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02 / 26 / 2015
Donna Bella Tape-In Hair Extensions: The Removal

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So now it’s been a good 4-6 weeks and your client is coming in for a move-up appointment for her Tape-Ins. While a move up can be really easy, it also takes a lot of time. Plan on spending about 2 ½ to 3 hours on a moveup appointment. Let your client know so that they will be prepared. This is where it gets tricky because a small error in the re-taping process made by the stylist can cause early slippage for the client. Remember, there are no short cuts to the process if you want the hold!

Tape-In Bond Remover. The clear oil-based remover is especially formulated to remove Donna Bella Tape-In extensions. It sometimes gets confused with the Keratin Bond Remover which is alcohol-based. To help you remember, clear is for tape, blue is for bond. Start by applying a good amount of Tape-In Bond Remover to the weft (do not saturate the whole head). Don’t be afraid to use too much remover. If the remover is left for too long it starts to disintegrate the tape and make it really gummy. Therefore, only do one weft at a time. Once the weft is out, apply a little more remover to the natural hair to remove any of the old adhesive that may still be lingering.

Styrofoam head. For an easier application, use a styrofoam head. As you remove the tape, place the old weft on a styrofoam head in the same location as where you removed it from your client’s head. Do this to save you time in trying to figure out where they go back. Many of our top stylists highly suggest you do this to save time.

Washing. This is the most important part of the move-up service since both the wefts and the natural hair should be 100% clarified. Wash the client’s hair once with a clarifying shampoo, then add a little baking soda to the clarifying shampoo for a second wash, but only where the extensions were placed. The baking soda will act as a safe abrasive to help break down the remover and stickiness.  Shampoo the hair again for the third time to remove any traces of baking soda. You may condition from the mid-shaft down (avoid the roots), but do not dry with any product.

Clarifying the wefts. Put a small amount of clarifying shampoo mixed with baking soda in a small dish and regular shampoo in another. Remove the wefts one section at a time from the styrofoam head, wash with the regular shampoo, rinse, and then place them back on the styrofoam. You can dry either with a dryer or place the head under a hooded dryer while you are working on your client.

Re-taping. Make sure that you don’t have any product or oil on your hands. When you peel the tape away from the card, only touch the very edge. Try to come in contact with the tape as little as possible. Make sure that you press it firmly to the extension weft. The extensions are not meant to have any of the old tape on them before they are re-taped. If done correctly, your client should only need to come in every 4-6 weeks.

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02 / 20 / 2015
Donna Bella Tape-In Hair Extensions: The Aftercare

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You’re all done with the Tape-In hair extension installation and your client is ready to hit the town with her new look. Not so fast, there’s one more important step that you should always do before you let your client walk out the door— deliver the aftercare instructions. Even if your client is a long-time hair extensions wearer, remind them. You’ve just spent a good amount of your time and theirs completing the perfect hair extension job; the last thing you both want is early slippage. The following are the most important care instructions to go over:

Washing and conditioning. Donna Bella Hair extensions should always be washed and conditioned with sulfate-free products. Any products containing sulfates can dry up the hair extensions. Conditioner should be applied only at the midshaft through the ends. If any oils or conditioners are placed on the tape or scalp they will weigh down the extensions, just as they would your natural hair. The tape will also slip; after all, we do use an oil-based remover to remove tape-ins. The same rule goes for hair masks, leave-in conditioners, and any other moisturizing treatments.  Apply a hair mask at least once a month to help keep the hair moisturized and preserve its shine.

Brushing. Both natural hair and hair extensions are weakest when wet. So to avoid breakage, apply a detangler, leave-in conditioner, or oil to the hair before brushing. Always use a hair extension brush to avoid tugging on the tape. The proper way to brush is to start from the bottom, working your way up. If you start from top to bottom you will cause tangles and breakage, just like with your natural hair.  Also, remind your clients to pat dry their hair extensions when using a towel. Rubbing a towel back and forth can cause a matted mess because of so much friction. And whenever possible, blowdryers should be avoided, leaving the extensions to air dry. Constant heat will damage the hair faster.

Styling. Ponytails, buns, braids, or any up-do’s should be loose. Tight hair styles means there’s constant pulling at the tape, and guess what that does? Yup, you guessed it: it pulls the hair extension connection over time and your client will start having her hair extensions slipping in no time. Before bedtime, hair extensions should be styled as well. Placing hair extensions in a loose braid or ponytail and using a head wrap or headscarf will help protect the hair from tangles.

Heat. When heat is used to curl, straighten, or dry hair extensions, a heat protectant should always be used. The proper way to apply a heat protectant is to read the directions on the bottle. One tip we do want to give is this: never apply a heat protectant right before applying the heat tool. Always wait a minute or two for the hair to absorb the product. That way you’re not frying the hair due to the wetness of a fresh product application. If you overuse heat tools on your hair extensions, it could fry them, just as it would your natural hair. Less heat is always better.

Want to go the extra mile? Print these aftercare tips and give them to your client as a go-to reference. Have any aftercare questions as a stylist or client? Please ask! We always welcome your questions and concerns.

 

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Hi Dee! We recommend moving up the hair every 4-6 weeks and the hair can be reused 2-3 times which gives the client 3-6 months in between replacing the hair.
-Jane Knight

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02 / 13 / 2015
Donna Bella Hair Tape-In Hair Extensions: The Installation

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While anyone can install Tape-Ins, we highly recommend that Tape-In hair extensions be installed solely by a trained and licensed salon professional. To avoid a bad hair extension experience and to protect your investment, do not attempt to do your own Tape-Ins. There are certain reasons why stylists go to school and get extensive training on techniques and products, especially when it comes to blending.

Hair types. There are ten wefts that come in each Donna Bella Tape-In pack. On a client that has average length, thickness, layering, and texture, you will be using 4-6 packs of hair. If the client has shorter hair or thicker hair, you will be using 6 to 8 packs. And if your client has extremely thin or fine hair, plan on using 3 to 5 packs of hair. Less packs of hair may be used, but only if your client is wanting to add more weight or thickness to their hair without increasing length. Also, if your client is used to wearing their hair up, you need to place the wefts where they can be hidden easily for updo hairstyles. This is a question you should ask before starting the installation process so that, if you need to angle some of the wefts, you may do so.

Prepping the hair. When your client comes in for the initial installation, they should come with clean and clarified hair. That means no conditioners should be applied after shampooing when washing! Clarified hair means you’re stripping the hair of any moisture, including the oils the scalp produces. The best way to get clarified hair is to use a clarifying shampoo that doesn’t contain moisturizers and then let the hair air dry. The hair may be blow dried, just make sure that no heat protectant, gloss, or anything has been placed on the hair.

During the installation. Try to come in contact with the tape as little as possible or not at all. By placing your fingers on the tape, you’re transferring the oils from your finger onto the tape, which will cause them to slip. Do not take the backing off of the tape and stick it on your finger while sectioning hair. Simply section the fair first and then use your nail to lift the backing from the tape, keeping your fingers away from the tape as you peel it, and place the weft onto the sectioned hair. When you seal the weft, make sure there are no air bubbles. By aligning the top and bottom tape correctly you will avoid this problem. Make sure you’re placing the correct amount of hair between the wefts and tape. Placing too much hair into the weft will definitely cause early slippage.

Tape-Ins are meant to last 6 to 8 weeks before they need to be moved up, depending on the rate of your client’s hair growth. They may be reused up to 3 times a year. Have an installation question? You know what to do. Drop it in the comment box below; we’re always happy to help our Donna Bellas!

 

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02 / 06 / 2015
Donna Bella Tape-In Hair Extensions: The Product

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Because of the high industry demand for Tape-Ins from stylists, Donna Bella decided to search high and low for the best quality hair to add Tape-In extensions to the line.  Because we’re always finding new ways to innovate, we were one of the first large hair extension companies to offer the method. Our founder did not only find high-quality hair, he also worked hard to find the best quality adhesive that would provide long-lasting hold. Finally, a formula of latex-free medical adhesive was tested and found to be safe to use on all hair types. Since Donna Bella Hair has offered Tape-In hair extensions, it has been the number one seller and is quickly gaining more popularity. It’s the newer method of doing hair extensions and is a favorite of not only the client but the stylist, too. If you’ve never attempted the Tape-In method but want to know more, this blog is for you.

Most popular.

After receiving complaints from stylists about the rudimentary tape-ins that were offered from other companies, Donna Bella Hair tried to develop a method what would remove all of those issues (slippage, shedding, weak adhesive, etc.). Consequently, we’ve become very successful. Tape-In hair is sold in wefts instead of individual strands. Since there is more hair on each weft, the hair can be installed in wider areas of the head. If installed correctly, it has a flat, seamless finish. It has less strain than individual strand extensions, which is better for thinner hair. The advantage of wefts over strands is the installation time. Most Tape-In installations take an hour or two at most. Faster installation means you have more time in your schedule for appointments, which in turn means more revenue. More revenue is what we like as stylists, right?

Long Lasting.

Donna Bella’s Tape-Ins are made with 100% Human Remy hair that is stitched onto a  polyurethane template to prevent shedding. Just like Kera-Link and I-Link extensions, if Tape-Ins are cared for properly, they will last a year or longer. We recommend moving up the hair every 4-6 weeks and the hair can be reused 2-3 times which gives the client 3-6 months in between replacing the hair. Tape-Ins can be reused up to three times if removed and installed correctly.

Damage-Free.

Tape-In hair extensions are perfect for clients who want to avoid the heat from Kera-Links or the beads from I-Link. The tape that is used is specifically formulated to be non-irritating to the skin. Donna Bella Hair developed an advanced adhesive formulation that allows for maximum hold and easy removal (with the correct remover), leaving the natural hair free from any damage.

If you’d like to see a free demo of Tape-In installation please visit Donna Bella’s website. If you have any questions about our Tape-In hair, please feel free to drop it in the comment box below!

 

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01 / 30 / 2015
Donna Bella Tape-In Hair Extensions: The Consultation

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Consultations are always the best part of the hair extension business. You get to meet different clients who come from different walks of life. For some, hair extensions are simply a luxury they enjoy, while for others, it’s a lifestyle they can’t do without. The consultation is also the most important piece of their experience. Because of how much time and money they are putting into the process, hair extensions are an investment for them, so they expect you to work a miracle even though sometimes it cannot be done. To make sure your consultation goes well for you and your client, use the following tips.

Be upfront. First-time hair extension wearers have never experienced this type of service before, and since they haven’t a clue, they may have some really high expectations for you. Before they come in for their appointment with you, tell them to bring in some pictures of what they imagine their hair will look like. Most of the time, women get their inspirations from hairstyles they’ve seen on social media or on a celebrity. Having a picture will let you visualize exactly what your client is envisioning. In some rare cases, you won’t be able to take them from “zero to hero.” Either their hair is too short or too thin for their method of choice, the color isn’t flattering for their skin tone, or their face frame requires a different cut or color, etc… So to avoid a difficult client, it is your job to be honest with them and provide a professional opinion. Always under-promise and over-deliver.

Educate. As a stylist you tend to forget that not everyone knows what you do. Make sure that at the consultation you give your client all the details they’ll need to know, from the installation process to the aftercare and reinstallation. Make sure you cover the how-to’s for washing their hair with the right products, plus how to style (brushing and using heat). It might even help to create a cheat sheet with all the info that you can send home with them. It’s a way to not only set yourself apart from the rest of the hairstylists, but to give your client a reference they can run to when in doubt.

Commit. Toward the end of the consultation make sure you and the client are both in agreement about the course of action. Make sure they understand what you expect from them, for example, having their hair ready for installation (clarified and free of any moisture, etc…), and that you understand what they expect from you (custom color job, more volume, more length, etc…). Make sure you both have a clear understanding so that, come installation day, there are no unexpected surprises.

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01 / 23 / 2015
Top 3 Reasons to Attend a Pro Series Event

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Most of us are visual learners, especially when it comes to the art of hair, correct? So there is no better way to learn specific tricks and tips—unless you are physically being taught one-on-one by a master of hair extensions. Yes we have education and tools online that you can use to help you improve and get started. However, there are always those “What-ifs?” and “I’m not sure if I’m doing this right” questions and concerns that linger in our minds. We like the reassurance of having a pro watching over us to give us confirmation. That is exactly why Ruben Martinez and the rest of the Donna Bella Hair Team have taken the time to make this tour possible.

Use it as an excuse. Excuses have a negative connotation to them, but in this case, use it for a positive reason. Find the nearest event to you, round up your stylist friends, and head down for a day or a weekend of intense training, fun, and play. We’ve got you covered with overnight accommodations, goodies, and high-end dinners with Ruben and the rest of the team.

Get intense. As part of the package deal, we give you all the tools needed to train in all three methods; I-Link, Kera-Link, and Tape-In. We do this so that you can use these tools as part of your hands-on training. Our goal is to make you incredibly comfortable with each method, so that you can leave with overt confidence in your ability to provide any service to any client. The training is designed to give you the most attention possible so that you can learn at your own pace and get each one of your questions answered. Have trouble with slippage? Our educators will give you the secrets and tips to make that a thing of the past. Want to improve your custom coloring skills? Ruben will turn you into a master hair extension colorist. . There are so many possibilities!

Make more money. That is our goal after all, isn’t it? Providing more than one service that allows you to cater to many more clients? Just because a stylist provides several services doesn’t mean they’re better off. It takes a stylist who provides confident, reliable, amazing services to keep loyal clients and increase their revenue through word-of-mouth. Although we can’t provide you with personality, we can, however, give you the confidence you need to provide those key elements in all of your hair extension services, and to make you the best in town. Your work speaks for itself. Shouldn’t you amaze them?

Need more info on our Pro Series events? Drop your questions in the box below!

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01 / 16 / 2015
Coconut Oil for Your Extensions

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As of late, coconut oil has been getting a lot of  hype for its benefits, and also because it’s all natural. It’s great when used as part of your nutrition, does wonders for moisturizing your skin, and has proven to help distressed hair. Use it on your natural hair to restore it, use it while your extensions are in, or use it to revive them after your hair extensions have been taken out to get them ready for a re-installation. If you style your hair with heat constantly, coconut oil may help restore your hair extensions. Curious? Want to give it a shot? Here is some information to read before you try it.

 

How to apply: Coconut oil can be used to keep the ends of your hair extensions moisturized. Heat a tablespoon or two (not too hot, you don’t want to get burned) and apply ONLY to the tips of your hair extensions. It is super moisturizing so it is important that you stay as far away as possible from your tape, bond, or beads, or you’ll be experiencing slippage in no time. After applying the oil, place your hair extensions into a braid and leave it on anywhere from a couple of hours to overnight. If you choose to leave it on overnight, make sure you protect your clothes and pillow by placing a towel on your bed, or by wrapping a sheet of plastic around it.

 

Benefits: Coconut oil can be used to keep the ends of your hair extensions moisturized. Coconut oil is said to work better because it seeps into the hair shaft instead of just sitting on top of the hair. It reconditions hair from the inside out because it contains ingredients that help to restructure hair, such as vitamin E and Lauric acid. People that have used coconut oil have experienced less split ends because it is high in protein, giving your hair the needed strength to fight breakage. Another benefit to using coconut oil for your hair extensions is that it gives them shine.

Warning: Coconut oil is very heavy so you will have to wash your hair very well after the treatment. Shampoo your hair twice just to be sure.

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Yes, coconut oil is amazing for conditioning your extensions. It adds a shine that is beautiful. You can also mix a tablespoon of the oil with sugar (sugar in the raw) works best because of its large grain, similar to sea salt in size. Mix the two together and use to gently exfoliate you're lips. It works great, especially during winter time when our lips tend to be dry. Your lips will be soft, and your lipstick will look better than ever..:)
-Kim Zapalac

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01 / 09 / 2015
New Year, New Hair

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Most of us have made New Year’s resolutions; some are pretty far fetched and others are more attainable. Most of our resolutions are centered around improving ourselves, right? So why not start with baby steps like a hair makeover? A new color or longer hair will definitely have you looking and feeling brand new! Or why not even do both?

If you’ve never tried hair extensions before, now is the perfect time to do it. New year, new you, or, in this case—new hair! It doesn’t matter if you’re a first time or long time extension wearer when it comes to changing your look. Hair extensions are so versatile, there are so many possibilities. Aside from the fact that hair extensions are used for length, they are also used for volume, color, and style.

First timers, if you’re nervous, start with Clip-Ins. They come with instructions on how to clip them on yourself. You can style them as you would your natural hair and take them out as soon as you’re done with them (usually at the end of the day). If you store them neatly, you can get many uses out of them. If you find that you enjoy your new look and would like to save time on clipping them on each time, you can then upgrade to Tape-Ins, I-Links, or Kera-Links.

If you’re a long time extension wearer, try a new look by changing colors. If you have a monochromatic color, you should give one of the color trends a try. For example, a balayage, an ombre (which we now carry in a few tones), or a dip dye job are all in style. The best part about these trends is that you don’t need to put your hair through the color process. Save your natural hair the damage and ask your stylist to complete this look by ordering the color of hair extensions that will best blend with your natural color to combine them for the perfect look.

So while the gym goals for the year are always great, they still take time to produce results. See a new you right away with amazing hair and start showing off now!

 

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01 / 02 / 2015
Tips for Healthy, Growing Hair

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Trying to grow your hair out but not having much luck? It could be that your hair isn’t healthy enough to start the process. If your hair is damaged, it will just break off, which explains why it won’t grow. Using a deep conditioner combined with a biotin supplement will definitely help get your hair healthy to start the growing process. Biotin helps stimulate the cells that make your hair grow. As with any supplements, consult your physician before use.

If you have really short hair like a pixie cut, work your way into a bob (good thing they’re in style right now). Make sure that you’re going in regularly to have your split ends trimmed. Split ends will eventually break off and leave you waiting even longer for length. If you have thicker hair, though, this might not be a great option for you due to the poofy effect it can have on your hair type. Ask your stylist to thin your hair out to get rid of the bulk. At this point you can keep taking your biotin and applying your deep conditioner. Once your hair is at your shoulders you also have the option to install hair extensions since your hair will be the perfect length for them. Hair extensions are a lot more tricky to place into shorter hair because they won’t blend in as well.

Even with hair extensions, you need to continue your hair growth routine. Don’t stop taking your biotin or using deep conditioning masks and conditioners on your natural hair and your hair extensions to keep them in the best shape possible. One last thing: whether you have hair extensions installed or not, do not wash your hair everyday. The natural oils that your scalp produces help nourish your hair. Try a dry shampoo instead (it will absorb all the excess oil, and have your hair smelling fresh). Washing your hair too much can also dry out your hair extensions.

Hair extensions are a great damage-free option for hair growth. You’ll have the length and volume while you wait for your natural hair to catch up. If done correctly, you should see longer hair once the hair extensions are taken out. Once you achieve the length you’ve wanted, hair extensions can still be worn for volume.

Thanks for reading! Any questions or concerns? Leave them in the comments below!

 

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12 / 26 / 2014
Hair Tricks to Get You Through NYE

NYE

Can you believe this is our last blog of 2014? It feels like it went by way too fast—but then again, time does fly when you’re having fun, doesn’t it? Since this is the last blog of the year, you know we had to write one about the New Year’s Eve festivities. While some like to spend it at home cozying up with family or a significant other, others enjoy the big party and nightlife that can only be experienced once a year (at least the ball drop and first kiss of the year part). So for your night out on the town, here are some hair tricks to keep your hair looking fab through the new year!

Curl from the middle out. When styling your hair extensions with your wand or curling iron, try to curl starting from the middle out. Doing this will allow your curls to last longer because this technique provides a better hold.

Make bobby pins stick all night. Take a paper towel and place the bobby pins you will be using on top. Spray the bobby pins with hairspray to give them some stickiness. Place them in your hair soon after they are dry.

Use a toothbrush. Everyone knows the struggle of flyaways, especially right after taking a blow drier or straight iron to your hairline. The best way to tame your flyaways is by using a toothbrush. Yes you read that right. Spray some hairspray on a toothbrush (preferably one that hasn’t been used) and use it to tame your baby hairs and flyaways.

Blow dry with cool air. If you’re planning on just a blow dried style, try switching the temperatures on your blow dryer back and forth or giving your hair a blast of cool air right after applying heat. The cool air helps your style stay intact.

If you’d like more tips or have questions please leave a comment or ask your favorite stylist. Thank you all for another amazing year!

Happy New Year!!

Love, The Donna Bella Hair Team xo

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