“A salon used to simply be the place for someone to receive regular hair maintenance and purchase basic hair products. Fast forward to present day, and there are many salons, spas, and shops who offer a myriad of services and retail. Having been apart of the beauty industry for almost thirteen years, I’ve seen the demand for hair services come and go over the years. As the Gallatin Valley continues to grow at record rates, the more service and retail offerings are now available.
Hair extensions are not a new service but has seen increasing demand over the last several years. Hand-tied extensions are the new favorite technique. The method starts by taking wefts of hair and stacking them on top of each other to form a row. The row is then tied to the natural hair with beads and string. One row can add thickness while two to four rows can add both thickness and length. This service can take several hours and may include a hair cut and color.
Expect to move the extension hair up every eight to twelve weeks depending on the outgrowth of hair. If taken care of properly, the wefts can last up to a year. The same rules apply to taking care of extensions as they do for your natural hair. Always use salon grade products and wash your hair once or twice a week. To encourage the longevity of the wefts, and to keep them silky smooth, perform a deep conditioning masque once or twice a month. Budget more time to blow dry, but once they are styled, the curls can last for days.
Hair extensions are not a necessity but a luxury that can be well deserved. The exhausted mother, who has little time for herself, remembers taking pride in her appearance and will love being able to fix her hair once and have it last several days. The college student, who is looking for that extra boost of confidence and will save her pennies to achieve her statement look. The successful business woman, who will value the initial investment of time on the front end so she can perform minimal maintenance at home for a polished look in every meeting. Finally, hair extensions can benefit the woman who suffers from hair loss. No matter the reason, alopecia, cancer, or a stressful life event, hair extensions can bring her comfort and happiness.
Bozeman and the surrounding area has a number of hair stylists. Qualities such as willing to learn new techniques and invest in new product lines are what separate the good ones from the incredible ones. When you select your new salon and stylist, expect your stylist to be a good listener to interpret the client’s request. Your stylist will be artistic and creative. Most importantly, your stylist will have a happy and positive attitude to be able to give you the ultimate experience in the chair”