Archive for February, 2015

Donna Bella Tape-In Hair Extensions: The Removal

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

the removal

So now it’s been a good 3-6 weeks, and your client is coming in for a Tape-In move-up appointment. While a move up can be really easy, it also takes a lot of time. Plan on spending about 2 ½ to 3 hours on a move-up appointment, and let your client know so that they’ll be prepared. Alternatively, you could split the removal and reinstallation parts of the move-up service into two separate appointments, with the added benefit of giving your client’s hair and extensions an opportunity to recover. Either way, it’s important to be extra-vigilant with Tape-In reinstallation; a small error in the re-taping process can cause early slippage for the client. Remember, there are no shortcuts to the process if you want the hold!

Tape-In Bond Remover. The clear oil-based remover is specially formulated to remove Donna Bella Tape-In extensions. It sometimes gets confused with the Keratin Bond Remover, which is alcohol-based. To help you remember, clear is for tape, blue is for bond. Start by applying a good amount of Tape-In Bond Remover to a single weft or a single row of wefts, depending on your preference. Do not saturate the whole head; if the remover is left for too long, it starts to disintegrate the tape and make it really gummy. That being said, don’t be afraid to use too much remover on the section that you’re working with. Using too little might fail to weaken the bond. If the bond is not peeling easily from the hair, simply add more remover. Do not tug on the extensions. Once the weft is out, apply a little more remover to the natural hair to remove any of the old adhesive that may still be lingering, then use a comb to comb it out.

Styrofoam head. For an easier application, use a styrofoam head. As you remove the tape, place the old weft on a styrofoam head in the same location as where you removed it from your client’s head. Do this to save yourself time in the reinstallation and re-blending process, so you won’t have to figure out where the wefts initially went. Many of our top stylists highly suggest you do this to save time.

Washing. This is the most important part of the move-up service because both the wefts and the natural hair should be 100% clarified before reinstallation. Otherwise, you risk serious slippage. Wash the client’s hair once with a clarifying shampoo. If there’s still some stickiness left in the hair, add a little baking soda to the clarifying shampoo for a second wash, but only where the extensions were placed. The baking soda will act as a safe abrasive to help break down the remover and stickiness.  Shampoo the hair again for the third time to remove any traces of the baking soda. You may condition from the mid-shaft down to make the hair more manageable, so long as you avoid the roots and refrain from using any other products on the hair.

Clarifying the wefts. Put a small amount of clarifying shampoo mixed with baking soda in a small dish. Remove the wefts one section at a time from the styrofoam head, wash with the shampoo, rinse, and then place them back on the styrofoam. You can dry them with a blowdryer or place the head under a hooded dryer while you are working on your client.

Re-taping. Make sure that you don’t have any product or oil on your hands. When you peel the Replacement Tape away from the card, only touch the very edge. Try to come in contact with the tape as little as possible. Make sure that you press it firmly to the extension weft. The extensions are not meant to have any of the old tape on them before they are re-taped. If done correctly, your client should only need to come in every 3-6 weeks.

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Donna Bella Tape-In Hair Extensions: The Aftercare

Friday, February 20th, 2015

tape-ins the after care

You’re all done with the Tape-In hair extension installation and your client is ready to hit the town with her new look. Not so fast, there’s one more important step that you should always do before you let your client walk out the door— deliver the aftercare instructions. Even if your client is a long-time hair extensions wearer, remind them. You’ve just spent a good amount of your time and theirs completing the perfect hair extension job; the last thing you both want is early slippage. The following are the most important care instructions to go over:

Washing and conditioning. Donna Bella Hair extensions should always be washed and conditioned with sulfate-free products (we recommend our Remy Care™ products). Any products containing sulfates can dry up the hair extensions. Conditioner should be applied only at the midshaft through the ends. If any oils or conditioners are placed on the tape or scalp they will weigh down the extensions, just as they would your natural hair. The tape will also slip; after all, we do use an oil-based remover to remove tape-ins. The same rule goes for hair masks, leave-in conditioners, hair oils, serums, and any other moisturizing treatments.  Apply a hair mask at least once a month to help keep the hair moisturized and preserve its shine.

Brushing. Both natural hair and hair extensions are weakest when wet. So to avoid breakage, apply a detangler, leave-in conditioner, or oil to the hair before brushing. Always use a hair extension brush to avoid tugging on the tape. The proper way to brush is to start from the bottom, working your way up. If you start from top to bottom you will cause tangles and breakage, just like with your natural hair.  Also, remind your clients to pat dry their hair extensions when using a towel. Rubbing a towel back and forth can cause a matted mess because of so much friction. And whenever possible, blowdryers should be avoided, leaving the extensions to air dry. Constant heat will damage the hair faster.

Styling. Ponytails, buns, braids, or any up-do’s should be loose. Tight hair styles means there’s constant pulling at the tape, and guess what that does? Yup, you guessed it: it pulls the hair extension connection over time and your client will start having her hair extensions slipping in no time. Before bedtime, hair extensions should be styled as well. Placing hair extensions in a loose braid or ponytail and using a head wrap or headscarf will help protect the hair from tangles.

Heat. When heat is used to curl, straighten, or dry hair extensions, a heat protectant should always be used. The proper way to apply a heat protectant is to read the directions on the bottle. One tip we do want to give is this: never apply a heat protectant right before applying the heat tool. Always wait a minute or two for the hair to absorb the product. That way you’re not frying the hair due to the wetness of a fresh product application. If you overuse heat tools on your hair extensions, it could fry them, just as it would your natural hair. Less heat is always better.

Want to go the extra mile? Print these aftercare tips and give them to your client as a go-to reference. Have any aftercare questions as a stylist or client? Please ask! We always welcome your questions and concerns.


Donna Bella Hair Tape-In Hair Extensions: The Installation

Friday, February 13th, 2015

tapeins the installation

While anyone can install Tape-Ins, we highly recommend that Tape-In hair extensions be installed solely by a trained and licensed salon professional. To avoid a bad hair extension experience and to protect your investment, do not attempt to do your own Tape-Ins. There are certain reasons why stylists go to school and get extensive training on techniques and products, especially when it comes to blending.

Hair types. There are ten wefts that come in each Donna Bella Tape-In pack. On a client that has average length, thickness, layering, and texture, you will be using 4-6 packs of hair. If the client has shorter hair or thicker hair, you will be using 6 to 8 packs. And if your client has extremely thin or fine hair, plan on using 3 to 5 packs of hair. Less packs of hair may be used, but only if your client is wanting to add more weight or thickness to their hair without increasing length. Also, if your client is used to wearing their hair up, you need to place the wefts where they can be hidden easily for updo hairstyles. This is a question you should ask before starting the installation process so that, if you need to angle some of the wefts, you may do so.

Prepping the hair. When your client comes in for the initial installation, they should come with clean and clarified hair. That means no conditioners should be applied after shampooing when washing! Clarified hair means you’re stripping the hair of any moisture, including the oils the scalp produces. The best way to get clarified hair is to use a clarifying shampoo that doesn’t contain moisturizers and then let the hair air dry. The hair may be blow dried, just make sure that no heat protectant, gloss, or anything has been placed on the hair.

During the installation. Try to come in contact with the tape as little as possible or not at all. By placing your fingers on the tape, you’re transferring the oils from your finger onto the tape, which will cause them to slip. Do not take the backing off of the tape and stick it on your finger while sectioning hair. Simply section the fair first and then use your nail to lift the backing from the tape, keeping your fingers away from the tape as you peel it, and place the weft onto the sectioned hair. When you seal the weft, make sure there are no air bubbles. By aligning the top and bottom tape correctly you will avoid this problem. Make sure you’re placing the correct amount of hair between the wefts and tape. Placing too much hair into the weft will definitely cause early slippage.

Tape-Ins are meant to last 6 to 8 weeks before they need to be moved up, depending on the rate of your client’s hair growth. They may be reused up to 3 times a year. Have an installation question? You know what to do. Drop it in the comment box below; we’re always happy to help our Donna Bellas!


Donna Bella Tape-In Hair Extensions: The Product

Friday, February 6th, 2015

dbh tapein the product


Because of the high industry demand for Tape-Ins from stylists, Donna Bella decided to search high and low for the best quality hair to add Tape-In extensions to the line.  Because we’re always finding new ways to innovate, we were one of the first large hair extension companies to offer the method. Our founder did not only find high-quality hair, he also worked hard to find the best quality adhesive that would provide long-lasting hold. Finally, a formula of latex-free medical adhesive was tested and found to be safe to use on all hair types. Since Donna Bella Hair has offered Tape-In hair extensions, it has been the number one seller and is quickly gaining more popularity. It’s the newer method of doing hair extensions and is a favorite of not only the client but the stylist, too. If you’ve never attempted the Tape-In method but want to know more, this blog is for you.

Most popular.

After receiving complaints from stylists about the rudimentary tape-ins that were offered from other companies, Donna Bella Hair tried to develop a method what would remove all of those issues (slippage, shedding, weak adhesive, etc.). Consequently, we’ve become very successful. Tape-In hair is sold in wefts instead of individual strands. Since there is more hair on each weft, the hair can be installed in wider areas of the head. If installed correctly, it has a flat, seamless finish. It has less strain than individual strand extensions, which is better for thinner hair. The advantage of wefts over strands is the installation time. Most Tape-In installations take an hour or two at most. Faster installation means you have more time in your schedule for appointments, which in turn means more revenue. More revenue is what we like as stylists, right?

Long Lasting.

Donna Bella’s Tape-Ins are made with 100% Human Remy hair that is stitched onto a  polyurethane template to prevent shedding. Just like Kera-Link and I-Link extensions, if Tape-Ins are cared for properly, they will last a year or longer. We recommend moving up the hair every 4-6 weeks and the hair can be reused 2-3 times which gives the client 3-6 months in between replacing the hair. Tape-Ins can be reused up to three times if removed and installed correctly.


Tape-In hair extensions are perfect for clients who want to avoid the heat from Kera-Links or the beads from I-Link. The tape that is used is specifically formulated to be non-irritating to the skin. Donna Bella Hair developed an advanced adhesive formulation that allows for maximum hold and easy removal (with the correct remover), leaving the natural hair free from any damage.

If you’d like to see a free demo of Tape-In installation please visit Donna Bella’s website. If you have any questions about our Tape-In hair, please feel free to drop it in the comment box below!