Brushes for Hair Extensions

When looking at what brushes are going to be comfortable AND effective for hair extensions the key seems to be having plenty of long flexible bristles. You want the bristles to be long enough to get down into all that extra hair and flexible enough that they will bend over the attachment point instead of pulling. Above are a few of my favorites.

Some Favorite Products!


Looking for epic volume, lived in style, and soft touchable hair?

Look no further. J Beverly Hill Platinum line has your answer.

I love using the 5 in 1 as a blowout base (or to airdry if that’s your jam). It’s basically a miracle product. It features a blend of ingredients that give it heat protection qualities, along with providing moist and a little bit of hold. The end result is touchable hair that holds curl and body but remains undamaged.

After drying the hair and heat styling as desired I like to rough up the root area with just a little bit of the Dry Clean spray. It’s a serious dry shampoo product with some real grip to it. It’ll really bump up the volume and hold for your style and gives a great lasting effect.

Both of these, and more, are available any time at the Elany Image Salon I’m at in Springfield VA, just swung by and we’ll find your perfect match.

Three Stylists, Five Hours…

Color correction is no joke.

This client had come in with her natural regrowth and years of dark dye overlap having decided it was time for a change and a color combination that would contrast less with her regrowth coming in. Fair warning, she’s been a client of the salon for years so we had a really accurate hair color history to work with. We were able to double check her past formulas and frequency of appointments in our salon records which made it easier to assess next steps required for this corrective color service.

We use Affinage at the salon as out primary permanent color line so for her correction we started with their Eraser. We ended up processing three separate passes with that product to pull out enough of her level 3 and 4 color. At that point we were left with a not so great mix of naturally warm blondes and coppers (though more underlying evenness than a lightener would have left us to work with) which provided a great base to redeposit and create new highlights.

In her areas of regrowth with the most grey we performed more highlights to keep them blending as new regrowth appears, for her root/base area we recolored her with a level 7 natural ash (you can see it even pulled a little deeper due to porosity, but it will likely fade a bit softer with shampooing), and a level 8 natural ash on her mid lengths and ends not in foils for highlights. After processing we then toned her globally using a level 9 natural just to keep even shine and color throughout and meld the highlight tone with the rest of the application.

This color correction was the result of three stylists working together for just over 5 hours to make sure the timing on each process fit together properly. I love the result and I hope you do too!


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Friday April 19th, midday appointments available

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Four Things They Forget to Tell You About Getting Extensions…

As hairstylists and hair extension experts we often take our knowledge for granted that everyone has a lot of the same information. Things that can seem obvious to us aren’t always obvious to clients and we end up glossing over things we should focus on more.

Hair extensions means more hair and that NEVER means less at time spent on hair at home. Period. End of story.

So, in the interest of everyone being more informed, here’s the four things that ought to be stressed more:

  1. HEAT PROTECTION/OILS/SILICONES— these are a MUST. No matter what method of hair extensions, no matter what quality of hair, no matter what; human hair responds poorly to heat damage/moisture loss and requires protection and moisturizing on a regular basis. Most heat protectors are oil and silicone derivatives in a mixture and these are great for protecting your hair on days heat is used. Separate moisturizing oils should be applied daily, even without additional heat, because your pillowcases and hands and brushes and clothing that your hair touches will all pull oils back out of your hair and leave it dry. It doesn’t matter if you don’t want to use product, the simple matter is that if you don’t use the correct care products your nice new hair extensions will turn to velcro in less than a month.
  2. SLEEP RULES— to prevent tangles it is necessary to avoid going to bed with wet hair, and also to brush hair up into a bun/braids/side pony for sleeping. Leaving wet hair can cause mildewing (depending upon the method) and bad tangles in the extensions and above the attachment point. Tangles above the attachment point cannot be undone without removing the extensions, and tangles in the extensions themselves can be very uncomfortable to remove or even create slipping or damage when pulling to detangle.
  3. BRUSHING–basically you need to carry a hairbrush with you. No amount of product is going to prevent tangles from starting, having a brush with you means you can manage your hair before it starts to bunch up. Without enough moisture and proper brushing your hair extensions will become unmanageable. Hair should be brushed thoroughly before every shower and as often as you can in general. I try to shoot for 4 times daily as a minimum. Four quick brushes per day will save you from a 2 hour salon visit for detangling.
  4. HAIR EXTENSIONS ARE MORE WORK AND WILL NEVER ACTUALLY FEEL EXACTLY LIKE YOUR REAL HAIR— I mean, c’mon with this; it’s not ever a perfect match for your hair texture because it’s not actually your hair, there’s an attachment method near the roots, and there’s a learning curve because it didn’t just grow out it just shows up suddenly… Why would you expect it to behave exactly the same as your real hair? Stylists need to be more upfront about this fact because clients need to have realistic expectations before spending their money on a service like hair extensions. We explain a million times in a row the realistic expectations for a color correction trying to go blonde, why aren’t we upping our game with client consultations everywhere else on our services?