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01 / 30 / 2015
Donna Bella Tape-In Hair Extensions: The Consultation

tapeins the cosultation

Consultations are always the best part of the hair extension business. You get to meet different clients who come from different walks of life. For some, hair extensions are simply a luxury they enjoy, while for others, it’s a lifestyle they can’t do without. The consultation is also the most important piece of their experience. Because of how much time and money they are putting into the process, hair extensions are an investment for them, so they expect you to work a miracle even though sometimes it cannot be done. To make sure your consultation goes well for you and your client, use the following tips.

Be upfront. First-time hair extension wearers have never experienced this type of service before, and since they haven’t a clue, they may have some really high expectations for you. Before they come in for their appointment with you, tell them to bring in some pictures of what they imagine their hair will look like. Most of the time, women get their inspirations from hairstyles they’ve seen on social media or on a celebrity. Having a picture will let you visualize exactly what your client is envisioning. In some rare cases, you won’t be able to take them from “zero to hero.” Either their hair is too short or too thin for their method of choice, the color isn’t flattering for their skin tone, or their face frame requires a different cut or color, etc… So to avoid a difficult client, it is your job to be honest with them and provide a professional opinion. Always under-promise and over-deliver.

Educate. As a stylist you tend to forget that not everyone knows what you do. Make sure that at the consultation you give your client all the details they’ll need to know, from the installation process to the aftercare and reinstallation. Make sure you cover the how-to’s for washing their hair with the right products, plus how to style (brushing and using heat). It might even help to create a cheat sheet with all the info that you can send home with them. It’s a way to not only set yourself apart from the rest of the hairstylists, but to give your client a reference they can run to when in doubt.

Commit. Toward the end of the consultation make sure you and the client are both in agreement about the course of action. Make sure they understand what you expect from them, for example, having their hair ready for installation (clarified and free of any moisture, etc…), and that you understand what they expect from you (custom color job, more volume, more length, etc…). Make sure you both have a clear understanding so that, come installation day, there are no unexpected surprises.

Having issues with your consultations? Leave a comment below. We’ll get you the help you need!


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01 / 23 / 2015
Top 3 Reasons to Attend a Pro Series Event

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Most of us are visual learners, especially when it comes to the art of hair, correct? So there is no better way to learn specific tricks and tips—unless you are physically being taught one-on-one by a master of hair extensions. Yes we have education and tools online that you can use to help you improve and get started. However, there are always those “What-ifs?” and “I’m not sure if I’m doing this right” questions and concerns that linger in our minds. We like the reassurance of having a pro watching over us to give us confirmation. That is exactly why Ruben Martinez and the rest of the Donna Bella Hair Team have taken the time to make this tour possible.

Use it as an excuse. Excuses have a negative connotation to them, but in this case, use it for a positive reason. Find the nearest event to you, round up your stylist friends, and head down for a day or a weekend of intense training, fun, and play. We’ve got you covered with overnight accommodations, goodies, and high-end dinners with Ruben and the rest of the team.

Get intense. As part of the package deal, we give you all the tools needed to train in all three methods; I-Link, Kera-Link, and Tape-In. We do this so that you can use these tools as part of your hands-on training. Our goal is to make you incredibly comfortable with each method, so that you can leave with overt confidence in your ability to provide any service to any client. The training is designed to give you the most attention possible so that you can learn at your own pace and get each one of your questions answered. Have trouble with slippage? Our educators will give you the secrets and tips to make that a thing of the past. Want to improve your custom coloring skills? Ruben will turn you into a master hair extension colorist. . There are so many possibilities!

Make more money. That is our goal after all, isn’t it? Providing more than one service that allows you to cater to many more clients? Just because a stylist provides several services doesn’t mean they’re better off. It takes a stylist who provides confident, reliable, amazing services to keep loyal clients and increase their revenue through word-of-mouth. Although we can’t provide you with personality, we can, however, give you the confidence you need to provide those key elements in all of your hair extension services, and to make you the best in town. Your work speaks for itself. Shouldn’t you amaze them?

Need more info on our Pro Series events? Drop your questions in the box below!

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01 / 16 / 2015
Coconut Oil for Your Extensions

coconut oil

As of late, coconut oil has been getting a lot of  hype for its benefits, and also because it’s all natural. It’s great when used as part of your nutrition, does wonders for moisturizing your skin, and has proven to help distressed hair. Use it on your natural hair to restore it, use it while your extensions are in, or use it to revive them after your hair extensions have been taken out to get them ready for a re-installation. If you style your hair with heat constantly, coconut oil may help restore your hair extensions. Curious? Want to give it a shot? Here is some information to read before you try it.


How to apply: Coconut oil can be used to keep the ends of your hair extensions moisturized. Heat a tablespoon or two (not too hot, you don’t want to get burned) and apply ONLY to the tips of your hair extensions. It is super moisturizing so it is important that you stay as far away as possible from your tape, bond, or beads, or you’ll be experiencing slippage in no time. After applying the oil, place your hair extensions into a braid and leave it on anywhere from a couple of hours to overnight. If you choose to leave it on overnight, make sure you protect your clothes and pillow by placing a towel on your bed, or by wrapping a sheet of plastic around it.


Benefits: Coconut oil can be used to keep the ends of your hair extensions moisturized. Coconut oil is said to work better because it seeps into the hair shaft instead of just sitting on top of the hair. It reconditions hair from the inside out because it contains ingredients that help to restructure hair, such as vitamin E and Lauric acid. People that have used coconut oil have experienced less split ends because it is high in protein, giving your hair the needed strength to fight breakage. Another benefit to using coconut oil for your hair extensions is that it gives them shine.

Warning: Coconut oil is very heavy so you will have to wash your hair very well after the treatment. Shampoo your hair twice just to be sure.

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Yes, coconut oil is amazing for conditioning your extensions. It adds a shine that is beautiful. You can also mix a tablespoon of the oil with sugar (sugar in the raw) works best because of its large grain, similar to sea salt in size. Mix the two together and use to gently exfoliate you're lips. It works great, especially during winter time when our lips tend to be dry. Your lips will be soft, and your lipstick will look better than ever..:)
-Kim Zapalac

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01 / 09 / 2015
New Year, New Hair

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Most of us have made New Year’s resolutions; some are pretty far fetched and others are more attainable. Most of our resolutions are centered around improving ourselves, right? So why not start with baby steps like a hair makeover? A new color or longer hair will definitely have you looking and feeling brand new! Or why not even do both?

If you’ve never tried hair extensions before, now is the perfect time to do it. New year, new you, or, in this case—new hair! It doesn’t matter if you’re a first time or long time extension wearer when it comes to changing your look. Hair extensions are so versatile, there are so many possibilities. Aside from the fact that hair extensions are used for length, they are also used for volume, color, and style.

First timers, if you’re nervous, start with Clip-Ins. They come with instructions on how to clip them on yourself. You can style them as you would your natural hair and take them out as soon as you’re done with them (usually at the end of the day). If you store them neatly, you can get many uses out of them. If you find that you enjoy your new look and would like to save time on clipping them on each time, you can then upgrade to Tape-Ins, I-Links, or Kera-Links.

If you’re a long time extension wearer, try a new look by changing colors. If you have a monochromatic color, you should give one of the color trends a try. For example, a balayage, an ombre (which we now carry in a few tones), or a dip dye job are all in style. The best part about these trends is that you don’t need to put your hair through the color process. Save your natural hair the damage and ask your stylist to complete this look by ordering the color of hair extensions that will best blend with your natural color to combine them for the perfect look.

So while the gym goals for the year are always great, they still take time to produce results. See a new you right away with amazing hair and start showing off now!


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Hair Care

01 / 02 / 2015
Tips for Healthy, Growing Hair

tips for healthy, growing hair

Trying to grow your hair out but not having much luck? It could be that your hair isn’t healthy enough to start the process. If your hair is damaged, it will just break off, which explains why it won’t grow. Using a deep conditioner combined with a biotin supplement will definitely help get your hair healthy to start the growing process. Biotin helps stimulate the cells that make your hair grow. As with any supplements, consult your physician before use.

If you have really short hair like a pixie cut, work your way into a bob (good thing they’re in style right now). Make sure that you’re going in regularly to have your split ends trimmed. Split ends will eventually break off and leave you waiting even longer for length. If you have thicker hair, though, this might not be a great option for you due to the poofy effect it can have on your hair type. Ask your stylist to thin your hair out to get rid of the bulk. At this point you can keep taking your biotin and applying your deep conditioner. Once your hair is at your shoulders you also have the option to install hair extensions since your hair will be the perfect length for them. Hair extensions are a lot more tricky to place into shorter hair because they won’t blend in as well.

Even with hair extensions, you need to continue your hair growth routine. Don’t stop taking your biotin or using deep conditioning masks and conditioners on your natural hair and your hair extensions to keep them in the best shape possible. One last thing: whether you have hair extensions installed or not, do not wash your hair everyday. The natural oils that your scalp produces help nourish your hair. Try a dry shampoo instead (it will absorb all the excess oil, and have your hair smelling fresh). Washing your hair too much can also dry out your hair extensions.

Hair extensions are a great damage-free option for hair growth. You’ll have the length and volume while you wait for your natural hair to catch up. If done correctly, you should see longer hair once the hair extensions are taken out. Once you achieve the length you’ve wanted, hair extensions can still be worn for volume.

Thanks for reading! Any questions or concerns? Leave them in the comments below!


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12 / 26 / 2014
Hair Tricks to Get You Through NYE


Can you believe this is our last blog of 2014? It feels like it went by way too fast—but then again, time does fly when you’re having fun, doesn’t it? Since this is the last blog of the year, you know we had to write one about the New Year’s Eve festivities. While some like to spend it at home cozying up with family or a significant other, others enjoy the big party and nightlife that can only be experienced once a year (at least the ball drop and first kiss of the year part). So for your night out on the town, here are some hair tricks to keep your hair looking fab through the new year!

Curl from the middle out. When styling your hair extensions with your wand or curling iron, try to curl starting from the middle out. Doing this will allow your curls to last longer because this technique provides a better hold.

Make bobby pins stick all night. Take a paper towel and place the bobby pins you will be using on top. Spray the bobby pins with hairspray to give them some stickiness. Place them in your hair soon after they are dry.

Use a toothbrush. Everyone knows the struggle of flyaways, especially right after taking a blow drier or straight iron to your hairline. The best way to tame your flyaways is by using a toothbrush. Yes you read that right. Spray some hairspray on a toothbrush (preferably one that hasn’t been used) and use it to tame your baby hairs and flyaways.

Blow dry with cool air. If you’re planning on just a blow dried style, try switching the temperatures on your blow dryer back and forth or giving your hair a blast of cool air right after applying heat. The cool air helps your style stay intact.

If you’d like more tips or have questions please leave a comment or ask your favorite stylist. Thank you all for another amazing year!

Happy New Year!!

Love, The Donna Bella Hair Team xo

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12 / 19 / 2014
Tips for More Photogenic Holiday Hair

tips for more photogenic hair

Doesn’t it seem like we take a million pictures before choosing one that we actually like? Either our hair is too flat, too poofy, our smile is too big, or we aren’t smiling enough. Although we can’t really help you with your smile, we certainly can give you some tips for finding full proof picture-perfect hair. With holiday parties in full force, this might come in handy.

  1. Who doesn’t love a great bun? A safe and fast hairstyle that will have you looking classy no matter what you wear or what you do. The bun will hold every hair in place so you don’t have to worry about your hair looking frizzy. What’s even better is with a bun maker, you can’t mess it up and you will love the way your hair extensions look. The bun maker is easy to use and you can even try leaving a section of hair out to braid and then wrap it around the bun.
  2. High or low, a sleek ponytail can always look so chic. A favorite because it does so well with hair extensions and is super quick to create. Use a heat protectant before straightening your strands with a hair straightener. Finish by applying a glossing  spray or shine after placing your hair in a hair tie. You can also leave a strand of hair out to wrap around your ponytail to hide the hair tie. Looks stunning with a good face contour to bring out your best facial features.

Wand it. If you haven’t used a wand before—you need to. If you have, then you understand the hype. A curling wand will leave your hair with the best spirals in the quickest time possible. Since the messy trend is in, you can create a messier look by tussling through your curls and applying a finishing spray.

A deep, sleek part. The best thing about wearing hair extensions is that you have that extra weight for the sleek styles that are very much the trend right now. Leave your hair down and part your hair on the side you prefer. For a deep part you want it to be between the middle of your face and your ear. Tuck your hair behind your ears, apply your favorite hair smoothing cream to those flyaways and you’re ready!

For a more festive look for those Christmas parties, or to complete that New Years Eve look, add hair tinsel or hair jewels  to any of these hairstyles.

Make sure to always carry your hair extension brush with you because you never know when you’ll need to refresh your hair before you capture those best moments with a picture.

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12 / 12 / 2014
The Perfect Blowout for Hair Extensions

the perfect blow out

To blowout your hair as perfectly as your stylist would, here are some do-it-yourself tips that should have you looking like you just walked out of a dry bar. Keep in mind that you should always be as gentle as you can with your hair extensions while performing these steps. Don’t tug on your connections as this will make them slip.

Step 1. Start with a sulfate-free smoothing or straightening shampoo and conditioner. It’s not a good idea to apply heat to wet hair because it ends up damaging it, so make sure you absorb as much moisture as you can by towel drying your hair.

Step 2. Apply a good blow dry primer. Most blow dry primers will contain a heat protectant to keep your ends from breaking and splitting because of the heat. If you’re looking for a more sleek look try a balm like Bumble and Bumble Straight Blow Dry.

Step 3: Choose the appropriate brush. For more volume and bounce use a round brush, for a sleek look, use a paddle brush.

Step 4. Before blow-drying, section off your hair into small sections (small sections dry faster). Start drying your hair with the back sections and work your way toward the front. Point your dryer downward, as this helps to close the cuticle as it dries, and run your brush through your hair as you dry it. Run the dryer through each section of your hair with the cool setting of the dryer to lock in the style once the section is dry.

Step 5. Finish off by applying a small amount of a lightweight shine spray or serum. Make sure to apply to the ends first and then to your crown.

Have a tip we missed? Let us know your favorite products to use for blowouts; we’re always interested to know!


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12 / 05 / 2014
How to shop for Hair Extensions

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If this is your first time shopping for hair extensions, or if you’re curious to know if you’ve been buying the right brand or the right method, here’s a little information that will help confirm you have been making the right decisions. These are some basic things you should look into while shopping for the right hair extensions.

Everyone has a different hair type so what may be working for your friend may not work for you. We love raving friends who have their personal reviews on different products. Although sometimes it works, when it comes to hair extensions, this is one of those decisions you’ll have to make solo. So, here’s the breakdown in a nutshell:

⃟ Curly/thick hair: I-Link or Kera-Link. Thicker hair provides a stronger hold for beads and bonds

⃟ Thin/oily hair: Tape-Ins. They put less stress on fine strands of hair.

⃟ Really curly/kinky hair: Sew Ins. They are the best matching texture and they’re easier to style.

For the non-committed or tight budgeted: Clip-Ins. You save money on installation and can be worn whenever by simply attaching them to your natural hair by the clips.

With so many brands making great quality hair, how do you know which brand to shop with? When deciding which brand to go with, do consider the following:

⃟ How much hair am I getting for my money’s worth? Look at how many strands there are per pack. Find out how many grams each pack of hair contains. Make sure you’re getting the most bang for your buck.

⃟ What is the quality of hair? 100% Human Remy Hair is the best quality because it is made with human hair, which means you can style it the same way you would your natural hair. Synthetic Hair is a lower quality of hair and can’t be styled like remy. The texture is also different in the sense that, because it isn’t human hair, it will definitely not feel like it either.

⃟ How is their customer service? Although we don’t give it much thought, a brand’s customer service represents them entirely. Some questions to ask would be: Do they stand by their product? Are they easy to get a hold of? How accessible are they? The best way to get an answer to these types of questions is either word of mouth or look at reviews.

Still have questions? Please feel free to drop us a line—that’s what we’re here for!


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11 / 28 / 2014
Hair for the Holidays

Hair For the Holidays


It’s that time of giving and receiving again. Time for spending time with our family and loved ones, which also means trying to find the perfect gift for each one of them. Here’s a question: how would you feel about receiving hair extensions as a gift? As a Donna Bella Hair customer, we know you would love it and we’re almost positive your friends and family would feel the same way if they received their own Donna Bella Hair. If you’re out of gift ideas, here are some suggestions from the Donna Bella Hair Team:

Clip-Ins. Why? We haven’t met anyone who has tried them and has not fallen completely in love with them. There is no commitment and no cost for installation. It’s super convenient for busy moms that don’t have the time to style their hair, let alone sit in a chair waiting on their installation to be complete. It’s also perfect for first time hair extension wearers so they can get the hang of having longer hair and then upgrade to Tape-Ins, I-Links, or Kera-Links. Even if they already wear hair extensions, Clip-Ins are great for those moments they can’t get in with their stylist, or for when they’d like to give their hair a break. You can never go wrong with Clip-Ins.

Donna Bella Hair gift cards. Everyone loves gift cards, so why not give them gift cards for their own makeover? Since we don’t expect you to know their color, length, or method of preference, we suggest a gift card—that way they can purchase the hair they want and love you forever for their new look. Best part about it: if you shop with us on Black Friday, you’ll receive gift cards for spending a certain amount. So what better way to shop for yourself and get something for your loved ones at the same time?

Stocking stuffers. If you want some really awesome stocking stuffers, our hair tinsel and hair jewels are perfect for Christmas or a night on the town for New Years Eve, and our hair feathers are always fun on any day.

Don’t miss our Black Friday weekend Sale, you might even win a golden strand.  If there are any questions or suggestions you’d like answered from us, let us know. Happy holidays and happy shopping!


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