How to Start Hair Extensions Business Online
Introduce your business and tell us your story: How did you decide on what to sell, and how did you source your products? I personally have worn hair extensions for over 14 years and have always had a passion for helping women look and feel better. After working in the modeling industry and learning the secrets to looking glamorous, I decided to start Glam Seamless. How did you earn your first sales? Which channels are now generating the most traffic and sales for you? We earned our first sale by writing a detailed blog post about hair extensions. Over time, this blog post become shared and visited by many. We wrote about hair extensions, and our passion shined through. It was authentic. Our customers recognized that passion and decided to give us a try. To this day our blogs and videos are the two channels which generate the most sales. Tell us about the back-end of your business. What tools and apps do you use to run your store? How do you handle shipping and fulfillment? We love using Shopify because they have partnered with great app makers. We use Loyalty Lion to reward our customers; Product Upsell to suggest hair care products; and Ship Station to manage all of our shipments to guarantee fast reliable shipping. What are your top recommendations for new store owners? Shopify is a great platform that has awesome SEO tools that make all the difference. Use them! SEO is very important and taking time to work on it will take you far. Also, creating genuine content through blogging, photos and videos will pay off. Customers love to be told about your products, not sold. Help them solve a problem and you will be successful in no time.
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What are the best hair care products for me?
I know you say your hair grows back fairly QUICKLY, but that's because your hair has not gone through abuse for too long. But no hair products are made of glue to fix, prevent, reverse damaged done from HEAT OR CHEMICALS. It is a billion dollar business and they do not give money back guarantee for damaged hair or hair loss caused by 'abuse'. If you've straightened your hair in the past, it may grow slowly or none at all. Google: "Foods for Healthy Hair" - Your hair may be the fastest-growing tissue in the body but, unlike the skin, it cannot repair itself. That is why getting the right balance of vitamins and proteins is imperative. Do not expect to look like you've stepped out of a hair commercial the day after you've changed your diet. It is likely to take at least three months before you actually see tangible results. Growing healthy hair does not come from a bottle or pills and hair products do not speed hair growth. Any hair oil, is another form to keep hair moisturized, nothing more. If you are in HS, your hair & nails should be growing normally, and as healthily as possible, since you are eating healthy foods. But when hair is not growing as fast, it's because they've been tampered with: chemicals, hair straightening, etc. . . Cutting your split ends yourself, spend 5-10 mins. on a sunny day so you can easily spot them, using a 2" scissors, cut strand by strand, section by section, allowing new growth to take over. Then 2x a year, get a good hair cut. This wo not speed things up, but it will make the hair look healthier while it's growing. Even healthy hair like mine get them, due to normal brushing & styling. For as long as you continue the styling method, your hair will only get shorter & shorter.
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Is Natural Hair Expensive? Here Are 8 Ways I Save Money On Natural Hair Products
It's no secret that natural hair products can be pricey. For this reason, natural hair has gained a reputation for being more expensive to maintain than relaxed hair. I have definitely spent a pretty penny on hair care products since I've been natural, but I was also spending $65 plus tip every 8 to 12 weeks when I was getting my hair relaxed at a salon. That did not include the cost of products I used to maintain my hair in between salon visits. How much am I spending now? I honestly have not really done the math. My spending habits are not consistent every month, and I am not really good at keeping track of how long a product lasts me. But if I had to guess, I would say probably around $50 every couple months or so. With all that being said, natural hair can be expensive, but it does not have to be. Here are my top money-saving tips: This is obviously the easiest and most well-known way to save money on your favorite natural hair products. Drugstores like CVS and Walgreens often have special buy one get one half off deals on hair care products. Target is also known for their sales as well as promotions that promise a $5 Target gift card with a $20 hair care purchase. Hair care brands themselves will also run sales through their sites throughout the year, usually around holidays. Following brands on social media is a great way to learn about current deals and upcoming sales. Some brands even host product giveaways via social media. Most giveaways will require you to repost or retweet a photo and/or tag a couple of friends, but it's a quick, easy way to score some freebies. Last fall, I won all 5 of these full-sized products from Eden BodyWorks, one of my favorite brands. This may seem like a given, but the prices of some natural hair products can vary significantly from store to store. Beauty supply stores are often a great one stop shop for all your hair care needs, but they are not always the cheapest (even if they often have the best selection). If you do not already, start comparing the prices of your favorite natural hair products at different retailers. You may be able to buy them somewhere else a lot cheaper. Natural hair shows/events are a great way to score free and/or discounted hair products. Some events will offer a gift bag full of full and/or sample-sized products with your purchase of a ticket. Other events will feature vendors selling products at discounted prices. Every event is different: some offer gift bags on a first come, first serve basis while other events guarantee a gift bag with entry, regardless of arrival time. Most natural hair events I've attended have charged $20 or less, but there are many free events as well, such as Curlfest. You can read my post on this year's Curlfest here. If you do not want to pay for a full-sized product you've never used before, do some digging and see if any sample sizes are available. Some companies will offer samples automatically with a purchase through their website. Others offer a sample pack that allows you to try multiple products. Many companies also make travel sized versions of their products that only cost a few dollars. Target and Ricky's both offer a good selection of travel sized hair products. The subscription beauty box business is booming now more than ever. In addition to CurlBox and CurlKit, there are a variety of other subscription boxes available that cater to natural hair. Most boxes cost $20-$25 per month and contain a combination of sample-sized and full-sized products. These boxes could be worth the investment if you are still trying to find your "holy grail" products. You might be spending a lot of money on natural hair products because you have expensive taste. Let's face it: some product lines are more expensive than others. My line of thinking is this: if the products are made from natural, quality ingredients and the products work really well for your hair (and you have not found a cheaper alternative), then it's an investment. I believe in quality over quantity. Now, if the product is expensive but it's filled with cheap ingredients that are not doing much for your hair, then obviously it's not worth the money. But high-quality ingredients generally cost more money, so be prepared to shell out a little more in most cases. Luckily, many of the strategies listed in this post will help you save money on even the most expensive brands. Too Much Of A Good Thing If you are using 7 or 8 products every time you wash and style your hair, the cost will start to add up. Simplifying your routine can help you save money. It's true that there's no one size fit all routine that works for everyone, but I've found that I only need about 4 products, sometimes less, on most wash days: a cleanser, a conditioner, a leave-in/moisturizer, and a styler. Some products double as a leave-in and a styler and some rinse out conditioners can be used as a leave in, which can reduce the total number of products I have to use. I think of it this way: your hair is like a sponge. There's only so much moisture/product it can absorb, so if you keep layering product on top of product, the last products you apply may not really be doing anything for your hair. The wide range of different products available make it seem like we need a lot of products to maintain our hair, but the truth is, many products can serve multiple purposes. Trying a new product without breaking the bank always makes the experience even sweeter. How much do you usually spend on hair products? What are some ways you save money? ***If you have not already, subscribe here to my email list for a bonus money saving tip