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07 / 18 / 2014
Style Profile: The Beachwaver

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We’re excited about putting the spotlight on this new tool that is becoming a big hit for those of us wanting the perfect beach wave. Turn your straight I-Link, Kera-Link, or Tape-In hair extensions into perfectly textured waves and keep your wavy extensions looking like the first day you got them. So what’s this magical new tool called? The Beachwaver. Created by celebrity hairstylist, Sarah Potempa, this styling too is favored by stars such as Heidi Klum and Mindy Kaling. Before you go rushing out the door to get one, here are all the details you’ll need to know about this wave-making tool:

-The barrel is extra long, making it possible to curl really long hair.

-The rod automatically rotates in two directions (left and right). Just clamp your hair to the barrel and press the left button or the right button to move it in the direction of your choice. It stops as soon as you let go of the buttons. This saves you the time and effort of manually wrapping your hair toward or away from your face. It also creates evenly sized and evenly spaced curls.

-It does take some getting used to but once you’ve got it down, it can cut your styling time in half.

-The temperature control goes up to 450 degrees (though we don’t recommend using that kind of heat on hair extensions as it could fry the ends.)

-Once you’ve unclamped the hair from the rod, wait for your hair to cool then finger-comb it for loose, natural waves.

The only down side to it is the cost—$199.00—but for some of you it may be worth it! You can check out The Beachwaver in action on YouTube: http://bit.ly/1zJLoXl.

Will you be putting The Beachwaver to the test? Let us know what you think!

 

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Coloring News

07 / 11 / 2014
Sun Exposure and Hair Extensions

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Everyone loves summer and all of the outdoor activities it brings. But while we’re spending the day on a boat, at a bbq, out camping, etc., we tend to forget one thing—sun damage. If you’re exposed to the sun long enough, you’ll notice that your hair gets a lot lighter. Usually this wouldn’t be a big deal, but when your hair extensions don’t match your natural hair, that’s a problem. So what can you do?

If you know your hair is prone to lighten up during the summer, prepare for it by coloring your hair a shade lighter and order your hair extensions in a lighter shade to match your new (but natural) hue. Wonder why so many surfers seem to have light hair? The UV rays from the sun destroy the melanin in your hair causing it to lighten, and until new hair grows in its place, it will stay that color.

If you want to be active but still want to keep your darker color, you can protect your hair and extensions by wearing hats, scarves, or wraps when exposed to the sun for long periods of time. We can’t stress this enough during the summer season. Not only do they protect your natural hair, they protect the extensions and their respective bonds, tape, or beads.

There are also leave in sprays and conditioners that have sun protection in them. Bumble and Bumble’s UV Protective Styling Balm is a great option and it’s sulfate-free! Other companies like L’Oreal and Garnier also offer UV protective hairsprays, sprays, creams, etc.

Like us on Facebook for tips, products, and trends for the summer. What’s your favorite summer tip for protection? Please share with us!

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Ask Donna Bella

07 / 03 / 2014
Are you Getting the Most Out of Social Media?

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Are scheduling appointments, installing and styling hair, and a personal life outside of the salon making your day pretty hectic? Are you a new hairstylist wanting to add loyal clients to your list of clientele? Or are you a salon owner wanting to add a personal touch to your business strategy? Whatever the case may be, we suggest incorporating social media into your business. How can you use social media to your advantage? Here are some tips:

Be exclusive. Posting  images, information, and invites only for your followers and friends on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter can boost the traffic on your social media pages, leading to more business. For example, a coupon you post only for your friends on Facebook can make them feel exclusive and will have them inviting their friends to your page so that they, too, can cash in on these exclusive deals. A special coupon for discounted services, a preview of a new product line at the salon, or maybe a girls night at the salon allows you to be more personal with your clientele and helps boost your brand.

Before and afters. Nothing shows off your work better than a before and after picture (especially when it comes to hair extensions). There’s something about being able to see a person’s transformation in an instant that draws people to the stylist and the products they used. Don’t be modest. Post as many before and after pictures as you’d like and let your work do the talking. People want to know that you’re an expert and a master of your trade.

Be informative. Your area of expertise is hair, so try to be consistent in posting about all things hair. If you have found a product you really like, write about it. Product reviews are great because people feel like they can trust a consumer’s word over that of the manufacturer (which is why there are review sections in most online stores). If there are products or home remedies that you’ve tried which have worked miracles on hair, post about them! The more people read useful information, the more they want to keep up with your posts.

Contests. At Donna Bella Hair, we enjoy holding weekly contests (Winner Wednesdays). It’s a chance to hear from our followers and an opportunity to involve our customers while giving away some free goodies. You should also consider having contests on your page to increase engagement (and fun!). It doesn’t have to be every week—it could be biweekly or once a month—but the more consistent you are, the more your name and work gain popularity.

Need more tips or have some to share? Let us know—we always love hearing from you!

 

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Ask Donna Bella

06 / 27 / 2014
How to Take a Great Before & After Photo

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We’ve been receiving lots of amazing before and after photos lately, but some people have been asking how to improve their photos to really make them pop when sharing them with us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. We recently spoke to a professional photographer (and hair extension enthusiast!) and asked her what stylists and their clients can do to take the perfect before and after shot.

1. Remember to take the “before” photo! In all the excitement leading up to the installation, it can be easy to forget to take a photo before you start. You can’t put your before and after shot together without it, so make sure you remember! If you can, make a habit of taking this photo right when your extensions clients arrive.

2. Take your photos in the same place and from the same angles. Use the same location for your before and after photos to really make the hair stand out. It can be distracting if the background of one photo is different from the other. Also remember that if you take multiple “before” shots from several different angles (which we highly recommend), you should take your “after” shots from those same angles.

3. Make sure you have good lighting. Without good lighting, it can be hard to see the color and the beautiful blending work you’ve done. Lots of natural light is best, but if it’s nighttime or cloudy out, make sure there is ample lighting in your salon. It’s also a good idea to take photos with and without the flash to see which looks best.

4. Use a neutral background. Busy backgrounds with distracting wallpaper, lots of people, or a room full of clutter can really take the focus away from the hair. Using a background with a solid, neutral color keeps the eye on the hair so everyone can admire your work in full. Neutral colors are also less likely to reflect off of the hair. For example, if you just installed a full head of platinum blond extensions and take your photos against a red wall, the red will reflect off the hair, making it look pink! Always review your photos to make sure this hasn’t happened.

5. Use a neutral background, but still make sure it contrasts enough with the hair color. If you install a head of light brown extensions and take your photos against a light brown wall, the hair can blend in a bit with the wall because the colors are too similar.

6. Your client’s clothing should also help the hair stand out. In the same way a background can take focus away from hair, so to can the foreground. If a client is wearing a distracting print or a shirt that blends in too much with the hair, your photos won’t fully showcase your amazing hair extension work.

7. Don’t take selfies! We really can’t stress this one enough. We get it, selfies are all the rage right now, and if your client wants to take a quick one to share with their friends on Instagram, that’s fine. However, you’re very limited in the amount of angles you can get in a selfie and it’s extremely hard to showcase a new ‘do that way. If you spot your client taking one, just ask if they’d like you to take the picture for them so you can capture their new hair in all its glory!

See? It’s easy to improve your before and after photo skills. Now you can take great photos to share with your clients, friends, family, and the Donna Bella team! We can’t wait to see your looks!

Share your before and after pictures or write a review about your Donna Bella experience on our Donna Bella Hair page.

 

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Hair Extension Style

06 / 20 / 2014
Tresses For the Soon-To-Be Mrs.

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Summer is here which means wedding season is here, too. While the classic bridal bun will never go out of style, it’s always more unique and glamorous to see long, textured tresses. From half-up, half down ‘dos to beautiful ringlets and side swept bangs, hair extensions give you options galore for your special day (it’ll even add some oomph! to the typical bridal bun). Let our hair extensions inspire your hairdo for your big “I do.”

Beach wedding? What else could be more picture-perfect than our loose body waves for an elegant, beachy look? Gently pulled into a loose half updo, it can give you a soft, alluring look for any outdoor wedding. If you still insist on a bun, once installed, these waves give you the choice of the size of the bun and the wavy texture can give it an elegant twist. If you’d like to keep your hair down, we recommend a deep side part and extra volume for a stunning look.

If you’re a curly haired bride to be, don’t worry! We’ve got gorgeous options for you, too with our curly hair extensions in both I-Link and Kera-Link. Curly hair looks amazing with accessories, so add a trio of rosettes to a side ponytail, or add orchids to a low chignon for a more graceful look. Don’t want to wear your hair all the way up? Use pins to pull curls back from your face, leaving the back down show off your long, bouncy curls. A thin bridal headband is another beautiful way to accentuate your curls no matter what style you choose.

“What about straight hair?” you ask. Well, we’ve got endless options for you, too. Try either I-Link, Kera-Link, Tape-In, or Clip-In to get that special look. Try a sleek and stylish French twist or even add some subtle color with our extensions for a two-toned hairdo. Or just add some length to your hair, leave it down, and add a few soft waves that frame your face. You can never go wrong with long flowing locks!

Whatever your hair type or color, add length and volume with our hair extensions. From glamorous to chic, there are so many possibilities. Our hair is made from 100% human remy hair that adds length and volume for a natural finish. Your picture-perfect wedding hair is just one hair extension appointment away!

Walking down the aisle soon? We’d love to hear about how you’ll be wearing your hair. Have questions? Feel free to ask!

 

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Beauty News

06 / 13 / 2014
Highlights Are the New Skinny

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Who says you can’t have your cake and eat it too? Update your look while shedding some pounds at the same time! There are quite a few hair tricks out there, especially when it comes to looking slimmer and younger. Read on and get ready to lose some pounds and look younger in the process.

You can visually slim your face by adding a few well-placed highlights and lowlights. For example, if you have a round face, you’re going to want to place the highlights starting at top of your head. Not only will highlights brighten up your face, they also thin it out and make it look younger. Because vertical lines lure the eyes to look up and down, the contrast of the lowlights and highlights will make your face appear thinner.

Double chins, beware of the ombres! If you fall under this category, stay away from starting the ombre color at the jawline. This will only emphasize the fullness of your chin. The best way to add color in this case would be to add some lowlights around your neck and cheeks. (PS: our I-Link, Kera-Link, and Tape-In extensions are perfect for adding highlights and color without having to put your natural hair through the coloring process!)

Lighter hair will almost always make you look younger. We’re not necessarily saying you should go platinum blond, since that color can also have an aging effect. Here’s a rule to stick to—if you’re going to color or add highlights to a round face, stick to warm golden hues that are within two shades of your base color. Why? If you go any lighter than this, they might look a little too obvious, and a girl never tells her secrets, right?

Will you be putting this trick to the test? Let us know!

 

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Beauty News

06 / 06 / 2014
Summer Style: Splashlights

Summer Style: Splashlights

It looks like ombre’s got a new competitor! It’s name: splashlights. Splashlights are bursting on the scene as the newest hair trend to try. So what exactly is it and can you pull it off with hair extensions?

Splashlights are designed to give you a spotlight effect on a portion of your hair. Get this look by bleaching a straight or slightly angled horizontal section of hair from ear to ear. First, start by bleaching the stripe, starting with the undermost layers working up. If you want a super harsh line, you can stop here. However, you can decide how bold you want the contrast to be. You can leave the bleached section as-is for lots of contrast between your hair and the line, or you can dye the bleached section with a shade a few tones lighter than your natural hue. (For example, if you have dark brown hair, you could dye the strip a light, chestnut brown.) You can also choose how harsh you want the line to be. For a more blended, ombre effect between your color and the line, dye the sections above and below the bleach with a shade close to your natural hair color.

Now for the most important question… does this work on extensions? The answer is yes. Aura Friedman, the New York colorist who created this look, paints the stripes on hair extensions before installing them on her clients. It’s also much easier to color because the wefts are not installed, giving you more room to color the hair in whichever angle you’d like. You can get as creative as you’d like with your hair extensions, but always make sure to do a strand test on them before coloring. For more tips on coloring hair extensions check out our blog: http://www.donnabellahair.com/wordpress/hair-tips-tricks/dying-hair-extensions.

What do you think? Will you be getting splashlights this summer?

 

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Hair Extensions

05 / 30 / 2014
Preparing for Your Very First Hair Extension Installation Appointment

Getting hair extensions for the first time can be both exciting and confusing since you don’t know what to expect. Here are some things you can look forward to that will help you better prepare for your appointment.

1. If you’re planning on coloring your natural hair color, make sure it matches the color of your hair extensions. The only way to do this is to have the extensions on hand. You’ll want to set an appointment before your hair installation to make sure you get the right hair color to match your hair extensions (especially if you’re going lighter).

2. On the day of your appointment, shampoo your hair with a clarifying shampoo to strip away any oils or build up. Rinse and repeat. Do not use any conditioner or apply any styling products! This will help the bond stick to your natural hair better. If you’re going with the I-Link method, it prevents the beads from slipping. Also make sure your hair is completely dry and brushed out when you get to the salon. Your stylist can wash and dry your hair for you, but why spend even more time than you have to at the salon? (The installation is already going to take a few hours.) It’ll save you the cost of a wash too!

3. As mentioned, you will be spending quite some time in the salon. (Time depends largely on the method of hair extensions you choose.) For example, the I-Link method takes much longer than the Tape-In method, so make sure to plan accordingly. Bring some good reads and treats to snack on and pass the time. I’m sure your stylist will do her best to keep you entertained as well.

4. If you haven’t shopped for an extension brush or dry shampoo, get them both before your appointment so you have them ready to go once your extensions are installed. A good extension brush, (like Donna Bella’s, found here!) doesn’t catch on the bonds and pull the extensions. Also, once your hair extensions are in, washing your hair everyday isn’t a good idea since it can loosen the bonds, causing slippage. Try to wash your hair only two or three times a week and use a dry shampoo for in between washes.

Follow these simple steps and you’ll be fully prepared for your appointment!

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Sorry I won't be going to the show now
Due to so spots left in the hair extension class.
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Hair Extensions

05 / 23 / 2014
Calling All Curls!

Calling All Curls

Good news, Curly Sue! We’ve got curls just for you!

For curly-haired girls, extensions can be somewhat intimidating when it comes to finding a matching curl, styling the hair just right, and maintaining the extensions. However, if you didn’t know already, Donna Bella just launched new, curly extensions with a tighter, kinkier curl that perfectly matches those gorgeous, natural ringlets in your hair. They are 22” long and available in both I-Link and Kera-Link. Still on the fence about getting extensions with your curly hair? Let us tell you why you should give our curls a try!

Curly haired girls have to be picky about their hair extensions, trust me, I know. With our curly hair you don’t have to worry about trying to match it with your natural hair or worry about the work of styling, you’ll always be ready to go!

Bye-bye frizz! One of the daily battles that comes with having curly hair is the frizz fight. Although adding anti-frizz creams may help a little, extensions can also help and here’s why: by placing extensions in your hair, the length and weight of the extra hair helps weigh down your hair so it’s less poofy and the extensions’ ringlets can hide any not-so-perfect strands.

Longer hair—finally! Growing out curly hair is really difficult— it seems like it takes forever! So, if it’s long tresses you can’t wait for, then try our curly hair extensions! Leave them at their longest (22”) or cut a bit off if you’re not looking for that much length.

Shop Donna Bella’s curly hair! Get Kera-Link here and I-Link here.

For proper care of your curly extensions visit our blog here:

 

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Hair Extension Style

05 / 16 / 2014
Style Profile: The Curling Wand

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You’ve gotten your extensions installed and you’re ready to show the world your new style. However, you’re not one to leave your hair stick-straight every day—you’re into glamorous curls and beachy waves, too! But now that your hair is longer and fuller, it takes more time to get those gorgeous styles, so now you’re on the hunt for tools that will help make styling as quick as possible!

Fun fact: for the past year or two the new trend in hair curling has been the curling wand. If you don’t own one, we recommend looking into it! You probably have a curling iron, but yours might be too small, take too long to heat up, or just be due for replacing. The wand is similar to the curling iron, but it has no clamp, so there’s no annoying “clamp line” after you use it. The wands also come in a variety of shapes—more than you’ll find with a normal curling iron. We love the cone-shaped wand, which gives your hair a super natural look, creating loose waves at the top of each strand and a tighter curl at the bottom. Many wands even come with several differently-shaped barrels, which can be interchanged as often as you’d like, making it very easy to achieve a variety of different looks. If you use a special heat-protecting glove, it’s super quick and easy to wrap a strand around the wand (without worrying about burning your hand), hold it for as long as you need to, and just let it go when you’re done! These wands can make curling go a bit faster, which is great for reducing the amount of heat you’re applying to your extensions and natural hair.

As with all heat products, always make sure to apply a heat protectant spray and always use medium or low settings to keep from damaging and drying out your extensions.

The curling wands can be used on all of our human hair extensions, be they I-Link, Kera-Link, Tape-In, or Clip-In. Just always be extra careful not to get heat tools and other styling products too close to the bonds or the beads because they can damage the bonds or cause them to slip.

Have you tried a curling wand before? Do you prefer it over the classic curling iron? Let us know!

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I have just about every styling tool. Although the curling wand seems like the easiest most obvious choice, I prefer using my flat iron (styling iron) to make beautiful curls
-Ashley Jenkins