Dedicated to quality and education, Racoon International’s West Coast USA Division teamed up with award-winning hairdresser Steven Robertson, NAHA 2011 winner Jake Thompson and the extension gurus at Lunatic Fringe (2010 NAHA-winning salon) to bring you this look with unique extension placements and techniques to improve your extension skills.
“As we know, extension services are used for adding length. Other extension services we offer our guests at Lunatic Fringe range from enhancing their current color without processing the hair and adding fullness to areas of less density like the fringe and temporal area,” says Robertson. “It’s not only about increasing length with Racoon extensions, but offering new services to expose our guests to a potential new service.”
The Lunatic Fringe team of stylists and Racoon’s West Coast USA Division founder Brittany Johnstun went about their vision creating commercial imagery that is both relatable and marketable to their guests in the salon and showcasing this step-by-step application to help train Racoon hairdressers and the stylists in Lunatic Fringe Salons.
Hair: Lunatic Fringe Salon Brittany Johnstun, Steven Robertson, Jake Thompson
Hair care: Racoon International Xtend Aftercare for extensions
Styling Products: Paul Mitchell
Hair Color: Paul Mitchell the color
Hair Extensions: Racoon International
Make-up: Jacque Stone
Wardrobe: Jill Klekas
Photography: Jake Thompson
Step 1: Starting on the left side, create a 2” diagonal section approximately 3/4” below the part line. The diagonal section needs to follow the direction that the hair falls. Apply small ‘Micro Bonds’ so they will be inconspicuous.
Step 2: Create a second row directly under the first row. Place bonds in-between the bonds on the first row, creating a brick-lay pattern.
Step 3: Repeat Step 2 for the third row, continuing to brick-lay the bonds.
Step 4: Move to the right side of the head, create a 1 ½” diagonal section approximately ¾” below the part line. The diagonal section needs to follow the direction that the hair falls. Apply small ‘Micro Bonds.’
Step 5: Create the second row directly under the first row. Place bonds in-between the bonds on the first row, creating a brick-lay pattern.
NOTE: The number of rows on either side will vary depending on where the client parts her hair. For a middle part, placement will most likely be symmetrical.
Using a sharp razor, slide the razor on a diagonal from the inside toward the face creating the desired dramatization of the A-line. After the general shape is created, cut straight into the strands with your shears to remove some of the bulk in the ends—this will create soft tapered ends that look natural.