Archive for February, 2008

Hair: What Guys Really Think

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

Here’s a great article from on hair style, and hair’s important role in women’s lives – and what men think – or don’t think. The article address things like “cleanliness” “bone structure” “personal style” and “femininity”

A woman’s hair is her identity. It symbolizes what’s going on inside of her head and what she’d like to portray to the world. It reveals ethnic backgrounds, social class, age. It is our most personal adornment.

It is only natural that we are concerned with its appearance and, of course, what the other half thinks of it. But does it really matter if you look more like Audrey Hepburn rather than Gisele Bündchen. For most guys probably not—then again, everybody’s different.

Your hair should give men something to consider after you’ve left. Whether you’ve wowed them with your strength and independence, with your scent or with your ability to out-style everyone else in the room, it’s part of what makes you, you.

You can read the full article here, at Beauty News NYC’s Hair blog.

Attention Stylists: Passion International Stylebooks announces 2008 Photography competition opportunities!

Tuesday, February 26th, 2008


Fairfax, VA Daniel Funk, publisher of Passion International Stylebooks and Larry Oskin of Marketing Solutions, announce plans for many new 2008 Passion International Photography Competition Sessions. Today, Passion International remains respected as the global leader in professional stylebooks that are provided to salons for use in their reception areas across the globe.

Funk notes, “Now is your chance to get famous! Many of the 2008 Passion International Stylebooks that are being hosted and art directed in cooperation with Larry Oskin and the Marketing Solutions Team are exclusive, yet open invitational events. Participating hair designers must provide their own models, makeup and wardrobe artistry while matching the desired theme of each stylebook title.”

Passion Hair Extension Stylebooks: The very first Passion Hair Extensions Stylebooks has just been released under hard cover, with international acclaim. The following photography sessions are now planned:


Hot Off the Press: Donna Bella offers free shipping on all web orders over $200

Monday, February 18th, 2008

Park City, UT – February 18, 2008 – Donna Bella Milan President, Derrick Porter, recently announced that for the rest of February, they would be offering Free Shipping on all orders over US $200.00.

When asked about the free shipping offer, Porter noted, “We’re offering the free shipping deal because we understand what it’s like to run a business. Every business can use a freebie from time to time, and we feel we’re in a position to give our clients and customers just that by offering free shipping on web orders over $200.”

Most affiliated with the hair extension industry, and the all-important client-stylist relationship, will recognize this as an opportunity to pass the savings on, or at the very least add to the bottom line early on in the fiscal year.

This offer of FREE SHIPPING will be available immediately from Donna Bella’s online store at


Mailing Address:
Donna Bella Milan, Inc.
Park City, UT, U.S.A.
Phone Numbers:
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All the President’s Hair

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008

The associated press is running a story about the Academy of Natural Sciences’ display of hair from the first 12 US presidents. According to the article, “It might be the strangest way to spend Presidents Day.”

The unique presidential “hair album” was assembled during the 19th century by Peter Arvell Browne, a Philadelphia based attorney and academic who spent a lifetime collecting samples of animal and human hair during the 1840’s and the 1850’s. He organized the collection in to 12 leather bound volumes.

The article notes that “Browne also wrote to presidents still living during his lifetime — 1762-1860 — and to the families of those who had died. His letters and their responses are included in the book along with the strands of hair.”

Apparently, Browne’s requests for hair from others, including from deceased loved ones, wasn’t considered odd, as family hair albums were popular in the 19th century. Here’s a clip from the article:

Because of the scrapbook’s age and delicate contents, it will be displayed under glass and opened only to the page featuring George Washington’s brown-and-gray locks. Photographs will be shown of the other presidents’ hair, from John Adams to Zachary Taylor.

Thomas Jefferson’s hair was reddish with gray when he died and James Monroe had dark curls.

Natural Beauty

Wednesday, February 6th, 2008

Spring is on its way, and the fashion industry and beauty industry alike are gearing up to give us some pointers on what’s sure to be hot in 2008. All signs point to “natural” hacolors – especially when it comes to the color of our hair. Most fashion know-it-alls are claiming it’s in-vogue to have natural-looking hair, whatever that means (for those of us who’ve not strayed far from the look we were born with).

This month’s feature article in BSB magazine is all about this very subject, and more specifically how salon owners and stylists can start offering coloring services in the most effective way.

Here’s a clip of the article:

If there’s good news for beauty stores these days, it’s that “natural-looking” hair color is back in vogue. Usually defined as one or two levels away from unadulterated color, natural hair coloring simplifies product selection and minimizes snafus. However, this time around, natural hardly means plain. With bobs in abundance, stronger, more vibrant color is a natural companion to smooth, shiny surfaces. Additionally, with panels and streaks giving way to strategically placed highlights, the color itself is what packs the punch.

If your salon has always put an emphasis on hair health, leaving hair in good condition despite treatments, you’re in a good position; this will be a year for focusing on the self, detoxing and restoring that natural beauty that fashionista’s of years past have told us to curl up and dye.

For the full article, click here.

Attention Salon Owners – Fire up those Flat Irons, Pronto

Monday, February 4th, 2008

Fashion trends have always had an impact on sales – and sales affect a salon’s bottom line, dramatically. This months article from Beauty Store Business magazine examines some interesting trends in the salon tools and accessories market – particularly the use and sale of flat irons.

Here’s a clip from this months BSB article by Victoria Wurdinger

High-end flat irons have penetrated nearly 80% of the salon market in the United States, the United Kingdom and western Europe. Sales to consumers also remain strong, but according to Diagonal Reports’ “Hair Salons and Hair Straightening Irons 2007” study, growth rates may slow as the market reaches saturation. Future drivers will be fashion, new technological developments that create a market for upgraded irons and older stylists’ embracement of the tools. For consumers, financially attainable quality (value price points) and gotta-have limited editions will be important to stores’ sales.

All of Donna Bella Milan’s hair extensions, including our new clip in extension line, are safe for use with flat irons and curling irons. Click here to download the article.