Hair Extension News

08 / 28 / 2015
Donna Bella Introduces “Hair Extension Pro” App

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If you haven’t heard, Donna Bella Hair has recently launched the Hair Extension Pro app for iPhones. We’ve announced it on our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages. The app was especially designed to place Donna Bella Hair stylists ahead of the competition with tools to keep them up-to-date on the latest tips, tricks of the trade, and time-saving support, because after all, time is money.

Some of the many features include:

Client tracker: You can now put in your client’s contact information along with her method of choice, the number of packs used, and the color(s) for her next maintenance appointment.

Pricing calculator: Know exactly how much to charge each client per method. Just select which method and how many packs of hair were used and the calculator breaks up the labor and cost for the most accurate price.

Shopping: Now you can shop quickly in-between clients with a few clicks on Donna Bella’s mobile shopping, accessed through the app.

Make-over: You can now use your client’s selfie to test different Donna Bella hair colors and types before their installation!

Aside from the many features of the app, special promotions are given to the app users. So if you’ve got an iPhone and are ready to take advantage of the special savings and features, download it now! Just search for Donna Bella Hair Extension Pro in the app store.

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Hair Care

08 / 21 / 2015
Product Watch: S-Heart-S Scalp Brush Mini

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At Donna Bella we try to bring you the latest news in hair extension care and products. The latest product to gain popularity is the Scalp Brush Mini by S-Heart-S. How is this relevant to your Donna Bella Hair extensions, you might ask? This brush is NOT to be used while wearing hair extensions; rather, it’s something you can use to prep for your next hair extension appointment. It’s been a big hit among Japanese women, and we have an idea why…

What it does: Exfoliates, removing dirt, buildup, and excess oil from the 40,000 follicles on the scalp. The bristles also promote circulation as you brush. As a bonus, it’s also great for detangling

How it works: Take it with you in the shower. Lather your hair with your favorite shampoo and starting brushing in sections. Start from the hairline to the crown. Then brush the lower half of your head by starting from your nape upward. The bristles are the size of your pores so they will unclog the pores of the scalp as you brush, leaving your hair and scalp super clean!

Why you want it (or something like it): One of the secrets to preventing slippage is, of course, to clarify your hair before your initial installation. When prepping your hair for your next Donna Bella Hair appointment, the scalp brush–paired with a clarifying shampoo–can leave your natural hair squeaky clean. If you’re an oily scalp type, it can help with the excess oil and with dandruff. While you wear your hair extensions, you may continue to use the brush as a detangler once you’ve applied conditioner.

Have you ever seen or used a product like this one before? How did it leave your hair and scalp feeling? Let us know in the comments below!

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Coloring News

08 / 14 / 2015
Back-to-School Makeover

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New school year, new look! At least that’s how we think every girl should show up to her new school year. With Donna Bella Hair extensions, you have so many options to create your new look. From dramatic to subtle, here are some of our top picks for that back-to-school makeover:

New length. Want to wow the crowd? You can’t go wrong with added length. The best part about this makeover is that you’re not dealing with any chemicals from coloring. Choose from straight, curly, or wavy then choose your method (tape-in, kera-links, or i-links). Of course you can choose to go a little longer or a lot longer with our options of 12, 14, 16, 18, and 22 inches. The choices are endless!

Some new color. Adding peekaboos to your natural hair color is always fun, especially with our funky colors. It’s super fast and super easy. Colors like blue, purple, pink, green, even fuschia are among some of the colors we offer. If peekaboos aren’t your thing, you can opt for high and lowlights to create a look similar to a balayage using your own combination of Donna Bella Hair colors. Another perk of these looks— you don’t have to worry about the color fading because our hair goes through a special process to preserve their color no matter how many washes!

Ombre. We’re so excited to announce our new ombre color additions, you didn’t think we were going to leave this one out, did you?  We’ve selected to carry the most popular colors so that minimal, if at all, coloring is required. Take yourself from dark to blond or from blond to platinum blond, with our ombre hair extensions while adding length at the same time. What’s even better, our ombre hair extensions are on sale now!!

Happy shopping!

The Donna Bella Team


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08 / 06 / 2015
Shedding Hair

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It’s time to put another myth to rest: “Hair extensions are breaking off my hair.”

Let’s first define “breakage”. Broken hair means that the bead, bond, or tape has completely been ripped off of your scalp, leaving you with an extremely short or bald patch of hair with nothing attached to it. It would look like someone cut off the strand along with the extension bond. These situations rarely happen and it’s pretty hard to do unless you take a pair of scissors or rip them off yourself.

The truth: Hair extensions DO NOT break off your hair. Shedding, however, is very common.

You will know if you are experiencing normal shedding when you have a few stray hairs that aren’t connected to your scalp but are still in the bead, bond, or tape. If you’re human, you shed hair daily whether you wear hair extensions or not. The average woman loses between 50 and 100 strands of her natural hair per day, and can lose up to 150 strands. You tend to notice it more when wearing hair extensions because you can see the stray hairs that are loose. Of course, there’s a chance you’re experiencing more than average, if you’re not gentle on your extensions.

Things such as not brushing with a hair extensions brush can lead you to ripping your own hair out. Hair extension brushes are made especially for this reason. The teeth from a regular comb, will in fact, snag on the roots of your hair where the extension was placed. Keeping your extensions pulled back tightly is another reason you may experience “more than average” shedding. Your natural hair is being place tightly secured into the extension bond so it’s best to keep all hair styles loose.

To recap; if you’re experiencing breakage, the hair along with the bead, bond, or tape would not be attached to your head. If you’re experiencing shedding; a few stray hairs aren’t connected to your head but are still connected to the bond, bead, or tape. In that case, you have nothing to worry about it as it is completely normal.

Thanks for reading! Have a question or concern? Leave it in the comment  box below.

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Biz Tip

07 / 31 / 2015
What is Colombre?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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07 / 24 / 2015
Preserving the Life of Your Color

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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07 / 10 / 2015
Love That Part

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

To avoid these issues,

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

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

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


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07 / 02 / 2015
Party with Donna Bella Hair

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

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

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

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

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


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I would like to host a party !
-Carolina mendieta

Hair Extension News

06 / 25 / 2015
When Should I Double Bead?


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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