The hair extension market is a world of creativity just waiting for you.
Have you considered offering this service to your clients, or are you currently doing hair extensions behind the chair? While we sometimes opt out of certain services due to interest, cost, demand, or time, stylists want to offer our clients the services they desire.
Read on for helpful tips to creating and improving your salon’s hair extension service.
What Type of Hair Extensions Should I Offer?
There are many types of hair extensions you can offer your clients. But first, let’s talk about the tape-in type and the clip-in type.
Tape-in hair extensions are one of the most comfortable types of extensions on the market. They are versatile in their application, as you can use them on shorter natural hair.
They sit flat to the head and are virtually undetectable—the top of each piece is color coded for a seamless blend into the natural hair. These are the ideal choice for finer thin hair, which is the majority of hair extension clients.
Tape-in extensions are applied by taking about a one inch horizontal section of the natural hair, then placing one tape piece onto the top, and one on the bottom. The extension pieces sandwich the natural hair and hold it in place.
These sections are applied all over the head, until you have achieved the desired look.
Tip: You can use this two-piece method, or you can opt to use a single piece of extension hair with a single sided tape to seal off the other side. In this way, you actually double the amount of hair you use for the same cost. It’s a lighter feeling on the head, and you can cover more head space for better coverage.
Try it both ways, and you can see which method you prefer. Removal is simple with alcohol and oil products.
Usually a client will use clip-in extensions on their own, but there is useful information to help you better help them in their selection process. Because this type has the advantage of easy-on and easy-off, most clients will buy and use their own clip-in extensions.
You take them out to wash them, you can style them before putting them in, and you don’t have to sleep in them. However, a client may ask you to put them in, show them how to put them in themselves, or how to style them—so it pays to have a general knowledge of how they work.
Many clip-in wearers will back-comb their hair at the scalp before clipping in the extensions, so the clips have hair to grip. This works well for some people, but it’s better to educate your clients on a more secure application.
When showing a client how to put them in, try tying the hair off in tiny ponytails to attach the clips. These ponytails give a firm base to clip the hair, so there is no slipping or worse—the hair falling out completely!
How Do I Get Started with Hair Extensions?
So, you have a client who’s decided to get hair extensions. What now? Like any other service, the first thing is to provide an excellent consultation.
Your client will have questions, and you want them to have as much information going in as possible. The fewer surprises, the better.
There are several key questions to ask yourself prior to the consultation:
- What is the condition of the natural hair?
- Do you know the length of natural hair and the desired length with the hair extensions?
- Can the client currently pull up their natural hair into a clip or ponytail?
If not, they might not be able to do it with extensions.
- What is the color of the clients’ hair?
If you will need multiple colors to match the natural hair, make sure your client is aware of the cost. It is recommended to color the natural hair before buying the matching extension hair. Some may have a different process, but be aware of the risk of not being able to return the hair if the color is not right.
- Is your client willing to cut their natural hair to blend the extensions in?
Sometimes it is necessary to cut the natural hair to make the extensions work. Make sure your client is okay with this beforehand.
- What is your client’s commitment to their hair?
Hair extensions are not a cheap endeavor, and your client should be aware of the costs and commitment to them. Educate them that neglecting the hair extensions is the worst thing you could do to them—no matter the method used.
These points apply to any hair extension method you choose.
Explore your creative side by adding hair extensions to your hair menu today! You will be glad you did.