Archive for August, 2013

Staff Pick – Low Maintenance Hair Extensions

Friday, August 30th, 2013

This week’s featured staff pick is from Megan from our marketing department.

I’ve been wearing hair extensions on and off since I began working for Donna Bella. Even though I already have lots of hair naturally, I like extensions because I can add color and dimension without coloring my hair.

I’m wearing 18” Tape-Ins in colors #2 and #4 (2 packs of each). My own hair is naturally between #6 and #8 and I wanted to add some low lights/quasi-ombre.  After the extensions were installed, I almost had so much hair I that I wasn’t sure I would know what to do with it. My stylist gave me some layers to help thin it out.

Keeping my hair looking good is a priority to me, but I don’t let hair care eat up too much of my time. I have places to be and things to see! Here’s what I do to keep my hair from taking over my life.

I wash my hair about 3 times a week. I can get my hair to stay fresh that long if I don’t add a lot of styling product. I find that my hair extensions don’t really need much product to look good anyway. I also spruce up my hair with dry shampoo as needed, which only takes a few minutes. This might not work for all hair types, but it works for me.

My shower routine with hair extensions really isn’t much different than normal. I just use a non-lathering shampoo and leave conditioner in my hair for a few minutes before rinsing. When I’m done, I dry my hair in a tee shirt because it’s gentler on my hair.

Although I wish I could spend an hour each morning on my hair, I also love sleeping in. To compromise, I do as much as I can the night before. I brush my hair through and sleep with a silky scarf to keep my hair from getting frizzy. When I wake up, I usually just do a few finishing touches and I’m good to go.

My hair extensions are so fun — I love having more hair. They’re pretty easy to take care of and they make me feel great.

-Megan

Single Sided Tape

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

Did you know that Donna Bella now carries Single Sided Tape for Tape-In Hair Extensions? We’ve spent months perfecting this groundbreaking hair extension technology, and now it’s available in fine salons everywhere. Read on to learn more about how this new product can make hair extensions possible for more women than ever.

The Traditional Tape-In Method

Tape-In Hair extensions are great for all types of hair, but they work especially well for thin haired clients. The mini-weft format allows for even distribution across a section of hair. Each section of client’s hair is sandwiched between two Tape-In Hair Extension wefts, which makes it seamless, natural looking, and easy to install.

But there were still clients who had hair that was too thin for even Tape-In Extensions. That’s where Single Sided Tape comes in.

Perfect for Fine, Thin hair

Single Sided Tape makes it possible to use only one Tape-In hair extension weft per section instead of two. In this method, one weft of Tape-In hair is placed on top of each section of hair, and a piece of Single Sided Tape is placed on the other side, sandwiching the hair and sealing in the adhesive. The Single Sided Tape piece essential takes the place of another Tape-In Extension.

The same great effects as traditional Tape-In extensions, with only half the weight.

How do I know if Single Sided Tape is for me?

If you have hair that is too fine or thin for traditional hair extensions, Single Sided Tape-In extensions may be for you. If you’ve been hesitant to try hair extensions because of your thin hair, now is the time to try Single Sided Tape! Talk to your stylist to find the best solution for your hair.

Donna Bella’s other methods of hair extensions are perfectly safe for most types of hair, as long as they are installed and maintained correctly. Single Sided Tape is a great option for those who have never been able to wear hair extensions before.

If you have medium or thick hair and you want to add a lot of length and volume, Single Sided Tape probably isn’t your best option since it won’t provide enough volume to match your natural hair. For a full head of extensions, Single Sided Tape is best for thin haired clients.

Buy Single Sided Tape.

Getting a Start in the Hair Extension World

Friday, August 16th, 2013

Hair extensions are an amazing product that create amazing transformations Women all over the world love hair extensions because they are an easy way to get longer, fuller hair. Stylist love hair extensions because they’re a great way to expand services. We’ve got some tips about how to get involved with these amazing products.

Want to wear hair extensions?

Find a stylist you trust. You can use our tool to find one in your area. Your stylist should be licensed and certified in hair extensions. A good hair stylist can help you find out what hair extension method will meet your needs. He or she can also help you find the right color.

Before you get hair extensions, you’ll also want to learn about how to take care of hair extensions so you’ll know what to expect once they’re installed.

You’ll also want to make sure your hair is long enough to get extensions. Your longest layer should reach the occipital bone.

Want to be a hair extension master?

If you’re a licensed cosmetologist, you already have the skills you need to learn how to use hair extensions.

Donna Bella has a state-of-the-art Online Education program. You can learn how to use all three methods and become certified. It’s convenient for your busy schedule. We also do classes at various trade shows throughout the country.

You can purchase hair extensions kits and supplies through our website — www.donnabellahair.com. All the tools and hair you need is right there, and our customer service team is always there to support you if you have any questions about ordering.

After you’re certified, you’ll want to start building a clientele. Certified stylists are listed on our website, so once your information is posted, people in your area looking for a hair extension stylist can find your salon.

Take pictures of your work and post it to social media. (You can even submit it to us at Donna Bella and we may post it on our facebook page.) Word of mouth is your best friend. As you do great work, your reputation will grow and you’ll have more clients than ever coming to you to get hair extensions done.

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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!

How to buy Hair Extensions from Donna Bella

Friday, August 9th, 2013

One thing that makes Donna Bella unique is that we sell our hair extensions online. We make it easy to purchase hair extensions and get them delivered right to your doorstep. It’s convenient and easy!

Here’s how it works:

1. Point your browser to donnabellahair.com OR donnabellahairextensions.com. (Either will do.)

2. Choose your hair extensions. We carry 3 types of permanent professional hair extensions: I-Link (beaded), Kera-Link (fusion), and Tape-In. We also have Clip-In extensions that you can install yourself!

3. Select a color. You want to pick a hair color that is going to look natural with your hair. (Unless you’re going for funky colors!) You can look at all the colors we offer on our website, but every monitor is different and sometimes the colors don’t display perfectly. The best way to get a close match is to order a Color Ring . The ring includes a sample of all the colors Donna Bella offers, so you know you’ll be getting the perfect color. If you don’t want to order the color ring, you could visit your local Donna Bella stylist (see below).

4. Select your quantity. Follow this post for a guidelines about how many hair extensions you’ll need for your head. If you really want to know for sure, talk to your stylist.

5. Find a stylist. If you’re ordering hair extensions for yourself, you’ll need someone to install your hair extensions.  Although you can install Clip-In hair extensions yourself, having a stylist cut and blend them for you is often a good idea. You find a stylist here.

If you are a hair extension specialist who uses Donna Bella hair extensions, you can be added to our directory here.

OR

You can also call us at 1-888-424-7548. Our hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Eastern Time). A stylist representative will help you place your order and choose a shipping option.

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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 Tape-In Hair Extensions to Slip?

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

When Tape-In hair extensions are unsuccessful, it’s usually because of slippage. Slippage is when the hair extension weft slips off of the hair.. 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. There are a few things that can cause slippage in Tape-In Hair Extensions.

Root conditioning. Conditioning is great for hair extensions, as long as it’s done on the midshaft down. Conditioner applied to Tape-In wefts can cause the hair extension bonds to break down.

Improper brushing. Tape-In extensions stay in securely as long as they’re installed properly. But even with the best installation, the Tape bonds will come loose if they are constantly pulled and yanked violently. Make sure to use the Hair Extension Brush and hold your hair roots with one hand to support the bonds. With the other hand, brush gently by starting at the ends and working up toward the scalp. Always go in a downward direction to preserve the hair’s natural direction.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!

Dirt and oil trapped within the bonds. When the Tape-In extensions are first installed, it’s important that the hair is cleaned with a good clarifying shampoo so it is free from any dirt or oils. If these are trapped in the Tape-In weft, the adhesive’s strength will be compromised.

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!

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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!