Archive for December, 2010

Donating Your Long Locks

Friday, December 31st, 2010


December 31, 2010


For almost fifteen years, I have had long hair but to be honest with you, I’m bored with my hairstyle.  I’m going to cut it and use extensions from time-to-time so that I have more variety.

An organization called Locks Of Love will apparently use my hair to help children who have lost their own hair because of medical issues.  Can you tell me how to go about donating my hair to this or another worthy cause?

Linda P – Aberdeen, Washington


Great idea!  With Locks Of Love you’ve found the perfect home for your long hair.

When donating to Locks Of Love there are FOUR GUIDELINES.

  • Hair must be 10 inches long measured tip to tip as the minimum length.
  • Hair must be in a ponytail or braid before it is cut.
  • Hair must be clean and completely dry before it is mailed to Locks Of Love.
  • Ponytail or braid must be placed inside a plastic bag and then inside a padded envelope.

Hair donations are mailed to Locks Of Love at

234 Southern Blvd.

West Palm Beach, FL  33405-2701

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Removing My Extensions

Thursday, December 30th, 2010


December 30, 2010


My hair extensions were put in by a stylist in Nevada, but I have since moved to Ohio.  It’s time for new extensions.  Will any stylist be able to remove my micro bead extensions?  Because of airfare costs, I don’t want to fly back to Reno.

Karen G – Sandusky, Ohio


One of the great advantages of having micro bead hair extensions is the ease in removing the extensions.  Ideally, any extension specialist would own a uniquely designed Bead Tool and could quickly remove the your extensions.

And there is one other possibility.  Just order a bead tool from Donna Bella at and have a friend help you remove your extensions.  It’s simple.  Just open the micro beads with the tool by squeezing the bent bead, back to its original rounded shape.  The beads and the hair extensions will slip right off.  You can use the tool for future extension removal and save a lot of time and money.

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Market Extensions Thru Agencies – Idea #1

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

Almost every small city has a talent or booking agency for singers, dancers, actors, musicians, models, and entertainment professionals of all varieties.  Why not speak to the agency owner and form a business alliance?

Agency clients want to look there best and have a personal interest in maintaining the latest trends in fashion.  They are the perfect candidates as loyal long-term extension clients.

There are many ways to get your foot in the door of an agency.  Here are a couple of suggestions to get you started and you can add you own ideas to the list.

1. You could hold a free class at the agency offering tips to their clients about how to alter their appearance, using a particular haircut for a specific audition.  You could show how hair extensions take years off of a person’s natural age or how they give entertainers a sophisticated Hollywood appearance.

2. Offer the agency manager a finder’s fee for each individual who visits your salon and uses your services.

3. Suggest to the agency that you take before and after pictures and post them at to give their clients additional exposure.

For more information on how you can purchase an extension color ring that can be loaned to the booking agency, call Donna Bella Milan customer service at  888.HAIR.KIT.

Logan is founder of Donna Bella Milan hair extensions and lashes and author of the Donna Bella weblog.

Be A Donna Bella Blog Author

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

There are stylists all over the world who would love to learn some of your best-kept secrets. You know what I mean, those little tips about hair extensions that you’ve figured out through trial and error. Now is your chance to get some international attention by passing along your favorite ideas and writing a guest post for the Donna Bella Blog.

How many times have you discovered a styling trick that saves you time, creates a fantastic new look, or improves your business, and you’ve said to yourself, “Why didn’t they teach me that in beauty school?” It happens to everyone. Most of us end up becoming pros from hard work and on-the-job training, not from weeks and weeks of classroom supervision.

I’ll bet that you learned more in your first week of real-life customer care, clipping, and styling than you did in your first semester of school. Rolling up your sleeves so to speak, and “doing” is always the best way to learn. There is an old saying that we “learn to do by doing”. How true is that!

So now that you’ve been working as a hair care professional for a while, what words of wisdom would you pass along to other stylists? What has made you as successful as you are? Customer service ideas, marketing campaigns, the way you hold the extension tools, or application methods that have given customers a celebrity runway look.

Whatever it is, you can now pass along those tips and tricks and get your name in print by way of the Donna Bella Hair Blog.

Here’s how you do it? Just create a Word Document with your ideas and suggestions. Attach the document to an email. Email the article to and type the words Guest Post in the subject line. Our staff will review the material and notify you if your material has been accepted for publication.

Articles should be 300 to 600 words in length and relate to some aspect of the hair extension business. Stylists are especially encouraged to share thoughts about what has helped their extension business take off and expand. Be sure to put your name, address, and contact information, including telephone at the beginning of the article.

That’s all there is to it. Publish tips for a world-wide audience and get your name in print. It will be a great boost to your business when customers know that you contribute to Donna Bella’s Hair Extension Blog.

Logan is founder of Donna Bella Milan hair extensions and lashes and author of the Donna Bella weblog.

Create A Loyal Customer Cult

Monday, December 27th, 2010

December 27, 2010


As a young salon owner with ample hair extension competition in my area, I want to create a client following who have plenty of great reasons to become life-long, loyal customers. Donna Bella Milan works with great salons throughout the country, any tips from what you see them doing?

Michelle T – St. Louis, Missouri


There are three fundamental skills that we see in extremely successful salon owners. First, they listen closely to what their customers want. Second, they under promise on what they can do. Third, they always exceed the expectations of their clientele through highly developed skills. In other words, they under-promise and over-deliver. With average salons it works the other way around by over-promising and under-delivering.

In a nutshell, they stand apart by building a strong personal relationship with their customers, cultivating their trust, and tending to every important detail of each service provided. Shep Hyken, Chief Amazement Officer for Shepard Preparations likes to use the word cult when describing the kind of customer base you are talking about.

Cult is not a nasty word. It comes from the Latin word cultis, which originally meant “care or tending”. In other words, a shared belief in how you and your employees can assist your customers in achieving their dreams, at home, in the community, at work or play.

Customer loyalty is cemented forever when the client understands that you are committed to helping her achieve a beautiful life. As their confidant and advisor, their experiences become your experiences.

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Free Online DB Shipping

Friday, December 24th, 2010

Hot Off The Press!

Donna Bella offers free shipping on all web orders over $99

Park City, UT – December 24, 2010 – Donna Bella Milan President, Derrick Porter, announced today that FREE shipping on all online orders over US $99.00.

When asked about the free shipping offer, Porter noted, “We’re offering the free online shipping as an ongoing standard policy 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 online customers a break on shipping.”

Donna Bella offers four different methods of extension applications including micro bead, fusion, tape-in, and clip-in. Starter kits are available for both micro bead and bond systems.

Most affiliated with the hair extension industry recognize this free shipping offer as an opportunity to pass the savings on to their customers during a very competitive business climate.

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


Mailing Address:
Donna Bella Milan, Inc.
Park City, UT, U.S.A.
Phone Numbers:
Toll Free: 1.888.HAIR-KIT (424.7548)
Fax: 1.888.HAIR-KIT (424.7548)

Throw Away Your Extensions

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

December 23, 2010


I have full head extensions that have been perfect the past few months. When I have them replaced should I consider donating the hair to an organization such as Locks Of Love, or is it possible that they be reused in some useful way?
Britt A – Glastonbury, Connecticut


Giving away your used hair extensions is a nice thought but generally not very practical. Hair extensions have pretty much worn themselves out by time you are ready to have them removed. Re-cleaning, processing, and cutting extensions for use by someone else is labor intensive and does not restore the hair to its original condition.

Most hair extension specialists are in favor of throwing the old hair extensions in the bin and moving on. Sometimes however, make-up artists at local community theatres are interested in lengths-of-hair to help touch up an actor’s appearance. Check around.

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January’s Hair Extension Contest

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

I hope you’re ready for a really fun contest coming this January, I know we are!

Check back after New Year’s to vote for your favorite hair extensions of the month!

Loop Tool Makes Magic

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

Of all of the beauty gizmos that extension specialists have in their tool bag, a Needle Loop Tool has to be the best invention ever. With this tool, micro beads slide onto the hair as easily as chocolate flows to the hips.

Here is how the loop tool works.

  • Fasten the wire loop to the tool handle.
  • Squeeze the loop wires parallel, thin, and pointed.
  • Place beads onto the pointed double wire about 1/3rd full.
  • After loading the beads, open the loop above the beads.
  • Use a rat-tail comb to select a portion of your client’s hair, the same density as the hair extension.
  • Be sure to select strands from the same small area to create even tension.
  • Place your thumb and finger through the loop to grab the selected strands.
  • Pull the strands back through the loop.
  • Put your fingers onto the micro bead and slide it off of the loop wire and onto the small section of hair.
  • This releases the loop tool from the hair.
  • The bead slips onto the small section of hair.
  • Place the bead in position for crimping approximately 1/2” from scalp.
  • Thread the extension tip through the micro bead.
  • Crimp the bead and extension tip onto the hair.


Pulling too much hair through the bead will cause and unnatural looking extension.

Pulling too little hair through the bead could create an insecure connection or cause hair damage.

For a video showing exactly how to use the wire loop tool visit YouTube, search Donna Bella Milan Hair Extensions, Title; “Install Donna Bella Milan Hair Extensions”.

Logan is founder of Donna Bella Milan hair extensions and lashes and author of the Donna Bella weblog.

Fumbling Micro Beads

Monday, December 20th, 2010

December 20, 2011


Micro beads come in small round bottles that hold 100 beads. When I am applying extensions, it slows me down when I have to pull out fifteen or twenty beads (one-by-one) from the jar to load onto the loop tool. How can I speed up the process?

Gillian B. – Portsmouth, New Hampshire


The easiest way to load beads onto the loop tool is to narrow the two loop wires into one long pointed wire and dip the pointed end directly into the bead jar. It is pretty much like putting a thread through the hole of a needle. You rarely have to touch the beads and they slip right onto the tool.

Here is a tip from one of our favorite stylists in California, Maxi Nogales.

Maxi, bought a small kitchen whisk about 7 inches long that had five looped wires. She clipped off one side of the wires (so that it looked like a basket) and then straightened out the remaining five wires using a bead tool.

Now Maxi loads a full jar of 100 beads onto the 5 whisk wires (20 beads per wire) to store them and then transfers the beads to the loop tool, 20 beads at a time.

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