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08 / 20 / 2017
Using Toner on Hair Extensions

When it comes to coloring your hair extensions, there are various methods and tools you can use. Depending on the permanence of the look you want, the shade you’re trying to accomplish, or the shade of your natural hair, different color products and combinations will bring about different results. Within the varying subcategories of custom coloring, we occasionally get asked about using toner on hair extensions.

It’s a good question. Toner—occasionally called gloss—is a semi-permanent color. Unlike semi-permanent color that deposits pigment on top of the hair to alter the shade, toners contain small amounts of ammonia to change the chemical pigment in the hair shaft. While we can never condone bleaching hair extensions outright, toners are OK if you follow these directions. Traditionally, toners are used to alter the brassy tones in hair after it’s been bleached, specifically to eliminate the dreaded “zebra stripes” effect of a harsh dye job. It works by taking different shades of orange and yellow and neutralizing them to blonde, silver or pastel for a softer blend. Toner lasts anywhere from 2 to 8 weeks, depending on how often the client hair, and hair care regimen.

To add toner to newly colored blond hair extensions, simply treat them like you would real hair. Shampoo them, lay them out and color them with the most gentle gloss or toner you can. Never walk away from the extensions because they can tone really fast (though they can also take longer than usual). So it’s really important to keep an eye on them. Sometimes you may even have to tone more than once to get your desired effect.

To dry your newly toned extensions, simply lay them out on a towel to remove excess water from them. This works much more effectively than wringing them out. Once the extensions are dry, brush them out (we recommend using the Donna Bella Hair Extensions Brush) to eliminate flyaways and tangles.

Additional Tips When Toning Hair Extensions
– Always perform a strand test first to ensure it’s not going to turn your extensions a color you hadn’t planned!
Never bleach your extensions. While toners contain trace amounts of ammonia which has lightening effects, bleach and peroxide will dry your extensions out into an irreversible state.
– Treat your extensions as you would your own hair. They’re a product that requires regular maintenance and care to stay looking good, and will last longer when they’re cared for.

That’s all there is to it! For more info, tips, and hair extensions tricks, stay tuned to the Donna Bella Color Takeover Portal.

 

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Color Takeover

08 / 13 / 2017
How To: Custom Color Looks for Blondes

Ready to unleash your inner blonde? Take a look at these popular golden colors, then head over to our Color Takeover Portal and learn how to color your extensions the Donna Bella way!

Champagne

Blending with DB Extensions:
27/613 (Light Blond with Strawberry)
60 (Platinum Ash Blond)
Ombre 12/60

Coloring with Joico Color Intensities:
8% Red
19% Yellow
11% Indigo
12% Soft Pink
50% Titanium

Silver

Blending with DB Extensions:
60 (Platinum Ash Blond)
Silver
Ombre 1B/60
Ombre 1B/Silver

Coloring with Joico Color Intensities:
13% Sapphire Blue
7% Cobalt Blue
7% Indigo
60% Titanium
13% Black Pearl

Platinum

Blending with DB Extensions:
60 (Platinum Ash Blond)
1001 (Platinum Blond)
Silver
Ombre 1B/60
Ombre 1B/Silver

Coloring with Joico Color Intensities:
17% Yellow
6% Pink
10% Indigo
67% Titanium

Rose Gold

Blending with DB Extensions:
5R (Caramel Red)
27/613 (Light Blond with Strawberry)
60 (Platinum Ash Blond)
Ombre 4/30/613

Coloring with Joico Color Intensities:
9% Ruby Red
9% Red
9% Yellow
9% Light Purple
9% Soft Pink
46% Titanium
9% Black Pearl

For more color formulas, tutorials, and articles, visit the Color Takeover Portal today!

 

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Hair Care

08 / 07 / 2017
Heat Control

August in the northern hemisphere is no friend to hair or hair extensions. The air is heavy, the sun is blazing, and you (poor thing) are sweating through your bonds. Don’t worry, Donna Bella hair extensions are designed to last through even the most treacherous summers (with proper care, of course), and we have some tips to help you shield your hair and body from the worst of this season’s challenges.

Keep an eye on the time
Knowing the hottest time of day in your area means knowing when to concentrate your heat-busting techniques, or when to stay inside altogether (that’s the best way to keep your hair extensions safe!).

Reflect the light
Opting for white rather than black or dark-colored clothes is known to reduce the sensation of heat because white reflects light and black absorbs it. Use this knowledge to your advantage by wearing lighter-colored clothes during the summer, in addition to lighter-weight fabrics. Also, a hat can add extra protection to your hair extensions when you go out in the sun, and it looks cute too!

Stay close to something green
Not only do trees and plants provide refreshing shade during the warmest hours of the day, they also influence actual air quality and temperature by absorbing pollution and releasing moisture. Alternatively, some plants—like ferns, ficuses, and aloe vera plants—are natural dehumidifiers. Plan your indoor garden wisely to lessen your heat-related woes (and to add a great pop of color to your next selfie!).

Don’t underestimate a simple fan
Fans are a good, old-fashioned way of simulating a breeze on a windless day. Carry one with you for an instant pick-me-up and add some mystery to your look in the process!

Drink plenty of water
A nice cold glass of water is perfect for cooling down, but it’s also vital for replenishing your body’s fluids after a long day of sweating. Plus, it’ll keep your hair looking nourished and moisturized. Always remember to bring a reusable water bottle with you when you leave the house!

Take a cold shower
Opt for colder showers during the summer months. Cool water seals the cuticle of your hair, making your hair look smooth and shiny. It also cools you down and improves your circulation.

Apply some essential oils
Essential oils are good at hydrating hair and hair extensions, and they can also have a cooling effect! Try some peppermint, spearmint, or eucalyptus oils, either directly on the skin or diffused into the air. You’ll also benefit from the ultra-relaxing aroma, which can freshen up even the stuffiest of rooms.

For more summer weather-related reading, check out these hair extension blogs:

Summer Clip-In Care
Your Guide to Beach Hair
Donna Bella’s Summer Favorites

 

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08 / 01 / 2017
The Ultimate Hair Hack: Donna Bella Kits

We’re full of useful hair extension tips and tricks here at Donna Bella—we’ve shown you how to achieve an ombre using only hair extensions, and how to combine the best of strand-by-strand and weft extension types. But we’ll let you in on a little secret: sometimes the best trick is no trick at all. Our Donna Bella Hair Extension Kits don’t skimp on any steps or details of the hair extension process, so you could hardly say that they’re a shortcut to a full head of hair. And yet, time and time again, they prove to be one of the best hair extension hacks out there. Here’s why.

Cover all your bases in a single purchase
Save time and effort as you search for your perfect tools by selecting a Donna Bella Extension Kit. We offer four varieties suited to each method’s varying needs: the I-Link Starter Kit, which contains all the tools necessary for completing both I-Link and Flat-Tip installations; the Kera-Link Starter Kit, which contains every fundamental Kera-Link-related tool; the Tape-In Starter Kit, which houses the essentials for Tape-In installs and re-installs, and the Ultimate Starter Kit, which contains every tool needed for all four professional methods. When you buy a donna Bella tool kit you’ll get the best on the market, and you’ll never find yourself in a situation where you’re missing a vital tool to complete your installations!

Receive $29.95-worth of bonus materials
Each of our Hair Extension Kits comes with three additional resources for your installations (delivered as email PDFs): a Hair Extension Placement Guide, which will help you position your extensions to perfection; a manual for Blending & Styling Extensions, which covers the all-important end phase of the installation process; and Hair Extension Color 101, a simple how-to for selecting and coloring extensions to match the client’s hair color. These resources are not available elsewhere on our site, but they’re available to Extension Kit users at no additional cost. Plus, they’ll give you a particular edge in your hair extension practice.

Save on the total cost of all your tools
Right now, Donna Bella is featuring a special sale on our Extension Kits! From August 1-7, 2017, take 50% off any Hair Extension Kit! Get all of your required tools for a fraction of the cost, and all inside a convenient and chic little toolbox. Start browsing now to take advantage of the deal.

Got questions? Leave them in the comments below and we’ll get back to you ASAP!

 

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Color Takeover

07 / 23 / 2017
Merging the Art of Extensions with the Science of Color – Coloring Interview with Ruben Martinez

SALON SUCCESS
How do you get started in the Color Takeover revolution? Stylists who have grown their business with extensions and hair color share their journeys, tips and advice.

RUBEN MARTINEZ
Solo Artist and Traveling Educator/Extensions Expert
Yost Salon
Las Vegas, NV
My hair extension journey began back in 2005, when I was introduced to Donna Bella Hair extensions at a show in Los Angeles. I wanted to learn all I could about the craft, and how to get started. I fell in love with the methods immediately, along with the company’s accessibility and customer service!

Today, my work with hair extensions has taken me literally all over the country and world. I specialize in extensions with a passion for education. I currently rent a station at Yost Salon in Las Vegas, travel once per month to California for standing appointments, and see five extensions clients per week on average, along with teaching. With professional hair extensions—and hair color—there’s so much versatility with what you can create, where you can go. It’s awesome.

The Art of Extensions
If you learn about and do extensions for the craft and the craft alone you’ll have success. It’s not just “attaching” hair. Mastering the craft means learning the methods inside and out. Placement and position with an integrity-focused approach is just the beginning. Proper blending, dimensional flow are part of it. Then there’s making sure clients are aware of aftercare do’s and don’ts. (Doesn’t that all sound familiar, hair colorists?) When artists give the craft their all, success in the category is inevitable.

About Color Takeover
Hair color and extensions seriously go hand in hand. Color matching plays a key role in achieving a “most natural, least obvious” end result. For salons and artists, I feel business can only grow from being recognized as having the ability to create masterpieces that aren’t obviously extensions or extensions alone.

Pricing Pointers
My basic hair cut and style services start at $60, and my average extensions ticket is $700, with services ranging from $200 to $1,800. It all depends on which method of attachment is being used, how much hair is needed, and basically what end result the client is aiming to achieve.

Making a Difference
With Color Takeover from Donna Bella as a resource, stylists and colorists have more options than ever. Whether you help meet your clients’ needs for length, fullness, or fashion color, you seriously have a broad range of variety to create the day away. Be prepared as it hits you right in the feels when you give your clients the hair they’ve always wanted. It’s so rewarding giving them that WOW factor as they strut their stuff on that catwalk of life.

Donna Bella has made the difference for me. They’ve supported my hair extension journey with such a great product, life changing opportunities, and reliable customer service. For that, I’m forever grateful!

Visit the Color Takeover Portal today to learn more about combining the art of hair extensions with the science of color in your salon!

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07 / 16 / 2017
How To: Custom Color Looks for Redheads

Whether you’re a current redhead or an aspiring one, we’ve got the tips you need to achieve these popular ruddy looks. Check out our new Color Takeover Portal for extension coloring tutorials, formulas, and information to get started!

Cherry
Blending with DB Extensions:
– 27A (Dark Gold Blond)
– 27/613 (Light Blond with Strawberry)
– 32 (Cherry)
– 60 (Platinum Ash Blond)
– 600 (Blond)

Coloring with Joico Color Intensities:
– 10% Ruby Red
– 13% Red
– 25% Orange
– 18% Yellow
– 30% Titanium
– 4% Black Pearl

Copper
Blending with DB Extensions:
– 5R (Caramel Red)
– 30/33 (Dark Chestnut Auburn)
– 31 (Light Auburn)
– 60 (Platinum Ash Blond)

Coloring with Joico Color Intensities:
– 20% Ruby Red
– 12% Fiery Coral
– 30% Orange
– 5% Titanium
– 33% Black Pearl

Fiery Red
Blending with DB Extensions:
5R (Caramel Red)
31 (Light Auburn)
32 (Cherry)
Red
Red Wine

Coloring with Joico Color Intensities:
35% Ruby Red
23% Red
22% Fiery Coral
20% Orange

Wine
Blending with DB Extensions:
99J (Dark Auburn Burgundy)
Black Wine
Red Wine
Ombre 1B/Burgundy
Ombre 1B/Purple

Coloring with Joico Color Intensities:
15% Ruby Red
8% Red
12% Orchid
8% Magenta
57% Black Pearl

Want to recreate the look? Visit the Color Takeover Portal today!

 

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Color Takeover

07 / 09 / 2017
The Dos and Don’ts of Ombre

When it comes to creating an ombre effect, there are many factors to consider. What colors you want, how smooth you want your transition to look, and the color of the original hair all come into play. Fear not! Here’s a list of dos and don’ts for working with ombre combinations to help you pull off the effect with flying colors (no pun intended)!

Do:

Match your skin tone – this goes for any hair coloring job, but try to avoid picking colors that will completely clash with the client’s skin tone. Brunettes may wish to try melting variations of a rich espresso to a light amber, blondes going buttery blonde to vanilla and redheads trying auburn to copper. This isn’t to say you can’t go off the beaten path in your color choices, just remember that in the end, if the client’s skin clashes with any of the colors contained within the ombre, it will have all been for naught!

Keep Hair Moisturized – Any time your hair goes through a color process it needs to be maintained afterwards. Though an ombre uses far less coloring than an all-over job (and even less if you use extensions!), the hair still needs all the help it can get when it comes to maintaining its moisture, sheen, and natural ability to repair itself when the client leaves the chair. Be sure to suggest a good moisturizer for the client after the fact and explain the benefits of regular upkeep.

Ensure Hair is Cut and Styled Beforehand – If you’re creating an ombre with extensions, it’s likely the stylist will cut and blend them in afterwards. Still, since the hair’s specific starting length will actually affect the placement of the colors and ombres during the process, it’s best to make sure that before you get an ombre effect, the hair is cut and styled to the appropriate length beforehand

Enlist the help of a professional – When all else fails, call a professional. Ombres are a popular hairstyle and one that has created a robust knowledge base of stylists across the internet. Accidents can still happen, though! A stylist will know the best course of action for your specific hair type, and can help point you in the direction of your best option. Don’t attempt to give yourself an ombre if you’re not a professional.

Don’t:

Change colors too abruptly – When creating an ombre, always strive to create a shift from lighter shades of the same hue, rather than shifting from a dark hue to a light color abruptly. Allow the color change to come gradually and subtly because a harsh line of demarcation from one color to the next is hardly flattering and will clash heavily.

Go for a Drastic Color Combination – Look, we’re never going to tell you not to experiment with colors! All we’re saying is that an ombre is tough to pull off in itself. If you’re not explicitly trying to pull off a brightly colored fashion ombre, opt for a subtle, natural looking, two (maybe three)-tone color combination. Throwing too many in the mix will overpower the ombre effect and might ruin the effect anyway.

Alter your natural base color – Always use the base color as your jumping off point when choosing other colors. This will ensure that your new tones will highlight the natural color the client already has in their hair. Additionally, if you wish to create ombres with custom root colors, we suggest using Donna Bella #60 straight and dying both the bottom and top section. Do not take a darker shade and attempt to create custom ombre color at the bottom of the extensions.

Remember, you want your ombre to showcase a smooth color transition and to highlight tones already present in the client’s hair. And if you get stuck, you can ALWAYS enlist the eye (or appointment book!) of a trusted salon professional. Stay tuned to the Donna Bella Color Takeover Portal for more hair coloring tips and tricks.

 

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07 / 03 / 2017
How Much Do Your Tools Matter?

Happy 4th of July, gorgeous! We’re briefly interrupting your festivities to bring you this important message: have you checked your extension tools lately? Some of you have been working with our products for many years now—others of you are just getting started collecting all the pieces for your DB tool kits. Either way, it’s imperative you know the status of your tools—where they are, how many there are, what condition they’re in, etc. Because your tools are an extension of your hands and skills during an extension installation, you’ll want to make sure they’re doing you justice. Here are just some of the reasons why you should be taking inventory on the regular, and some tips for how to get it done!

To keep things together.
Things can get hectic during a typical salon day, and it’s not unusual to find you’ve misplaced an item or two, or forgotten to order that new bottle of Tape-In Remover. Don’t fall into this situation with your go-to extension tools! Not having your tools around when you need them delays your appointments, exposes the tools themselves to environmental hazards, and comes off as generally unprofessional to your clients. Keep all of your tools together in one designated place, and revisit it at the beginning/end of your work day to make sure they’ve found their way back safely (or have been adequately replenished for upcoming appointments). Make sure to keep the tools stored neatly in this space to avoid unnecessary wear-and-tear!

To ensure quality.
Speaking of wear-and-tear—it’s basically inevitable that, after years of use, your tools will start to get a little rough around the edges. Though our tools are designed to last for hundreds of installations, the installation process can be hot, sticky, and/or messy, and your tools will need to be maintenanced and occasionally replaced. This is especially true of Kera-Link tools, which are exposed to unusually harsh installation conditions. Without proper cleaning and attention, Melting Connectors may accumulate a coat of keratin residue on top of the heating plates which can impair the function of the tool, or—worse yet—burn the client’s hair off by concentrating the heat. Similarly, The Classic Hair Extension Tool may get worn out over time, developing fine grooves or scratches on its surface that could compromise I-Link beads. Inspect your tools from time to time to make sure they’re in good condition, and restore them whenever possible. As a last resort, you can always re-order them—we keep all our essentials fully stocked.

To stay up-to-date.
Donna Bella is constantly adding new tools and devices to our starting line in an effort to make your job as easy as possible. Just recently we introduced the Kera-Link Connector Belt, a wearable, heat-safe belt that allows you to move around your work area with your activated Melting Connector by your side. Before that, we launched the Strand Organizer, the Styrofoam Mannequin Head, the Keratin Bond Cutters, and more. Not to mention, we have more tools on the way! Check in with us regularly to make sure your extension routine is fully up-to-date with the latest products. If you’re signed up for DB emails, we’ll also let you know when new tools become available.

This month, we’re offering 20% discounts on select hair extension tools. From now until July 9th, 2017, take 20% off all Kera-Link tools. And don’t forget to come back next week for more tool-related savings!

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Color Takeover

06 / 25 / 2017
Making a Difference with Hair Extensions – Coloring Interview with Bobby Sue York

SALON SUCCESS
How do you get started in the Color Takeover revolution? Stylists who have grown their business with extensions and hair color share their journeys, tips and advice.

BOBBY SUE YORK
Salon Owner and Extensions Specialist
Salon Diva K
Kansas City, MO
@salondivakc
I went to cosmetology school just to learn extensions. I had already been wearing extensions myself for five years. After graduating, I worked one year for a large, upscale salon and spa, then went straight to a hair-extensions-only salon. We were hidden away in a nondescript office, at a time when no one wanted it known that they were wearing extensions. Our clientele was hush-hush.

Client Profile
Now everyone is wearing extensions, age 20-80, for so many different reasons and all very openly. Someone compliments your hair, you say, “Thanks, I’m wearing extensions.”

Our business serves a wealthy area—Overland Park County—and the extensions business is strong. But more women from diverse backgrounds are wearing extensions, often just one package for volume. Extensions are affordable, attainable. My clientele is predominantly house moms who just want to look and feel great. I also happen to see a lot of nurses. Extensions are something they do to nurture themselves.

I use all four types of Donna Bella Hair extensions but the Kera-Link fusion style is my go-to. To me, it looks the most real and is the most luxurious.

Marketing Musts
When I first started with extensions, social media didn’t exist. It was all about traditional word-of-mouth. I would do contests and events, and those are still effective. When the Royals were in the World Series in 2015, we did a lot of $5 pops of blue hair. Good trial, good exposure, clients would come back for more.

Today, social media is so important, especially before-and-after photos. I have professional (versus personal) Instagram, Facebook, and SnapChat accounts. Live video is blowing up, too, and can be really powerful. Make sure that everything you do is informative but also fun. Don’t make it too complicated. A great Facebook Live post can be someone just standing behind me and recording part of a technique.

Stylist to Stylist
My most important advice to stylists who want to build an extensions business is to be educated. I personally have invested $15,000 in hair extensions education beyond cosmetology school, and it has been worth every penny. But there are plenty of options. Donna Bella’s online course is a great way to get exposed and connect, as are all the shows they participate in.

Making a Difference
Be mindful that a lot of people who come in for extensions are dealing with damage that you can’t always see. They may be experiencing hair loss, some because of thyroid, cancer, or other health issues. Others have had a bad experience at another salon and had to do a drastic cut to overcome it, or are hitting a number in their life where maybe they don’t feel sexy anymore. They might be going through some other type of loss. These are the clients I love the most. It’s one thing when you wear extensions because you want long hair, and quite another when you’ve lost a piece of yourself and you are trying to find it.

Visit the Color Takeover Portal today to learn more about combining the art of hair extensions with the science of color in your salon!

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06 / 18 / 2017
Aftercare Done Right

Summer is mere days away, so we’re stepping up our aftercare game to make sure your hair looks fabulous all season long. For the next few days*, take 20% off the following aftercare products, and be sure to read up on how to use them for maximum protective effect!

Remy Care
Donna Bella’s proprietary hair care line is professional, color-safe, paraben-free, sulfate-free, and designed to extend the life of your DB extensions with the latest hair care technology available. These products boast concentrated botanical extracts and address a variety of different hair conditions, from smoothing tangled hair to strengthening damaged hair, prepping hair for installations, and more. Get acquainted with the line-up by purchasing one of our pre-arranged kits, or read more about the products right here.

Twisties
This one is among our newer hair extension tools. Twisties are essentially better, safer scrunchies that will hold your hair up while you sleep or sweat without crimping your hair or tugging on your scalp. Opt for these guys to prevent unnecessary bond slippage, and to protect your hair from the elements when you go to the beach. Best part is, they stay in place all day long!

Hair Extension Brush
The Hair Extension Brush is an oldie, but a goodie. Furnished with staggered 100% boar hair bristles for the perfect, gentle touch, the Hair Extension Brush will detangle strands while gliding easily over bonds and distributing natural scalp oil to the lengths of your hair (super important for keeping hair extensions nourished and hydrated during the scalding summer months!). Use it twice daily, morning and night, starting at the ends of the hair and brushing downward.

Sono by Donna Bella Hanger, Sleeve, and Brush
For you Ready-to-Wear ladies, you can’t go wrong with the full Sono hair care set. Store your hair neatly and safely after use with the no-slip Sono Extension Hanger, shield it from dust, dirt, friction, and moisture with the durable (and recyclable!) Sono Sleeve, and brush it to silky smoothness with the all-hair-friendly Sono Extension Brush. These tools also make for great travel accessories, so make sure you never depart without them!

*The 20% Aftercare Sale goes from now until 11:59pm EST on June 26th (2017). Shop now to take advantage of the deal!

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