Hair extensions certainly aren’t new, but using age-old techniques in a trendy industry unfortunately won’t propel you or your career to new heights. In order to grow your business – whether it’s a side hustle or a salon – you and your team need to stay on top of the current and always-evolving methods for making your clients look and feel amazing!
Hair extensions have been around since Cleopatra’s time more than 2000 years ago – Her signature blue and black extensions made of human hair and sheep’s wool were likely attached to her natural hair using resin and beeswax! Clip-ins first made an appearance in the early 1900s and throughout the 1900s quality and availability of hair extensions improved and gave way to the age we’re in today.
The Hair Extension Industry is Always Changing
We’ve come a long way since the white powdered beehive wigs of the 1700s, and the industry shows no signs of slowing down. Creativity, expertise, and fashion continue to push the industry to grow and adapt, and new techniques – like the Naked Weave application – are appearing constantly.
If you’re not keeping up with the always advancing industry, you’ll quickly be left behind as new methods become the norm.
“For me, the working of hair is architecture with a human element.”
Latest Hair Extensions Trends and Techniques
Tape-in Extensions are one of the newest methods currently on the market, and it involves taking two panels of hair a few inches wide with double-sided tape at the top, and sandwiching your natural hair between them. This method has a lot of pros, and the main cons are that clients have to keep their hair dry for up to 48 hours, silicone or oil-based products can cause the tape to slip, and depending on the company, the tape can sometimes be messy during reapplication.
The Naked Weave has also been recently introduced to the market, a brand new method that uses no heat, no glue, no braids, and (most importantly) has no visible connections! This is the first established weave of it’s kind in the UK, and the application method is not only more comfortable for clients but the invisible connections allow them to wear all styles, including high-ponies. As a bonus, this technique is suitable for use with almost all brands, so no need to switch suppliers if you already have one you love.
There’s a lot of Potential for Experienced Hair Technicians
Here in the UK, you can earn a profit (what’s left over after you’ve paid for your expenses) of up to £150 per client – easily clearing £1000 per week – so it’s well worth staying up to-date for the sake of your business’s bottom-line. The more training you have and the more advanced your technique is, the more your popularity will increase and the more you can earn!
Local UK hair extension superstars include Shane O’Sullivan and Tatiana Karelina. Both of these expert stylists have developed an international brand with celebrity clients by mastering the techniques available, and then developing new methods to make their clients’ experience with hair extensions even more amazing – but you can’t develop your own methods until you master what already exists!
If you’re ready to take the next step in your career and learn the latest invisible technique on the market, check out these training courses by Naked Weave (they even offer online options) or get in touch with us here at The Hair Extension Group if you have any questions about the courses or the hair extension industry.