Alright, Mermaids, listen up!

Just because you now look like a beautiful mermaid with your long luscious hair doesn’t mean you can ACT like a mermaid and spend your days bathing in the sun and water. As the weather warms up and the beach becomes more enticing, we wanted to bring you some quick tips for caring for your hair extensions throughout the summer months.

The sun, chlorine, ocean, and more can impact the health, feel, and color of your hair during the summer. We’ve collected our best tips and tricks to preserve the quality of your hair extensions throughout the summer, and maintain the health of your hair.

Just as sunlight can lighten your natural hair, exposure to sunlight can alter the color of your hair extensions. Use a leave-in with UV protectant to protect your hair from the effects of sun exposure. We also suggest investing in a cute summer hat to keep the sun away as much as possible.

If you go to the pool or beach, the first option is pinning your hair up in a top-knot and not allowing it to get wet. If you love to go swimming, completely saturate your hair with shower/tap water and apply a leave-in conditioner before getting into the pool, ocean, or lake.

Not only does this protect your hair from absorbing the water, but it also helps prevent tangling and matting that can occur more easily when exposed to chlorinated or salt waters. After swimming, wash your hair thoroughly with a color-safe clarifying shampoo, then reapply your leave-in conditioner. Take time to comb out completely to ensure no tangles or matting.

This might seem unusual, but certain extension hair can actually change color when touched by sunscreen. Particularly blonde hair, which can turn a peach color. Whenever applying sunscreen, tie your hair up and take care to not allow it to touch the sunscreen.

While hottubs/jacuzzis can be used year-round, we thought we’d include them on this list as they often come along with summer vacays. Whenever using a hottub or jacuzzi, always have your hair pinned up or braided to prevent tangling. Prolonged exposure to humidity can shorten the life of your hair extensions.

Overall, summer life does not tend to lend itself particularly well to hair extensions, which have the ability to tangle more easily than natural hair and require a little extra TLC when exposed to the summertime elements.

To protect your beauty investment, we recommend following these tips and tricks, continuing to use high-quality hair products, and taking the time to completely brush out your extensions twice a day. This will ensure that you avoid tangles which can turn into mats, and can subsequently shorten the life of your extensions. If you need more guidance on caring for your hair extensions during the summertime, give us a call and we’ll talk you through it!


If you’re in tune with the hair extensions industry at all, there’s a particular term that’s been getting all the buzz lately. Because it’s a part of our business, we wanted to give you a breakdown of what this term really means. Today we’re talking all about hand tied hair extensions.

It’s a common misconception that “hand tied” refers to the method of extensions, when actually it refers to the hair used in the extensions. To be more specific, the extension hair that we utilize is crafted in different ways. For Natural Beaded Rows extensions, there are two types of hair that can be used. Hand tied or machine tied hair. We choose to use hand tied hair for a couple of different reasons. First, it goes through numerous quality checks to ensure the very best possible result. Because we believe in bringing you, our guests, the highest quality of products, hair extensions, etc. we love that this hair is checked so thoroughly.

Second, it’s actually made by a person who goes through a specific process to ensure the hair is top knotch. The first step is combing it through a loom device that they use to remove any hair that isn’t perfect. Then they tie10-15 strands at a time; one weft of hair is made up of hundreds of ties. Because the hair is hand stitched, the seam that creates the top of the weft is much thinner, softer, and more comfortable to wear. Machine tied hair, while quality checked in the same way, has a bulkier seam due to the machine stitching used.

Hand-tied Hair Extensions

Hand-tied Hair Extensions

Hand tied hair extensions have existed for long before they became a popular buzz word in the industry. They were made so popular by the beaded row method, and have since become extremely well known and often confused as an actual method themselves. This popularity has also led to an increased demand for hand tied extensions. Due to hair being a finite resource and the method of creation requiring actual hands to do the stitching, this has led to a couple of different results within the industry. First, like most supply and demand situations, the cost of hand tied hair has increased over the past few years. Second, the supply has also become more limited while more and more extension artists are seeking out hand tied hair.

We are honored to be a part of two exclusive collections of hand tied hair, ensuring that our studio stays at the forefront of offering hand tied hair extensions. We were one of the first studios to test out a brand new line called Covet & Mane, particularly featuring textured hair, which is even more difficult to come by. Second, we are the first studio to be bringing in the NBR Extensions own brand of hair launching this month called ISLA Hair Extensions. Being a part of these brands allows us to keep utilizing the highest quality of hand tied extensions on the market.

If you’ve been seeing the buzz on hand tied hair extensions, and you’re ready to try them for yourself, click I WANT HAIR EXTENSIONS! We can’t wait to see you soon!


While we love all of our extension methods, there are certain transformations that are extra close to our hearts. Our Crown Extensions have such a deep impact on both the women receiving them and our team creating the transformation. If you’re not familiar with a Crown Extension, it is a hair piece that covers the crown, or top, of your head. They are a hair extension solution for women with thinning hair, areas of hair loss, and to provide more coverage in conjunction with traditional integrated extensions. Because Crown Extensions are one of the lesser known categories of extensions, we wanted to walk you through all the details—who they’re for, how they work, and the investment involved.

First up—the difference between traditional extensions and crown extensions. Traditional extensions are typically attached to the sides and back of your head. They blend into your natural hair because the top layer of your hair (coming from the crown of your head) covers up the extension attachments. If the amount of hair at the crown of your head isn’t dense enough to provide coverage to the back and sides, traditional extensions may not be possible for you. Enter: Crown Extensions. Crowns are a great option for women missing coverage or experiencing thinness on the top of their head. They can be worn on their own, or in addition to traditional hair extensions for more coverage throughout the sides and back.

There are two main categories of Crown Extensions. First, there are “temporary” crowns, which are typically attached with clips. They can be taken on and off each day. Temporary crowns offer more convenience as there is no in-salon maintenance involved, along with potentially lasting longer if you choose not to wear it every day. The second type is “semi-permanent” crowns. These have a variety of attachment methods, including bonding rings and integrated methods. Semi-permanent crowns require a much larger time and energy commitment. They require regular in-salon maintenance (every 2-4 weeks), and extra care at home as well.

If you’re wondering which of these might be right for you, we use a pretty simple scale to determine the answer. On a scale from 1 to 10 (10 being the most), how much does your hair loss, thinning hair, or area of concern bother you? If the answer is less than 7, we strongly recommend a temporary crown extension. If the answer is 7-10, we recommend the semi-permanent method of extension. There’s one other factor that plays into whether you choose temporary or semi-permanent. If you have lost 50% or more of your hair, integration would not be possible for you. Less than 50% loss still allows for integration to be considered.

Now for the details of Crown Extensions

Crown Hair Extensions - Garnish

Both temporary and semi-permanent crown extensions have a lifespan of 8-12 months. If you have a temporary crown and choose to wear it more sparingly rather than every day, it could potentially last a little bit longer. We do not recommend crown or any type of extensions for women still actively experiencing hair loss. The ideal time to begin wearing hair extensions is after you stop shedding. This is due to the extensions (whether temporary or semi-permanent) being attached to your hair. Attaching to your hair while actively losing hair could contribute to faster loss and may cause slipping of your extensions due to the instability of attachment points. The only exception to this rule is if your loss is in a particular area and the hair surrounding it is strong enough to support the extensions.

Let’s talk investment. Due to the detailed construction of crown extensions, the pricing is on average slightly more than traditional hair extensions. Crown extensions may also need to be created custom, which takes longer and can potentially increase the cost. Typically, the investment ranges from $2,000-$3,500. If you do not need a custom crown, the extension can be ordered and received typically within a few weeks. However, if you do need a custom crown, it can take up to 4 months for the crown to be created and received.

Finally, the time investment ranges based on the method of attachment. With temporary crowns you must be willing to take the time to put it on and style it every day (or as often as you choose to wear it). For semi-permanent crowns you must commit to coming into the studio every 2-4 weeks for maintenance. The maintenance appointments range from 30 minutes (for a “mini” tidy up) to a 3+ hours for a “full service” where the crown is removed and reapplied. You absolutely must be willing to commit to this maintenance schedule in order to ensure the health and integrity of your hair and extension piece.

Like all other methods of extensions, crown extensions are simply a category within the extension world. Because it is often a delicate hair situation, it is absolutely vital to find a stylist or salon that is well-versed in crown extensions. Candice has been trained in Trichology (the study of the scalp and hair), along with having extensive experience with several different methods of crown extensions. Our current academy team has a love and passion for crown extensions as well, which means that our education has included an added focus on this method.

If you’ve been told traditional hair extensions won’t work for you, or if you are experiencing thinning hair or have a particular area of concern, we invite you to fill out an application here!. Our passion is helping women find confidence and self-love through hair extensions, and we would love to share that with you. Let’s talk.


Hair Extension Spotlight featuring Susan

Hair Extension Spotlight

Our very own Salon Coordinator, Susan, first came to Garnish as a guest of the salon seeking hair extensions. She’s been wearing her hair extensions now for about four months and is a full-on believer in how life-changing they can be. We absolutely love Susan’s story with hair extensions, so we wanted to shine some light on her experience in the hopes that all the other busy moms out there can relate.

We sat down and talked with Susan about her journey…

What brought about your decision to try hair extensions? 

About three months after the birth of Shep (her adorable baby boy), I noticed that my hair had thinned out a lot. I had never been able to grow my hair out past my shoulders anyway and now it was even thinner.

I also realized that before having my baby I always wanted to get ready and go out and do something, and after having him I just wanted to stay at home. I realized I didn’t want to live in sweatpants all the time, and I needed to find a way to feel like myself again.

What changed for you when you got your NBR Extensions? 

The biggest thing was that it served as a reminder to not forget about taking care of myself. It definitely gave me my confidence back! You have to give yourself permission to take time for you. The confidence I gained helped me to get over that postpartum feeling of losing your identity a little bit.

Did anything surprise you about your experience with wearing hair extensions?

I didn’t realize before how much your hair can affect your life. If you feel like you look good, then you automatically feel good. It makes such a difference.

As a busy mom, what’s the biggest benefit of wearing hair extensions? 

I don’t have to worry about washing and fixing my hair every day! I went from washing my hair every single day to once or maybe twice a week. It’s the biggest time saver.

If it’s curled I just have to touch up the front, but the extensions hold a curl so well. Even putting it up in a ponytail is better than before because you feel more put together… and like a mermaid. 🙂

What’s the number one things you would want other women to know about wearing hair extensions?

Extensions gave me the dream hair that I could never have achieved otherwise. The confidence you gain is invaluable. And more than anything… Don’t forget about YOU. It’s okay to take the time to take care of yourself.

If you relate to Susan’s experience and are curious about if hair extensions might work for you, visit to learn more.


Tis the season of transformation!

The weather has cooled, the leaves are changing colors, and here at Garnish we are in full-on hair makeover mode. We wanted to show off some of our major transformations from the past few weeks because they are GORGEOUS if we do say so ourselves.

hair extension transformation

hair extension transformation

First up is Susan’s Corrective Color + 3 Rows of NBR Extensions. Susan had been getting the same highlights for a long time, but was ready to change up her look. Candice transformed her color into a melty, dimensional brunette before adding three rows of Natural Beaded Rows Extensions. Due to the length and thickness of her natural hair along with her goal length, 3 rows was necessary to achieve the perfect blend.

hair extension transformation

hair extension transformation

Next up is Hayley’s Icy Mermaid hair dreams. Hayley wanted the coolest blonde and the longest hair, which Niko achieved through highlighting her natural hair and adding 3 Rows of NBR Extensions. It’s important to note that Hayley has been working towards icy blonde through previous highlights, as achieving this color in a healthy way takes time and patience. They added 3 Rows of NBR in order to create both volume and maximum length.

hair extension transformation

hair extension transformation

Our third major transformation feature is Anna Kathryn’s Corrective Color and NBR Extensions by Reece. Anna Kathryn came to Reece with layers of box color on her hair which had not only dried out her hair, but left it looking super brassy.

Reece used a multi-step process to gently remove the old color and refresh her brunette to create a shiny, consistent dark chocolate color. The next step was extension day! Reece added 2 and a half Rows of Natural Beaded Row Extensions to give Anna Kathryn the gorgeous model length hair she had been dreaming of.

If you’re as in love with these transformations as we are and you’re ready for your own hair makeover, visit our book now page and fill out an application.

We would love to help you achieve your hair goals!


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.


nbr hair extensions

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


We wanted to shine some light on a couple of our recent transformations by Extension Stylist, Niko Jones. Extensions are often a part of a journey towards self-confidence and self-love and we absolutely love getting to be a part of that journey. Whether you’re looking for a little more volume, a lot more length, or a complete transformation, our specialty is helping you achieve your hair dreams.

Niko has been pouring into her extension craft through weekly classes and on-site training with Natural Beaded Rows, and has truly been leveling up her extension game. Check out some of her most recent work below.

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First up is Jen’s Hairdreams Extensions Transformation. Jen has some previous damage to her hair and has a hard time achieving her ideal length. Her nano fusion extensions allow her to have some lightnes through the ends of her hair, while also giving her the length and fullness that she loves.

We love that sometimes extensions can allow you to achieve your color goals that your natural hair may not be able to support. Our guests choose extensions for so many different reasons!

Next up is Vickie’s Foilyage + NBR Extensions Transformation. Vickie was looking for fullness with a little bit of added length and an udpate to her color. Niko first created a new look for her color by adding a money piece (the brighter highlight in the front) while also adding dimension into her crown area to blend her grown out lighter ends. Vickie’s goal was for her color to look very natural so keeping it soft and blended created a beautiful natural honey blonde.

They then added two and a half rows of NBR Extensions to achieve her length and fullness goals. How much do you LOVE this end look?

Stay tuned for more amazing transformations…


Calling all Angels…

Here at Garnish, we LOVE extensions. We love being able to give women the hair they have been dreaming of, and using extensions to do so. And while we specialize in semi-permanent methods of extensions, we also recognize that for some lifestyles that’s just not feasible. We also know that sometimes women want extensions for a particular event, or for special occasions, but not for an every day look.

Temporary Solutions with Versatility

Traditionally, the solution for those ladies is clip-in extensions, but we wanted to shed some light on our personal favorite temporary extension method—HALO Extensions.
Halos are bomb because they can be custom colored, custom cut, and are super easy to put on and take off. This means they work well for a lot of different women with many different looks. Longer halos can even be added into a low pony or braided, making them ideal for special events and wedding hair.

The versatility of halos is one of our favorite aspects. They come in several different lengths, layered, and balayaged, and they can also be custom colored in a variety of ways to perfectly blend with your hair.

The Best Part?

The best thing about Halo Extensions is that if they are well-cared for they can last for years. Depending on the frequency of wear (some women choose to wear them daily, while others choose to just wear them on special occasions), and the wash and style care taken, halos can last for quite a while making them definitely worth the investment. Halos can be washed and styled just like your natural hair, and often hold a style well enough to be worn up to
several times between washes.

Garnish Hair Extension Artist have got you covered!

If you’re interested in extensions, but aren’t ready for the commitment of semi-permanent methods, Halo Extensions are an amazing alternative. If you’re looking to add length, but your hair is already relatively thick, it’s even possible to wear two halos to achieve your hair goals. Garnish owner, Candice, wore two halos for months before she transitioned to NBR Extensions!

If you have any questions regarding Halo Extensions, if they are the right fit for you, and how they can help you achieve your goal look—give us a call or fill out an extension application. We would love to introduce you to this amazing temporary extension method.


Welcome to the Extension Confession Session

It’s about to get real.

I’ve been wearing my NBR Extensions for about three months now and, well, I’ve had a few…snafus. If you’ve been into the studio you know I’m pretty much OBSESSED with my NBR extensions, and when they’re extra fluffy I love them even more. And as the person who helped write the maintenance sheet I should’ve been GOLDEN…#famouslastwords

About a month and a half into wearing my extensions (right about the time I learned how to make them fluff), I attempted to run my hand through my hair and, um, well… it got stuck. I ignored it for a day or so until I tried again and it was even worse. That’s when I started feeling around at the root of my rows and came to a horrifying realization.

I had a mat… in each row… right at the back of my head. I was pretty sure Candice was going to kick me out of Garnish or take away my extensions because how on Earth could I manage an EXTENSION BAR and have mats in my head. Thankfully, she and Reece rescued me with the help of copious amounts of Know Knott. And then I got a remedial lesson on how to properly comb out my extensions. The fluff sure LOOKS great, but if it’s not combed out at the beginning and end of each day then it’s GOING to be a mess—promise.

As if that’s not bad enough… I also had a mental snafu so-to-speak when I thought I might have acquired a bald spot. To be clear—I did NOT have a bald spot, but I definitely thought I did and was having a low-key crisis about it. With NBR extensions, the anchor bead (aka the first one in the row) pulls the hair slightly sideways. You don’t feel it at all, but if you look right at the spot where the hair is going in a different direction than usual it APPEARS that you could be missing a few strands. They’re not missing, just “displaced” so-to-speak, and once I realized that I definitely felt a bit silly for stressing.

THEN (because yes, there’s another one)… I was experiencing terrible itching at my scalp and I had no idea why. I mean, I had JUST washed my hair. Welp. Turns out I wasn’t washing my hair properly either. My natural hair is very dense to begin with so adding in 4 rows of extensions meant that particularly at the root it’s just hair stacked on top of hair stacked on top of more hair.

According to the maintenance sheet you’re supposed to separate out each row and wash and comb them individually. I definitely was NOT doing that properly. Once again, one of my team members rescued me and washed all of the shampoo residue out of my hair and I’ve been extra thorough washing ever since.

I have one last confession, and this is the one that surprised me the most. Candice had explained to me that often when extensions are removed the person feels like their natural hair is thinner than before. As someone who naturally has a ton of hair I was certain this would not affect me. I was definitely wrong.

I had to go three days without my extensions and it felt like i had NO HAIR. Considering how much hair I have, it’s a ridiculous thought/feeling, but our brains are tricky. They adjust to the feel of how much hair you have with extensions so when they’re removed suddenly your brain thinks something is missing! It’s a crazy feeling, but definitely a valid one.

While it’s a bit embarrassing to admit all of my extension snafus, I felt like it was important to let you all know that following the maintenance is extremely important for avoiding challenges. And, of course, that snafus DO happen and as long as you address them, they won’t result in damage to your extensions or hair.

Finally, I wanted to share my experience for anyone else who has had their own extension snafu to let you know that you are not alone. There is definitely a learning curve with extensions and (unless you manage an extension salon and helped write the maintenance sheet) there’s nothing to be embarrassed about. If you ever have any questions PLEASE give us a call. We can help you troubleshoot, find solutions, and get back to loving your extension hair.


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