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.


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!



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!


Teacher Appreciation Back to School

As the new school year begins, there’s one group of people gearing up for one of the most important—and challenging—jobs in the world. Our teachers spend day after day educating our children, encouraging them, caring for them, and helping them grow. In appreciation for all of the hard work our teachers put in—not just during the school day, but often in a lot of their “free” time and before classes officially begin, we wanted to offer a special discount for all educators this month.

For the month of August, teachers and educators will receive 10% off of our new product line, R+Co. To help you pick out your new favorite product (we guarantee it will be), we’ve put together a guide for choosing the right products for your hair!

Hair Type: Thin/Fine
In Need Of: Volume

Okay, ladies, let’s talk about the Dallas fam first. Dallas Shampoo is super cool because it has advanced polymers that create body and volume while reducing static. Because those styling agents are built into the shampoo, you can opt to blow out your hair with no additional products.

Dallas Conditioner includes the same type of styling agents that boost body and volume, but it also includes reparative ingredients that nourish the hair and improve elasticity (which is important for plumping effects.) This duo can be combined with a different shampoo or conditioner or used together for maximum effects. The last of the Dallas fam is the Thickening Spray.

First, it smells amazing, but more importantly, it is the best combination of conditioning and moisturizing while also thickening and building volume (aka volume without the frizz!). It also includes thermal protection which makes it a great prep spray before blow drying your hair. Outside the Dallas line, we also love Cactus Texturizing shampoo for fine-haired ladies AND lads.

Teacher Appreciation R+Co

Cactus works best without a conditioner after, which is awesome for those who naturally have silky smooth hair. It adds texture and grip while also strengthening and hydrating the hair, which is all pretty fantastic. Finally, if you ever experience oily scalp, we love both of R+Co’s dry shampoo products for both a boost of volume at the root, added texture to dry hair, and of course the actual dry shampoo benefits. Death Valley is a preventative dry shampoo to be applied to clean, dry hair, and Badlands is the first ever dry shampoo paste that can be added to day two or three hair to revitalize your roots, and absorb oil.

Hair Type: Wavy/Curly
In Need Of: Curl-enhancing, frizz-reduction

No matter what your wave or curl pattern, there are a few things that seem to ALWAYS plague curly girls’ hair. In need of moisture/hydration, frizz probs, and finding a product that jives with your unique wave or curl pattern. Not all curl products work equally well for all curls. R+Co offers a variety of products that each cater to a specific need that textured hair faces.

For shampoo and conditioner, they have both a moisture line and a smoothing line. These can be used by the set, or mix and matched per your hair needs. Our favorite R+Co styling product for curls is Twister Curl Primer. This is a unique product that actually preps your curls to better receive whichever curl product you choose to use next. Used as a stand alone product it reduces frizz and adds shine, but does not offer any hold. Used in conjunction with another product it does all the things curly hair needs—moisturizes, reduces frizz, increases shine, and smoothes the hair cuticle.

This gets your curls in the best possible place to work with whichever curl product you choose. Because R+Co understands that different curls like different types of products, they have a variety of products that can be used on curls or waves. Two mousses—Aircraft for waves OR curls, has a 3 out of 10 hold and enhances the natural pattern and Chiffon with a hold of 4 out of 10 that is fabulous for finer curls.

Two gels—Motorcycle, a gel/wax hybrid that has the hold of a gel with the shine of a wax, and Wall St, your classic strong hold gel. Sail, a soft wave spray, and Rockaway, a beach spray, are both great for those who like a messy, beachy waved look. Basically, whatever your textured hair needs, R+Co has got you covered. Ask your stylist which product might work best for your hair texture!

Hair Type: Thick/Coarse/Damaged
In Need Of: Hydration, Repair, Softening

Despite all of our best intentions for having healthy, un-damaged hair—sometimes it happens. Maybe your hair is naturally prone to breakage, or a previous color experience left your hair in less than admirable condition. Using great products with high quality ingredients can often be a vital aspect to bringing your hair back to a healthy place.

If you have naturally coarse hair, or are in need of some reparation and moisture, Atlantis Shampoo and Conditioner are made just for you. Both products include ingredients that treat scalp health, oil for moisture and smoothness, and a protein for strengthening. The conditioner can also be left on the hair for approximately 10 minutes to be used as a hair mask.

You can also use Palm Springs, a treatment mask that targets scalp health, along with restoring moisture and strengthening the hair. Palm Springs can be used pre-shampoo (applied to dry hair for approximately 10 minutes), as a traditional post-shampoo mask (leave on for 10-60 minutes) or as an extra hydrating co-wash (when you use one product in place of both shampoo and conditioner).

The most important thing for styling coarse and damaged hair is to protect the hair from further damage from heat and tools. Starting with a prep spray (One Prep or Pinstripe Detangler) helps balance the porosity of the hair strands, and seal moisture into the hair. You could also add hydration and softness with a moisture cream like High Dive. This conditions and restores the hair.

Finally, a hair oil can often be your hair bestie when you have dry, damaged hair. Tinsel Smoothing Oil softens, nourishes, and smoothes the hair, along with providing protection against heat and environmental aggressors.

TEACHERS: Thank you for all that you do each and every day for our children and our futures! We hope you will enjoy receiving 10% off of your R+Co purchase throughout the month of August. If you are in need of a product consultation, give us a call and chat with our Guest Services team (Kassy, Stephanie, and Ray) or schedule a 15 minute product consultation with your stylist. Happy Back to School Days!


Nominate a Mom Mother's Day Contest

Garnish Mother’ Day Contest! Nominate A Mom Today.

If the Moms in your life are anything like the Moms in mine, they’re basically all superheroines in disguise. Balancing work and kids and all of the many responsibilities that come with both, while maintaining a marriage, relationships with family and friends, going to the gym or other personal activities of choice… it’s a LOT.

Frankly, I can’t fathom how they manage to do it all and still bring cupcakes (baked or from the store—no judgment) to school for the latest class event. And we probably ALL know one extra special Mom who is 100% others first, all the time.

Moms are some of the most selfless humans around, and they often opt to take care of others before taking care of themselves. If skipping a trip to the salon means making it to ballet class—they’ll do it.

If opting for dry shampoo instead of a shower means making lunches and getting out the door on time, it’s going to be Dirty Hair Club member FOR LIFE. Shopping for new clothes usually means shopping for new clothes for the kids, and going on vacation means taking the kids on vacation and probably spending the whole trip making sure everyone else is having a good time. Morale of the story—sometimes Moms need someone else to step up and say, “Hey, I got you—this one’s on me.” That’s what Garnish would like to do this Mother’s Day.

Garnish Mother’s Day Contest Makeover

We want to take care of the amazing Moms of Raleigh, so the stylist team will each be donating services to some of our nominated moms.  One inspirational mom will also win a hair makeover with owner Candice Motley.  Here’s where you come in!  We know there are SO many deserving Moms out there in the Raleigh area, and YOU know who they are.  Tell us about an inspiring mom in YOUR life, and enter her for a chance to win!

Help us out by nominating a Mom using the form below!

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Easihair Pro Volumizing Service

Say bye-bye to skinny and thin hair! Finally, you can have that voluminous hair you’ve always wanted. During the month of March 2016, Garnish Hair Studio is offering up to *$100 off of a full volumizing service with EasiHair Pro extensions. Adding hair isn’t just for Victoria Secret models and celebrities. Extensions are the perfect solution for the everyday girl who wants to add some “Va Voom” to their hair!

EasiHair Pro extensions are comfortable, match perfectly, and blend seamlessly with your natural hair. Made with 100% Remy human hair, you are getting the highest quality extensions and a natural look and feel. With over 100 different color combinations to choose from, making sure that we have a perfect, undetectable blend will be seamless.

When EasiHair Pro extensions are applied to the head, they are virtually invisible in the hair. Like all of the hair extension services we offer at Garnish, when taken care of properly you will not experience any damage or loss of your natural hair. Finally, you can have the luscious locks you’ve always dreamed about! But, be warned – extensions are highly addictive!



Creative Director Christine Woods

Congratulations To Christine Woods!

Garnish Hair Studio + Extension Bar is thrilled to announce that our Senior Stylist Christine Woods has been promoted to Creative Director! Christine’s passion and commitment to her career, as well as her continued growth as a professional has been an inspiration to us all. Help us in congratulating Christine! Christine’s promotion goes into effect on Tuesday, January 19, 2016, so be sure to click here Creative Director pricing.

A Special Note From Christine:

“To my dearest clients, thank you for sharing 2015 with me! This past year was absolutely amazing. Garnish has grown exponentially, with new team members, a trip to Canada for an awesome training camp, and of course, tons of fabulous hair! (Shameless plug – go check out @garnishhairstudio on Instagram!)

I am so happy to be sharing these experiences with you and the amazing team at Garnish! We have truly become family and we hope you feel like our family when you visit. I am so grateful to receive the title as Creative Director at Garnish! Any and all personal success is only made possible by my clients. You all hold a special place in my heart and I am forever thankful for you. You allow me to not work a day in my life. Thank you for allowing me to share my creativity and passion with you!

2016 is looking like a pretty amazing year already. In fact… I have something else to tell you all. Many of you know (and have come to love) Ray. As my boo thang, manager at Garnish, and shampoo GOD, you’ve had the chance to get to know him pretty well (head rubs will do that.

Ray made Decemeber 27th 2015 the happiest day of my life! That’s right ladies (and gents)!!! Ray and I are officially ENGAGED! I’d spill all the details but I’ll save that for the next time I see you!  

Here’s to 2016, and all the wonderful memories we will make!

P.S. Don’t worry ladies, shampoos with “the Ray” are still kosher!”

xoxoxo – Christine Woods

Christine and Ray


repair your hair

We are so excited about Kevin Murphy’s new REPAIR-ME line of products.  The REPAIR-ME line is a three part system that is excellent for chemically altered hair. The line uses naturally derived superfood proteins from green peas and fruit enzymes from papaya and pineapple that work to reconstruct, strengthen, and condition hair.

Through February 29, 2016, when you buy the REPAIR-ME.WASH and the REPAIR-ME.RINSE at Garnish Hair Studio you will receive 1/2 off of the RE.STORE treatment. 

Check out what these three awesome products are all about, and watch Kevin Murphy’s video about the REPAIR-ME line!

  • REPAIR-ME.WASH: The reconstructing shampoo contains powerful proteins from Bamboo and Silk Amino Acids that work together to strengthen hair while gently removing impurities.


  • REPAIR-ME.RINSE: The rinse works to reconstruct, and strengthen the hair with superior conditioning ingredients including Shea Butter and Aloe Vera. These natural extracts gently lubricate the hair strands to help protect from damage, enhance manageability and provide a reflective shine.


  • RE.STORE: The cleansing conditioning treatment is made with powerful superfood proteins that naturally bind moisture to reconstruct damaged hair. Amino Acids like Arginine and Lysine, the building blocks of repair, will help to rebuild and restore hair with elasticity, strength and moisture.




Holiday Wish Cards

Holiday shopping can be super challenging figuring out what the perfect gift to give is. It’s also equally difficult when you unwrap that one gift that you look at and wonder, “what were they thinking? What am I going to do with this?” Then, of course, you have to pretend to be excited and muster up a smile. Yikes! Remember the good ole’ days when you used to make your wish list to give to Santa? Oh, how we long for those days!

Well, not to worry! The team at Garnish has come up with a nifty way to help your loved ones know exactly what to get you this holiday season! We’ve created Garnish Holiday Wish Cards  so you can write down what you want and give it to your loved ones. Not only does this make their holiday shopping easier, but you get just what you were hoping for! And of course, one of the greatest gifts of all is gorgeous hair. Who wouldn’t want that?


Want a chance to win a makeover? Garnish Hair Studio + Extension Bar is thrilled to announce our 2nd annual “New Year – New You” 2016 contest. 

Garnish Hair Studio + Extension Bar is teaming up with Sharp + Timeless Image Consultants to offer you a chance to win a head to toe makeover from a team of beauty experts! During the months of November and December, when you come in for a salon service you will be automatically entered into the drawing upon checkout (appointments are required). Also, if you refer a friend, and they mention your name, you will be entered again. So the more you come in, and the more friends you refer, the more entries you receive!

Here’s what the winner will receive:

  • Custom hair extensions and color
  • Professional cosmetic makeover transformation
  • Professional manicure and pedicure
  • Full set of gorgeous lash extensions
  • Personal stylist services with Sharp + Timeless: 4 hours of shopping time and 1.5 hours of wardrobe analysis
  • $250 Visa gift card to put towards your new wardrobe
  • You will also star in your own photo shoot for lasting memories of your transformation

The winner will be drawn and announced on January 1, 2016, so hurry and make your appointment today for your chance to win.

Last year’s winner, Diane Rish shares her story about her amazing makeover experience.


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monthly hair affirmation

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