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09 / 19 / 2014
Fall/Winter Hair Care for Your Extensions

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During the summer season, the sun’s heat is as threatening as it gets. You would think during the winter months the weather wouldn’t be as threatening, but think again. The cold winters can sometimes be really harsh on your hair. The element of winter that is most damaging to your hair is the lack of humidity. The dryness of the season can make your hair more brittle. Protect your natural hair and hair extensions by adding these easy winter hair care tips to your hair care routine.

Silk or satin linings. For outdoor protection, it is best to wear a hat, headscarf, or hood made with silk or satin linings. They are best to use since they don’t absorb moisture and they don’t allow your hair strands to rub together like other materials such as cotton. By letting your long strands rub together, you are causing friction that leads to frizz, static, and tangles. You should always protect your hair and hair extensions while outdoors.

Conditioners. Use an instant leave-in conditioner to fight frizz and help restore moisture during the day. Apply deep conditioning treatments at least once a week to your hair extensions. Use a hair mask, a hot oil treatment, or any one of your favorite deep conditioning treatments, as long as you don’t apply it close to your bonds (slippage will occur if moisturizing products are placed near your beads, bonds, or tape). Before your move appointment, try to nourish your scalp with a scalp treatment if the winter days are drying it out. However, do not do this the day of, as this will stop the hair extensions from adhering to your natural hair.

Trimming. The cold, dry air will sometimes cause breakage and split ends. Try trimming your ends a little before installing your hair extensions or before your move-up. Trimming your natural hair will make it easier to blend into your extensions.

If you have a winter hair care favorite, please drop us a note. It’s always a pleasure to share

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09 / 12 / 2014
Hair Extensions and Workouts

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Lately we’ve heard buzz around town that once you have your hair extensions installed, you can’t workout as hardcore as you want. This is completely and utterly false! Not only can you workout in yourI-Links, Kera-Links, or Tape Ins, you’ll look fabulous before, during, and after your workout. We only recommend taking out your Clip-Ins before a workout (you don’t want those slipping out in the middle of handstand push-ups—kind of embarrassing). Here are some tips to keep in mind for you faithful gym goers and active athletes.

Wrap your hair. If you don’t have head scarves, or headbands, you definitely need to get some. Not only will this help your hair stay in place, it will also help keep the connection between the hair extensions and your natural hair dry. You can’t avoid perspiration around the neck area during workouts, especially intense ones. You’re headband/scarf will absorb most of your sweat which is exactly what you want in order to avoid slippage. Also, a swimming cap is a MUST for all swimmers. It may not look very cute but at least you’ll avoid frizz, matting, and tangling.

Don’t tug. If you’re not into wearing head scarves of bands, try a super high bun or a loosebraid. However, when styling them in either way, make sure you’re not tugging or tying your hair too tight. The constant pulling on your extensions will cause them to loosen or slip. Another reason you want to have loose hair it to allow it to air out your sweat instead of consuming it, which is what tight hair styles do when they get wet.

Outdoor protection. Fall is approaching and for some of us it means a cool down in weather. But for others that have warm weather year round, protect your bonds for those outdoor activities. If you’re doing any outdoor workouts where a hot sun is constantly beaming on you, especially with Kera-Link hair extensions—the sun’s heat may cause melted bonds.

By taking these precautions before your workout, your hair will look great afterward. Just spray a little dry shampoo after your shower and style it before heading out again. Hair extensions aren’t meant to be washed everyday, which is why we always recommend using a dry shampoo between washes.

The holidays are coming up and we all want to look picture-perfect for those Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years photos. Look twice as amazing by keeping up with your exercise and your long locks!

Have a question? Please ask, it’s always a pleasure to hear from our Donna Bellas!



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09 / 05 / 2014
Backstage Access: Billings, Montana


As our Billings, Montana Pro Series event approaches, we wanted to take you as much behind the scenes as possible by interviewing the team that has put this all together for you. We had a chance to catch up with Caleb Walker, who is on the front lines of this event and has worked countless hours on providing the best experience and opportunity for future attendees. He had a few minutes to answer some of our questions. Read on for the full interview.

Q: How did this idea come about?

CW: Ruben Martinez, International Educator and stylist, has always dreamt about touring and bringing educational events to people outside of traditional trade show regions. By touring, he feels like it’s more personal. It’s also a way to reach out to a lot more stylists and create hair magic. The Pro Series has been in the works for years.

Q: Why Billings?

CW:  Sometimes it’s hard for stylists to travel to the major cities where trade shows are held. It’s difficult to leave their clients for an extended period of time and it can be expensive! Montana isn’t traditionally a region with many trade shows, so we thought this would be a perfect location to launch our highly personalized educational event. We’ve made it a personal experience for Billings locals who are interested in becoming certified or boosting their business in hair extensions.

Q: Who would benefit from this event?

CW: Anyone interested in getting a new edge on the competition. What I mean by this is that if you’re not certified, this will be a one shot chance to be certified by a well-renowned international hair extension stylist. If you are certified, this will be your chance to take your hair extension abilities to the next level by learning to work with the most difficult hair situations. Wouldn’t it be nice to skip the calls to customer service and know exactly what to do in any tough hair situation that arises? That’s what we want to accomplish with this event.

Q:What would you say to those who think it’s too expensive?

CW: This isn’t about just being certified. It’s about understanding hair extensions and providing the very best product and service to your client. The training is valued at over $3,000, but offered for as little as $495. You’ll walk away not only with materials, but knowledge that will bring in more revenue for you business that comes from being trained in all 3 hair extension methods. You’ll definitely have an advantage over your competition and you can’t put a price on a lifetime of business.

Q: Anything you want to end the interview with?

CW: Everyone that participates will grow hair artistry abilities and feel like they have a new advantage in the market. This is going to be an unbelievable event for all of our attendees. We have everything from giveaways to accommodations, and exclusive access to Ruben and the Donna Bella Team. You won’t get anything like this at any trade show. Round up your stylists friends and spend the weekend with us!

Thanks for your time Caleb! If you have any questions or suggestions for the Donna Bella Team, please share it with us!


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08 / 29 / 2014
Need An Excuse to Get Away? How About Becoming a Hair Extension Master?!


If you haven’t signed up for Donna Bella’s Pro Series event, you’ll definitely want to. The space is limited and has been filling up faster than we thought. Round up your girls and plan a trip to Billings, Montana. We will be there September 21–22, so whether you want to make it a weekend thing, or just one day, it’ll be worth it—we promise!

Our Master Educator, Ruben Martinez, will be there to spend some one-on-one time with you and answer all of your questions. Plus, you get all kinds of goodies included. This is an amazing opportunity. Want more details? Keep reading.

Experience an intensive hands on training course with I-Link,Tape-In, and Kera-Link methods. Learn the secrets of installing beads with no slippage and how to find the best beads for different hair types and hair colors. Want to perfect your Kera-Link skills? In these classes, you’ll learn how to install them so they’re virtually unnoticeable. If you’re pace is slower in the Tape-Ins department, you’ll learn how to install a full head of Tape-In hair extensions in 30 minutes!

As a participant of the single day pass, you get our Ultimate Kit and access to Online Education included at no extra charge. In the schedule is an afternoon breakout session where instructors give more in depth details on the business of extensions and extension myths and how to eliminate them. Learn about how to to avoid common mistakes and how to keep cool if you ever find yourself in a tricky hair extension scenario.

If you sign up for the all weekend pass, you get the same package as the single day pass but with way more goodies—we’re talking all inclusive! Overnight accommodations, meals, and a high end dinner with Ruben and the Donna Bella Team as a way to get a more a personal experience with us. The extra day with Ruben is for those who want each and every question answered, advice,  and extra pointers like how to handle the trickiest of hair extension situations. This second day class will also feature live models with hairstyles that are more difficult to work with when installing extensions. However, Ruben will show you how to handle these situations like a pro!

Ready to sign up? Here’s the link:

As always, we’re here to answer any and all questions so please don’t hesitate to ask. See you soon in Montana!

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Coloring News

08 / 26 / 2014
Who Says Funky isn’t Classy?


Bright, monochromatic, and pastel colors are no longer a “gothic” or a “punk” style. More and more people are opening up to the hair color trend. Thanks to celebrities like Nicole Richie, Kelly Osbourne, Demi Lovato, and Katy Perry, the hair colors have been given a spotlight with a classy twist. Along with the exposure in social media, the trend has been spreading like wildfire. Curious to know how they do it?

First off, if you’re a blondie, it’ll be much easier and cause less damage to your hair. Why? Because no matter what color you choose, you’re going to need to go as blond as possible—we’re talking almost white, especially if you want a vibrant color. Compared to a brunette, there will be fewer bleaching sessions for you, since your hair is much closer to the white-blond color you need. Bleaching is the key to achieving the color you want. For example, if you’re going red and your blond has any tint of yellow in it, you’re going to come out with orange hair. Yellow+red=orange. To avoid this catastrophe, go as close to white as possible. For brunettes, patience is a virtue. It’s also a good idea to break up the bleaching sessions. Yes, it may be a bummer to have to wait a little longer to achieve the blue or lavender you’ve been eyeing, but take it from us—your hair will thank you for it. You want this new color to look as healthy as possible, not overly fried. With too much bleach in a short amount of time, that’s something you risk. Keep in mind that when you choose to do these colors they can be really high maintenance. These types of colors tend to fade quickly, so you’ll be going in for regular touch-ups. Washing your hair less often and with cold water will be something to get used to. The hair cuticle doesn’t open up as much as it does under hot water, therefore letting less color out, preserving your hue longer. The good news—Donna Bella has extensions in all of the hottest colors! So if you thought you had to give up your hair extensions for hair color, think again! You can have your stylist color your natural hair to match our extension colors or you can opt out of coloring your natural hair and achieve the hair color only through installing hair extensions (which is also less damaging on your hair). Are you bold enough to catch on to the trend? Let us know if you have any questions, we’re here to help!

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Clip-In Hair Extensions

08 / 15 / 2014
Pump Up The Volume


In case you weren’t aware, Donna Bella Hair Extensions aren’t only worn for length. Many of our customers with thin hair love the volume that they get with hair extensions. While some choose to wear a full head, others wear just a few rows for that extra oomph they can’t get from their natural hair. If you can relate, read on.

Just because you have fine or thin hair doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy hair extensions like everyone else. If you choose the I-Link method, make sure that more of your natural hair is being pulled through the bead. For thin hair, a flare bead is better because it is longer, crimping more hair (lengthwise) in the bead and putting less stress on natural hair. A silicone bead is also perfect for fine, thin, or sensitive hair. These silicone beads are made of aluminum with an inner silicone lining that reduces slippage and holds hair gently and securely. Another customer favorite for thin or fine hair are the Tape-In hair extensions because they put less stress on fine hair strands. We also offer single sided tape that is especially designed for women with extra fine hair.

Clip-Ins, which can be popped in and out easily, work just as well if you don’t mind taking the extra time to clip them in yourself. We recommend that if you’re using them for just volume, to get a shade as close to your hair color as possible. If it’s a little off, you can always take them to your stylist to have them colored to match your hair. Remember, you can deposit color but not lift it. So if you’re unsure when order, go lighter rather than darker.

So, if it’s just volume you want, consult with your stylist on which of these methods would be the best for you. It’s even more affordable than you think. Because hair extension prices get higher as lengths get longer, if you’re just looking for volume, you can certainly save money on your extensions. You also save when it comes to the installation cost if you’re opting to just have a few rows installed, rather than a full head.

Put down the root lifters and boosters and give hair extensions a chance. Still not sure? Let us know; we’d love to answer your questions.


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Hair Care

08 / 08 / 2014
Get Your Hair Back to School Ready

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Damaging your hair is easy which means repairing your hair has to be hard right? Well, given some time and the proper products, it can actually be pretty easy. The summer season filled with heat and humidity, and coupled with schedules filled with fun activities, it’s easy to neglect our hair care regimens. Now that back to school is around the corner, you might want to give your hair a little TLC for all those selfies you’ll be taking in class to post on Facebook and Instagram, and who could forget the ever-important yearbook photo?! Here’s our advice to help you repair the damage just in the nick of time.

Post Conditioning. After washing your hair with a sulfate-free shampoo, use an ultra-hydrating conditioner. Apply a plant-derived moisturizing conditioner like Phytobaume Repateur (which also contains keratin to repair your hair). Coat your ends and apply heat with a blow dryer. The heat makes the conditioner able to penetrate hair for a deeper condition. We recommend doing this at least once a week, but no more than three times per week.

Treatment Masks. Kerastase Masque Oleo-Relax is a great mask that contains special ingredients to help your ends look and feel better. Stay away from any products that have silicone, as they can sometimes do more harm than good to your hair extensions. Another stylist favorite is Joico’s K-Pak Intense Hydrator because the shea butter provides elasticity for dry hair. It also creates a polished surface.

Shine. Hair oil is damaged hair’s best friend. When choosing an oil, make sure it contains vitamin E, avocado oil, or a protective, antioxidant-rich grape seed oil. These kinds of ingredients repair the dryest of strands while smoothing them out and adding shine. They also help fight frizz and flyaways.

Let us help you with your hair extension questions. Just ask!



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08 / 01 / 2014
Feature Product: Starter Kits

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As stylists, we love being creative and trying out new, innovative ways to keep our clients happy while also gaining new ones in the process. It requires us to try new methods and techniques to provide an array of services tailored to fit each member of our clientele. At Donna Bella, we understand that this is not always easy, and we are constantly looking for new ways to help you grow your business and improve your skills. If you’ve already mastered one technique of hair extension installation, why not master another? If you’ve never offered hair extension installations, why not start? The more skills you have, the more you’ll attract more business because of your ability to cater to different needs and styles. That’s why we’ve put together our Hair Extension Kits.

Donna Bella’s Hair Extension Kits are available for each individual pro method (I-Link, Kera-Link, and Tape-In). Sometimes it’s hard to learn a new technique, especially if we’ve become biased to one specific method because that’s what we’re comfortable with. But like they say, “Don’t knock it ‘til you try it.” For that reason we’ve put together these starter kits. Each kit contains all the tools you’ll need to get started, including one pack of 18 inch hair in the color of your choice. Along with these starter kits we also offer online education and free tutorials to help you navigate your way through this new journey, teaching you all the tips and tricks there are to know. And for the really ambitious—we offer the Ultimate Hair Extension Kit which includes all the tools you’ll need to get started in all three methods!

For a list of what’s included in each kit shop Whether it’s questions about online education or our starter kits, please ask!


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Hair Care

07 / 25 / 2014
Bedtime Hair Care Routines

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The last thing you want to do when you’re ready to call it a day is what seems like one more chore. But honestly, the small amount of time you take to care for your locks before bed will make the biggest difference in maintaining healthy, gorgeous looking hair. The best part about bedtime hair care is that you’re letting a product work while you sleep, which means you’re allowing it more time to do its job. It definitely beats the two minute TLC you give your hair while conditioning in the shower. Try these routines and tell me you don’t see a difference.

Hair masks and deep conditioners. We know most deep conditioners don’t take a whole lot of time and some are fairly quick (like Aussie’s 3 minute miracle deep conditioner), but you really should try sleeping with one on once a month. Letting the deep conditioner or hair mask take its time to absorb into your hair will help nourish and restore your strands. This is especially great for your hair extensions as you want to keep them as shiny and in the best shape as possible. Apply it to your extensions (keeping aways from your bonds, beads, or tape) and put it up in a loose bun or braid before getting in bed.

Braids. Want to avoid tangling, frizz, and matting? Take one minute to put your hair extensions in a loose braid—don’t pull too tight. Your hair will feel much better in the morning and you won’t have to brush as much. Contrary to what you’ve heard, brushing 100 strokes a day will not make your hair shiny and full. Over-brushing causes too much friction for your hair, leading to split ends and breakage.

Take a no-heat break. Try showering an hour or two before bed, allowing your hair to air dry. After lots of blow drying, straightening, and curling, your hair will be thankful to have a break. If you’re worried about having an oily scalp the next day, try a dry shampoo. It will not only remove excess oil and cleanse without water, it will add some volume too! There’s one for every budget ranging from Suave’s Dry Shampoo Spray to Oscar Blandi’s Pronto Dry Shampoo Invisible Spray.

Do you have a bedtime hair extensions tip? Share it with us!


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Beauty News

07 / 18 / 2014
Style Profile: The Beachwaver


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:

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


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