Archive for January, 2015

Donna Bella Tape-In Hair Extensions: The Consultation

Friday, January 30th, 2015

tapeins the cosultation

Consultations are always the best part of the hair extension business. You get to meet different clients who come from different walks of life. For some, hair extensions are simply a luxury they enjoy, while for others, it’s a lifestyle they can’t do without. The consultation is also the most important piece of their experience. Because of how much time and money they are putting into the process, hair extensions are an investment for them, so they expect you to work a miracle even though sometimes it cannot be done. To make sure your consultation goes well for you and your client, use the following tips.

Be upfront. First-time hair extension wearers have never experienced this type of service before, and since they haven’t a clue, they may have some really high expectations for you. Before they come in for their appointment with you, tell them to bring in some pictures of what they imagine their hair will look like. Most of the time, women get their inspirations from hairstyles they’ve seen on social media or on a celebrity. Having a picture will let you visualize exactly what your client is envisioning. In some rare cases, you won’t be able to take them from “zero to hero.” Either their hair is too short or too thin for their method of choice, the color isn’t flattering for their skin tone, or their face frame requires a different cut or color, etc… So to avoid a difficult client, it is your job to be honest with them and provide a professional opinion. Always under-promise and over-deliver.

Educate. As a stylist you tend to forget that not everyone knows what you do. Make sure that at the consultation you give your client all the details they’ll need to know, from the installation process to the aftercare and reinstallation. Make sure you cover the how-to’s for washing their hair with the right products, plus how to style (brushing and using heat). It might even help to create a cheat sheet with all the info that you can send home with them. It’s a way to not only set yourself apart from the rest of the hairstylists, but to give your client a reference they can run to when in doubt.

Commit. Toward the end of the consultation make sure you and the client are both in agreement about the course of action. Make sure they understand what you expect from them, for example, having their hair ready for installation (clarified and free of any moisture, etc…), and that you understand what they expect from you (custom color job, more volume, more length, etc…). Make sure you both have a clear understanding so that, come installation day, there are no unexpected surprises.

Having issues with your consultations? Leave a comment below. We’ll get you the help you need!


Top 3 Reasons to Attend a Pro Series Event

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

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Most of us are visual learners, especially when it comes to the art of hair, correct? So there is no better way to learn specific tricks and tips—unless you are physically being taught one-on-one by a master of hair extensions. Yes we have education and tools online that you can use to help you improve and get started. However, there are always those “What-ifs?” and “I’m not sure if I’m doing this right” questions and concerns that linger in our minds. We like the reassurance of having a pro watching over us to give us confirmation. That is exactly why Ruben Martinez and the rest of the Donna Bella Hair Team have taken the time to make this tour possible.

Use it as an excuse. Excuses have a negative connotation to them, but in this case, use it for a positive reason. Find the nearest event to you, round up your stylist friends, and head down for a day or a weekend of intense training, fun, and play. We’ve got you covered with overnight accommodations, goodies, and high-end dinners with Ruben and the rest of the team.

Get intense. As part of the package deal, we give you all the tools needed to train in all three methods; I-Link, Kera-Link, and Tape-In. We do this so that you can use these tools as part of your hands-on training. Our goal is to make you incredibly comfortable with each method, so that you can leave with overt confidence in your ability to provide any service to any client. The training is designed to give you the most attention possible so that you can learn at your own pace and get each one of your questions answered. Have trouble with slippage? Our educators will give you the secrets and tips to make that a thing of the past. Want to improve your custom coloring skills? Ruben will turn you into a master hair extension colorist. . There are so many possibilities!

Make more money. That is our goal after all, isn’t it? Providing more than one service that allows you to cater to many more clients? Just because a stylist provides several services doesn’t mean they’re better off. It takes a stylist who provides confident, reliable, amazing services to keep loyal clients and increase their revenue through word-of-mouth. Although we can’t provide you with personality, we can, however, give you the confidence you need to provide those key elements in all of your hair extension services, and to make you the best in town. Your work speaks for itself. Shouldn’t you amaze them?

Need more info on our Pro Series events? Drop your questions in the box below!

Coconut Oil for Your Extensions

Friday, January 16th, 2015

coconut oil

As of late, coconut oil has been getting a lot of  hype for its benefits, and also because it’s all natural. It’s great when used as part of your nutrition, does wonders for moisturizing your skin, and has proven to help distressed hair. Use it on your natural hair to restore it, use it while your extensions are in, or use it to revive them after your hair extensions have been taken out to get them ready for a re-installation. If you style your hair with heat constantly, coconut oil may help restore your hair extensions. Curious? Want to give it a shot? Here is some information to read before you try it.


How to apply: Coconut oil can be used to keep the ends of your hair extensions moisturized. Heat a tablespoon or two (not too hot, you don’t want to get burned) and apply ONLY to the tips of your hair extensions. It is super moisturizing so it is important that you stay as far away as possible from your tape, bond, or beads, or you’ll be experiencing slippage in no time. After applying the oil, place your hair extensions into a braid and leave it on anywhere from a couple of hours to overnight. If you choose to leave it on overnight, make sure you protect your clothes and pillow by placing a towel on your bed, or by wrapping a sheet of plastic around it.


Benefits: Coconut oil can be used to keep the ends of your hair extensions moisturized. Coconut oil is said to work better because it seeps into the hair shaft instead of just sitting on top of the hair. It reconditions hair from the inside out because it contains ingredients that help to restructure hair, such as vitamin E and Lauric acid. People that have used coconut oil have experienced less split ends because it is high in protein, giving your hair the needed strength to fight breakage. Another benefit to using coconut oil for your hair extensions is that it gives them shine.

Warning: Coconut oil is very heavy so you will have to wash your hair very well after the treatment. Shampoo your hair twice just to be sure.

New Year, New Hair

Friday, January 9th, 2015

new year new hair

Most of us have made New Year’s resolutions; some are pretty far fetched and others are more attainable. Most of our resolutions are centered around improving ourselves, right? So why not start with baby steps like a hair makeover? A new color or longer hair will definitely have you looking and feeling brand new! Or why not even do both?

If you’ve never tried hair extensions before, now is the perfect time to do it. New year, new you, or, in this case—new hair! It doesn’t matter if you’re a first time or long time extension wearer when it comes to changing your look. Hair extensions are so versatile, there are so many possibilities. Aside from the fact that hair extensions are used for length, they are also used for volume, color, and style.

First timers, if you’re nervous, start with Clip-Ins. They come with instructions on how to clip them on yourself. You can style them as you would your natural hair and take them out as soon as you’re done with them (usually at the end of the day). If you store them neatly, you can get many uses out of them. If you find that you enjoy your new look and would like to save time on clipping them on each time, you can then upgrade to Tape-Ins, I-Links, or Kera-Links.

If you’re a long time extension wearer, try a new look by changing colors. If you have a monochromatic color, you should give one of the color trends a try. For example, a balayage, an ombre (which we now carry in a few tones), or a dip dye job are all in style. The best part about these trends is that you don’t need to put your hair through the color process. Save your natural hair the damage and ask your stylist to complete this look by ordering the color of hair extensions that will best blend with your natural color to combine them for the perfect look.

So while the gym goals for the year are always great, they still take time to produce results. See a new you right away with amazing hair and start showing off now!


Tips for Healthy, Growing Hair

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

tips for healthy, growing hair

Trying to grow your hair out but not having much luck? It could be that your hair isn’t healthy enough to start the process. If your hair is damaged, it will just break off, which explains why it won’t grow. Using a deep conditioner combined with a biotin supplement will definitely help get your hair healthy to start the growing process. Biotin helps stimulate the cells that make your hair grow. As with any supplements, consult your physician before use. You might also use a hair mask to hydrate hair during particularly dry seasons.

If you have really short hair like a pixie cut, work your way into a bob (good thing they’re in style right now). Make sure that you’re going in regularly to have your split ends trimmed. Split ends will eventually break off and leave you waiting even longer for length. If you have thicker hair, though, this might not be a great option for you due to the poofy effect it can have on your hair type. Ask your stylist to thin your hair out to get rid of the bulk. At this point you can keep taking your biotin and applying your deep conditioner. Once your hair is at your shoulders you also have the option to install hair extensions since your hair will be the perfect length for them. Hair extensions are a lot more tricky to place into shorter hair because they won’t blend in as well.

Even with hair extensions, you need to continue your hair growth routine. Don’t stop taking your biotin or using deep conditioning masks and conditioners on your natural hair and your hair extensions to keep them in the best shape possible. One last thing: whether you have hair extensions installed or not, do not wash your hair everyday. The natural oils that your scalp produces help nourish your hair. Try a dry shampoo instead (it will absorb all the excess oil, and have your hair smelling fresh). Washing your hair too much can also dry out your hair extensions.

Hair extensions are a great damage-free option for hair growth. You’ll have the length and volume while you wait for your natural hair to catch up. If done correctly, you should see longer hair once the hair extensions are taken out. Once you achieve the length you’ve wanted, hair extensions can still be worn for volume.

Thanks for reading! Any questions or concerns? Leave them in the comments below!