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08 / 23 / 2016
How To Get the Most Out of Your Shower

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Showers are a balancing act, especially when you wear extensions. You need to shower frequently enough to keep your hair clean and in good condition, but not so frequently as to strip your hair of its natural oils. But that’s not even the half of it—once you’re there, it only gets more complicated. So how can you conquer your showers so that your hair ends up looking as fabulous as possible? Here, we offer you some tips for getting the most out of your wash time.

Plan ahead.
Step one of mastering your shower routine is establishing a rough schedule. This schedule will take the guesswork out of your hair care process, making it easier to manage your hair in the long run. It doesn’t need to be strict, but it should be personalized, depending on a number of things including your hair texture, scalp oiliness, extension method, exercise schedule, and general preferences. We recommend that hair extension wearers shower no more than twice a week, especially if you’re using I-Link or Tape-In extensions. But if your hair is particularly oily, naturally fine and straight, and/or you have a grueling exercise regimen, you might need an extra shower here and there. It helps to know how you like your hair to feel—ideally clean, hydrated, and bouncy with a hint of shine—and to maintain your hair so that it feels and looks its best on your second or third day post-wash. A little trial and error may be necessary to arrive at the perfect routine, but the time and energy will be worth it when your “good hair day” hair is your everyday hair.

Try a pre-treatment.
Pre-shower treatments, or pre-shampoo treatments, are designed to give you a head start on the hair maintenance process by prepping your hair with the equivalent of a moisture-filled appetizer. This enables your go-to shampoo to do its job better, while preventing it from stripping the hair dry of moisture. We also recommend brushing your hair with the Hair Extension Brush pre-shower to untangle any existing knots. This will allow the products that you use in the shower to move easily down the hair shaft for total distribution.

Set the right temperature.
Warm showers feel oh-so-nice, but they can wreak havoc on your hair. That’s because hot water lifts the cuticle of your hair, making it vulnerable to tangling and breakage. Cold water seals the cuticle of your hair, keeping the nutrients and conditioning agents you add to it safe inside the shaft. It also makes for a beautiful, shiny mane once your shower is complete. If you absolutely can’t stand cold showers (which, by the way, boast a number of other benefits), wash just your body with warm water, and reserve cold or lukewarm water for your hair, rinsing with a shot of cold water at the end.

Use the right products.
Picking the right products for your hair type and condition is so vital for healthy locks. We’ve talked about this curation process in other posts, so here we’ll just reiterate the basics: professional quality products are almost always the best bet for hair extensions, and sulfates in hair care products should be avoided at all costs. Here’s the breakdown: professional hair products reap professional results. That’s why your post-salon day hair is inexplicably smoother and more modelesque than your hair on any other day. Boutique products can also be good, particularly if they come from companies with a commitment to natural ingredients. Remember, always read the label on your products! And if you find the terms “sodium lauryl sulfate,” “ammonium laureth sulfate,” “myreth sulfate,” or any other kind of sulfate, don’t use it. While sulfates are certainly good at removing buildup from the scalp, they are generally too aggressive for hair extensions, stripping the hair of its natural oils to the point of impaired hydration and even breakage. Not great for a sustainably healthy look.

Clean and condition the right places.
The rule here is pretty simple: shampoo only at the roots, condition only from the midshaft down (focusing on the ends). Applying shampoo to the lengths of your hair will dry them out, and applying conditioner to the roots of your hair will make them appear greasy, and potentially cause hair extension slippage. If you are used to using a co-wash or cleansing conditioner, we recommend that you pre-wash your roots with a water and apple cider vinegar mix and save the cleansing conditioner for the areas south of the extension bonds. Just in case!

Employ best practices.
Best practices include: washing your hair in only one direction, not scrunching your hair or rubbing it between your hands as you wash it, treating your hair gently at all times, letting conditioner sit and absorb into your hair for 5-10 minutes before rinsing, combing through wet hair with just your fingers, etc. Best practices may vary slightly depending on your products, so consult the label and familiarize yourself with the manufacturer’s recommended process.

Don’t linger.
Nobody needs a 30-minute long shower, not even if they’re washing their hair and shaving their legs in the same session. Using up too much water is bad for the environment and bad for your hair extensions, which need to return to dry ASAP to avoid matting, mold, or slippage. We get that showers can be relaxing, but if you really need a dose of watery relaxation, please opt for a bath, and wear your hair up in a protective style to keep it dry. When it comes to washing your hair, as soon as you’ve finished the shower (a.k.a. rinsed with cold water), gently wring out the water so your hair isn’t dripping wet, step out of the tub, and wrap the hair in a microfiber towel or cotton shirt to expedite the drying process.

Follow up.
Once most of the excess water has been removed from your hair, apply a heat protectant to your roots and shoot a hair dryer at it until it’s fully dry (a modest heat setting will do). For extra smooth hair, add a leave-in conditioner from the midshaft down, combing through any tangles with your fingers or a wide-tooth comb. The lengths of your hair should be left to air dry. Pro tip: once your hair is 2/3rds dry, tie it into a braid, bun, or twist to curl it overnight—or throughout the day, as the case may be. Heatless styling is the best kind of styling for any hair type, and post-shower is the best time to do it.

Troubleshoot.
In-between washes, correct any damage as it springs up with a good dry shampoo, leave-in conditioner, or scalp treatment, depending on your needs. Troubleshooting spot treatments are a great way to cut down on showers while keeping your hair looking and feeling great. They’ll also extend the life of your hair extensions in the long run!

What is your shower routine, and how does it leave your hair and hair extensions feeling? Let us know in the comments below!

 

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l love this blog. very useful information about hair extensions.
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Clip-In Hair Extensions

08 / 16 / 2016
Summer Clip-In Care

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Every season has its own quirks and distinctions, and the same thing goes for seasonal hair care. In the winter you try to lock-in moisture. In the summer you try to fight frizz and sweat. But did you know that there are even differences between seasonal hair care regimens for permanent vs. removable hair extensions? While all hair extension wearers should protect their hair from heat, sun, sweat, dry or dusty air, and swimming water, the ways in which you accomplish these things may differ between permanent vs. removable methods. So here’s our advice for you Clip-In wearers out there, so you can enjoy long, beautiful, newly-out-of-the-box quality hair all summer long.

Know how to wear your Clip-Ins summer-style.
Summer Clip-In use involves paying extra attention to the clips and ends of your extensions; clips because they’re more prone to slipping in sweaty hair, and ends because they’re more prone to drying in summer weather. For some extra grip, consider spraying the roots of your natural hair with dry shampoo or texturizing spray, then twisting the hair before clipping the extension to it. For smooth, well-moisturized ends, apply leave-in conditioner and a heat protectant from the midshaft down, then wear your hair up in a protective style. For bonus points, add a hat!

Know how to store.
We always recommend hanging your (dry!) extensions when storing them. It keeps the hair smooth and organized, and just generally more presentable than when stuffing them into a box. But, if you are hanging your extensions in the summer, make sure you cover them with a case or static-free fabric to avoid friction and frizz. Otherwise, stack the extensions on top of each other, twist or braid the length of the hair, and tuck it back into the original packaging in a loop. Store the hair in a cool, dry place for maximum defense.

Know when to wear and when to store.
The beauty of Clip-In hair extensions is that you can install them and remove them whenever and wherever you like. That means that, instead of having to take several precautions to defend your extensions from chlorine discoloration or sun-related bond damage, you can just remove the extensions before you find yourself in a hair-compromising situation. We routinely recommend that you avoid tanning, swimming, exercising, or sleeping with Clip-In hair extensions in place. During the summer, we also recommend that you avoid sunbathing with them on, as colored hair is more susceptible to heat damage. When you’re not wearing your hair extensions, take advantage of the opportunity to give them some revitalizing treatments. Deep-conditioning masks, leave-in conditioners, and hot-oil treatments can all work their magic without getting in the way of your summer exploits. But remember the rule of thumb: no sulfate products, and no products near the clips of the extensions.

Do you wear Donna Bella Clip-In hair extensions? We’d love to see your summer hair photos! Submit yours to our Instagram, Facebook, and/or Twitter social media pages for a change to be featured. And, if you have any stories or questions, feel free to leave them in the comments below!

 

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Hair Extension Style

08 / 09 / 2016
Hair Extension Before & Afters!

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Why do we make such a fuss over before & after photos? Because they’re important! A good before & after photo can stand in for your business card. It can advertise your extension practice. It can fill your portfolio! Lure in new clients with first rate before & after photos (photo-taking tips right here), and watch your extension business soar. Today, we thought we’d show you some examples of good before & after pictures—taken by DB extension stylists—to give you an idea of what you’re aiming for. New before & after photos are added constantly to our social media pages, so you’ll never be at a loss for inspiration. Feel free to submit your own photos, too!

Look at all that added length!

From hopelessly damaged to hopelessly beautiful.

 

Check out that color job!

See more or submit your own at DB Instagram!

 

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Hair Extension Style

07 / 31 / 2016
All the Hairstyle Resources You Need

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When it comes to deciding on a go-to hair extension look, you really can’t go wrong with some good-old recommendations. A couple of weeks ago we suggested hair extension looks based on your face shape and hair texture. This week, we’re clueing you in on the resources you need to figure out what your face shape and hair texture is, plus our favorite hairstyle sites and apps for browsing (and even testing out) those looks. Enjoy!

1. For determining your face shape.
- The Hair Styler Face Shape Quiz – A simple 4-step quiz that’ll match you with your likely face shape, plus link your to a whole bunch of face-shape related styles and tips.
- WikiHow Face Shape Tips – Outlines a couple of other methods for arriving at your face shape.

2. For determining your texture.
Compare your hair texture to the types listed at NaturallyCurly.com.
- If your hair texture is not represented because it appears to be straighter than those shown, your texture is straight.
- If your hair falls into the “2″ category, it’s wavy.
- If it falls into the “3″ category, it’s curly.
- If it falls into the “4″ category, it’s coily.

3. For browsing different hairstyles.
- The Hair Styler – Like we said before, The Hair Styler face shape quiz will match you not only with your face shape, but also with face-shape compatible hairstyles. They even enable you to filter your results based on hair length and texture!
- NaturallyCurly – This site has a great photo database featuring a range of wavy and curly styles, including celebrity looks and user submissions. It also includes product recommendations for your hair type!
- Donna Bella Instagram – When it comes to finding hair extension inspiration, Donna Bella’s Instagram is the place to be. We feature lots of before & after pics to get your creative juices flowing, and you can easily pull them up on your phone while you’re at the salon.
- Donna Bella Pinterest – Pinterest is king when it comes to hair inspiration just generally, and we’ve curated quite the collection of looks.

4. For trying on hair extensions.
- Donna Bella App – The Donna Bella app is great for making a hair extension stylist’s job easier, but it’s also great for hair extension clients looking to try out an extension look! Just upload your photo into the Hair Extension Makeover tool and flip through the options. The app is free and available to both iOS and Android users.

5. For trying on hairstyles.
- The Hair Styler Virtual Hair Styler - One of the coolest features on this website (which is, clearly, totally dedicated to everything hairstyle-related) is the makeover tool, which allows you to try on any of the hairstyles featured on their website. Give it a try to see which long looks will complement you!
- TAAZ – This site boasts one of the first makeover tools we ever came across on the internet, and it works just as well as ever. Upload a photo and try on different celebrity hairstyles, then play around with your virtual makeup while you’re at it!

What are you favorite hairstyle resources? Let us know in the comments below!

 

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It is very informative information for identifying correct hair style for us. This is valuable information . Thanks for sharing this one
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Hair Extension Style

07 / 26 / 2016
Quiz! | Find Out Your Best Extension Style

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Like we’ve said in previous posts, deciding on a hair extension method can be daunting, especially if you’re a beginner! Fortunately, we’re here to take some of the pressure off by providing you with some tailored recommendations. Take this quick quiz to find your best extension method, then let your stylist take care of the rest!

The Basic
Hair Extension Method Quiz

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Now that you know your starting point, you can learn more about your extension method at donnabellahair.com. And, when you’re ready, don’t forget to arrange a consultation appointment with your stylist to fine-tune the details!

Got questions? Leave them in the comments below and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

 

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07 / 17 / 2016
Hair Extension Cuts by Texture

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Did you know that your hair texture can dictate which styles look best on you? Your hair texture affects the way your hair flows from your head, frames your face, and sits over your shoulders, meaning the same general cut won’t look the same on a curly girl as a straight-haired one. Last week we talked about haircuts that suit your face shape. Now let’s level up the conversation to address the best cuts for your hair type!

Straight Hair
Inspiration: Karlie Kloss | Avril Lavigne | Alessandra Ambrosio

The look: Long layers
Straight hair keeps no secrets. Any irregularity in the cut will show through in the final hairstyle. That’s why classic, smooth hairstyles with seamless transitions work best on straight hair. Take advantage of the long layered look to add some dimension to your style, complete with those ultra-flattering, face-framing strands.

Wavy Hair
Inspiration: Gigi Hadid | Kristen Stewart | Blake Lively

The look: Built-in texture
For that effortless beachy look, have your stylist texturize the ends of your hair with a razor, and introduce some subtle layering throughout the hair. This will divide and visually separate the waves in your hair for a more dynamic hair style. And feel free to experiment with your hair part! Zig-zags parts suit wavy hair textures like no other.

Curly Hair
Inspiration: Taylor Swift | Ariana Grande | Shakira

The look: Faux-side bangs
When it comes to curly hair, over-all layers are optional. Add them in if you want more volume, or leave them out if you want more sloping length. What you should focus on, instead, is adding a visual center-point, like this faux-side bang—which is actually just strategic layering around the face. The trick with this is to follow the texture of your natural hair and cut as few layers into the face frame as possible.

Coily Hair
Inspiration: Amandla Stenberg | Solange Knowles | Alicia Keys

The look: Blunt cut
Whether your wear your hair natural or relaxed with extensions, a blunt haircut shows off the beautiful shapeliness of coily hair. Have your stylist cut your ends into a straight, slightly diagonal upward sloping line for some extra visual interest, then let it dry into its final fluffy and/or silky form.

What was your most flattering haircut ever? Let us know in the comments below, and feel free to share pictures with us via Instagram!

 

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07 / 11 / 2016
Hair Extension Cuts by Face Shape

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One of the best parts about wearing hair extensions is getting to personalize your new long locks. There are so many ways to wear long hair, and playing around with some styles until you find your “signature” look is both fun and liberating. But if you need help formulating a place to start, take your face shape as a guide. Here, we’ve outlined some classic long haircuts you can show your stylist to achieve that natural, face-flattering frame.

Round Face
Inspiration: Miley Cyrus | Miranda Kerr | Selena Gomez

The look: Bombshell blowout
Otherwise known as the “Victoria’s Secret look,” this blowout style volumizes hair beginning at the roots, which adds length to round face shapes. It also produces nice undulating waves, which naturally draw attention away from the curves of the face to the curves of the hair.

Square Face

Inspiration: Leighton Meester | Sofia Vergara | Kate Winslet

The look: Center-part and curtain bangs
A center part is an easy way to center attention on the length of the face, rather than the width or the angles. Gently sloping curtain bangs, or a well-maintained layered face frame, narrow the appearance of the forehead and emphasize the cheeks, which can make them look like they’re higher on the face.

Heart Face
Inspiration: Alexis Bledel | Tyra Banks | Reese Witherspoon

The look: Swooping side part
Balance the prominence of a regal forehead (without hiding the forehead altogether) by placing hair in a deep side part and allowing the hair to plunge down across one eyebrow. This style makes the eyes and cheekbones the center of attention, while still letting the forehead show off a little.

Oval Face
Inspiration: Jessica Alba | Anne Hathaway | Liv Tyler

The look: Effortless bangs
Bangs disguise the length of the face while placing attention squarely on the eyes. They also add some drama to otherwise round features for a dynamic look that needs little-to-no daily maintenance (depending on your hair texture).

Rectangle Face
Inspiration: Jessica Simpson | Angelina Jolie | Gisele Bündchen

The look: Soft curls
Balance your striking rectangular angles with soft and abundant curls. You’ll still have that whole eye-catching, mature thing going on, but it’ll be less editorial and more wearable and down-to-earth. Plus, it’s easy to play it up for more formal settings, too.

Diamond Face
Inspiration: Jennifer Love Hewitt | Ashley Greene | Halle Berry

The look: Sleek and straight
Sharp and dainty diamond faces can be easily over-complicated with elaborate hairstyles. Let your facial features stand out by wearing your hair in a complementary sleek and classy straight style. It’ll also give you the opportunity to flaunt bolder makeup looks!

What’s your signature Donna Bella hairstyle? Share your pics with us on Instagram! And, if you have any comments or questions, leave them in the space below!

 

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Hair Care

07 / 03 / 2016
Your Guide to Beach Hair

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The beach is our favorite place to be during the summer, but it’s also a place filled with hair extension perils. Between the intense sunlight, accompanying heat, dry air, and harsh seawater, your extensions can leave a day at the beach looking ragged–or worse–showing actual signs of damage. Fortunately, there are things you can do to minimize beach hair damage that won’t get in the way of your summer fun. Here are a couple of our favorite tips to get your started:

Use UV protection. We’ve mentioned this tip before, and for good reason. Protecting your hair from the sun’s UV rays is the bare minimum for long-lasting, healthy locks. Make it your haircare starting point, regardless of the season, or find products that multi-task, like serum with UV protection included.

Pack in the leave-in conditioner. You hair needs extra moisture during the summer months to counteract sun and heat-related drying, and it needs even more to counteract salty ocean water. The key is to saturate your hair before getting into the water–especially at the ends–so that your hair has a barrier that prevents it from losing moisture or absorbing ocean water.

Wear your hair up. Once you’ve applied your leave-in conditioner, we recommend that you tie your hair up in a protective style, so the ends of your hair are not exposed to the elements. This helps to minimize the amount of hair that you’re exposing to sun, sand, surf, etc., and keeps the most vulnerable parts of your hair from excessive drying.

Cover your head. Whether it’s with a swim cap, a sunhat, or a pretty scarf, covering your hair ensures that your hair is protected to-the-max. This is especially important for hair extension-wearers, as the heat from the sun can compromise the integrity of extension bonds. It’s also important for preventing heat stroke and fatigue, as the shade over your head will keep your beautiful brain as cool as possible. Bring at least one head cover in addition to your umbrella for versatility.

Correct damage in the shower. We recommend that you shower immediately after spending time in ocean or pool water to clean your hair of the mineral buildup that accompanies it. Left unchecked, these minerals can damage the hair’s protective layer, cause hair breakage, and even alter the color of your strands. Use a sulfate-free clarifying shampoo to get the job done, then follow up with more conditioning around your midshaft and ends. If you’d like, you can even pre-emptively color correct with lavender or gold-tinted products.

Dry your roots. As an extension-wearer, you know that wet bonds are no good for hair extensions. That’s why it’s important that you dry your hair after getting it wet. Apply some heat protectant to your roots before hitting it with a blowdryer, and make sure you get your entire root and bond area sufficiently dry.

Re-condition your ends. Once again, you want to make sure your hair stays hydrated after a long day in the sun, so coat the ends in another round of leave-in conditioner so they can soak up as much moisture as possible!

If you follow these tips, we guarantee that your next-day beach hair will be as beautiful as your glowing beach-trip skin!

For more summer hair extension reading, check out the following posts:
Donna Bella’s Summer Favorites!
Overcoming Hat Hair
When in Maui…

Have a question? Leave it in the comments below!

 

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Hair Extensions

06 / 28 / 2016
Human Remy 101

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When we say our professional extensions are 100% Human Remy, what do we mean? Those of you who have been following us for a while may have some idea, but newer customers have probably never heard the term before–especially the “Remy” part. But “Remy” is what makes all the difference with our products; it’s the distinction that makes Donna Bella hair some of the best hair in the extension industry. Here’s why.

All human hair extensions are not created equal.
When we talk about hair quality, we first have to talk about the source of the hair. Donna Bella’s Human Remy extensions are sourced from India, where women cultivate long, beautiful, chemically untouched locks and donate them to local temples as a religious and social service. Untreated or “virgin” hair is key, as it ensures that the base hair extension material is of the highest quality possible.

Humane sourcing practices are a priority.
Not all hair extensions are acquired in a dignified–or even consensual–way. There have been instances of women being forced to sell their hair for money due to economic hardship, women being coerced into selling their hair or giving it away, and even women being assaulted for their hair. No product is worth victimizing other people, and no company should profit from the hardship of others. That’s why we purchase Indian Human Remy hair from temples–what some people call “temple hair.” These temples operate by accepting hair as a religious donation, then selling it to various companies. They use the money generated from these transactions to fund the temple and support the community that houses it.

Technique matters.
It’s worth noting that even the highest-quality hair sourced through the most reliable methods may not ultimately become Remy hair. The thing to keep in mind is that hair has a natural direction to it–there’s a root side and an end side, or a natural top and bottom, and the cuticle layer on the outside always faces downward. Remy hair takes this direction into account, meaning the hair is properly aligned with the root side at the top, the end side at the bottom, and the cuticle layer facing downward. Non-Remy hair is mixed, with some hairs oriented in the right direction, and some hair oriented in the wrong direction. This is why non-Remy hair is more likely to get frizzy and damaged–when you brush it, you’re brushing against the cuticle layer of the upside-down hairs, making them more likely to break or tangle. What ultimately determines which type of hair extension you get is technique. When collecting donated hair, monks may either shave the head or bind and cut the hair so that the strands stay together. Shaved hair ends up scattered on the floor to be collected later, whereas bound and cut hair stays together in proper alignment. Human Remy hair derives from the latter method.

100% is uncommon.
There are many companies that sell Human Remy hair that is not 100% Remy. Perhaps the majority of the hair in the extension meets the “Remy” criteria, but not every single strand. This is because Remy hair is more expensive than other hair on the market, and some businesses are tempted to cut corners by pairing Remy hair with synthetic or non-Remy strands to bulk up the extension. We do not subscribe to this practice. Rather, we pride ourselves on the unparalleled quality of our products, and choose to operate our business with integrity.

If there’s one thing you should take away from this explanation, it’s that 100% Human Remy hair is the finest grade of hair in the industry. It’s also the rarest. So take advantage of Donna Bella’s many 100% Human Remy products–you’ll be able to feel the difference!

Got comments or questions? Leave them down below and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible!

 

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Hair Extensions

06 / 21 / 2016
Options, Options: How to Navigate Donna Bella’s Extension Methods

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I don’t know if you guys have noticed, but Donna Bella offers quite a few different extension methods. Between I-Link, Kera-Link, Tape-In, and Clip-In, it might be hard to figure out which extension method is best for you. This is where your stylist can help a lot–they are, after all, trained to know everything about DB’s extensions. But if you’re the kind of client who likes to have an idea of what you want beforehand, or the kind of stylist who needs a little help identifying the best method for any situation, we’re here to offer some assistance. So, to make things a little easier for you, here’s a snapshot of each method, including their relative benefits and ideal candidates:

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I-Link

What it is:
A professional (semi-permanent) extension that applies with only beads–no glue, tape, or heat required.

How it works:
I-Link installs in a strand-by-strand manner, wherein a single strand of hair is looped through a bead, a single hair extension tip is placed into the bead, and the bead is clamped down to hold the two together. I-Link requires no chemicals for removal, just a little pressure to unclamp the bead. This type of extension installs in 1-2 hours, and needs to be moved up every 8-12 weeks. They can be reused 1-3 times for a total lifespan of about 3-6 months.

Pros:
- Semi-permanent increase in hair length and volume
- 360 degree movement
- 100% hair-safe installation
- No processed components involved
- Removal is quick and easy

Cons:
- For clients with a sensitive scalp, I-Link beads can be uncomfortable to sleep on
- As with any professional method, since the extensions remain installed for an extended period of time, natural shed hair will remain trapped in the bond
- Clients must take certain precautions to prevent professional extensions from slipping

Who it’s best for:
- Clients wary of glue, tape, heat, or chemicals coming in contact with their hair
- Clients who prioritize maintaining natural hair integrity
- First-time professional extension clients

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Kera-Link

What it is:
A professional (semi-permanent) extension that is fused to the hair with melted keratin bonds.

How it works:
Kera-Link installs in a strand-by-strand manner, wherein a single strand of hair is isolated, a single extension strand is laid on top of it, and the extension’s keratin bond is melted around the two with applied heat. Kera-Link is removed by applying Keratin Bond Remover–an alcohol-based serum that breaks down the bond–then manually breaking the bond with the Hair Extension Tool. This type of extension installs in 2-3 hours, and needs to be moved up every 6-7 weeks. They can be reused 1-3 times for a total lifespan of about 2-4 months.

Pros:
- Semi-permanent increase in hair length and volume
- 360 degree movement
- Bonds are totally camouflaged within the hair
- The most durable of all extension methods
- Slippage is unlikely

Cons:
- Kera-Link requires that heat be applied to the hair during installation
- Kera-Link is somewhat difficult to remove, and removal involves an alcohol-based chemical
- As with any professional method, since the extensions remain installed for an extended period of time, natural shed hair will remain trapped in the bond
- Clients must take certain precautions to prevent professional extensions from slipping
- Since the old extension bond is cut off before reinstalling Kera-Link extensions, every time they are reused the length of the extension will get a little bit shorter

Who it’s best for:
- Clients who prioritize strong extension hold
- Clients who prioritize minimal bond visibility
- Repeat professional extension clients

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Tape-In

What it is:
A professional (semi-permanent) extension that is taped to either side of the client’s hair.

How it works:
Tape-In installs with wefts, which are wider than hair extension strands. During installation, a section of hair is isolated, a Tape-In extension weft is taped on top of it, a second Tape-In weft or a piece of Single Sided Tape is taped underneath it, and the hair is thereby sandwiched between layers of tape. Tape-In is removed by applying Tape-In Bond Remover–an oil-based serum that breaks down the adhesive bond–then manually peeling the extensions and/or tape from the natural hair. This type of extension installs in 30-60 minutes, and needs to be moved up every 3-6 weeks. They can be reused 1-2 times for a total lifespan of about 2-4 months.

Pros:
- Semi-permanent increase in hair length and volume
- Natural and comfortable feel
- Super-fast install
- Exceptionally lightweight extensions

Cons:
- Tape-In offers slightly less movement and flexibility than the strand-by-strand extension methods
- As with any professional method, since the extensions remain installed for an extended period of time, natural shed hair will remain trapped in the bond
- Clients must take certain precautions to prevent professional extensions from slipping

Who it’s best for:
- Fine-haired clients
- Clients who prioritize comfort
- First-time professional extension clients

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Clip-In

What it is:
A non-professional (removable) extension that is clipped to the hair.

How it works:
Clip-In extensions come in variously sized wefts for easy row-by-row installment. These extensions come with clips already installed, and are applied to the hair by clipping the wefts along a row of parted hair. Clip-In is removed by simply unclipping the wefts from the hair. This type of extension installs in 5-15 minutes, and removes in under 2 minutes. They can be reused as many times as the user sees fit, and typically reach a total lifespan of about 6-12 months.

Pros:
- User-controlled increase in hair length and volume
- Super-fast install and removal
- Commitment-free, great for experimentation
- Easy, unhassled hair care
- Minimal salon maintenance required

Cons:
- Clip-Ins are impermanent, and will need to be installed and removed per every usage
- Depending on the user’s hair texture, Clip-Ins may slip slightly while in use

Who it’s best for:
- First-time extension clients
- Fine-haired clients
- Non-committal clients
- Clients who prioritize flexibility
- Clients who prioritize control

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Please keep in mind that different methods will offer a different assortment of colors, lengths, textures, and even material varieties, so check in advance to see if your preferred method carries the specifications you’re looking for. Human hair extensions can be modified to suit the needs of the wearer, so a less-than-perfect match shouldn’t necessarily deter you from one method or another. Again, consult with your stylist for your best hair extension match! And, stylists, take advantage of our upcoming hair extension events to brush up on your consultation skills! There’s always more to learn, and there’s no better way to practice!

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