My name is Nicole. I’m a hair extensions technician and owner of RubyRuby.
I am originally from Haiti, where I went to school all my life, studied in communications and cosmetology. I also worked as a radio show host for five years and a hairdresser for four, in Port-au-Prince, the capital. I moved to Montréal in 2001, and it's been my home since.
RubyRuby is a home-based business, so my hair products and services are lower compared to a store or at the beauty salon.
Hair is my passion. I simply love working with hair. Nothing makes me happier than seeing the smiling faces of my clients, and hearing their thanks and appreciation for a job well done (and being easy on their pocketbooks!). I truly believe that hair is a woman's glory, and her beauty. When I started RubyRuby, my goal was to provide hair and services that everyone could afford... and because I saw too many women with bad hair extensions and weaves!
How I became a hair extensions technician
Although I liked working as a hairdresser—cutting, colouring, styling, and all the otherthings a hairdresser does—I was amazed and curious about the world of hair extensions, the versatility they offer. So I decided to learn how to do single braids, and the first technique available at the time was sew-in hair extensions (on cornrows). Since then, I have continued to keep up to date with all the latest techniques, which I describe below.
I'm familiar now with over nine techniques for applying hair extensions without glue or heat, the main enemies of hair. Countless women have come to me with damaged hair from hot- and cold-fusion hair extensions. After only two or three applications of fusion hair extensions, you’ll notice the breakage and damage... you’ll surely regret having gone that route.
1. Micro-link hair extensions $100
Micro-link hair extensions are strands of hair that are attached to your natural hair using tiny micro rings to add volume, length, or highlights. This method requires no glue or heat, which mean no breakage to your natural hair. Micro-link hair extensions are the latest and safest technique in hair extensions, and can be used on all hair types and textures.
Watch our video here:
2. Micro-weft hair extensions $120
Micro-weft hair extensions require no corn rows, no glue, no sew-ins, no heat. The extensions are attached to your natural hair with tiny micro rings close to the scalp. This technique is great for people with mid-length hair who want to add length and volume.
3. Bead sew-in hair extensions $100
Here’s a picture of myself with this technique:
Bead sew-in hair extensions are like regular sew-in hair extensions except, in this technique, there are no cornrows in your hair. I use the micro rings to create the tracks the weft is sewn on. This technique lasts longer compared to a regular sew-in. There is no damage to your natural hair since your hair is not cornrowed to attach the extensions. The wefts lie flat against your scalp—no bumps or headaches. In this picture, I added five rows of extensions to my natural hair for length and volume.
Watch this technique being done on one my clients:
And watch here how easy it is to remove:
4. Regular sew-in
Sew-in weaves have been around for a long time. Although it’s not the most comfortable technique, some people prefer it. It’s great for people who want a full-head weave. As you can see in the picture, the customer left some of her own hair out so her weave would look as natural as possible. Caution: a full-head weave can look more like a wig than a wig does! I wear wigs all the time, but you wouldn’t know it because it doesn't show. It doesn't matter what you’re wearing—a wig or weave—only you should know! In other words, have them guessing!
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Creating an invisible part with a sew-in weave is a great way to get that natural look. Wearing hair extensions with an invisible part is also a great protective style, because your natural hair does not have to be left out to cover the extensions. Therefore, there will not be any need to use any hot irons or curlers on your natural hair. Prolonged use of these items can damage your hair and burn your scalp, which is bad if you want to maintain the healthiness of your hair.
More pictures and video of this technique coming up soon.
6. Tree braids: protective style $120
Tree-braiding is a technique that gives you the look of free flowing hair without the wefts. All your natural hair is braided to hold the hair extensions; it also allows your scalp to breath. The result looks more natural compared to a full-headweave with wefts. This technique can be done with synthetic or human hair.
Watch our video of this technique:
7. Crochet weaves: for a natural look $120
The crochet weave technique starts by cornrowing your natural hair front to back as you would for regular sew-ins. The hair extension strands (as opposed to wefts) are attached to the cornrows individually for a full-head weave that won't look like a wig. The results are like for tree-braiding, i.e. protection and a natural look.
This technique can also be used on all kinds of hair types and textures, whether human or synthetic.
Watch the video here:
8. Micro braids $80
Microbraids are great for the summer—just wash and go. If you’re looking to give your hair a break from chemicals and flat irons, micro braids are the way to go.
9. Twists $60
Same benefits as micro braids.