Archive for July, 2013

What causes Kera-Link Slippage?

Friday, July 26th, 2013

Kera-Link extensions are durable and long-lasting, if they’re installed correctly. Sometimes you may experience slippage, which is when Kera-Link hair extension strands get loose and fall out. Sometimes this happens when you’re brushing or styling, and sometimes it happens on its own.

Some slippage is completely normal, but any more than 10% is cause for concern. (If you have 200 strands, having any more than 20 fall out would be bad.) There are several things that can cause slippage to happen in fusion hair extensions, and there are things both stylist and client can do to protect against slippage.

Root Conditioning. Conditioning is great for hair extensions, as long as it’s done on the midshaft down. Conditioner can cause the hair extension bonds to break down. Pulling and picking. Hair extensions can take a lot, but constant meddling with the bonds can loosen the bonds over time. Just brush, style, and leave them alone!

Not Bonding Correctly. Keratin bonds work best if the amount of hair in the bond is equal to the size and weight of the extension strand. If there is too much hair in the bond, the keratin won’t be able to fuse and close completely. It’s also important to heat each bond completely and roll it smoothly and tightly around each strand. Donna Bella’s bonds are made of keratin protein, not glue. If you do use a glue type application, the hair extensions may slip out.

Reactivating the Bonds. Kera-Link hair extension bonds are attached with the Melting Connector, which softens and melts the bonds. Once the bond hardens, it is securely attached to the hair. However, if the bonds are reheated, they lose their shape and hold and become insecure. You can style your hair with heat tools while wearing extensions, but be sure to avoid using heat tools right on the bonds.

Both the hair extensions stylist and the client have the responsibility of keeping the hair extensions looking great and staying in for a long tie. With these simple steps, having beautiful hair extensions is easy!

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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!

What causes I-Link Hair Extensions to Slip?

Friday, July 19th, 2013

When I-Link hair extensions are unsuccessful, it’s usually because of slippage. Slippage is when the hair extension strand falls out of the bead. Sometimes this happens while brushing or styling, sometimes it happens all on it’s own.

Some slippage is completely normal, but any more than 10% is cause for concern. (If you have 100 strands, having any more than 10 fall out would be bad.) There are a few things that can cause slippage in beaded hair extensions.

Strand width. The hair extension strand and the strand of the client’s hair it’s attached to should be the same width. If it’s too small, the hair won’t be able to hold the hair extension and bead. If it’s too big, the bead can’t hold the hair securely inside.

Improper Crimping. Each hair extension bead should be crimped three times with the hair extension tool — once in the middle, and once on each side.

Root Conditioning. Conditioning is great for hair extensions, as long as it’s done on the midshaft down. Conditioner can cause the hair extension bonds to slip. Pulling and picking. Hair extensions can take a lot, but constant meddling with the bonds can loosen the bonds over time. Just brush, style, and leave them alone!

It’s both the hair stylist’s  and the client’s responsibility to stop slipping, but with a few simple steps, keeping your hair extensions in place and looking fabulous is easy!

For more tips on slippage, check out  this video.

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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!

What is Remy Hair?

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

Remy is the highest grade of quality for hair extensions. People who are serious about hair extensions almost always choose 100% human remy hair. Remy hair is the easiest to work with, lasts the longest, and looks the most natural.

Hair described as “remy” or “remi” has been cut in a special way that reduces tangling and matting. It all has to do with the hairs’ cuticle.

The cuticles are on the outside surface of each hair strand. These microscopic pieces form a protective shell around the hair shaft in a scale-like pattern. If the cuticles are facing different directions, they catch and tangle.

Before a head of hair is cut from a donor, it is braided or placed in a ponytail. After removal, this head of hair is kept bundled as it is processed and prepared for use as hair extensions. Because hair is cut so that all the cuticles are facing the same direction, remy hair resists tangling and looks extremely natural.

Hair that isn’t remy was probably collected from brushing, or from hair that is gathered from the floor after being cut. Donna Bella only uses Remy hair for our human hair extensions, although we do have a line of synthetic Clip-In Extensions.

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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!

Hair Extension Tips You Need to Know

Monday, July 8th, 2013

Hair extensions add amazing length and volume to your hair. You want to make sure you’re treating them right so that they’ll last a long time and keep making you look great. It isn’t hard to keep your extensions looking great, just take a few extra steps. It will be worth it!

DO

  • Do use the Donna Bella Hair Extension Brush. It prevents tangling and is specially designed so it won’t pull or catch on the application points.
  • Do brush 2 to 3 times a day and before showering or wetting hair. Hold the roots of your hair with one hand while brushing in a downward motion with the other. Brush gently, and be particularly careful with the bonds.
  • Do use sulfate-free products that are rich in nutrients and botanical extracts (like our Donna Bella Remy Care Collection).
  • Do avoid salty or chlorinated water. Salt and chlorine harm your hair extensions just like they harm your natural hair.
  • Do apply any oils or sprays from the mid shaft down, avoiding the bonds. Leave-in conditioners and hydrating oils are great for hair extensions, especially if they are feeling dry.

DON’T

  • Don’t wash your hair too much.We recommend washing the hair as infrequently as possible and using a dry shampoo to absorb oils and make your hair feel and smell fresh. Certain hard or mineral intense water may also deteriorate bonds or the condition of the hair.
  • Don’t sleep with wet hair. Once your hair extensions are completely dry, braid hair or tie it in a loose ponytail.
  • Don’t use heat tools too often. Just like with natural hair, too much mechanical heat will damage hair. When you do use heat tools, be sure to use a heat protectant. You can also use non-heat methods to curl your hair extensions.
  • Don’t chemically process the hair. Avoid any products that lighten natural color, create waves, or straighten natural curl.

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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!