Learn “How To” Avoid Damage- Hair Extensions
Improperly applied hair extensions are the most expensive extensions.
A poor application can cause headaches, and stress on your fine hair.
Are you trying to decide whether you should get hair extensions, or are you wearing them and are very disappointed?
A Message for Fine Haired Potential Clients:
My heart goes out to you when I, as a professional, have worked with many, many fine-haired clients who are so very disappointed with their hair. Your fine hair struggles can be fixed, but need to be handled with care, and especially when getting hair extensions.
What you want to do when seeking out a salon, for hair extensions for fine hair, is to be sure that they can show you actual photographs.
I professionally feel that one, if not the most important part that you are paying for is how the extensions are attached, and how neatly & safely the hair extensions are attached.
It is said that “YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR”.
I know that I can only speak for myself, and my business; however much of my business has consisted of fixing poor applications from lesser experienced situations.
BONDS TOO BIG are NOT GOOD!
The correction photograph shows bond attachments that were too big and too much hair was applied. It is great to want to have longer and thicker hair, but not at the cost of safety. You do not want to damage your own hair.
The correction- Done by Ann Marie Walts. The photographs shown are examples of my work. This typed of customized bonding is referred to as “micro-bonding”.
The amount of hair being attached should never weigh more than the section of hair that it is being attached to.
“How To” Choose The Best Salon for Hair Extensions and your hair type?
It is extremely important to work with a hair salon that offers hair extensions on a regular basis and can offer you a very detailed consultation.
ONE DESIGN PRICE…….DOES NOT FIT ALL
I have been certified with Great Lengths Hair Extensions for 15 years! They had the best education, out of all of the other brands that I hold certifications.
Hair extensions take time. There are different types of applications.
- Clip In – You clip them in daily or as needed
- Tape Hair Extensions (Great for trying out hair extensions or if you are a Bride)
- Fusion Hair Extensions (By far-BEST option….ALL THE WAY AROUND)
Thank you for reading ~ Ann Marie Walts
Come follow me on Instagram @annmariewalts
Customizing Your Hair Color & Hair Extensions!
Corona use to mean you needed a lime…
Now, it might mean that you are wanting to run to the salon to get your hair colored because you have been locked down.
Is your hair color messed up?
Did you grab a box of at-home hair color, because you thought that coloring your hair was easy?
Well, I have to share that I after talking with a new client that I think I fully understand part of the problem with why coloring your hair might look easy! I asked one guest if they thought that the color on the box, was what and how their own hair was going to come out?
There answer was, “yes”.
Wow!………and there it was, and it simply does not work that way, but it certainly help me to understand the “why” behind trying to do it yourself.
Customizing hair color, and correcting color requires a certain level of professional knowledge. There is much more to coloring hair then just grabbing a tube or a box, and hoping that it comes out the way you want it too.
It’s really not your fault, too, if you have thought that trying to do it yourself was easy, because T.V. commercials target you.
The Box said….”It would just wash out”
It said…. “It did not contain ammonia”
“I’m not sure why I have roots, because it said it wasn’t permanent color?”
Working with a Haircolorist and why it’s worth it!
I can personally share with you that I was a former hair color educator and taught color all over the country.
- How to create/formulate and customize original color formulas
- How to use different professional strength chemicals
- How to determine what your natural hair’s undertones are
- How to create beautiful blondes
- How to safely lighten up overly darkened hair
- How to interpret your “layman” language to be able to work with you to help you achieve what you are looking for
- And more!
2020 Hair Extension Tips – Everything You Need To Know
If you are brand new to the idea of getting hair extensions, then is article is for you. I will help explain what hair extension options you will have to choose from and how long they will last.
A Little History
If I can personally speak directly to you, then it would be remiss of me to assume that you know everything about hair extensions. That is my job. Various hair extension companies have certified me since 2006.
My passion and curiosity about hair extensions started when there was just a little bit of a “buzz” about it, 14 years ago. The very first company that I had “heard” of was Great Lengths Hair Extensions.
Since I had only heard great things about their company, and it was the next “it” service for my salon to offer, it seemed like a good idea to take a class. Where I was in my career, at that time, it was just another specialized service to add to my certifications.
Now, in the present day, my “reasons” of offering hair extensions have changed, and I will talk about that later in this post.
Is Great Lengths The Best?
If you are the type of person that has to try different things, or have enough information presented to believe if “something is the best,” then I am right there with you.
As an educated hairstylist, I am curious by nature and wanted to be 100% certain that Great Lengths was the premium brand hair extension brand that they claim to be. So, over the years, I then pursued being certified by:
- Hair Talk
- So Cap
- Pure Hair Extensions
What I have personally experienced is that each brand does have its energetic marketing standpoint, and as a stylist, I have found that the two brands that fit my needs are both Great Lengths and Hotheads.
For Starters or Beginners:
Clip-in Hair Extensions
- Most Affordable
- You can take them in and out when you need to wear them
- Price ranges $60 per panel to $300+ for a full set
You are better off choosing to purchase 100% real human hair extensions.
The reason why is that you will be able to wash then, curl them, and style them just like you do with your hair.
The Next “Step Up” Option
Tape Hair Extensions
- Mid-range cost investment
- Thickening your hair can start at $500
- Lasts up to 1.5 Months
- Full Lengthening start at $1000+
- 100% Real Human Hair
- Great for special events or vacations
- Lay very flat
- Ideal for straight to wavy hair types
- Shorter Salon Appointments
- Save you time getting ready
Tape hair extensions are a more of a “semi-permanent” option than clip-ins.
You will save time on getting ready because now you can wash and style your hair.
Great Option for honeymoons, vacations, and if you “want to try it out.”
The BEST OPTION – Lasts 3 to 5 Months
Thermal Fusion or Cold Fusion Extensions
This option will give you the most of your money!
- LASTS UP TO 5 MONTHS
- Great for thickening a section
- Or Add more hair throughout
- Instant Gratification for Length
- Maximum color blending
- Thicken your ponytail
- Virtually Undetectable
- Ideal for most hair types and textures
- Straight, Wavy, and Curly Hair
- Add Splashes of color
- Fix a haircut
- 100% Real Human Hair
- Create a Haircut (Lob)
- Investment (Long term better option than Tape Hair Extensions)
- Starting at $600 to $4000+
- Exact Price by consultation
Why Fusion Extensions?
Now, let me revisit sharing with you why my “why” has changed about having to have hair extensions as a service today! Way back in 2006, was when I first became certified because extensions were just a “trending” service. So much has changed since then.
As an experienced hairstylist and seasoned hair extensionist, I couldn’t imagine not having extra hair to provide to my guests. It is like having “extra fabric.”
If you choose fusion extensions, then you will be able to experience MOST CUSTOMIZATION.
How hair extensions can help you!
CAN YOU RELATE TO ANY OF THE FOLLOWING?
If your hair is not thick enough, then add hair extensions.
If you want to add hair color but do not want to use chemicals….add hair extensions.
Did you get a poor haircut, and do you need to get your haircut fixed?…..add hair extensions.
Is your hair simply not long enough?…add hair extensions.
Do you wish, now, that you didn’t cut your bangs?…add hair extensions.
RESEARCH FOR EXPERIENCE
The #1 Questions is HOW MUCH ARE HAIR EXTENSIONS?
The best way to avoid “damage” is to do your research. Be sure not to have your decision be based solely on price.
The most expensive hair extensions are poor hair extension applications. They will cost you the most!
That is a reasonable question, and the hardest to answer without having a consultation.
You will find that the internet will give you all sorts of information on this topic. However, many of these resources that like to provide “averages” cannot speak for an individual salon. My salon has invested a lot of time and education.
What is the average price of your extensions? Let’s pretend you needed your car fixed, and you were calling in on the phone to find out “how much.” Just like most diagnostic service-based industries, it is impossible to provide pricing without having you go in person.
The same is true when it comes to getting hair extensions.
You will find that prices can vary from salon to salon, and many prices do.
Tips On – Researching Where to Get Hair Extensions
Before and After photographs can speak a 1,000 words!
What you really are paying for when you decide to get fusion hair extensions will be the attachment!
- Call their vendor if you need to (Great Lengths (800) 999-0809)
- Check Social Media
- Website presence
Important to know!
HAIR EXTENSIONS – Best Hair Extension Salon Western Ma
When you choose to get Great Lengths Hair Extensions, your extensions should only get your extensions from a Certified Great Lengths Stylist!
Be sure to ask to see their Great Lengths extensions certificate.
One certification does not cover an entire salon.
Hair Extension Expert Near Me
Whichever option you decide to invest your money in, remember this, you wear your hair every day!
You will find that the consultation will be the most valuable part of your experience.
When you work with a true hair extension expert, they should really be able to help you make the best decision that is in your best interests.
Thank you for reading! ~ Ann Marie Walts
Feel free to contact me for more information, and that goes for whether you are local or live within the U.S. Fly in or you can fly me out to you!
I would love the opportunity to provide, create and customize an all-inclusive makeover experience for you that will turn your friend’s heads!
Hair Extensions, Hair Color & Photography by Ann Marie Walts
3 Ways To Get Rid Of Frizzy Hair
What is your level of frustration with your frizzy hair?
If your frizzy hair has you wanting to just scream, then you are not alone. You do not have to suffer from it any longer, either.
Your Shampoo Matters!
Frizzy Hair Tip #1
Is it necessary to shampoo your hair every day? That will depend on your lifestyle.
Why shampoo matters is when you experience having a professional assessment of your hair type, then a professional hairstylist will be able to determine if your hair’s texture is fine, medium or coarse.
Shampoo For Frizzy Hair & Why
You hair frizzes because it lacks moisture, and that is why it will expand. Your hair is attracted to the humidity in the area, and during the summer months you will find that it can or will become very unmanageable!
Imagine a dry sponge. What happens to it? It will expand.
A good haircare regimen for shampoo and conditioner is a must!
In particular, my studio carried JBeverly Hills Products, and their patented size molecule can actually deliver their healing ingredients into the inside of your hair.
Tips About Conditioners
An awesome “must-have” you should be using is a good leave-in conditioner. The reason why is it will act like a weather-proofing barrier. This type of conditioner is not to replace the one you would use in the shower. Layering your conditioner will not weigh your hair down.
From Taming to Eliminating Your Frizzy Hair!
AWWW….GET RELIEF FROM 2 to 6 months!!
Step away from your flat iron!!!!
If your frustration has you being a slave to your flat iron, then you will want to consider one of the following treatments!Kick your flat ironing habit…scorching your hair is only making your frizzy hair problem worse!
Ask yourself this?
- A. Do you like your texture but really simply DISLIKE THE FRIZZ?
- B. or…Does your wavy, curly and frizzy hair have you wanting to reach for the clippers to shave your head? (That might be extreme, but you just don’t enjoy doing your hair anymore.)
TIP # 2
Did you answer “A”:
If your answer is “A”, then you may really benefit from getting a Cezanne Smoothing Treatment. It can take care of your frizz up to 100%. It will still let you have your wave, but again..you can wave “goodbye” to your frizz.
Did you answer “B”
If your answer is “B”, and you do not bleach your hair, then you will definitely want to check out Japanese Hair Straightening!
It can last up to 6 months, and it will leave your hair straight!
All-Inclusive Makeovers, Corrections with Photography!
Smoothing out your frustration with your unwanted texture is not only a priority of ours but a must when you are wanting to get hair extensions!
Leave your frizz-trations with us, and welcome the most humid days.
And especially if you are going on a vacation to a tropical climate.
It’s a must that you look fantastic!
YOU DESERVE IT AND DO NOT HAVE TO GO IT ALONE…..say GOODBYE to your frizzy hair!!
Do you not live in the area? Don’t discount yourself out….fly in. 🙂
Thank you for reading, subscribing, following and booking!!
2301 Westfield Street
West Springfield, Ma 01089
Styling Without Limitations
Can you imagine what if would feel like if you could experience styling your hair, like a celebrity, without any limitations?
Today’s hair trends are fun, creative and almost anything goes.
Your Hair…Like Your Favorite Celebrity
Which one of your favorite celebrities have you noticed have changed their look throughout their career, or in the same year?
How is it that they can have short hair one day, and very long the very next day?
How To Have No Limitations to Achieving Celebrity Hair
You will find many that many celebrities are wearing hair extensions!
Why I get so very excited about hair extensions is that you really are NOT LIMITED to having hair that you will love! Go for it!
You can change your hair’s:
Hair extensions have so many uses, and that is how the stars are able to drastically switch up their
look, and so can you.
Hair extensions can add anything from volume, length, and or just a few splashes of color.
My experience as being a stylist, for the last 20+ years, and certified/specializing in extensions has truly become my passion because I am able to design the hair of your dreams.
You will fall in love with the quality that Great Lengths Hair extensions. These are the best extensions available today!
RESULTS! VERY NATURAL LOOKING
End results are very natural looking, and the extensions can last up to 5 months.
From time to time, there is and will be a movie star that influences the current hairstyles, cuts and colors.
You may remember when Jennifer Anniston’s hair was THE MOST popular trend?
Your Hair….Only BETTER!
What is your trend?
What is your style?
How great would it feel the have the hair of your dreams?
What is your unique style?
Finding a hairstylist that fits you and your personality will lead to a very creative relationship filled with limitless styling options.
Don’t Panic : Hair Color Is Not A Tattoo – Corrective Color To The Rescue!
Hair Color Is An Artform
As hair color is not a tattoo, it truly is an artform.
If you were deciding to get a tattoo, wouldn’t you do a bit of research, first?
Your hair is just as important, to get what you want done right, the first time.
Corrective Color costs more because it is more complicated & time consuming.
Color Wheel ….Laws Of Color
There are different levels of knowledge of understanding, when it comes to “coloring hair”. My professionally expertise, involved formerly teaching for Redken; as a colorist.
Is there really a difference between working with a corrective color specialist, trying an online formulation company or a salon that “offers” hair color?
Coloring hair versus color correcting hair, are two very different things. In my professional experience, my ability to “see color” is grounded by the color wheel versus simply pulling a pretty color off of the shelf, after picking a shade out of a “color” book, and hoping for the best.
Elementary School….but not so elementary!
Color is very much like paint…it is just in a different form. Do you remember being in elementary school?
How do you make orange? Do you remember?
If you came up with:
Red & Yellow = Orange………then give yourself a pat on the back!
That is only one of the building blocks to understanding how to make custom hair color formulations!
Don’t Panic! Breathe & Book An Expert!
How can you tell if a salon is right for you?
Stock Photos….Don’t tell the actual story
Does the salon have a portfolio of actual makeovers, of real people?
Photographs can speak 1,000 words, and can express the range of colors that the salon has been able to achieve.
Lastly……….take a deep breath, and remember……it’s not a tattoo, and can be fixed!
Ann Marie Walts
Image Makeover Consultant/ Photographer & Digital Marketer
Are you still wasting time on growing your hair (without anything to show for it)?
HAIR EXTENSIONS ARE FOR EVERYONE! As seen on Mass Appeal
Be sure to watch our short 5-minute segment about the various types.
- Invisible hoop extensions – start at $79
- Real Human hair clip ins – start at $60 per panel or $249 & up for real human hair, and they are very easy to use at home!
- Tape Hair Extensions – Great for when you are going on vacation
- Tape extensions – Lengthening starts at $1,000+
- Fusion – a Premium option that lasts the longest. Up to 5 months! Options are not all about length.
- Price at the consultation only
- Bead/ Link Extensions – Price at the consultation only
For all budgets –
Just Add Hair!
It’s best never to assume that you cannot afford them or to be worried that you may want to refer us because you think we might be out of someone’s price range. We have something for everyone.
Plus!! We offer a $100 Salon Gift Card for any referrals that lead to a client book a full set of extensions!
If you are brand new to hair extensions or the idea of them, then you’ll definitely want to watch our video.
Hair extensions come in both synthetic and real human hair.
What length of time do you want to wear them?
How permanent of an option will affect the cost.
Do you have a tight budget?
Clip-in hair extensions or the invisible hoop are great if you just want to add extra hair for the weekend or a one-time special occasion.
- Getting married and want your look to last during your honeymoon/vacation
- Looking for an option that starts at $1,200*
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.
Help is on the way….HAIR COLOR!
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.
Fixing & correcting hair color is a strong portion of my corrective work & hair solution portfolio.
Avoid & Correct Your “Hot Mess”…….
Seek out an experienced corrective hair colorist.
Communication is key.
My studio offers a very detailed consultation and an interactive experience, when designing your new look.
- Bring in pictures
- Use Pinterest to express what you like
- Communicate your dislikes
- Be open to suggestions
Corrective hair color may require a series of visits to achieve your “dream hair”, depending on how much of a change you need or are looking for.
Let’s fix the mess and leave you looking “hot”. Lol.
Thank you for your time,
Ann Marie Walts
New Hair Color!
Trying a new hair color can be exciting, fun or down right scary if something goes wrong.
It is safe to say, that there can be a level of nervousness when trying to decide to change your hair color, in general.
- The most useful tip that you can do is to find photographs of different hair color shades that you love. It is much easier to communicate with photos, then trying to convey what you want with words. Your idea of warm blonde, and a stylists’ idea of what they may think is warm blonde might differ.
- Find The Right Hair Salon! Whether you change is a want or specifically a need……be sure to find the right salon that is the best fit for you! In the event that you colored your hair at home and now need hair color correction, be sure that they offer consultations.
- Do Your Homework!! When you think you want to try out a hair salon that is new to you, be sure to check them out first. Check out their Instagram, Facebook and their reviews. Pictures speak 1,000 words of whether it is plausible for you to move forward with calling or contacting them. When you can see “actual photos of real people” and not stock photography, that can be very helpful.
- COMMUNICATE! Years ago, I was once told this, ” A client might not know what they want, but you and ask them what they do not like.” That was the best advice that I was given when I was a new hairstylist. So, do not put so much pressure on yourself to be able to go into a salon with what you exactly want because if you hair color consultation is thorough enough, then you can work together with the salon and/ or stylist.
- Avoid Trying To Find The “Cheapest” – It is understandable if you want to save a few dollars, however in the case of seeking out hair salon for creative or corrective hair color, you will want to choose experience first. I have heard scenarios of clients being quoted one price over the phone, and then it being something else when the client’s hair was finished. If it sounds too cheap, then it might be “too good to be true”.
The saying “You get what you pay for….” can be applied towards too cheap, and winding up with more disappointment.
- Consultations – Do you chose to go with a salon that charges for a consultation or a free consultation? It truly is a personal choice. Our business offers a very personalized and customized consultation that can take up to 1 hour. It is necessary, in some instances to do a strand test to evaluate how our hair color products will work. This helps to determine how long it may take to lighten your hair, etc.
Great Lengths Extensions
Places that do hair extensions
If you are looking to change your hair’s color, thickness or texture, then you’ll really enjoy what I have to offer. I am located in West Springfield, Ma, and that is located in Western Ma.
My passion for providing and specializing in Great Lengths Hair Extensions, began in 2006.
Luxury Experience – Choose Experience
Hair extensions are a luxury experience, and you want to be sure to do enough research to ensure that you will get what you pay for.
The price of hair extensions can vary depending on the type of application, thickness of hair and how many colors.
Poor Applications – Most Costly
During my 15 years of specializing in hair extensions, it is really sad when I have had to correct a poor experience.
Given that hair extensions can be expensive, not in my wildest dreams would I think that I would have to offer corrections.
The most expensive hair extensions are improperly applied.
What Extensions Should Not Do:
- Not hurt
- Have really rough edges
- Cause you to have to take advil
- Have attachments so big you can see them
The most important step to having beautiful hair, is to be sure to get a hair design consultation. It is important to have a consultation appointment in person. There are so many options to be able to change your hairstyle, that is cannot be handled over the phone.
Photos For Inspiration
One the best ways to communicate is with photographs. It’s ok, too, if you cannot find just one photo. You might find that you may like the hair color of one and the length of another.
Change Your Hair Color Tips!
If you have been wanting to change your hair color, for the fall, then you will want to set your dvr!
If you are looking for some tips and hair color ideas, then this episode is for you.
Ann Marie Walts was asked back on Mass Appeal’s lifestyle show, on 22 WWLP.
Monday ~ October 8th, 2018
11am to 12pm
Adding Pink Great Lengths Hair Extensions To Your Blonde Hair
When you need help making your blonde hair blonder, you simply cannot go wrong letting us help you with that.
There are many shades of blonde hair. Why it is easier, to let us do your hair is because we have professional hair color & the expertise.
Professional vs Box Hair Color
A huge difference between what we have at the salon, are the strength of the chemicals, and the quality.
Your local drugstores are not able to sell you professional strength hair color.
Why? The reason why is because you need to be licensed to use what is used at a salon.
There is so much chemistry that goes into getting your hair to come out the correct color.
If you want to go from blonde to red, and you want it to come out natural-looking then it is much easier to have a professional hair colorist take care of that for you.
Now on the topic of having to be “licensed” to use the hair color chemicals that we do….formulating hair color is a form of chemistry!!
We have to understand PH, Developers, and alkalinity.
There is so much more than just “mixing up the color” and putting it on.
When you experience having your hair color, truly, designed for you…..you will not want to try coloring your hair at home again. Not to mention how relaxing getting a scalp massage can be.
When it comes to “artistry”, if your hair color compliments your eye tone and skin color, then you will not really have to rely on having to wear makeup everyday.
The reason why is that a beautifully designed color will help you look refreshed.
Adding Great Lengths Hair Extensions for Color
Hair Extensions are sometimes misunderstood. Hair Extensions are not just for making your hair long.
Maybe you are looking for pink hair extensions?
If you have wanted to add a bright hair color, but are a bit concerned that you might not like it, then getting Great Lengths Hair Extensions is a great option.
A few fun strands of Great Lengths Hair Extensions can add a little bit of thickness. It is a great way to “try” hair extensions.
Great Lengths can last up to 5 months!
How Much? We can help you at a consultation.
Welcome to my website & blog!
I am an Artist to the core, and a Published Luxury Makeover Artist, Hairstylist, Hair Extension Expert and Professional Photographer.
I love all things that have to do with creativity!
I enjoy helping others look and feel their best, and have been in my industry for 29 years.
As a self-taught geek, I have many tech savvy skills that include Blogging, Self Hosting WordPress Websites, Digital Marketing, and designing packages for Personal Branding for small to mid-size businesses.
If you need too look good from head to toe to setting up your WordPress Website…..you will find that you will have many solutions available, to you, when working with me.
What type of hair do you have?
Do you know what hair type your have?
Different Hair Types
Have you ever wondered how you can determine, at home, what kind of hair you have?
When you learn a little bit of the science, then you are better educated to choose the right hair products, for your style.
There is not a “one size fits all” for products, because not everyone’s hair is the same.
Are you fine, medium or coarse?
Watch our Mass Appeal segment to find out!
Next up….How To Tips for Consultations.
Headshot Photography -Western Ma from Ann Marie Walts – Artist on Vimeo.
SEE CORINE’S STORY
Corine shares what made her feel comfortable at her photoshoot after her hair extension makeover!
“AMAZING!! That’s the only word I can think of to describe Ann Marie!!
I had hair extensions done and I left The Loft feeling great! This morning I left for work feeling confident and looking good!!
Ann Marie is so knowledgeable about what she does. She explained everything to me from the process to the products. (I’m talking down to the molecules!) My hair had a few different shades of blonde and even some brown.
Ann Marie customized each extension so that it would flawlessly blend with my color. You can’t tell the different between the extensions and my natural hair.
She makes you feel comfortable and is so easy to gab with!
By the time I got home I already had an email with aftercare instructions and when I woke up this morning I had an email with a how-to for each of the products I went home with. A cheat sheet that I can use until I’m familiar with them.
As a bonus Ann Marie is inspiring!! She has the best stories and you can tell that she absolutely loves what she does.
Her patience and attention to detail is astounding. Worth every penny!!
I did a lot of research before I decided to go ahead with extensions and everything I came up with pointed to The Loft.
Thank you, Ann Marie!!!
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.
For more tips be sure to watch our video.
Correcting Your Hair Color
How do you go about correcting your hair color? It certainly can be doubly frustrating when you dislike your hair color, and you wish your hair was healthier.
#1 Tip – Communication & Being Listened To
As a consumer, it can be sometimes nerve racking coming up with the best adjectives to explain what hair color shade you want.
One of the best ways to communicate is with the use of pictures. Find photographs that are your inspiration for your dream hair or your end goal. Hairstylists are highly visual people.
We do not expect your to come in and speak our technical language…such as:
“I feel that I am a natural level 7 with an underlying undertone of orange and I want your to make me a cooler tone, and make sure your use blue/violet.”
What you can do is use Google and Google a shade. For example, “sandy blonde hair”
Opt For Consulting
How great do you or would you feel that really have a stylist, truly, listen to you and your needs?
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!
Happy, Healthy & Manageable Hair!
Would you do it?
Blond To Red Hair
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 Your Nails
As Seen On Mass Appeal
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.
Monday, March 5th – 2018
11am to 12pm on WWLP Channel 22
Manicure and Nail trends are so much fun.
Wait until you tune in to see what we will be demoing!
Our manicures are published in a variety of High Fashion Magazines, and we have been fortunate enough to have manicured some celebrities, too.
Providing manicures for photo shoots is as a creative venture.
It takes a whole beauty team to put together a “look” for a shoot, and the nails have to coordinate with both the clothes and the makeup.
Credit:Ann Marie Walts Photography
Fashion Week & Miss Jay
Ann Marie Walts Photography was providing “behind the scenes” photography during an event at Fashion Week.
Ann Marie of Loft Salon Studio provided manicuring services for Ginger & Liz Polish company.
We were all excited when Nails Magazine published the manicure!
Sometimes I am asked if I have to go to continued education? My licensing does not require it, but our passion for our industry and love of hair….does.
If you want nothing but the best products for your hair, then you will simply fall in love with JBeverly Hills Products and hair coloring line.
Over the next few months, we will be going to a series of classes. The benefit of buying your professional haircare from me, is that I can provide you specific recommendations based on your hair type.
When it comes to styling products we recognize that you may have certain preferences, and can work with you to set you up on a hair care regimen that makes styling your hair easy.
JBeverly Hills Hair Color
JBeverly Hills Hair Color is made right in Beverly Hills, California! They use nothing but the finest ingredients that will leave your hair so very healthy.
You will find that the shampoos and styling products are very concentrated and last a long time, too.
Your hair is our canvas. If you are concerned about finding a hair colorist and hair color line that will help you attain your makeover goals, then you will want to book a consultation with us.
Makeovers & Photography
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!
Makeovers & Professional photography are my specialties.
So, whether you want to book a personal “selfie” shoot, professional headshot or need event photography, we can make you look great before you “smile for the camera”.
Frequent our site’s blog on a regular basis to stay up to date with what is happening at the salon.
Call us at 413-734-6204 or contact us through our site with any questions that you may have.
Thank you for reading!
The Loft Salon Studio
Balayage hair coloring technique is a free-hand technique that can create a soft blend of highlights.
Your own natural color or color that your hair is now will determine what “realistic” results that you can achieve in 1 visit.
Also, you will have to consider your:
- Commitment level for maintenance
- Finances to maintain
- Patience level to be in the salon
Best Balayage Tips:
The right hair color combination will be the one that best compliments you!
Seek out a consultation to ensure that you are comfortable with the stylist that will be coloring your hair.
Be sure to consider your wardrobe, and what color clothes do your wear the most.
In fact, if you are planning of making a very big change, it is a good idea to get some photographs together. Save them to your favorite Pinterest board.
You will find that it is much easy to communicate what you like and what you do not like to your balayage specialist.
Best Hair Coloring Products
We are so happy to be a J Beverly Hills Concept hair coloring salon. They use nothing but the finest ingredients.
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.
Set Your DVR for May 15, 2107 to learn about tape hair extensions.
Tape hair extensions are fun, fast and a great way to thicken or lengthen your hair! Tune in at 11am to 12pm on 22 WWLP News to learn more!
Actual client is shown.
Big City Makeovers….right here! Hair & Photography!
Taking your experience from ordinary to extraordinary!
Absolutely no need to go to NYC or Boston, to truly enjoy a TV like makeover.
Go from the Salon To Photography Studio & Leave Changed!
A full day of beauty is so much fun when you get to experience a full hair color makeovers & photography.
If you are new to The Loft Salon Studio, then the first thing I want to do is to say, “Welcome!”.
I have an extremely unique business model because I am equally passionate about providing “real people makeovers” and professional photography.
As you look around my site, , you will find many, many real makeover photographs.
It has taken me years of consultations, and experience to build a portfolio of makeovers that can express what you can or maybe able to really achieve working with me.
My passion for photography began in 2001. A little while later, is when I began to fuse “hair & photography” together for my everyday salon life.
Time For Yourself
My businesses offer private appointments.
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!
The Loft Experience….
- Beauty Shoots
- Image Consulting
- Business headshots
- Modeling Comp Cards
- Senior Portraits
- Glamour Sessions
Stay Awhile….Leave Looking Fantastic!
Ann Marie Walts
Your Blonde Hair Frustrating You?
Not all shades of blonde hair are created equal.
There are really so many shades of blonde hair.
There are cool blondes, and then there are the warmer tones.
So, what is the best way to achieve what you are looking for?
- Communicate what you want by using pictures
- Best Tip!!!!! If you do not quite know what you want….be sure to communicate what you do not like!
- Try avoid using very descriptive terms like “Ash”, etc. You may be trying to help, however, a very experienced hair colorist will be able to provide you what you are looking for by you using your favorite photographs, and them analyzing your hair.
- Be prepared that it may require more than one visit to ultimately achieve your dream hair color. This will be especially true, if maybe you had an accident with “at home” box hair color.
Hair Color Correction
As an expert hair colorist, I began getting really serious about consulting with clients, about 15 years ago.
Over the course of my creative career path, I spent 10 years educating hair color for Redken. There is an extreme difference between experiencing working with a certified hair colorist versus simply getting your hair colored.
All art form mediums that color comes in are ruled by “the laws of color”. Whether it is a tube of hair color or a tube of artist’s oil paint…..the “laws” will never change.
My background is very versatile and very, very eclectic. I do work with artist paint, and feel that my hair color is just that……..artistic paint.
Your hair is the canvas!
It’s Great Lengths Hair
Great Lengths is the only extension company in the world that guarantees with documented support that all Great Lengths hair has met the following criteria:
- Every strand has been donated willingly and with the full consent of the donor.
- The donor has been treated with respect and care.
- A fair and reasonable price is agreed for the hair and the money paid to the Temples to procure the hair is used solely for charitable endeavors, not for personal or individual profit.
- A company representative procures the hair to cut out unreliable middlemen and ensure full and direct knowledge of the origin of the hair.
- Exclusive in-house production process: Used from procurement of the hair to the wholesale selling of the extension to ensure full and documented traceability. Great Lengths International does not work through hair brokers. Great Lengths operates and employs our own sourcing staff and facilities in India so that we are always 100% sure of our hairs source.
Stamped & Branded
You can rest assured that when working with me & my business that you will get real Great Lengths hair. You would think that this would not have to be brought to your attention, however, with all of the consulting that I do; I hear or learn of a lot of different “stories”.
Great Lengths actually has gone the extra step, as they do with so much, and have hot stamped their name into their product. I was estatic when they started doing this, hear in The States.
How else can you be reassured?
Great Lengths has a salon directory, and not everyone gets to be on it. We have to meet their criteria.
PLATINUM SALON status is a special recognition for the frequency that The Loft Salon Studio provides Great Lengths hair extension. Also, too, if you are ever in doubt and need further questions about the business you find; then you can always call Great Lengths.
Here’s a video on “How To Book”
Thank you for reading. ~ Ann Marie Walts
Ombre’ … Fading Away?
Ombre’ hair color was thought to just be a passing fad, but it has not fading at all. This trend originated in or about 2000.
The only thing about this trend that seems to “fade” are the beautiful color choices that can blend into each other.
Designing Nikki’s Ombre
Visualizing Is Key
Inspiration from pictures!
Nikki want to achieve an Ombre hair color, however was seeking to do this with getting hair extensions.
Great Lengths has what is called “Flow Strands”. Flow Strands are customized Ombre shades of hair color and are simply beautiful.
Thinking things through….
Like the diagram above, I had to visualize “how” we were going to have to:
- Color her own hair with the “Ombre Hair Color” technique
- Choose the shades of hair extensions hair
- Finally the placement of the hair extensions
Her picture was the starting point and what “feeling” and look that she was going after. She expressed that she missed being blonde.
Tips For Ombre’
Decide which way you want to achieve this:
Remember that the health of your hair is the most important, and if you are wanting a really extreme contrast that you will want to consider getting your Ombre with hair extensions.
Lastly, and most importantly be sure to book a consultation. Communication is key.
Working with a professional hair colorist will get you the results that cannot be achieved at home.
Book your consultation today!
P.S. If you need some cute leggings or clothes then contact Nikki!