Extend your Biz, Hair Extensions for Curly Hair
by CurlStylist on Monday, March 4th, 2013
Hair extensions represent one of the hottest categories for salons right now, and curly clients are stronger prospects for this problem-solving service than you might think. Leading extension brands have recognized the opportunity and many create special extensions to match curl patterns and to help you help clients transition between texture changes, add volume or length, and more. Visit their web sites and ask about specific training or solutions for naturally curly and other texture types. (See the special Extension Trends section on page 110 in MODERN’s March Issue).
Here are five reasons to consider adding texture-enhancing extensions to your portfolio of curly expertise:
1. The bad cut. When NaturallyCurly.com polled consumers and asked what was the worst mistake a stylist has made on their hair, cutting it too short was number one. Hair extensions make the recovery process easier to bear.
2. The vertically challenged. Dry and damaged curls are prone to breakage so growth is a major challenge for texture hair, and for many women waiting for hair to grow only leads to frustration. Extensions let the consumer focus on all the reasons she loves her curls.
3. Pure drama. Extensions have the dramatic effect we want for the red carpet moments in our lives, like weddings or proms.
4. The volume. Most people assume that curly hair equals thick hair, but curl pattern is only one part of the equation. Density, width and length determine thickness and volume, so extensions can help give a boost to fine-haired curlies.
5. The versatility. Everybody loves textured hair because of its chameleon-like qualities. Extensions are just one more tool in a curly’s toolbox to change her look day-to-day.
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Texture: Commitment-Free Retexturizing
by Michelle Breyer on Wednesday, September 1st, 2010
There was a time when the only option for temporarily changing curly hair to straight or straight hair to curly—or to go from long to short and back—was a wig or a chemical treatment.
These days, there are numerous ways that stylists and consumers can temporarily change the look of hair, without chemicals. They range from innovative new styling products to natural-looking extensions.
Toronto stylist Jonathan Torch, creator of the Curly Hair Solutions line of products, wanted to create a product that could temporarily loosen curls without chemicals. He spent years trying to find the ideal ingredient that could smooth the curls and keep the hair shiny and soft.
The answer, he says, was lecithin.
“It as a complete aha moment,” Torch says. “It’s in all of my conditioners; it’s thick as tar and it makes the hair shiny.”
Curly Hair Solutions is launching Extenzz this fall, which pushes water into the hair and uses the weight of the wet hair to straighten or loosen curl by using the product in conjunction with different brushing techniques.
While Curly Hair Solutions discovered a creative way to relax curls by using eggs (which contain lecithin), many of the most exciting advances have come in the laboratory, where chemists have concocted new formulations of polymers and silicones that help straighten and defrizz hair.
Living Proof, which has stormed onto the beauty scene, developed a new technology called polyfluoroEster—a smaller molecule than the traditional materials used for frizz control. Due to its chemical nature, the formulation adheres tightly to the hair, which allows for long-lasting moisture resistance and rebalancing of the hair fiber’s interaction with the atmosphere, even after extreme humidity.
“It helps prevent friction that causes hair to frizz,” says Eric Spengler, senior vice president of research and development for Living Proof, a line sold in both professional and consumer outlets. The Living Proof No Frizz Straight Styling line is designed to make it easier to and faster to blow out hair, while the Wave collection helps define curls.
“These products provide an alternative to silicone and more permanent chemical treatments,” Spengler says.
Stay tuned for several new products in the coming months that will be able to give people a straighter, smoother look for several days without using chemicals.
With hair extensions, a client can go from curly to straight, straight to curly and from long to short. The client can even get bangs, without the long-term commitment. Extensions are available in clip-ons, which can be put on for a quick change, to strand-by-strand extensions that can last several months.
“Extensions are a great option to chemicals, whether it be texture or color,” says Kimberly Castagna, public relations assistant at SO.CAP USA Hair Extensions, a leader in the world market of producing natural and synthetic hair.
“With our extensions, people have found they can create texture that feels better and looks more natural than their own hair,” she says
Curly hair can get a smooth, elegant by pulling the hair back and adding straight extensions. Wavy and curly extensions can be added to straighter hair for a completely different look. You can also add volume without length by putting in strand-by-strand extensions, Castagna says. Extensions are being used in place of wigs by some women who have undergone chemotherapy.
“It gives them the option of looking like its their own hair,” she says.
Hot Fall Hair Color
by Megan Dorcey on Monday, August 30th, 2010
With summer months we always see a big majority of the population go a little lighter with their locks, but the fall season gives us hair fanatics at CurlStylist a breath of fresh air with new colors and trends emerging in the hair world. Some color trends have us scratching our heads and others are leaving us wanting more.
One of the biggest trends emerging right now is the grown-out color look. It seems that in every aspect of the beauty and fashion world, the look of “messy perfection” makes perfect sense. More and more celebrities and fashion icons are walking around with exposed roots, or in the case of Lauren Conrad, lighter locks on the under-layer. You can achieve LC’s look by using extensions, which offers a less permanent solution. This may mean that your clients are waiting longer between dye jobs, but keep them coming back with conditioning treatments to repair their sun-kissed strands through the dry winter months.
Another trend we are seeing is the return of rich, vibrant reds. So many celebs are turning to red as a color that will make them stand out, instead of blending in with the rest of the blonde bombshells. We love Mad Men’s curvy Joan Harris, played by Christina Hendricks. This look works on so many different skin tones, and will dig your clients out of their hair rut. I think Matthew McConaughey says it best as David Wooderson in Dazed and Confused: “I love those redheads!”
One thing is for sure, when it comes to the hottest fall shades, the deep and rich colors are always the favorites. Although the fall season has barely begun, stars are already converting their styles in anticipation of the cooler climate to come. Christina Ricci has just revealed her chic new ‘do. Sporting rich chocolate and caramel tones brings out her natural features, and softens her face up.
One thing we don’t love at the moment: young ladies going gray. Don’t get us wrong, gray can look great on men and women, but we advise you to steer clear of this fad. If only someone would have told Kelly Osbourne before it was too late. Rumor is that many women all over England started prematurely aging their hair after seeing dry shampoo clumps in Kate Moss’s hair, and thinking it was intentional. There is a big difference between platinum Lady Gaga strands and Grandma gray, we invite this fad to stay on the other side of the pond for those under 30.