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Say hello to our newest addition to the salon! We're going crazy for these extensions! HALOCOUTURE® has revolutionized the world of hair extensions, giving seven different choices in removable and semi-permanent extensions. Each piece is made with the finest quality hair on the market, known as Remy hair, which retains its cuticle layer and stays safe through color and heat use. The extensions are coated in a keratin seal that gives your hair that all-over healthy shine. Even better, now we can add bangs, tape-ins with vivid colors, or mix different extension types to build our ideal style! Turn your dream hair into reality with these miracle workers!




Original HALO®


The Original HALO® transforms your hair in seconds! It's great for those with medium to fine hair that are looking for something that looks as full and voluminous as hand tied extensions with an even quicker application process. Not only are they non-damaging, but virtually undetectable as well! It's a great way to go to get that naturally full look. The best part of all is that you can give yourself instant thickness and volume without the full-time commitment to a more permanent style of extensions.



Applying the Original HALO couldn't be more simple. If you are not having them fitted by a professional, HALOCOUTURE® offers short instructional videos on how to quickly and correctly fit your miracle wire to the size you need. If it feels too loose or too tight, you need to adjust it. Apply the clear miracle wire 1"-3" behind your hairline. Gently pull the top layer of hair out with the comb to cover both the HALO and miracle wire. It should feel snug so the weight from your hair will keep it in place. Remove the HALO before bed.



You should be able to shake your head and still feel it perfectly in place. Each HALO also comes with a replacement miracle wire, just in case! It's recommended for those looking for low maintenance extensions. They come in 30 shades. There are 23 original colors and 7 balayage colors, so don't worry about matching that hair perfectly. They're available in four lengths: 12", 16", 20", and 24" to give you a wide range of choices. The Original HALO is ideal for those looking for a natural look, adding volume, adding around four inches of length, or those looking to enhance or add color. The average (16") extensions weigh 100 grams, the weight of a full head of hair. It can last you 1-2 years if taken care of properly.



Layered HALO®


The Layered HALO® adds maximum length and volume. It quickly became the most popular extension in the collection. It's best for those trying to blend out shorter cuts or those with medium to thick hair. The Layered HALO incorporates more layers into the extensions and contains 30-50% more hair than the original, giving your hair even more volume!

Each piece has 2-3 built-in, gradual layers for the most natural looking style.



You can get the Layered HALO in 14", 18", or 22" in length. They're available in 23 original colors and 7 balayage colors to create a totally natural look to blend with your natural hair. If you have low density hair, be sure to stick with the original. It could end up looking unnatural if the hair on top isn't as thick as it is on bottom.


It's so easy to apply! Just make sure the hair is dry and tangle free. Place the miracle wire 1"-3" behind the hairline. Hold your index fingers on either side of the weft and use thumbs to slide the back of the weft down to the occipital bone. It should feel snug and secure. Remove the HALO before bed. The beautiful, flowing layers allow shorter styles to be revamped seamlessly into gorgeous, long hair! It will last for 1-2 years if you've taken care of it properly.



The Fall® Extension


The Fall® transforms your hair in a matter of seconds! It is secured by four comfortable, silicone-coated clips that attach to your natural hair while remaining damage free. The Original Fall is hand tied into a breathable weft, which allows it to be redirected to blend with your natural hair. The Fall creates a natural, voluminous look. The ideal Fall client has either thinning hair or hair loss, a need to conceal hair damage or hair cut flaws, concealing new growth between color services, or those adding volume at the crown. It can also be used in combination with an Original HALO® to lengthen hair that is too short to blend with a single HALO. The Fall will conceal the short layers. It is available in a Hybrid Fall as well, which is only slightly different.


What's the difference in The Fall® and the Hybrid Fall®, you ask? With The Fall, it's available in one length, 16"/18" and has a lace base. It's around 15 grams heavier than the Hybrid Fall. The Hybrid Fall is one length, 14"/16", with a fabric base, which allows the hair to lay flat and can still be directed to blend with your natural hair. Both are available in the 23 original colors and 7 balayage colors.


To apply this transformational extension, place it at the crown of the head with all four silicone coated clips open. Simply line up the parting of the extension with the parting in the natural hair. Place the extension 1/4"-3" away from the hairline. Secure all four silicone clips onto the natural hair using a slight scooping method. Then you're free to style it however you desire! Don't forget to remove it before bed to avoid tangling.



The Ponytail


The Ponytail is designed to create those long, voluminous ponytails that everyone envies. It easily attaches with a small, built-in comb, and has a small section of hair on the extension that wraps around to seamlessly conceal the hair tie.


It's available in one size, 16" and comes in all 23 original colors for maximum color matching. It was made to be lightweight and extremely versatile. This ponytail is capable of amazing things! Any up-do from simple to elaborate is exactly what The Ponytail was designed for, and that style is just a few minutes away!



HALO Bang


The Bang is the newest addition to HALOCOUTURE® and can transform your hair style instantly! The Bang comes in one length of 10"/12" long, so it can be customized to achieve the perfect bang length and style for you! They add volume, enhance or change hair color, conceal hair cut flaws, or can be paired with a HALO to maximize length and volume of the look.


They are made of 100% Remy hair and coated in a protective keratin seal. With a snip or two of the scissors, you can completely change your look without the full-time commitment to bangs!




Tape-Ins and Prism Tape-Ins


A great way to get full locks with a more permanent solution is the wonderful world of tape-in extensions. They're a comfy fit and attached to natural hair with a non-slip medical grade adhesive. They can go 6-8 weeks before needing to be moved up as a result of new hair growth.


These can be applied in around 10 minutes. The original tape-ins are available in 23 original colors, 7 balayage colors, and 9 rooted colors, with three lengths to choose between.


Original tape-ins are 100% Remy hair and come in packs of 20 extensions. These pair together to create 10 sandwiches. For medium hair to reach maximum fullness and volume, 40 extensions are recommended. They come in 12", 16", and 20" for variety. If taken care of well, the extensions can last for three applications. Those with extra fine hair may have trouble concealing the clear tape at the top of the extensions. It's recommended to have them removed by a professional, but products can be purchased that are specifically made to remove tape-ins from hair at home.


Prism tape-ins are inspired by the vibrant colors of gemstones. No need to spend time in the salon to get that perfect, brilliant hue! You can add a unique edge to your style in a matter of minutes. They come in 10 vibrant, vivid colors such as Aquamarine, Amethyst, Pink Sapphire, or Emerald to name a few. The colors are also available in a rooted look. The Prisms are a blend of Remy and synthetic hair to give vibrance, yet keep a good curl. These should be styled with low heat to keep their integrity and last longer. Prisms are sold in packs of 10 extensions. Since Prism tape-ins were designed to add pops of color in your hair, they don't include as many sandwiches as the original tape-ins.




Hand Tied Extensions


These beautiful, voluminous locks are hand tied into small pieces of hair and secured by a non-slip silicone lined bead, resulting in a breathable base. The extensions are sewn into the base of the hair to become effectively undetectable! These are ideal for those with hair that has fine to medium density.


These are 100% Remy hair, with a quick and non-damaging application time. No messy glue or heat are needed to apply the extensions. HALOCOUTURE® hand tied wefts are made to look natural and full. The hand tied extensions come in 23 original colors, as well as 6 balayage blends and 9 rooted blends for optimum matching.


Unlike other types of extensions offered, these are safe for sleep, swim, and exercise. They're created to work around your lifestyle. It is recommended that you pull up your hair when swimming to keep the color vibrant. You can get these in 16" and 20" wefts. They are heat-safe up to 360 degrees. Anything higher could damage the hair. Just sit back, have them installed, and say hello to the new you!



With all of the options available, there's something for everyone considering extensions. We promise you'll be hooked! You can mix and match to create your perfect style! Whether it be The Fall with a HALO or a Layered HALO with The Bang, your perfect look is at your fingertips. See what amazing looks you can create with HALOCOUTURE®!





Finding the perfect hair washing schedule could seem impossible, but it's a project that's well worth it once you find that groove! We've all heard different things about how often you should wash your hair, but there's no simple answer. Honestly, who wouldn't want to spend a little time finding the best routine to get healthy hair that may even cut down on your shampoo days? There are just a couple of things about your hair that you need to determine first, just to give you a better idea of what's right for you. You'll need to find your hair type, texture, damage, and situational factors like pollution or workouts.



Strength Test


Make sure to grab just one hair to take the strength test to determine thickness. If you can't feel the strand in between your fingers, you have fine hair. If it feels thick or coarse, you have thick hair.

This should give you a really good starting point on your journey to the perfect hair washing schedule!




Stretch Test


Stretch out one strand of hair. If it breaks when you stretch it, it has low elasticity. If the hair extends to more than its normal length, it has higher elasticity, which also means healthier hair. You can go longer between washes with higher elasticity since it can take more than unhealthy hair. Keep in mind that brushing while wet can also cause a bit of damage and lower elasticity. If you have low elasticity, look into a strengthening treatment like Kerastase Resistance Masque. This masque does wonders for brittle or dry hair. It's a total miracle worker!





Fine Hair


Fine Hair

You can expect to wash your fine hair every 1-2 days. Many fine-haired people have more oil glands on the scalp, which makes it become greasy a little more quickly. If it doesn't produce a lot of oil, you can get away with every other day. You could also consider applying a dry shampoo for a pop of volume if you don't need a wash quite yet, but find your hair falling a little flat.


Use high quality shampoos geared towards your hair goals to avoid damage from washing it often. A good choice would be something sulfate free so it won't strip the good oils that make your hair a little healthier. When you find the right shampoo, you may even be able to extend the time between hair washing days. Another good idea may be to alternate between using hot tools and air drying your hair. Use them every other time you wash your hair to avoid heat damage.


Thick, Curly, or Coarse Hair


As little as twice a week could be the key for you. According to dermatologists, twice a week is recommended to avoid product buildup on your scalp. Buildup without cleaning can result in a flaky scalp, which isn't so glamorous.


You can get away with washing less since it doesn't show as quickly, and the hair can become dry if washed too often. It can also depend on the amount of hair product you use. Consider adding a third time each week if you use a lot of product on your hair. Just like your face, oil and product buildup occur on your scalp, and you want to keep that clean and healthy for happy hair!



Washing Tips


Hair Washing
  • Make sure the hair is completely wet when applying shampoo

  • Use a little shampoo to lather into the roots, rinse, then do an all-over shampoo

  • One of the largest risks to your hair is damage while wet, as the hair is weakest when it isn't dry. Be kind to your hair and try to avoid brushing while wet

  • If you over-wash your hair, be aware it could result in dry scalp, straw-like hair, and irritation, according to professionals

  • Massage shampoo with pads of fingers into scalp for around 30 seconds at least - NO NAILS!

  • Use fingers to comb through and don't rub ends in circular motion unless you want those locks to tangle

  • If you notice itching, flaking, product buildup, greasy strands (not just the roots), or unpleasant smells, it's time for a good shampoo

  • If you feel like you want to go longer without washing but you see a bit of greasy roots, give some dry shampoo a shot! It can really make a difference and save the day! We love Invisible Dry Shampoo by Redken. It's a lifesaver!

  • If you color your hair, the more often you wash it, the more quickly it fades

  • Consider applying dry shampoo before blow drying for an added layer of protection. It'll protect against those irritating spots that get a little oily while you sleep

  • If you feel like you need a wash, consider a shampoo substitute like a co-wash or cleansing conditioner that could give you the same result



This guide can help you develop that schedule that your hair will love! You may have to change it up with physical activity or environmental factors, but you can at least have a good idea of what your hair needs to look and feel its best. No schedule is the same for two people, given all the factors that affect our hair like working out, pollution, sweating, using heat on our hair, thickness, elasticity, and so many more. Trial and error is the only way to get your schedule down. Once you finally find that sweet spot, you'll be glad you did!



Updated: Apr 7



If you're like most of us, those curls just can't last long enough! With these quick and easy tips, you can keep those luscious curls just as on point as they were to begin with! Always remember that finding the right way for your hair may take some time, so be sure to play around with different ways to achieve that perfect look. Since everyone's hair is different, you may need to try a couple of things before you find what works best for your hair.


Use Good Products

The key to a good curl is using styling products. Using Curl Manifesto Gelee is amazing for a curly look, and it's great for reviving the look you already have without making it feel crunchy. You also need a good texture spray. Don't forget this step! It's crucial to giving those curls the perfect look and taming the frizz. We love L'Oreal Next Day Hair! It's a total game changer. It can liven up the look you just created or it can bring it back to life later in the day for evening plans in one simple step! You should also go for a product that gives your hair a healthier look and feel. Damaged hair will not stay curled the way healthy hair will.


Hairspray Hairspray Hairspray!

Make sure to put a lightweight hairspray after each curl with the hot tool, and a finishing touch on all of your hair at the very end! A light, non-crunchy spray can be your best friend!


Find the Right Hot Tool

Everyone's hair is a little different. When getting ready to start, never forget a heat protectant and keep that hairspray close by! You should spray each section before and after each curl. If you've got fine hair, a flat iron will probably be your best bet. Choose one that has rounded edges to get the perfect look. Try to look into flat irons that are ionic, have ceramic plates, or include extra help for smoothing hair such as tourmaline. Although buying a quality curling iron, wand, or flat iron can be pricey, the benefits far outweigh the cost! It may be a little less desirable, but your hair will be able to tell the difference, and so will you when you see how much better your hair looks and feels!


For thicker hair, try a wand. Most women with thicker hair find a wand to be the perfect tool to get those locks to stay voluminous and give long-lasting curls. The thicker the wand, the looser the curl. Keep that in mind when deciding just how long you'd like your hair to stay curly.




Get The Right Barrel Size

It's important to get the right barrel size for your hair if you're using a curling iron or wand.

For hair with hard to hold curl, try a 3/4 to 1" barrel. The curls will start a little tighter and give it a boost.

If your curl holds a little better, try a 1-1.25" barrel.

If it always ends up falling flat, you'll need a little more quality hot tool.


Curl Hair a Little Tighter Than You Want

Although tighter curls may be a little tighter than you'd like at first, it leaves tons of time to fall correctly and give you an even longer lasting curl that often goes into the next day! If you want them to look fuller, brush the curls for that looser look.


Skip Deep Conditioner

Although we want that sleek, shiny look we get from a deep conditioner, it makes it a little heavy and weighs hair down. It makes it harder to style, so go for a lightweight conditioner instead. Keep in mind, the second day is better to get those curls. You need just a little bit of natural oil to make it easier to mold.


Use The Right Temperature

It's a good rule of thumb to keep the hot tool at 300 degrees to keep your hair from getting a little dry or fried. Resist the urge to bump that temperature up. Higher heat doesn't always mean better curl. Keep in mind that someone with fine hair can get away with an even lower temperature.


Cool Curls Before Loosening Curls


Think about it just like a cake. You leave it out for a bit to settle, and your hair is no different.

As the hair cools, it firms, giving it a better chance of staying beautiful and curly. After finishing your whole head, let it sit for a few minutes before brushing or running your fingers through your hair. An even better way to let curls cool is to pin each curl up with a duckbill clip while allowing to cool. It's a great little hair hack that's super inexpensive!


Use Hot Rollers or Velcro Rollers

For some, using rollers is a better solution to get their ideal curl.

Use Velcro if you just want it to be curvaceous, but if you're looking for big, bouncy curls, use hot rollers.

If you have fine hair, hot rollers are definitely the way to go when deciding between rollers.



Don't Touch That Hair!

Don't mess with those curls too much with a brush, comb, or running your fingers through it. This is something you should do initially after your hair has cooled from the hot tools. The more you mess with it, the quicker it will fall. It may seem like an easy task, but we all have a habit of touching our hair throughout the day before we even notice what we're doing. Each time you touch those curls, you're adding a little more oil, dirt, etc. These things are definitely your nemesis once your hairstyle is complete.


Put in a Bun at Night


If you've already done those curls and want to preserve them for the next day, throw your hair up into a top bun and secure with a silk scrunchie. Using regular hair ties can cause breakage. When using this technique, it keeps the body in the curls underneath and prevents them from going flat. Don't forget to use lots of light hairspray!



Use Dry Shampoo At Night

If you're trying to carry the curl over to the next day, spray some dry shampoo in before putting it up into a bun with a scrunchie when you lay down for bed.


At-Home Dry Hair Blow Dry

Bend over so hair hangs down in front. Using a diffuser, dry it out a little more. If you use your fingers and tousle the hair, you should flip back over and have tons of volume! It's a great boost!


With all these hair hacks, you're sure to find the perfect mixture to give you those perfect curls! No more stressing over how to make it into that meeting or get to those evening plans with that beautiful look. Now you'll already know how to keep it looking great, lasting long, with even a couple of refresher tips for hair that looks just as great as when you started!