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07 / 31 / 2015
What is Colombre?

what is colombre

In one simple explanation: ombre with vibrant colors. We would say it’s a new trend but you’ve probably already seen it around for a while so it’s safe to say it’s just the official name for it. The ombre is best described as a dark to light tone style, however, stylists are putting their own twist on it by using any and every color of the rainbow. There are two ways to accomplish these looks using Donna Bella Hair extensions:

Funky colors. Donna Bella Hair offers a variety of the most vibrant and popular colors; blue, green, pink, and purple are among our selection. To get the ombre look, if working with a dark hair client, deposit a semi or demi permanent hair color to the root of  the hair extensions. Use the ombre technique to make sure it fades out into the vibrant color like an ombre would. Do not go past half of the hair. If working with lighter hair, deposit the color of choice to the very ends of the natural hair, again using the ombre technique. Then add the hair extension pieces. You can also choose to stay away from coloring by simply installing the hair extensions only.

Custom. Hair colors such as lavender or rose are not available in our funky color selection but can still be done using Donna Bella Hair extensions, by using colors #60 and #1001. These colors work perfectly with custom coloring as they allow you to play with your own color formula. The same rules apply (using only semi or demi permanent colors). Also, remember that hair extensions process differently so watch the hair as it’ll be done a lot more quicker than natural hair and ALWAYS do a test strand to see how the hair reacts to your chemicals. Below are some custom color jobs using Donna Bella Hair extensions.

 Hair by Chelsea McDaniel hair by michel red ombre lavender hair on @uhohalicia

Clockwise: Teal ombre hair by Chelsea McDaniel, burgundy ombre by Michel, lavender-purple ombre by Nicole. 

What’s your technique to color ombre? Leave them in the comments below, were dying to know!

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07 / 24 / 2015
Preserving the Life of Your Color

preserving your color

Is your hair pink, purple, blue, or any other vibrant color? Chances are you had to bleach your natural hair to deposit the funky color, right? After a couple of weeks you’ve probably experienced some color fading. And since there is no way to stop it from fading, here are a few things you can do to slow down the process on both your natural hair and Donna Bella Hair extensions*.

Cold water. It’s kind of a pain, but washing your hair with straight cold water helps preserve the color. When washing your hair with hot water, the cuticles of your hair open up allowing the color to leak. Cold water will help keep the cuticles closed and delay your color from fading, giving you more time before you go into your next touch up appointment.

Cellophane. A clear cellophane gloss will help coat the hair after depositing color. Because it’s semi-permanent, it will washout after about 8 washes. Touching up your hair and hair extensions with cellophane will keep the color and hair looking restored and shiny. The best thing about this product is that you can do it yourself. Just follow the instructions on the bottle.

Wash Less. As you know, wearing Donna Bella Hair extensions means washing your hair only once a week and twice at the most. The formula in shampoos throws off your hair’s pH balance, which makes it hard to preserve the integrity of the hair (both natural and extensions). If you simply cannot go without washing, use a dry shampoo. Dry shampoos are intended to soak up the excess oil from your scalp, leaving your hair feeling fresh and smelling clean. Using  pH-balanced shampoos will allow the cuticle to lay flat and preserve the color inside the hair shaft.

*If wearing any of our hair extensions including the Funky colors, you do not need to worry about the color of the extensions fading because they go through a special process to preserve their color. The suggestions above are for custom color jobs in which the stylist deposits color into the Donna Bella Hair extensions. Example: Turning Donna Bella Hair color #60 into blue or lavender by depositing your own color concoction.  

Do you have a trick to keeping your vibrant color? Share your secrets, we’re always on the lookout for some good ones!

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07 / 17 / 2015
Removing Donna Bella Hair Kera-Links

removing kera links

Because Kera-Links are installed strand by strand, plan on spending a good amount of time removing them. Unlike the Bond Remover for Donna Bella Hair Tape-Ins, the Kera-Link Bond Remover needs more time to be absorbed. The key is to be patient, especially if your client wants them rebonded for another use. If they are planning on reusing the hair, let them know that the hair will lose some length due to the old bond tips being cut off. You cannot place new bond over the old bond because it will adhere poorly, causing the extensions to fall out in no time. So to make sure the hair is reusable, follow these steps.

  1. Use your Hair Extension Tool to crunch the bond.
  2. Apply the blue Bond Remover (alcohol-based) to the crunched bonds. Only do a row at a time. Let the remover sit in for about 1 minute or more.
  3. Take your Hair Extension Tool again and crunch down on the bond on each side. You’ll know they’re ready to come off when the bonds turn white.
  4. Gently pull the hair extension off by holding firmly to the natural hair and pulling the extension off slowly. If it’s not coming off, use more Bond Remover and let it sit. While you wait, work on the others.
  5. If there’s any leftover bond on the natural hair, apply some more remover before you wash the hair.

Following these steps will ensure that you’re not pulling your client’s natural hair and that you’re not pulling hair off the extensions. To apply them again you’ll need to cut the white part (old bond) off the tip of the used extensions and then re-bond them. We’ll save those steps for next time.

If you’re having trouble with Kera-Link removal, leave your questions in the comments below and we’ll get to them as soon as possible!

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That's such a great tip!! Thanks so much for that Beth :)
-Jane Knight

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07 / 10 / 2015
Love That Part

love that part

Part, as in “a clean part,” is very crucial to a successful hair extension experience for both you and your client. A clean part means your client will feel comfortable the entire time she’s wearing her hair extensions. If you don’t take the time to part the hair in a clean line, your client will definitely feel it, trust me. It feels like a constant pulling of the hair, and even though it’s tiny, it’s painful and sometimes leaves little red bumps behind from the constant tugging of those few strands of hair. Also, if you don’t take the time to make a clean part before sealing the hair extension with the bond, bead, or tape, you are sure to have a bunch of stray hairs that will mat and tangle, and will break off hair with the stroke of a brush.

To avoid these issues,

  • Take your time. If you’re in a rush, you won’t have time to pay attention to every line you part. Don’t worry about going over a few more minutes if you’re charging by the hour. Your client will be more happy you took your time for a flawless hair installation instead of having to come back because it hurts.
  • Quick pick. Donna Bella’s Quick Pick Hair Parter is an amazing tool that makes clean parting faster and easier. Instead of using a comb that you have to constantly pick up and put down, the quick pick is worn around your finger like a ring so you can wear it during the installation. The tip is pointed and it’s extremely lightweight.
  • Equal parting. As a rule of thumb, the section of hair that goes into the bonds, beads, or tape is supposed to be the same thickness as the hair extension strand. That’s how you’ll know you’re parting too much or too little. If you place too much hair in the part, you’re looking at painful extensions for your client. If you part too little, you’re looking at slippage.

Practice makes perfect, of course. So if you think you messed up, re-do it. I promise, it’s worth it.

If you’d like more information about using the Quick Pick, visit our free videos.


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07 / 02 / 2015
Party with Donna Bella Hair

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We’ve all heard of tupperware parties and those body wrap parties. But have you thought of a Donna Bella Hair party? If you’re a stylist coming into the hair extension industry, this would be a great way to introduce yourself to potential future clients. If you’re a seasoned hair extension stylist looking to increase your income, this is a great way to share your services. There are several ways to approach something like this, but we thought we would share the quickest and easiest ideas for your Donna Bella Hair Party.

Clip-Ins are obviously a great way to introduce a person who has never thought about wearing extensions. Even though you have nothing to do with the installation, you can certainly offer custom coloring services, a custom cut, or custom blending for each set of Clip-Ins. Clip-Ins will be your secret money maker.

Tape-Ins are just a good idea for a hair party in general. If you’re doing a demo party, you can install them on the spot since they don’t take much time. We also suggest using the Funky colors to install a few pieces as highlights at your demo party, or even at a little girl’s birthday party—with the consent of her parents, of course.

If you partner up with a makeup artist you can also host a makeover party, which could take longer, but can also provide your guests with entertainment while they wait to be next. Of course, if you’re taking on something like this, keep the group small. You don’t want to be there all day. These types of parties are a great way to get some really good before and after pictures to show off your work on social media, plus a great way to promote your work through word of mouth.

We’d like to help you plan your own Donna Bella Hair Party. If you need ideas or have any questions, please ask!


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I would like to host a party !
-Carolina mendieta

Hair Extension News

06 / 25 / 2015
When Should I Double Bead?


Another common misconception of the I-Link method is double beading. The straight answer is you should never attach more than one bead to the I-Link tips. We’ve heard some clients and stylists suggest this, it’s not a very good idea. Not only are you wasting beads, time, and money, you’re also looking at an unhappy client that’s in constant discomfort which sometimes leads to breakage. Most of the time this is suggested when the I-Links keep slipping. So of course, we have a solution for that.

If you’re familiar with Donna Bella’s I-Link method then you know we offer 3 types of different beads. Each bead is designed to accommodate a different hair type. If you’re experiencing slippage, 2 beads is not the solution. It could be that you need to switch to a different bead type for your client’s hair type so here are the different beads we offer and what hair type they are meant for:

Flared: Is the go-to bead for clients that have fine, thin hair because they reduce the strain on the strands for their hair type.

Grooved: Made out of aluminum, these beads have tiny grooves on the inside of each bead. These grooves interlock with each other when the bead is closed,  reducing slippage.

Silicone: Perfect for any hair type, this bead is gentle but will still the hair in place securely without a worry for slippage.

donna bella beads

After trying all 3 different beads to no avail, it could also be that your client is not the ideal candidate for the I-Link method but rather the Kera-Link or Tape-In method instead. Double beading, again, is not the solution.

Have a question? Ask away in the comment box below!


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06 / 19 / 2015
Too Close for Comfort

too close for comfort

Since we’re on our I-Link series, let’s clear up another misconception about I-Link Hair extensions, shall we? As we scroll through social media, we see a ton of amazing work and mind-blowing creations made with Donna Bella Hair extensions, and, once in a while, we’ll come across a picture that makes us want to reach out and give a stylist a few pointers. So here’s our next pointer to keep in mind when installing those little micro-bead hair extensions: do not get too close to the scalp. Always place the bead about a quarter of an inch away from the scalp. Pictured above: the 2 on the left are incorrect.  The 2 on the right are the correct way of I-Link placement.

Some stylists think that the closer they get to the scalp, the better the beads will hold because they’re tightly secured. This is actually FALSE. Placing the bead too close to the scalp will not only be extremely uncomfortable for your client, it can also potentially cause breakage. Because the bead is placed too close to the root of the strand, there’s a lot of pressure there from the weight of the bead. All it takes is one stroke of a brush and you’re looking at breakage.

Another reason you should not place the bead too high up on the hair is because you won’t have that 360 degree movement that I-Links are used for. It’s harder to place the I-Links without waterfalling if you place the bead too high. If you drop the extensions slightly, you can install them at a better angle to get a more natural look.

The discomfort from having the bead placed too close to the scalp can cause little red bumps that form on the scalp when it’s too tight. If your client is complaining about discomfort after 24 hours, you should definitely check to see if you’ve placed the bead a little too close. If you have, you’ll need to unclamp the beads and give them more space. That’s why, as a rule of thumb, always leave a quarter of an inch of space.

To learn more about the proper installation of Donna Bella Hair extensions, check out our online education or our hands-on training classes at the next hair show. If you’re serious about stepping up your hair extension skills, we invite you to attend our next Pro Series class.

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06 / 12 / 2015
Tips Not Allowed On I-Link Extensions…

Tips not allowed


What no tip? We’re not talking money, we’re talking I-Link tips. Let’s continue our series on I-Links with the installation. Pictured below is an I-Link installation No-No. The tips on I-Links should never be poking out this far. Why you may ask? The constant poking of the tips on the client’s scalp when she lays down or pulls her hair up will cause great discomfort for her. Could you imagine walking around with hundreds of little strands poking at your head non-stop? Not good.

Another reason why most of the tips should be kept inside the bead is because, over time, the tip where the bond is located will start to fray due to brushing or styling. Keep in mind that you will need those bonds to remain sealed so you can use them again for the client’s next move up appointment. When you keep that bond sealed, you can trim off the tip after a few uses when you can’t fit it into the bead anymore, making use of the rest of the tip.

Again, we’re not pointing fingers, we are simply giving out pointers to improve your skills as stylists. I-Links are extremely amazing because it’s a great method to get a client who’s never worn hair extensions to try them out. There isn’t any type of adhesive involved, which puts a new hair extension client more at ease with stepping out of her comfort zone. However, if a stylist isn’t placing the I-Links correctly, it could turn her off due to discomfort or just a bad experience.

At Donna Bella, we believe in providing you with not just a great product, but the tools to use our products to their full potential. So when in doubt, check us out! We have free online videos to teach you the tips and tricks to successful installations, as well as online education and hands-on training.


The wrong way:                                                       The right way:


bad i-link                          good ilink


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06 / 05 / 2015
We Love Waterfalls, Just Not On Extensions…


I-Links are a wonderful method for those that prefer not having anything attached to their natural hair with adhesive. They’re also extremely versatile and easy to hide—if installed properly. Scanning through our social media, we have found some “waterfalls” with I-Link, also known as improper installation by crimping down on the bead while the strand of natural hair is held up high and placing it too close to the scalp, making it look like a waterfall.

“Waterfall” (pictured below) does not only look terrible, it is extremely painful for your client. Notice how the beads are way too close to the scalp. The beads should be placed between a quarter and a half inch away from the scalp to avoid pain, bumps due to swelling, redness, and constant pulling of the hair.


To avoid waterfalls, before pressing down on the bead, make sure you are holding the hair correctly by placing it flat on the head and not elevating it . It is okay if a little bit of the I-Link hair extension strand is showing once you press down on the bead, you just don’t want too much of the extensions popping out. The constant poking of an I-Link on the scalp can also cause some discomfort.

This blog isn’t meant to point fingers, but rather give you a few pointers when installing Donna Bella Hair I-Links. So if you have any questions, now is the time to ask. Leave your questions in the comment box below!


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05 / 29 / 2015
Olaplex for Donna Bella Hair


If you haven’t heard of Olaplex by now, you’ve been living under a rock. Since the product hit shelves, it’s been a big hit with stylists, their clients, and has forever changed the industry. Lifting color from natural hair is no longer a worry. Yet there’s been a lot of confusion about the product—Does it lift color? Is it a conditioner? Donna Bella Hair educator Ruben Martinez helps answer these questions along with how it can benefit your Donna Bella extensions.

What is Olaplex and why are stylists becoming such big fans?

Olaplex is a tool used during and after a chemical service. Hair is made up of bonds that break every day with chemicals like color or with brushing. Olaplex is a chemical that links those bonds back together to strengthen them. It is NOT a conditioner. Conditioners just hydrate while coating the hair. Once you wash out the conditioner, the true grit is exposed again. Olaplex works inside the hair cuticle to link the bonds that the hair is made out of to accomplish that smooth, healthy look of hair. Olaplex is also NOT a lifting agent. Another misconception is that Olaplex is a chemical that helps lift color since it’s used with developer. Again, Olaplex does not lift, nor does it condition; it’s simply an added tool. Look at it as a protector that gets activated while the hair undergoes chemical treatments to minimize damage.

How does it work for Donna Bella Hair Extensions?

Olaplex is perfect for Donna Bella Hair extensions that are on their last run. For those that are worn out but you’re hoping to revive them for one last install. As a stand alone treatment, Olaplex can help connect the bonds of the hair together again. It’s something that Ruben recommends for this type of hair. “You can never get enough of Olaplex,” says Ruben. He recommends you use it as a stand alone treatment every second or third application. He also recommends classes from Olaplex that will help you utilize this tool to its full potential. If you decide to use it on Donna Bella Hair extensions with color, remember the rule: only semi- or demi- permanent colors, otherwise you’re jeopardizing the integrity of the product. We go by this rule because we cannot guarantee Olaplex’s performance, nor do we believe it’s always foolproof.

Just like any product, you’ll get better use once you’re educated in how to use Olaplex. If you’re thinking of trying Olaplex, visit their page for more info at

Are you using Olaplex? What are your thoughts? How have you used it? Leave it in the comments below. We’re curious to know!

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