Everything to Know About Natural Beaded Row Hair Extensions

About a months ago, I was introduced to Samantha at Veil of Grace Salon to get Natural Beaded Row (NBR) Hair Extensions. Samantha is AWESOME and very qualified (she is a level 2 NBR stylist). I trust her fully when it comes to my hair. She also colored my hair if you are looking for someone for hair color as well. Little did I know, this extensions technique is allowing me to live my best hair life ever! I’m going to share all about the extensions today, answering TONS of your questions that you’ve had over the past month.

I thought it would just be easiest to jump right in to the questions that you all have asked, and please let me know if you end up having more questions or ones that are unanswered and I’ll add them!
What are NBR Extensions?
NBR stands for Natural Beaded Rows. Directly from the NBR website "The hair extensions are placed in rows in the hair by creating a “track” with an exclusive bead and string technique. Wefts are then placed on the track and sewn in." There is absolutely no glue or heat used in this method so the damage to your natural hair is very minimal.

What brand are your extensions?
Boyhme. Samantha uses Hand Tied Wefts. What is so great about these wefts are that they are super thin and can lay very flat to the head.

Are your extensions sewn in?
Yes, Hand Tied Wefts are meant to be sewn in. The technique that Samatha uses is called NBR Extensions where the wefts are added to your hair by beading and then hand-tying the wefts to your natural hair.

How many wefts did you get?
Each client's extension install are different based on their individual hair, their hair goals and their desired length. I have 2 rows, each row has 5 - 6 wefts. This is all dependent on your natural hair and how thick it is already. The rows and wefts vary per persons natural hair.

What color did you get?
Samantha evaluates your needs based on your hair goals as well as your natural hair. She bought two blonde tones. One a brighter blonde and one a darker cooler blonde. Samantha does not just color match the wefts and install them. She custom colors and tones the extensions to blend with your own hair.

How long does it last?
The install of the extensions need to be retightened every 6-8 weeks, depending on your natural growth. However, when you go in for the second time, you will get the rows moved up rather than purchasing new hair each time! The hair can be replaced anywhere from 6-8 months.

How much does it cost?
This is dependent on your hair goals and natural hair, how many rows you get, how much hair is used, the color you want, etc. The best bet is to contact Samantha at Veil of Grace 661.888.1880
or book a hair consultation and she can get back with you a quote.

Can you workout / pull your hair up with these extensions?
Yes! All NBR clients will receive a take home care guide for their extensions. I pull my hair into a bun, ponytail, braids, etc all of the time! The way they tie them into your natural hair line and smudge the color makes it to where you can’t see the extensions when styling! I’m obsessed with mine in braids!  When styling, they don't recommend that you pull the hair directly back in the direction that the rows are sewn in, either do a high or low pony tail.

Do they damage your hair?
I think when you do anything unnatural to your hair, it will damage it over time. This is the LEAST damaging technique for hair extensions, and I have seen very little damage to my hair. The key is to take care of your extensions properly. All care details will be in your take home NBR hair care guide. 

What products do you recommend for using while having extensions?
Here are my current favorites and what I’m using. I love using a curing wand because I have hard to curl hair, I have found Titanium to be best to hold a curl. Some of these are the haircare products that Samantha and her team recommend as well:

What is the upkeep like? Are they hard to wash? How often do you wash?
The upkeep isn’t as bad as I thought it might be! A lot of it depends on how may rows and wefts you have installed. They seemed a bit heavy at first until my head got used to them. It obviously takes way more time to dry them than it does without extensions, but then I only wash my hair once a week! Who doesn't love a good dry shampoo!? I have found it easiest to let the hair air dry about 80% and then blow-dry and style.

How long does it take to get in and out?
First time clients who are receiving custom color on their own hair, having the extensions colored and installed all in the same day can expect to spend 4 - 5 hours in the salon. If you are just coming back for your bump up appointments (extension re-install only) this can be 1.5 - 2.5 hours.
The removal of the extensions can take as little as 5 minutes.

How can I find someone in my area that does NBR Extensions?
There is a list of educated/certified specialists, NBR™ Certified Stylists. I wouldn’t recommend going to someone that wasn’t certified! If you are a hairstylist and would like to be certified; see their Become a NBR™ Certified Stylist  info page. Also, you can call your local salons in town and ask them if anyone specializes in NBR.

 So, NBR extensions are AMAZING! I’m pretty much obsessed with my extensions and even more in love with my color! The color of the hair perfectly matches my own because of Samantha's technique of custom coloring and toning the extensions to blend. I will definitely be keeping up with it as long as I can! Samantha is THE BEST and I feel so blessed to be able to work with her!! Please let me know any other questions you may have and I’ll get them added here! You can find Veil of Grace Salon and Samantha.VeilofGrace on Instagram!

Free Printable Holiday Planning Calendar For 2018

Don’t you just love planning for the holidays? The holiday rush can be disorganized and crazy, but we can definitely have structure and organization with our trusty planners. You can find your FREE Holiday planning printable for 2018 right here! This printable includes a shopping list checklist and a calendar for your Elf on the Shelf planning. 

Has your elf arrived yet? We love our Elf on the Shelf, and she will be arriving on December 1st in the Cushing household. But I need to get my elf ideas organized. I created this Elf Planner printable to put in my Travelers Notebook to help me organize all my ideas!

Looking for Some Ideas?

I love finding fun, unique and easy ideas and you can see some of my favorites listed below.

  • Elf arrives with a welcome letter
  • Elf has a naught / nice list with kids name on it 
  • Elf takes a nap in the fridge
  • Elf says hello in the bathroom with lipstick
  • Elf is hanging from a kitchen light
  • Elf does snow angel in sprinkles 
  • Elf says brush your teeth in toothpaste
  • Elf plays uno with other stuff animals
  • Elf plays in sand box (kinetic sand) 
  • Elf leaves note on toilet paper (3 days left tell Christmas)
  • Elf wishes us a Merry Christmas and says goodbye 

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Being in the holiday spirit and giving, maybe you could consider buying me a cup of coffee to say thanks for the printables, or purchasing items from my Etsy shop? I’d really appreciate it!!

Easy and Effective Reward System for Kids

Being a mom is hard work. Parenting kids is always an adventure in disciplining, leading, correcting and teaching. I am always adjusting and trying new things to help encourage positive behavior with my girls. We have been doing the marble (we use puff balls) system for a few weeks now and it has been going well.

Whats is the Marble / Puff Ball System?

Each time you notice your child making good choices, you reward them by having them add a puff ball to his jar. For our family some good choices consist of:  
(Over all, generally smart choices that are caught when they are not expecting others to see.)

Each time you notice your child making poor choices, you having them remove a puff ball from his jar. For our family some poor choices might be:
  • Yelling. Fighting. Arguing.
  • Not playing nice with others. 
(Overall, general poor choices fall in this category.)

** The most important thing when using any reward system is consistency. You must be consistent with your rewards and punishments. **

How Long Does it Take to Fill Up?

It normally takes about a month to fill up. When we first started using this method, I wanted to make it fill up a little quicker so that they are able to get their first reward and understand it. 

Sometimes I will use cotton balls as an incentive: “If you ____, you will earn an extra cotton ball today.” (Works great for this, but I don’t do this too often because I don’t want it to lose its real purpose.)
What Happens When Their Jar is Full?

The girls get to go shopping or do something fun (within reason). Example is shopping for a new outfit or toy. Some activities have been getting your nails done or going on a date with mom or dad. 

Supplies Needed
  • Marbles / Puffs
  • A Jar (or something to put the earned marbles in)
  • Consistency from the parents

We have been using the puff ball jar for a few weeks now. The girls are very eager to earn (and not lose) their puffs. When in public or even at home, when a poor choice is noticed, I just need to simply say puff ball… and I have their attention quickly. They understand. They usually quickly adjust their behavior.

I find that rewarding my children for their positive choices (instead of only focusing on their poor choices) is a great method. It works for us!

Age Appropriate Chores for Toddlers

This months blog posts have been all about the kids. Last week I revealed the kids craft closet and today I am going over kids appropriate chores. 

After I realized that my young girls were capable of helping pick up and do a few chores I put together a daily chore charts for them. Some of the chores are no brains I know they will do it every day, but that lines them up to succeed. I also switch out the chores when I feel like they need to do different things around the house. 

Before diving into chores lets remember to respect your child’s need for play. For them, it’s serious business! If you really think about it, your kids are learning so much when they are just playing. That doesn’t mean they shouldn’t also do chores, it just means that we can’t have all work and no play. When their play need is met, they are more likely to cooperate with chores.

When putting these chore charts together remember to keep in mind your child’s age, ability, and maturity when assigning chores around the house. I use the list below as a guide when it comes to assigning chores.

Age Appropriate Chores for Toddlers

Young Toddler (18 Months)
  • Pick up/ put away toys
  • Practice sweeping dry messes with hand broom
  • Put a few groceries on the counter at checkout
  • Dust low areas
  • Throw away trash
Toddler (ages 2 and 3)
  • Any Young Toddler Chores
  • Unload the dishwasher (silverware, plastic cups, tupperware)
  • Put clothes in the dirty clothes hamper
  • Feed Pets
  • Eating Meals
  • Brushing Teeth
Preschooler (ages 4-5)
  • Any toddler chores
  • Match socks
  • Fold dish towels
  • Staying dry day and night 
  • picking up dog poop

While our family isn’t perfect when it comes to chores, my kids are encouraged to work together to keep the house clean and organized. Having young kids that can help around the house keeps the house cleaner and frees up more time for fun activities as a family.

Finally, remember to keep it fun! Most little children WANT to help out around the house. Assigning small chores like the ones listed above allow your kids to feel like a contributing member of the family.

Free Printable Planner Stickers - Hello Fall

Happy Tuesday everybody! Are you ready for this HUGE Surprise? 
Most of you know I’m the owner of the Etsy Shop : Nicole Kelly Creations a shop with the focus of planner items and other paper products. I love sharing so I want to do a weekly mini kit every month for all you planners. If you have a theme in mind let me know in the comments below. 

  • 1 8.5" x 11" sheet of printable planner stickers
  • files
    • 1 PDF kit 
    • 1 PDF cutting file

Materials needed:
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