Archive for June, 2014

How to Take a Great Before & After Photo

Friday, June 27th, 2014


We’ve been receiving lots of amazing before and after photos lately, but some people have been asking how to improve their photos to really make them pop when sharing them with us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. We recently spoke to a professional photographer (and hair extension enthusiast!) and asked her what stylists and their clients can do to take the perfect before and after shot.

1. Remember to take the “before” photo! In all the excitement leading up to the installation, it can be easy to forget to take a photo before you start. You can’t put your before and after shot together without it, so make sure you remember! If you can, make a habit of taking this photo right when your extensions clients arrive.

2. Take your photos in the same place and from the same angles. Use the same location for your before and after photos to really make the hair stand out. It can be distracting if the background of one photo is different from the other. Also remember that if you take multiple “before” shots from several different angles (which we highly recommend), you should take your “after” shots from those same angles.

3. Make sure you have good lighting. Without good lighting, it can be hard to see the color and the beautiful blending work you’ve done. Lots of natural light is best, but if it’s nighttime or cloudy out, make sure there is ample lighting in your salon. It’s also a good idea to take photos with and without the flash to see which looks best.

4. Use a neutral background. Busy backgrounds with distracting wallpaper, lots of people, or a room full of clutter can really take the focus away from the hair. Using a background with a solid, neutral color keeps the eye on the hair so everyone can admire your work in full. Neutral colors are also less likely to reflect off of the hair. For example, if you just installed a full head of platinum blond extensions and take your photos against a red wall, the red will reflect off the hair, making it look pink! Always review your photos to make sure this hasn’t happened.

5. Use a neutral background, but still make sure it contrasts enough with the hair color. If you install a head of light brown extensions and take your photos against a light brown wall, the hair can blend in a bit with the wall because the colors are too similar.

6. Your client’s clothing should also help the hair stand out. In the same way a background can take focus away from hair, so to can the foreground. If a client is wearing a distracting print or a shirt that blends in too much with the hair, your photos won’t fully showcase your amazing hair extension work.

7. Don’t take selfies! We really can’t stress this one enough. We get it, selfies are all the rage right now, and if your client wants to take a quick one to share with their friends on Instagram, that’s fine. However, you’re very limited in the amount of angles you can get in a selfie and it’s extremely hard to showcase a new ‘do that way. If you spot your client taking one, just ask if they’d like you to take the picture for them so you can capture their new hair in all its glory!

See? It’s easy to improve your before and after photo skills. Now you can take great photos to share with your clients, friends, family, and the Donna Bella team! We can’t wait to see your looks!

Share your before and after pictures or write a review about your Donna Bella experience on our Donna Bella Hair page.


Tresses For the Soon-To-Be Mrs.

Friday, June 20th, 2014


Summer is here which means wedding season is here, too. While the classic bridal bun will never go out of style, it’s always more unique and glamorous to see long, textured tresses. From half-up, half down ‘dos to beautiful ringlets and side swept bangs, hair extensions give you options galore for your special day (it’ll even add some oomph! to the typical bridal bun). Let our hair extensions inspire your hairdo for your big “I do.”

Beach wedding? What else could be more picture-perfect than our loose body waves for an elegant, beachy look? Gently pulled into a loose half updo, it can give you a soft, alluring look for any outdoor wedding. If you still insist on a bun, once installed, these waves give you the choice of the size of the bun and the wavy texture can give it an elegant twist. If you’d like to keep your hair down, we recommend a deep side part and extra volume for a stunning look.

If you’re a curly haired bride to be, don’t worry! We’ve got gorgeous options for you, too with our curly hair extensions in both I-Link and Kera-Link. Curly hair looks amazing with accessories, so add a trio of rosettes to a side ponytail, or add orchids to a low chignon for a more graceful look. Don’t want to wear your hair all the way up? Use pins to pull curls back from your face, leaving the back down show off your long, bouncy curls. A thin bridal headband is another beautiful way to accentuate your curls no matter what style you choose.

“What about straight hair?” you ask. Well, we’ve got endless options for you, too. Try either I-Link, Kera-Link, Tape-In, or Clip-In to get that special look. Try a sleek and stylish French twist or even add some subtle color with our extensions for a two-toned hairdo. Or just add some length to your hair, leave it down, and add a few soft waves that frame your face. You can never go wrong with long flowing locks!

Whatever your hair type or color, add length and volume with our hair extensions. From glamorous to chic, there are so many possibilities. Our hair is made from 100% human remy hair that adds length and volume for a natural finish. Your picture-perfect wedding hair is just one hair extension appointment away!

Walking down the aisle soon? We’d love to hear about how you’ll be wearing your hair. Have questions? Feel free to ask!


Highlights Are the New Skinny

Friday, June 13th, 2014


Who says you can’t have your cake and eat it too? Update your look while shedding some pounds at the same time! There are quite a few hair tricks out there, especially when it comes to looking slimmer and younger. Read on and get ready to slim some pounds and look younger in the process.

You can visually slim your face by adding a few well-placed highlight and lowlight extensions. For example, if you have a round face, you’re going to want to place the highlights starting at the top of your head. Not only do highlights brighten up your face, they also thin it out and make it look younger. Because vertical lines lure the eyes to look up and down, the contrast of the lowlights and highlights will make your face appear thinner.

Double chins, beware of the ombres! If you fall under this category, stay away from starting the ombre color at the jawline. This will only emphasize the fullness of your chin. The best way to add color, in this case, would be to add some lowlights around your neck and cheeks.

Lighter hair will almost always make you look younger. That being said, we’re not necessarily saying you should go platinum blond, since that color can also have an aging effect. Here’s a rule to stick to: if you’re going to color or add highlights to a round face, stick to warm golden hues that are within two shades of your base color. Why? If you go any lighter than this, they might look a little too obvious—and a girl never tells her secrets, right?

Our various extension methods are perfect for adding highlights and color without having to put your natural hair through the coloring process, and they’re also great for achieving all-over color transformations! The best part is, since it’s 100% Remy human hair, the extensions can be colored to the level of your choice, so your hair can be customized specifically for you. To learn more about everything related to coloring Donna Bella extensions, visit our Color Takeover Portal.

Summer Style: Splashlights

Friday, June 6th, 2014

Summer Style: Splashlights

It looks like ombre’s got a new competitor! It’s name: splashlights. Splashlights are bursting on the scene as the newest hair trend to try. So what exactly is it and can you pull it off with hair extensions?

Splashlights are designed to give you a spotlight effect on a portion of your hair. Get this look with your own hair by bleaching a straight or slightly angled horizontal section of hair from ear to ear. First, start by bleaching the stripe, starting with the undermost layers working up. If you want a super harsh line, you can stop here. However, you can decide how bold you want the contrast to be. You can leave the bleached section as-is for lots of contrast between your hair and the line, or you can color the bleached section with a shade a few tones lighter than your natural hue. (For example, if you have dark brown hair, you could color the strip a light chestnut brown.) You can also choose how harsh you want the line to be. For a more blended, ombre effect between your color and the line, color the sections above and below the bleach with a shade close to your natural hair color.

Now for the most important question…does this work on extensions? The answer is yes! Aura Friedman, the New York colorist who created this look, paints the stripes on hair extensions before installing them on her clients (we recommend getting an extension in the color of the desired splashlight, then coloring the sides to match the client’s hair, as it is very unwise to try and lift color from hair extensions). It’s also much easier to color because the wefts are not installed, giving you more room to color the hair in whichever angle you’d like. You can get as creative as you’d like with your hair extensions, but always make sure to do a strand test on them before coloring. For more tips on coloring hair extensions, check out this blog and our new Color Takeover Portal—home to our educational outreach collaboration with Joico Color Intensities and Framar International, complete with tutorial videos, articles, and more!

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