Hair & Compounds is lucky to be surrounded by a community of empowering, successful and brilliant hair professionals from around the world! Read some of their stories below:
Professional Hair Artist, Salon Owner
Master Extension Specialist
"I have been a hairstylist just over 9 years. 10 since graduating from hair school, 8.5 years since I did my exam and got my licence.
Oddly enough being a hairstylist wasn’t something I used to think of as an actual career option. My hairstylist, when I was in high school kept encouraging me to look into it. She was always saying “Anthony, women love male hairstylists!!! You’d be sooo good at it!”
After a couple of years of following different paths and living in Toronto, I found myself living back at my parents. My parents live on a 150 acre farm 3 hours away from Toronto. One night while watching one of my favorite movies at the time “The Women”, something inside me clicked. I felt so unbelievably inspired, and wanted to create the natural and beautiful hair I was seeing on the film.
Meg Ryan’s transformation of bouncy, sumptuous, defined blond curls to long silky straight completely set a fire in me. It was extensions. I knew right then and there I needed to push towards that. The next morning I made appointments with 3 different cosmetology schools for the following week and thus began a journey that would change and transform my life.
I do fusion, iTip, Tape and Wefts. I love doing customized installs. I do a lot bond resizing. I love working with baby fine fusions, and iTips. Even with my Tape installs I also do custom sized 1/4 inch tape bonds. With my weft installs, I did a few courses in other methods. However, upon working with my own clientele and by trial and error I have been testing and developing a method of my own. A method I plan on launching to educate with soon!
My favorite thing about Hair Compounds, aside from the quality of the hair and selection, I would have to say the customer service and company transparency. A lot of other companies I’ve worked with don’t do this. I love seeing the process that the hair go through. It’s really important to not just me but also my clients."
Christina S. F
Handtied Extension Specialist
"I’ve had an obsession over hair since I was a little girl. I remember standing in my bathroom mirror doing my hair at the age of 10 because my mom refused to take me to the salon every weekend to get my hair done. From that age whatever style I saw I tried on myself . I got so good to the point my friends would ask me to do their hair at school. I realized it was my passion at 21. I’ve been doing hair professionally for 5 years.
I never stick to one technique/method because every head of hair is different. I just go with what I see based on my clients hair and the overall look we are trying to achieve. After my very first international hair class I used the techniques I was taught and saw such an improvement on myself and my work. It motivated me learn more and better my craft.
I always get complimented on how well I color match so I would say the ability to color match and how I take a calculated risk to add different tones even if they are not prominently visible in order for me to give the desired look. I used the hand tied weft technique and I love that it is Indian remy hair. There are a lot of misconceptions about Indian hair but in my opinion you get the most amount of volume without having to stack so much hair. I think the quality of hair is great especially once you understand how to maintain the extension hair."
Extension Specialist, Salon Owner
"I’ve been a hair stylist for 11 years. I am certified in the Kacey Welch method and exclusively do Beaded row extensions in the salon as well as occasionally custom coloring a Halo for clients.
My great grandmother was a beautician and owner her own beauty shop in New York, so you can say it’s in my blood. I always loved sketching and painting growing up so switching from traditional schooling to cosmetology allowed me to tap into my creative side.
My most memorable moment as a stylist was the day that I opened my salon.
I believe that my ability to see things outside of the box makes me different from other stylist: I study a new technique or concept until I have mastered it then start to tweak it so that it works best for my clients. Nothing I do is rigid or a copy, so truly every service in the salon is customized to my individual client so that it is the perfect match for their personal style and hair strand.
I travel as much as possible which is a really important way to expose yourself to what other stylists in other parts of the country/world are doing behind the chair. Additionally taking advanced education multiple times a year (I personally take at least four hands on classes per year) keeps me motivated and open to new ideas.
My favorite thing about hair compounds is that it truly provides some of the best quality, responsibly sourced hair on the market. I love that I can count on the consistency every order, and I love your communication and open dialogue with us. The custom order feature is truly unique to any other company but beyond that knowing that my clients’ hair will last for nearly a full year with proper home care is one of the many reasons I love supporting your company!"
Handtied Extension Specialist, Salon Owner
"I have always had a natural attraction to hair starting at a young age. As long as I can remember I was always infatuated with hair especially long hair. Becoming a hair extension expert comes as natural as my love for hair itself.
I have been licensed since 2010. The methods I prefer are beaded row installs. I find with beaded rows you get the most bang for your buck with the fewest points of contact. I also love beaded weft’s because it’s easy for most if not all clients to maintain on their own.
My most memorable moment was definitely when I first got the keys to owning my own shop. What separates me from other artists is my love and care for the craft and for the clients who wear my installs.I believe my true passion is hair extensions. I am not an artist who is only in it for the cash but I am in it because there is nothing I would rather be doing. I believe you can see that in my work and in my growing clientele.
I enjoy watching other artists in the extension Community try new trends and looks with their clientele. For me I am more of a classic style artist. I love natural textures and natural colors to enhance my clients natural hair. Call me boring but for me classic hair never goes out of style. My favorite thing about hearing compounds is their quality and attention to detail. You can count on their products time and time again. The true professionalism as a company with integrity in every bundle that you purchase. Hair and compounds isn’t for every client but for those who are lucky enough to have it, always adore the colors the texture and the lifespan of the hair. Hair and compound makes me so proud to be an artist who uses the highest quality available."
Color & Hair Extension Specialist
My desire to be in the beauty industry is multifaceted. When I was around 4 I decided I wanted to do hair, this decision was met with support from my family and I was encouraged to follow my dream. Since my entrance into the world of beauty at 16, I have made it my goal to provide services with a level of perfection and detail that would be unmatched.
I’ve always felt that individuals need a space to be free, feel beautiful, speak their mind, and have a hair stylist who can create their vision in a well executed way. Something that keeps me going is that every day I have individuals sit in my chair and know we are able to have a positive impact on each other in a vast array of ways.
In a nut shell, I am motivated by passion, education, growth, and the money is nice too (I mean, tell me another career where you can make $5,000-$8,000+ a week with a vocational certification and work with your friends and choose your own clients!)
I really adore my job and I find each and every visit from one of my awesome clients to be amazing and fulfilling. I’m very big on humbling yourself as a professional and learning from those who you admire, so I’ll say that one of my favorite moments was shadowing celebrity colorist Justin Anderson. When the opportunity arose I was so excited, because I’ve been inspired by Justin for years and it brought a whole new sense of confidence into my business as a colorist. Such a fantastic experience!
As a professional, my clients trust me implicitly with their services and I strive to not disappoint. I also pay attention to what my clients are saying, because installing extensions and foiling etc have become second nature, I’m able to be fully engaged in my conversations, which make for a great experience for my clients and it makes my day feel as though I’m just socializing with my friends (because I truly am). I’m often told “you remember everything I say, you have a great memory!” To which my response is consistently “my memory is just like everyone else’s, I just pay attention when we speak because I value you!” And I mean it.
We like to dedicate our energy to long lasting relationships where everyone is always happy.
My favorite thing about hair & Compounds would be the same as my favorite thing about my own business. Quality, consistency, and relationships. The customer service is top Notch. I order hair almost every day, and I never have any issues whether I order via the online portal or (my last minute self) ordering hair with 2 minutes to spare for next day shopping (I don’t advise this, but shout out to H&C for always accommodating my ridiculous needs). The hair is always the best, the bonds are bar none, and the wefts last forever. I cannot say enough about H&C hair. Silicone free, remy, two density options, endless options of customization, and ALWAYS consistent. Simply the best.
Founder of INANCH London and Gold Class Hair
To call Inanch an "established hair extensionist" would be an understatement. With over 20 years in the hair industry, she's played every role from hairdresser to educator to business owner. Within the last decade alone, she's become the only hairdresser in the United Kingdom to take home the Hair Award for Best Extensionist over 3 consecutive years. Together, with her husband Joe, she runs INANCH London, a salon based in Central London, known for its coveted extensions work, celebrity clientele, media mentions and awards.
HC: What is the connection between you and Hair & Compounds?
"We have been working with HC since 2013 and distribute their hair in the UK under our B2B brand label Gold Class by Inanch London. We have 24 salons that we currently supply in the UK. Our main hair extensions business is the polymer bonds, although we also supply the cylinder bonds and soon will be offering customized hand-tied wefts!"
HC: Why have you been in business with us for so long?
"The quality of your hair has always been consistently great, but that's not the only reason why we have been in business for so many years with HC. As we are a small family-run business, we always want to work with like-minded people that we can connect with and trust. This is what we have found in HC. Our partnership with HC has been built on pure trust. We don’t have any contracts or agreements in place and we’ve never had any issues."