How extensions can change your life: The NBR way
Do you have thin, fine hair? Does it not want to grow past your shoulders? Have you tried vitamins, products, and other things on the market to stimulate growth? Maybe you have thick hair but just need some additional length?
Would you believe me if I told you it only takes a few hours to have gorgeous, natural looking, seamless and blended, Victoria Secret Model hair?
Well you should! Because I can! Natural Beaded Rows is an epic extension method created by Danielle K White of DKW Styling. She's such an incredible stylist, mother, wife + business mentor.
I recently traveled to California to the first ever BMS Convention to learn the method, and mindset behind NBR + BMS (Big Money Stylist- the business portion) from her + her husband, her business partner. Her and Garrett J White of Wake up Warrior, literally changed my life.
I learned not only a technique but the worth we have for ourself as women comes from within. Hair is actually one of the biggest factors in how we view ourselves. It's usually the first impression others have of us as well.
I know, long before I became a stylist hair was a big part of my life. If it didn't look and feel right, neither did I. It never would grow past a certain point. It always looked stringy on my ends, as my hair is very thin and fine. Growing up I was a natural blonde. As I got older, it got darker. I began having it highlighted in the 7th grade. My mom not only spent hundreds on it, but we spent hours + hours coloring, cutting, and curling it up into tiny sponges every Saturday night prepping my pony tails for cheer comps on Sundays. Not to mention the amount of hair spray, French braids + glitter beatings my hair took daily with cheering on the sidelines.
As I entered the beauty industry I began experimenting. Experimenting with colors. No but like really, every freaking color. I tried different techniques and my hair went through multiple chemical haircuts, and tragic damage.
My hair just was never my 'dream hair' or Pinterest worthy (even though that was never around growing up)
I began wearing extensions personally over 5 years ago. I have tried all methods. Each one slightly better than the last. However most, left my head feeling tender, sore, or damaged my hair even more during the removal process. My hair has gotten to the point of where I actually NEED extensions in, in order to feel confident currently.
Once I found NBR, I instantly knew this was a game changer. I have NEVER seen a method more realistic, natural looking, and user friendly. You are able to pull your hair up and not have to worry about them showing.
They are the biggest confidence booster, and take a lot of the daily worry out of your haircare routine.
Follow the journey as I give one of my clients the mermaid hair she has always dreamed of!
Meet Alex! Alex was referred to me by a friend. This is about as long as her hair has ever been. You can see here, her hair is fine, and doesn't have much body to it.
Before she even sat in my chair we had connected multiple times. Through social media, an application process where she applied for NBR. It's a form I have all my clients fill out in order to see if they are a good candidate, what their hair currently looks like and what their goals are.
I pre color the extensions before Alex even steps foot into the loft.
This is the detail that makes the biggest difference.
It's what makes them blend so naturally with the clients actual hair.
After consulting with Alex on how the appointment is going to go, we then begin coloring her hair to her desired look. All the while, chatting, laughing and in her case doing a full on photoshoot with the love Marcy of Coterie of Columbus.
For Alex we decided to do a smudge root similar to her natural color, to keep her maintenance low and the keep her ends super blonde and dimensional.
My set up for NBR may or may not look like it belongs in a surgery room but this is what I need to get the job done!
Thank god my mother + grandmother taught me to sew at young age. Hemming jeans and mending seams is nothing like sewing in some extensions, but it definitely helps the process.
Dream work is in the beadwork. This method is unlike ANY other on the market. Practice is what makes this perfect. Therefore I am not only doing this on days I have NBR clients, I am constantly practicing on my mannequin and watching videos to master my craft.
This establishes the base for the process and what I actually sew the wefts to.
I use luxury hand tied wefts from Sunnys Hair that are so thing and natural looking. After they are custom colored and the beads are in place I do some pinning to see where exactly I want to place them before I begin sewing.
Ready SET grow, this is the best part of the process.
Where the client starts to see the potential of their new locks.
Stitch, Stitch, Stitch.
This will secure the hair gently to the clients head allowing her to go on about life treating her new mermaid hair as if it were her own. Like I mentioned, she will be able to pull it up, wash/style and feel completly natural.
The finishing touches come with the custom cut, as I blend Alex's hair with the extensions.
I also took this time in the appointment to show her how to style her hair and a few tricks of the trade to help her adjust to her new 18 inch pony tails.
It was so cute, she kept texting her friends and snapping them photos during the process and they were all shocked!
This moment, I saw tears form in her eyes as she looked at herself. She couldn't believe the woman she saw before her. It was so rewarding + liberating.
I knew in that second, I had changed the world as she knew it.
Here is what Alex has to say about her NBR experience:
" Ever since I was 8 years old, I have always wanted long hair. My mother had opposite feelings and chopped it off to what was called a “wedgie” cut. Fast forward to being 29, while the wedgie cut has since been changed, I still have always had very thin/fine hair and it has never been able to grow past my shoulders. My friend recently tagged me in one of Molly’s Instagram posts about the natural beaded rows so I figured what the heck, if I don’t like it I can just take them out. After submitting my application and hearing from Molly that I would be a good fit for these, we chatted and she gave me every detail from start to finish about the process, cost, do’s and dont’s, etc! When I came to the studio(which is really freakin cute by the way!), she was so welcoming and asked exactly what I wanted my hair to look like. She also had the hair pre dyed and she might be a magician cause it perfectly matched my hair, which she had only seen pictures of. Going through the process, she explained every step. When it came to styling the hair, she gave me tips on how to style my hair so to blend it with my new fab 18 inches of hair. Looking in the mirror after it was finished, I didn’t even feel like myself! While my hair wasn’t something I cried about every day, I definitely stressed about it and would tell my friends I’d be bald by 40. Having these in is a game changer, and I’m not sure I’ll ever go back!"
- Alex C
Check out another NBR journey from Haylee:
"I’ve had beaded and tape-in extensions before and made it less than two weeks with before wanting to rip them out of my head. The NBR extensions are the most comfortable I’ve ever had. I have a very sensitive scalp and had pain even with the tape-ins but after the first day, I couldn’t tell the NBR’s were in my hair anymore. I’ve been able to wear my hair in braids and ponytails without worrying about exposing the hair. Molly does such an amazing job blending the color so that you can’t tell what is your hair and what is NBR. I trusted Molly that they would look incredible but I was still a little skeptical until she finished! You really can’t tell what isn’t my hair!! I wanted NBR for length but even once my hair is this long, I will keep using so I have more fullness!"
I do more than install extensions, I change lives.
Click the link to apply for your own NBR journey today!