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Extensions

Do you dream of having fuller, longer hair than you have naturally? Happily, there are modern
day, easy-to-wear solutions – and we are proud to offer them at Ella Rose Hair Boutique!

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It is made of 100% Remy human hair and can be styled as such.

At Ella Rose, we purchase our temporary extension pieces from Halo Couture Extensions. Halo Couture has a wide variety of colors, lengths, and thicknesses that you can choose from to match your hair goals.

There are two main categories of extensions that we offer – semi-permanent and temporary.
Depending on your hair, your desired look, your budget, and your desired maintenance, we can help find the right solution for you!

Halo Extensions

A Halo extension is a temporary extension piece that can be taken on and off daily.

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It is made of 100% Remy human hair and can be styled as such.

At Ella Rose, we purchase our temporary extension pieces from Halo Couture Extensions. Halo Couture has a wide variety of colors, lengths, and thicknesses that you can choose from to match your hair goals.

Crown Extensions

Crown Extensions (sometimes referred to as toppers)

Traditional extensions may only be a part of the solution you are looking for. If the density of hair on the crown of your head is quite low and sparse, there may not be enough hair to cover the traditional extensions.

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Traditional extensions may only be a part of the solution you are looking for. If the density of hair on the crown of your head is quite low and sparse, there may not be enough hair to cover the traditional extensions.

In addition, you may still be looking for more coverage and fullness on the crown of your hair. This is when crown extensions come in to play. These hair pieces are known by many names – crown extensions, toppers, falls, partial wigs, or top pieces.

The most common and convenient crown extensions is one that clips on to your remaining top hair. Or – if your density is quite low, can be taped into place. It is a temporary placement that you can take off to sleep, shower, and work out.

These crown extensions can be purchased as a stock piece that has a standard base size, amount of hair, and length of hair; semi customized with different options for cap size and length; or fully customized to create a cap that matches your head perfectly, and specifies the density of hair you are looking for.

All crown extensions need to receive a custom cut to blend into your natural hair. And can be further customized through thinning the density of the piece as well.

90% of crown extensions need to be custom colored. Stock pieces rarely match the nuances look of individualized coloring form a hair professional. The difference between an untouched color and a customized color in the overall look of your crown extensions is night and day.

Meagan Reitz is currently the only stylist that fits, cuts, and colors crown extensions at Ella Rose Hair Boutique. The last 4 years of her 23 year career have focused on customizing extensions and crown extensions. She is teaching this art and skill to some of her top stylists at Ella Rose to be able to meet the demand of more clients needing and wanting crown extensions.

The pricing of crown extension pieces varies greatly depending on the piece purchased – (customization level, length and density). A general range is from $900-$2000.

The customization for you is where the talent and time of a stylist comes in to play. It typically takes Meagan four hours to fully custom color a crown extension, and one hour to fit and custom cut the piece.

All hair services at Ella Rose are charged by the hour, with each stylists hourly rate being based on experience, expertise, and availability. Meagan’s hourly rate is currently $225/hr.

A custom crown extension piece can last well over a year if properly cared for. It does not go through the wear and tear that installed hair extensions do, and therefore the investment of time and money is less frequent for a crown extension.

If you think you may be interested in a crown extension, or are looking for a personalized consultation, please fill out our crown extension form. We will review the form and contact you within 48 hours to begin the process!

FAQs

HOW MUCH DO EXTENSIONS COST?

This is not an easy question to answer, and it comes in a two part answer. There are parts and labor that need to be discussed. The “parts” is the hair itself. We use high quality, ethically sourced hair from the top hair extension companies in the United States. Covet and Mane, Hair and Compounds, Harper Ellis, and Adored. The straight hair tends to be sourced from China. Wavy and curly hair tend to be sourced from India. We only use hand-tied wefts for our beaded row extensions, and the wefts are priced individually. ( A “weft” is a thin 12-16 inch length of human hair that is tied together at the top with string. Many wefts need to be layered together on each beaded row/track.)

In general, clients need either one, two or three rows of extensions. This depends on the clients current natural hair (length, thickness) and their desired result. Each weft can have between 4-6 wefts per row. This is determined by the clients natural hair density and their desired look. A potential client could need between 4 and 16 wefts on their head depending on all of the variables mentioned above. Each weft length is a different price. In general, 18” and 22” lengths are the most commonly available for purchase. Occasionally we can find or order shorter or longer lengths and would charge accordingly for those. Currently we charge $85 per weft of 18” hair, and $125 per weft of 22” hair. These prices are non negotiable. Quality human hair is expensive – there are no two ways around it.

Then there is the time/“labor” of the stylist who is installing your extensions. Extensions are a specialty service. Stylists have to seek out additional training to learn to properly install, color, and cut extensions. At Ella Rose we charge hourly, and this extends to extension installation as well. If you need or want one row of extensions, it will likely take your stylist between 1 – 1 1/2 hours to fully remove, wash, refresh, and reinstall your row. If you need or want three rows, it will likely take your stylist between 3 -4 1/2 hours to fully remove, wash, refresh, and reinstall your rows. The speed of the stylist is individual, and tends to be based on experience.

The more you do it, the faster you get. Color is an important part of your extension experience. Before we “extend” your hair, we want to make sure you like what we’re extending. We want to achieve and maintain your natural hair’s color along with the extension hair’s color so that they blend as seamless as possible. Everyone’s hair color desire is different, and the path to that desired color is different. One person may need an hour and a half color appointment just to touch up their grays and refresh their toner. Another may want bright blonde which can take between 2 1/2 -4 hour sessions depending on their starting color, thickness, and length of their hair.

Each color session needed to achieve or maintain your color is also part of the hourly sessions/“labor” of the stylist. We encourage you to fill out our extension questionnaire – where we can gather your current and inspiration hair pictures, and hair history – so that we can begin to narrow down the “parts and labor” that you will individually need to achieve your hair goals.

HOW OFTEN DO I NEED TO BUY NEW HAIR?

Hair extensions are human hair that has been highly processed before ever being installed on your head. They degrade, get thin ends, and need a trim just like our hair. But unlike our hair, they don’t regrow after a trim! How long the extensions last depends on your at-home care, and your tolerance for the thinning and possible trimming that needs to happen to keep the hair looking fresh and long. If you love to have full, long hair always, you may consider purchasing two to four new wefts every other move up. We can rotate out the older thinner pieces, and the new fresh pieces will fill in the ends, preserving your long, full look.

Rotating in new wefts is also advisable when shifting your color as an extension wearer, as certain color changes (specifically going lighter) are unattainable without new extension hair. If you are okay cutting your extensions shorter as they wear out a bit, you can get a whole new set of hair extension hair every 9-12 months. I suggest you wait 12 months, your extensions will be significantly thinner and shorter than when you started.

WHAT IS THE SALON MAINTENANCE FOR EXTENSIONS?

This is again a multi-part answer. There is the frequency in which you need to come in
for move-ups, and there is the at-home care. We will cover the at-home care in the following FAQ.

The frequency in which you need to come in for a move-up depends on your hair and
the method that is used. Generally speaking, most clients come in at 8 weeks. We do not
advise going longer than this. Some clients with finer, more delicate hair prefer to come in at 6
weeks. At a 6-8 week move up, your extensions are fully removed, your hair is colored, the
extension hair is re-colored or toned, and everything is reinstalled. This appointment can take between 2.5 – 6 hours depending on how many rows you wear and the time it takes to color your natural hair. There is an option for a “mini move up” at three to four weeks with a certain style of installation. This option is good for clients who hate to feel their extensions too far off their head, clients who tend to have beads slip, and those who come in for gray coverage every 3-4 weeks. With this method, the extensions are not removed fully, but the rows are retightened against the head. This service cannot be performed beyond 4 weeks, and can only be
performed three times before needing a full re-install. A mini move-up service must be performed on clean, dry hair. This service can be done in as little as half an hour if you come in with your hair freshly clean and blown out. In an hour (or more for the lion’s manes out there) session you can have us wash, style, and perform a mini-move up. Or we can add it on top of a color service in a two to two and a half hour service. A mini move-up cannot be performed with the NBR method of installation or a hidden row installation.

Rotating in new wefts is also advisable when shifting your color as an extension wearer, as certain color changes (specifically going lighter) are unattainable without new extension hair. If you are okay cutting your extensions shorter as they wear out a bit, you can get a whole new set of hair extension hair every 9-12 months. I suggest you wait 12 months, your extensions will be significantly thinner and shorter than when you started.

WHAT IS THE AT HOME-CARE FOR EXTENSIONS?

It is extremely important to use certain professional brands of hair care on your
extensions. After years of trial and error, we have found that our favorite is the Kevin Murphy line. Specifically the Hydrate-Me.wash and Hydrate-Me.rinse, Restore, Un. Tangled, and Heated. Defense. We can help recommend the right Kevin Murphy products for you. Isles
Formula, Oribe, and Unite are other approved brands. If you have specific products you love,
please check with us first. You want to protect your investment in your extension hair!
Most extension wearers wash their hair once or twice a week. It takes time to wash, dry,
and style your extensions, and often the extensions hold a style beautifully for days on end – so why take more time than is needed? You can use dry shampoo or do a mini top/bang wash to freshen your look between shampoos if desired. It is also extremely important to fully brush your hair. Please fully (up to the top of your wefts) brush your extension hair before washing your hair. Consider fully combing through your extensions once your conditioner has sat on for a few minutes in the shower. Please brush your hair fully after towel drying and applying your leave-in conditioner. Tangles can turn into matts. Matts take lots of time and care to get out, and can turn into rapidly degrading extensions and damage to your hair that can get matted up with the extension hair. And remember, brushing your hair is free at home, but we charge hourly for it! 😉

Please do your best to keep sunscreen and perfumes/body sprays off of your
extensions. They can discolor your blonde and it may never come out! Bare Republic Mineral
Sunscreen is the best choice for extension wearers as it doesn’t contain the ingredient often thought to be the culprit in discoloration. But still, be careful and let your sunscreen dry fully before letting your hair down.

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