Archive for January, 2013

How to have a great hair extension experience

Friday, January 25th, 2013

Getting hair extensions can be life-changing. In just a few hours, you can have hair that would take years to grow. There are so many possibilities, and the experience can be amazing. Here are some tips that can make getting hair extensions extra special.

1. Find a licensed and certified stylist. Just because your salon professional has a license doesn’t mean he or she knows how to do extensions. Make sure your stylist has the proper training and experience for the method of extensions you want. Improper installation and removal of hair extensions can cause damage. You can find a stylist in our directory here.

2. Come to your appointment prepared. Make sure your hair is free from any oils and buildup. This will help the extensions stay in securely. Ask any questions and resolve all concerns before the installation process so you feel confident and ready. Bring something to read or watch while your stylist is working. It could last anywhere from half hour to three hours.

3. Use only sulfate-free shampoos and conditioners. Sulfates are too harsh for extensions. You can read more about the dangers of sulfates here. Your extensions will last much longer if you avoid sulfates.

4. Brush often. Three times a day is recommended, and make sure to be gentle, starting from the tips and working up, always holding the roots with your other hand. This will prevent your hair from matting and tangling.

5. Go to your touch-up appointments. Your hair will grow and take the hair extensions with it. About every 6 to 8 weeks, your stylist will take out your extensions and move them up closer to your scalp. These touch-up appointments are a great time for your stylist to check your hair and look for any signs of damage.

6. Don’t overdo it. It’s okay to give your hair a break. Although extensions are designed to last for a long time, your hair might benefit from a rest for a while if you’ve been wearing extensions non-stop for years. The scary damage seen on TV comes from improper installation and overuse of extensions.

With proper treatment and care, extensions will not be damaging. They’ll be fun, fashionable, and beautiful!

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


Moisturizing your hair

Friday, January 18th, 2013

Just because it’s 10 degrees below zero, that doesn’t mean that fashion and style have to take a back seat.  Your hair can still look beautiful and healthy if you take some extra steps to protect it.

It’s important to keep hair moisturized and healthy. Heaters can dry out the air and leave your hair thirsty and brittle. Use moisturizing shampoos and conditioners that don’t contain sulfates. You can also try coconut and Argan oils to revitalize dry ends. Make sure to keep your hair clean, though. If you try to moisturize dirty hair, the moisture cannot enter the inner cortex of hair–and that’s where it matters most.

Don’t go out into the cold with wet hair. Not only will you be miserably cold, but wet hair can actually freeze and then break. This is not pleasant.

When you’re going out in the cold, try protective hairstyles like braids and buns. These styles are especially great under hats that might otherwise cause matting and tangling.

Hold off on heat tools, and as always, use a heat protectant and the lowest heat setting possible when styling.

What you put into your body can help your hair stay moisturized, too. Eat foods with lots of healthy fat such as avocados, salmon, and olive oil. Most of all–drink lots of water! Your skin will thank you too!

As you’re hitting the slopes and drinking hot cocoa, your hair doesn’t have to be suffer. Stay warm!

How to sell hair extensions

Monday, January 14th, 2013

How to sell hair extensions

So you’ve become certified, and you’re ready to start installing hair extensions!  But where do you start? Where do you get clients? It all starts with marketing. You need to get the word out about this great service.

If you’re already working in a salon, you probably already have a clientele built up. Many of your usual clients could become hair extension clients.

You’ll always have some women who love their pixie cuts and will never be parted from them. But you probably have several clients who would love to have longer and fuller hair, but don’t have the genes (or patience) for it.

Education is key! Some women might not even realize that hair extensions are an option for them. Some might think that hair extensions are too expensive or are damaging to hair and skin. It’s your job to set them straight and explain how extensions work and the different options available.

A great way to start the discussion is by displaying marketing materials around your salon and station. (Donna Bella offers great marketing materials.) Your clients might bring up hair extensions before you even have a chance to.

Before and after photos are wonderful ways to illustrate what hair extensions can do. You know what they say–seeing is believing. Keep them in your portfolio or on your salon’s Facebook page. If you wear extensions yourself–even better!

Run a promotion or two to get people interested. Especially for people who might think hair extensions aren’t worth the cost, offering a deal is a great way to help them feel comfortable about trying a new product.

Getting the word out about how wonderful hair extensions are is easy and you’ll be booking installation appointments in no time!

Making hair extensions not look like hair extensions

Friday, January 4th, 2013

You love your new hair and the amazing length and volume you got from your hair extensions. But the point of hair extensions is that they are not supposed to look like hair extensions. It’s like a magician revealing his secrets. The last thing you want is for others to see your bonds, beads, clips, or tape. So how do you keep those hidden away without compromising style?

Installation:

Leave out at least a 1 inch perimeter of hair around the head. That hair will cover the attachment points when your client pulls back her hair into a ponytail.

Make sure to match. Try to get beads and bonds that are close to the hair color. And unless you’re intentionally trying to get streaks of color (which is a fun look), make sure the hair matches perfectly. There are several ways to get a good color match, read here and here.

Don’t install beads and bonds higher than the horseshoe section of the head. Otherwise, the hair won’t be thick enough to cover them, and they’ll poke through.

If hair is too thin, the extensions will not only show, but could damage your hair. Make sure there is enough healthy hair to support extensions and keep them concealed.

Upkeep:

Get the tightened and moved up every few weeks. How often you need to go in for tightening depends on the method and how fast your hair grows, but you need to head to the salon about every month. Your stylist can move your extensions up and tighten the bonds. If they are falling too low on your head, they’re more likely to be seen.

Brush often! Three times a day with a soft bristle brush is best. This prevents matting and tangling, and a messy head is an extension giveaway. You’re extensions will last longer and feel better, too.

If you’re adding a significant amount of length, then there will be an obvious difference because no one has hair that grows that fast! People are bound to notice. So soak up the compliments, and let them wonder you get your hair to look so fabulous.

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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!