Archive for September, 2013

Your Guide to Hair Extension Methods

Friday, September 27th, 2013

Ever wondered about the differences between Donna Bella’s four hair extensions methods? We pride ourselves in having a variety of hair extension methods available so you can choose the one that’s right for you and your client. All of our methods are safe for hair and are made with 100% human remy hair.

Tape-In

This relatively new method is the easiest to install. It involves sandwiching sections of the natural hair between two hair extension wefts. (Watch a video).

Why people love this method: They can be installed in as little as 30 minutes.

Smooth and seamless, and super comfortable. Tape-In is great for fine and thin hair.

Kera-Link

Keratin bonds are fused to hair strands with a special hot tool. Kera-Link has been around the longest; stylists have been doing this method for longer than any other. (Watch a video)

Why people love this method: They may take several hours to install, but they have extreme lasting hold. Keratin is a natural protein. It’s a strand by strand method, so there’s also a lot of styling potential.

I-Link

In this method, strands are installed with small micro beads. (Watch a video)

Why people love this method: No glue or chemicals. The bead does all the work. Beaded extensions are really easy to adjust and tighten. Each strand has 360 degrees movement, so styling is easy, too. They’re also great for humid, wet climates.

Clip-In

Temporary hair extension method is one you can install yourself. Wefts are secured to the hair with small, secure clips.

Why people love this method: It’s not permanent. You wear them when you want and you can do it yourself. A lot of women go to their stylist first to get their Clip-Ins blended and styled.

Pink Strands 2013

Friday, September 20th, 2013

You’ve probably been hearing a lot of talk about breast cancer lately. October is Breast Cancer awareness month, but breast cancer – and other types of cancer – is a reality all year round. It affects so many people and their families each year, it can seem overwhelming. The good news that there are a few simple things you can do to help.

In September and October, Donna Bella offers a special promotion to help support the National Breast Cancer Foundation. There are several ways you can get involved and help those in your community.

Buy and wear pink hair. Salons and stylists across the country are installing pink hair for a $10 donation. Donna Bella is donating 50% of all pink hair profits to National Breast Cancer Foundation. You can become a participating salon here.

Donate directly to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Your donation helps provide mammograms for women in need and supports breast health services, education, and support for those in need.

This is the third year that Donna Bella has participated in this program. Salons all across the country have been stepping up and making a difference, raising money for research and free mammograms for women in need.

Learn more about Donna Bella’s program by visiting www.pinkstrandsforthecause.com

Attending your First Hair Show

Friday, September 13th, 2013

It’s something every hair stylist needs to do at least once in his or her lifetime. It’s a time to network, learn new techniques and skills, and discover new products.

Donna Bella has been going to trade shows for years and we love it. It’s a great opportunity for us to meet our customers face to face and to show newcomers all about how hair extensions work.

Education is a must. Each show is unique, but all offer classes for show attendees. Some classes are free while others require pre-registration and a small fee. Whether you want to learn hair extensions or the latest techniques in nail design, there are classes for everyone. Donna Bella offers several classes at each show we attend.

Visiting booths is another big part of the experience. All the big names in hair and beauty have booths where you can browse and purchase products and interact with company representatives. In an age where so much interaction takes place online, going to a show is an amazing opportunity to see products and get new ideas — live! In Donna Bella’s booth, we have stylists installing our hair on models so visitors to our booth can see all three methods of our hair extensions in action. You can also purchase hair at our booth for a discounted price.

Because hair shows call such a big crowd, you’ll want to make sure you book your travel and hotels as early as possible. Hotels and flights fill up fast!

Donna Bella’s next show is Premiere Beauty Classic in Columbus, Ohio, Oct. 6-7. Later that month we head to Alabama for Premiere Birmingham on Oct. 20-21.

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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!

The Secret to Blending Hair Extensions

Friday, September 6th, 2013

One of the most crucial steps in the hair extension installation process is blending. It’s the key to a natural look that’s easy to style. A bad blending job makes hair extensions look like hair extensions (which kind of defeats the purpose of hair extensions in the first place.)

Step 1: Determine the Length

First you’ll want to remove any unwanted length. Consulting with your client is critical to verify exactly how long she wants her extensions to be.

Step 2: Frame the Face

Trim and contour the hair around your client’s face for a balanced, blended look that complements her face.

Step 3: Connect the Layers

Comb through her hair and find the large disconnections between her natural hair and the extensions. Use your razor or thinning shears to stagger the hair so that the layers are not blunt. This is not the time to focus on detailed blending. This step is about bringing the layers together.

Step 4: Polish and Detail

The final step is to meticulously blend your client’s hair. Her natural hair should flow seamlessly into her extensions and you shouldn’t be able to spot where one begins and one ends. Make sure the ends aren’t too blunt and that the ends of the hair are even.

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