Lock Pop: The Mane Society's Nicole
Being avid lovers of all things beauty, we are always excited to come across interesting ideas in the industry.
On that note, we opted to chat with The Mane Society's own Nicole in order to learn more about this brilliant up-and- coming company.
Describe The Mane Society in a nutshell.
Imagine a hair fairy who appears at your door upon request, gives your hair length and volume, and comes back every 6 weeks to work maintenance magic. That's us. The Mane Society delivers semi-permanent human hair extensions in Manhattan. We are uniquely an in-home service with an affordable monthly subscription plan so our clients can budget for their dream hair, no surprises.
It's a pretty innovative and inspired concept. How did this idea come about?
Thanks! The Mane Society was born out of my personal experience with NYC hair extensions salons. When I discovered semi-permanent hair extensions methods, it really changed my life.
But it was bittersweet. I ran into a lot of issues with finding talented stylists, reliable service, and consistent pricing. It also required salon visits where you literally sit there having your hair removed in front of strangers. The Mane Society was an aha-moment with a friend: Why not offer a subscription-based, in-home extensions service that matches the maintenance commitment extensions require?
What do you think is the biggest misconception about hair extensions?
I think the biggest misconception about hair extensions is that the only method out there is fusion. Used for years by celebrities, fusion extensions are glued to your hair and they typically cost thousands per visit! But today, there are other options that don’t involve a glue bond to your hair and are much more affordable. Typically, they are better for your hair too.
Who is your hair idol?
But here are two pretty well-known ladies with consistently great hair: Gossip Girl's Leighton Meester and Blake Lively. They are like the yin and yang brunette and blonde of hair perfection.
Hopping away from the hair topic for a minute, but how do you define beauty?
I’m going to quote Emma Stone here: “I can’t think of any better representation of beauty than someone who is unafraid to be herself.”
That pretty much sums it up. Whether it’s a matter of the heart or the hair or otherwise, be yourself and do what makes you happy.
Anything else that you'd like to add?
I think people shy away from getting hair extensions because they feel like it’s somehow too self-indulgent.. But I would urge anyone who is unhappy with the volume, length, or texture of their hair to give it a try and see how you feel.
Personally, because I was frequently unhappy with my hair, I spent a lot on cut and color experimentation. Once I started hair extensions, I stopped having the urge to change my hair all the time and actually saved on salon visits. Annually, I spend about the same today as I did back then.
Because unlike a lot of other issues people have with their appearance, hair can be altered relatively easily and it really does make a huge impact.
For anyone who has always hated their hair, it's life-changing really. I think that's why the most common reaction our clients have after their first appointment is, "Why didn't I do this sooner?"