All Black Lives Matter - Raleigh Durham BLM

Garnish’s foundation, upon which everything else has been built, has always been our values. Diversity and inclusion top that list, and from day one we have strived to create a safe and comfortable space for anyone who walked in our doors.

In 2017, we wrote out these values in a statement we called, “The All Colors Campaign.” The original statement read,

“Our studio has been built on the values of diversity and inclusion, and through this campaign we hope to share the message that we welcome everyone to Garnish. No matter your race or religion, gender identity or politics, whether you were born here or immigrated to America from somewhere else in the world, we welcome the opportunity to become your salon—a place where you feel comfortable, confident, and beautiful.”

This statement is something we live out every day. It’s a part of our hiring practice, it’s a part of our team, it’s who we are. Our team has always been made up of a diverse group of humans who have come together over a love of hair and passion for changing lives. Hair is an incredibly personal thing for many women, and it’s our goal to provide a safe and comfortable space for our guests to bring us their most sensitive hair concerns.

Whether it be hair loss or thinning, having been told they couldn’t wear extensions due to their hair texture, or just not feeling at home in a salon. We know firsthand that the salon industry is not always inclusive for different hair types and textures. It’s one of the reasons why we’ve made it a point to work with ALL textures of hair extensions. We believe everyone deserves to have the hair of their dreams.

In light of recent events, we wanted to revisit our All Colors Campaign to ensure that not only do we discuss diversity, but we boldy state that Garnish believes All Black Lives more than Matter.

Our studio has always believed and practiced this, but we also believe it’s important to speak up for our values. Every voice makes a difference, and we are adding our voice to this very important message.

Here at Garnish, you are accepted. You are seen. You are worthy. And you belong. Exactly as you are, no matter what.

We welcome the opportunity to serve you🌿

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Garnish Update

We are so GRATEFUL for you.

Not only did you all stick by us through the mandatory government shutdown, you supported our business through product purchases, quarantine color kits, and placing deposits for your future hair extensions.

You reached out to us to check in and let us know we were missed. Your support literally kept us going through all of this and we feel so blessed.

As we were brainstorming for what we could do to give back to all of our guests, (stay tuned for that announcement in next week’s blog post), we started thinking about love languages and the different ways we each feel love and appreciation.

We believe all five of the love languages show up at Garnish in some form or another.

First up, words of affirmation.
If you’ve ever had a Garnish extension transformation you know that before you even walk out the door you are in for the hype sesh of your life. If it’s not Reece’s enthusiastic compliments, it’s going to be the first person who sees you when you leave.

It’s one of our favorite things to hear when you come back in for your first move up and tell us all about how bae is in love and everyone is telling you how good you look. Probably our favorite is when someone’s told you that “they don’t even know what changed, they just know that you look AMAZING.” As you receive these words of affirmation and then relay them back to us it’s as if we are receiving them, too!

Next is acts of service.
For us, this is all about so much more than hair. Being away from behind the chair for so many months during our Covid closure really helped us identify that. It wasn’t just that we were out of work, it’s that we were away from our passion.

We don’t just love coloring your hair or giving you extensions—we love serving you. We love all of the emotions connected to bringing you so much joy and excitement. Thanks to all of your support we were able to bounce back with purpose and continue serving each and every one of our guests.

We hope you all feel the same as we do about the next one. Every appointment for us feels like real authentic quality time. It’s like talking to a friend you haven’t seen in a couple of months.

We genuinely enjoy and look forward to our time together. We know that hair extensions can be a time commitment, and we’re honored that you choose to invest that time with us.

The next one is the most obvious… physical touch.
Our job wouldn’t exist without physical touch. Whether it’s coloring, cutting, shampooing, or adding extensions, every step of the process involves our hands. We know your favorite part is the shampoo, but our favorite part is literally crafting your dream hair for you using our own hands.

Last, but not least… The final love language is gift giving.
We love to think that we’re giving you the gift of amazing hair, more confidence, and falling in love with yourself again, but we also know some of you prefer a more tangible kind of gift…

For more on that stay tuned to next week’s blog post! We’ve decided to GIVE back to you all with a first of its kind promotion.

Are you excited yet? You should be.

And there you have it…the 5 love languages of Garnish. We appreciate all of you so much for taking the time to let us pour love into you and your hair. It is the greatest privilege to have a job that is in and of itself… a love language.

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Garnish Reopening Playbook

The day we have all been waiting for has finally arrived!

Next Tuesday, May 26th, we will be reopening. We have been working hard behind the scenes to prepare the salon to ensure we are able to meet all of the new safety protocols, standards and set things up to run as smoothly as possible.

We know SO many of you are anxiously awaiting your appointment and we can’t wait to see you ALL as soon as we possibly can. Due to occupancy and distancing requirements, we won’t be able to get everyone in in the first week, but we hope you all will be patient and understanding with us as we work to reschedule 8 weeks worth of appointments 😫

We want to assure you that we will be following both the CDC, state, and NC State Cosmetic Board’s recommendations for safety measures within our space. Our team will be going through a dress rehearsal this weekend to guarantee our opening is as safe and smooth as possible.

PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION.
IT IS ALL VERY IMPORTANT TO YOUR UPCOMING APPOINTMENT.

1. Our staff’s health will be closely monitored and their temperatures will be checked every day. Our entire team will also be wearing masks, but please know we’re smiling underneath it all!

2. Guests will also be required to wear a mask in the studio at all times. If you do not have one, Garnish will gladly provide one for you🌿

3. When you arrive for your appointment, please remain in our “mobile waiting area” (your car.) Text us at (919)793-4008 when you arrive. Our front desk team will let you know when to come in. This is to adhere to our occupancy requirements along with to ensure the prior client has left and the santizing process has been completed before you enter our space.

4. Our front desk team will greet you at the door and take your temperature with a contactless thermometer. If you have an elevated temperature we will ask you to reschedule 14 days out.

5. We will then have you visit our santitation station. We ask that you leave your purse or bag in your car and only bring necessities into the salon.

6. Absolutely no additional people will be allowed in the salon including children, spouses, and friends.

7. We ask that you do not touch any retail or the beverage station. Our stylists or front desk team will be happy to provide you with a beverage or set aside the products that you need.

8. Our stylists will be using hand sanitizer throughout your visit, every tool will be sanitized, and we have added a UV sanitation light for additional disinfecting. We have also acquired a hospital-grade disinfectant called Rejuvenate, which is a non-irritant, EPA registered disinfectant that is proven to kill Covid-19.

9. The studio will be having plexiglass installed at the front desk and in between the shampoo bowls for added safety.

10. At checkout we ask that you either pay with a card on file or choose a touchless checkout option such as apple pay. We also ask that you pre-schedule your next appointment at that time.

11. Finally, due to increased PPE requirements for team and all guests along with the extra sanitation times, the studio will have a $25 Covid House fee applied to every appointment . This service fee covers the additional protective measures we have taken, hospital grade disinfectant and sanitizing required, along with the additional time we will need to set aside between appointments to ensure everything is properly cleaned.

 


We take pride in going above and beyond to provide a luxurious, laid back, but extremely safe and sanitized environment for you to receive your service. Thank you in advance for understanding the need to adjust as we navigate through this time

We are taking every opportunity to be as safe as we possibly can and safety will remain our top priority during this time. We ask that everyone gives us grace as we reschedule several weeks worth of appointments, and adjust to working under our new guidelines.

We are sooooo ready to get back to work doing what we love and serving our guests in true Garnish Style.

Covid 19 has forced us to pivot and adjust our business to uphold the integrity of our industry during this time, but please know that The Garnish Experience that you have come to expect will remain the same

If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at info@garnish-studio.com.

Thank you ladies so much for your support!

Candice and the Garnish Team

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Extension Virtual Consultation

We’re getting closer!

While we’re still awaiting the exact reopening date, we’re getting really excited as we prep for what feels more like a grand reopening event. To all of our existing clients who were scheduled during the last two months, we will be prioritizing rescheduling all of your appointments as best we can. And to anyone who is not yet a client who may be interested in getting started on your extensions journey, we wanted to take a moment to shine some light on our virtual consultations.

We’ve found that a lot of you still have questions about hair extensions and how you can get started on the process as soon as possible. Instead of having to wait until we reopened to even have a consultation, we decided to create a virtual consultation option.

Our studio phone is actually a cell phone which makes it really easy to communicate with our guests. It allows us to text, which we find to be even better than voicemail, and more importantly, it allows us to FaceTime for our virtual consults. While FaceTime doesn’t allow you the chance to come into our studio and have the full Garnish experience, it does allow us to provide all of the information you might need and answer any questions you might have.

The process still begins with the application found here.

The application gives us some much needed information and also allows you to upload a current photo of where your hair is at and an inspiration photo for where you’d like it to be. Once we determine you will be a good candidate, we will reach out to schedule your virtual consultation. Appointments are currently offered on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.

The consultation cost is $50, which is redeemed off the cost of the extensions if you choose to move forward. The fee covers the virtual consult, all information personalized to you, and a custom quote (sent by email or text following the consultation).

While we will be prioritzing our current guests’ appointments as they had to be cancelled due to the state-mandated shutdown, the first new guest appointments we will be scheduling will be anyone who places a deposit for their extensions while the studio is closed. We will be scheduling these appointments sometime around early July and there will be limited availability. This is why we’re so excited to be able to offer virtual consultations and take advantage of this time we have to get you closer to your hair goals.

Creating amazing extension transformations is our passion and it’s been heartbreaking to not be able to provide that over the last couple of months. We want to do our absolute best to get you started on your hair extensions journey as soon as we possibly can.

We can’t wait to meet you soon!

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Garnish Quarantine Kits + Survival Kits + Color Kits

With a few more weeks left in quarantine and the fact that as much as we wish we could, not everyone will be able to have an appointment in the first week or two of being open, we know how important it is that your hair is still being taken care of.

If you haven’t already checked out our Survival Kits, we want to shine some light on them for you so you know all the tools that are available to you to help make it through the final weeks before we are able to have you back in our chairs.

First up is our customized Color Kits.

Roots showing can be a big deal, which is why we worked quickly to create a take-home version of our professional color. The kit includes a personalized touch up root color (the color and the developer), 1 vile of Virtue Colorkick (which turns your hair color into a color treatment; just mix directly into the color), and your choice of: bowl and brush or applicator bottle. It also includes a pair of gloves.

We package it up into a vacuum sealed bag for no mess shipping and send it out once a week on Fridays. We also offer a video walk through or FaceTime phone call when you receive your kit to help you with the actual application process. It’s not ideal to have to color your own roots at home, but it was important to us to provide you with the ability to do so if needed, in a way that wouldn’t damage your hair or color.

In addition to our Color Kits, we also hand picked our must have Oribe products to make sure your extensions make it through quarantine. Taking care of your extensions during this time is key to protecting 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. We created four different Survival Kits to meet your various hair needs.

There’s a Signature Kit: Signature Shampoo (travel size), Signature Moisture Masque, Power Drops Hydration Anti-pollution Booster, Glaze for Beautiful Color, Gold Lust Oil, an Invisibobble pack, and a Garnish Signature Tee.

There’s a Gold Lust Kit: Gold Lust Shampoo (travel size), Gold Lust Transformative Masque, Power Drops Damage and Repair Booster, Glaze for Beatiful Color, Gold Lust Oil, an Invisibobble pack, and a Garnish Signature Tee.

There’s a Curly Kit: Moisture & Control Shampoo (travel size), Deep Treatment Masque, Power Drops Hydration Anti-pollution Booster, Glaze for Beautiful Color, Gold Lust Oil, an Invisibobble pack, and a Garnish Signature Tee.

There’s a Beautiful Color Kit: Beautiful Color Shampoo (travel size), Beautiful Color Masque, Power Drops Color Preservation, Glaze for Beautiful Color, Gold Lust Oil, an Invisibobble pack, and a Garnish Signature Tee.

These combinations of products are designed to keep your hair and extensions in tip top shape while they are out of the studio and not receiving treatment for longer than usual. You can check out all of this in our shop, and as always, if you have any questions about what’s best for you, please feel free to reach out.

On behalf of Garnish, please enjoy and soak up the Garnish goodness from the comfort of your own home. We can’t wait to see you soon! Don’t forget your Garnish gift cards!

CLICK HERE TO SHOP NOW!

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NBR Hair Extensions

What happens when your Plan B gets completely axed?

You get up and keep going. With the recent extension of the stay at home order along with the news that we may not even be in phase one of reopening, all of our current preparations and plans came to a sudden halt.

Plan A was to never close, work through everything as best we can, make house calls as we were able, and keep servicing our guests. The stay at home order led us to Plan B, which was to take the next month, get all of our ducks in a row, make content videos, and make sure everyone knows what to do for the next 5 weeks or so. We thought, “It’s okay… it’ll be like an extended vacation.”

Anddd now we’re going into month two. We have to be real with you. When we heard about the extension our immediate feelings were frustration and anxiety surrounding the lack of control we have for something that has a direct correlation with our livelihoods, the business’s livelihood, and the way people are able to experience our services.

It’s more than disheartening, and it’s beyond scary. It’s life altering and it’s jarring. We really had our hopes up for beginning of May and we were pretty crushed to find out it would be at least another month before we could return to work.

So Plan C. Right now, we’re trying to gather our thoughts, make sure they’re productive, and make sure that we keep our team and controllables in working order. If having a positive mindset starts to go awry… we have to snap back into reality in order to keep moving forward.

The past several weeks have been about taking care of everyone virtually as best we can. Now, the focus has shifted to rescheduling, so we’re working on detailed plans for what everything will look like when we open back up. We’re also looking into how can we help those around us, what can we do to push forward through this time, and how we can still service our guests virtually.

We’re creating our official “plan of attack,” which is different than just a plan. Just a plan got us through the first month. For month two we have to get a little grittier and put things together so that our business can continue to run. Even though we’re not open servicing our guests, there’s still things that need to be taken care of that can’t be deferred. People are still placing deposits, hair still needs to be ordered, inventory needs to be tracked, freelancers are pouring into the business to provide content… it all needs to continue.

Instead of fingers crossed, they are now pointing forward getting ready to say—onward, let’s go! Let’s move through this in the most forceful, powerful, productive way we can while still maintaining integrity.

We want to make sure we can hit the ground running and do what we need to do when it’s finally time to reopen. If you have any questions or need hair extensions assistance during this time, please feel free to reach out! We’re here for you.

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Garnish Affirmations

If you’ve followed Garnish for a while you know we’re big on affirmations. There’s something really powerful about taking a few moments of your day to speak into existence the life you want to cultivate. It’s a combination of intention and focus that helps turn your affirmations into reality. We believe in affirmations all the time, but particularly now in this time of unknowns and stress it’s extra important to focus on the content of your thoughts.

We also know how easy it is for that affirmation to get buried under day to day life and everything that life encompasses. Which is why we decided to make a few downloadable affirmations for you to save to your phone. You can set them as your screensaver, share them on social, or even print them out and hang them in your office (or wherever). Whatever works best for you. If you do share them, tag us so we can see which ones resonate with you the most!

I focus on what I can control and make peace with what I cannot.

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I am beautiful, confident, and empowered.

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I am resilient and can get through anything.

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Garnish Raleigh Local Faves

Garnish’s Fave Local Businesses

As a small business ourselves, we always want to be supporting other small businesses as best we can. We know how important it is to support your local community, and we know how meaningful it is each time one of you chooses US as your extension salon. A lot of small businesses are having a really tough time right now so we wanted to shine a little bit of light and love onto some of our very favorites.

Some of these businesses are still open right now and others are on hold until the stay at home order is lifted. Either way, we want to encourage you to shop small (at these businesses or your own faves), love on your local business neighbors, and do what you can as you can for your local community.

Sola Coffee

Garnish’s #1 Cup of Coffee (& Lunch, too)

Sola Coffee Café // solacoffee.com

We especially love Sola’s oat milk lattes, their jammy eggs, and their amazing team!

SHOP BOFEMME

Garnish’s Fave Local Jewelry Artisan

Shop Bofemme // etsy.com/shop/SHOPBOFEMME

You know we’ve featured this delicate gold jewelry shop at pop-ups in the studio. We pretty much can’t get enough!

 

Quirks Creative

Garnish’s Fave Local Artist

Quirks Creative // quirkscreative.com

The artist behind the Garnish chalk wall and the writer behind the Garnish blog, Kassy is a multi-faceted creative who’s been a part of the Garnish creative process for over 3 years!

Rise Biscuits

Garnish’s Fave Breakfast

Rise Biscuits & Donuts (especially Cameron Village) // risebiscuitsdonuts.com

Whether you’re a savory or sweet breakfast person, there’s something melt-in-your-mouth delicious at Rise just for you.

Garnish’s #1 Healthy Food Pick

Raleigh Raw // raleighraw.com

Smoothies, bowls, fresh juices and more… and a badass group of people running the place are just a few reasons why we love Raleigh Raw.

Garnish’s Brow & Lash Connoisseurs

Ivey Artistry // iveyartistry.co

You already know we have a love affair with Ivey Artistry. Their team has done brow and/or lash work on most of our team members and it’s always top notch.

The Business Girl Friday

Garnish’s #1 Numbers Babe

The Business Girl Friday // thebusinessgirlfriday.com

Sahar has been keeping Garnish on track with numbers and operations for years. 10/10 recommend as your small business go-to girl for accounting and operational needs.

 

Images by Amber Robinson

Garnish’s Fave Fam Photog

Images by Amber Robinson //imagesbyamberrobinson.com

Amber has been photographing Candice for years and Garnish from the very beginning. She’s an absolute joy to work with and creates beautiful photos from headshots to family portraits to weddings.

Fusion Dental

Garnish’s Glasses & Teeth Whitening Dream Team

Fusion Eye Care & Fusion Dental Care // fusioneyecare.comfusiondentalcare.com

We love having Fusion as our next door neighbors. They keep us in stylish frames and with our teeth in perfect condition. Who would have thought these two businesses could go together, but they make it work flawlessly!

Garnish’s #1 Skin Experts & Connoisseurs of Pretty

Skin & Tonic // skinandtonicraleigh.com

Just a few doors down from us are the most amazing esthethicians! Their team of three are all skincare experts, give the best facials in town, and have our skin glowing!

Art of Style

Garnish’s Fave Fashion Destination

The Art of Style // theartofstyleboutique.com

We love the fashion and the people in this downtown Raleigh boutique. It’s classy, unique, and there’s something for everyone.

Next time you’re ordering food to-go or online shopping or ordering an art print for your home—check out all your local businesses first. Even though it’s sometimes more convenient or even a lower price point to shop big business, we wouldn’t be here today if all of you hadn’t chosen to do business with us. Share the love and shop small!

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Quarantine FAQS + Oribe Treats

We’ve been getting a lot of questions regarding rescheduling appointments that had been booked for the month of April, and how you can get in as quickly as possible once the mandate has been lifted. This is a difficult time for all of us and we want you to know we can’t wait to have you back in our chairs as soon as possible!

Why have you not reached out to reschedule my April appointment?

There is a possibility that the mandate could either be lifted sooner or extended out further. If this were to happen we would have to reach out to reschedule everyone all over again. Extension appointments are not your typical appointment and the amount of time needed from your service is also likely to change as your hair and extension needs change due to your appointment being further out than usual (ie. root color).

When will you be reaching out to reschedule my appointment?

One week prior to the mandate being lifted (set as of now for April 30th) we will reach out to schedule your new appointment. If the date changes, we will reach out to let you all know as soon as we know.

How will you fit in everyone’s appointment?

Keeping in mind that our May schedule was already close to full prior to this happening, we know that flexibility will be needed to get everyone in as quickly as possible. We will be operating on a “triage” type basis in terms of who will be scheduled first, and we will be extending our hours to do our absolute best to get everyone taken care of in a timely manner. Our entire team is committed to working longer hours to ensure we can care for each of you and your hair as quickly as possible.

Is there anything I can do to support my stylist during this time?

The best thing you can do for us is to take proper care of your extensions so we’re doing minimal damage control upon returning to the salon. This means if you need your roots touched up, purchase one of our Color Kits.

Local Oribe

If you need additional product, purchase one of our Quarantine Kits or please use our Oribe code

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so your stylist/salon receives credit when you purchase through oribe.com.

If you have questions about styling or maintenance while you’re home, reach out to your stylist.

If you’re not already, make sure you’re following us on Instagram and Facebook to receive the latest updates, tips for surviving quarantine with hair extensions, and other hair-related goodness. We truly cannot wait to have you back inside the studio and in our chairs.

If you need anything at all, please reach out to us.

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Garnish Hair Extension Education

It’s behind the scenes time!

This time we’re taking you with us through the experience of our Team Photoshoot day. Once a year we make a point to take a day, come together as a team, and take some dope photos for our website.

We update our headshots, take team photos, and gather content to be used for our website and social media. This has become a tradition inside of Garnish and we have the best time every time we get together. It’s silly, it’s genuine, it’s organic, and we’re just really excited that this is something that we get to do as part of our job inside of the beauty industry.

Something we’re super proud of at Garnish is the culture we have created. We put a lot of thought and energy into how we want the vibe of the studio to feel. It’s part of why we share so much on social media.

We feel like people should see the real us. What we do, how we do it, why we do it and the type of dynamic that they’re going to be walking into as a guest. Our photoshoot captures the essence of Garnish and we hope you can feel the good energy every time you see one of our photos.

Check out our behind the scenes video to experience the fun!

Photographer: Kassy Snyder
Videographer: Tony Veritas

 

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