Archive for March, 2014

100% Human, 100% Remy…What’s the Big Deal?

Friday, March 28th, 2014

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One of the questions we get asked often is what “Remy” means. It’s a good question that we love to answer because it’s also what makes our hair so unique.

Remy is the highest grade of quality of hair extensions, most likely because it’s the easiest to work with, the most durable and the kind of hair that looks the most natural. Hair identified as “Remy” (sometimes “remi”) gets its name from having been cut in a special way to reduce tangling and matting.

Think about it this way: all hair has a cuticle, which is essentially a membrane that forms a protective shell around the hair shaft that forms a microscopic scale pattern. If the cuticles are facing different directions when the hair is bundled, they’ll catch and tangle.

All of our human hair comes from human donors. Before it’s cut, the hair is placed in a braid or a ponytail. Once it’s been removed, the whole head of hair is kept bundled as it is processed and prepared to be made into hair extensions. Because the hair is cut with all the cuticles facing the same direction, remy hair resists tangling and maintains a natural look.

Maybe you’ve run across hair extensions that aren’t identified as remy. In these cases, the hair was likely collected from brushing or from being gathered up from the floor after being cut. Though we do carry a line of synthetic hair extensions, all of our human hair extensions are 100% remy.

Here’s the way we look at it: hair extensions are a commitment. Yes, they’re transformative and beautifying, but they’re still a commitment. If you’re serious about hair, we strongly recommend seeking out 100% remy extensions. They’re the longest lasting, and will carry on that chic and sexy look day after day. We hope that helps!

Stylist Nightmares: Hot Hot Heat!

Friday, March 21st, 2014

db_blog_hot_heatWe like to talk to stylists to get into the nitty gritty of the hair extensions biz. We often hear funny and heartwarming stories about how women have been empowered and transformed by their hair extensions, but occasionally we hear some horror stories too! Don’t worry, these anecdotes aren’t meant to freak you out, merely to inform. Someone far more intelligent than me once said (and I read this on the internet, so you know it’s true) “Smart people learn from their mistakes. Really smart people learn from the mistakes of others.” Here’s a few of the mistakes we’ve seen, and some commentary following.

Anyway, here’s a few of the worst things our stylists and stylist representatives have seen involving heat and heat tools.

“Once I saw someone who’d used the melting connector to re-melt the Kera-Link Extensions to try and get them out. This is especially ineffective and dangerous, especially after the bond-remover, which is alcohol based, has already been applied!”

Yikes! Very true though. Alcohol and heat aren’t a good mix, especially when you’re working around hair…unless of course you’re going for that “scorched earth” look made most famous by Patrick Stewart and Mr. Clean in which case, carry on! Just kidding. We don’t condone any form of hair-based pyrotechnics.

The melting connector is used only to apply the Kera-Link extensions and not to remove them. The alcohol-based bond remover should be enough to remove the extensions if the bonds have been completely saturated and broken up.

“I once worked on someone who’d used Kera-Link Rebonds to “re-tip” I-Link Extensions. Then, they didn’t inform the client to keep ALL heat away from the bonds so that they don’t re-melt around  the beads, especially since the melting connector temperature is often lower than many newer tools out there that can heat up twice as hot!”

Uh-oh. All Donna Bella tools are specifically designed to service the specific method listed in their packaging and we can’t guarantee any tools efficacy if it’s not used correctly. I-Link extensions are for beads and Kera-Link extensions are for Keratin bonds, and we won’t recommend mixing and matching here. It’s especially dangerous here because the client didn’t know any alternative method had been used.

“It doesn’t happen much, but I have seen clients who’ve used an oil product to make their hair softer BEFORE they apply heat tools like blow dryers and flat irons.”

While we stand behind many oil-based hair products to rehydrate  hair, using them BEFORE you use heat isn’t a great recipe (unless we’re talking “original recipe KFC” or a deep fried corn-dog) if it’s moisturization you’re looking for. Save the oil for AFTER the heat (or without it entirelyl) because mixing them together is only going to make your hair crispy and lead to more damage. Looking for perfectly formed curls? Consult with a stylist on how to most properly utilize heat.

Are you a stylist with a hair extension nightmare story? How about a client with a question? Don’t hesitate to send them my way at Jane@Donnabellahair.com

Get Donna Bella certified in Chicago!

Friday, March 14th, 2014

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Guess what? We’re back from the International Beauty Show New York and we had a blast! We loved getting to talk to everyone in our booth, and we especially loved all the hair we got to install. Thanks to everyone who came out and made it a great experience!

Now onto more exciting news, we’re coming to Chicago! We’ll have our booth (#1211) at America’s Beauty Show stockpiled with premium Donna Bella products and stylists waiting to install your extensions! We’d love it if you came by to say hi! That’s not all though.

Free Introductory Classes

We’re offering  a live hands on training class taught by world-renowned stylist Ruben Martinez. This exclusive 90 minute class provides 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 here. We’ll be hosting these classes on:

March 22, 2014 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
March 23, 2014 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
March 24, 2014 11 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.

Free Installation

We’re also offering free hair extension installations at our booth! You only pay for the cost of the hair (which is discounted for the show) and 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!

How to Properly Care for your Curly and Wavy Extensions

Friday, March 7th, 2014

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We’re launching new curly and wavy hair extensions soon! Since caring for curly and wavy extensions is a bit different than straight extensions, we want to prepare everyone to make sure they’re ready to flawlessly rock their new style!

Before we get started, there’s one word to always keep in mind when it comes to hair with any kind of a curl: moisture! Extensions are already drier than natural hair because it doesn’t receive all of the oils that your scalp produces. On top of that, the curlier your hair is, the more prone it is to dryness, so keep those curls quenched!

Here are our five S’s of curly and wavy hair maintenance:

1. Showering. Try to shampoo only once or twice a week, and in between shampoos, use a heavy-duty, moisturizing conditioner. It’s best to comb through and work out any tangles in the shower, since brushing dry curls can create a frizzy mess! Combing with the conditioner in helps easily remove tangles and ensure the product is evenly distributed throughout your hair. After you shower, using a styling cream really helps lock in the moisture. You can also use a deep conditioner when you need to step up your moisture game just a bit.

2. Silicones. Using products with silicones can cause build up and weigh down your hair. If you need to use them, make sure the silicones in your product are water soluble, since those cause much less build up.

3. Sulfates. Sulfates can dry hair out, so using them can negate all the hard work you’re doing trying to keep your hair moisturized. Not to mention, sulfates can affect your bonds (especially keratin ones), causing them to slip prematurely. Basically, don’t even think about it! They’re just bad news all around. For a trustworthy line of sulfate-free haircare products, check out our Remy Care™ Collection.

4. Styling. You don’t always have time to let your hair air dry after a shower, but you’re worried that the hair dryer will dry out your curls too fast or blow them into a crazy mess. The easy solution? Just use a diffuser! If you use a medium heat setting, you won’t over dry your curls, and the diffuser reduces the air velocity of the dryer so it won’t affect their shape.

If you find a few strands are losing their curl or wave, feel free to use a curling iron for a quick fix. As always, make sure you use a heat protectant before using hair dryers or curling irons. Just don’t straighten the hair! The curls and waves in our extensions will relax over time, but using a straightener will really speed up this process, giving you a lot less wear time—and that’s no good!

To battle humidity, use a serum before you head out the door. No need to let the weather determine your style!

5. Sleep. The friction between your hair and your pillow can cause extra frizz that you certainly don’t need. Sleeping with a satin pillow or headscarf is a simply solution to this problem. Also, as with all types of extensions, sleeping in a braid keeps hair from matting and tangling, and it works double duty for wavy and curly extensions—it helps them keep their shape longer!

As long as you follow these tips, you’re destined to have a long-lasting, enviable curls!