How to Care for your Hair Extensions

Starting this week.. I have been handing out papers for you guys to take home when you get your extensions done by me. This new hand tied extension method calls for some serious care. It is so much hair compacted together that you really have to pay a lot of attention to them. I’m going to copy everything from the sheet I hand out here! That way.. if you lose your sheet.. you have a place to still be able to find this information! Maybe you don’t even get your extensions done by me but your stylist didn’t give you detailed care instructions.. if that’s the case.. feel free to use this information!! I’m also going to share the link of my favorite shampoos and conditioners from my LIKEtoKNOW.it! Here we go!

KATIE’S EXTENSION CLIENTS HAIR CARE INSTRUCTIONS

Any and all products that I recommend to you, I will link on my LIKEtoKNOW.it page and on my website. You can revert to my webpage for tutorials as well if you are having a hard time styling or for more products/tools.  www.wholekateandkaboodle.com

BRUSHING:

This seems like a pretty self explanatory thing here.. but you would actually be surprised how many people come in with tangled hair from lack of brushing. This is a lot of hair packed into your head… so you have to do a really good job brushing it out.. section it out.. brush each row.. brush from the top of the wefts run the brush underneath the wefts. Really get your hands in there and feel everything and make sure its really detangled. You will want to use a boar bristle brush at the base where the extensions are tied in.. but past where it is tied.. you may use a wet brush! (Yes, even if your hair isn’t wet.) I’ve also found that sometimes its easier to dry your hair a little bit before rippin a brush through there wet.  Again, All items recommended linked here: https://www.liketoknow.it/Katie%20Burke

WASHING:

Before washing.. make sure you brush the hair really well and get all the tangles out. Do not use any protein/keratin/repair products on your extensions. Your extensions do not need that so steer clear!!! Stick to moisturizing products. My favorite Shampoos & Conditioners for this type of extension are Iles Formula, Kerastase Elixir Ultime, Virtue Smooth and Pureology Hydrate. The direct link for these are included here. IF you prefer to purchase something AT your appointment.. we do not carry these ones in our salon but I am happy to help you pick something out there that would be the closest to the ones listed above. Each of these brands also have deep conditioners which I recommend doing about every other week. I would try to not wash these more than every 3-4 days. I try to go at least 4. When using a conditionr or deep conditioner.. be sure not to get it where the extensions are tied in. It could potentially loosen the strings where they’re tied in. I usually say from about ears down. TIP: Rinsing with cool water helps lock more moisture in!

PRODUCTS & STYLING:

After showering.. you will definitely want to apply a serum in the hair. I like to mix it with a moisture cream or heat protectant (again, products will be linked). It is important to use an oil to keep moisture in the hair as we only produce enough natural oil for our natural hair. I don’t recommend air drying, but if you do want to do that.. at least take the blow dryer to where the extensions are tied in because you don’t want that string to stay wet for too long as it could stretch and loosen your extensions. Always use the concentrator on the end of your blow dryer. It will help direct there air better thus preventing tangling or matting. Its best to use medium heat with all heat styling (blow dryer, curling iron, wand, flat iron) to avoid heat damage so you can get the longest life out of this hair!

COLORING EXTENSIONS:

You CANNOT lighten this hair. You can tone it down but not lighten. Not everyone is experience with this hair. If you are letting someone color them besides me… I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE DONE TO THEM IN THAT PROCESS.

SLEEPING:

I recommend sleeping with a silk pillowcase. This will keep the hair from tangling and matting when your head is rubbing back and forth on the pillowcase throughout the night. I would also sleep with them in either a low, loose ponytail or braid or in a high bun. I usually use a scrunchie instead of a ponytail holder so that it doesn’t leave as much of a crease. I do not recommend going to bed with them wet because they could tangle more. If you decide to do that.. make sure it is 80% dry.. not sopping wet out of the shower.

SWIMMING:

I do NOT recommend swimming with your extensions. The hair could change colors from absorption of unknown elements in various bodies of water that can cause damage to hair & extensions, tangling & matting, and excessive dryness. If you do choose to swim with your hair extensions, please know that you are doing so at your own risk. If you choose to swim anyways, PLEASE take the time to prep your hair by rinsing with water prior to reduce the absorption of chlorine and salt. Dry hair acts like a sponge, so taking a dip without the extra moisture will cause you to absorb an excess of the bad stuff that can damage your hair and extensions. Keep hair gently pulled back in a secure braid to avoid matting. Avoid soaking your hair too much when swimming, as it can loosen the integrity of the bonds. Immediately after swimming, rinse through your hair with water to limit further damage. Wash with a a shampoo and conditioner that I have recommended above to remove all impurities and add back in that dose of moisture. Sunscreen can also cause discoloration to the extensions. if you’re wearing sunscreen.. just play it safe and pull your hair up off your shoulders/back/chest.

MAINTENANCE:

Maintenance is recommended every 8 weeks. We will set your first adjustment at that.. we will assess at the first adjustment if you can stretch it longer, are good at that mark, or if you need to be in sooner. It all depends on how fast or slow your hair grows. Maintenance cost is not included in your install and will need to be paid at each of those appointments. Do not exceed the recommended time-frames for maintaining your extensions. If you extend the maintenance period and do not use proper care + proper products in your daily lifestyle, we cannot guarantee the quality of the hair extensions or your natural hair.

PLEASE REMEMBER THAT: Extensions are not your natural hair, special care and attention needs to be taken when caring for your hair extensions. This is your responsibility after you leave the salon to make sure you are following these steps!!

OKAY! Now that you have all that information… Here’s the link to find my top recommendations for Shampoos and Conditioners!  You can buy them straight from this link so its easy peasy to get your hands on the best products! You’re investing a lot in this hair so make sure you are also investing in the right products to keep them fresh for as long as possible! Longevity people!    https://www.liketoknow.it/ltk/5NfvingqT25bWmJLjLKp10

REMEMBER: You can always check back here for more tutorials (there’s already a couple posted below this!) and always check my LIKEtoKOW.it page because I’m constantly tagging tools and products used on my extensions! I share more of that there than anywhere! Hope this helps you guys! Always feel free to reach out if you have questions for me!

Corbett Cosmetic Medi Spa

Most of you know that I have been going to Corbett Cosmetic for almost 4 years now! I can’t even believe it’s been that long. I first went in for a face scan. I wanted to know where I stood with my skin and what I could be doing to better care for it and age more gracefully. That was when I started doing dysport with them. I didn’t NEED it.. but they recommended for me start as a preventive measure. I only got it done twice a year. On top of that.. they recommended some products I should be using for my age and tips for my cleansing regimen. (That was when I started using a clarasonic and never turned back on that! One of the best recommendations they ever gave me!)

I’ve always struggled with my skin. Bad skin has definitely run in my family. It’s been something I’ve been self-conscious of my whole life! The face scan I had done at Corbett grades your skin on a scale of 0%-100% where (just like in school) 100% is the best score you could get. When I initially had it done.. it seriously graded my pore size at like 6% or something insanely bad. I mean… how embarrassing. Since that moment.. I’ve decided to put my face in their hands and let them help me turn my skin around. I’ve used products they’ve told me too and even did a PRP (vampire) facial back in January! We just scanned my face again since my very first one and my pore grade went up almost 60%!!!!! You guys!!! Thats an insane difference!!!

After my most recent face scan… we re-evaluated my skin to see where I was at and what my face needed at this point. We decided to do an IPL spot treatment combined with a Micropeel which is a three-step clinical procedure combining Dermaplaning, Chemical Exfoliation, and CO2 Therapy!

This is a close up of my face so you can see the redness and broken blood vessels we are talking about (Why we decided to do the IPL Spot Treatment).

My skin has gotten some red spots from broken blood vessels. They think that has happened because of the industry I am in and my skin constantly getting blasted with blow dryer heat and styling tools too of course! (The things I do for you all haha). IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light. This treatment involves directing pulses of light energy into the skin’s deeper tissue layers to address a variety of skin concerns. Doing this treatment can improve the look of visible signs of sun damage including freckles, irregular pigmentation, fine lines, large pores, and rough or dull skin texture. IPL treatment can also improve the appearance of hyperpigmentation (dark spots), acne scars, rosacea, redness, red or purple stretch marks and some scars. The result is smoother skin that is more even in color and texture, and has fewer wrinkles!! I definitely needed the more even coloring! There was no down time at all for this treatment! I left my appointment and went straight to work! It actually wasn’t painful either! I was nervous because I’m a baby when it comes to pain. I was pleasantly surprised. I felt like I could see some of the results instantly.. the rest over the next few days!

The left picture is right before we got started – The right picture is immediately after we finished everything. No editing! See.. Nothing scary!

I followed the IPL spot treatment with a Micropeel. This is a three-step clinical procedure combining Dermaplaning, Chemical Exfoliation, and CO2 Therapy to help reduce fine lines, wrinkles, dullness, and visible skin imperfections. My skin was as smooth as a baby’s bottom when I left there.. which was extremely refreshing for my skin type! As I said, I went straight to work after all this! I didn’t wear make-up really.. because I like to keep my skin fresh after having any type of facial stuff done for it so I’m not immediately turning around and clogging pores and causing things I  was trying to correct. I simply put on some mattifying powder (because I have oily skin) and a little gloss. I have lash extensions so I felt like those 2 things were all I really needed and just rocked a fresh looking face!

Corbett is the only place I go for anything involving my face. They’re reasonably priced and theres some things you just shouldn’t go cheap on. My face is one of them! They’ve NEVER steered me wrong and tried to get me to do things I didn’t need. They are having an open house on October 10th where they run specials on TONS of stuff.. including dysport, fillers, Spa Services and more!! They will also have 20% off of products and TONS of giveaways! This is an event you don’t want to miss! I stock up on everything at this sale because the deals are too good to pass up! Whatever you buy they can save in your profile for whenever you’re ready to come in! You can schedule an appointment to go in a chat about your skin and needs and they can give you reccomendations on what they think you should buy at the Fall Festival Open House! I see Ashton for my dysport and tiny lip filler for my baby lips and I see Allyson for all my skin care needs! I highly recommend both! Call them for a consult! We only have a month left before the Open House!

Mermaid Waves Tutorial

Since you all enjoyed the curl tutorial so much.. I have decided to do another! I decided to go with the mermaid wave this time! I did this look for Forecastle! It is one of my favorite looks for music festivals! Even if I’m not wearing it down.. It adds great texture to braids and pony styles! Some people I know even do this look right under their top layer at the scalp to add some volume! Being a hairstylist, I don’t usually feel the need to do this.. but it’s definitely an easy trick for people that don’t style hair every day!

I create this look with a 3 barrel iron – think.. an oversized crimper in a sense haha!! I have my favorite one linked in my like to know. I will tag it below. I also tagged the products I used along with it.. all in one simple link!

https://www.liketoknow.it/Katie%20Burke

So basically, I just took you all along with me while I got ready! Just straight into my bathroom – nothing fancy. Is it weird that Skipp and I use separate bathrooms haha!! I didn’t think so.. its fine! But yes.. I made another youtube video right there.. no music this time.. just you and me getting ready together! I hope you find it helpful! I plan to keep these things coming!

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEvN-BqdnOYpeEshgmWaVgw

Happy Styling Friends!!

My Every Day Curls Tutorial

One of the most popular questions I get is – “How do you do your curls?”. I do hair EVERY DAY! It comes so natural to me at this point in my career. I forget that it is something not everyone can do! It is very tricky to try to explain to someone. So, I figured I would show you! I recorded a tutorial showing you exactly how I do it while explaining it as I go. I also included a list of my most used products along with why and howI use them! So, let me start with sharing the link here of the video!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYFyvBwbWyg&t=8s

Okay, now that you can find the tutorial. I am going to share the products along with links for you to find them!

  1. IGK First Class Charcoal Detox Dry Shampoo – https://www.sephora.com/product/first-class-charcoal-detox-dry-shampoo-P429264
  2. Kevin Murphy Powder Puff – http://kevinmurphy.com.au/product/powder-puff/
  3. Kevin Murphy Shimmer Shine – http://kevinmurphy.com.au/product/shimmer-shine/
  4. Amika Silken Up Dry Conditioner – https://www.sephora.com/product/silken-up-dry-conditioner-P404912
  5. Kevin Murphy Bedroom Hair – http://kevinmurphy.com.au/product/bedroom-hair/
  6. IGK Down & Out Dirty Spray – https://www.sephora.com/product/down-out-dirty-spray-P410496

I also wanted to share a link for the curling iron I used in the video!

https://www.amazon.com/BaBylissPRO-Nano-Titanium-Spring-Curling/dp/B0047WYSRI/ref=sr_1_3?crid=GJQOGDWNQFNI&keywords=babyliss%2Bcurling%2Biron&qid=1562024415&s=gateway&sprefix=babyl%2Caps%2C164&sr=8-3&th=1

Now, if you watched the video.. you may have seen….. that in honor of finally getting this video done.. I’ve decided to pair it with a giveaway! I’ve announced on my social medias that the video is now live available to view! I will be giving away the Amika Blonde Set (a $56 value) paired with a Hot Tools curling iron (a $50 value) for a giveaway value of $106! The instructions to enter will be on my instagram page and will run from Monday, July 1st through Friday, July 5th. So, head on over to check that out!

I honestly had so much fun doing this video! I want to do more! Feel free to message/comment on instragram for any other videos you may like to see, comment here, or my email is always open! I hope this helped some of you!! Thank you guys for tuning in!! XOXO

UPDATED: I’ve received lots of questions about this tank top!! It is from Express. They already sold out of it, but have some similar.. so I’m gonna share the links for those here!

https://www.express.com/clothing/women/express-one-eleven-strappy-front-cami/pro/06415159/color/White/

https://www.express.com/clothing/women/express-one-eleven-strappy-cropped-tank/pro/06416185/color/White/

https://www.express.com/clothing/women/express-one-eleven-strappy-front-tank/pro/06416133/color/White/

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Patio Paradise

I’ve been debating for months what my next deck/patio purchase was going to be. I really wanted the egg chair from Target that you’ve seen everywhere. When I told Skipp it was $400.. he looked at me like I was insane. I did not understand me wanting to spend $400 on a chair that didn’t go inside of our home. I get it, I get it. Men don’t really know prices of patio furniture I feel like. I typically do the shopping for the things in our home. (Mainly because I’m the one with the style. I kid, I kid.)

I was determined to get a new fun chair for outside. I looooooove spending time outside. I never wanted to last year. We had a neighbor that was a little out of line with me. Skipp had to ask him to leave me alone, but he didn’t. Our balcony basically faced his.. So, for that reason.. I never wanted to be out there last year. He ended up moving, thankfully. YAY! Now that he’s gone, I’m ready to make it exactly how I’ve wanted to since we moved it! I’ve been patiently waiting for this!

Skipp has never told me I can’t spend my money on something.. but since we are in a serious relationship.. I want to show him I can compromise on things. So my search for other patio chairs began! After lots of searching, I stumbled upon some at Pier 1. I showed them to him and he was actually on board with them.. especially because they’re having a summer sale. All their outdoor stuff is 50% off right now!! I HAD to jump on it while they were on sale and while I had his approval (before he changed his mind hehe)

I settled on the one in these pictures. I also picked up a little vase with some stems there too! They were not on sale, but thats okay! I had been eyeing some pillows at World Market, too. I just didn’t want to buy them until I had a chair picked out so I could make sure they all went together! As soon as I got the chair, I was at World Market the day. And guess what… the pillows at World Market were half off too!! All kinds of winning yall!! I also grabbed a little outdoor plant for half off, along with a side table for 40% off.

I also snagged a rug from at Home and a couple planters from Kirklands. I want to try to share links to as much of it as possible! So, I’m gonna do that below so you guys can get some good deals too!! I’m super excited to spend more time outside! I think we are going to replace the little table on the other side that we’ve had for a while too. We want to keep the loveseat. We just wanted to get everything out there to see what we should be looking for to replace it with! Both of our old things were Wayfair finds (like 75% of our house).

My Pier 1 Finds

Hanging Chair – https://www.pier1.com/swingasan-parchment-hanging-chair/3281659.html?cgid=outdoor-papasan#nav=left&origin=gridswatch

The Stand for the Chair (they have a dark or white stand) – https://www.pier1.com/swingasan-white-stand/3062230.html?rrec=true#ct-cross-sell

Similar Vase to the one I got – https://www.pier1.com/black-%26-white-dots-mini-vase/PS140615.html?cgid=vases-decorative-bowls#nav=top&origin=gridswatch

Stems for the vase – https://www.pier1.com/faux-tillandsia-air-plant-stem/3287396.html?cgid=stems_sprays#nav=top&origin=gridswatch

 

World Market Finds

Outdoor Side Table – https://www.worldmarket.com/product/black-octavia-faceted-outdoor-stool.do?sortby=ourPicksAscend&page=2&from=fn

Grey Pillow – https://www.worldmarket.com/product/gray-fringe-indoor-outdoor-lumbar-pillow.do?sortby=ourPicks&from=fn

Jade Triangles Pillow – https://www.worldmarket.com/product/jade-woven-triangle-indoor-outdoor-throw-pillow.do?sortby=ourPicks&from=fn

Black Triangles Pillows – https://www.worldmarket.com/product/black-woven-triangle-indoor-outdoor-throw-pillow.do?sortby=ourPicksAscend&page=2&from=fn

Black Macrame Pillows – https://www.worldmarket.com/product/black-macrame-indoor-outdoor-throw-pillow.do?sortby=ourPicksAscend&page=2&from=fn

 

Kirklands Planters – http://www.kirklands.com/product/Outdoor/Outdoor-Decor/Planters/Galvanized-Flower-Design-Planters-Set-of-2/pc/3011/c/2771/sc/2652/249060.uts

 

UPDATE: Lots of questions about my romper! It is aerie! It’s on sale right now for $24! I will link below! https://www.ae.com/us/en/c/aerie/dresses-rompers/rompers/cat300019?pagetype=plp

Headband is $4.90 at Forever 21 – https://www.forever21.com/us/shop/catalog/product/f21/promo-500-under-5/1000347501

Forage

I finally got the chance to visit Forage a few weeks ago! It’s a local plant store and yes, I’m talkin real plants! They just opened their second store in Lexington which is exciting! I love watching local companies grow!

 

I buy fake plants a lot because quite honestly, I suck at keeping real ones alive! Anyone else with me on that? Glad I’m not alone! I started following Forage on Instagram long before I was able to pay them a visit. One thing I always adored about them was their patience for people like me. They answer endless questions about how to care for your plants from people that probably aren’t even their customers!

I purchased an air plant with a little vase for it, a potted plant that sits in a big metal circle & hangs on the wall and a candle! They have some things in the store that aren’t just plants! It’s a great place to find a cool, different gift for someone! They even have cute t-shirts if you have someone in your life that loves plants! They even will give you some wine while you shop! Which you all know that’s a sure fire way to get me in a store! Haha! I plan to go back and buy a whole mess more.. because thanks to their care tips.. I haven’t killed them yet! They also host classes which I think is super fun! They have one coming up in July that I’m trying to rally my friends for where you make a moss wall! (Its a smaller version than the full wall size but I’m still totally here for it.)

 

I highly recommend! They have an awesome couch to sit on while you make your mind up. You’ll want to buy everything they have in store but your pocket book probably won’t let you! You’ll thank me later for telling you about this little gem! They are located on Goss Ave and the only day you can’t pay them a visit is Mondays!          https://forageplants.com/

Outfit deats – Dress is from Impromptu Boutique, Shoes are from Target and the leather jacket is super old from Kohl’s!

 

Bachelorette & Charcuterie

The Girls and I decided to get together for the premier of the new season of the Bachelorette! Our lives are so crazy and it’s so hard for us to get together. We just at any opportunity we get! I hosted our little shindig. Of course, no Bachelorette viewing party is complete without wine and charcuterie!

We didn’t decide until later in the day that we were going to get together. It was a last minute decision, honestly (7 pm decision). I was the only one still out and was just getting off work. It started at 8:00. So we weren’t working with much time to shop and prep.

I offered to just stop on my way home to pick up all of our Charcuterie goodies! The only thing between the salon and my house is Kroger. So Kroger it was! Thankfully, the Kroger by me as an amazing cheese section!! I stopped in there grabbed all the necessities. Cheese, some little meats, fruit, jams, and last but certainly not least.. wine.

I just had to share what a cute little board we put together in such little time. How often do you realize last minute that you are going somewhere and need to take something? Or realize people are coming over and you don’t have anything? Kroger can really help you out in a pinch. I will admit.. it normally wouldn’t have been my first choice for something like this.. but after this.. my mind was changed! I’m trying to change yours too!

In no way is this post sponsored. I spent my own money and time on this! Just wanted to show a fun little thing you could put together in a pinch! Or maybe inspire you on your next girls night in!! <3

My outfit is from Impromptu Boutique. This little set is sold out in this color.. but they do have it in navy now! I will include the direct link to it below!

https://shopimpromptu.com/collections/whats-new/products/out-of-office-navy-two-piece-stripe-set

Fire & Ice

After Derby time in Kentucky, you feel like you need to cleanse everything…  your face, your liver, you soul. Okay, kidding about that last part. I feel like my face lives in make-up during Derby week and never catches a break. So the girls and I decided to do a little self love as soon as that week was over!

We tried Boscia’s newest face mask that just came out. It’s called Fire & Ice Cryosea Peel Off Mask. This mask has a mermaid-like holographic color that truly resembles a mermaids fin and it is BEAUTIFUL! It lifts, tightens, plumps and increases circulation leaving the skin feeling tingly and cool. That was honestly one of my favorite things about it! It felt SO good!

One of my biggest skin issues is my pores. I honestly can’t stand the constant battle so I’m always down to try a product that is supposed to help with that. This mask has sea kelp that draws out impurities, shrink pores and tighten the skin! My skin will feel dry after a lot of masks like this and I didn’t feel that way with this one. It still felt totally hydrated!

Moral of the story here is that we all loved it! We would all recommend it! So, go give it a try and feel like a beautiful mermaid! You can purchase it directly through Boscia or online at Ulta now. It will be available in Ulta stores on May 12th! https://www.ulta.com/mermaid-fire-ice-cryosea-peel-off-mask?productId=pimprod2005916&sku=2545311&cmpid=PS_Non!google!Product_Listing_Ads&cagpspn=pla&CATCI=aud-434937987590:pla-300240268222&CAAGID=56727878626&CAWELAID=330000200001764433&CATARGETID=330000200001480451&cadevice=c&gclid=Cj0KCQjww47nBRDlARIsAEJ34bnmQFvxFgEIfP-EkUUqRO-fYSDynTioRYNBlzM83z2YwZy5Epq0CukaAn6REALw_wcB

  

Half Marathon Carb Load

The biggest Marathon in Louisville is the Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon! Prior to this year, I had run the half marathon twice with my sister! This is the only one I’ve ever done. The hardest part for me is the training. I work so much and you really have to be on top of your training. In the past, I’ve been pretty good about it. This year was another story. I was at the peak of my busiest time at the salon. On top of that, it was the most booked my schedule behind the chair had been. So, I knew I would be facing a Challenge.

One of the most important things (aside from your training) is your meals. I am talking about carb loading specifically. Of course you carb load leading up to the race. I also carb load after its over. Its been a tradition for my sister and I to go get pizza with whoever was there supporting us afterwards.

This year, we had a few more friends join us for the race! So, we decided instead of taking up all that space at a restaurant.. we could just head back to my place and order pizza. {INSERT PAPA JOHN’S SAVING THE DAY} We ordered it and it was there in a jiffy! As much as it’s important to carb load, don’t forget your protein and healthy fats! So, load as much of that onto that pizza as you can! Also, don’t forget to get a side of the cheese sauce and use code ‘Katie25’ for 25% off your order! https://www.papajohns.com/