This experience with Ann Marie has been amazing and with her experience and passion for what she does, it was so easy to put my trust into her work. I’m very happy with the finished product and I love my new hair!
Hair Extension for Fine Hair
Megan reached out to me for hair extensions because she felt that her hair lacked body.
Fusion Hair Extensions can last up to 5 months with proper care.
Researching The Internet
She had been researching hair extensions online for awhile.
Once she reached out to me she had shared…”The internet has been confusing! “
ARE YOU CONFUSED, TOO, ABOUT EXTENSIONS?
Yes! I couldn’t agree more with Megan, that there is so much information about hair extensions on the internet now, that it can simply leave you more confused or armed with misinformation.
What helped Megan was my video about….
Do hair extensions damage your hair?
Types of Applications
What method or hair extension application should you choose for your hair?
Answer: My professional recommendation is not to “go it alone” and get fixated on a certain type without the true professional guidance of a hair extension expert.
Fusion Hair Extensions
Unlike “sew-in” hair extensions, fusion hair extensions can be used for correcting a small section of your haircut.
In this example you will see that this client wanted her bangs/fringe to be thicker and slightly longer.
Benefit = Fixing your haircut or changing up your haircut!
Tape Hair Extensions
Tape hair extensions, when done properly, can be very comfortable, non-damaging, and can last 1 to 1. 5 months with proper care.
You can thicken your hair or add immediate length in as little as 1 to 3 hours!
Tape extensions and Fusion hair extensions are very lightweight and are an excellent choiceif you have fine hair.
If you are new to landing on my site, then let me share with you that every single hair extension photograph was designed & photographed by myself.
Out of the 28 years that I have been providing & designing makeovers…14 years of that I have been designing luxury extension makeovers. Great Lengths are the best, and not because I say so…it’s because they are, and have been for more than 2 decades.
TIME OR MONEY is what you can spend.
So, it really comes down to how much TIME do you want to spend on growing out your hair?
12 hours or 26280 hours (3 years), and the choice is yours.
I’ve never known a hair trend to be called “The Same”, and as a hair artist, and an artist at heart…the words “the same”, are like nails on a chalkboard.
1999 was the year I rebelled, as a hairstylist.
Please watch my video to find out more!
Makeovers are my hearts passion.
Makeovers are my expertise.
Makeovers are about change.
“The Same” has since been discontinued and is not on my salon’s menu.
100% ABOUT DESIGNING your hair
17 years ago I designed a customized hair consultation process that has help yield the results shown on my site.
No two makeovers have ever been “then same”.
Each clients “story” have been as unique as the amount of time that has been necessary to remove them from “the same” thing they were previously experiencing…..and that’s why they had reached out to my business.
And This questions…..”Do you do JUST…..XYZ?”
The word “Just”, or “Regular” and is very similar to “the same”.
In my opinion, “Regular” is for when you get gas, and not about when you speak about your appearance.
Don’t you want to feel SPECTACULAR?
When is the last time someone walked up to you and said, “Wow, you look really regular today, and I noticed you look the same.’?
AGAIN, PLEASE WATCH MY VIDEO!
Change can be scary, but you sticking with “the same”……
WELL, I can professionally share with you that as I cannot see what you look like right now while you are taking the time to read this…..I have the professional abilities to change the way you look, AND that usually can lead to a boat load of compliments, because…………you had the courage not to STAY THE SAME.
I AM NOT THE HAIR ARTIST FOR EVERYONE, BUT I AM FOR THOSE THAT ARE READY TO BE A BUTTERFLY, AND READY TO BUST OUT OF THEIR COCOON.
So, no I don’t do:
“The Same” or
It’s MORE LIKE….if you want or need to be a butterfly, chameleon, want to get noticed, and your appearance helps you to feel fantastic, then I just may be the right fit for you.
When you decide to get a makeover, it is a very personal decision. Where will you go to experience that? Who will you work with?
Many of the makeovers that my business has provided, over the years, can take up to all day, and or have taken several appointments.
You need to feel comfortable with who you are going to work with, and you want to ensure that they:
Understand your wants & needs
Have the experience to get you to your goal
How many times have you watched a makeover show, and you sit there glued to see the very end. I think the best part of a makeover show is the reveal or when they put the “before” and “after” shot next to each other. Or how about when the guest gets to see them for the very first time?
My own professional journey into the industry to become a hairstylist began when I went to hairdressing school in 1992. It has been quite a ride since then.
My career led me to work for a large well-known hair color manufacturer, as a hair color educator. That had kept me extremely busy traveling all over the country teaching.
One Chair…since 1999
As it was my childhood burning desire to “do hair” and to become a hairstylist, I quickly realized that I did not like or agree with my own industry’s “norm” of double-booking appointments.
So, I did something really crazy, 21 years ago! I STOPPED DOUBLE BOOKING.
Reopening Massachusetts and A-One Chair Salon
My own experience, and account of the “impact”
My business, like any business, has it’s ups and downs….like the first time my business’s livelihood was threatened…that business test lasted for 3.5 years!! Oh, my!
Now Enter Covid19 for the next business challenge!
Now when Covid19 came to our area, and how it has impacted the whole entire world…well that really has created things to change, for many.
It already seems like March was 5 years ago. Yet it was only 2 months ago, when I was sitting at my desk, and I was realizing that my business was most likely going to be forced to close.
What would that look like?
I am self-employed. My “job” and “passion” were just about to be abruptly interrupted, and I really did not have a say, because the larger picture of “Flattening The Curve” would soon become every day “Normal”, and without a timeline or an expiration date.
Now…Reopening Massachusetts for Salons
Limit service to hair services only (haircuts, color, blow-drying, and treatments). Non-hair services are not permitted (eyebrows, beard trimming, lip waxing, manicures, etc.)
• Provide training to workers on safety standards, up-to-date safety information and precautions including hygiene and other measures aimed at reducing disease transmission
• Adjust workplace hours and shifts (working teams with different schedules or staggered arrival/departure) to minimize contact across workers and reduce congestion
• Close waiting areas and ask customers to wait outside or in cars until it is time for their appointment • Require customers to make an appointment in advance to receive service
Reopening Massachusetts and A One Chair Salon
• Maintain a log of workers and customers to support contact tracing (name, date, time, contact information) if needed • Remove non-essential amenities (magazines, customer-facing water or coffee, coat rooms, etc.)
• All workers must stay home if feeling ill • Workers who are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 according to the Centers for Disease Control (e.g., due to age or underlying conditions) are encouraged to stay home
• Encourage workers to self-identify symptoms or any close contact to a known or suspected COVID-19 case to the employer
• Encourage workers who test positive for COVID-19 to disclose to the workplace employer for purposes of cleaning / disinfecting and contact tracing.
If the employer is notified of a positive case at the workplace, the employer shall notify the local Board of Health (LBOH) in the city or town where the workplace is located and work with them to trace likely contacts in the workplace and advise workers to isolate and self-quarantine. Testing of other workers may be recommended consistent with guidance and/or at the request of the LBOH • Post notice to workers and customers of important health information and relevant safety
What the Loft Salon Studio DID NOT have to change?
Well, like I mentioned at the beginning of this article, back in 1999….I stopped double booking, AND began to offer private appointments! For over 2 decades
You can rest assured that you will no be in an overcrowded environment with lots of people, because of a creative business choice that I made decades ago.
So, what is “old”…is the “new” way….and I am happy to be part of the Reopening Massachusetts. Over the years, there were many days that I had questioned whether I had made the right choice about giving up double-booking, and yet many clients have shared their experiences with working with me.
As a fellow Barber had stated on Facebook….“Mom and Pop shops are the backbone of our communities”, and I couldn’t agree with him more!
So, in closing….I have no intention of going anywhere and am truly grateful for my community, family, and my creative stubbornness not to have thrown in the towel. In fact, all of the time I have had off…helped me to dive into growing my online Motives Cosmetics business. 🙂
Life must go on, and you may need a new salon/stylist!
The beauty about highlighting or adding splashes of colorwith hair extensions is that choosing to have it done this way…..will thicken your hair!
Maybe you have wanted to trytape hair extensions, or some extensions but are a little undecided or shy about it.
The hair is 100% real human hair, and it is reusable up to 1 time (With proper care)
*Please keep in mind that if you are trying to grow out your hair, then you may need to brand new extensions, because the original set will be at the length that we installed them, when we remove them.
Your Service will include:
Choice of one beautiful shade of Tape Hair Extensions
Adding extra hair to any hairstyle is a great way to add fullness and volume.
Ann Marie Walts can consult with you to best determine what hair extension option would be best for you and your lifestyle.
Getting hair extensions does not have to be all about length.
As some of the photos that are shown will show, you can see that they can be added for a splash of color or to correct a bad haircut.
With so many options, this is why “one size or price” does not fit all. We really customize our hair designs and look forward to work with you very soon!
CONSULTATION with Ann Walts
Get a "One To One" Consultation to creatively explore designing and customizing your hair extension, haircolor, and/or hair straightening makeover. Together we will focus on what is your primary problem or goal that you want to achieve. As well as set you up with the necessary makeover appointments.
Ann Marie will customize an all-inclusive experience to help you be able to achieve your beauty/image goals.
Whatever your hair frustrations are, you will get solutions/options from what your consultation reveals. You will experience the ultimate convenience of getting to go to ONE Artist, instead of going to multiple professionals
Please be prepared to book your appointment(s) to move forward, on the day of your consultation. *If you are using your debit or credit card, I professionally recommend that you let your banking institution know that you will be using your card for a deposit. This will save time, in the event that your bank freezes your card for unusual activity. Consultation Fee is Non-Refundable.
There is nothing worse than having something go wrong with your hair.
Unfortunately, there are times when you might or have experienced a “unexpected outcome”. Maybe this happened at home. I think we have all tried to play hairdresser, at one time or another.
Unfortunately, sometimes things may not come out like you had hoped from a “professional” salon experience, either.
Hair Color Mishaps
The “laws of color” will alway dictate your outcome of your hair color!
My personal professional frustrations about “at home hair color” is not the fact that you may try to color your hair at home, as much as the T.V. commercials advertising. They make it look “so easy”, but in reality it takes a whole professional beauty team of artists, on set.
From Brown To Red To Blonde…..
Just about 10 years of my career were spent educating for Redken, across the country, as a hair color educator.
If you want to change your hair it is best to seek out a hair consultation!
Best Tips – Communication
Whether you need your hair to be healthier, happier or a different hair color; the faster you are understood by a hairstylist the quicker you can get from point A to point B.
Having healthy hair is definitely not out of reach for anyone. The technology of ingredients that are available to you today, for salon products are simply amazing.
You no longer really have to sacrifice wanting to achieve your “dream hair” if you find a hairstylist that is the “right” fit for you.
After all, it is your hair. You are the one that has to wear it, and feel good about how you look everyday.
Healthy Hair On Purpose
When you are at drugstore, and have question about an over the counter medicine….who do you go and ask to get an answer?
Most likely the Pharmacist.
Why is that?
I bet it is because you want to be sure that you are choosing the correct product, and because medicine is made up of chemicals…you do want to choose wisely.
Your Hair Type = One Size Does Not Fit All!
How many shampoos and conditioners have you tried, in your life time?
Have you made your choices by the pretty little marketing description, that is found on the back of the bottles? Have you ever experienced being disappointed, and so then you try buy even more shampoo?
The Professional Product “Prescription”
Heck….why would anyone spend $20+ on a bottle of shampoo? Is there really a difference.
Absolutely, and here is why:
Just as a Pharmacist can made recommendations that are based on the chemistry….so can a professional hairstylist. Hair products are all about chemistry.
It is just not that often that that is really discussed. It is more important how is works, versus how “pretty” is smells, and when you get both; well that is an absolute bonus!
When you experience an extremely thorough consultation, and work with a professional that is extremely passionate about all aspects about your hair, and ensuring that your hair is the healthiest…….that is the point of difference.
Having a hairstylist educate you on what your hair type actually is, and what are the best nourishing ingredients that your hair lacks…..is the key reason.
No longer will you have to aimlessly wander down a shampoo aisle, and hope that you find your “dream hair” in a bottle.
The extra time it may take to have a consultation, may just be well worth getting to your end results faster, in the long run.
Before & After – Realistic Expectations
Instagram has really become a force to be reckon with, in the sense of seeing some extreme makeovers. Just because you see it on Instagram, can or should it be done, and how will you get those results that you may be drooling over?
#2 Tip – Consider The Maintenance
You may want to consider how much maintenance there will be, after you get your new hair color; but BEFORE you do it?
Consider how much time do you have, within your schedule to commit to maintaining your “dream hair color”?
Do you like going to the salon? Is is a treat for you, or are you so busy that the thought of adding one more thing to your plate make your groan?
Do you need to have a stylist show you the “how to” style your hair or to recommend the correct aftercare products?
Tip #3 Healthy Hair -The After
When you have perfectly prescribed products recommended for your individual hair problem….wella!
Your hair can be transformed.
All color manufacturers design their lines to have products that will support the longevity of their hair color line.
JBeverly Hills is an exceptional luxury line that is enriched and made with the finest grade of botanical ingredients.
Their hair color line has less that 1% ammonia, and actually nourishes the hair from the inside to the out!
When is the last time you changed your hair color?
Maybe you have been thinking of changing your hair color for some time, but are a bit nervous to take the leap.
Skin Tones & Eyecolor
Your skin tone and eyecolor can play one of the most important roles in whether a color shade will be right for you.
If you plan on taking a huge leap, like the hair color makeover shown, you will not want to “go it alone”, and especially if you are used to being blonde. Blonde hair is blond because it is lacks red.
What do most Blondes say?
I don’t want to see any red, right?
However, many, many times you will find that shades of red hair color can and would look nice on you as well. This is especially true if you have any warmth in your eye color. Try taking a look very, very close to your eyes in the mirror. If you have hazel eyes that have flecks of amber and gold, then you will most likely make a stunning red head!
It is not a tattoo….color can be changed.
Hot Tip: Put together a Pinterest board of hair color shades that catch your eye. It is best to have an assortment of photographs of real hair to communicate with.
If you are not certain of what you want exactly…you can be certain that you will most likely know what shades of red that you would NOT want to have.
Shades Of Red
There are so many shades of red hair, too.
Cool Red, Warm Red, Rose Gold, Copper Red, Red Violet….and on, and on, and on.
Take the plunge….Just Do It!
Be sure to ask for some makeup tip recommendations, too
Chrome nails is the newest and hottest nail trend is fun to wear and was also fun to demo. It is fascinating to watch the chrome naile powder go from a powder from, to making your nails look like a hologram.
It can last up to 2 weeks. We are currently running a Spring Introductory Special for only $45. BOOK HERE
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Some Fun DIY Tips
As I wear many, many creative hats….one of them has been an Editorial Manicurist. That is a fancy title that means you have to pack your suitcase with nail polish, maybe some glitter and a whole bunch of creativity.
So, where the DIY tips come in?
Once you watch the Mass Appeal Episode, you will find that I share one of my favorite stores to find the fun treasures. The best part is that it is not a “Professional’s Only” resource.
All About You
If you are looking for an extremly pampering experience then you will enjoy our business model. It is unique, in the fact, that ever since 1999….we offer private & individual appointments for all of the services offered.
You are never doubled booked. It can be your place where you can have a “spa-like” experience.
When you have a great hair day, you will tend to feel great. We believe that a makeover, also, begins with a great haircut! As much as we provide hair extensions, we are just as grounded in education for providing a great haircut!
Maybe for you, you are just wanting to get eyelash extensions to make your own natural lashes longer, right?
However, did you know that you can have your lash look customized?
The synthetic extensions come in a variety of lengths, colors and thicknesses. There are two types of applications, too. The types of applications are calledVolume & Classic.
Volume Lash Extensions
This type of application is an advanced technique. As the photographs shows, you can experience getting a set of “fluffier” and fuller extensions. This method consists of us making handmade fans out of multiple extensions that are then applied to ONE natural lash.
The type of extensions that are used for this techique are ultra lightweight. Sometimes, cluster lashes are confused with this type of application. However, cheap cluster lashes are not good for your natural lashes at all. They are too heavy, and can cause damage.
The beauty of Volume lashing is that the amount of extensions within the “handmade” fan can be adjusted. The benefit of this type of look is that if you have fine lash hair, and not all that much density then this would be the perfect option for you!
Classic Eyelash Extensions
Classic Application consists of ONE synthetic extensions applied to ONE NATURAL HAIR! You never want to experience this. Extensions do not cause damage. Damage comes from poor application and or poor aftercare.
Proper application is everything!!! As our correction shows, our poor client experienced a poor application, and needed to have them corrected.
Your hair will be left in superior condition, and if you current hair’s condition needs help currently, then we can recommend a haircare regimen to you. Not all shampoos are created equal, and not everyone’s hair is the same.
The best shampoo is one that can be prescribed to you based on your needs for care and for styling. Additionally, being on a professional haircare regimen can ensure that you experience longevity with your chemical services.
To often you forget to take time out for yourself, and how often do your feel a little guilty spending money on yourself?
There are many benefits to getting lash extensions and the best benefit is the relaxation factor. The winter months can be so cold, dreary and cold. How many times is it sometimes hard to get out of bed because the covers are so warm and toasty?
Well, when you come in for your eyelash extensions, you will get to get tucked in, pampered and your cushioned massage table is heated. Once you are tucked in, then you will drift off to sleep as you listen to very soothing music.
Beauty sleep at it’s finest. Maybe, you are not one to fall completely sleep, however, if you have gone for a facial, then you know about that place that right between sleeping and awake. It is the best place.
Whether experience getting eyelash extensions is just a special occasion treat or it becomes your regular “mini-vacation experience routine” you will leave feeling refreshed……and of course with longer lashes!
Eyelash extensions popularity has really grown. Our studio has been certified for 10 years.
It is really, really important that you work with someone that is certified.
How long do eyelash extensions last?
Eyelash extensions can last up to 4 weeks without maintenance and indefinitely with “lash fills”.
Your natural lashes will shed, and the attached extension will shed with it. Having realisitic expectationswhen wearing extensions is the best way to enjoy them.
Customizng your look
Eyelash extensions come in a variety of thicknesses and curvatures. So, once your get to see the extensions up close, you will be simply amazed at how they are designed…just for you.
How to achieve blond hair, and maintaining blond hair can be an easy experience, when you seek out a professional color expert.
As shared on the my “How To Blonding Tips” episode, you can learn how to get your hair blond, and how to keep your hair blond.
Ombre’, Sombre’ and Balayage are technique based hair color trends.
Unfortunately, some advertising tries to make what salon professionals can provide to you easy, to try to “do it yourself”.
Ombre’, Sombre’ & Balayage
Lauren Zenzie, Mass Appeal Host, brought up a very good point during our segment. Your hair color expectations need to be realistic!
This is not a “quick” or “in & out” service.
If you are wanting the “Instagram” or “Pinterest” kinds of blond hair or balayage, and your own hair color is very dark, then you will need to have more than one salon appointment. That is actually holds, for the most part, true for even lighter shades.
“Why” more than ONE visit…..
There are different scenarios that will affect how soon it will be that you can realistically achieve your dream hair goal(s).
Is your hair previously colored?
This can greatly affect your hair color makeover process.
When we have to lighten hair that has already been colored, that really falls under the category of “corrective hair color”.
More than likely, you will need to pre-book a series of hair color appointments, and expect to make an investment into achieving your goal.
How far is your natural hair color away from the shade(s) of blond that you are wanting?
Is your natural hair texture?
Your natural hair texture can affect how easily or not so easily your hair will lift.
As the blonding trend is so hot right now, you have to remember that the health & integrity of your hair…..needs to come first. My salon carries nothing but the best high quality hair color products.
Many of these trends require the use of bleach. Today’s bleaches are not the bleaches of your mother’s day, by any means.
Also, if you would like a “chemical free hair color experience”, then you can always opt for blonde hair extensions, for your hair color design. (I am personally, wearing hair extensions, to achieve the palest shades of hair color; while I am working towards my own hair goals)
Do you find that you are always doing something for others, and put yourself on “the list” last? Maybe it has been unintentional, however, it is so important to allow yourself sometime that is for….just you.
Full Day Treat!
Retreat to a full day of just you. It will begin at the salon, and then you will follow me to my photography studio in Chicopee, Ma.
Your hair will look fantastic. You will not have to worry about your makeup either, because I will take care of that for you too.
All you have to do is enjoy yourself.
My photography business has a variety of prints and products with a online viewing gallery for your convenience.
Indulged yourself with a complete hair color makeover with your own photo shoot today!
Creating Bridal accessories has never been easier………well, of course; if someone shows you how. I love the art of creativity. If you live in this immediate area, then you will want to check out the following stores:
Michael’s Arts & Crafts
Veils can cost a pretty penny, but you can really make a head piece with a little bit of imagination, customization, and at the same time….you can save some money.
More Than Bridal Hair!!
In 1994, I made all of my gowns for my entire bridal party and my own wedding gown. I also, customized my shoes with matching lace and all of the bows for the pews.
Now add bridal hairstyling,makeup,lashes,professional photography to the mix, and I seriously can take care of you from head to toe!
Hot topic… Home haircolor versus getting it done in the salon, right?
Am I biased…yes. However, coming from an educated viewpoint I can share the “why” it is extremely beneficial to consider leaving the box of haircolor on that shelf.
Chemically speaking, at home box- hair color definitely has its limitations. The strength of the chemicals are not design the same as for the professional hair colorist.
In the salon, with an experience haircolorist they are able to enhance, adjust, lighten and manipulate the natural pigment of natural haircolor with much more choices of hair coloring tools.
Some of the components of professional hair color, enable the hair colorist to adjust the developer (peroxide) and or the alkalinity of the hair color formula.
In many cases, it may take more than one shade of hair color to make the perfect shade. This is an art form based on principles.
The principles include: Laws of color, the artistic eye of the hair colorist & analyzing the condition (porosity) of the hair. All of these factors will play a very important role for the hair colorists’ selection of what type of hair color will be used.
Many times I have been at a store and see a consumer looking at the side of the “box/ at home hair color” with such a puzzled look….
I have been there, personally, and it cost me in the long run. Understandably, cost can be a factor; however the end cost can be definitely costly if the wrong “box/ at home hair color” is selected.
Switching gears, another option to opting for color can be achieved with Great Lengths Hair Extensions.
Great Lengths Hair Extensions are not just for adding length, but also for adding hair color.
The photo below was an extreme makeover that included:
1. Consultation- Very Important and the very first place to start to changing your look!
Professional Haircolor (s) plural. Her natural hair was colored the day prior to the installation of the hair Extensions.
Then to be sure that the extensions blended in seemlessly….the hair extensions had to be treated with professional haircolor, too.
The beauty about reconsidering splurging is not just about the haircolor, but the experience of just letting someone take care of everything for you.
Today’s life styles are so rushed and packed with “things to do”.
There truly is nothing better than having someone else shampooing you.