Archive for September, 2012

Coloring Your Hair Extensions

Friday, September 28th, 2012

Coloring hair extensions is a delicate art that involves a lot of precision and prep work. You want to make sure that the color you’re concocting will read well on the color you’re working with, and that the finished result will blend into your client’s hair! To help you through the process, Donna Bella has compiled a treasure trove of hair extension coloring tricks, tutorials, and more—all available at our brand new Color Takeover Portal. So check out these details of what you need to know before coloring, then head over to the portal to read more:

  • Use professional-quality colors, only. Generic box color is formulated with more developer than we’d recommend for extensions, and it will compromise the condition of the hair (let alone the color!). Stick to professional-quality brands for your best results, and use only direct, demi or semi-permanent colors.
  • Color before installation. This will help you avoid getting color on the bonds (which can compromise them), and on irregular patches of your client’s head.
  • Strand test first. Make sure the color you’ve concocted turns out the way you want it to by coloring a section of hair before doing the whole thing. This will ultimately spare you and the hair extensions from wasted time and damage.
  • Note the processing time. Since Donna Bella hair extensions are pre-colored, they will process color differently than your client’s natural hair. Be prepared to watch the color develop more quickly, and be sure to keep an eye on the extensions so they don’t become over-processed!
  • Deposit, don’t lift. If you know you’re going to need to color your extensions, order a shade or two lighter and add color. Never lift color. Since the hair extensions have already gone through a coloring process, lifting color will almost certainly damage them.
  • Stay within 2 shades. We recommend going no more than 2 shades darker than the original extension color to maximize color integrity (unless applying vivid or pastel color to #60 or #1001 extensions).
  • Exercise care. Treat the colored extensions like you would your own color-treated hair. Don’t wash them for the first 24 hours, use sulfate-free and color-safe products to maintain them, and avoid chlorinated water.

Ready to learn more…?

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Hair Extension Parting – Tips and Tricks

Friday, September 21st, 2012

Make sure you at least have a rattail comb, or better yet, the Quick Pick Hair Parter. The Quick Hair Parter is worn on your finger, so as you’re working, you can quickly divide and section hair. You’ll save a lot of time, because you don’t have to keep reaching down to pick up your comb and then setting it down again. The Quick Pick is pointed enough to be precise, but it won’t hurt your client at all with proper use.

To make the basic part:

1. Start on the top of the head and part down the middle into two equal sections (regardless where your client parts her hair normally). Take the part to the ears.

2. Perpendicular to the first part, part from the top of the head down to the ears. You will be left with two sections in the front of the head and a large section in the back.

Hair Clips:

While you’re working on the bottom layers, it’s important to keep the rest of the hair out of the way. Gator Clips work especially well because they are curved to fit comfortable on the head.

Clips help keep the part as clean as possible. With all methods, but especially Tape-In, an exact part is important. If flyaways and stray hairs get caught in the bonds, it can damage hair. Don’t be afraid to use several clips to hold hair up while you’re installing the extensions. You want to make sure that the only hair in the bond is the hair you meant to put there.

Kera-Link and I-Link Parting:

When parting for each strand, make a square shape. If the section is too wide or tall, it will strain the hair. Making a square section helps the hair bear the weight of the bond equally.

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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!

Show your support and win

Friday, September 14th, 2012

It’s easy, fun, and a great way to spread awareness. There are two ways to win, so your chances of winning are pretty good.

1. Win by getting the most votes. Get your friends to like our page and vote for you.
2. Win by having the best story. We’ll choose the story that resonates with us most.

You have until September 23 to submit, and then the voting starts. The winners will be announced on October 1. Enter the contest here.

You can also help the cause by buying pink hair accessories or putting some pink in your hair. Participating salons are donating 50% of pink hair sales to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Donna Bella is donating 50% of all our pink hair sales, too.

For more information about becoming a participating salon, click here. By promoting breast cancer awareness, you can reach out to others and help support those who are fighting against breast cancer.

Learn more about Pink Strands for the Cause.

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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!

Selecting I-Link Beads

Thursday, September 6th, 2012


We love offering variety because we know that every head of hair is different. So which is best for your client?

Grooved Beads are the most popular. They offer the strongest hold because they have grooves on the inside that interlock when crimped. They reduce slippage and are made of aluminum. Grooved Beads create the most secure hold. If your client has strong, thick hair, then Grooved Beads are perfect.

For fine, thin hair, Flare Beads are best. Flare Beads are longer than Grooved Beads. They’re recommended for thin hair because they’re made of copper, so they’re softer. Because of their longer shape, they also spread out the pressure. They still hold securely and prevent slippage, but they’re not as tight as the Grooved Beads.

Silicone Beads are our newest type of bead.  Each aluminum bead has an inside coating of soft silicone. Silicone is gentle on hair, which makes these types of beads great for sensitive hair. They also keep hair securely in place. Silicone is trusted throughout the hair care community because it puts less strain on hair.

The installation process for each type of bead is the same: clamp each bead three times with the Hair Extension Tool. The important thing is to choose which kind will be best for your I-Link clients.

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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!