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! Here we go!


Any and all products that I recommend to you, I will link on my 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.


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:


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!


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!


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.


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.


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 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!

REMEMBER: You can always check back here for more tutorials (there’s already a couple posted below this!) and always check my 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!

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!

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!

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 –
  2. Kevin Murphy Powder Puff –
  3. Kevin Murphy Shimmer Shine –
  4. Amika Silken Up Dry Conditioner –
  5. Kevin Murphy Bedroom Hair –
  6. IGK Down & Out Dirty Spray –

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

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!



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!!google!Product_Listing_Ads&cagpspn=pla&CATCI=aud-434937987590:pla-300240268222&CAAGID=56727878626&CAWELAID=330000200001764433&CATARGETID=330000200001480451&cadevice=c&gclid=Cj0KCQjww47nBRDlARIsAEJ34bnmQFvxFgEIfP-EkUUqRO-fYSDynTioRYNBlzM83z2YwZy5Epq0CukaAn6REALw_wcB


Skincare Regimen

Okay, this is something I’ve gotten lots of questions about and have been super excited to share about. I actually changed some items in my skincare routine recently when Beauty Counter came out with some new items that seemed like they fit my skins needs better than what I had been using.

Lets start with this. MY SKIN IS NOT PERFECT. In some pictures you can tell.. in some you can’t.. but if you look really closely – I’m sure you can find my imperfections I fight with daily. When I was younger.. I had really bad acne. Thanks Dad! Haha! But now, I have scars from that. I also have large pores that drive me crazy. So to describe my skin – I would say its combination. It gets very oily at times but dry in certain areas as well. My number one skin issue is my pore size. After that.. I would say the oiliness as it messes with my make-up sometimes. Beyond that.. I would say dullness/uneven skin tone thanks to all my lovely skin issues and being scared to use anything too moisturizing because I was afraid it would make it even more oily.  I’m giving you all this information so you can see where I went about making this skin care choices for myself.

On to my regimen.. most people have 3 steps in there routine. Clean, Tone, Moisture. I have FOUR:

  2. TONE
  3. TREAT

Now, I usually use different things in the morning than I do at night. For my daytime routine.. I’m focusing on combatting the oil since I have to wear a full face of make-up to work. For nighttime – I’m focusing on treating my skin and and getting some good moisture soaked in while I sleep. So lets get started!



  • CounterControl Cleanser or Charcoal Bar – (How do I decide which you ask? I keep one in my shower and one by my sink so that wherever I am washing my face.. I have one of those faves at my fingertips! I also use a Clarasonic with my face cleanser which I keep right next to my face wash by my sink!)


  • Countercontrol Instant Matte Toner – I choose this because it controls oil and helps minimize the appearance of my pores.


  • Always either Countercontrol All Over Acne Treatment or the Countermatch Moisture Serum. Here’s where I always say listen to your skin. If I’m feeling extra dry or dull, I use the moisture serum. If I’m feeling extra Break-Outy haha.. I use the acne treatment.


  • Countermatch Eye Rescue Cream followed by the CounterControl Matte Effect Gel Cream



  • I usually use the Cleansing Balm because its FANTASTIC at removing makeup! If I still feel like I can feel the makeup, I might do  a quick follow up cleanse with the Countercontrol Cleanser that I use in the am. If I dont have any makeup on, I’ll just use that as well instead of the cleansing balm.


  • Countercontrol Instant Matte Toner or the Rejuvenating Toner Pads if I feel like my skin got a little dried out that day. Again – Listening to the skin.


  • Same as Day –  Either Countercontrol Acne Treatment or the Countermatch Moisture Serum – Same as before – choosing based on my skins needs at that moment.


  • Rejuvenating Eye Cream followed by the No. 3 Balancing Face Oil – If skin is extra dry.. I’ll even layer the Rejuvinating Night Cream or the Countermatch Moisture Lotion with the oil to really give it a dose of moisture while I snooze.

I feel like to most people that probably sounds like a lot. But coming from someone thats always had skin problems, there’s one thing I’ve learned – CONSISTENCY and a solid routine are key! It’s 4 steps twice a day that take maybe 5 minutes each time. That’s 10 minutes a day TOTAL to keep your skin looking its best. I’m only getting older also, which means the problems are gonna keep adding on.. So the earlier you can get in the habit of a solid routine – the better it will be for you down the road. It doesn’t need to be complicated. I can’t have it be anything but easy and quick because I’m busy enough as it is.

Now there are other products I randomly use on my skin and work in time my routine. They just aren’t items I use every single day. So I DO want to share some of those items with you because you may already have a routine you love but are just looking for a few things to use on the side with it to amp it up a little bit. So here are my other go to’s for when need be!

  • Countercontrol Spot Treatment – I use this when I get a major breakout (usually that time of the month). But anytime you get a zit or pimple you can’t be havin – put this bad boy on there twice idea and watch it quickly disappear before your eyes!
  • Overnight Resurfacing Peel – The name literally describes it! Its the miracle product that I put on probably the times a week before going to bed in my treat step that improves my skin texture, minimizes my pores, fine lines and dark spots all without drying my skin out! But again.. consistency on this one. I shoot for every other night. If you go too long in between uses.. it won’t give it enough time to do what it needs to do!
  • No. 3 Balancing + Charcoal Facial Mask – You can use it 2-3 times a week.. I feel like I’m lucky to get my once a week in! But I really try to make it happen at least once! You name it – it does it – absorbs excess oil, draws out impurities, minimizes pores, exfoliates and smooths the skin.
  • Eye Make-up Remover – This item was a 2018 Cosmopolitan Beauty Awards Winner. Its made without silicones and my go to for removing that stubborn eye makeup prior to cleansing the skin!
  • Makeup Remover Wipes – Removes makeup and cleans skin in one step, although the only times I use this as my cleansing method is when its been a late night and thats the only way my makeup is coming off hehe – but I do like having them on hand for that reason since they’re safe to use on and around my eyes as well since they’re safe and clean! I also like to use them after a good sweaty work out followed by the next item:
  • No. 3 Balancing Facial Mist –  I use this for multiple things. Which is why I love it. It can 100% be used as a toner. Thats not usually why I use it however. I use it after using the wipes on my face after working out (or whenever I’m using the wipes) to just refresh the skin. It will also calm redness if my face is red from working out. It can also be used as a setting spray for make-up. I keep it in my workout bag which is usually at work with me too cause I go straight there most times after working out.

So all that being said – These are all the things you will find in my Beauty Cabinet that all get used at least once a week – some every day. Hopefully I help you fill a hole in your skin care routine where you are missing something. This is the first thing people see when they look at you – Your face! Do what ya can to make it a good one. I’m obsessed with this skin care line and think you will be too if you give it a try.

Not sure what you need for your skin type? This company has a quiz you can take where they will recommend 4 products for you and sell you that set for 10% off.. then also recommend 2 more products that would also benefit you if you are looking for a little more! I LOVE LOVE LOVE that you can just answer a few questions about your skin and bam you’re on your way with exactly what you should be using! I’ll include that link below! I encourage everyone to take it!

Date Night Make-Up Look

I get a lot of questions about Beauty Counters Make-up. Recently, they came out with some new make-up items. So – especially now – the questions have been rolling in. I’m SO excited about some of these items they came out with y’all! Mainly the Liquid eyeliner (because I usually use liquid over pencil), new eyeshadow palettes, and a new powder highlighter (they had one already but it was a cream and stick).  For those of you not familiar with Beauty Counter – it is a company that has very safe and clean, all natural beauty products. You will never find chemicals in their things and this is something I’ve been trying to be more conscious of lately with all categories of things we use/eat/etc. The thing I love most about this company is they’re actually fighting to get the Beauty Laws changed in America. There are more than 80,000 chemicals on the market today. Many don’t have any safety data. This is particularly true of those used in the skin care and beauty industry. What’s worse is that the Food and Drug Administration (the agency that regulates cosmetics in the United States) does not have the authority to remove harmful ingredients from the products we put on our bodies and on our kids’ bodies every single day, day after day. The United States has not passed a major federal law to regulate the safety of ingredients used in personal care products since 1938. Over the past two decades, the European Union has banned close to 1,400 chemicals in the product formulas of personal care products and restricted the levels of over 250 more in such products. The United States has only partially banned 30 to date. That is insanity. Beauty Counter has a giant “Never List” of chemicals you will never find in their products. Which I love! Don’t get it twisted, I still use all my Sephora faves as well. But its nice to have options to swap out for.. and especially for me being in this industry – its nice to have options for my clients that are allergic to certain ingredients, and have options for that are clean for people who also care about that sort of thing as well!

All that being said, I decided to do a make-up look using the new Beauty Counter Make-up items that just came out! They just came out with some new eyeshadow palettes that are AWESOME! 

Items used:

Tint Skin in Shade Linen – $42

Concealer Pen in Light –  $33

Mattifying Powder –  $38

Satin Powder Blush in Guava – $30

Powder Highlighter in shade Halo – $39

Statement Velvet Eyeshadow Palette – $50

Lengthening Mascara – $29

Liquid Eyeliner – $28

Color Intense Lipstick in Twighlight – $34

Whats super nice with these new eyeshadow palettes, is they are currently offering small make-up kits that include a new paletter, an eyeliner, a lip color, and a bronzer or highliter priced at $115 – which if ordered separately would run you around $145! So, its really a great deal and something to take advantage of. I’m including the link if you would like to browse safer options for your self 🙂


Blue Oil

So, I was chatting with a client the other day when we got on the subject of tension headaches and just aches from tension in general.. Something I’m all to familiar with thanks to my job. I’m constantly asking Skipp to massage my neck, shoulders, etc. It was in that moment I realized I needed to share with her one of my favorite products! Hence, you all as well!

I learned about this product when I worked for Aveda. When I worked for them it was called Blue Oil. This is a product that I still find an Aveda store to purchase after not working for an Aveda salon now for 5 years now! After going to purchase it recently, I realized they have changed the name to Cooling Balancing Oil Concentrate. I was skeptical at first thinking this meant the product itself had changed too. Well let me assure you, it has not!

The oil comes in a roller ball or a larger bottle. Now, while I realize the larger bottle is the more economical purhcase.. I LOVE THE ROLLER BALL! It is $22 of heaven if you suffer from tension like I do! If you choose to do the larger bottle – you’re looking at $35.

That being said.. Lets get into all the ways I use this oil!

  • The place I use the oil most is at the base of my skull. More descriptively at those 2 little pressure points (which I believe are sometimes called Heaven’s Gate) I apply it with the roller ball in a circular motion then move down my neck wherever else I’m feeling tension.  I then use my hands to massage it into those areas. You will instantly feel a tingle and cooling sensation followed by relief.
  • The next place I use frequently is my temples. Just as above,  apply to the temples in a circular motion followed by massaging it in. This is FANTASTIC if you have a migraine or headache of any sort.
  • I also use on my shoulders the exact same way. My shoulders are always so tense and tight and this is the perfect at home remedy between massages. HAIRDRESSER FRIENDS: If you’ve never worked for Aveda and are unfamiliar with this product.. Get it! You will thank me!!
  • I suffer from anxiety. Like in all forms haha! But especially traveling! I’m that anxious person that always thinks I’m going to be late, miss a flight, get stuck in traffic or by a wreck, that I’m gonna forget something. It’s seriously the worst. So, I always take this with me traveling. Whether on a plane, in a car, etc., apply this oil to your inner wrists and just take a couple seconds doing some deep breathing with it by your nose. It instantly calms me down and settles my anxiety.
  • Got a pesky bug bite that you can’t stop clawing at? Roll this Blue Oil Over it to take that itch away!
  • Last but not least, I’ve been told if you rub it on the bottom of your feet, it can help bring a fever down. This is yet to be proven on my account but I’m rarely sick. But listen yall… I’ll try any natural remedy when it comes to being sick because I hate medicine and I quite honestly.. your girl doesnt have time to be sick! I’m a busy busy woman!

Well.. I hope this makes you guys wanna run to your nearest Aveda store or salon to snag this miracle oil! I can promise you, you won’t regret it!