Friday, December 28, 2012

New Trend of Hair Chalking is Growing in Popularity

by Melissa White
Licensed Hair Stylist
Certified Hair Extension Artist

You may not have heard of the growing hair trend called "hair chalking" because it hasn't really made it's way into the mainstream...yet! But, the trend has been rapidly spreading, and because it is affordable, temporary and fun, more and more women of all ages are taking part. But there are things you should keep in mind as you explore this new hair phenomenon.

Hair Chalking Can Create Great Temporary Splashes of Color

What is hair chalking?  The name pretty much says it all.  Just mash up eye shadows or pastel sticks and rub the powder in their hair as temporary dye. People have been using all types of temporary, semi-permanent and permanent dyes on their hair for thousands of years. The trend of using chalk-based powders isn't new, but it certainly is becoming a HOT fashion item. Preteen video bloggers first introduced hair chalking, and Lauren Conrad brought it into the mainstream in 2011. Chalking then began showing up on models in runway shows making chalking acceptable even for adults.

Temporary hair chalk is an easy and low-risk way to experiment with color. After it is applied the dye lasts about 10 hours. It does shake out slowly throughout the day, and you have to deal with the the fact that it is messy and will get on your hands and clothes, and just about everything you come into contact with!

Experts recommend going to a salon for your first application to learn how chalking works best (the application process depends on your hair color), but after that it's easy to do at home. There are quite a few hair chalks available. Color Bug "colored hair shadow" is a specialty chalk designed just for hair, or you can use eye shadows that have a strong pigment. Some shades won't show up well on darker hair and it can get expensive to experiment for those that work well if you do it yourself.

Extensions of Yourself cautions on the use of hair chalk however, because chalks are very drying, and can damage hair. Many users have reported that, while chalk creates fun looks, it has left them with hair so dried out that it has turned them off completely. Pinterest rounded up more than a few dissatisfied users:

  • Lovely Liar on Deviant Art tried it and her report: “it DOES work… but i tried to do like.. the whole front half of my head.. and now it wont do anything.. lol i cant even brush it. its like trying to brush a broom… oh well…”
  • Duyenosaurus on Tumblr said: "Well hair chalking was a complete FAIL for me.My hair was so dry today from it! It felt sticky and it resembles hay. I just use clarifying shampoo and it got most of the stickiness out. But this whole mess was my fault since I kept touching my hair when my hand had chalk all over it.In other words, if your hair was as dry like mine before the chalking, you should reconsider the idea. Also, don’t wet your hair if it’s light like I did or it WILL stain-"
  • Senecacranesexybeard said: “Tip: use a SMALL piece of hair. If you us anything remotely big it will tangle your hair, and you will lose some hair.”
  • Bright-shining-stars said, “Hair chalking is kind of a mess, it coloured half of my bathroom when I washed my hair.”

Like everything else we do to ourselves, moderation can be the key to preventing damage. Trying out hair chalk can be exciting and fun for a night out with friends, but it isn't something you would probably want to do on a regular basis because it will eventually cause severe damage to your hair. Lighter color hair can also be stained by the chalks, and will not easily wash out. I generally do not recommend that women with hair extensions color their hair with chalk. The drying effect of the chalk can severely shorten the length you will be able to wear your hair extensions.

REFERENCES/RESOURCES FOR MORE INFORMATION
BuzzFeed.com - 22 Cool Examples of Hair Chalking
Google.com - Where To Get Hair Chalk
San Francisco Chronicle - Hair Chalking Appeals To All Ages
Stylegirl.com - Chalk Dyed Hair: My Experience and Tips and Tricks
The Beauty Department - Chalk It Up

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 
Melissa White is an experienced, licensed hair extension artist and stylist whose passion is to bring out the natural beauty in everyone by enhancing their own individual features with the use of exquisite hair extensions. Melissa has over 10 years of extensive training with the industries top hair extension companies in the newest techniques. Originally from Boston, Melissa has been in San Antonio for the past 8 years. She believes that everyone should be able to access and afford the hair of their dreams . . . thus the creation of Extensions of Yourself, San Antonio's first salon which specializes exclusively in quality hair extensions.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Hairdreams Hair Extensions Collaborates In New Barbie Doll Design Contest That Benefits Hurricane Sandy Victims

by Melissa White
Licensed Hair Stylist
Certified Hair Extensions Artist

Barbie has been around for decades and is as popular as ever. One of the things we've all noticed is that Barbie has kept pace not only with changing fashion, but sometimes with hair styles as well.

Reflecting the trend in use of hair extensions, the newest Barbie styles have been created using Hairdreams hair extensions! In the second Glam Barbie Competition, Santa Monica's The Doves Studio organized a competition among their stylists to create unique Barbie designs which all incorporated Hairdreams hair extensions. Some stylists have used the hair extensions to create elegant up dos while others use the hair as part of the costumes created for the Barbie doll. Traditional to outrageous rule the day!



Salon clients are able to vote on their favorite designs, and the Barbies are to be auctioned off with 100% of proceeds going to the American Red Cross and its Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Fund. The instore and online votes and E-bay bids are entered to win a $2,000 Hairdreams hair extension service at The Doves Studio. Winners are to be announced January 1, 2013. You may cast your on-line vote by visiting http://www.hairdreamsusa.com/en/glam_barbie_contest.

RESOURCES:
Hairdreams Glam Barbie Contest - http://www.hairdreamsusa.com/en/glam_barbie_contest
Hairdreamsusa.com - Hairdreams USA Website
ModernSalon.com - Barbie Gets Dolled Up by The Doves and Hairdreams

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 
Melissa White is an experienced, licensed hair extension artist and stylist whose passion is to bring out the natural beauty in everyone by enhancing their own individual features with the use of exquisite hair extensions. Melissa has over 10 years of extensive training with the industries top hair extension companies in the newest techniques. Originally from Boston, Melissa has been in San Antonio for the past 8 years. She believes that everyone should be able to access and afford the hair of their dreams . . . thus the creation of Extensions of Yourself, San Antonio's first salon which specializes exclusively in quality hair extensions.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Dallas Trip Provides Extensions Of Yourself With The Latest Advances and Techniques in Hair Extensions

by Melissa White
Licensed Hair Stylist
Certified Hair Extension Artist

Training is always an ongoing thing. Although I am certified with the major hair extension suppliers, I always enjoy the continuing education that comes with the certification. Just recently, I had the pleasure of attending an in-depth training in Dallas, where the cold fusion application techniques and cutting design were discussed, practiced and evaluated.

Dallas Skyline

Cold fusion technique involves the use of ultrasonic energy instead of direct heat to bond the hair. While this may not be the method I use on all my clients, it certainly does add to the variety of options that I have when I evaluate each of my client's needs.

As those who have seen me already know, I prefer to tailor each person's hair extensions to their own uniqueness. I evaluate the length of their own hair, the condition of their hair, and the style and length of the hair extensions desired in helping to determine not only the type of hair itself, but the method I will use to install the hair extensions.

Because I've had over ten years of experience with hair extensions, and having at least tried almost every known method of installation and type of hair available, it helps me select the type most appropriate for each individual I see. My salon, Extensions of Yourself, specializes in custom hair extensions and the application, color and cut necessary to provide the best in quality hair extensions. Attenting continuing education seminars, workshops and conferences keeps my skills sharp and helps motivate me to bring the best available to those who seek out my services.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 
Melissa White is an experienced, licensed hair extension artist and stylist whose passion is to bring out the natural beauty in everyone by enhancing their own individual features with the use of exquisite hair extensions. Melissa has over 10 years of extensive training with the industries top hair extension companies in the newest techniques. Originally from Boston, Melissa has been in San Antonio for the past 8 years. She believes that everyone should be able to access and afford the hair of their dreams . . . thus the creation of Extensions of Yourself, San Antonio's first salon which specializes exclusively in quality hair extensions.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Accessorize With Red Lipstick for Impact This Fall

by Melissa White
Licensed Hair Stylist
Certified Hair Extension Artist

Deep red lipsticks are back! We're seeing them in the pages of women's magazines, on the runway, and various other outlets for this winter season. Combined with 2013's color of the year, we're sure to see some great looks!

Photo: (c) Getty Images
as seen on Stylist.com
 Examples of the new shades of red are popping up everywhere, and it certainly looks like the deeper shades are the look to strive for. Allure has named Black Cherry lipstick one of The Top 10 Fall Makeup Trends. Covergirl has named Deep Wine their top color, and Savagely Yours has put out a list of top red lipsticks available for any budget, commenting that, "The stars have been showing out and lacing their lips with reds of all shades this fall."

Lipsticks, like clothes, handbags, shoes and even hair extensions are valuable accessories in your beauty arsenal. Looks come and go, and you'll always benefit for being current with whatever trend is in fashion at the time. This is why I choose to bring you news of trends that affect the use of hair extensions. Color is such an important aspect of creating a look that is unique to you. A hair extension artist who is up-to-date with current trends in both hair extensions as well as fashion changes can help create a look that syncs nicely with your particular lifestyle and wishes.

REFERENCES / RESOURCES FOR MORE INFORMATION
Allure.com - The Top 10 Fall Makeup Trends (for 2012)
Extensions of Yourself - Hair Extensions Generate Buzz with Colorful Controversy
Extensions of Yourself - How to Choose the Right Hair Color
Extensions of Yourself - Is Red the New Hot Color?
SavagelyYours.com - Fall 2012 Hot Red Lipsticks for Any Budget
Stylist.com - Tis the Season for Darker Lipstick

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 
Melissa White is an experienced, licensed hair extension artist and stylist whose passion is to bring out the natural beauty in everyone by enhancing their own individual features with the use of exquisite hair extensions. Melissa has over 10 years of extensive training with the industries top hair extension companies in the newest techniques. Originally from Boston, Melissa has been in San Antonio for the past 8 years. She believes that everyone should be able to access and afford the hair of their dreams . . . thus the creation of Extensions of Yourself, San Antonio's first salon which specializes exclusively in quality hair extensions.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Top Stylists View Hair Extensions As An Important and Versatile Accessory

by Melissa White
Licensed Hair Stylist
Certified Hair Extension Artist

Just as some women see the importance of great jewelry, a terrific handbag, or stylish shoes, many are coming to realize that their hair is one of their very best and most flexible of accessories! In times where styles change quicker than you can rush to the store to buy the latest, being gifted with hair that can easily be transformed is one of the best fashion investments you can make.

Hair Extensions can be
your very best accessory!
It's certainly not uncommon for fashion-conscious women to drop hundreds on a designer bag that brings instant recognition and envy from her friends, and almost all women drop more money than they're willing to tally up on shoes, jewelry and other trendy items that are in style one day and sadly out of style before the shoe treads show wear! However, talented hair stylists know the value of a great head of hair. Even though hair styles may change, having full, luxurious looking hair can set you apart whether you're wearing sweats, jeans or a designer outfit.

I often describe the benefit of investing in quality hair extensions in terms most of my clients can easily relate to. Think of your eyes. For those of us who have eye sight which is less than perfect, we usually invest in eye glasses which we'll wear around the house, but opt for more expensive and higher maintenance contact lens when we're at work or out socially. And, we certainly know the drawbacks of having to use them. Each and every day it involves having to rinse off and insert the lenses, sometimes adjusting and/or rinsing them during the day because of dry eye or irritation from a particle, eyelash or other irritant, and then having to take them out at night - only to have to repeat the process each and every day. What we're in search of is a better alternative to the daily grind, and this is why many people are opting for lasik eye surgery. The results are much more permanent, and you don't have the daily upkeep. Just roll out of bed and you're vision is already there!

The same can be said when you have quality hair extensions. Everyone wants healthy, shiny, gorgeous hair, and you no longer have to settle for the hair you were born with. The choices are basically to stick with the hair you have (whether it is too thin, too short, too unmanageable, etc), use wigs, hair pieces or clip-on extensions - all of which require the same type of daily grind in order to achieve passable results for a fuller/longer head of hair. The more permanent and quality solution is hair extensions which allow you to wake up with your full head of hair already in place. This is why celebrities turn to hair extensions themselves. They understand that hair extensions are extremely versatile. You have the choice of many styles and can easily wear your hair as is when you wake up or style it in countless ways.

There are many benefits of hair extensions. What can hair extensions do for you? Extensions can be an easy way to have fun and add glamour. Hair extensions are also an easy, risk-free way to play around with changing your color. You can choose to spend a lot or a little depending on the look you want and the fullness and length of your natural hair and allow you to get the kind of hair you’ve always dreamed of.

REFERENCES / RESOURCES FOR MORE INFORMATION
Extensions of Yourself - Hair Extensions Generate Buzz with Colorful Controversy
Extensions of Yourself - How to Choose the Right Hair Color

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 
Melissa White is an experienced, licensed hair extension artist and stylist whose passion is to bring out the natural beauty in everyone by enhancing their own individual features with the use of exquisite hair extensions. Melissa has over 10 years of extensive training with the industries top hair extension companies in the newest techniques. Originally from Boston, Melissa has been in San Antonio for the past 8 years. She believes that everyone should be able to access and afford the hair of their dreams . . . thus the creation of Extensions of Yourself, San Antonio's first salon which specializes exclusively in quality hair extensions.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Deep Emerald Green is 2013's Color of the Year

by Melissa White
Licensed Hair Stylist
Certified Hair Extension Artist

News broke today that the fashion world has named deep Emerald green as Color of the Year for 2013. Fashion-conscious women across the United States are being encouraged to wear this color, not only as a sign of the holiday season, but as a fashion statement. We've already seen the color popping up on the celebrity scene, and it will be making a huge impact on upcoming fashions for us all very soon.

Emerald Green
Color of the Year 2013

The great news about this is that this is a very flattering color for so many. It looks great not only on fair skinned women, but can create an exotic look on dark and olive skinned women. It compliments a variety of colors and is generally easy to wear for most all skin colors and hair colors making it very versatile and undoubtedly very popular. 

Greens on the Red Carpet

The exact Pantone color selected for this year's award was PANTONE® 17-5641 Emerald.  

According to Pantone's own site, Emerald green is, "Lively. Radiant. Lush… A color of elegance and beauty that enhances our sense of well-being, balance and harmony."

Indeed, the perception of the color emerald has long been one of sophistication and luxury. Emerald colors actually dramatizes all eye colors. It enhances green eyes, is compatible to blue eyes, emphasizes the green undertones in hazel eyes. For those with brown eyes, it can and intensify the eyes to make them appear deeper.

Emerald green flatters wide range of
skin tones and hair colors 

Sephora and Pantone have announced a new beauty collection based on the new color of the year for 2013 - Pantone 17-5641 Emerald. This collection will be available at Sephora exclusively starting in March 2013. 

I've always thought that Emerald green is a great color because it works so effortlessly to make one look and feel glamorous. It looks great with a full head of long, luxurious hair no matter what the hair color. And, it works great with hair extensions! Some may even elect to make a statement and have a strand or two of emerald locks added to their regular hair extensions. The latest fad of using vibrant colors with hair extensions makes this a truly trendy offering to kick off 2013!

REFERENCES / RESOURCES FOR MORE INFORMATION
Extensions of Yourself - Hair Extensions Generate Buzz with Colorful Controversy
Extensions of Yourself - How to Choose the Right Hair Color
Heraldonline.com - Pantone Reveals Color of the Year
Minerals.net - Emerald: The Precious Green Gemstone
Pantone - Pantone Color of the Year 2013
Wall Street Journal - Pantone's 2013 Color of the Year

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 
Melissa White is an experienced, licensed hair extension artist and stylist whose passion is to bring out the natural beauty in everyone by enhancing their own individual features with the use of exquisite hair extensions. Melissa has over 10 years of extensive training with the industries top hair extension companies in the newest techniques. Originally from Boston, Melissa has been in San Antonio for the past 8 years. She believes that everyone should be able to access and afford the hair of their dreams . . . thus the creation of Extensions of Yourself, San Antonio's first salon which specializes exclusively in quality hair extensions.

Monday, December 3, 2012

How To Choose The Right Hair Color

by Melissa White
Licensed Hair Stylist
Certified Hair Extension Artist

Choosing the right hair color is something that most everyone stresses over. Many women select a hair color from a photograph they see in a magazine, even though this is probably the worst way of picking the right hair color. Most experts will agree that selecting hair color from a photograph of a famous celebrity is a recipe for disaster unless you match skin tone and facial features exactly.

So what can you do to ensure a great color for your complexion, style and personality? Let's look at what goes into color selection by the expert colorists.

The Difficult Decision:
What hair color is 
right for me?





  • Skin Tone  (v
  • Eye Color (blue, green, hazel, grey, brown, dark brown/black)
  • Do you have freckles (yes/no)
  • Color of hair when you were 5 years old (blonde, light brown, brown, chocolate, black, strawberry blonde, red)
  • Have you colored your hair in the past years (number of years depends upon your hair length)
  • How do you usually color your hair (home or salon)

You can see why it's not as easy as looking at a picture on a box of home hair color and saying, "That's the one I want."

Your natural hair color is the best shade range to stay within. Even though your skin tone and hair  may be completely different colors at first glance, your natural hair color and skin both have the same underlying pigments. In fact, it is most often less about the hair color that you like and more about the color your skin likes.

Remember Carole Jackson's Color Me Beautiful method of selecting clothes colors by "season"? This used skin tones and the four seasons to group together colors which are most flattering. She also developed a complete line of cosmetics using the same principle. The same is true of hair color. The perfect hair color will compliment your skin tone. Great color can enhance your best facial features and can even help give you a more youthful, vibrant look. Choose the wrong color and it could leave you looking washed out, tired, totally unnatural and even years older!

Color Level, Shade and Tone


Color with permanent hair dye actually lifts the outer color from your hair shaft. In doing this, it reveals the natural pigments or highlights that are in your hair. Hair color is measured in three ways: by the level, the tone and the shade.

Color level runs on a scale of one to 10. One is the darkest color (true black) and 10 is the lightest color (platinum blonde). Within each of these levels are color pigments—eumelanin (black-brown) and pheomelanin (red-brown), which control the shade of the hair. Levels 1-4 are dark hair containing many red pigments along with black or brown. Levels 7-10 are considered blonde hair, consisting of golden/yellow pigments. Levels 5-6 fall in the middle and will have more orange pigments (red and yellow together).


Tone is divided into three groups: cool, neutral and warm. Cool tones have undertones of blues and greens and are sometimes referred to as "ash" tones. Warm tones have reds, oranges and golds. Neutral tones are a balance of both, with neither warm or cool tones outweighing the other.


For the most natural-looking color, look at what color the sun turns your hair during the height of summer. These tones are what come naturally and what you should stick with when you lighten your hair.

Complexion, Skin Undertones and Makeup


Just as your hair has pigment, your skin also contains pigments that produce undertones just like hair tones of cool, neutral and warm. Women born with black or brown hair are likely to have warmer, earthy undertones (orange, brown, gold or orange-based red) in their skin. Women born with blonde hair are more likely to have cooler skin undertones (blue, green, pink or blue-based red). Those with warmer undertones in their skin will look better with a warmer hair color, like golden blondes or honey browns. Those with cooler undertones will look best with cooler hair colors, like ash blonde, black or auburn brown.


The makeup you use may tell you if you are a warm or cool-toned person if you've selected your makeup correctly. But, if you don't know or aren't sure, try looking at a vein in your arm under natural light. If it appears green, you're warm toned, if it is blue you're cool-toned. An expert colorist will look at your skin, color of the eyes and even your age to help assess what tone your hair should be. The chart below will give some general guidelines.

Complexion          Complimenting Colors/Shades                                                 
Fair/Pale              Use dark expresso browns, warm reds, medium blondes
                            Avoid extremes and too dark of colors which will wash you out
Pink/Red              Neutral tones are best - avoid cool reds
Golden Tan          Neutral shades, copper and non yellow or gold bases look best
Olive Tan             Cool reds, caramel, burgundy, darker shades, and highlights                
Dark                    Golden hues without overall lightening can work
                            Avoid lightening and highlights or you'll look brassy
                            Dark reds, chocolate, deep rich browns and blacks excel


Of course these are just guidelines. You can also use makeup to help match your skin to any new hair color you choose. With today's better self-tanning products, we're able to effectively change to shades that better compliment a desired hair color. Just beware of the added effort needed to keep your look consistent!

Eye Color


The color of the eyes is a pretty accurate predictor of good hair color. If your eyes are deep brown, black-brown, gray blue, dark blue or hazel with white, gray or blue flecks you will probably look best with cool tones in your hair. If you have eyes that are golden brown, green, turquoise or hazel with gold or brown flecks you will look best with warm tones in your hair.

Age and Selecting Hair Color


My client's age helps tell me how far from their natural hair color I should go. With youth, we're able to experiment with color boldly and sometimes even recklessly without too much consequence. But, as we age, it becomes less forgiving. As a general rule, as we age softer colors look better on us. As we grey, skin tone becomes lighter. Extremes in the color palette (platinum blonde or true black) tend to bring out all sorts of imperfections. Wrinkles seem more pronounced, skin tones seem more exaggerated, pores seem more pronounced, and so on.

Most experts follow these general rules of thumb:
  • The key to great color is keeping your color changes within the correct warm or cool tones and staying within two color levels of your own color, if you want a natural look.
  • Professionally applied permanent colors provide the best coverage and last the longest. Semi-permanent colors are good for trying out a darker color before committing, but you can only go darker or hide grays. Semi-permanent colors won't lighten your hair.
  • Keep your hair healthy by always applying color to unwashed hair. Your hair's natural oils protect your hair.
  • If you make a color mistake with a home box product, don't try to fix it with another box! A minor mistake might be corrected by immediately washing your hair 2-3 times with a good clarifying shampoo. If you're afraid you've made a bigger mistake, or if the washes don't do the trick, do yourself a favor and see a hair professional.

Hair Color and Hair Extensions


Working with hair color presents a unique set of problems when working with hair extensions. Not only do you need to match the natural hair on the scalp, but work with the natural tones found in the hair extensions. This is why the use of quality hair extensions produces the best possible outcomes. The way in which quality hair extensions are created ensure that the stylist has Remy hair that has not been treated in any way that would produce unexpected color results. By closely matching the hair, an experienced hair extension artist can create a well-blended, natural look. If you've got color concerns, make sure you see a stylist who is experienced with color and hair extensions!

Have a specific color in mind, but don't know how to explain it to your stylist? A method I like to recommend to my clients is to go onto Pinterest to find photos of hair that you particularly like. Many of my hair extension clients who also use color visit my board, "Hair Inspiration" on Pinterest.

REFERENCES/RESOURCES FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Color Me Beautiful - Reinvent Yourself with Color Me Beautiful: 4 Seasons of Color, Makeup, and Style 
Extensions of Yourself - The Hair
Extensions of Yourself blog - Is Red the New HOT Color?
Extensions of Yourself on Pinterest

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 
Melissa White is an experienced, licensed hair extension artist and stylist whose passion is to bring out the natural beauty in everyone by enhancing their own individual features with the use of exquisite hair extensions. Melissa has over 10 years of extensive training with the industries top hair extension companies in the newest techniques. Originally from Boston, Melissa has been in San Antonio for the past 8 years. She believes that everyone should be able to access and afford the hair of their dreams . . . thus the creation of Extensions of Yourself, San Antonio's first salon which specializes exclusively in quality hair extensions.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

How Quality Hair Extensions Are Made

by Melissa White
Licensed Hair Stylist
Certified Hair Extension Artist

Ever wonder just how quality hair extensions are made?  Why are quality hair extensions so much better than (and more expensive than) the cheap synthetic or poor quality human hair extensions that you can purchase in your local beauty supply store without license?

Take a look behind the scenes with a tour of a Great Lengths facility in Europe:



Click here for Mobile Version of video
As you can see, there are a lot of steps to ensure that the quality of the hair is beyond that of most other hair extensions available. It's no wonder that Great Lengths is one of the premiere hair extension companies, and one of the top choices with Hollywood. Top celebrities are known to use Great Lengths and Hair Dreams  hair extensions. There is truth in the old saying "you get what you pay for," and using synthetic locks or cheap human hair extensions are easily detected and just don't look good. In comparison, the hair extensions used by top celebrities look natural and gorgeous!

As a specialist salon, I use only the best quality Remy hair from the top hair extension companies including Great Lengths and Hair Dreams. I'm available to help you decide which extensions can best help you achieve the hair of your dreams!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 
Melissa White is an experienced, licensed hair extension artist and stylist whose passion is to bring out the natural beauty in everyone by enhancing their own individual features with the use of exquisite hair extensions. Melissa has over 10 years of extensive training with the industries top hair extension companies in the newest techniques. Originally from Boston, Melissa has been in San Antonio for the past 8 years. She believes that everyone should be able to access and afford the hair of their dreams . . . thus the creation of Extensions of Yourself, San Antonio's first salon which specializes exclusively in quality hair extensions.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Hair Extensions Generate Buzz With Colorful Controversy

by Melissa White
Licensed Hair Stylist

As you know, I follow anything that's related to hair extensions, whether it be the most recent techniques and training, new products, accessories that make wearing them more fun, or even to what celebrities are doing with hair extensions using color, styles and cuts. Celebrities have helped to shape trends with hair extensions including the use of feathers, color blocks, colored tips, braided extensions and more.

Lauren Conrad's "Rainbow Hair"
is created with Hair Extensions

Britney Spears recently created quite a controversy when she showed up for the huge iHeartRadio event in Las Vegas sporting brightly colored hair extensions. Some criticized her for wearing them, stating she was copying other artists, when in reality she's worn brightly colored hair extensions before. In her 2011 video she wore several colors blended throughout her hair.  Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and Gwen Stefani are just a few of the many celebrities who have all worn brightly colored hair extensions. Lauren Conrad (shown above) created a look that many have rushed to duplicate.

No, vividly colored "fantasy" hair extensions aren't new, but they don't appear to be going away either! They're still appearing on celebrities and they are still very popular among younger women who want a bold or unique presence. They are available in a variety of vivid colors and can be worn as accent pieces, colored tips or as color throughout the whole head.

REFERENCES & RESOURCES:
The Hollywood Reporter - Britney Spears' Technicolor Hair Extensions Make a Comeback (video)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 
Melissa White is an experienced, licensed hair extension artist and stylist whose passion is to bring out the natural beauty in everyone by enhancing their own individual features with the use of exquisite hair extensions. Melissa has over 10 years of extensive training with the industries top hair extension companies in the newest techniques. Originally from Boston, Melissa has been in San Antonio for the past 8 years. She believes that everyone should be able to access and afford the hair of their dreams . . . thus the creation of Extensions of Yourself, San Antonio's first salon which specializes exclusively in quality hair extensions.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Fall's New Leather Fashions Glam Up Long Locks

by Melissa White
Licensed Hair Stylist
We're seeing a big trend this Fall, with the use of leather leading the way. Leather jackets, pants, skirts and boots are everywhere, and it's not just black.  As a matter of fact, Kim Kardashian made news again this week with her fashion mis-step with leather (mixing a bulky yellow jacket with short black shirt that wasn't very flattering on her).

Poor wardrobe coordination aside, this is a great opportunity for women with long hair, especially those with quality hair extensions, to flaunt their stuff. Leather fashions throughout the years, have always seemed to look better when the woman wears her hair long, loose and full. Just notice the leather-clad women in the videos below.


Video Credits: Vanessa Lachey on Fall Leather Trends

So, consider bringing out your daring side and go for long, full hair with your leather fashions. Here's some looks to consider:


Fall Leather Trends

What's really different with the Fall 2013 Leather Trend is that it appears it'll be here to stay for awhile. Sneak peaks at the Spring lines show that they continue to have strong offerings in leather even as the warmer weather makes it's way back!

It certainly looks like a touch of leather here and there can serve to accessorize your hair extensions quite beautifully! Have some fun with the new trends.

REFERENCES / RESOURCES FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Elle - Celebrities in Leather
MillionLooks.com - Black Leather - Hottest Fall 2012 Trend
NBCNewYork.com - Fall Trend: Leather, Leather, Everywhere
Neiman Marcus - The Leather Leg
SecretsofaGoodGirl.com - Fall Trend: Lots of Leather!
StyleBistro.com - Leather Gloves - The Top Trend from New York Fashion Week Fall 2012
USMagazine.com - Kim Kardashian Puts Herself on Worst-Dressed List for Bright Yellow Top

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 
Melissa White is an experienced, licensed hair extension artist and stylist whose passion is to bring out the natural beauty in everyone by enhancing their own individual features with the use of exquisite hair extensions. Melissa has over 10 years of extensive training with the industries top hair extension companies in the newest techniques. Originally from Boston, Melissa has been in San Antonio for the past 8 years. She believes that everyone should be able to access and afford the hair of their dreams . . . thus the creation of Extensions of Yourself, San Antonio's first salon which specializes exclusively in quality hair extensions.

Monday, October 15, 2012

How Young Is Too Young For Hair Extensions?

by Melissa L. White
Licensed Hair Stylist

Like all hot trends, it seems like all different age groups want to jump into the fray once the trend becomes popular. Hair extensions is one that, primarily because of price, hasn't been drawn into the controversy much. But, what would you do if your 15 year old asked for hair extensions? Your 12 year old? Your 10 year old! It does happen.

Seems like every generation complains that the youth of today are growing up much too fast for their own good, and even at my age I can see it. The girls going through junior high and high school are growing up quite different than just 10-20 years ago. I thought that we were pretty fashion conscious, but it pales to what today's teens are demanding. Hair extensions are one of those "luxuries", along with cosmetic surgery and fancy cars, that we didn't expect in generations before.

So, what IS an age where hair extensions would be appropriate? Unfortunately, I don't think there is a set answer to the question. In my experience, some 14 year olds are more mature and grounded than some 20 year olds, and vice-versa. I think it is a matter of needing to assess, along with the parent, whether the teen is a good candidate.

There are many considerations that would go into this decision. How mature is she, how responsible? Are there any behavioral issues? Does she regularly demonstrate the ability to take care of her clothes, her room, as well as other people's things? How much time does she have in her schedule? How does she manage her time?  Can she articulate why she wants hair extensions? Is there a special reason for wanting the hair extensions? Are there other personal considerations? This isn't Hollywood, and getting hair extensions simply because "everyone is getting them," just doesn't cut it with me.

Sure, hair extensions can sound like a whole lot of "fun" to a teenager, but let's look at why these things might be important. For one thing, hair extensions do require more attention then usual. Along with changes in the way one washes their hair, styling is different as well. It can be more time consuming, especially in the beginning when you are getting used to the added fullness, weight of the hair, added drying time, changes in styling, use of products, etc. You must routinely brush through your hair as instructed in order to prevent the hair from wrapping around itself and causing mats. It's best to return to your salon for upkeep visits in order to remove hair that is naturally shed from your head but is bound by the extensions. These are some important considerations, and for most young girls, they're probably not ready for the challenges that this may present in their relatively carefree lives!

But, there are also a variety of choices that might make them work well for a teenager. Sometimes there are compelling reasons why hair extensions might actually be a very benefiical thing for a young girl who perhaps is rebounding from an illness which has left her with short, sparse or thinned hair which makes her feel awkward and an outcast with her peers. Teens can be very sensitive to how they're treated by their peers.

I know first hand what it's like. I've tried just about every type of hair extension, wig, clip-on, weave, thread, and fall that's been done, even including hair used on ethnic black women because I made the decision long ago that this was going to be my specialty. I know there is nothing like first hand experience to help guide others to the best solution for their needs and wishes. And this is why, for now, I like to assess a teen's readiness by meeting with both her and her parent so I can give my recommendation. I will not put hair extensions on a teenager without meeting with at least one of her parents, as I feel this is a very important part of assessing whether she's ready for this investment.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 
Melissa White is an experienced, licensed hair extension artist and stylist whose passion is to bring out the natural beauty in everyone by enhancing their own individual features with the use of exquisite hair extensions. Melissa has over 10 years of extensive training with the industries top hair extension companies in the newest techniques. Originally from Boston, Melissa has been in San Antonio for the past 8 years. She believes that everyone should be able to access and afford the hair of their dreams . . . thus the creation of Extensions of Yourself, San Antonio's first salon which specializes exclusively in quality hair extensions.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

San Antonio Hair Extension Salon Supports Breast Cancer Awareness In A Very Pink Way

Melissa White, owner of Extensions of Yourself, a San Antonio hair salon that specializes in hair extensions has shown support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month in her own unique way.

Melissa White
Extensions of Yourself
Sporting flowing pink hair extensions to show her support, Melissa explains, "Anyone who has had a friend, family member or co-worker who has gone through breast cancer understands how devastating this type of cancer can be." Even though treatments are so much more effective than twenty years ago, the anxiety and stress that it causes a woman to go through can be extremely difficult.

"I often provide hair extensions to women who have successfully undergone chemotherapy and are now trying to get their lives back," Melissa elaborates. "Many share the difficulties they've had. I know that it can seem overwhelming without a strong support system and a return to feeling good about yourself. I saw my grandmother struggle unsuccessfully with cancer, and know first-hand how it affects the entire family, too. It's one of the reasons that I enjoy helping women who have fought the battle of breast cancer. It is very important to me."

Indeed, a woman typically has to worry about her work, her home, her husband and her children, and forcibly take a look at the "what-if-things-don't-work-out-quite-right". It's something we all dread, and the stresses it can cause can significantly worsen an already difficult situation.

Thankfully, there are now venues for all types of support and help. Here are some places to go for more information, or to find help for someone in need:

American Cancer Society - Breast Cancer Facts
Cancer Treatment Centers of America - Breast Cancer Info
Mayo Clinic - Breast Cancer in Men
MedicineNet.com - Breast Cancer Symptoms, Signs, Stages, Prevention, Detection, Facts, Treatment
NBCAM.org - National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
National Breast Cancer Foundation - Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Pink For October - Raising Awareness For Breast Cancer
Pink Ribbon - International Breast Cancer Awareness & Funding
Susan G. Komen for the Cure - Breast Cancer Awareness, Info & Resources
WebMD - Breast Cancer Facts

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Acceptance Of Hair Extensions Grows

by Melissa White
Licensed Hair Stylist

I'm always "in the news", catching everything I can on hair styling, hair coloring, and of course, hair extensions. It's important to me to keep as up-to-date as possible for the women I see at my salon. Most of what I read is a rehash of old stories. Every once in awhile you come across something that is a unique perspective or something truly useful. This is my goal in writing my blog specifically for people who have or want to have hair extensions.

I've seen the trends in hair extensions grow far beyond the Hollywood jet set and into more mainstream America as more than just ethnic women (who have been using forms of extensions for decades) and the very elite have found the benefits of hair extensions. On my website, I've discussed my own experiences with hair extensions of every conceivable kind, and it truly has been an evolution not only in the quality of hair used and the assortment of attachment methods available today, but also with who is using them.

Just as women were once petrified to admit to plastic surgery (and look at how common this is today), they once were also afraid of what others would think if they admitted to using hair extensions. It seems as if the social stigma has faded, and more and more women across the country are seeing that they are able to enjoy long beautiful hair that can be styled and worn in thousands of different ways.

Today, I read a story that generated out of Pennsylvania. The focus of the article was on hair extensions, proving to me that the acceptability of hair extensions is certainly strong when salons in America's mid-Atlantic region are seeing 40% growth in women requesting quality hair extensions!

One stylist interviewed in the article stated that, "This is very individual, not a one-size-fits-all, so it depends on the person's (natural) hair and what the client is looking for." She continues, "There's a certain level of commitment the client must make for the cost, the initial appointment and the maintenance. But those who do it are very pleased and look fabulous. It can make a dramatic difference in how a woman looks and feels about herself and that's worth a million dollars."

I can't agree with her more on her last statement. I've seen so many clients come to me who were just generally "feeling down" about their hair and their looks, were going through personal hardships which left them depleted of energy and "the zest for life", or who were rebounding from physical illness and needed a good boost. The transformations that can occur with women who get quality hair extensions is sometimes amazing, not only in physical appearance, but in the woman herself. The confidence, spirit and happiness that comes with feeling better about yourself is a wonderful thing to see happen before your eyes. It's the part of what I do which is so rewarding.

REFERENCES:
Extensions of Yourself - Melissa's Own Story
Reading Eagle - Women look for longer locks in hair extensions

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 
Melissa White is an experienced, licensed hair extension artist and stylist whose passion is to bring out the natural beauty in everyone by enhancing their own individual features with the use of exquisite hair extensions. Melissa has over 10 years of extensive training with the industries top hair extension companies in the newest techniques. Originally from Boston, Melissa has been in San Antonio for the past 8 years. She believes that everyone should be able to access and afford the hair of their dreams . . . thus the creation of Extensions of Yourself, San Antonio's first salon which specializes exclusively in quality hair extensions.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Discount Fever In The Salon

A look at the Dangers of Discounting, Couponing & "Social Buying Sites"


In this age, where "discount-focused" marketing tools, also referred to as coupon sites or social buying sites, I wondered how this has affected the hair salon and beauty industry. You're probably familiar with GroupOn and Living Social, as they're the most popular in the San Antonio area. But, there are dozens more that have sprung up quickly, all offering exposure to businesses and great discount opportunities for consumers. But is it all it's cracked up to be?

Many of us are gradually becoming hardwired to look at paying less than full price. The new status symbol has shifted from, "what great quality/service I received" to "look how much I saved." Many who would typically be quite satisfied with paying full price for the service or the product (or perhaps even on sale at a 10% discount) from an establishment we've been frequenting, are now attempting to bargain or talk down prices. This can have a serious down side at a hair salon. 

Why? When a salon offers a discounted service like this, they're banking on the fact that you'll be a returning client. It's really the only way that they can possibly break even on the pricing structures that the coupon sites use. Typically, the sites ask that you discount your service/product by at least 50%-60%. They then split the amounts purchased by consumers, making the salon's actual earnings only 25% of their regular fees! You don't need to be a CPA to realize that the winning party here is the coupon site, not the salon. The salon hasn't paid their employees, the utilities, the rent, advertising, or any of the other overhead and operating expenses.

There are two ways a salon can get around this. The first might be to artificially inflate the true "regular price", so that when they reduce the fee by half, it's not as big a hit. I've actually had this suggested to me when I met with one of the local "knock-off" companies to GroupOn. Or, a salon might also be encouraged to make limitations to the offer, usually hidden in the fine print within the ad details. For instance, if the 50% off foils offer was made, they could limit the number of foils to just 6. We all know that six foils wouldn't even be worth your time at the salon, as the average head of hair takes many more for a good highlighting.

I've seen these strategies used and I don't like it. I wouldn't want to be on the consumer end of a business feeling like they had to take a shortcut in order to avoid taking a loss. I provide professional services and I have worked hard for many years to perfect my skills. I would not consider a shortcut or do less than my absolute best because I'm not getting paid for my time and effort. And that's a risk with these coupon programs.

For these reasons and more, I've chosen not to participate in the social buying fever that has been pretty active in the San Antonio area. I would much prefer to offer my clients quality services at fair prices every day of the week. By doing this, I hope to develop a loyal following of clients whom I love working with on their hair extensions and hair care needs.

REFERENCES:
About.com - Web Trends
CIO.com - Coupons 2.0: Ten Social Buying Sites That Add Up To Savings
Quora.com - Groupon: Is there a large enough market for more group coupon sites?

RESOURCES:
Groupon.com - The Daily Groupon
Livingsocial.com - The Best of San Antonio

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 
Melissa White is an experienced hair extension artist and stylist whose passion is to bring out the natural beauty in everyone by enhancing their own individual features with the use of exquisite hair extensions. Melissa has over 10 years of extensive training with the industries top hair extension companies in the newest techniques. Originally from Boston, Melissa has been in San Antonio for the past 8 years. She believes that everyone should be able to access and afford the hair of their dreams . . . thus the creation of Extensions of Yourself, San Antonio's first salon which specializes exclusively in quality hair extensions.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Is Red The New HOT Color?

by Melissa White
Licensed Hair Stylist

Red is back, and it's making a splash in Hollywood and beyond. We've seen the big and small screens heat up with luscious redheads who are pushing new color trends at salons. Even Katy Perry got in on the act for her cover on the new issue of Vogue magazine, where she sports a very vibrant orange red.

Christina Hendricks
by Ruven Afanado
Redhead celebrities like Jessica Chastain, Katy Perry and Christina Hendricks are leading the way, but there have certainly been plenty of natural redheads and those artfully created.

Other Famous Celebrities Who've Worn Red
(Some natural and others not):
  • Ann Margaret
  • Rita Hayworth
  • Katharine Hepburn
  • Jane Fonda
  • Carol Burnette
  • Lucille Ball
  • Bette Midler
  • Sophia Loren
  • Linda Evangelista
  • Gillian Anderson
  • Kate Walsh
  • Geena Davis
  • Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York
  • Rose McGowan
  • Molly Ringwald
  • Nicole Kidman
  • Julianne Moore
  • Susan Sarandon
  • Drew Barrymore
  • Marcia Cross
  • Emma Stone
  • Julia Roberts
  • Debra Messing
  • Lindsay Lohan
  • Rihanna

If you want to see a nice selection of red hair colors, check out the board "Best Red Hair Colours" posted by Ferhan Talib in Pinterest.

So how can you tell if you'd be a good candidate for a change to red hair? While almost any skin tone can vamp up with reds, you need to be somewhat careful in selecting the correct shade for your skin. Colorists vary in their opinions when dealing with reds. Some say that lighter/cooler skin tones tend to look best in deep, cool reds, and darker/warmer skin tones can wear strawberry blond to rich auburn shades with ease. Others contradict a bit by saying that darker skin tones look best in deeper, cooler shades of red while lighter skin tones should choose a lighter, warmer shade of red. Most all agree that if you had red hair as a child, or have parents who have red hair, it's going to look a lot more natural on you.

Many experts feel that reds look best on people with green or blue eyes and cool or creamy skin. And, red can be such a drastic change that it's often best to convert slowly. Start with a shade of red that's close to your natural shade, and if you like the way it looks, experiment from there.

One thing you will want to consider is that red color-treated hair requires expert hair care. Although the days of henna coloring have been replaced with colors that are much more natural, and many more shades are available, reds are far from being low-maintenance. You can expect to need touch ups and/or recolor every four weeks to keep the red color vibrant. Your hair stylist may also suggest PM Shines or a glaze to help keep your red fresh and shiny. Reds are very prone to fading and dulling from sun damage, heat styling, and even the minerals you'll find in your water. Shampooing with a high quality shampoo for color-treated hair is a must. Redheads are reported to lose up to 45% of color when shampooing. To combat this, your shampoo must have a pH level below 5.5. Always make your final rinse with cool water.

What does this mean if you wear hair extensions, or want hair extensions? No worry, hair extensions are available in a wide range of colors, and can be matched to your desired shade of red. Here, it is extremely important to see an extension artist who is experienced in color as well as extensions. The higher maintenance that red requires may stress your hair extensions, as well as your own natural hair, and you will need to be placed on a good regimen of hair care and followup visits to your stylist for color touch ups and maintenance of the extensions. Some use extensions for complimentary highlights to accent their own hair which has been dyed red, while others use red extensions to highlight their blond, brown or black hair! The possibilities when you combine hair color with extensions are endless, and can provide for very striking results.

From strawberry blond, light ginger, cinnamon and coppers to rich auburn, deep chestnut, luscious ruby and vibrant deep reds, red can really shine.

REFERENCES:
About.com Beauty - How To Protect Your Red Hair
Daily Glow - Hair-Color Tips For Red Hair
Redkin - Redkin's Hot Reds
Squidoo - Red Hair Color Hairstyles, Color, and Tips
TopicBistro - Red Hair Color Shades - 10 Amazing Ideas
You Beauty - Red Hair Color and Skintone

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 
Melissa White is an experienced hair extension artist and stylist whose passion is to bring out the natural beauty in everyone by enhancing their own individual features with the use of exquisite hair extensions. Melissa has over 10 years of extensive training with the industries top hair extension companies in the newest techniques. Originally from Boston, Melissa has been in San Antonio for the past 8 years. She believes that everyone should be able to access and afford the hair of their dreams . . . thus the creation of Extensions of Yourself, San Antonio's first salon which specializes exclusively in quality hair extensions.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Remembering 911

I pause today to honor all those who were involved in or with "9-11". I remember the day vividly, as I'm sure you do. It now remains a day to remember those who lost their lives in the terrible attack on America and all of the freedoms our country stands for.

We have brave men and women keeping peace, prepared to fight to protect our freedoms in dangerous places all over the world. Most often this is in countries that don't share our same views of freedom and liberty.

I want our friends, family and loved ones home safely.

Let's do our part while we are still here at home. Remember what made our country great. Our Constitution declares our rights, but we must fight to keep them as they were intended - strong and unchanged. Let's return to safer times with all our liberties and freedoms intact. [Remember to vote!]