Frequently Asked Questions
There is no hair shop or salon without worries. We’ll like to let you know that you are not alone and that you are not the first to question something you do not know much about or that you want to better understand. Therefore, in order to offer good service, we have answers to some questions that have been frequently asked by respective clients.
How do you schedule your clients?
Please on appointment only.
Do you do walk in at Passion Beauty?
We recommend that you call way ahead of the day you want to have your hair done. Our regular clients usually schedule their next appointment at their last visit.
Do you sometimes refuse to accept clients?
This only happens when we can not find a time to accommodate a client due to high demands. Additionally, we do not want to be overwhelmed and have clients wait for too long before they’re attended to.
What are your prices?
Pricing depends on the type of service desired. You can also visit our price list on the menu page.
Recommended Weave extensions
What types of brands do you recommend for weave extension?
We recommend the best quality hair extensions that you can afford. Specifically my suggestions are;
Yaki-textured hair is available and can be ironed flat and curled and curl back. This hair is just like African-American naturally relaxed hair. It does not tangle and it’s reusable. You may purchase this hair at www.Extensions-Plus.com.
Zigzag Hair from Extensions-Plus-This is EP’s regular Indian hair line. The texture of this hair is smooth and somewhat silky but not like doll hair or anything. Sometimes,the ends of some batches ate are too thin.
Indian Remy Hair-This hair mostly matches all hair textures. The cuticles are aligned and it does not tangle. However, with all hair, there may be a risk of getting a bad batch. It is soft and fluffy.
This list of brands are for your information and you do not have to purchase them if your budget does not permit in order to have your weave done. We know and understand that they are a little bit pricy but there are other affordable ones too. You may buy what we call regular hair extensions. However, if you choose to use the regular one, you might be taking some risks like tangling. Although, we have many clients that absolutely love using the regular hair with problem with it.
How many packs of hair do I need for a full weave?
It is always recommended to buy two packs to be on the safe side. Most of the time, We use one pack or a pack and a half. All depend on the hair style. However, we recommend buying three packs for the wet and wavy style with micro braids. In addition, there is a new version of human hair that is sold in ounces. We recommend that you buy 2 sets or 3 sets of 3 ounces packs. That is what we have tried.
Perm or Relaxers and Color
What hair colors do you recommend?
It all depends on your social status and profession or what you want your style for. If you work in a profession or offer services that have rules against hair colors, any color of your preference will do. Otherwise , we recommend that you buy the darker colors (#1, #1b, #2, and #4),although the depth of the color varies from one brand to another, especially the #2 and #4. Sometimes these two colors tend to be brown or as we call it dirty brown.
Please know that the higher the quality of your hair extension, the better the weave may last. Here are a few basic brands that you can buy according to your budget because sometimes you can buy a brand that will be good and the next time you buy the same hair and brand, it sheds or tangles. So make your choice here:
Janet Collection: I have noticed that even the synthetic does not tangle. it is good for it’s price.
Model- Model and Outré: I don’t have much to say because this brand can surprise you sometimes.
Onyx : I like this brand for the price and the quality because its yaki texture matches the African American relaxed hair.
Goddess Remy , Outré Velvet Remy, Velvet Remy : These are a little expensive but can sometimes tangle even though they’re very good.
Sensational: This brand of extensions can be pretty good, but you might experience terrible tangling. So, we don’t recommend shampooing and conditioning this type of extension. They may really tangle and feel rough.
Milky Way: This extension used to be my favorite brand. But now, I am not really sure.
If you want wavy, curly, spiral hair, we recommend that you buy them in the brands mentioned earlier but know they can tangle and shed too sometimes. We can not control the quality of the extensions even when we recommend them and the hair dressers are not the manufacturers or the controlling processors. Because you want your weave to look like celebrity hair styles, at Passion Beauty, we recommend that you invest in high-quality hair if possible.
Can I have my hair colored the same day you relaxed my hair?
We do not recommend permanent and even semi-permanent color on the day of your relaxer or perm. These two services on the same day can be very damaging to the hair and scalp. We recommend that you wait for at least two weeks to receive your color service. I you really need a color, we will recommend you use a color rinse. [/toggle
I did not have the time to come to you yesterday, so I relaxed my hair by myself. Can I come so you can weave my hair?
It all depends on how your hair and scalp look like. We would not be able to say any final word until we do the consultation of the scalp and hair.
Do you do weaves for White people?
We work with all types of hair texture and different types of people such as: African-American, Caucasian, Hispanic, Asian, Indian, bi-racial, etc. We can also do partial weave, almost full weaves and individual tracks on Caucasians to either add body or length to their hair.
How long does one’s hair need to be in order to get a weave?
We prefer your hair to be 3 inches at least. We have experimented on hair shorter than 3 inches and the results were either the weave got loosed after 3 to 7 days or the hair just broke from the root. We highly recommend that braids, or weave on hair not shorter than 3 inches. The foundation of the cornrow for the weave may not hold up for the sewn-in weave if the hair is too short. In addition, it is hard to grip short hair and we don’t want to hurt you, neither do we want you to waste your money on something that may not hold up for the 4-8 weeks.
What should I do to my hair prior to my weave and braids appointment?
We would suggest cleansing, conditioning and moisturizing your hair and this can be done at Passion Beauty. This way, we will know what your hair presently need and how much of the products to use. If you decide to do this yourself, we recommend that you don’t use too much oil before coming. We will still surely add some moisturizer if it is needed.
How long will it take to get a weave done?
It usually takes 2-3 hours depending on how your hair is and how much you know about the style you want. Other times, it depends on the type of client you are and your needs. But we are here to help you better understand your hair needs.
Do your clients have to wait a while before they get their hair done after scheduling?
Passion Beauty being a home-based salon, we recommend that clients schedule their appointment at least two weeks ahead. So we will take each client at his or her own time. Left to us alone we do not over book. Just ask somebody who knows us and you will get the confirmation. We know that your time is precious and we value it.
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We can schedule a consultation and we will go over the different types of weaves. At that time, we can decide what would work best for your needs and your budget. We can also discuss options over the phone and or by email
I want a sewn-in weave, but I have natural hair. Do I have to get a relaxer?
We have no problem working with natural and any texture type is always welcomed at Passion Beauty. However, we recommend a full-head weave (with all of the hair braided up) if you do not feel comfortable maintaining the top area of your hair between salon visits, or an invisible parting sewed in. We also do invisible parting too. Moreover, we can do a quick weave by using glue. We will discuss about all the pros and cons before application
I am Caucasian and I have thin and short hair. I just want to know if you can weave my hair to give a body and a length?
Oh! Yes we do. Just call and schedule a consultation.
Do you care for damaged hair?
Of course! As matter of fact, we work and want to show that you don’t have to relax your hair before you can have a beautiful hair. So yes we deal with natural hair as much as we deal with chemically treated hair. We work more for healthy hair, healthy growth, and long thicker hair. This is the drive we have at Passion Beauty. We also highly recommend better care and treatment to damaged hair and scalp; keys to the happiness and joy at Passion Beauty. We recommend protective styles (weaves and some types of braids, and sometime wigs).
Please, note that it is not absolutely mandatory that you wear weaves to grow out your hair though. The daily routine is very important. We believe that every client’s hair needs are different; so the regiment may vary from one client to another. In addition, we make our own concoction depending on the needs and growth-plan and goals of each client.
We will always discuss with you to see if the service requested is good for your hair type and if your hair can handle what you’re requesting. Otherwise we will not be able to provide service but suggest something else that meet your present need.
Are there any restrictions when getting weaves, braids/extensions?
We will not recommend braids or full-head weaves on freshly relaxed hair and or damaged hair and scalp. If it comes to this, we do recommend series of scalp treatments, accompanied with scalp massage using natural and essential oils. The hair is at a weakened state after it is freshly relaxed especially if it is not professionally done. So it is not a good idea to add cornrows, thread, and weaves at that time because this may pull on the already weak hair and sensitive scalp. We may however suggest a weave installed because we understand that a client may not want to go without a weave because it has become part of her hair routine but the health of the hair is more important in our humble opinion.
We will not braid, or weave on hair that is excessively shedding. It is important to try to get to the cause. Sometimes excessive shedding can be a caused from an underlying health condition that may require a visit to the doctor.
Fusion: For fusion, the hair needs to be long enough for coverage reasons. At this moment, we do not do fusion because of the cost of materials involved.
Hair & Weave Care
How long do you recommend a client to wear her weave?
We recommend that you wear your weave no longer than 2 to 3 months. Some of our clients have been wearing their weaves and braids for more than 3 months because they think that the weaves are still holding on the cornrow. But we don’t recommend that.
What could happen if I leave my weave in longer than the recommended time?
Your hair underneath could begin to get extremely matted/tangled, which can result in hair loss.
What should I put on my hair underneath the weave?
My favorite moisturizer to use underneath a weave is Stay Sof-Fro hair and scalp pray for dry hair.
How often should I shampoo my weave?
Once per week or once every two weeks is fine. However, your shampooing needs may vary.
Is there a particular shampoo that you recommend for the weave?
If you are wearing a weave or braids, we will recommend a moisturizing shampoo that has a potential to soften the hair extensions and clean the scalp.
What is the best way to shampoo my weave?
It is easy to shampoo your weave while in the shower. Braid the hair in several sections straight back; that will help minimize or even eliminate tangling. At Passion Beauty, we use an applicator bottle in which we pour the shampoo and water, mix well and apply straight on the scalp and between the tracks. You can do the same with the conditioner. Rinse well. We say this because some people do like to shampoo their hair often. Personally, I do not recommend shampooing your hair and weave. Because if you consider that you are cleansing or using a moisturizing shampoo in order to wash out the dirt and get rid of the build ups and other dirty residue in you hair and scalp, I am not sure whether you are able to completely rinse all the dirt out. So this is my humble opinion. I do no recommend washing scalp, hair underneath weaves. Sorry to disappoint you ladies.
What type of relaxer do you use in your salon?
We have been using Mizani brand for our hair relaxer till now. We may use a different brand depending on the need of the client. just let us know what you think works for you and we will discuss it with you.
Do you do hair cut at Passion Beauty?
We are a cosmetology salon and we service in hair care, nail care and skin care. Please ask or call for more information about that.
Do you to braids at Passion Beauty?
At Passion Beauty, we do all kinds of braids. Again, remember that we request scheduling weeks ahead. We work on appointment only.
How long does this process take?
For information, it can take up to 5 hours from start to finish including cutting and styling. This will also include hair and scalp treatment
What kind of hair do you use for fusion?
We are planning on using Indian Remy hair most of the time or a good basis Yaki , but this will be at a later time.
How long does fusion last?
We have seen people who wore their fused extension for 3 to 4 months. I have never done them. We recommend that you don't wear your fusion more than 4 months because the new growth can cause the bonds to move further away from the scalp, which leads to a an unhealthy "swinging" effect. Plus, your natural hair would have shed and that means that there is a bit less hair to hold the bonds and weave hair. This means that there is too much weight on your natural hair strands. Personally, I do no recommend this type of hair style on African and African-American hair.
Will fusion cause damage to my hair?
With proper application, proper care while wearing the fusion, and proper removal, the fusion method should not cause damage. We will never recommend applying fusion to weak/damaged hair.
Can I use the fusion method to grow my hair out?
You can, but we do not feel that this is the absolute best way. Please be mindful that you will need to take good care of your hair that is in between the fusion bonds. You will also have to minimize the use of hot curlers. Since your natural hair is intertwined with the fusion hair, anything you do to the fusion hair affects your natural hair.
Other Important Information
where do I get my hair extensions from. ?
If you want us to purchase your extension from extensions-plus.com, we recommend that you make a deposit of ¾ of the cost before your appointment , then we can place the order for you. But you can also place the order on their website if you want. You really don’t have to place the order through us.
Here are some important sources to get your hair extensions from:
Sun Beauty Supply
824 7th Street East
Saint Paul, MN 55106-4516
Earth’s Beauty Supple
1451 University Ave W
Saint Paul, MN 55104
F & G Beauty Supply
6930 Brooklyn Blvd Spc 9
Brooklyn Center, MN 55429
How can I communicate what I want you to do in terms of style ?
This is more important than you can imagine!! You may have the right hair type, color, be great at daily maintenance but the hairstyle may not flattering to you. Therefore, when choosing a new look always find pictures of people who have your facial type. You can use the internet or beauty magazines. There is someone out there that has your facial shape and you may desire to look like that. This helps your communication with your stylist so as to make the right adjustments on your desired look.
My friend at work's hair is very short and very damaged. She can't just wear it like that and she needs you to either relax her hair or texturize it for her. What do you think?
We can not recommend anything for her right now until we meet her in person and have a consultation with her in order to determine her hair needs. Doing this will help us observe the conditions of her scalp and hair and together we can decide on what to do.
When choosing your new look, please be honest about how much time it going to take to duplicate the new look. If you are not used to taking time in making the proper finishing touches on your hair, you may want to reconsider your “new look” Be realistic and honest with yourself and your styling abilities, If you need help and assistance, you must have your stylist spend some time showing you some techniques to increase your abilities. Don’t forget that proper styling techniques will help your mornings run smoothly.
Any type of weave may have pro and cons. There are several types of sew-in weaves, but the key is to have it done by a professional who should advise you of the right weave for you. Key concerns includes your lifestyle and your ability and willingness to stay on top of proper upkeep. A weave should last at most six to eight weeks. One thing to be cautious about is making sure that the weave is not too tight; you may end up with some hair loss due to the excess tension that may cause some traction
How long can I keep my quick weave in?
Bonded weaves or glued weaves are more for a short period of time like one to two weeks. It can sometimes last longer that two weeks. It depends on the client’s ability to take care of it.
Like your skin, your hair needs nutrition from the inside out. . If your diet is deficient in hair-friendly foods, or your digestion is not efficient, all the expensive shampoos and hair treatment in the world won’t be effective at maintaining the color and the longevity of your hair. So if you want a healthy, shining growing hair, then start taking a hard look at what you eat, when you eat and how you eat.
Some Natural herbs include:
Amla powder and oil
Extra Virgin Olive oil
A healthy beautiful head of hair requires an ongoing hair and scalp hair care routine that starts with bringing the necessary nourishment.
Why wait until you experience hair problems?
As with your skin, start taking care of it now and you’ll reap the benefits for years to come.
Massaging the scalp and hair with warm oil, preferably infused with hair-friendly herbs, is also a way to nourish the scalp and hair topically. Not only does the massage work wonders for your hair, but it also relaxes the mind and nervous system.
Some important sources
In addition to all the local beauty supplies, we recommend: