Archive for August, 2012

How to Brush your Hair Extensions

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

Brush using a soft bristle brush. The Hair Extension Brush is great because it’s made with boar hair, so the bristles are firm, but gentle. This brush won’t pull out hair or cause strain on the connection points.

To brush: hold your hair roots with one hand to support the bonds. With the other hand, brush gently by starting at the ends and working up toward the scalp. Always go in a downward direction to preserve the hair’s natural direction.

It’s important to brush at least three time a day. It’s one of the best ways you can get the most out of your hair extensions.

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“How long does my hair have to be to get hair extensions?”

Friday, August 24th, 2012

The short answer: hair should reach the occipital bone. It’s right between your ears and where your head and neck connect. (Check out the pictures of Katie Holmes for an idea.)

 

The scalp hair should be thick enough to conceal the extension attachments. Seeing the extension attachment points is not desirable. Short hairstyles such as the pixie cut often don’t have allow enough hair to cover the extensions.

Hair color differences are more stark with short hair, so be particular about the color. Make sure it matches!

You’ll probably want to avoid the mullet look. Without proper blending, the gap between the real hair and the extensions will be too drastic. If hair barely reaches the occipital bone, try intermediate length instead of going for an extremely long look. Otherwise, blending can be difficult.

Blending is so important, especially with short hair. Make sure to frame the face and connect the layers, so the extensions are not obvious and look as natural as possible.

To recap: Extensions can be installed in very short hair, but blending is crucial. Extensions also shouldn’t be installed in thin, short hair.

And remember, your clients hair will still grow while extensions are in!

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Do you have a question or a concern? Email your questions to  info@donnabellahair.com and we can answer it right here on our blog!

Why are sulfates bad for hair extensions?

Friday, August 17th, 2012

That frothy, white lather that forms when you shampoo or use conditioner comes from sulfates contained in hair products. Bubbles are fun, and they do clean your hair, but…

The problem is that they clean too well. Your scalp produces natural oils that nourish hair, and sulfates wipe out those natural oils. If your hair is too oily, then a some sulfates can help cleanse hair. But if your hair is dry, then sulfates can be irritating to the scalp.

Sulfates aren’t terrible. They don’t cause cancer, and they don’t irritate everyone’s skin. But hair extensions and sulfates just don’t mix.

Donna Bella’s hair extensions are made of 100% Remy human hair. But because the follicles aren’t attached directly to your scalp, they don’t receive the natural oils from your hair. Sulfates will dry out extensions and strip them of their color.

What to look for on the packaging:
Sodium laureth sulfate, ammonium laureth sulfate, and myreth sulfate are some technical names of sulfates.

There are many hair care options that are sulfate-free. For hair extensions, sulfate-free is the most recommended choice. Talk to your stylist for a recommendation about which type of shampoo and conditioner is best for your hair extensions. Sulfate-free products might not create as much lather in the shower, but they help maintain the integrity of your hair extensions. We’d recommend our sulfate-free Remy Care™, a line of hair care designed specifically for extensions.