It’s Monday which means today’s post is all about hair. All photos in this post our work from myself and my team members at DKW Styling Salon located in Laguna Beach, California.

Let’s create a little clarity within the marketplace with “hand tied” hair extensions.

Almost a decade ago I started my brand and named the installation process I created as Natural Beaded Rows.

Now, tracks and rows – whether it’s done with beads or braids – have been around for decades. Everything has a foundation from which it was built. The first system of beaded rows, which is different than Natural Beaded Rows, I learned was taught with machine tied Hair.

At the time, hand tied hair was available but not very popular. Even popular hair companies had told me it was their lowest selling product out of all of their hairlines. I first discovered hand tied hair with a system of braid in rows over 16 years ago. I loved the hair, but not the process.

Over the years in my career in hair, I have learned over a dozen different hair extension installation processes, and rows at the time I started my brand were looked at as lower quality or cheap and easy.

I knew I loved them in my hair as well as my clients and believed they gave the best outcome with the least amount of damage, least amount of time in the salon, and easier to manage at home while appearing more natural looking in person and not just the before and after photo.

I  knew it needed a little rebranding and better packaging, and although they may appear easy there’s a lot more technical skill involved to create the best outcome with less damage for each texture of hair.

There are many different processes of beaded row/tracks of extensions. This is the installation process, and the track is what holds the hair.

There’s also many different types and qualities of hand tied hair. Hand tied is referring to the seam at the top of the weft.

Here’s where it gets a little confusing for consumers. If you were to talk about, say for example tape-in extensions, there is only one installation. However, there are many different brands and quality of the hair used for tape-in extensions – both the hair in the installation process is one with tape-ins.

But you cannot refer to all beaded rows/tracks as hand tied because there are so many different installation processes.

So when you see #handtiedextentions, each method is NOT the same.

If you are someone researching extensions make sure you find out exactly what you’re stepping into.

The only thing that makes hair extensions safe and less damaging is experience in hair extensions and the education they received.

You will not become a pro overnight at any process you choose to learn.

Just like hair color and hair cutting.

Or say If you were looking for balayage – you wouldn’t just go to anyone who offers this technique or service.

You would go to somebody with experience in this technique.

Always make sure that you find a preferred stylist who has experience and practice so that you feel comfortable as the client.

Hand tied is the hair – NOT the installation process.

Over the years I have tried many different qualities textures brands of hand tied hair.

I’m excited to announce that NBR will have a hand tied hairline coming out May 1. This will only be available at DKW Styling Salon, and those in our mastermind for 2019.

In 2020, NBR Will be launching classes nationwide and offering this line to certified NBR stylist only.

To find out more about NBR Education, Click Here.

To book your appointment at DKW Styling Salon, Click Here.

Danielle K. White