Archive for May, 2013

Hair Extension Before and After Picture Tips

Friday, May 31st, 2013


Hair Extension before and after

You can talk about hair extensions all day long, but a picture says a thousand words! If you’re proud of your hair extension work, then there is no reason not to show it off with a before and after picture.

One of the most effective ways to build your business and advertise your hair extension services is to build your portfolio. Start take before and after photos of your work and get noticed by potential clients.

Before you photograph your client, ask her for permission.

Take a picture of your client before you begin working. Get the back, the front and the sides.

After you’re done blending and styling, take another picture in the same lighting. You don’t have to be a professional photographer to get a great picture. Many stylists just use their phones to take pictures.

Make a photo collage of your before and after photos to make it easy to see the transformation. Some iPhone apps that help you do this are Diptic, Pic Stitch. For desktop, Google’s Picasa and Adobe Photoshop work well for making collages.

Post your pictures on social media sites like Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest to get them noticed. (If you’re worried that others are going to steal your pictures, you can put a watermark with your salon’s name or your name.)

Want to submit your photos to Donna Bella?

If you are our friend on Facebook, you’ve probably seen a lot of the before and after hair extension transformation. We love posting these pictures because each one comes from a Donna Bella customer who uses our hair extensions.

We like to have as much information as possible! We, and everyone who sees the picture, usually are curious about what method, how many wefts/strands, and what color(s).

We can’t post every photo we receive, but we do post as many as we can. To submit your photo to Donna Bella, email it to

Below are some examples of great before and afters.

Shannon Morgan by Taylor Dodge at Elite Too Salon:

Jenna Hardesty:

Hair Extensions by Caren San Diego:

You can get more before and afters on our Facebook Page.

Caring for your Clip-In Extensions

Friday, May 24th, 2013


Donna Bella has three methods of permanent hair extensions, but did you know that we also have a line of Clip-In Extensions?

This are great for first time hair extension wearers and for women who aren’t ready to commit to extensions full time. You can still get the same great look and amazing styling power, all you need to do is clip them in and go!

Taking care of your Clip-In extensions is just as important as taking care of permanent extension. Proper care helps them look great and last longer. We’ve got some special tips to help you take care of your Clip-In Extensions.


Always use a heat protectant. You should be doing this on your hair whether you’re wearing hair extensions or not! It’s so important to protect your hair and keep it healthy.

Remember, sulfates are just too harsh for hair extensions.

For a sulfate-free, extension-loving hair care line, click here.

For synthetic hair extensions make sure to use low heat settings.


Only use sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner. Using a hair mask and serum at least once every 1-2 weeks will deep condition your Clip-Ins and keep them soft and healthy.

Wash your extensions after using them 3 to 4 times, especially if you’re using a lot of styling products. It’s best to let your extensions air dry



You can store them in the original packaging or any box or bag that keeps them safe. You don’t want them to get tangled with jewelry or to get dusty or dirty.

Braiding your extensions when storing them is a great way to keep them from being tangled, although this may cause a slight wave in your extensions (which some people love!)

Don’t store them wet! Air drying is great but you don’t want them to get musty in a closed container.

Always brush them before you store them. Remember to work from the bottom up and use Donna Bella’s special Hair Extension Brush.


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

How to shop for hair extensions online

Friday, May 17th, 2013


Online shopping is convenient and the options are almost endless! But it doesn’t mean it’s always easy. Here’s a guide to help you buy hair extensions online (whether they’re from Donna Bella or not!)

Remy Hair –  Unless you’re specifically looking  for synthetic, 100% remy hair is the way to go. Remy means that all the hair cuticles are facing the right direction. This reduces tangling and matting and makes the hair last longer. If a website doesn’t specifically state that the extensions are 100% Human Remy Hair, then they probably aren’t. (All of Donna Bella’s hair is 100% human, except for our synthetic line.)

Color Match – All screens vary, so matching your hair or your client’s hair can be tricky. The best way to find your color is to use a color swatch. Hair swatches are great because you can compare colors in real life. You can order one from Donna Bella here or find a salon that hair extensions.

Quantity – An important question to ask is how much comes in a pack? A pack of hair extensions might seem really affordable, but if there isn’t very much hair in every package, it probably isn’t a good deal. That’s why it is crucial to know how much each individual strand is going to cost.

Not every strand is the same, however. Some strands are as small as ½ gram, others are more. (Donna Bella’s strands are 1 gram each.)  Make sure to notice how many grams you’re getting in each pack so you can compare and get the best deal.

Ratings and Reviews – if you’re purchasing from a company that you’ve never done business with before, it’s usually a good idea to read some reviews online. Not every company is perfect all the time, but you’ll get a sense of whether it’s a trustworthy business from others who’ve worked with them before.

Customer Service – What if you have questions? Using live chat and calling in are a must, and don’t hesitate to reach out if you have a question or concern. At Donna Bella, we’re happy to help, and we’ll even take orders over the phone.

Don’t let online shopping scare you! Ordering hair extensions online is easy if you know what to look for and you pick a company you trust.


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

Getting the Real Deal: How to Avoid Imitation Hair Extensions

Friday, May 10th, 2013



Here at Donna Bella, we want to make sure that our customers are happy and getting the best hair transformation experience possible. We’re confident in the quality of our hair because we’re constantly checking and testing it to ensure it’s the best on the market. Our hair is full, smooth, and undamaged, and if you’re ever unsatisfied, we’re willing to do whatever it takes to make it right.

That’s why you should always make certain that you’re purchasing directly from Donna Bella, and not an alternate source. Why? Essentially, we can’t guarantee the quality of hair from other sites, even when they claim to have “Donna Bella Hair.” We’ve even found some websites that consciously mislead customers by claiming to sell Donna Bella Hair, and then use a substandard alternative, and we don’t want this to happen!

So how do you know if you’ve ordered true Donna Bella hair? Just look for these two major things when you make a purchase:

Where you order – and are the only websites that sell genuine Donna Bella Hair.

What it looks like – the Donna Bella packaging will always bear the official Donna Bella logo. Simply put, If it doesn’t say Donna Bella on the package, it isn’t Donna Bella hair.

Ultimately, we want to help you have the best experience possible with hair extensions, so make sure you know who you’re ordering from. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to let us know!


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

Lice and Hair Extensions

Friday, May 3rd, 2013


On the Donna Bella blog we love talking about fun and fashionable things, but we also want to offer solutions to tricky problems, like lice. Lice isn’t a very glamorous thing to talk about. Yet lice infestations happen, and what do you do if you are wearing extensions and you find you have lice?

One of the reason that wigs got popular in the first place was because head lice was so prevalent that most people just kept their head shaved and wore wigs. Hair extensions, however, are a different story because they are actually connected to your own hair.

Fortunately, you don’t have to shave your head to get rid of lice. But if you are wearing hair extensions, it’s probably best to take them out before starting on any lice extermination treatment.

If the extensions are removed from the head, then any lice on them will die within 48 hours, because they don’t have anything to feed on. But be careful not to let them spread to anyone else before they die. It’s still probably a good idea to comb through the extensions and wash them before reusing them. Use a fine-tooth lice comb to find and extract lice and nits (their eggs) from the hair.

Lice treatments are made of pretty harsh chemicals. If you apply them to hair extensions, make sure to keep them away from the bonds. Also be sure to follow all the directions on the treatments exactly.

After your hair is lice-free, you can have your hair extensions put back in. It will probably take at least 2 weeks, but sometimes longer to eradicate the bugs. If the the problem remains, it’s probably best to talk to your doctor.

More things you should know about lice:

Lice will cling to hair whether it’s clean or dirty. If you get lice, it doesn’t mean you don’t have good hygiene.

Normal shampooing and conditioning won’t hurt them.

Head lice don’t carry disease (thank goodness!), however, they can cause your head to itch, and this is pretty uncomfortable.

Scientists aren’t exactly sure how lice spread. They can’t fly or jump, so they probably spread through direct contact. To prevent lice spreading, it is best not to share combs, brushes, hats, towels, or clothing with someone who has head lice. This has been found to be a successful way to prevent lice infestation.

Lice have a bad social stigma, but it’s a manageable problem and there are solutions to fix it. For more information about lice and how to prevent and treat an infestation, you can check out some of the sites below. (Center for Disease Control) (Discovery News) (MedlinePlus)