So LongJuly 1, 2008 By: Rachel Aguiar American Salon
With so many advances in hair extensions, there's no need for lengthy debate about whether or not to offer the service.
Advice From a Seasoned Pro
Sheila Stotts, Hollywood's go-to girl for extensions, sounds off.
1. Precise Application Applying extensions can often be a tedious task, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't be precise. "Many hair extensionists just grab a chunk of hair here or there," Stotts says. "Instead, you need to figure out the dimensions and curves of the person's head to properly apply extensions."
2. Organization "Cross contamination is a huge problem," Stotts says. That's why Stotts color-coordinates all of her products—application products are black and removal products are red. "I also invented the clippette, which can literally hold one strand of hair or a whole quarter of a subsection," Stotts says. "They all have fine points on the end so you don't need a rattail comb, which eliminates hand-to-mouth syndrome."
3. Matting "Matting is when there's an inch or two of hair where the cuticle goes in the opposite direction," says Stotts, who suggests loosening the mat by poking it and flicking cuticles toward the head. "Fifteen years ago, I used a diaper pin that was attached to a pencil. Now we've turned the tail of the rattail comb into that tool."
4. Painless Removal According to Stotts, 75 percent of damage to hair from extensions comes from removal, which is why she designed a tool that has removal solvent in the handle. "The solvent goes right where I need it to, which is a lot more comfortable for the client," Stotts says. "Removing extensions only takes 20 or 30 minutes instead of four hours, and they don't have to beg for Tylenol." sheilastotts.com