Archive for July, 2014

Bedtime Hair Care Routines

Friday, July 25th, 2014

Bedtime hair care for hair extensions

The last thing you want to do when you’re ready to call it a day is what seems like one more chore. But honestly, the small amount of time you take to care for your locks before bed will make the biggest difference in maintaining healthy, gorgeous looking hair. The best part about bedtime hair care is that you’re letting a product work while you sleep, which means you’re allowing it more time to do its job. It definitely beats the two minute TLC you give your hair while conditioning in the shower. Try these routines and tell me you don’t see a difference.

Hair masks and deep conditioners. We know most deep conditioners don’t take a whole lot of time and some are fairly quick (like Aussie’s 3 minute miracle deep conditioner), but you really should try sleeping with one on once a month. Letting the deep conditioner or hair mask take its time to absorb into your hair will help nourish and restore your strands. This is especially great for your hair extensions as you want to keep them as shiny and in the best shape as possible. Apply it to your extensions (keeping aways from your bonds, beads, or tape) and put it up in a loose bun or braid before getting in bed.

Braids. Want to avoid tangling, frizz, and matting? Take one minute to put your hair extensions in a loose braid—don’t pull too tight. Your hair will feel much better in the morning and you won’t have to brush as much. Contrary to what you’ve heard, brushing 100 strokes a day will not make your hair shiny and full. Over-brushing causes too much friction for your hair, leading to split ends and breakage.

Take a no-heat break. Try showering an hour or two before bed, allowing your hair to air dry. After lots of blow drying, straightening, and curling, your hair will be thankful to have a break. If you’re worried about having an oily scalp the next day, try a dry shampoo. It will not only remove excess oil and cleanse without water, it will add some volume too! There’s one for every budget ranging from Suave’s Dry Shampoo Spray to Oscar Blandi’s Pronto Dry Shampoo Invisible Spray.

Do you have a bedtime hair extensions tip? Share it with us!

 

Style Profile: The Beachwaver

Friday, July 18th, 2014

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We’re excited about putting the spotlight on this new tool that is becoming a big hit for those of us wanting the perfect beach wave. Turn your straight I-Link, Kera-Link, or Tape-In hair extensions into perfectly textured waves and keep your wavy extensions looking like the first day you got them. So what’s this magical new tool called? The Beachwaver. Created by celebrity hairstylist, Sarah Potempa, this styling too is favored by stars such as Heidi Klum and Mindy Kaling. Before you go rushing out the door to get one, here are all the details you’ll need to know about this wave-making tool:

-The barrel is extra long, making it possible to curl really long hair.

-The rod automatically rotates in two directions (left and right). Just clamp your hair to the barrel and press the left button or the right button to move it in the direction of your choice. It stops as soon as you let go of the buttons. This saves you the time and effort of manually wrapping your hair toward or away from your face. It also creates evenly sized and evenly spaced curls.

-It does take some getting used to but once you’ve got it down, it can cut your styling time in half.

-The temperature control goes up to 450 degrees (though we don’t recommend using that kind of heat on hair extensions as it could fry the ends.)

-Once you’ve unclamped the hair from the rod, wait for your hair to cool then finger-comb it for loose, natural waves.

The only down side to it is the cost—$199.00—but for some of you it may be worth it! You can check out The Beachwaver in action on YouTube: http://bit.ly/1zJLoXl.

Will you be putting The Beachwaver to the test? Let us know what you think!

 

Sun Exposure and Hair Extensions

Friday, July 11th, 2014

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Everyone loves summer and all of the outdoor activities it brings. But while we’re spending the day on a boat, at a bbq, out camping, etc., we tend to forget one thing—sun damage. If you’re exposed to the sun long enough, you’ll notice that your hair gets a lot lighter. Usually this wouldn’t be a big deal, but when your hair extensions don’t match your natural hair, that’s a problem. So what can you do?

If you know your hair is prone to lighten up during the summer, prepare for it by coloring your hair a shade lighter and order your hair extensions in a lighter shade to match your new (but natural) hue. Wonder why so many surfers seem to have light hair? The UV rays from the sun destroy the melanin in your hair causing it to lighten, and until new hair grows in its place, it will stay that color.

If you want to be active but still want to keep your darker color, you can protect your hair and extensions by wearing hats, scarves, or wraps when exposed to the sun for long periods of time. We can’t stress this enough during the summer season. Not only do they protect your natural hair, they protect the extensions and their respective bonds, tape, or beads.

There are also leave in sprays and conditioners that have sun protection in them. Bumble and Bumble’s UV Protective Styling Balm is a great option and it’s sulfate-free! Other companies like L’Oreal and Garnier also offer UV protective hairsprays, sprays, creams, etc.

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Are you Getting the Most Out of Social Media?

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

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Are scheduling appointments, installing and styling hair, and a personal life outside of the salon making your day pretty hectic? Are you a new hairstylist wanting to add loyal clients to your list of clientele? Or are you a salon owner wanting to add a personal touch to your business strategy? Whatever the case may be, we suggest incorporating social media into your business. How can you use social media to your advantage? Here are some tips:

Be exclusive. Posting  images, information, and invites only for your followers and friends on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter can boost the traffic on your social media pages, leading to more business. For example, a coupon you post only for your friends on Facebook can make them feel exclusive and will have them inviting their friends to your page so that they, too, can cash in on these exclusive deals. A special coupon for discounted services, a preview of a new product line at the salon, or maybe a girls night at the salon allows you to be more personal with your clientele and helps boost your brand.

Before and afters. Nothing shows off your work better than a before and after picture (especially when it comes to hair extensions). There’s something about being able to see a person’s transformation in an instant that draws people to the stylist and the products they used. Don’t be modest. Post as many before and after pictures as you’d like and let your work do the talking. People want to know that you’re an expert and a master of your trade.

Be informative. Your area of expertise is hair, so try to be consistent in posting about all things hair. If you have found a product you really like, write about it. Product reviews are great because people feel like they can trust a consumer’s word over that of the manufacturer (which is why there are review sections in most online stores). If there are products or home remedies that you’ve tried which have worked miracles on hair, post about them! The more people read useful information, the more they want to keep up with your posts.

Contests. At Donna Bella Hair, we enjoy holding weekly contests (Winner Wednesdays). It’s a chance to hear from our followers and an opportunity to involve our customers while giving away some free goodies. You should also consider having contests on your page to increase engagement (and fun!). It doesn’t have to be every week—it could be biweekly or once a month—but the more consistent you are, the more your name and work gain popularity.

Need more tips or have some to share? Let us know—we always love hearing from you!