Archive for June, 2013

How Many Hair Extensions do I Need for a Full Head?

Friday, June 28th, 2013

How many hair extensions you need for a full head depends on several factors, but generally you can count on 4 to 10 packs of hair for I-Link and Kera-Link or 3 to 7 packs for Tape-In. (I-Link and Kera-Link packs come with 20 strands per pack; Tape-In packs include 10 wefts per pack. Wefts contain more hair than strands.) When deciding on how many extensions to order for yourself or for your client, you need to take into account the current length and thickness of the natural hair, as well as the desired length. With too few extension pieces, the finished product won’t look natural.

Here’s a quick and easy guide:

These are very rough estimates based specifically on Donna Bella’s hair extensions. Of course, every head of hair is different, so packs needed will vary.

Remember that, unless you’re adding extensions strictly for volume or a pop of color, you’ll need enough hair extensions to make the base thickness (or the thickness at the ends of the hair) match the thickness at the roots. If you add too much, you’ll get a poodle effect, plus too much strain on the roots of the hair. If you add too little, you’ll get a mullet–or worse: raggedy strands peeking out from beneath the natural hair.

As you become more experienced at working with extensions, you will develop an eye for estimating how many hair extensions are necessary for a full head. An experienced stylist can also help advise you. If you’d like to brush up on your consultation technique and develop this hair extension sixth-sense, we recommend that you take advantage of Donna Bella’s professional education, including Trade Show classes and Pro Series events. You’ll be able to practice your hair extension fundamentals under the watch of a verified hair extension expert, and level up your skills in the process. For more information about Donna Bella’s professional education, click here.

You can purchase Donna Bella Hair Extensions at donnabellahair.com.

Summer Hair Care Tips for Hair Extensions

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

Summer is the season we all look forward to — beach days, vacations, long days, and fireworks. But you can’t forget about caring for your hair while you’re having all that fun. If you’re wearing hair extensions as part of your summer look, make sure to keep them healthy and looking fabulous. Here are some summer hair care tips to follow whether you are wearing hair extensions or not:

Protect against the sun: UV rays don’t just damage your skin; they can also make your hair dry and brittle. When spending more than an hour in the sun, wear a sun hat or use hair sunscreen (yes, this is a real thing!)

Swimming: Chlorine and saltwater are not friendly to your hair. Before swimming, rinse your hair in cold water and apply a deep conditioner. This helps prevent your hair from soaking up the chlorinated water, which causes damage.

Staying hydrated: Hydration starts from the inside out. Drink lots of water to keep your skin and hair looking great. Plus, you’ll be able to take the heat better. You can also use a hair moisturizing serum will help keep your hair from drying out and creating split ends.

Take it easy: Summer is also a great time to give heat tools and styling a rest. The natural, low maintenance look is in anyway, and the heat of summer is taxing enough on your locks.

With these easy steps, you can keep your hair looking brilliant all summer long!

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Beach Waves with Hair Extensions

Friday, June 14th, 2013

Embrace the warm weather and let your hair down. Especially if you have hair extensions, now is a great time to show off your locks. Donna Bella offers body wave extensions for in Kera-Link and I-Link. Even if your hair is naturally straight, you can still rock the just-off-the beach look.

There are two main ways you can ride the wave.

What you’ll need:

A thickening spray or mousse

Hair ties (optional)

Curling iron (optional)

No Heat Method:

Dampen your hair and add a thickening spray or mousse. Braid your hair in a French braid. If you want tighter curls, make two or three braids. Then sleep on it!

Tip: If your hair is soaking wet, it won’t dry in time. Just make sure it’s slightly damp.

When you wake up take out the braid(s) and gently comb through your hair. Touch up any sections that need a little extra help and spritz on some hairspray

With Heat Method:

After showering, spray your hair with a thickening spray or mousse. Blow dry your hair upside down to get lots of body.

Spray on a heat protectant to protect your hair and your hair extensions before curling.

Curl your hair in small sections using a curling wand or crimp it with a 3 barrel waver and spritz with hairspray as you go.

Tip: Make sure to only use products that are free of sulfates. Sea Salt Spray is a popular product for texturizing hair, but using too much can damage and dry out your hair.

What’s great about this style is it’s so versatile and laid back. Not every piece has to be perfect, which makes beach waves a perfect style for summer adventures. Just don’t forget the sunscreen!

Lauren Winans’ Touch-Up Appointment

Friday, June 7th, 2013

With proper maintenance, hair extensions can actually help your hair grow better. Because hair extensions compel clients to take good care of their hair, it is allowed to grow and flourish. Singer and songwriter Lauren Winans is just one example of someone whose natural hair benefited by having extensions.

Lauren and her stylists knew what to do to keep her hair growing while her hair extensions were in. They also knew how to care for her hair once her extensions were removed so she could get them installed again.

We’re so happy to have Lauren sharing her experience on our blog today!

On a Wednesday morning, I went in to Aura Salon in Nashville to have my extensions removed. Why was I getting them removed you may ask? Well, in order to keep your natural hair as healthy as possible, you must remove the extensions periodically! I got the extensions in December and had been too busy to have them take them out… so Wednesday was the day.

I have had a lot of growth in the five months I had the extensions. This is common with hair extensions. Your natural hair starts growing and has nowhere to go so that is why your extensionist suggests brushing your hair at least 3 times a day to prevent matting. I was brushing three times a day or more, and my hair had been rapidly growing. When Glynnis, my hair extensionist, put her hands up in my hair, she could feel some tangles, but she said none that were dreadlock tangles, just tangles. This happens and this is why it is very important that you keep up with your maintenance when wearing hair extensions, especially when you have very fine hair, like me.

We started by using the Keratin Bond Remover. This process seemed to take forever, but Glynnis was being exceptionally careful to not pull out any of my natural hair with the extension bond. We spent many hours removing the hair carefully with the help of the whole salon! The salon jumped in and helped in the removal of the hair. There were four hairstylists removing and combing my hair. After each piece of hair was removed, we sprayed IT’S a 10 MIRACLE SPRAY on each strand.

It is very important to keep your hair as moisturized as possible after removing extensions! Glynnis washed and gave me a blow dry when we were all finished. My natural hair looks beautiful! There are a lot of steps to keeping your hair looking its best with extensions. You always hear the horror stories about losing hair, but that is because they aren’t doing the proper maintenance!

We put my hair extensions back in one week later. It only took two hours to put the hair in and cut my extensions! When I say cut, I mean we took a teeny tiny bit of length off for layering and blending them into my natural hair. We put in the light golden blonde (#24) and Strawberry Blond (#27)  Kera-Link strands.  My hair is so pretty and so shiny right now.

We had a very sweet photographer come in and she took photos of the process. (See below!) My hair is looking great and my natural hair is still very healthy!

One of the many reasons you should choose Donna Bella as your go-to hair extension company is the training methods! They train their extensionists about the importance of your natural hair, not just how to put the extensions in! I would never want to use anyone else.