Archive for February, 2014

5 Quick Tips for Silicone Beads

Friday, February 28th, 2014

db_blog_silicone_tipsWell, our final bead posts is here, and while we’re sad the day has come, we’re always excited to highlight one of our premium hair extension products. Here’s a quick point by point guide exploring the features of silicone beads, and what you can use them for.


Silicone beads are actually made of aluminum, a soft metal. Their name comes from the supple silicone coating that’s inside the beads, which lends them a smooth and soft hold that won’t fade or rust. Like all I-Link extensions, you can use the Donna Bella hair extension tool and the Loop Tool  for a smooth and easy installation process.

Gentle and versatile

Silicone beads have a gentle hold that’s ideal for any hair type, when installed correctly.


Silicone beads feature all the standard I-Link traits like strand-by-strand, a secure hold, and a full range of motion, ideal for any hairstyle.


The soft silicone lining makes Silicone beads safe and secure, for a strong hold with minimal slippage, when installed correctly.

 More Resources

For more information on beads, extensions and any of those pesky issues that comes with installation, please consult our other helpful blogs on the subject, or contact us directly! We’re happy to help answer any questions!

5 Quick Tips for Flare Beads

Friday, February 21st, 2014

db_blog_flare_beadsIn our attempt to better familiarize you with our premium hair extension tools, here’s our next installment in our series of bead posts, specifically covering Flare Beads!

They’re Long and Thin 
Donna Bella flare beads are longer and thinner (3.5 mm) than Grooved or Silicone beads, making them functional for I-Link (or “beaded”) extensions, that conceal completely into the hair.

They’re made of Copper
Flare beads are made of copper (grooved beads are made of aluminum and silicone beads are aluminum with a silicone lining). This means they’re very malleable, lightweight and (as mentioned earlier) easy to conceal. They’re also heat resistant and won’t fade or rust.

Use them with the Loop Tool
Because of their shape, flare beads work ideally with the Donna Bella Loop Tool. Simply string the beads onto the tool (up to 50 at a time!) and then thread the client’s hair and pre-tipped extension weft inside the bead. The Loop Tool can also crimp the bead closed to hold the hair securely inside. To remove the bead and release the hair, just clamp the bead in the opposite direction.

Great for Fine or Thin Hair
Some clients may find that beaded extensions strain the individual strands of hair. Because of their lightweight construction, flare beads are handy to those clients with fine or thin hair. They won’t put as much weight on the individual strands, but they’ll still hold the hair in place safe and secure.

More Resources
For more information on beads, extensions and any of those pesky slippage issues, please consult our other helpful blogs on the subject, or contact us directly! We’re happy to help answer any questions!

Introducing: Hands On Certification Classes and Free Installations in New York!

Friday, February 14th, 2014

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Bright lights, big city, fabulous hair—Donna Bella is coming back to New York and we couldn’t be more thrilled! We’ll have our booth (#1437) stocked at International Beauty Show with all our products and we’d just love it if you stopped by to see us! That’s not all we’re excited for though.

Hands on Certification Classes

For the first time ever in New York City, we’re offering  a live hands on training class taught by world-renowned stylist Ruben Martinez. These exclusive 3 hour classes provide a thorough and personalized walkthrough to the world of hair extensions, covering installation, maintenance and removal for all three methods (Tape-In, Kera Link and I-Link). Spaces are limited (50 participants per class) so reserve your spot ASAP for this definitive guide.

Reserve your spot by calling  1-877-398-6938 and for more information, visit the link here. We’ll be hosting two classes at these times:

March 9, 2014 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

March 10, 2014 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Free Installation

We’re also offering free hair extension installations at our booth! Here’s how this incredible deal is broken down:

  • You only pay for the cost of the hair (which is discounted for the show)
  • The hair is installed by our professional stylists at no charge

Overall, we’re talking about up to $750 that you’ll save on an installation!

These appointments will fill up quickly, so you must sign up here ASAP to enjoy this offer! 

We can’t wait to see you there!

5 Quick Tips for Grooved Beads

Friday, February 7th, 2014

db_blog_grooved_beads (1)Why do we love I-link extensions? They’re secure, attach near the roots (helping hair fall naturally for a full range of motion) and require no messy glues or heat to attach. Our customers love them too! However, when it comes to installing I-Link extensions, your choice of bead can make all the difference between a pleasant hair extension dream and a nasty nightmare. Donna Bella currently offers 3 types of beads, each with certain features and capabilities. In fact, we even wrote a blog post on how to select beads here. Still, as a little more in-depth refresher, we’d like to highlight each bead without further ado, here’s 5 quickie points to remember when it comes to Grooved Beads!

1) Strong Hold

Grooved Beads offer the strongest hold of all our beads, facilitated by their namesake inner grooves (made from aluminum) that interlock with each other when they’re crimped. These grooves reduce the slippage of the extension and also keep extensions looking fresh for longer.

2) They’re ideal for strong, thick hair

Grooved beads tend to work best for clients with strong and thick hair, because they’ll support the beads most effectively. If you or a client has fine or thin hair, fear not! We’ve got beads for all hair types, and would recommend flare beads  in this case. They’re longer and made of a softer metal (copper) so they reduce strain.

3) Slippage

Slippage occurs when the hair extension has fallen out of the bead. Sometimes this happens as a result of something external (like brushing or styling) and sometimes it occurs on its own. Some slippage is completely normal and expected, but any more than 10% (10 strands out of 100) is excessive. Some of the reasons for excessive slippage include:

  1. Improper strand width: If the hair extension and the strand of the hair it’s attached to aren’t the same width, slippage can occur. For example, if the bead is too small, the hair won’t hold the bead or the extension, and if the bead is too big it’ll slip right off.

  2. Bad crimping: Each strand should be crimped three times with the proper hair extension tool – Once in the middle and once on each side.

  3. Root conditioning: Conditioning is great for extensions, but should only be done on the mid-shaft down. Conditioning the roots can weaken the bead and cause slipping, pulling and picking on the bead.

4) Use the right tools

All Donna Bella tools are designed specifically to work with Donna Bella hair extensions, and so for the best functionality and hold, we strongly recommend using the Donna Bella Loop Tool  to install grooved beads, and any other beaded extensions. Our tools are guaranteed for durability and ease during the installation process. In fact, our loop tool can hold up to 50 beads at one time!

5) More Resources

For more information on beads and extensions or to troubleshoot slippage issues, please consult our other helpful blogs on the subject: