nbr extensions

NBR: The most customizable extensions on the market

Pretty much every hair extensions method out there involves the following: client shows up, color swatch ring comes out, and then the best match is found, ordered, and installed. The result is usually what you might expect... it looks like hair extensions- where you can tell something is off.

One of the funnier things I've heard lately was from my dad. He's always been my biggest fan, and even knows what balayage is! I was doing his bi-weekly buzz cut the other day and he was like "hey, I need a stack of your new cards". Sure, okay! But... any particular reason? "I saw this woman at the grocery store yesterday who had THE WORST EXTENSIONS. She needed your help!". I mean, if my dad can spot some rogue weave in the wild, you know there must be a better way.

Enter NBR. I haven't had this much fun working on hair since my early days when I worked on photoshoots at every opportunity possible. I'm not only helping transform my clients' everyday looks by giving them the fullness and lush hair they've always wanted... I'm giving them REAL hair that looks like it popped straight off of Pinterest. And it's low-maintenance, to boot! 

Preparing hair for Sarah's NBR installation

Preparing hair for Sarah's NBR installation

I first met Sarah years ago on one of my many trips to my local craft store- she always helped me out when I was looking for some odd thing for my projects, and eventually she became my client at Gingersnap. When I was just getting started on my Natural Beaded Rows journey, she jumped straight on board and wanted to give it a shot. This got me excited because a) she always had super fun color requests and b) she was never able to grow the long lush mane she'd wanted.

We chatted color, set our date and then I set to work getting her new hair ready. We always do some variant of red, but this summer we were feeling a blend of blush, pink, copper and blonde. This isn't any kind of swatch-and-go situation: I custom-colored every piece of hand-tied hair and then layered them together in her installation. 

Sarah, after her NBR transformation

Sarah, after her NBR transformation

The result? Pure, inimitable happiness. This is why I love what I do <3

Sarah's before &amp; after

Sarah's before & after

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Sarah

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Having had that baby-fine, soft hair that just doesn't have the fullness I want (you know the type: looks gorgeous for two hours after a blowout, looks like a soggy rat by day 2), I've tried every type of hair extension out there. I loved the idea of the extra length & oomph you could achieve from hair extensions!

The reality tended to be a bummer, though. You can imagine it: that first comical moment I put 22" long blonde clip-in extensions into my cute little pixie cut, that one time I got a head of keratin-bonds that took 5 hours to put in, 5 hours to take out and left my hair a broken mess, you get the idea!

As a stylist, I've been on the lookout for a method that would solve my clients' hair problems without the typical laundry list of issues (color looks fake, bonds show when the wind blows, can't pull it up or back, involves acetone or alcohol to remove the hair, etc etc etc). In the last few years I only offered what I considered to be the gentlest methods- halos and tape-ins that didn't require solvent removal. Even still, these methods weren't perfect and I'd only ever offer them to clients who specifically reached out to me.

Enter NBR. I kept seeing these GORGEOUS before & after photos pop up on Instagram where the end result was so seamless... the color looked not only real, but BOMB, and the styling possibilities looked endless. I stalked the creator of the method's social media for months, thinking there must be some catch. Turns out, no catch! It's just awesome. I was intrigued by this gorgeous method that was specifically designed for the type of hair most of my extensions clients have- MY hair type- baby fine & fragile.

From my skinny hair to luscious volume with NBR

From my skinny hair to luscious volume with NBR

Before I headed to Southern CA for my first certification course over four days, I had clients being like "are you going to get these? Your hair is already long! Do people get extensions?". At that time it was like... yes... lots of people get extensions! But me, I need to be convinced. I hated wearing tape-ins for a lot of reasons, and I would only wear my halo extensions for special occasions (I wore one for my wedding last year!).

Once I got my NBR in, the lights came ON. No need to say much more than that- I added 5" of length, but beyond that it was about the FULLNESS. I legit have goddess hair now, the type of hair that turns heads and I love that I have zero fear of anyone going "oh that girl clearly has extensions". The newfound confidence is real!

I add 4-5" of length to my hair, and 2-3x the density with NBR

I add 4-5" of length to my hair, and 2-3x the density with NBR

NBR is the real deal, and my clients are obsessed! I LOVE that I now have an extensions method that I believe in wholeheartedly. Check out what my client Lesley has to say about her new Natural Beaded Rows extensions below.

Are you ready to take your hair game to the next (seamless, invisible, gorgeous, and low-maintenance) level? Click here to invest in your confidence, your crown, and yourself!

A Little Hair Magic Goes a Long Way

Michele has been a big part of Gingersnap for quite awhile now- I first met her when she was referred in by another client of mine, and quickly became a big, bright energy in the salon. She even offered to help me out with my wedding day! Her decorating and coordinating skills blew me away- and I still recommend her to friends and clients who need help with events.

We've added a few extensions to her already-long hair since our hair journey started a few years back and I was over the moon to get to share the new extensions method I'd just discovered with her. As a client with hair on the fine side, it could be a challenge to find the right solution for daily wear. Our criteria are as follows: must look good (duh!), must be able to go into a high bun and topknot (tough one, but we always found a way somehow), and must be easy to take care of with an active lifestyle. We made do with tape extensions for a couple of years, but those could present a bit of a challenge in the updo & hideability departments.

She was definitely a bit of a skeptic when I told her I had a new jam for her- but lucky for me, she was game and trusted the process. I removed her tape-ins before shooting the before photo you see below, and then brightened up her natural hair with some babylights and a nice medium-blonde colormelt. After custom coloring a few pieces of 18" hand-tied hair to match her natural, I installed it in one row + a mini row, cutting and blending to match. Check out her GORGEOUS before & after!

Before &amp; after 1 row + a mini row of 18" NBR

Before & after 1 row + a mini row of 18" NBR

Goes to show you don't need a ton of extra hair, but that bit of fill and extra density makes a magical difference. Her new Natural Beaded Rows extensions hit all of our criteria- they go up, they go down, they hide PERFECTLY and air dry in beautiful waves with minimal styling required. 

Nothing but LOVE <3

After some NBR gorgeousness!

After some NBR gorgeousness!

Hello and Welcome!

Welcome to the Gingersnap Blog! I'm really pleased to be getting this started and have so much to share. As I shift my focus in my business I've decided to create more of a presence outside of the salon. 

Things you'll find here: tutorials for easy-to-repeat techniques in hair and beauty. Information about how to use and curate product at home. Behind the scenes insights into haircolor, styling, and extensions. Inspiration, both seasonal and as the wind blows.

Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

At heart, I'm an educator on one side and an artist on the other. Finding a new path within the beauty industry that really plays to my love of detail, craft and education has me so excited!

One thing I would really like to see happen within the blog is collaboration. I love to find a hot topic amongst my clients for the week and consolidate that into useful info for people. Now that I'm directing my focus beyond the salon and my daily work behind the chair, I want to hear from YOU.

What do you want to know? Is there a problem or frustration you're experiencing with your hair? Something you're curious about? Tell me here. I would love to workshop through your issue.

Today I wanted to share something I'm really proud of.

I've been giving my clients hair extensions for years- from glued-in wefts (yes, YIKES! Early days!) to halos, tape-ins, clip-ins and custom-cut wigs. I started working seriously with long-wear extensions about four years ago with tape-ins, which work great for what they are (you can create dramatic change, add color, and they are wearable for about six weeks with minimal damage) and I was able to really create wonderful change for my clients.

I started learning that customizing color for this hair took the service from "meh" to actually very lovely and convincing. I've had many clients commit fully to adding length and fullness using extensions, and I even wore a halo AND a fall for my own wedding!

Julie is a long-time client of mine. We've given her a wide range of colors and styles with color and extensions- from platinum-vanilla blonde to natural balayaged blend, and then finally to beautiful copper blondes. She has loved wearing extensions for length and mermaid-y fullness as her natural hair can grow quite long, but hangs pretty flat and thins out around the ends.

I had the opportunity to remove her tape-in extensions and give her the Natural Beaded Rows experience. The overall effect went from "hmm, pretty" to "OMG, your hair is INCREDIBLE" and actually left me stunned when we both looked at her hair with her custom-colored NBR in.

Having the knowledge and skills now to help get my clients to this state of confidence, gorgeousness and a little extra bounce in their step is what it's all about for me. It's safe to say I've found my calling! Check out how stunning Julie's new hair looks:

Julie, before NBR (with fresh color) &amp; after 2 full rows of NBR

Julie, before NBR (with fresh color) & after 2 full rows of NBR

Julie's new extensions don't use heat, glue or excessive points of contact, so the impact on her own hair is minimal to nonexistent. She can use any products she would like to- no limitations on conditioner or oils. Even better, the NBR hair has a gorgeous body wave so her hair will look stunning even when simply air-dried.

 

No evidence! Perfectly blended, no lumps, bumps or bits sticking out. Her hair moves and flows like her natural would.

No evidence! Perfectly blended, no lumps, bumps or bits sticking out. Her hair moves and flows like her natural would.

NBR @ Gingersnap Hair is being offered by consultation. Please click through and fill out an application over here with your information and I will be in touch within 24-48 hours to set up a time to discuss your hair goals! I'll be setting up appointments for new clients beginning in late July and early August.

Beauty comes from within- but sometimes you need a little boost on the outside to get that glow on. Looking forward to hearing from you all!