NBR: Soooo...What is it?

By now you've read about it here and seen me posting some pretty incredible before and after photos all over instagram, and I'm sure you've got questions. Here are a few I'm anticipating, so let me help you out!

So what IS NBR?

NBR stands for Natural Beaded Rows. It's not a brand of extension hair (like Great Lengths or Hot Heads) that is sold by distributors to hairstylists around the world, it's a technique that is taught very boutique-style, one-on-one, with the creator of the method and her small team of trainers, so it's not super widely known - yet.

In order to be certified in this method, I had to participate in 30 days of pre-training online, with mandatory daily assignments before then traveling out to Laguna Beach, California to participate in a 2-day intensive hands-on training with the creator of the method herself, and her team. It was intense, and amazing!

How is the hair attached? I keep hearing "one row," or "two rows." What the heck is a row and how many do I need?

A track or "row" is created using beads and thread that are attached to the client's natural hair, and multiple wefts of hand-tied hair are then sewn onto that row. The minimal points of contact are CLUTCH and what make NBR different and superior - minimal points of contact means not only is the weight of the hair evenly distributed and therefore, more comfortable than most other extensions, but also more natural looking, virtually undetectable in the hair, and far less damaging. When determining the number of rows that should be installed into the client's hair, there are several factors I have to consider... her own hair density, the health of her hair, and the look she is trying to achieve, are a few.

Tell me about the hair. Is it real?

Yes, the hair is absolutely real! I only use the highest quality, ethically-sourced, Bohyme Luxe hand tied hair. You can wash and style it just as you would your own hair. The fact that it is hand-tied means the wefts are super lightweight and fine, meaning I can layer multiple wefts on one row and it still won't feel bulky or look unnatural. The hair itself lasts up to 6 months with proper care and professional product usage.

What is maintenance like?

Tightening appointments are recommended every 6-8 weeks. A tightening appointment includes removal of the row(s), touchup to your hair color as well as the extension hair color, and reinstallation of the rows.

Although the hair does last up to 6 months, some choose to replace hair gradually, a weft or two at a tightening appointment, rather than getting a full head of new hair at the 6-month mark. Wefts can be added or replaced at an additional per-weft charge.

How much does this cost?

Because NBR is so customizable, pricing varies from person to person depending on the amount of hair required for the most natural, most seamless look.

Pricing for the initial installation appointment includes the hair itself, custom color to your own hair as well as the extensions (yes, I color them so they are totally seamless in your hair!), as well as cut and styling.

If you're ready to experience the magic of transformation that NBR can give you, don't wait another minute! Click here to fill out an application and answer a few questions about your history with extensions, your current hair woes, and your desired results, and I'll contact you within 2 business days to set up a consultation so we can determine if NBR is the answer for you!

Hope to hear from you soon!


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