Calling All Aspiring Lash Artists

UPDATE: This class is full, please check back or drop a message to inquire about future classes!

Have you been interested in becoming an eyelash extension technician? Now is your time to shine! I am offering an extensive eyelash extension training this January. This 3 day course will include a full presentation and lecture on everything I know about extensions. It will also include in depth hands on training, a kit hand picked by yours truly, and a certification process. If you have been considering either sharpening your skills or are new to this skill, now is the time!

My name is Chelsie, I am a licensed instructor by the state of Idaho and have lots of teaching experience. I have been missing teaching so much, and have been overwhelmed with the amount of clientele I have inquiring about my services, so I have decided to share my knowledge.

This course is 3 full days and costs $1000, deposit is required to reserve your space.

Please drop your questions here, or click REGISTER HERE to sign up!



Installing Synthetic Dreadlocks

Synthetics are all the rave these days; a noncommittal, bold, and protective style.

With faux dreadlocks I see all types of people and varying desired effects for them… some want a synthetic dread that looks as natural as possible and others want an epic and maintenance free style for festival season.

Either way, you’re going to learn how to give the people what they want in this 2 day, hands on course.

I am going to teach you everything you need to know about applying, cultivating and booking synthetic dreadlock extensions!

In this class we will be covering:

  • Cultivating Dreadlock Extensions
  • Care and Maintenance
  • Charging for Installation and Materials
  • Consulting with Potential Clients
  • Tools and Materials
  • Braiding Technique
  • 2 Types of Installation (Temporary to Semi Permanent)
  • Double Ended Dreadlock Application
  • Single Ended Dreadlock Application
  • Wrap and Seal Dreadlock Application
  • A Touch on Micro Braiding/Box Braiding
  • How to Choose the Right Materials For Your Client

Not only will I give you the all of the techniques and knowledge I have about this niche of dreadlocks and styling, I will prepare you for the client inquiries, and show you how to sell this service. With just over 5 years of dreadlock application experience, I believe I have the right tools to offer, in order to help you succeed with this investment.

Prerequisite for this course: You must be able to braid and french braid WELL, I will need video evidence with your registration form, there will be an attached video for you to mimic so that I can determine if this class is the right fit for you.

This Complete Synthetics Course is $349

All materials, models, tools, and mannequins provided.

The following dates are for this course only, space is limited.

Idaho Falls, ID- January 28th & 29th

Submit your questions below, or click REGISTER HERE to sign up!

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Dreadlock Dictionary


Dreadlock- a style created by allowing the hair to matt into rope-like locks.

Synthetic Dreadlock- A preformed dreadlock made from human hair or monofiber, attached to existing sections of hair to create the look of a dreadlock style.

Neglect Method- Letting dreadlocks naturally form without much/if any assistance or maintenance.

Backcomb Method- Using a dread comb to back stroke sections of hair into dreadlocks.

Crochet Method- Using a crochet or dread hook to lock sections of hair into dreadlocks.

Rip and Tear Method- Pinching and twisting strands of hair to section hair and begin forming dreadlocks.

Latch Hooking- Using a latch hook tool to tidy up newgrowth and stray strands in dreadlocks.

Seperating- The act of pulling strands of hair out of dreads that do not belong together.

Congo- When two or more dreads begin to ajoin.



Taking The Plunge- Permanent Dreadlocks


So you think you are ready to take the plunge…

I am ready to coach you through the process.

First of all, are all of your “people” ok with this… BOSS, mother, husband, father, wife, children, etc… Dreadlocks can conflict majorly with dresscode in some businesses and schools and may affect your job.

Length- the longer the better! Plan to lose 1/3 of your current, natural length as your dreads mature. There are many ways to get your dreadlocks going even if length may become an issue.

Color- Dreadlocks CAN be colored, however an extreme color change can be very difficult to achieve without damaging your locks. I typically suggest a lower maintenance color because your dreads are going to be a lot of work on their own.

Time- How much time do you put into your hair daily? Dreadlocks require a lot of time and love during their first year. All of the time you get to save on blow drying and curling is now spent separating congos and palm rolling.

Washing- Yes WE WASH. I recommend to my clients 4-7 days for shampooing and I only get my dreads wet when I shampoo. Dreads can dry very slowly, even with a blowdryer. My dreads can remain damp for most of the day even, so about a week is great for me. Washing more or less than every 4-7 days can be ok as long as your hair thickness and dreads permit it. You will get the routine once you get going and will be able to determine what your dreads like best.

Feeling Crazy?- Yes us dread heads are a bit obsessed with our dreads. They become part of you, like a device for measuring time based on the Instagram photos and your locks maturation process. It’s like when a parent uses their child’s age to share the approximate time of a memory. Like children, you have your favorites, the dreads that behave and cause little grief, and then there are the naughty ones that don’t play nice with the others. They are an organism all their own, congoing together an hour after you separate your entire scalp. Because of this your hands are always in them, making you look like a monkey, or a crazy person. Eventually they mature and mellow out and become very little work.

Like training a puppy, if you give them the attention they need in the beginning they will become an easy companion for a lifetime.

Commitment- Oh yes, I did say lifetime… Dreads are not for the faint hearted. Once you jump on this dread wagon, you are on it. Permanent Dreadlocks are a permanent decision, I tell every client that they must be cut out. There are people that have combed them out, but this way should not be relied upon as your hair will not be the same once you try and reverse a hair locking process. If you are unsure as to whether you are ready to commit to dreadlocks, I suggest trying one of my synthetic methods.

The Steady Dready method gives you basically a mock run of natural dreads…. It’s the easy and reversible way to see if you are up for permanent dreads. Once they are installed, in most cases, you can go about 4-12 weeks without maintenance. At each maintenance appointment, you can choose to continue maintaining your dreads as a synthetic extension, or begin to convert the bonds to a permanently extended Dreadlock. I believe this method gives you the ability to easily trial dreadlocks and transition into permanent dreads, if you choose too.

Still convinced you want them?- If you are still convinced you want them, you do not need extensions, a color change, and your length is good to go, here is how we get started…

I do not believe in using waxes, pomades, locking sprays, peppers, etc etc etc…. Blah blah blah.

I do productLESS dreading.

I use two products in my dreadlocks,

Shampoo (LOMA Organics)

Leave-in Conditioner (LOMA Organics) when they are dry and frizzy.

You will at least need to plan on purchasing shampoo for your dreads, if you are dreading with me, I recommend and stock LOMA Organics.

I like to dread organically. Letting your hair choose what dreading and maintenance method it likes best and allowing your hair to dread on its own… Because yes, it will dread if you let it.

Appointments for dread locking are determined and scheduled according to the needs of your dreads. Some clients have an easier time working on their own dreads and can manage quite well with little time in the salon, while others NEED to come in regularly to get their dreads going in a direction we want them to.

During our first appointment together, we will consult to make sure we are on the same page about the dreads you are trying to achieve. I will separate most and sometimes all of your hair into sections and encourage these sections of hair to become friends, by lightly dreading your hair with the method it responds to best. I will give you homework and we will rebook another appointment for maintenance.

Each appointment duration and maintenance frequency depends upon the client and the hair locking ability. Typically 2 hours every 6-8 weeks has been beneficial for clients that need more help with their dreadlocks.

If you’re ready to get started, give me a call or use our email contact form!

Hope this helps!

– Tia





Discover Your Passion

imageI had an experience the other day that caused question to my live’s work and career. I have always dreamt of leaving a legacy of artistic expression and passion… Providing that in services to clients is how I always knew I would bless the world, but what I secretly dreamed of was passing it along; through education. I was always sure I couldn’t teach at a school because I wanted the persons being educated to receive a valuable and lasting experience.

Throughout the one year’s time it takes to get through cosmetology school, a lot of information is fed to you. You are taking in anatomy, emotional social work, geometry and all the while trying to maintatin Zen relations with your peers. Teaching in that setting seems hectic and controlled.

Something you will learn about me, I DON’T like rules.

Probably because I typically DO follow them… I like learning what I want to learn and doing things in the way that feels most right and authentic to me.

Learn all of the rules so that you can pick your favorites.

As a cosmetologist considering teaching other cosmetologists, I have been through the process… 9 years of it. I remember the school shenanigans, that one lady crying in the other girls chair, the bad cuts, the crazy clients, but most of all I rememeber why I started. For the passion and the art. I still feel excited when I pick up a little trick of the trade or have a new client squeals with excitement when I hand them the mirror.

I remember 🙂

The time I remember needing help the most were the following few years after beauty school. That point you reach when you have graduated, found a job, begun working in a salon, and bam… what now? Those were the points in my career I learned the most. I had the time open on my schedule, as my clientele was still growing, and I still had that craving for knowledge. I knew nothing!!

I have a vivid memory of standing in the dispensary of my first salon job gathering supplies for my appointment; a walk in perm. I stood facing my cupboard, staring at the boxes of perm solution… “OMG What solution do I use?! What color rod?! What order do these go in?!”

Anyone licensed is laughing right now because the irony is, we have all wrapped over 80 perms by this point. I knew what I was doing, but I was not feeling secure in my knowledge or in myself!

The owner of the salon was also in the back and could see that I was sweating, he asked if I needed any help. I blurted the ridiculous things going through my head, and he calmly said; “Ok. How resistant does her hair seem? Is it colored? What do you think you should use?”

I anwered to which he replied, “See? You do know what you’re doing.”

I was validated in his 30 seconds of questions. It felt nice. At that time in my fragile, building stages, I needed that support to feel strong and secure. I needed an experienced professional to tell me that I was doing good, not tell me what to do. He was my sounding board; I had a damn good hairstylist to bounce my creative and quirky ideas off of.

The most common complaint I hear in the beauty industry from graduated cosmetologist… In schools we are not taught to come to our own conclusions, we are taught to memorize and follow suit. Our instructors mixed our color formulas, grabbed our perm solutions, told us what steps to take…

See my issue with rules?

In their defense, it is such a small window of time to cram in all of the knowledge needed to pass boards. So we memorize and memorize… Which pushes us to experiment in the ladder years… At that point in my career, I needed my boss to bounce my experiments off of verbally, before trying them physically.

We chatted about A-lines, texturized cutting, color, lightening, decolorizing, toning, and styling products. He gave me his experienced opinion and I gave him my quirky concocted day dreams. He met me in the middle by validating my thought process but steered them to a more chemically or practically accurate concept.

I admire him.

I always hoped I would lead a salon team with that concept behind building stylists. What I did not fully know about myself is that I set very high expectations for others; because I set high expectations for myself.

Owning a salon and trying to teach motivation was not something I had in me. OBVIOUSLY… Cause it didn’t work like I had hoped. You can’t teach someone to be passionate, but you can teach them how to turn their passions into a concept and manifest it.

That is what I want to do.

I dream of leaving a legacy of passion to the other individuals in this industry just trying to make it. I hope to share my thoughts, experiments and creativity with others as we walk this treturous path to self discovery and fabulous hair. Cheers to all of you 😉




Hands on and Demonstration Education

NOW Offering ONE on ONE

Hands on and Demonstration Education

Tia is now offering one on one demonstrations and appointments for hands on education to licensed professionals. Ranging from razor haircutting, pixie cutting, blonding, color blending, vivid color and extensions both free strand and dreaded.

Reserve your appointment now to get educated!

Homecare for Synthetic Dreaded Extensions

Already have your very own set of installed, synthetic, dreaded extensions??

Well here are some tips for the aftercare!


Yes we wash.

I recommend washing every 4-7 days… I find that washing more often tends to lead to extension slippage, mildew dread and frizziness at the base. If you choose to go longer, that is up to you and friends… as them if you smell 🙂 (haha)


If it feels tight and pulls, you are probably causing tension on your scalp and bond. Putting them in 14 different styles each day is not going to aide in the longevity of your extensions.

There are many youtube videos on how to style dreadlocks, if you are looking for creative styles. If easy is more your style, I am in love with a dreadie invention we are now carrying in the salon; a 12in wire noodle (not sure what the real name is) but thats the gist of it. Bundle your dreads and bend this wire around them. BEST $10 I have spent to control these bad boys.


Yes decorate them!! Hemp, leather, strings etc! Keep in mind, adding a lot of weight is never a good idea for your scalp and hair, and adding thickness and material to your dread can keep it from drying. Watch for weak spots or slipping caused by weight, and make sure your dreadies are drying within a day!

Hope this helps!!


Custom Synthetic Dread Sets

Interested in the dread style… but not quite ready for the comitment?

Single-Ended synthetic dread extensions may be the answer you are looking for!

Dreaded extensions can be attached to your hair for a temporary to semi permanent dread “fix”. Remove the extension binding to get your hair back to its previous, free-stranded state!



Methods of application, price for install, and length of hair required will vary stylist to stylist… But I always say: 3 inches of hair minimum, $40 per hour for install (full head approx 4-5 hours).

Dread sets can be made in any length, most commonly requested in 18-24 inch lengths. You have the option of thick, skinny, or varying diameters, Color possibilities are pretty endless, and dreads can be ombre’d.

Full Head sets range from 50-60 single ended dreads @ $180-$240

Partial Head sets 30 single ended dreads @ $60-$100

*Accent Dread Sets*

5 single ended dreads fully decorated starting @ $25


Watch my instagram for the sets I will be creating and sending out @thahairbiz


Salon Professionals: Working With VIVIDS

Interested in reading up on some of my tips on working with vivids, pastels, and deposit only colors?


Here are a few answers to my most popular questions:


Q. What color line do you use?

A. Joico, Pravana, Iso with a little Fudge and Aloxxi. I use the line with the product that will serve my client best!


Q. Do you apply your fashion color formula on wet or dry hair?

A. This is my general rule: Hair is tinted when color fills the hair strand. If the hair strand is full of water, less color will be absorbed. If you are trying to achieve a nice translucent color, wet it is.

However, wet application is NOT how I acheive my translucent shades. Dimension is my true love; multi-tonal hair that reflects complimenting and contradicting hues is what challenges me, pushes me… Its much harder to get an even and predictable color application when the hair is wet, I typically dry the hair completly, section in 4 quardrents and apply my formulations. If I am applying color to wet hair, it is for slight tone adjustments.


Q. How do you adjust vivid color to acheive multi-tonal hues?

A. Start with a clear base when working with fashion shades, slowly stir in the desired pigment, checking depth by brushing the formula onto dry paper towel. I also love Titanium by Joico Color Intensitys as a cool base for some of my color concoctions.


Q. How do you acheive an even regrowth retouch without demarkation lines?

A. Double and triple toning. Sometimes double toning is required when you need to lift the regrowth and touch up the total color. Once the regrowth is lifted, you typically have a slightly yellow color butted up to your outgrown, faded color. Applying one mixture from scalp to ends is going to leave a “demarkation” line. The reason being- your base tones are different. You need to bring the freshly lightened hair to match the rest and then rinse, dry and apply your original formula to the entire head… OR you can formulate your regrowth color to process and match the end formulation in one application.


Keep the questions coming!

Hope this helps!




Salon Professionals: Color Correction and Toning 101

For my Salon Pros… because, to everyone else this is going to sound like gibberish.

There are two types of color appointments in my world: color correction and color maintenance. If your client is asking you to alter the color of her hair, because she is either unhappy with it or in need of a change, you are performing a color correction. And if you are not?? Well then you should be.

When altering color even slightly, your “color correction brain” should be in full throttle. When a colorist asks me a question about toning, coloring, lightening, etc… the most common occurrence i am finding, is that they are literally not thinking about the color wheel.. At all!! Just because something has not gone devastatingly wrong, does not mean that you are free to pick the swatch of choice and dump the tube on your clients hair. 


Have you ever utilized one of of these magical tools??

I sure hope so.


A picture of a clients color I did a few weeks ago has been stirring up questions from inquiring stylists. The pic was featured on DyedDollies of Instagram and the question everyone is asking…


Q. What is your silver formula?

A. There is no general rule when it comes to achieving ANY hair color! Especially fashion shades… and light to ultra light fashion shades at that. When I am approached with this question, my most common response is- “What’s the base? Level?”

I approach fashion shades, with again, a corrective frame of mind. If we are trying to achieve silver, my base level and tone is important because it will completely dictate the formula.


How about a little step by step:

Want to know where we started, and how we acheived this slate to silver ombre’?

Sometime last year, I had a color referral from one of my more daring clients… This one wants white.

Our first appointment was spent weaving, oh so carefully, through her subtle balayage highlight. Lifting all of her hair from her natural level 7 to match the existing highlight.

At the sink:

Her hair lifted easily but was still yellow… especially if the client is asking for white.

Shampooed with violet shampoo, let sit 5 minutes and rinsed well.

I ALWAYS squeeze as much water out of the hair before toning in the sink, even towel drying slightly… I also lift the clients head out of the bowl so that the full head is covered evenly.

My formula:

Using pastel mixer as a base (this keeps the hair from over saturating or becoming dark) and v9… we ran this throughout her hair, scalp to ends. I let that process for 5 minutes, rinsed and conditioned.

It dried beautifully and I forgot to take a picture… oops.

We maintained her white hair for several months, and when it was time for a change, we snapped a before.

(8 weeks after her last retouch)


A nice uber light beige canvas to begin our next hair painting project…


The Concoction:

Formula A— 4n + 10 vol

Formula B— A7 + Activator

Formula C— Pastel Mixer + a tad of v9 + Activator

In four quadrant sections I painted Formula A throughout the entire base of the hair feathering each small section varying 1-2 inches from the scalp. Going back through each section saturating the ends with formula C and using Formula B as my “buffer”.

Tip- I work slowly and carefully, wiping my hands several times, to keep the ends free from misplaced dark patches. Cleanliness is important!

No color adjusting or toning required.. Just rinsed, conditioned and blown out.

When she retuned about 8 weeks later…


She was seeing yellow throughout her hair and wanted to be more gray.

Here was my solution:

Formula A— Silver intense + 20 vol

Formula B— A7 + 20 vol

Formula C— 1/2 Clear + 1/2 Titanium + a dime size dot of violet

Now keep in mind she has 8 weeks of outgrowth (approx 3/4 of an inch). Starting with Formula A I foiled her entire base using a large slicing technique; only applying this formula from scalp to the dark color seam, feathering up to the white hair. Let process 30 minutes, rinse, blow dry.

Using four partings and clean sections, I applied Formula B over her original outgrowth and Formula C to the rest. Process 10 minutes, rinse, conditioned, trimmed and blown dry.



Want the method behind my madness?

Most of her dark color was semi permanent and given how light her hair was when we applied the 4n, I knew the silver intense would tone and gently lift, while also breaking the base of the virgin hair… the intensifier obviously would not deposit much color to the outgrowth, turning it the perfect red/orange shade; easily drabbed out with ash.

When mixing formula C I added violet to help with the yellow tones the client was seeing. Just that dot of violet helped to brighten the silver, which in florescent lights, looks like this… and in natural light looks very gray.

Thanks Miss S. for all of the fun projects you bring my way! Looking forward to the next one 😉