as well as utilizing her acute knack for details, and juggling all the schedules.

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A little bit about Susan

Susan first fell in love with the world of hair extensions when she came into the studio to make her own mermaid hair dreams a reality in Candice’s chair. From that moment she was hooked, and she loves being a part of the hair transformations for each of our guests. She brings previous salon coordination experience to the role along with high end retail service through her time working for Lilly Pullitzer.

Her passion for organization and attention to detail means you will be in excellent hands for scheduling your services, coordinating details, and if you ever need guest services assistance. Susan is one of the sweetest people you will ever meet, and you will love the chance to talk to her when you come into the studio.

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We are so thrilled to have Lauren and Susan as a part of the Garnish Team and know that you will love working with both of them whenever you come into the studio!

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Introducing Quirks Creative

If you’ve been into the studio you probably know our Studio Manager, Kassy. What you may not know is that she has been growing her side hustle into a business for the last two years all while managing the salon full-time. Beginning in the new year Kassy’s role at Garnish will be shifting as her business becomes her full-time career. I wanted to take a moment to share a little bit about her journey with us here at Garnish before introducing her new role.

Quirks Creative

You all know I’m a vision person. I am all about a Vision Statement. And I truly believe Kassy was brought to Garnish through my vision statement for my studio manager. She embodies everything I was looking for in a manager—and then some.

In addition to all of the guest service and management qualities I was seeking, I knew I wanted this person to bring an artistic and creative vibe to the role. Hence why I consider her heaven sent via my vision.

Kassy’s business had just recently launched prior to her joining the team, but it was through the yearly Garnish Vision and Goals exercise that each of my team members completes, that her business found direction.

Quirks Creative

Just about a year and a half ago we sat down to discuss her goals and what it would look like for her to exclusively focus on the aspects of her job that she’s most passionate about—the ones that aligned with her business.

We’ve been steadily moving towards that goal and I am thrilled to be able to stand behind one of our creatives as she takes this next step in her career.

Quirks Creative

I am proud to introduce our new freelance partner, Quirks Creative, who will be continuing to grace our chalkboards with art, managing our social media, updating website content, and contributing to the Garnish blog. Click here to visit her website, or follow along with her social media (Instagram/Facebook).

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This year we wanted to send an extra special THANK YOU to each and every one of you for being a part of our journey here at Garnish. The past year has encompassed a lot of changes, some of which were particularly difficult as we had to say goodbye to so many of you that we love.

As we’ve delved deeper into our specialty of hair extensions, we have also been able to meet so many new faces and bring confidence and beautiful hair to so many women. We are so thankful to be able to provide such a meaningful service to you.

No matter if you are a part of our original journey or have gone down this new path with us, each of you holds a special place in our hearts as you have allowed us to do what we love and share our passion with you.

We wish you an amazing holiday full of gratitude and good food!

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Everybody put your hands together as we officially welcome Reece Britt to the floor!

In Reece’s own words…. “Yaaaaasssss!!!”

So, what exactly does this mean? Well, if you’ve followed Garnish for more than about five minutes you know that we have an Academy here where our owner, Candice, trains new cosmetologists to become extension and color specialists. It’s an 18-24 month program that can pretty much be considered “grad school” for hair stylists. This means that by the time these stylists “hit the floor” to start accepting guests of their own they have spent at least one year training hands-on every day with an extension expert who has been behind the chair for over 15 years.

In order to graduate from the “Assistant Phase” of the Academy Program into the “New Talent” phase, the stylist has to perform a number of hands-on “test-outs” of various color and extension work, along with passing a written test as well. They have been rigorously trained on formulating color, extension placement, and all the millions of details in between that make up the Garnish Experience. Once they pass the tests and become “New Talent” as Reece has just done, they are able to start accepting guests a few days a week as they continue to learn and grow.

In celebration of his new promotion, we sat down with Reece to talk about his experience in the Academy, why he chose this career path, and what he’s most looking forward to about this next step.

What has your experience been inside of the Academy?
Reece: “My experience in the Garnish Academy has been nothing short of amazing! I have learned more than I would have ever even thought! Everything from verbiage and color theroy to techniques and even confidence in myself as an artist! Every day in the salon is a new day for learning experiences and laughs with my amazing team! My mentor has devoted two days every week to have pretty intensive hands on trainings with me. She is pouring all her knowledge into me and I couldn’t be more grateful for the time and patience she invests in me, even on her days off. I dub her as my Hair Mom because she is always there for me with her words of wisdom and advice in life and in our specialty.”

Why did you choose Garnish’s Academy Program?
Reece: “I chose the academy because even while I was in school, I was thirsty for knowledge. I didn’t want to start out my career with only the knowledge I learned in cosmetology school; I needed more! Hair is ever changing and knowledge and technique are your tools to success and consistently beautiful work! I wouldn’t be able to slay hair as well as I’m able to now with only the information I got in school. Continuing your education is so important to me and Garnish is such an education driven environment! It’s motivating to be around like-minded, goal-oriented people all the time, and ALWAYS great vibes.”

What does graduating into the New Talent portion of the Academy mean to you?
Reece: “Transitioning into my new position as New Talent Stylist is so exciting I don’t even know how else to describe it! I’ve been through intensive training for over 14 months, basically stepping all over Candice’s heels on the way. I’ve been itching to create some beautiful transformations of my own with my completely renovated skill set! I’m so excited for my journey as New Talent!”

What are you most looking forward to about starting your career at Garnish?
Reece: “The part I’m looking forward to the most is being the person who redefined the confidence of the person smiling back in the mirror. I’m excited to put my training and hard work to the test! I really enjoy what I have chosen to spend the rest of my life doing! Transforming lives and making people smile is my passion and Garnish is the perfect place to make this magic happen!”

Join us in congratulating Reece on his new promotion!

We are so thankful to have such an energetic and passionate person as part of the Garnish Tribe, and we could not be more proud of the work that he does inside of the studio each day. We look forward to continuing to be a part of his undoubtedly incredible career.

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nbr hair extensions

Whenever there’s a new craze you begin to see it everywhere.

In the fashion world what typically happens is that every company rushes to create their version of the trend creating a multitude of offerings varying in quality and style. When it comes to hair trends, it takes a lot of continuing education, practice, and commitment to learning and growing your craft in order to truly master a new trend. That’s why we place such a huge emphasis on education—because we value staying ahead of the curve to consistently offer the best services at the highest quality. That’s also why we’ve been a part of the NBR Extension community for quite a while now.

Hair extensions is a whole different universe inside of the hair industry requiring a different level of artistry and integrity. Women come into our studio every day placing their self-confidence, beauty goals, and vulnerabilities into our hands, and we take that as a huge responsibility. When Candice first learned of NBR, she chose not to offer it immediately to her guests because she realized that there was a level of practiced skill required in order to offer the service at the highest standard. She chose instead to attend an in-person class in Laguna with the NBR creator, Danielle, in order to study the craft on a first-hand level.

nbr extensions

nbr hair extensions

After returning from class, Candice still chose not to offer the service immediately, instead taking the time to practice every single day in order to master the skill before offering it to her guests. Since that time, she has attended a number of courses and intensives on the method and has become both Level 3 Certified (the current highest level of certification) along with being a BMS Convention Trainer at their bi-annual conference. We have been offering the method in the studio for a year and a half and during that time our other extension specialist, Niko, has become Level 2 Certified, and our soon-to-be new stylist, Reece, has become Level 1 Certified. Candice implemented what is called a “power practice” into their training that requires 15 minutes of practice every day.

As a studio, we believe in the method as one of the highest quality extension methods in existence due to the fact that it’s the maximum amount of hair achievable with the most minimal amount of attachment points. This means it’s one of the safest methods for your natural hair with proper extension care. It also means it allows your natural hair the most “room” to grow as it’s such a delicate, seamless method. And it’s because we believe this that we’ve dedicated so much time, energy, and resources to ensure we are highly trained and skilled in offering the service.

With our transition into offering exclusively extension related services, we have been able to hone our skills even further, ensuring that no matter which stylist you see at Garnish, you will be taken care of with the same level of understanding for the method, and you can feel comfortable knowing every stylist has practiced extensively to perfect their craft.

We are super passionate about Natural Beaded Rows as a method, and we believe in the incredible transformations we have been able to create through NBR. If you have any questions about the method, the process, the maintenance, or what’s achievable for you—call us! We would love to talk you through it.

You can also visit garnishhairextensions.com to hear firsthand from Candice about how NBR changed her life, and the steps to take in order for it to change yours, too.

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First, and above all else, I want to extend my deepest gratitude to each and every one of you for being a part of the last four years as Garnish has grown from an idea and a passion into the thriving business that it is today. It is because of your support that we have been able to transform so many women’s lives through helping them achieve their hair goals. I have truly valued having each of you in my chair or in my studio with my team, and I hold the connections we have created near to my heart.

If you’ve been following my personal journey through social media, or as a guest in the studio, you already know that I am head over heels in love with the world of hair extensions. Over the past decade I have delved deep into the craft of extensions, learning and perfecting my skill to be able to provide the absolute best experience and results to the women who sit in my chair. I have found that by pouring my heart and soul into my extension craft, I have been able to transform not just how women look, but also how they feel, and this has in turn transformed my own life and business.

Earlier this year I had the opportunity to attend a highly specialized business course. Within that course I was challenged to consider in depth what my goals are for not just my business, but for my life, and how to align those visions. The course forced me to do some deep soul-searching in terms of how to best care for my guests, my team, my family, and myself. I want to emphasize just how much thought, care, and consideration went into this decision.

Beginning in January of 2019, Garnish Hair Studio and Extension Bar will be transitioning into Garnish Hair Extension Studio as we move into focusing exclusively on hair extensions and the services that surround extensions. This transition will allow us to provide an exceptional level of service from a highly-trained and specialized team. Each one of my team members will be an Extension Specialist, which will allow us to better serve our guests within our niche.

What This Means for You
If you are a current guest of Garnish who does not have hair extensions, we have put forth every effort to create a plan to ensure you have a new salon home you will love. We will work with you to provide personal recommendations to other talented stylists in the area who would love the opportunity to have you in their chair.

If you are a current extension guest of Garnish, we will continue to provide all services surrounding your hair extensions. This means your color, cut, glazes, and treatments will all be included as part of our extension services.

While this was a difficult decision for us to make, we are thrilled to be able to move forward into our specialty. We hope you understand that this decision is a reflection of our commitment to offering the highest quality extension services, while also creating a sustainable and balanced life for ourselves and our families. We hope you will keep in touch through our Instagram and Facebook. Once again, we couldn’t have made it to where we are without your support.

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