Archive for December, 2014

Hair Tricks to Get You Through NYE

Friday, December 26th, 2014

NYE

Can you believe this is our last blog of 2014? It feels like it went by way too fast—but then again, time does fly when you’re having fun, doesn’t it? Since this is the last blog of the year, you know we had to write one about the New Year’s Eve festivities. While some like to spend it at home cozying up with family or a significant other, others enjoy the big party and nightlife that can only be experienced once a year (at least the ball drop and first kiss of the year part). So for your night out on the town, here are some hair tricks to keep your hair looking fab through the new year!

Curl from the middle out. When styling your hair extensions with your wand or curling iron, try to curl starting from the middle out. Doing this will allow your curls to last longer because this technique provides a better hold.

Make bobby pins stick all night. Take a paper towel and place the bobby pins you will be using on top. Spray the bobby pins with hairspray to give them some stickiness. Place them in your hair soon after they are dry.

Use a toothbrush. Everyone knows the struggle of flyaways, especially right after taking a blow drier or straight iron to your hairline. The best way to tame your flyaways is by using a toothbrush. Yes you read that right. Spray some hairspray on a toothbrush (preferably one that hasn’t been used) and use it to tame your baby hairs and flyaways.

Blow dry with cool air. If you’re planning on just a blow dried style, try switching the temperatures on your blow dryer back and forth or giving your hair a blast of cool air right after applying heat. The cool air helps your style stay intact.

If you’d like more tips or have questions please leave a comment or ask your favorite stylist. Thank you all for another amazing year!

Happy New Year!!

Love, The Donna Bella Hair Team xo

Tips for More Photogenic Holiday Hair

Friday, December 19th, 2014

tips for more photogenic hair

Doesn’t it seem like we take a million pictures before choosing one that we actually like? Either our hair is too flat, too poofy, our smile is too big, or we aren’t smiling enough. Although we can’t really help you with your smile, we certainly can give you some tips for finding full proof picture-perfect hair. With holiday parties in full force, this might come in handy.

  1. Who doesn’t love a great bun? A safe and fast hairstyle that will have you looking classy no matter what you wear or what you do. The bun will hold every hair in place so you don’t have to worry about your hair looking frizzy. What’s even better is with a bun maker, you can’t mess it up and you will love the way your hair extensions look. The bun maker is easy to use and you can even try leaving a section of hair out to braid and then wrap it around the bun.
  2. High or low, a sleek ponytail can always look so chic. A favorite because it does so well with hair extensions and is super quick to create. Use a heat protectant before straightening your strands with a hair straightener. Finish by applying a glossing  spray or shine after placing your hair in a hair tie. You can also leave a strand of hair out to wrap around your ponytail to hide the hair tie. Looks stunning with a good face contour to bring out your best facial features.

Wand it. If you haven’t used a wand before—you need to. If you have, then you understand the hype. A curling wand will leave your hair with the best spirals in the quickest time possible. Since the messy trend is in, you can create a messier look by tussling through your curls and applying a finishing spray.

A deep, sleek part. The best thing about wearing hair extensions is that you have that extra weight for the sleek styles that are very much the trend right now. Leave your hair down and part your hair on the side you prefer. For a deep part you want it to be between the middle of your face and your ear. Tuck your hair behind your ears, apply your favorite hair smoothing cream to those flyaways and you’re ready!

For a more festive look for those Christmas parties, or to complete that New Years Eve look, add hair tinsel or hair jewels  to any of these hairstyles.

Make sure to always carry your hair extension brush with you because you never know when you’ll need to refresh your hair before you capture those best moments with a picture.

Have a favorite full-proof style you’d like to share? Comment below!

 

The Perfect Blowout for Hair Extensions

Friday, December 12th, 2014

the perfect blow out

To blowout your hair as perfectly as your stylist would, here are some do-it-yourself tips that should have you looking like you just walked out of a dry bar. Keep in mind that you should always be as gentle as you can with your hair extensions while performing these steps. Don’t tug on your connections as this will make them slip.

Step 1. Start with a sulfate-free smoothing shampoo and conditioner. It’s not a good idea to apply heat to wet hair because it ends up damaging it, so make sure you absorb as much moisture as you can by towel drying your hair.

Step 2. Apply a good blow dry primer. Most blow dry primers will contain a heat protectant to keep your ends from breaking and splitting because of the heat. If you’re looking for a more sleek look try a balm like Bumble and Bumble Straight Blow Dry.

Step 3: Choose the appropriate brush. For more volume and bounce use a round brush, for a sleek look, use a paddle brush.

Step 4. Before blow-drying, section off your hair into small sections (small sections dry faster). Start drying your hair with the back sections and work your way toward the front. Point your dryer downward, as this helps to close the cuticle as it dries, and run your brush through your hair as you dry it. Run the dryer through each section of your hair with the cool setting of the dryer to lock in the style once the section is dry.

Step 5. Finish off by applying a small amount of a lightweight serum. Make sure to apply to the ends first and then to your crown.

Have a tip we missed? Let us know your favorite products to use for blowouts; we’re always interested to know!

 

How to shop for Hair Extensions

Friday, December 5th, 2014

how to shop for extensions

If this is your first time shopping for hair extensions, or if you’re curious to know if you’ve been buying the right brand or the right method, here’s a little information that will help confirm you have been making the right decisions. These are some basic things you should look into while shopping for the right hair extensions.

Everyone has a different hair type so what may be working for your friend may not work for you. We love raving friends who have their personal reviews on different products. Although sometimes it works, when it comes to hair extensions, this is one of those decisions you’ll have to make solo. So, here’s the breakdown in a nutshell:

⃟ Curly/thick hair: I-Link or Kera-Link. Thicker hair provides a stronger hold for beads and bonds

⃟ Thin/oily hair: Tape-Ins. They put less stress on fine strands of hair.

⃟ Really curly/kinky hair: Sew Ins. They are the best matching texture and they’re easier to style.

For the non-committed or tight budgeted: Clip-Ins. You save money on installation and can be worn whenever by simply attaching them to your natural hair by the clips.

With so many brands making great quality hair, how do you know which brand to shop with? When deciding which brand to go with, do consider the following:

⃟ How much hair am I getting for my money’s worth? Look at how many strands there are per pack. Find out how many grams each pack of hair contains. Make sure you’re getting the most bang for your buck.

⃟ What is the quality of hair? 100% Human Remy Hair is the best quality because it is made with human hair, which means you can style it the same way you would your natural hair. Synthetic Hair is a lower quality of hair and can’t be styled like remy. The texture is also different in the sense that, because it isn’t human hair, it will definitely not feel like it either.

⃟ How is their customer service? Although we don’t give it much thought, a brand’s customer service represents them entirely. Some questions to ask would be: Do they stand by their product? Are they easy to get a hold of? How accessible are they? The best way to get an answer to these types of questions is either word of mouth or look at reviews.

Still have questions? Please feel free to drop us a line—that’s what we’re here for!