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08 / 15 / 2014
Pump Up The Volume

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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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Featured Products

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 donnabellahair.com. 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

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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: http://bit.ly/1zJLoXl.

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

 

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Coloring News

07 / 11 / 2014
Sun Exposure and Hair Extensions

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Everyone loves summer and all of the outdoor activities it brings. But while we’re spending the day on a boat, at a bbq, out camping, etc., we tend to forget one thing—sun damage. If you’re exposed to the sun long enough, you’ll notice that your hair gets a lot lighter. Usually this wouldn’t be a big deal, but when your hair extensions don’t match your natural hair, that’s a problem. So what can you do?

If you know your hair is prone to lighten up during the summer, prepare for it by coloring your hair a shade lighter and order your hair extensions in a lighter shade to match your new (but natural) hue. Wonder why so many surfers seem to have light hair? The UV rays from the sun destroy the melanin in your hair causing it to lighten, and until new hair grows in its place, it will stay that color.

If you want to be active but still want to keep your darker color, you can protect your hair and extensions by wearing hats, scarves, or wraps when exposed to the sun for long periods of time. We can’t stress this enough during the summer season. Not only do they protect your natural hair, they protect the extensions and their respective bonds, tape, or beads.

There are also leave in sprays and conditioners that have sun protection in them. Bumble and Bumble’s UV Protective Styling Balm is a great option and it’s sulfate-free! Other companies like L’Oreal and Garnier also offer UV protective hairsprays, sprays, creams, etc.

Like us on Facebook for tips, products, and trends for the summer. What’s your favorite summer tip for protection? Please share with us!

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Ask Donna Bella

07 / 03 / 2014
Are you Getting the Most Out of Social Media?

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Are scheduling appointments, installing and styling hair, and a personal life outside of the salon making your day pretty hectic? Are you a new hairstylist wanting to add loyal clients to your list of clientele? Or are you a salon owner wanting to add a personal touch to your business strategy? Whatever the case may be, we suggest incorporating social media into your business. How can you use social media to your advantage? Here are some tips:

Be exclusive. Posting  images, information, and invites only for your followers and friends on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter can boost the traffic on your social media pages, leading to more business. For example, a coupon you post only for your friends on Facebook can make them feel exclusive and will have them inviting their friends to your page so that they, too, can cash in on these exclusive deals. A special coupon for discounted services, a preview of a new product line at the salon, or maybe a girls night at the salon allows you to be more personal with your clientele and helps boost your brand.

Before and afters. Nothing shows off your work better than a before and after picture (especially when it comes to hair extensions). There’s something about being able to see a person’s transformation in an instant that draws people to the stylist and the products they used. Don’t be modest. Post as many before and after pictures as you’d like and let your work do the talking. People want to know that you’re an expert and a master of your trade.

Be informative. Your area of expertise is hair, so try to be consistent in posting about all things hair. If you have found a product you really like, write about it. Product reviews are great because people feel like they can trust a consumer’s word over that of the manufacturer (which is why there are review sections in most online stores). If there are products or home remedies that you’ve tried which have worked miracles on hair, post about them! The more people read useful information, the more they want to keep up with your posts.

Contests. At Donna Bella Hair, we enjoy holding weekly contests (Winner Wednesdays). It’s a chance to hear from our followers and an opportunity to involve our customers while giving away some free goodies. You should also consider having contests on your page to increase engagement (and fun!). It doesn’t have to be every week—it could be biweekly or once a month—but the more consistent you are, the more your name and work gain popularity.

Need more tips or have some to share? Let us know—we always love hearing from you!

 

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Ask Donna Bella

06 / 27 / 2014
How to Take a Great Before & After Photo

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We’ve been receiving lots of amazing before and after photos lately, but some people have been asking how to improve their photos to really make them pop when sharing them with us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. We recently spoke to a professional photographer (and hair extension enthusiast!) and asked her what stylists and their clients can do to take the perfect before and after shot.

1. Remember to take the “before” photo! In all the excitement leading up to the installation, it can be easy to forget to take a photo before you start. You can’t put your before and after shot together without it, so make sure you remember! If you can, make a habit of taking this photo right when your extensions clients arrive.

2. Take your photos in the same place and from the same angles. Use the same location for your before and after photos to really make the hair stand out. It can be distracting if the background of one photo is different from the other. Also remember that if you take multiple “before” shots from several different angles (which we highly recommend), you should take your “after” shots from those same angles.

3. Make sure you have good lighting. Without good lighting, it can be hard to see the color and the beautiful blending work you’ve done. Lots of natural light is best, but if it’s nighttime or cloudy out, make sure there is ample lighting in your salon. It’s also a good idea to take photos with and without the flash to see which looks best.

4. Use a neutral background. Busy backgrounds with distracting wallpaper, lots of people, or a room full of clutter can really take the focus away from the hair. Using a background with a solid, neutral color keeps the eye on the hair so everyone can admire your work in full. Neutral colors are also less likely to reflect off of the hair. For example, if you just installed a full head of platinum blond extensions and take your photos against a red wall, the red will reflect off the hair, making it look pink! Always review your photos to make sure this hasn’t happened.

5. Use a neutral background, but still make sure it contrasts enough with the hair color. If you install a head of light brown extensions and take your photos against a light brown wall, the hair can blend in a bit with the wall because the colors are too similar.

6. Your client’s clothing should also help the hair stand out. In the same way a background can take focus away from hair, so to can the foreground. If a client is wearing a distracting print or a shirt that blends in too much with the hair, your photos won’t fully showcase your amazing hair extension work.

7. Don’t take selfies! We really can’t stress this one enough. We get it, selfies are all the rage right now, and if your client wants to take a quick one to share with their friends on Instagram, that’s fine. However, you’re very limited in the amount of angles you can get in a selfie and it’s extremely hard to showcase a new ‘do that way. If you spot your client taking one, just ask if they’d like you to take the picture for them so you can capture their new hair in all its glory!

See? It’s easy to improve your before and after photo skills. Now you can take great photos to share with your clients, friends, family, and the Donna Bella team! We can’t wait to see your looks!

Share your before and after pictures or write a review about your Donna Bella experience on our Donna Bella Hair page.

 

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Hair Extension Style

06 / 20 / 2014
Tresses For the Soon-To-Be Mrs.

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Summer is here which means wedding season is here, too. While the classic bridal bun will never go out of style, it’s always more unique and glamorous to see long, textured tresses. From half-up, half down ‘dos to beautiful ringlets and side swept bangs, hair extensions give you options galore for your special day (it’ll even add some oomph! to the typical bridal bun). Let our hair extensions inspire your hairdo for your big “I do.”

Beach wedding? What else could be more picture-perfect than our loose body waves for an elegant, beachy look? Gently pulled into a loose half updo, it can give you a soft, alluring look for any outdoor wedding. If you still insist on a bun, once installed, these waves give you the choice of the size of the bun and the wavy texture can give it an elegant twist. If you’d like to keep your hair down, we recommend a deep side part and extra volume for a stunning look.

If you’re a curly haired bride to be, don’t worry! We’ve got gorgeous options for you, too with our curly hair extensions in both I-Link and Kera-Link. Curly hair looks amazing with accessories, so add a trio of rosettes to a side ponytail, or add orchids to a low chignon for a more graceful look. Don’t want to wear your hair all the way up? Use pins to pull curls back from your face, leaving the back down show off your long, bouncy curls. A thin bridal headband is another beautiful way to accentuate your curls no matter what style you choose.

“What about straight hair?” you ask. Well, we’ve got endless options for you, too. Try either I-Link, Kera-Link, Tape-In, or Clip-In to get that special look. Try a sleek and stylish French twist or even add some subtle color with our extensions for a two-toned hairdo. Or just add some length to your hair, leave it down, and add a few soft waves that frame your face. You can never go wrong with long flowing locks!

Whatever your hair type or color, add length and volume with our hair extensions. From glamorous to chic, there are so many possibilities. Our hair is made from 100% human remy hair that adds length and volume for a natural finish. Your picture-perfect wedding hair is just one hair extension appointment away!

Walking down the aisle soon? We’d love to hear about how you’ll be wearing your hair. Have questions? Feel free to ask!

 

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Beauty News

06 / 13 / 2014
Highlights Are the New Skinny

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Who says you can’t have your cake and eat it too? Update your look while shedding some pounds at the same time! There are quite a few hair tricks out there, especially when it comes to looking slimmer and younger. Read on and get ready to lose some pounds and look younger in the process.

You can visually slim your face by adding a few well-placed highlights and lowlights. For example, if you have a round face, you’re going to want to place the highlights starting at top of your head. Not only will highlights brighten up your face, they also thin it out and make it look younger. Because vertical lines lure the eyes to look up and down, the contrast of the lowlights and highlights will make your face appear thinner.

Double chins, beware of the ombres! If you fall under this category, stay away from starting the ombre color at the jawline. This will only emphasize the fullness of your chin. The best way to add color in this case would be to add some lowlights around your neck and cheeks. (PS: our I-Link, Kera-Link, and Tape-In extensions are perfect for adding highlights and color without having to put your natural hair through the coloring process!)

Lighter hair will almost always make you look younger. We’re not necessarily saying you should go platinum blond, since that color can also have an aging effect. Here’s a rule to stick to—if you’re going to color or add highlights to a round face, stick to warm golden hues that are within two shades of your base color. Why? If you go any lighter than this, they might look a little too obvious, and a girl never tells her secrets, right?

Will you be putting this trick to the test? Let us know!

 

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