Archive for November, 2013

Deep Conditioning Your Hair Extensions

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

A question we get from time to time is whether or not it’s OK to deep condition extensions.

While it’s not absolutely necessary, it’s certainly a recommended way to get the most out of your extensions and keep them in prime condition. Unlike your natural hair, Extensions aren’t directly attached to your scalp, so they don’t absorb the same oils from your head. Therefore, keeping your extensions hydrated and healthy may require a little bit of extra effort.

Use a moisturizing shampoo and a leave-in deep conditioning treatment. Avoid purchasing conditioners which contain alcohol in them, as these can dry the extensions out. Consult your stylist for any recommendations if you’d like.

After shampooing, rinse hair thoroughly and gently squeeze out any excess water. Apply a quarter-shaped amount of conditioner to the hair extensions, working it through from the roots to the tips.

Leave the conditioner in for two to three minutes, and then rinse thoroughly with cool water. Again, gently remove any extra water from the hair extensions, using a towel. Apply a quarter-shaped amount of leave in conditioner to the extensions and work it through the hair with fingers or a wide tooth comb. Don’t rinse it.

Extra Tips:

For added conditioning, use a deep-conditioning hair mask on the extensions once or twice a week. Leave on the extensions for at least 30 minutes, then rinse it with cool water before your regular shampoo/conditioning regimen.

When removing tangles, use a wide tooth comb, spritzing any snags with a light mist of water and conditioner.

For daily brushing maintenance, we recommend using the Donna Bella Extensions Brush because it’s a soft paddle brush that won’t pull or tug on the hair with stiff bristles. Gently work your way up from the bottom of the hair to the top, tip to root.

Happy conditioning!

Caring for Your Extensions on Your Tropical Vacation

Friday, November 15th, 2013

As the weather gets increasingly more frightful, many seek the sun and sand of a tropical vacation to soften those debilitating winter blues. A question we got often here at Donna Bella is how well extensions, particularly Tape-In extensions, hold up to the beach-side rigors of a vacation (sand, sun, salt water…all that jazz) and how best to maintain them.

The truth is, tropical vacations do come with their own share of hair extensions challenges, but with just a little bit of simple care and maintenance, you can soak up some rays and avoid wrecking your hair, no matter what extensions method you use.

Soaking your hair with fresh water before swimming in the ocean helps offset salt water damage. Hair extensions are dryer than your natural hair, meaning they’ll soak up water much more quickly. If they’re already saturated with fresh water, they’re less likely to absorb more salt water, which can damage extensions in excessive amounts.

For those worried about matting or tangling, braids are a simple solution. While french braids are ideal, any braid that keeps hair in place and out of the way will do. Additionally, putting some leave-in conditioner directly into the hair upon leaving the water, and gently combing it out,  goes a long way in keeping hair from tangling and matting.

Finally, using a shampoo that has an SPF will protect your hair from any potential sun damage.

Follow these basic steps and guidelines to keep your extensions in tip top shape while you chase away those winter blahs. Bon Voyage!

Perming Hair Extensions

Friday, November 8th, 2013

One question we get fairly often here at Donna Bella is “Can I perm hair extensions?”

Donna Bella’s hair extensions are 100% human remy hair extensions, so they can be permed. However, they must be permed with extreme care and caution. All perms damage hair, which is why we don’t recommend perming. This is why Donna Bella offers wavy hair extensions in I-Tip hair extensions.

But if you want to try perming, here are some guidelines:

Perming always should be done by a trained, licensed stylist. Always strand test first to make sure the results will be like you want.

Doing a perm on extensions will be the fastest perm you will ever do — under five minutes. Use a color safe perm and be careful not to over process. Use a rod that is one size smaller than the client’s natural curl — this will help the extensions blend well. After the process is done, finish up by gently conditioning your client’s hair.

Once again, Donna Bella doesn’t recommend perming, but it is possible to perm them. Hair extensions need to be treated with special care.

Donna Bella’s New Tools – The Flare

Friday, November 1st, 2013

Donna Bella has updated and expanded its hair extension tool line. These new tools are primarily used for the I-Link (beaded) hair extensions, both for installation and removal. In this three-part blog series, we’re exploring each one of our new tools. This week is the Flare Hair Extension Tool.

The Flare is a special set of tools that, like its name suggests, is designed specifically for Flare Beads. The set includes a Bead Crimper and a Bead Opener.

The Bead Crimper is revolutionary, because it closes a Flare Bead in only one squeeze. This tool is quite simple – the small divot molds the bead into a secure U shape. Sometimes you may want to crimp a bead twice for extra security, but gone are the days of crimping ever Flare Bead three times!

When it’s time to remove Flare Beads, grab the Bead Opener. This tool features two small pincers that slide into each end of the bead. The pincers gently open up the bead, making it loose enough to slide off the hair strand.

These tools are both titanium-plated and made of a durable, reliable stainless steel. The double spring makes for smooth, strong crimping and releasing, keeping your hands feeling great no matter how many strands you install.

Learn more about the tool.

Try the Flare Today!