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02 / 05 / 2016
Growing Your Natural Hair With Extensions

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There’s a myth floating around out there somewhere that hair extensions are bad for the natural hair. Well we beg to differ. Hair extensions aren’t only safe, they are perfect in helping your hair grow. Yes extensions can damage the natural hair, but only when installed and removed incorrectly. Wearing extensions will not only force you to be gentle to your natural hair, it will also help with the awkward phase of growing out your pixie or bob cut.

Dutch braids. The BIGGEST trend in hair right now. This is the best way to give your hair a break from all the styling products and heat. Let your stylist know (before installation) that you would like to style your hair this way. He/she can place your Donna Bella Hair extensions where they will be easily hidden and give you the flexibility to accomplish the look. Once the hair extensions are placed, and before placing your hair in braids, try applying a small amount of argan oil first (stay away from applying to close to the hair extension connection) to help moisturize your natural hair for healthy growing hair.

Let your hair down. The best thing about hair extensions is that you don’t HAVE to do your hair. So even if you were to curl it one day, try revamping the same look with a loose curl or wave for second day hair. All you have to do is apply your favorite dry shampoo and you’re ready to go! Donna Bella Hair is only to be washed once a week (twice at the most) so you should also be saving time on washing and blow-drying your hair. Imagine what you could do with all that time instead…hmmm…

Fried ends. If you’re going through a traumatizing event such as over-processing your hair with color, you know how frustrating it is to watch your hair take forever to grow out— the breakage just won’t stop. Hair extensions will help hide those distressed ends until you get your hair healthy again. Depending on how fried your ends are, make sure your stylist trims a little bit off so they hide even better. If you’re wearing your hair in braids, they’ll hide the best. If you choose to wear your hair down, try to stay away from the “sleek straight” look. If your ends are super damaged, it will be a bit more difficult to hide through super straight hair.

It’s been a pleasure dolls, thanks for reading this week’s blog. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask! Drop them in the comment boxes below.

 

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Please help. I started having tape ins professionally installed in October. I have baby fine hair. Since then, my hair isn't growing and I have patches of thin and/or balding spots under some of the extension sites. Also, some of my natural hair has been tearing out with the extensions when they sometimes fall/slip out (and with removal). I want to cry (in fact, I have!). I think my natural hair could be worse now, but I love the extensions. I don't want to stop using them. I don't know what is wrong or what to do. My hair was thin/damaged prior to having the extensions. My natural hair does seem healthier now, but still brittle. My stylist had told me exactly what the Donna Bella blog says-- that my hair would be protected and would actually grow and get healthier with the extensions. Is it just me?
-Michelle

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01 / 28 / 2016
What’s My Color?

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The first question I get asked by the majority of Donna Bella Hair first timers is, “How do I know what color to get?” Because all of Donna Bella’s products are only sold online, it could be tricky trying to match your color through a computer screen. Am I right? If you have never worn Donna Bella Hair before, my recommendation is to have the color ring in hand. There are 2 ways you can get your hands on one— visit your nearest Certified Donna Bella Hair stylist or purchase one before making your big final purchase of hair extensions.

If you choose to go the stylist route, let me just say, it’s the best way to go. Certified stylists usually do consultations for free so they can match your hair color and even suggest a shade or two for better dimension. They will also be able to tell you which method is best for your hair type and give you an estimate on the installation cost. You’ll need someone to install your brand new hair anyway, you might as well go to a consultation with a certified stylist and schedule your installation appointment while you’re there.

You can also purchase the color ring to have all the Donna Bella Hair colors available to you for future purchases. The best thing about the color ring—as new colors get added to our selection, you can purchase the individual colors and clip them on to the keychain-like ring. That way your color ring will always be up-to-date and you’ll never have to purchase another color ring again!

As always, if you have any questions or need assistance, we’re always here to help. Drop your concerns below or give us a call at 888-424-7548.

See you next week,

Jane. Xo.

 

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01 / 22 / 2016
Drying Your Donna Bella Hair

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We have a rule around here, the less heat you use on your Donna Bella Hair— the better. So with that in mind, let’s talk about drying your hair extensions on wash day. First let me just say, the best wash days are days where you’re just lounging around or an evening with no plans. That way, you can let your hair air dry and you can skip the time and pain from tired blow-drying arms. Air drying helps to preserve the appearance of your hair extensions and avoid splitting ends or dry, brittle hair. Keep in mind, however, that when you air dry, you do need to make sure your tape, beads, or bonds don’t remain wet too long (moisture will try to seep into them and you may have some slipping hair extensions). To be safe, try blow-drying just your roots.

Your roots should always remain dry and free from any type of moisture, whether it’s water or oily products. The ends of your hair and hair extensions tend to be weaker because they’re more exposed to damage than your roots. Letting your ends air dry will give them the break they need from all of that. Make sure you always apply a heat protectant on your hair before using any heat tool. Personally, one of the ones I love is Redken’s Pillow Proof Blow Dry Express Primer. Even if I’m just blow-drying my roots, I will apply this lightweight spray on my damp hair and comb it through before drying my roots with the blow-dryer (staying away from my ends). As a side note, try to use the lowest setting on your blow-dryer that will still get the job done. On my damp ends, I will apply a couple drops of one of my favorite argan oils (staying completely away from my beads, tape, or bonds) and leave them loose to air dry.

By the way, the same rules apply to your Donna Bella Hair Clip-Ins. Give your Donna Bella Hair a break and let them take in a breath of fresh air on your next wash day. Let me know if you can feel a difference!

Love,

Jane xo.

 

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Hair Extension News

01 / 15 / 2016
Jane’s Drugstore Essentials for Donna Bella Hair

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Hey Dolls! For this week’s blog I thought I would share my drugstore essentials for my own Donna Bella Hair extensions. Although I strongly recommend a professional line of products for the proper care of extensions, I do have some drugstore items that I absolutely love and want to share with you.

batiste dry shampoo

Batiste Dry Shampoo($7.99 Walgreens). You should only be washing your Donna Bella Hair once or twice a week at most. Batiste Dry Shampoo works perfect to soak up the excess oil from your scalp in between washes. An oily scalp leads to extensions slipping so a little dry shampoo will keep them in tact  and have your hair smelling fresh.

aussie 3 minute miracle

Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Strong Conditioning Treatment($3.99 Walgreens). A really awesome hair mask helps to keep your hair extensions hydrated and moisturized. Aussie’s conditioning treatment works miracles (hence the name). I usually apply it to the ends of my extensions only and leave it on for about an hour (It’s a great time to catch up on a couple Netflix shows while you wait). After I rinse it out, I let my extensions air dry. If you want to give your Clip-In extensions a good condition, this product works great for that too!

frizz ease heat protectant at walmart

John Frieda Frizz-Ease Heat Defeat Protective Styling Spray($6.99 Walmart). This awesome heat protectant spray works great especially before blow-drying. To blow dry, follow the directions on the bottle. If I’m using a straightener or wand, I’ll apply it throughout my hair and wait a couple minutes for my hair and extensions to absorb it before applying heat. I do this so I don’t apply heat to my wet hair (Applying heat to wet hair causes more damage).

Do you have any favorite drugstore picks for your Donna Bella Hair? Please share! And as always, if you have questions, I’ve got answers. Drop them below!

Love,

Jane xo.

 

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01 / 07 / 2016
2016 Donna Bella Hair Shows

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Hey Donna Bellas! Now that 2016 is here we’re locked and loaded for a new year of hair shows that include free installations and hands on training. We’re kicking 2016 in Long Beach, California at the ISSE show January 30 through February 1.

Why should I attend?

Free installations. If you’ve always wanted to have hair extensions but don’t have the extra budget to spend on them, then you NEED to make it to one of our hair shows. Our certified Donna Bella Hair stylists will ensure proper installation, giving you the best hair extension experience at no cost to you. As long as you buy the hair of your choice at the show, we will put them in for you absolutely free. If you were to walk into a hair salon right now, a stylist will give you an estimated cost of $300 and up just to put in the hair extensions alone (it does not include the price of the hair). Think about it, wouldn’t you want that cost going towards the price of your hair instead? I know I would…

Special show pricing. Not only do you get your Donna Bella Hair extensions put in for free, you also get to purchase the hair at a special discounted show price. All Donna Bella Hair extension products are marked down at the show. Stylists can also take advantage of this discount for hair and tools. Want to stock up on bond removers? Need a new hair extension tool? Get it all at a discount. The more you shop, the more you save!

Hands on classes. If you have never worked with Donna Bella Hair, this is your chance to get to know who we are and what our products are all about. Included in the class is a free hair extension kit ($225 value), a mannequin head and practice hair ($72.50 value), and certification. Our in-person training is designed to help stylists become skilled in hair extension installation. The class covers consultations, preparation, installation in all 3 methods, blending, styling, aftercare, and removal.

Ready to sign up for your free installation? Want to sign up for a class? Click here to see a list of all of Donna Bella’s Hair Shows for the year of 2016. We’ll see you soon!

 

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Hi, I was wanting to know if you have any classes that will be held near North Carolina
-Samantha

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12 / 30 / 2015
New Year, New Look

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As much as we hear, “New year, new me” you would think people would act on it more. I mean, who wouldn’t want a complete makeover for 2016? If you started the year with short hair, why not go long? If you’ve always coveted a hair color, why not go for it using Donna Bella Hair? Let’s face it, changing hair color is easier than going to the gym to shed those new year resolution pounds or getting a new attitude (insert smirk here). Not saying you shouldn’t do all of the above, but at least you can get started on a head to toe transformation— literally.

The number one reason for hair extensions is to add length. However, you don’t have to go super long, you’ll be surprised at how much difference a couple of added inches will do. Donna Bella Hair extensions range from 12 inches to 22 inches. If you’re not into length as much as you’re into volume, adding a pack or two will give you just what you need. But you can enjoy best of both worlds with a full head of hair extensions.

OR…

Ditch your old monochromatic color for one of the biggest color trends right now like an ombre, balayage, or silver hair. There are 8 ombre colors to choose from and with the wide selection of colors, you can create your own custom balayage with lowlights and highlights. Donna Bella Hair makes it easier to add these colors without processing your hair through chemicals, keeping your natural hair safe and healthy.

Ready for your big 2016 makeover? Let us know how we can help or visit a Donna Bella Hair Certified stylist near you. Most consultations are free and there is no pressure. Make sure to hashtag #donnabellahair with your new makeover so we can feature your new Donna Bella Hair makeover on our social media pages!

 

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12 / 18 / 2015
When Is the Blue Bottle Okay For Tape?

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A commonly asked question regarding the removal of Donna Bella Tape-In hair extensions goes a little something like this, “Can I use the blue bottle remover to take the Tape-In wefts off?” Although we highly and strongly recommend the use of the clear bottle for the removal of Donna Bella’s Tape-In extensions, we’ll probably let you slide with using the blue bottle for rare occasions, like let’s say removing just a weft or two…

Let’s say your client is having an issue with a couple of wefts and need them taken out for a move-up. Using the oil remover is going to be more gentle on the hair. You do, however, need to be super careful and avoid getting it on the other wefts— or they too will start slipping. If you don’t trust yourself to be precise, we’ll go ahead and give you the green light to use the blue bottle. Since it’s not oil based like the clear bottle, be very careful when pulling the tape apart, that you don’t pull the natural hair with it. The blue bottle is alcohol-based so the tape won’t slide off easy. Once the wefts are out, you will need to remove the old tape from both the natural hair and the weft. And because it’s alcohol based, you won’t need to worry about clarifying the hair from the oil-based remover. Continue with the replacement as normal, making sure the hair is completely dry from the remover.

**We don’t suggest using the blue bottle for a full head removal. Doing so is running a high risk in breaking your client’s natural hair but a weft or two is fine.

Questions? Concerns? Don’t be shy, drop us a line!

 

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Hair Extension News

12 / 11 / 2015
The Gift of Donna Bella Hair

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If you need gift ideas, look no further! Donna Bella Hair has something for everyone. From stocking stuffers, to Clip-In hair extensions, to gift cards— what girl doesn’t love a makeover? You’ve still got time to place your order just in time for Christmas, so we thought we’d put a list together for you.If you like one of the ideas listed below, click on the links and start shopping. Ready? Here we go…

Stocking Stuffers:

Tech Diva. Our newest product, turns your smartphone into a mirror without disrupting the visibility of your home screen. Available for iPhone and Galaxy. Would be perfect as a stocking stuffer or as a main gift.

Hair Feathers, Jewels, Glow Strands, and Nail Wraps. These are all ideal for putting goodies into stockings. Our glow strands and hair jewels make any hairstyle fun and shimmery. They’re a big hit for “special occasion” hair (weddings, prom, holiday parties…etc). Have a boho-chic friend? Why not gift her a few Hair Feather pieces? Our Nail Wraps are always fun too. Transform your nails into the most creative, unique patterns around without paying salon price.

Main gifts:

Clip-Ins. With over 200,000 hashtags on Instagram, the biggest hair trend right now are clip-ins. They are do-it-yourself, budget friendly, and because of their high quality, provide length and volume just like any other hair extensions. Our Human-Hair extensions can be styled with any heat tool and with any product. Want more grams? Looking for different styles? Visit our sister company online store, Sono Hair, for more variety in hair and accessories.

Hair Extension Kit. This one is more for a stylist friend. Because these tools are for professional use, we recommend only stylists use them. A gift like this from one stylist to the other would be really fun, especially if you know of anyone trying to get into the world of hair extensions. Don’t worry, we have the online education to go with that too.

Donna Bella Gift Cards. It’s kind of hard to figure out your bestie’s hair color or hair extension method of choice. Gift cards are perfect to give because it leaves the choice up to them. From Clip-Ins to the more expensive hair extensions, getting a discount on a new ‘do is always going to be appreciated. If you need to find a Donna Bella Hair Certified stylist to go with that gift card, we got you covered. Find one in your area here.

Happy Holidays and Happy Shopping Donna Bellas! As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please leave them in the comment boxes below. Or give us a call at 888-424-7548.

 

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Stories

12 / 04 / 2015
Donna Bella’s Stylist Spotlight

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Have you read our Stylist Spotlights? If you haven’t checked it out yet, you have to! We’ve chosen to feature only the best of the best, gracing us by using Donna Bella Hair on their clients. Each month, we choose a different stylist to feature. Not only will their creativity make your jaw drop on social media, they have been extremely kind by sharing a few pointers, ideas, and tricks of working with Donna Bella Hair. Each stylist has a special code you can use to purchase their favorite Donna Bella hair product at a discounted price.

Need to know which color products work well with Donna Bella Hair? Want to know how other stylists are placing and blending hair extensions to perfection? Take advantage of the monthly stylist tip. We guarantee you’ll learn something new. Also covered in their interviews— how to keep up with the latest hair trends, how to boost your clientele, and how to introduce the world of hair extensions to a client who has never thought about them before.

You know those waiting times between clients? Why not keep up with Ricardo’s washing secret, or find out what Robbie’s favorite products are.

If you’re interested in becoming one of our featured stylists, show us your work using #donnabellahair  on Instagram and we’ll find you. You can also send in your work to us  through Facebook messenger or through email info@donnabellahair.com. We scan through tons of before and afters keeping an eye on perfect placement and flawless blending. Custom color always blows us away because it takes precision to color Donna Bella Hair. So if it sounds like you got what it takes and are willing to share your technique, keep posting! The more posts you have, the more curious we are to get to know who is behind all of these masterpieces.

You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers. Drop them below!

 

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11 / 20 / 2015
Black Friday at Donna Bella

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Get ready Donna Bellas because this year’s Black Friday is going to be CRAZY! Set your alarms for 9 AM (EST) on November 27,2015 because you don’t want to sleep on our doorbusters. For the first 4 hours, our very first shopper will receive a FREEUltimate Sono Hair Deluxe package (valued at $439.98). First 3 shoppers will get FREEOnline Certification in all 3 methods (valued at $229). First 5 shoppers receive a FREETech Diva. And lastly the first 15 shoppers will get a FREE Beauty Swag Bag. So if you’re the first shopper, you will not only get the Deluxe package from Sono, you will also get Online Certification, a Tech Diva, and a Beauty Swag Bag all for FREE!! Get the pattern?

Also, for the first 4 hours you’ll receive a Donna Bella Hair gift card when you make a purchase. Spend $100 and get a $20 gift card, spend $150 and get a $50 gift card, the more you spend, the more you get back in gift cards!

For our not-so early birds that want to sleep in, Donna Bella is extending their Black Friday Sale for 4 days including Cyber Monday. In those 4 days you can enjoy 15% off all I-Link, Kera-Link, and Tape-In extensions. All tools will be 20% off and beads will be 30% off. Plus, any orders over $99 will be shipped for free! AND… for our Clip-In lovers, you get 50% off ALL Clip-Ins.

If you’ve always wanted to be certified in Donna Bella Hair now would be the time to do it. During the 4-day sale all kits and education services will be 50% off.

How’s that for Black Friday deals?Want to get started on your Donna Bella Hair wishlist? Have your cart ready to go! Start shopping now at www.donnabellahair.com.

…And there’s still more! The Spinner is back for Cyber Monday so make sure to give our Discount Spinner a whirl and find out how much money you’ll save. Everyone gets at least 10% off but you could be one of the lucky ones to receiver 100% off.

For Cyber Monday deals make sure to follow us on social media all day (especially Facebook and Instagram…hint, hint). We’ll be doing tons of giveaways!

 

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