A Little Hair Help

Blís Salon

Hair extension questions answered. Trends explored before you commit to them. Products tested and reviewed.


Aveda Tea

Aveda has an incredible 100% organic tea. It can be served  iced or hot and should be offered to every guest* upon entering the salon. The only problem with this tea is that it is a very fine loose leaf tea. At Blís we have tried all sorts of different strainers and contraptions to eliminate the bits of tea that would inevitably end of in the client's cup, eww. The Teavana Perfectea Maker solves this problem while brewing a delicious cup. 

Begin by placing 1.5-2 teaspoons of loose Aveda tea, add 12oz of warm water. There is no need to stir. Allow the tea to sink, or float for 5 minutes. Think of this as a "tea hot tub" Place the Perfectea Maker on top of the cup which triggers the perfectly brewed tea to be strained through an extremely fine strainer directly into the cup. Offer your guest the clean, perfect cup of Aveda tea. 

Tea hot tub

The Perfect tea maker is available in a variety of colors, sizes and materials. Give it a try and see what your client's think. 

*Aveda does not recommend you serving the tea to anyone who is pregnant or suffering from hypertension. 

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Home hair color

Do you want to know what your hair will look like when you don't make time to go to your stylist and you have a friend apply box color to your hair? Wonder no more. 

Not only will there be a band or a stripe of color where the box color was applied, there are also splotchy areas in the middle of the hair where the "friend" missed applying the color. These were just two pieces of the client's hair, but there were stripes and splotches throughout the hair. 

To fix this home hair color fiasco first we decided on an end result. The client wanted deep natural colored roots with ends as blonde as we could get them. The first step was to eliminate some of the splitchiness and pull any residual color out of the client's ends with Aveda enlightener and 20 volume. I applied the Enlightener using the balayage method and let it process for about 25 minutes. At the shampoo bowl I applied Aveda Demi-permenant color 7N from 1/4" away from the root to midshaft. At the root I applied Aveda men demi-permenant color 6N on the roots only to achieve a shadow root. 


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Blís Bio

Hello I’m Jennifer Bridges. I have 12 years of experience in the salon environment. I consistently expand my knowledge in the service industry by working with a broad variety of clients and independently researching trends, customs and product lines.

I am an expert in the hair extension industry and the hair color industry.  I have 4 years of experience exclusively with the Aveda color line. 

At Blís I provide a streamlined approach to serenity. I know what makes you feel good because I listen. Blís is my safe haven, come make it yours.

I am currently booking appointments in hair cut, hair color and hair extensions. Please visit my website www.aliitlehairhelp.com for further information on the cost and maintenance of hair extensions. 

I look forward to hearing from you.

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Sombré is a variation of Ombré. Ombré is the gradual blending of one color hue into another. Sombré is just a softer version of that gradation. In order to achieve a true Ombré there needs to be a difference of at least 4-5 levels on the color scale. On the hair color scale 10 is the blondest hair, 1 is the darkest hair. For a true Ombré, if the client's ends are a level 10 her roots need to be a 6 or darker. The Sombré color doesn't need to have that drastic of an effect. You can achieve a similar result with only a variation of 2-3 levels difference between the roots and the ends. This allows the client to try out a trend without having to commit to a drastic color process. Most of the focus will be on the ends while maintaining the depth and shine at the roots. 

I use the balayage method of application for both the Ombré and the Sombré method. Pictured below you will see that i am using a paddle to help provide a backing as I paint the highlights onto the hair. The process of painting the color on in large sections allows for the ends of the hair to receive a lot of color, which is crucial is achieving a successful Sombré. 

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Advanced extension education

Cosmetology is unique in its lack of education requirements. After completing the required hours at school and passing the licensing test a cosmetologist requires 0 hours of continuing education throughout their career. None, nada, zip. This explains why the standard of professionalism is so low. We are never encouraged to become experts in the industry. 

Luckily there are an abundance of educational opportunities available in every state. They are typically associated with a brand or a product line which means that they are not necessarily giving you an unbiased education. They are training you to be a professional in their particular brand. Hey we will take what we can get. 

Extension education is different. Although a student of cosmetology is qualified to install and remove extensions upon completion of the required school hours and passing of the state test, extensions are hardly touched upon in school. There are a handful of extensions companies who will all try to convince you that they offer the best hair and installation method. Most of these companies will charge you, a lot, to be certified in their methods therefore allowing you to purchase their hair. The fact that these companies still continue to teach the same 4-6 methods of installation and never progress past the initial installation boggles my mind.

This is why I am developing the curriculum to teach advanced extension education. There is so much to know beyond the basics of "this is how you install the hair".    

Extensions are so much fun and so lucrative. There are so many things that need to be covered, from becoming a hair broker, to recruiting new clients, to moving beyond the initial hair company that you are certified in. 

Stay tuned for more on this educational opportunity. 

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How much do hair extensions cost?

This is the first step into hair extensions is establishing a budget to have them installed and maintained. The information I am providing is strictly for my business and it varies month to month depending on the hair supplier, texture, length and color this will give you a basic idea from which you can decide if this process will be affordable for you.

These are the options that you need to sort through before arriving at a price: 

1. Length: How long do you want the hair extensions to be? The longer it is, the more it costs.

2. Texture: What texture is your natural hair? Straight, wavy, curly, in-between? The texture of the extensions can enhance the natural texture of your hair but it needs to closely match it. 

3. Density: How much natural hair do you have? Is it fine, medium or thick? We have to at the very least double the amount of hair that you currently have; especially if you are wanting to add length and not just thicken your natural hair. 

4. Color: Do you want the color of your extensions to match your current hair color? Or will we be changing your natural color and enhancing that look with extensions. It is best not to color the hair extensions. They are available in so many colors that it is relitively easy to match them perfectly with the color on your head. Hair extensions are colored to last longer and resist fading. If the color is ordered correctly it will create a seamless transition between the natural hair and extension hair.  

5. Method of installation: Fusion, keratin glue attached to your natural hair. Tape-In, small flat wefts adhered using a double stick tape. Beaded, extension hair is attached to your natural hair using a small plastic coated bead looped onto the hair. Clip-In, wefted hair is temporarily attached to your hair using clips.

6. Maintenance: Each method varies in the amount of time between appointments and the amount of time spent during a re-glue. No matter what the method I charge $100 per hour for maintenance.

Cost: For the following assessment I will be using 14" straight brunette hair as an example. Keep in mind that anything longer, blonder or textured will raise the cost and possibly limit your method of installation.

All of these prices include the hair, the installation, a care and tips sheet and a extension brush.

Tape-in Hair Extensions

Initial installation: 14" ,#4 ,Silky straight, $500-750

Maintenance: Re-using previously purchased hair, 1 1/2-3 hours @ $100 per hour, maintenance needs to be done every 4-9 weeks in order to avoid damaging the natural hair.

Pre-tipped Hair Extensions

Pre-tipped Hair Extensions

Fusion Hair Extensions:

Initial Installation: 14", #4, Silky straight, $380-1300

Maintenance: Re-using previously purchased hair, 2 1/2-3 1/2 hours @ $100 per hour, maintenance needs to be done every 6-10 weeks in order to avoid damaging the natural hair.

Beaded Hair Extensions:

Initial Installation: 14", #4, Silky straight, $350-650

Maintenance: Re-using previously purchased hair,1 1/2-2 hours @ $100 per hour, maintenance needs to be done every 6-10 weeks in order to avoid damaging the natural hair.

Clip-In or Halo Hair extensions:

Initial Installation: 14", #4, Silky straight, $250-350 I will walk you through the proper installation technique to apply these everyday to your own hair. If necessary I can label or photograph proper installation techniques.

No Maintenance!!

Please contact me at 208-841-1090 to arrange a private, complementary consultation. I would be happy to answer any questions you may have. 



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Hair extension care and maintenance

With new hair comes a new routine. Hair extensions are an investment that must be taken care of in order to achieve the best look and to have that look last for as long as possible.

All of the extensions that I install are 100% human hair, no synthetic fibers. The hair is also called Remy hair which means that the cuticle is all aligned starting at the top of the hair shaft and continuing to the bottom. Cuticle alignment is crucial for a product to stay tangle free.

Products: The hair can be “treated just like your own hair” but there is a whole lot more to take care of. You can use very similar products to the ones normally used in hair but you will be looking at these products for different reasons. For example hair extensions tend to become dry over time because they don’t absorb the natural oils produced by your scalp. So moisture must be added to the extensions. The moisture can be added with moisturizing shampoo, conditioner, deep conditioning treatments, and styling products. The hair extensions don’t react well to silicone products, so they should be avoided. Most extension companies have their own lines of cleaning and styling products but I don’t think they are necessary. Through trial and error you will learn what works best in your hair.

You will need an extension brush for daily maintenance. Extension brushes are typically paddle brushes with a round shape. The bristles on extension brushes can be looped which pulls the least amount on the hair, plastic bristles are also very soft and have a lot of give, boar bristled brushes provide more tension while distributing the oils through the extension hair. You can use any or all of these brushes.

Tangling: Before you get the hair wet, brush through the hair with an extension brush starting at the bottom and gently working your way up the hair. To keep the extensions tangle free you will want to sleep with your hair in one or two braids. The hair should be dry before you sleep on it.

When you are in the shower keep your hair smoothed down in its’ natural position. Don’t rough the hair up by lathering it or bunching it on top of your head. Your extensions will rarely need to be washed, mostly just conditioned. Your scalp is what needs to be washed.

After you exit the shower blot the water out of your hair with a towel or an old t-shirt. Use the towel or cloth to gently squeeze the water out of your hair. If there is any tangling while the hair is wet be patient and wait until your hair is 90-100% dry to untangle.

While blow-drying the hair keep the airflow aimed down in the proper direction of the hair. Don’t raise and rough up the hair cuticle by blow-drying in the opposite direction of growth. The extensions will add a minimum of 20 minutes to your normal getting ready routine.

Styling: Most extension clients wash their hair 2-3 times per week, no more. The inconvenience of drying time combined with the loss of moisture through constant shampooing and blow drying make a good excuse for getting your hair wet as little as possible.

A dry shampoo will be one of your most used products. The dry shampoo will eliminate any oil at your scalp while freshening up your extensions. Soon to come in Aveda is a dry conditioner, which will be so wonderful for adding moisture without the weight or wet styling. 

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Extension extravaganza

It's been all extensions these days! I have been ordering all sorts of extensions. There are so many  different colors and installation methods. If you are thinking about scheduling a consultation for extensions do it soon! My full time schedule is filling up quickly. 

I also registered for a extension class in Arizona. The class is in December which will be the perfect excuse to get out of Boise in the winter. I hope it's an incredible 2 day class. 

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Full time lease

I am so excited to announce that I am moving into a full time lease. The stars have aligned. Julia and Sophia are both in full time school now. My salon owner has purchased a new building; which she is moving into and suddenly there are simultaneously free space and time in my life. 

Starting in October I will be available at the salon on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. I will also continue to work 1-2 Saturdays a month. Wednesday is the only day that I will take appointments after 2:00. 

As always I will continue to provide the best service in a comfortable, blissful environment. Let's start booking for the holiday season! 

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It's the most wonderful time of the year

Some say that about Christmas, but not me. I would prefer a fall day over having to purchase, wrap and clean up presents any day. Not only do we have incredible weather right now. We also have a bumper crop of fresh produce, a plethora of new recipes to experiment with and a family that is actually all in the same place at the same time to enjoy them. 

At the salon fall means something different. Now is the time to nourish, repair and heal your hair and skin. The summer has undoubtedly been rough on both the skin and hair. The UV damage may have done permanent damage to your skin, sorry but it's true. Your hair however is a little more forgiving. To repair the hair damage start by refreshing your color. I would recommend going a tad bit darker in order to steer away from the bleach. Between the summer salon visits and the sun I am sure that you have enough blonde in your hair. The next step would be a professional damage treatment or a professional dry treatment. I offer both at my salon. If your hair has some serious damage you should schedule another visit in a few weeks for a follow up treatment. After a good trim you should leave the salon with a nourishing shampoo and deep conditioner to use at home, weekly. 

For your skin I would recommend a skin care line specifically targeting sun damage. First thing is first though, wear sunscreen. Wear sunscreen every damn day. Preventive maintenance is well worth the money and time. Despite your best intentions though it is inevitable that some sun damage will happen.

Once it does you have a few choices. The most effective but also costly and somewhat terrifying is IPL, Intense puled light treatment. I only say that it is slightly terrifying because you really don't know how you skin is going to react to it. I have had fair to good results with my forehead area and bad results with my cheeks.  I'll write another post about IPL in the future which will cover all the details leading up to and post treatment.

The other option that you have is an effective skin care regiment. I have been using the AVEDA Tulasara system for the last 3 weeks and I have been loving it. It is a multi step system combining traditional face wash with dry brushing, oil massage, toner and concentrated treatments. The dry brush has been an amazing addition to my skin care system. If you are interested in trying the Tulasara system I would highly recommend purchasing the entire system, not just one piece of it.  

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Does this career make me look dumb?

 I have finally finished my career guidebook, Does this career make me look dumb? It took me 2 years as a part time project, also competing with my part time career in cosmetology, and my full time job of raising two girls. I have been in the cosmetology industry for 13 years, licensed for 11 of them. 

When I was considering cosmetology as a career I had a lot of questions. I wanted to know what my chances of being successful were in the industry. I wanted to know what mistakes people made along the way. I wanted to know what beauty school would be like on a day to day basis. I wanted to know how to build a business and be successful at it. This book is an attempt to guide anyone interested along that pretend path.

Spend a few hours with my guidebook and you will either want to enter beauty school or run the other direction. It could save potential students from making a financial mistake. It will assist those who decide to enter the world of cosmetology in making the right decisions for their personal path. 

Currently it is only available through amazon.com, it will be available in print within the next few months. 

 Does this career make me look dumb

If you read it and make a comment I will give you a free hair service!

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Hair can really drag you down. If you are yearning for a change, for things to be easier in your life why not start with your hair? You don't have to go drastically short. Even a good texturizing can lift the weight out of all the right places. 


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End of summer hair

What needs to be done? 

Bare minimum you need a haircut. Snip off all those dead ends and get rid of that summer singe.

A deep conditioning treatment is also recommended. You can go with a professional in-salon treatment which will use products that alter the structure of the hair. An in-salon treatment will have more immediate results on the hair. If you are the type of person who will neglect extra treatment at home because you don't have the time or energy for it then this is the treatment for you.

You can also purchase a take home treatment. A take home will have more sustained effect on your strands. If you're into super soft luxurious hair and extra time spent in the shower then this is best for you.

Some people choose both of those options, because spoiling your hair feels so good. 

If you are looking for a update to your blonde or a new hue to your brunette than now is the perfect time to do it. Most clients choose to go a little darker during the fall to mimic the effects of less sun in their hair. 

Let your stylist direct you.

Your hair care products can also start to change. I would switch from a Damage Remedy line to the Dry Remedy line. Since you probably won't be swimming as much or styling your hair for those late summer nights you can move away from the protein enhanced shampoo's and conditioner's. Wool and fleece hats are the next concern. These can leech moisture from your hair and also leave it feeling frizzy. Try extra moisture by using the Dry Remedy oil. You will only need a few drops. 


Amber Waves-Jennifer Bridges

Amber Waves-Jennifer Bridges

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Beaded Hair Extensions

I admit that I have been slow to convert. I have been fighting the bead craze. I can't fight it anymore. Beaded extensions have come a long way. They have further to go of course. The pre-tipped hair seems to still be wispy and wimpy at the ends. My clients feel that 3-4 strands of the beaded hair equals 1 of the fusion extensions. 

I am still searching for the ideal pre-tipped hair for beaded extensions. Does anyone have any suggestions? 

Why am I suddenly sold on the beaded extensions? I attended the International Beauty Show in Las Vegas a couple of weeks ago. I was there specifically to look at extensions and talk with professionals about extension installation and removal. About one third of the convention was extensions. Of the 60 or so booths which were selling extensions I only came upon 1 that had fusion (glue) extensions available. The rest were tape-in, beaded, clip in or halo extensions. 

After returning from Las Vegas I ordered some hair and beads from a company that I have worked with many times and trust. I asked a trusting client if I could experiment on her hair with the beads. I installed them very quickly, about 5 minutes for a full back of head row. My client left the salon feeling like she had a lot less had ,but was willing to give it a try. 

One week later the client returned with a report for me. Bead verdict, positive, glowing in fact, except for one problem. She felt like she had no hair. Particularly when it was wet. So I removed the beads, 2 full rows out in less than 5 minutes! Oh my God! It was a miracle!!! After I removed them I petted my clients hair and said, there you go, those are all out now. 

"Are you kidding me?" said my shocked client "You find some more of that hair!"

So now I am on a mission to find the best, thickest, fullest pre-tipped strands I can find. 

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Balayage is booming at Blís Salon! We are switching clients from foils to hand painted highlights daily. 

What is the advantage? A beautiful pallet of colors, fantastic full grey coverage, bold visible highlights without the maintenance.

What is the process? Rather than selecting the portions of hair to be highlighted in a rigid, static manner, the hair is selected based on the movement and natural rhythm of the hair. Large pieces of hair are picked up and painted. This allows for a truly unique approach to each head of hair. 

This look can be as natural or bold as desired. Its perfect for someone who wants to experiment with highlights but doesn't want to deal with the grow out. 

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