Archive for May, 2014

Preparing for Your Very First Hair Extension Installation Appointment

Friday, May 30th, 2014

Getting hair extensions for the first time can be both exciting and confusing since you don’t know what to expect. Here are some things you can look forward to that will help you better prepare for your appointment.

1. If you’re planning on coloring your natural hair color, make sure it matches the color of your hair extensions. The only way to do this is to have the extensions on hand. You’ll want to set an appointment before your hair installation to make sure you get the right hair color to match your hair extensions (especially if you’re going lighter).

2. On the day of your appointment, shampoo your hair with a clarifying shampoo to strip away any oils or build up. Rinse and repeat. Do not use any conditioner or apply any styling products! This will help the bond stick to your natural hair better. If you’re going with the I-Link method, it prevents the beads from slipping. Also make sure your hair is completely dry and brushed out when you get to the salon. Your stylist can wash and dry your hair for you, but why spend even more time than you have to at the salon? (The installation is already going to take a few hours.) It’ll save you the cost of a wash too!

3. As mentioned, you will be spending quite some time in the salon. (Time depends largely on the method of hair extensions you choose.) For example, the I-Link method takes much longer than the Tape-In method, so make sure to plan accordingly. Bring some good reads and treats to snack on and pass the time. I’m sure your stylist will do her best to keep you entertained as well.

4. If you haven’t shopped for an extension brush or dry shampoo, get them both before your appointment so you have them ready to go once your extensions are installed. A good extension brush, (like Donna Bella’s, found here!) doesn’t catch on the bonds and pull the extensions. Also, once your hair extensions are in, washing your hair everyday isn’t a good idea since it can loosen the bonds, causing slippage. Try to wash your hair only two or three times a week and use a dry shampoo for in between washes.

Follow these simple steps and you’ll be fully prepared for your appointment!

Calling All Curls!

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Calling All Curls

Good news, Curly Sue! We’ve got curls just for you!

For curly-haired girls, extensions can be somewhat intimidating when it comes to finding a matching curl, styling the hair just right, and maintaining the extensions. However, if you didn’t know already, Donna Bella just launched new, curly extensions with a tighter, kinkier curl that perfectly matches those gorgeous, natural ringlets in your hair. They are 22” long and available in both I-Link and Kera-Link. Still on the fence about getting extensions with your curly hair? Let us tell you why you should give our curls a try!

Curly haired girls have to be picky about their hair extensions, trust me, I know. With our curly hair you don’t have to worry about trying to match it with your natural hair or worry about the work of styling, you’ll always be ready to go!

Bye-bye frizz! One of the daily battles that comes with having curly hair is the frizz fight. Although adding anti-frizz creams may help a little, extensions can also help and here’s why: by placing extensions in your hair, the length and weight of the extra hair helps weigh down your hair so it’s less poofy and the extensions’ ringlets can hide any not-so-perfect strands.

Longer hair—finally! Growing out curly hair is really difficult— it seems like it takes forever! So, if it’s long tresses you can’t wait for, then try our curly hair extensions! Leave them at their longest (22”) or cut a bit off if you’re not looking for that much length.

Shop Donna Bella’s curly hair! Get Kera-Link here and I-Link here.

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Style Profile: The Curling Wand

Friday, May 16th, 2014

curling wand

You’ve gotten your extensions installed and you’re ready to show the world your new style. However, you’re not one to leave your hair stick-straight every day—you’re into glamorous curls and beachy waves, too! But now that your hair is longer and fuller, it takes more time to get those gorgeous styles, so now you’re on the hunt for tools that will help make styling as quick as possible!

Fun fact: for the past year or two the new trend in hair curling has been the curling wand. If you don’t own one, we recommend looking into it! You probably have a curling iron, but yours might be too small, take too long to heat up, or just be due for replacing. The wand is similar to the curling iron, but it has no clamp, so there’s no annoying “clamp line” after you use it. The wands also come in a variety of shapes—more than you’ll find with a normal curling iron. We love the cone-shaped wand, which gives your hair a super natural look, creating loose waves at the top of each strand and a tighter curl at the bottom. Many wands even come with several differently-shaped barrels, which can be interchanged as often as you’d like, making it very easy to achieve a variety of different looks. If you use a special heat-protecting glove, it’s super quick and easy to wrap a strand around the wand (without worrying about burning your hand), hold it for as long as you need to, and just let it go when you’re done! These wands can make curling go a bit faster, which is great for reducing the amount of heat you’re applying to your extensions and natural hair.

As with all heat products, always make sure to apply a heat protectant spray and always use medium or low settings to keep from damaging and drying out your extensions.

The curling wands can be used on all of our human hair extensions, be they I-Link, Kera-Link, Tape-In, or Clip-In. Just always be extra careful not to get heat tools and other styling products too close to the bonds or the beads because they can damage the bonds or cause them to slip.

Have you tried a curling wand before? Do you prefer it over the classic curling iron? Let us know!

Come See us at Premiere Orlando!

Friday, May 9th, 2014


Sunshine, style, and shows—three of our favorite words! We’re coming to Premiere Orlando May 31–June 02 (booth 2373), and we are thrilled! We could share a whole slew of reasons why you should attend, but we’ll save you some time and just share the top 5 reasons here.

1. Hands-on certification classes with Ruben Martinez. Ruben is our leading educator (in addition to being a world-renowned stylist and all-around amazing person)! He’ll be teaching a hands-on certification class June 1 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in room W207B. You’ll get training in all three professional hair extension methods (I-Link, Kera-Link, and Tape-In) and a Donna Bella Hair Certificate to hang in your salon and show that you’ve been specifically trained to install our extensions. You’ll also get an extension kit for the method(s) of your choice, and a mannequin head and practice hair so you can practice installing in class. Click here to sign up for the class ASAP (space is limited)!

2. Free introductory classes with Ruben. If you’re interested in starting to install extensions yourself, this free class is the place to be! Learn the basics of all three extension methods and enjoy an extra-special discount on our starter kits just for attending the class! This class will be held three times—once each day of the show. Click here and check out the bottom of the page for info on class times and locations!

3. Free hair extension installations. You’ll be hard pressed to find a better deal on hair extensions—you can save hundreds! Just purchase the hair (at a 10% discount) and pay NOTHING for the installation. You can choose between I-Link, Kera-Link, or Tape-In extensions, and they will be installed for you by a professional, experienced stylist right there at the show. Spaces fill up fast, so sign up today!

4. All of our products will be discounted. All of our hair, tools, kits, etc. will be discounted, so make sure you stop by to take advantage of these prices! It’s a great opportunity to stock up on your favorites or try something new.

5. Our friendly staff. Donna Bella is filled with wonderful people who are knowledgeable and passionate about hair. So stop by and say hello—we love talking to our amazing customers!

We can’t wait to see you there!

Top 3 Reasons to Ride the Wave!

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Woman washing hair with shampooYou may have heard about our new wavy hair, and we just want to let you know that it’s here and making a huge splash! This week, we wanted to give you the top three reasons why you should give our wavy hair a try.

1. If you’ve got wavy hair and extensions you’ve probably been straightening your natural hair to blend with the extensions, or adding waves to the extensions to blend with your natural hair. Either way, that is super time consuming and annoying! Now you can save time and avoid worrying if your extensions are blended, and really embrace your natural, gorgeous texture. Our extensions were designed to blend with naturally wavy hair—not too curly or too loose. Their shape will also hold up well, especially with the proper care. They will relax over time, but if you follow our wavy hair care tips, your waves will last for quite a while.

2. We offer wavy extensions in two classic installation methods (I-Link and Kera-Link), and they come in all of our most popular colors. You can still get the same, great Donna Bella extensions you’re used to, just in a new style. You can now perfectly match your hair’s color AND texture to our extensions!

3. It comes in our longest length: 22 inches. You can get the maximum styling potential with your waves! Keep them super-long or give ‘em a trim. Either way, you have so many styling options with all of that length and volume to work with!

If you haven’t seen them yet, check out the I-Link and Kera-Link waves today!