Benefits of Huetiful Crochet Braids vs. Extensions

We are excited to introduce our Huetiful Crochet Braid service to Huetiful Salon. For those not familiar with crochet braids, crochet braids are a hybrid of traditional braids. They're considered to be more similar to weaves. The natural hair is twisted, braided, or styled into cornrows before affixing the hair. Using a latch hook or crochet hook, the hair (in the form of loose bulk) is then attached. Parts of the hair extensions are grabbed by the hook and pulled through the underside of each cornrow, working from the front of the hair to the back at a 90 degree angle.

We think that there are a 5 main differences - maybe even benefits - to crochet braids versus extensions.

SPEED. Our Crochet Braid service is scheduled for 2.5 hours. Additional time can be added based on specific styling requests. But on average, we complete our crochet braids about 90 minutes faster than our average extension service.

PRICE. Our service starts at just $175.

VERSATILITY. You have the flexibility to have different styles - immediately (unlike individual braids or twists, where you sometimes need to wait for a few days styling into a ponytail or bun). Ask your stylist for style recommendations post-installation so that you can get the most out of your crochet braids.

TENSION ON EDGES. A great part of crochet braiding is that there is very little to no tension on the edges. We've seen many clients come into our salon for the first time with tension alopecia from improperly installed extensions from other places.

CONVENIENCE. Once you book your service online, Sr. Stylist Chi Lowe will contact you by phone and provide a consultation. In the consultation, you'll discuss your desired style, texture, and any other questions that you may have about your service. You will be directed as to what hair you should purchase prior to your service and where to buy it.


The Importance of a Consultation at Huetiful Salon

Sr. Stylist, Huetiful Salon (Chicago)

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Have you ever gone into a salon and walked straight to the shampoo bowl only to realize that your stylist  doesn’t really know your name, the purpose for your visit, or your hair concerns and retail needs and solutions? We know that it happens from time to time at Huetiful and we’re proactively working to eliminate that by elevating our service levels to that which you’d see at other professional service offices like a doctor or dentist.

Your hair care goals, challenges, and frustration should be established in the beginning of your service; during the consultation.

Here is how your consultation should go:

Step 1. You should expect a warm greeting an introduction of your stylist's name and the stylist should know your name. Eye contact, a smile and a handshake is appropriate for a first time greeting.

Step 2. To avoid confusion your stylist should be knowledgeable of the hair service you desire. If any doubt remains, you and your stylist should look at pictures to confirm if this is the look you are hoping to achieve and your stylist should help make the decision on if it is the best color, extension or hair styling option for you that day.

Step 3. There should be an agreement created between you and your stylist to confirm that this is the best style, color or extension option and that you will be able to maintain it at home. 

Step 4. During the service, your stylist should let you touch, feel and smell the products to help you understand how and why we use them during your service and what to expect when purchase the product for at home use. The price of the products should be discussed so there are no surprises during checkout.

Step 5. Beginning March 2017, your Huetiful stylist will provide you with a Prescription before the end of your service. The prescription will be based on your discussion during the service and will include service and product recommendations as well as our professional recommendation for when you should return for a service to help maintain your healthy hair care and styling goals. Like any good doctor and client relationship, following the prescription will lead to best results over time.
A basic consultation is free and part of every single service. We also have color consultations and extension consultations available that can be scheduled all by themselves and are approximately 15-20 minutes in duration. These can be scheduled separately or added onto an existing service to allow for additional time with your stylist.
Make certain that you and your stylists are on the same page by having a productive consultation before every service.



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