Archive for October, 2014

The Dandruff Dilemma

Friday, October 31st, 2014

dandruff dilemma

Dandruff is a common condition that leaves flakes of skin from a shedding scalp on your hair. If you’re suffering from this condition, it may be embarrassing at times and hard to keep under control. Dandruff doesn’t mean you can’t wear hair extensions, it just means you have to take a few small extra care steps.

Sulfate free and anti-dandruff shampoos and conditioners are safe on your hair extensions and are effective at controlling a mild case of dandruff. Although we tell you not to wash your hair very often, if you’re prone to dandruff, you should. Part of controlling the flaking is to have impeccable hair hygiene.

Medicated dandruff shampoos prescribed by your doctor should be applied only on your natural hair. Keep the medicated shampoo away from your hair extension ends, as the problem isn’t your ends, it’s your scalp. Most medicated dandruff shampoos will dry out hair extensions so try applying a sulfate-free shampoo on your ends while applying the medicated shampoo at the roots and your scalp. These prescribed shampoos will ask that you leave the shampoo on your scalp for a specific amount of time to let the medication work, it shouldn’t affect your hair extensions however.

Because you are washing more than the average hair extension wearer you will probably be at your move-up appointment sooner than you would normally. Typically it takes 8 weeks until your next move-up appointment. Because you are washing your hair more often, your move-up appointment will be closer to 5 weeks. It will also mean that you have to be extra careful during your washes to make sure you’re not tugging at the connections of your hair extensions too harshly. Tugging is what leads to hair extension slippage.

You should have your hair flake-free on the day of installation. If anti-dandruff shampoos aren’t helping you, try getting a prescribed medicated shampoo from your doctor before hand in time for your hair appointment. If your dandruff condition tends to be the dry kind, you’ll want to brush thoroughly as these kinds of flakes will just fall off. If your condition tends to be a greasy type of dandruff, the best method of installation for this hair type is Kera-Link. You will experience more slipping, but as mentioned before, all it means is that your move-up appointment will be required sooner.

If you’re fighting a dandruff battle, let us help you out!


Am I Too Old For Hair Extensions?

Friday, October 24th, 2014

am i too old

“The older you get the shorter the hair.” Who came up with this misleading concept anyway? One of the biggest mistakes you can make when getting older is to chop off your hair. Why? Having a real short hair cut adds years to your look because you’re calling more attention to your facial features such as lines and wrinkles. Any stylist will agree that the style is more important than length. So the short answer is no, you’re never too old for hair extensions. For a few ideas on how to use hair extensions to revamp your look and take away a few years, read on…

Layers. Layers are a great way to frame your face because they soften your facial features and provide volume. As we get older our hair will thin out, which is another element that makes us look older. Build up volume and thickness by adding a few hair extension strands, if you prefer not to have a full head of them. Ask your stylist for layers that will provide the right frame for your face, build volume, and show off the thickness of your hair and hair extensions.

Highlights. You should be placing different tones of highlights around your face and at the top of your head to make your skin look warm and young. Different tones of highlights also provide dimension. You don’t have to put your natural hair through the coloring process either. With hair extensions, you can choose which colors you want and which method you prefer (I-Link, Kera-Link, or Tape-In) to accomplish the look without any damage to your natural hair. You should stay away from just one solid color. No matter your hair color, if it has no dimension, it will make you look older and can make a great cut and/or style look dull.

Cover-up. Syrra Salon in West Virginia recently sent us a before and after picture of a client who had a bald spot at the top of her head (featured below). By adding a few Donna Bella hair extension pieces, the stylist was able to cover it up, looking completely natural. If it wasn’t for the before picture, we wouldn’t have been able to tell!

Hair extensions aren’t just a trend, they are also a lifestyle, and in some cases life savers!  Still have a few questions? Drop us a line below; we’d love to help out!


Can I Install My Own Hair Extensions?

Friday, October 17th, 2014


Although you can technically install your own hair extensions it is highly not recommended. The only type of hair extensions you should be installing on your own are Clip-Ins. Even the most talented hairstylists go to other certified hair extension stylists to get their extensions installed. Here are a few reasons why it’s worth paying your certified stylist for the install.

Blending. The secret to a great hair extension job and the MOST important part of the hair installation process. This technique takes a lot of practice that certified hair stylists spend tons of time mastering. Trying to blend in your own extensions is like trying to give yourself a new haircut…not the brightest idea.

Consistency. Whether it’s Tape-In, I-Link, or Kera-Link, installation takes precision and skill. Can you imagine trying to place evenly spaced bonds on yourself? Now that just sounds like a disaster waiting to happen! You risk having crooked Tape-Ins, partially crimped beads, and messy bonds. You also have to make sure your extensions are placed at the exact right spot on the head. Too close to the scalp (for I-Link and Kera-Link) and you create a “waterfall” effect where the extensions don’t lay flat, but rather stick out at the attachment point. If they’re too far from the scalp (for all methods) the extensions will look like they’ve already grown out and need a touch up. Both scenarios result in giving away your secret, because your beads, bonds, or tape will be much more noticeable.

Time. We all know extensions can take a while to install. Even with the most talented stylists, you’ll still find yourself sitting in their chairs for at least an hour. If you install yourself, plan on spending at least double the time to only get half the quality.

Finding a certified stylist is very important for a successful hair extension job. There’s a reason why stylists go through the extra training to become masters in hair extensions. And let’s not forget the pretty penny you’ve invested in your new hair. Don’t chance it! if you need help finding a stylist or have a question about how to find a stylist, please let us know!




Move Over Blond, It’s Brunette Season!

Friday, October 10th, 2014

Woman washing hair with shampoo

Now that it’s officially fall, we can all agree that the majority of us are hitting our stylist’s chair for darker tones of hair color. Darker tones of ombres, balayages, or dip dyes are the latest hair trends of the season. It’s a perfect compromise for those that don’t want to give up their blond hue. Here are some ways you can use Donna Bella Hair extensions to achieve each one of these looks.

Ombre. An ombre features darker, more natural colors at the roots of your hair that transition into a lighter color at the ends. A perfect combination for a fall ombre would be a dark and light tone of brown. Hair colors like #8 and #6 are a beautiful combination to try, and they come in all four methods (I-Link, Kera-Link, Tape-In, and Clip-In).

Balayage. This technique shows off a natural, more sunkissed glow that looks like you’ve been sitting under the sun for hours. It’s an ideal fall makeover for those that aren’t quite ready to get rid of their summer blond. Since balayages consist of highlights, try adding a few strands of colors #27, #8, and #5B to your mix. These colors can be found in I-Link, Kera-Link, and Tape-In extensions.

Dip Dyes. Also known as “the melt”. We love how this unsubtle color turns your hair from extremely bright roots to extremely dark ends. The best thing about this technique is that it doesn’t take much to blend. If you already have bright blond roots, like color #24, for example, try adding length with colors like #5B or #6. These colors are also available in I-Link, Kera-Link, and Tape-In extensions.

All of these hair colors can be accomplished with hair extensions if you don’t want to put your natural hair through the coloring process. These color jobs do require blending to create the subtle looks. We always recommend ordering a color wheel (if you do not have one) so you know which colors will blend best before ordering your bundles. If you plan on coloring the hair extensions, always make sure to do a strand test first.

We’d love to be part of your fall makeover! If you have any questions, please ask!


Hair Extensions Tailored to Fit Your Budget

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

Woman washing hair with shampoo

Since the demand for hair extensions has increased, manufacturers have made it possible for more women to afford them. By offering a variety of installation methods and hair quality, women everywhere can have longer, fuller hair, without it costing them an arm and a leg. Whether you’re shopping for hair extensions for yourself or for your salon, here are things to consider when shopping for hair extensions to help you stay within your budget.

Tape-Ins. These are the easiest and fastest to install for a hair stylist. The installation time can range from 30 minutes to an hour and a half. Because it’s such a quick installation, Tape-Ins aren’t as expensive when it comes to the application time. As of now, Tape-Ins are the latest trend because of their seamless, natural finish. Their high quality will also last you up to three months with proper care, before your next move up appointment.

I-Links. You still get the same amount of hair in grams as any other hair method. However, you will be spending a little more on installation because this method involves installing each strand by connecting them to your natural hair with micro-beads. The minimal time for installation is 2 hours but it can surely take longer depending on the thickness of your hair. It’s a client favorite because it requires no heat, glue, bonds, or chemicals. Because the beads are so tiny, they are easily hidden in your hair. If properly cared for, they can last you 3 to 4 months before your move-up appointment.

Kera-Links. These, like the I-Link method, are installed strand by strand. Instead of using a bead like the I-Links, Kera-Link extensions use keratin bonds that are fused into each strand of your natural hair. This method is also known as Fusion. It is the oldest method of installation because of the ultimate styling potential—no beads or tape to hide! If cared for properly, these will last you as long as I-Link hair extensions before your next move-up appointment. Again, these will be more costly due to the time spent for installation.

Clip-Ins. If your budget is super tight, Clip-Ins are always a great option. They are a combination of long and single wefts that you install yourself by using the clips that are attached on the weft to your natural hair. Because they are only attached by a clip like a hair barrette, they will need to be taken out at the end of the day. If you don’t mind taking the time to place and take these in and out of your hair each day, then this method will be perfect for you.

All three hair methods come in 100% human remy hair which means you can reuse them for up to a year. Clip-Ins come in synthetic and remy. The price of hair extensions are based on the method of installation (time it takes to install), length (the longer in inches, the more pricey they get), and the hair quality (synthetic versus human remy). Since human remy is the highest quality of hair extensions, they will be more expensive than synthetic hair. You cannot apply heat styling tools to synthetic hair like you can to human remy.

If you’d like more information on how to shop for hair or hair stylists, drop us a line! We’re always here to help!