If you follow the hair industry at all you may have noticed that hair extensions are having a moment. As a salon that specializes exclusively in extensions, we’re obviously pretty passionate about their place in the industry. So on the one hand it’s exciting that our niche is experiencing the spotlight. On the other hand, as a salon who specializes in extensions, we know just how much time, energy, and experience is involved in offering a high-quality extension service. Which is the part about extensions gaining popularity that makes us feel a little cautious. Not all extension brands and trainings were created equally.

For us, hair extensions are about changing women’s lives. Candice has been specializing in extensions for almost two decades. She has poured countless hours and money into certifications, advanced education, and most importantly, hands on practice. The entire culture of Garnish is built around offering the highest quality of service. And no matter what, for every guest, our focus is on how we can offer a solution through hair extensions that will change the way our guest feels about herself.

The popularity of hair extensions has come about for several reasons—some good, some less so. There are those stylists, like all of us at Garnish, who truly connect to the service and how it changes women’s lives. Then there are those who just see it as a way to bring in additional income due to the higher cost of extensions. There are also those who just want to be a part of the trend and post “pretty” before and afters on social media. We’re big believers that there’s room for everyone who wants to be able to offer the service of extensions; however, offering hair extensions with integrity is super important to us.

You can technically get certified in some methods of hair extensions in just a day, but just because you have a certificate from a company doesn’t mean you should just start offering the service right away. No matter what the method or brand, they all take time and practice to truly master. Putting in the time and energy to practice is absolutely vital with hair extensions because if not done properly, they can really do damage to someone’s hair. Even when you are still learning, you never want to compromise the integrity of the hair you’re working on. This is why it’s our practice to only begin performing an extension method on clients (even as models) after extensive practice on mannequins.

Through our NBR training we learned a method called “power practice” that all of our team members employ. Power practice consists of 15 minutes of intensive practice every single day. Our employees do this for several months before ever working on an actual client. We’re not looking for perfection, but confidence that you will not damage someone’s hair while performing the service. This is why it’s important to find an educational experience that not only certifies you but offers you a consistent platform of advanced, ongoing education—so you can get over any hiccups in learning and continue pouring into your craft.

Whether you were initially attracted to learning hair extensions because they are currently popular or because you were already passionate about them, we encourage you to be passionate about learning your craft so much so that you’re willing to put in the work to uphold the service.

We believe if we all have that mindset, everyone can win.

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You may or may not know that in addition to being obsessed with transforming womens’ lives through the art of hair extensions, the Garnish team is also pretty obsessed with growth and goal setting.

It’s one of Candice’s passions and she’s cultivated an environment focused around growth. For the last three years Candice has chosen a word of the year to focus her next year around. At the end of each year as she reflects on the year to come, there’s always something that shows up. Once it appears, she recognizes that that’s where she should be focusing her energy.

Candice has found that if she puts all of her energy into making sure that every step that she takes is focused around this particular word for the year, that at the end of the year it really does show up that her life wrapped around it. Because this practice has been so significant for her individually, this year she decided to introduce the concept to the Garnish team. She asked the entire staff to dedicate the next year to a particular word.

Here’s what they each chose:

Candice – Manifest.

Niko – Fearless.

Amank – Disciplined.

Reece – Prepared.

Susan – Centered.

Sahar – Balanced.

Stephanie – Limitless.

Jennifer – Aligned.

If you’re noticing a couple of new names on the list, allow us to introduce you to our two newest team members. Stephanie is our lovely new part-time guest service team member who takes care of the front desk all day on Saturdays. Jennifer is our amazing helping hand. She manages our inventory, puts hair away, and pretty much just makes sure everything is flowing smoothly.

For everyone reading this, we encourage you to pick a word to represent your 2020.

Don’t put too much pressure on it or stress yourself out about it. Just choose a word that means something to you that you want to focus on this year. Manifestation doesn’t work under pressure, so you don’t want it to feel forceful. It’s just a simple reminder as you’re walking through your life that you should be focused on “X” because that’s what you want the outcome of the next year to be. If you want to talk more about your word (or ours!) we would love to chat during your next visit.

We love sharing about our goal setting practices and spreading our manifestation vibes!

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We love to kick the year off with something special for both new friends and current friends.

This year we are launching the new year with “A Gift from Garnish: #ConfidenceOnTheGo.” If you saw our most recent YouTube video, we featured our Lead Stylist, Niko Jones, along with Jennifer Freeman, who started out as a guest, and has now become a part of our studio as our extra set of hands, so-to-speak. We wanted to give you some insight into these two women’s lives because of the impact wearing hair extensions has had on them and their day to day.

While yes, hair extensions give you length or volume, and transforms your hair—they also do so much more. Wearing extensions does something to the inside as well, bringing more confidence, and just making everything feel a little different. We wanted to shine some light on that aspect of hair extensions. In the video, both Niko and Jennifer share their stories.

We particularly wanted to feature Jennifer because as she transitioned from a guest into one of our team members we’ve gotten to know her on a deeper level and really see what hair extensions have done for her. As a single mom of four boys who manages a coffeeshop, Jennifer has pretty much always put herself last.

Choosing to come in and carve out time just for her was huge! Candice said, “She walks in the door with all this confidence and cute styles, and it’s clear she really just got lit up by adding hair extensions to her fine hair.”

A Free Extension Consultation, Our Gift to You!

We decided to offer free consultation vouchers to our current guests to inspire you to invite your friends to come in and experience Garnish. If you’re a current guest, we have tickets up at our front desk that can be personalized just for you. The voucher is good for a complimentary consultation that you can give out to someone you think would really benefit from wearing hair extensions.

The person in your life who really needs that extra dose of confidence on the go. We want to make it easy for you to give that gift to them. In exchange for bringing your friends into the Garnish family, we are offering $100 off your next full set of hair extensions for each friend who ends up actually getting hair extensions following their complimentary consultation.

This promotion will be going on through the end of February to really kick off 2020 right!

As always, we truly appreciate the support and love that we get from all of our guests. We couldn’t follow our dreams without you! Thank you all for everything that made up our 2019 and we can’t wait for more amazing hair and #ConfidenceOnTheGo in 2020!

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All month we’ve been featuring each of our team members and their Garnish Love Story. We’ve shared their perspective on how they fell in love with Garnish alongside Candice’s perspective of how she knew they were the right fit to be a part of our space. To close out our love stories we wanted to share a little bit about how Garnish came to be and how Candice really fell in love with Garnish and how that love has shaped everything Garnish has become since its birth.

The root of Garnish began long before it actually had a space of its own. Candice never set out to own a salon, but when she found herself continuously experiencing hard times at other salons, it made her start to consider the possibility. After experiencing salons where the culture just wasn’t quite right, salons where she felt there was a lack of integrity, salons that just weren’t progressive, and then finally finding what she thought would be her salon home only for it to be unexpectedly closed, she realized she would have to create her own culture and environment in order to have a space where she could really feel comfortable.

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When that first began it was just a single salon suite of “one.” Candice was the only stylist and ran her salon suite with one other person—the assistant from the previous salon that had shut down. He helped her create a really great experience for her guests, and that’s what first started to establish the Garnish Experience. As she continued building her studio, she found that she had a knack for organization and creating processes. Then she hired a business coach and that’s when she really started to see that creating a salon of her own could become something great.

If you know anything about Candice you know that once she has a vision, she goes after it. As she began to cultivate the concept of a salon that could be a positive influence bringing stylists motivation, direction, and so much more, she began to look for actual spaces. As soon as she found the space Garnish is in now, she saw so much potential for what it could be. The natural light beaming in and filling the space gave her all the feels. She just knew that Garnish was going to be something really big.

The build out process took the next 6-8 months. Over that time period Candice emptied her 401k, took everything she had and poured it into this dream… and also at the same time found out she was having a baby. She was going through hiring and first trimester woes, but through it all felt like she had never felt about anything else before. When Garnish opened in August of 2014, it began with Candice and two other stylists who had said they wanted to work with her. And it has just continued to grow and evolve since. Now, she can’t imagine her life without Garnish beign a part of it.

Garnish has become not just a successful extensions salon, but it has also been a place of opportunity and growth for stylists. Candice has expanded from being exclusively behind the chair into training and education. Garnish is now becoming one of only 3 national host salons for Natural Beaded Rows Extension Education. She has shifted all of her energy into her true passion for changing the lives of women through the art of extensions, and creating amazing experiences. It is a hair salon, yes, but as so many people have found something inside of the space, it has become so much more than that.

Everyone that has come through the space, even those who are no longer in the space, have found something there. Whether they’ve discovered something new in themselves, found a path, or found alignment that has spun off into something amazing, it has been a place of change, growth, opportunity, and vision for everyone. When we asked Candice how she felt about everything Garnish has become, she said, “I am so honored to have been the founder and establisher of this kind of space.” The kind of space that positively impacts everyone who walks through its doors. The kind of space that has truly changed lives.

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As the weather cools and dries out, your hair may start to look and feel a little different. No matter the season, having the right haircare products makes all the difference in the health of your hair and how it behaves. We’ve compiled a list of our favorite products for this time of year. Often as the weather transitions towards winter your hair will start to feel more dry, lose its shine, and feel less soft. All of the products on our list focus on hydration, softening, protection, and shine.

First up is Oribe’s Supershine leave-in moisturizer. As the name suggests, Supershine is ALL about adding shine to your hair. It achieves this by providing hydration, softening the hair, and sealing split ends. It can be used on wet hair (combed through for maximum moisture) or dry hair (as a smoothing finishing lotion), and is amazing for calming frizz, taming flyaways, and enhancing shine. It is amazing for extensions and also includes both UV and heat protectant.

Next up is a product that may seem a bit unusual. Oribe created a line of “power drops;” highly concentrated treatment serums that amp up certain effects when added to other styling products, while also being able to stand on their own. For the current autumn weather we recommend the Hydration & Anti-pollutant booster power drops.

They are deeply hydrating, seal in moisture, and protect against free radicals and moisture loss. Using these drops can also shield your hair from oxidation and damage caused by air pollutants. It includes hyaluronic acid, which if you’re familiar with skin care, is key for retaining moisture. They also enhance softness while restoring manageability. The best way to use them is either 5 drops in wet hair by itself or 2-3 drops mixed in with your favorite Oribe product.

When it comes to hydration, there is no better savior than Oribe’s Signature Moisture Mask. It can work well with any Oribe shampoo, but we love to pair it with the Signature Shampoo for super rich deep conditioning effects. We’ve chosen this product because it’s the perfect solution for the drier air outside. It restores moisture and softness leaving it super touchable.

It is also weightless so it can be used on all hair types and textures. In addition to the ultra rich hydration, the Signature Moisture Masque has reparative effects and preserves both your haircolor & keratin treatment. You use it as often as once a week in place of conditioner and should leave it on for at least 10 minutes, but it can really stay on as long as you’d like!

Don’t let the name of this one scare you away. Oribe’s Gel Serum is pure magic and nothing like a typical gel. It’s considered a “gel for flexible hold,” but it’s really more of a serum. You may be noticing a trend on this list—this product is also all about moisture and shine. It even has gold sparkles in it that illuminates the hair.

It provides a gorgeous, sophisticated hold with shine and absolutely none of the stiffness typically associated with gel. It’s both conditioning along with having styling agents. Altogether it’s pretty much liquid gold—anti-aging, moisturizing, reparative, provides great hold, great shine, and doesn’t weigh the hair down. Blown into the hair it leaves you with super shiny and very healthy looking locks.

Oribe - Garnish Hair Extensions

No Garnish product list would be complete without a curl-specific product. We’re pretty much obsessed with Oribe’s lightweight glossing gel, Curl Gloss, and it works amazing for both curly and straight hair. It can be used when you air dry your hair or it can be blow dried into the hair.

Either way it provides definition, memory, and hold. Like everything else on this list, Curl Gloss hydrates and softens, leaving your hair defined, but still touchable. It has anti-humidity agents, UV protection, and it protects both your color and keratin as well. In addition to all of these effects, it also adds shine and controls frizz—both super important for curly hair, especially in this weather.

If you haven’t already gathered from reading this list, the most important factor when choosing you fall haircare products is moisture! Your hair may still be recovering from damage from the Summer elements and paired with the current drier air it’s super easy for your hair to become dried out and brittle.

Focus on moisturizing, repairing, and protecting your hair and the health and shine will quickly return! If you ever need a personal recommendation for haircare products, be sure to ask your stylist!

Special thanks to our Oribe guru, Reece, for curating this list for you!

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If you’ve been into the studio, or even perused our website, you know that we have an application process in order to become an extension guest at Garnish. It might seem crazy to have to apply to a hair salon to have hair extensions put in, but there’s actually a pretty thorough reasoning behind our process. We wanted to break this down for you so you could have a full picture view of why this is so important inside of our industry. Our application not only garners information from the applicant, but we’ve set it up to provide a ton of important preliminary information as well.

One of the most important aspects of having a great hair extension experience is understanding the investment. With both the financial investment and time investment being significant, we want to make sure that everyone is knowledgable about what it takes to get and maintain extensions.

We also want to ensure that they are a great candidate for the type of extensions that we offer, and that we are able to meet all of their expectations. It’s important to us that we’re all on the same page, and that we are a good fit for one another. As an extension guest, you will be spending a lot of time in our studio. We are in the business of building relationships and changing lives through the art of hair, and we want the entire process to go smoothly all around.

You don’t want to devote an hour of time to come in for a consultation if we can tell right away that you’re not a good candidate or we are not a good fit for what you’re looking to have done.

What makes you a good candidate for hair extensions?

A lot of women have unfortunately experienced hair loss brought on by various things—hormones, stress, vitamin/nutrient deficiencies, etc. Before we put extensions in we want to make sure the hair is in good condition. If you’re currently shedding hair, one of the worst things you can do is add semi-permanent extensions to your hair.

It’s important to us that before you invest both money and time, we understand if your hair loss has been diagnosed yet and if it’s still occuring so we can properly guide you to the best hair solution for you and your hair. We also ask a variety of other questions that help us determine if you’re a good candidate for hair extensions. We need to know if you’ve experienced any hair trauma, a bad hair color or haircut, or anything else that might pose a problem to you having a seamless blend with hair extensions.

Other important questions are if you’ve worn extensions before and what feedback you can provide from your past experience. We also ask about medication because some medications can contribute to hair loss. And finally, one of the most significant questions we ask is about your lifestyle. There’s a lot of activities that people engage in such as rock climbing, hot yoga, etc. that may not be the best fit for some of the methods that we offer. Learning about you helps us really sift through and make a well-informed decision on what will be the best fit for you as our professional recommendation.

It’s also absolutely vital to us that every guest is well-informed about the investment for every aspect of hair extensions. We want to make sure that you know everything that goes along with wearing extensions. The application helps us learn what’s important to you for your hair extensions experience, and allows us to manage expectations on both sides. Learning these details is something we can’t know just from looking at a photo. If we see something that is a red flag, we will reach out and let you know before you consider coming into the studio because we want you to be well-informed.

The final aspect of our application process is the photos. We ask you to upload a few pictures of yourself currently and your biggest inspirations. Together, these show us how much of a hair extension journey we are going to be on and how much hair we are going to have to apply. We can gain so much insight based on the photos you provide such as is your end goal realistic, or is it at least something we can grow into?

It also helps us determine if your hair needs will fit into something that we offer here in the studio.

From start to finish the application only takes about 10-15 minutes to fill out, and consultations are typically set up within the next week or so. We’ve cultivated this thorough process to ensure you have a great experience. We have such a high satisfaction rate inside of our studio and we believe it’s because of this application helping us and our clients sift through information and really set up the process to go smoothly.

If you’ve been considering hair extensions and have been wondering if you should fill out an application, we’d love to hear from you. Just click here to apply and we’ll be in touch soon!

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Spoiler Alert!

You may remember that last month we announced our upcoming YouTube Channel. It is now fully underway and our first videos will be launching in the next few weeks, so we wanted to take a moment to give you a more in-depth look at what content you can expect to see coming from our channel. There will be two separate series of videos debuting on our channel that address two completely different aspects of our business.
The first will be a series called, “Garnish Your Growth.”

These will be 10-15 minute long videos featuring a conversation between Candice and Niko encompassing a variety of topics related to both personal and business growth. Within these videos you can expect honesty, humor, and vulnerability as they speak with transparency about personal challenges along with difficulties that Garnish has encountered along our journey to becoming an extension-exclusive salon. These videos will be accessible to everyone, meaning you don’t need to be in the beauty industry to find them completely relatable.

The second series will be a tutorial-based collection. As a visual learner herself, Candice wanted to create a visual way to communicate how to make life with extensions a little smoother. We know that there are tons of hair tutorials on YouTube, which is why we are doing things a little differently. All of our videos will be catered directly to our extension guests and women who wear hair extensions. They will showcase what can show up for you when wearing hair extensions, particularly hand tied hair extensions. Hair extensions require everything from styling to shampooing to wearing up to be done a little differently than normal, so we wanted to be able to communicate these differences in a visual, easy to learn from way.

Our tutorials will be debuting twice per month, and we really want to ensure that we are creating content that best services you, our guests. We would love to hear from you about what topics you would like to see, and what you could use some help with when it comes to wearing hair extensions. As we create videos that address different topics, we hope to make the learning curve of hair extensions, particularly more intricate ones such as Crown Extensions, a little less steep. We truly hope for our YouTube channel to become an interactive space for you to communicate with us regarding how we can best serve you and your extensions experience.

In the meantime, make sure you are following us on social media and subscribed to our newsletter to ensure you get the most up-to-date information regarding the launch of our channel and the very first videos! If you haven’t already checked it out, we also invite you to watch our studio update where Candice and Niko dive deep into the behind-the-scenes of our transition over the past year. We look forward to hearing from you with all of your ideas, and creating amazing customized content just for you!

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five years

Wow. It’s amazing to think of how much we’ve grown and changed over the last 5 years. Garnish was my first baby way back before I ever had children. If you’ve been following the salon for a while, you probably already know its history. How I felt called to open a studio space focused on transformations, with an emphasis on extensions. How we built Garnish from the ground up based on a mindset of serving our guests and making sure you felt AMAZING when you walked out the door. How the studio has evolved and expanded beyond my initial imaginings.

Back at the beginning we were a full-service salon creating beautiful transformations of all kinds. But I’ve always been that crazy salon owner who’s absolutely obsessed with hair extensions. As my own books began to transition to exclusively extensions, I realized my dream had shifted. I wanted my entire space to be about this thing I am so passionate about. I knew I wanted my salon to specialize in the niche of high end hair extensions. It’s been a huge transition full of challenges and opportunities, but I am so proud of how Garnish has grown and evolved to be where it is today.

We’ve spent countless hours as a studio and individual artists training and perfecting our craft. The studio has a weekly academy training, business training every other month, and everyone regularly attends continuing education. Through my own training with Natural Beaded Rows, I’ve become one of only 4 platform artists with their brand, along with being one of their only national trainers.

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Moving into next year, Garnish will become the East Coast hub for NBR training—stay tuned for more details on this coming soon!

Because of our commitment to our specialty, we have been able to be a part of so many transformations, touching the lives of so many different women. Being able to transform lives, bring women confidence, and help them fall in love with themselves again is truly the reason why we do what we do. We are blessed to have YOU be a part of our journey over the last five years and we look forward to continuing to serve you through the art of hair extensions for many more years to come.

Recently, our Lead Stylist, Niko, and I sat down to create a video sharing some information on the changes and growth of Garnish. We would love for you to check it out, hear all about the current happenings of our studio, and what’s to come moving forward. And once again, THANK YOU for being a part of the Garnish family.

Love,
Candice Motley

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The Garnish Experience

In just a couple of months we will celebrate our five year anniversary. A lot has changed since the inception of Garnish Hair Studio. We grew as a salon, transitioned into our niche of hair extension transformations, and continue to evolve as the triangle’s premiere extension studio. There is one aspect of our business, however, that has never shifted—what we call The Garnish Experience.

If you’ve been into the studio, you already know what we’re talking about. That signature scent when you walk in the door, being greeted by our receptionist, and offered a beverage of your choice. The personalized care and dedication to details that each of our stylists offers when you sit in their chair. If you have not yet had the opportunity to experience this for yourself, we wanted to take a moment and give you some insight into what we believe sets us apart in terms of our experience. Beyond just the ambiance of Garnish—the plants everywhere, the clean, natural décor—there are three major aspects of the experience at Garnish that we believe make us different than your average salon.

The Team

Each one of our team members—stylists, assistants, and our receptionist—were chosen because they bring good vibes, positive energy, a commitment to excellence, and a passion for hair extensions to the studio. We LOVE to have fun; we are constantly dancing, laughing, and having a good time. It’s our belief that when you love what you do, and have fun at work, the work you do is elevated to a different level.

Our team is also all about supporting one another. We help each other out, we view each guest as a guest of Garnish, and every single stylist will be a part of your service, even if it’s just by offering a smile as you walk by. Because we share this unique mindset of treating each guest as a studio guest, we can also offer more flexibility in terms of scheduling. We welcome you to sit in any of our chairs, every stylist is willing and able to help out if you need a quick fix, and you never have to feel bad about seeing a different stylist in our space.

The Depth of Our Process

We recognize that if you’re new to the world of extensions, the Garnish Process might seem a bit extreme. Beginning with our application, continuing with our consultation, the paperwork we utilize to ensure everyone is on the same page—it could seem like a lot just for “some hair extensions.” The reality is that high quality hair extensions are an investment, and require both attention to detail and expertise from your stylist to ensure an incredible experience for you, our guests. We have spent years crafting our process to ensure the smoothest experience within our studio.

When you leave your consultation, you will have a thorough understanding of the extensions that we offer, along with the investment required in terms of both time and finance. If you have any questions, we WELCOME you to reach back out and ask us. We want you to feel informed and educated throughout the entire process, and we have implemented the steps we take to ensure this happens. In our experience, the more you understand up front, the better you will feel about the entire experience. And our goal is for you to feel AMAZING when you receive your extensions transformation.

The Expertise

Hair extensions are having a moment, and we LOVE this because they are our passion. This also means that a lot of stylists are becoming certified in various methods of extensions. This is awesome for our industry, but it also means that there’s a lot of opportunity for some less than stellar experiences with hair extensions. When we chose to specialize exclusively in hair extensions, we knew that we were diving into a niche market. We welcomed this because we understand how intricate the process of hair extensions can be. Everything from the health of your natural hair, to your hair goals, to the color blend, to the blend cut has to be considered and executed perfectly for you to truly fall in love with your hair extensions.

By choosing to specialize, we have spent countless hours training on these exact things in order to provide the highest quality extensions services. Our owner, Candice Motley, has spent nearly her entire seventeen year career learning and specializing in hair extensions. This level of experience is unparalleled in our area, and she has passed her knowledge and training along to our stylists as well. Each person who works for Garnish is passionate about hair extensions, so you know that when you sit in our chairs you will be receiving a service from someone who cares about you and each step of the process to ensure you have an amazing hair extensions experience.

In the service industry, it can be challenging to find a space where every single person who works there shares the same passion for both the service offered and the quality of experience. Here at Garnish, we take extreme pride in both aspects of our business. Not only will you walk out feeling like you can take on the world with your new amazing hair, but we will have taken care of you every step of the way so that you feel great about every aspect of your hair extensions experience. If this sounds like just what you’ve been looking for, let’s get started. Fill out an application, and find out for yourself just what the Garnish Experience is all about!

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You all already know that we’ve been blogging for quite some time now. Years, in fact. And if you follow us on social media, you know we are constantly striving to put out content that is informative, educational, and simultaneously entertaining. As part of our commitment to providing the best possible service to you, our guests, we are always thinking of how we can better serve you. Which brings us to the next phase of Garnish content.

Beginning later this Summer, Garnish will be launching our official YouTube channel! We will be putting together two different series, each releasing monthly.

The first will be video tutorials for various topics (such as styling, products, and more) designed just for our guests to answer your top questions and give you the content you’re looking for.

Our second series, featuring Candice and Niko, will be educational videos for fellow industry professionals, particularly focused on business savvy and mindset. Overall our channel will be about sending out information and good vibes! T

his project has been in progress for quite some time, and we can’t wait to launch it just in time for our FIVE year anniversary (stay tuned for more about that soon)!

With our goal of providing the best possible content to you, we would love to hear your feedback about tutorials you want to see, information you would find helpful, and anything else you can think of! Make sure you’re subscribed to our newsletter or following us on social so you don’t miss this super exciting launch!

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