Archive for April, 2013

Hair Extensions 101: Kera-Link Hair Extension Basics

Friday, April 26th, 2013

 

New to hair extensions? Here’s all you need to know about Donna Bella’s Kera-Link hair extension method.

Kera-Link hair extensions are one of the most popular methods of professional hair extension attachment, mostly because it’s the oldest and most traditional method of attaching hair extensions. Stylists and clients love Kera-Link because it’s trusted, natural, and long-lasting. You’ll also hear people call this the “Fusion” method or the “Glue-In” method (even though our method doesn’t use glue).

Kera-Link extensions come in packs of 20 strands each. Each of these strands has a small, flat, square-shaped tip that holds all the individual hairs together. A strand is made of 1 gram of hair. A full head of Kera-Link hair is about 5 to 9 packs of hair. This means you could have 100 – 180 hair extension strands or more for a full head installation.

The hair extension tip is a square-shaped keratin protein bond. This tip is solid until melted with the Hair Extension Tool. The stylist takes a small section of hair that is equal to the hair extension strand and places the bond over the section. The small plates at the end of the Melting Connector melt and soften the bonds. The stylist uses her fingers to mold and shape the melted keratin around the hair. When it cools, the keratin hardens again, creating a sealed, durable bond.

These small bonds are attached strand by strand, row by row starting at the base of the head and working up the sides and back of the head. Once finished, the bonds lie completely flat against the head and are covered by the upper layers of hair. After all the wefts have been installed, the stylist then blends and styles the hair so the extensions look completely natural.

Kera-Link hair can last for about three to six months. As you wear Kera-Link extensions, your hair will grow as it normally does, and that growth causes the bond and hair extension to move further and further away from the scalp. That’s why it’s important to go in for touch ups every few weeks so your stylist can adjust the bonds by removing them and re-applying them closer to the scalp.

Removing Kera-Link extensions is easy with Keratin Bond Remover. This alcohol-based solution helps break down the adhesive so the bonds loosen. After the solution has been applied for a few seconds, the stylist uses the Hair Extension Tool to break the keratin bond. Once it’s loose, the hair extension slides off!

You can shop for Donna Bella Kera-Link hair by visiting donnabellahair.com.

Want to learn how to install Donna Bella hair extensions? Check out our Online Education program.

Hair Extensions 101: Tape-In Hair Extension Basics

Friday, April 19th, 2013

 

New to hair extensions? Here is everything you need to know about Donna Bella’s Tape-In hair extensions.

Hair extensions are made of real human hair and are attached to existing hair to add length and fullness.There are several ways to attach hair extensions, and Tape-In is one of the newest methods. Stylists and clients love it because it’s easy and only takes about an hour to install. The attachment points of Tape-In extensions are seamless and won’t damage hair. Tape-In extensions come in 18 inch and 22 inch lengths.

Tape-Ins come in wefts, each 1.5 inches wide. There are 10 of these wefts in every pack and each weft comes pre-bonded with a special adhesive designed for use with hair. A typical full head of Tape-In extensions is about 3 to 5 packs of hair.

The stylist pulls off the protective strip on the Tape-In weft and presses the adhesive area firmly onto the hair near the scalp. Then another hair extension weft is placed underneath the first hair weft, sandwiching the client’s hair in between the two wefts. This technique keeps the hair and hair extension in place, sealed in the protective adhesive strips. The adhesive is strong and safe for use in hair.

These wefts are installed row by row working up the head toward the crown area. Wefts are also attached on the sides of the head to fill in hair on the sides of the head.

Once finished, the bonds lie completely flat against the head and are covered by the upper layers of hair, making the attachment points undetectable and smooth. After all the wefts have been installed, the stylist then blends and styles the hair so the extensions look completely natural.

 

Tape-In hair can last for about two to four months. As you wear Tape-In extensions, your hair will grow as it normally does, and that growth causes the weft and hair extension to move further and further away from the scalp. That’s why it’s important to go in for touch ups every few weeks so your stylist can adjust the wefts by moving them closer to the scalp.

Removing Tape-In extensions is easy with Tape-In Bond Remover. This oil-based solution helps break down the adhesive so the bonds loosen. After the solution has been applied for a few seconds, you can gently slide the Tape-Ins out of the hair.

You can shop for Donna Bella Tape-In Hair by visiting donnabellahair.com.

Want to learn how to install Donna Bella hair extensions? Check out our Online Education program.

Hair Extensions 101: I-Link Hair Extension Basics

Friday, April 12th, 2013

 

New to hair extensions? Here are the basics about the I-Link hair extensions.

Hair extensions are a way to add length and fullness to hair. Actual human hair is attached to existing hair. There are several methods of doing this, and I-Link is Donna Bella’s name for the beaded method of hair extensions. Small bundles of hair — called strands — are attached to hair near the roots with a small bead.

Each pack of I-Link hair contains 20 strands of hair. Each of these strands has a small, shoestring-like tip that holds all the individual hairs together. A strand is made of 1 gram of hair. A full head of I-Link hair is about 5 to 9 packs of hair. This means you could have 100 – 180 strands of I-Link hair or more for a full head installation.

What makes I-Link unique are the beads. The beads used for I-Link extensions are very small. They are the perfect size to hold both the natural hair and the tip of the hair extension. There are a few different kinds of beads, but they are all small and soft enough to be crimped down to hold the hair and the hair extension in place.

The bead is threaded onto a small section of hair near the client’s scalp. The tip of the hair extension strand is placed into the bead, and a special hair extension tool is used to crimp and flatten the bead so it stays in place.

After installation, the stylist blends and trims the hair so the hair and the extensions blend together and look natural. The attachment points are hidden by the top layers of hair, so no one can tell

In a full head installation, there are rows and rows of beads installed. Sometimes women only have a few strands installed to add pops of color or highlights.

 

I-Link hair can last for a long time. As you wear I-Link extensions for a few weeks, your hair will grow as it normally does, and that growth causes the bead and hair extension to move further and further away from the scalp. That’s why it’s important to go in for touch ups every few weeks so your stylist can adjust the beads by moving them closer to the scalp.

I-Link Extensions last for 3 to 6 months.When it’s time to take out all the extensions, the stylist use the Hair Extension Tool to uncrimp the beads and slide the strands out of the beads.

Want to learn how to install Donna Bella hair extensions? Check out our Online Education program.

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Lauren Winans: Behind the Scenes

Friday, April 5th, 2013

 

Our guest blogger is back! We love Lauren Winans, and here’s her latest update!

Hey guys! I am back again. This time, I want to tell you about a few different experiences I have had lately with my hair extensions.

Photo shoot for Gladys

I had a photo shoot for Gladys Magazine recently by Robert Covington and the photographer’s wife, Jori, fixed my hair for the shoot.. They are an awesome duo. He is a great photographer and she is an amazing hair and makeup artist. She honestly had no clue that I had extensions until she started digging into it to curl! That is quite a compliment for Donna Bella! She curled my hair with a Bedhead 1/2 inch barrel, but it had huge curls. It is amazing how much better beauticians can fix our hair than we everyday, normal people! Below is a “behind the scenes” shot.

Hair Extension Touch Up

I visited my hair salon, Aura Salon Nashville last week to get some of my extensions replaced that had fallen out. I have had these for a few months now and only 3 to 5 pieces fell out and that is only because I can’t ever keep my hands out of my hair! (BAD HABIT!)

Glynnis, my hair extension specialist, added 20 new pieces of fused hair to my head this week and made me feel all brand new and full again. We added the entire pack of hair because my hair is so healthy and growing so much that we figured we would add some more. She says that in May she would like to remove all the pieces and add all new hair, because I have had these in since late November/early December.

It is very important that you talk with your stylist about replacing and removing because they would hate for you to lose your real hair because of a silly mistake. Always make sure you are keeping up with your salon so that someone can check over your beautiful head of hair and make sure you are taking care of them properly. I can’t stress enough to brush your hair at least 3 times a day and sleep in braided pigtails, ponytail, or any kind of braid! I only wash my hair every 2-3 days and maybe even 3 to 4 if I am lucky. The less heat you apply on your hair, the healthier it remains. Less mess, better hair!

Learn more about Lauren Winans.