Archive for March, 2015

Ombre with Donna Bella Hair

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

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Responding to the high demand for ombre hair, Donna Bella is now offering ombre hair extensions in Kera-Link, I-Link, and Tape-In methods. If you think it’s just a trend, think again. Ombre has been in style since 2010 and maybe even a little before then. As the years go by, there are different variations of the trend such as the sombre, dip dye, and, as of recently, the balayage. So don’t expect the ombre to dye down anytime soon (pun intended)!

Low maintenance. The ombre trend is popular not only because of the cool color fade effect, but also because it’s low maintenance! Rather than coloring regrowth every time, the more regrowth the better! It gives the hair more of a fade effect as it grows out, which means your client won’t need to come in as often to have her roots touched up or have her hair extensions removed and reinstalled with each touch-up, keeping her hair extensions in better condition.

Less damage. With ombre hair extensions, you have the option to skip the coloring process and achieve beautifully long, gradient hair color with extensions alone. Even if you have to lighten the ends of the natural hair to blend in with the ombre hair extensions, the ends will sustain a one-time dose of damage—which can be mitigated even further by using protective products and semi-permanent colors, like Joico Color Intensities. Donna Bella has teamed up with Joico Color Intensities—as well as Framar International—to provide any stylists interested in learning more about best hair extension coloring practices with the resources they need to do their best work. To take advantage of these materials, visit the Color Takeover Portal today!

Options. The first thing that comes to mind when it comes to ombre is blond. Don’t get the misconception that all ombre hair has to transition from dark to blonde. When it comes to ombre, you can transition from a dark chocolate brown tone to a light caramel color. If you’re feeling more adventurous you can go from dark to a burgundy color. How creative you want to get is up to you, and your client. If you’re a pro at coloring, our ombre hair extensions can also be customized to match your client’s wants. Just make sure, as always, to do a strand test to see how the hair reacts to your color system. The Donna Bella Hair-safe rule: always deposit, never lift, so make sure to get the extensions in a lighter color that you can add color to. For more hair coloring insights—and even tutorials—be sure to check out the Color Takeover Portal.

If you have a question about our new ombre hair extensions, leave them in the comments below.

To watch Master Educator Ruben Martinez at work with Donna Bella’s ombre hair extensions, click here.

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 color 12600 keralinks done at Trinitiy Salon, New Jersey

Pictured above: color 12/600

Trinity Salon, New Jersey

Clip-Ins: The Secret Money Maker

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

Clip Ins the secret money maker

 

In this market, you have to be competitive, constantly thinking of ways to be ahead of the game. One mistake you can make as a stylist is overlooking the method of Clip-Ins. Why? Because it’s the fastest growing method of hair extensions. A lot of women are finding they don’t have the time to sit in a chair for a full installation of extensions, or they don’t want the commitment that comes with the maintenance of Tape-Ins, Kera-Links, or I-Links. Clip-Ins will be the easiest money making method of hair extensions for you. Sure, there are a lot of hair extension companies that offer Clip-Ins, but there are very few stylists that offer Clip-In services. Here are some small and simple ways you can grow your income and clientele with this growing trend. Check them out!

Customize. While each set of Clip-Ins are made the same, each client isn’t the same. This is where you, as the stylist, come in. It’s hard for a client to find her exact match of hair; sometimes you can come really close, but not the same. Offer to order and custom color her Donna Bella hair extensions to her exact match. Before you offer this service, make sure you’ve played with color on our hair extensions. Some color formulas make our hair extensions react differently, so make sure you always do a test strand and follow our coloring rule: always deposit, never lift. A lot of stylists have clients who play with colors #600 and #1001 to deposit color, especially for an ombre custom color job.

Blend. A full set of Clip-Ins is made to be “one size fits all”, however, each one of our clients has a different texture of hair, head size, and some have more hair than others. Offer to install their Clips-Ins and customize them to fit them specifically by blending them in. Remind them to choose a method for putting the hair away in order, so that they know which row goes where when placing them back on their head. A custom blend is always necessary for any type of hair extension anyway right?

Special occasions. Bridals, quinceaneras, sweet sixteens, weddings, and any other special occasion share one common question: “How am I doing my hair?” This is probably the most popular Clip-In service because women want that one-night glam, but they also want to be able to go back to normal as soon as it’s over. If you’ve ever worked with our Human Hair Clip-Ins you know they are super easy to work with and can be styled any which way, even with heat.

Hopefully these will give you some more Clip-In ideas. And as always, we love to hear your questions and concerns, so drop them below!

 

Donna Bella Hair Certification

Friday, March 13th, 2015

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By choosing Donna Bella Hair for your clients, you’ve taken a big step in the right direction. Not only do we work hard to bring you the best quality of hair at great prices, we’re also making sure to provide you with opportunities to grow as a stylist and advance in your profession. How so? Well, for starters, we offer online education to make you specifically Donna Bella Certified in all 3 extension methods, which then gives you the ability to add more services to your list and cater to a larger clientele. But if you thought that was as far as you could go, you thought wrong…

Becoming Donna Bella Certified also opens doors for opportunities to become part of the team as a Donna Bella educator. To become an educator, you must be certified in all three methods. As an educator you will travel around the country to provide the best hair installations for clients at hair shows, as well as the best service and classes, teaching others the tricks of the trade. By traveling with us, you’ll become well known in the industry and make a name for yourself in a competitive market. If this sounds like something you would like, get your application in by June 15th for Donna Bella’s National Stylist Search. What is the National Stylist Search? Click here to learn more.

If you’re not quite ready to become an educator just yet, certification still has its benefits for you. You can take advantage of the Donna Bella Stylist Directory which allows us to refer you to prospective clients; and trust us, we get tons of emails daily from clients asking for a stylist in their area to install their Donna Bella hair. Of course, there are also special discounts for you on Donna Bella hair products, and insider deals. Be the first to know when new products hit the shelves while taking advantage of your special price!

If you’re ready to take your skills to the next level, check out our online classes or our hands-on Pro Series tour with internationally known stylist Ruben Martinez. Ruben will definitely show you how to master the craft of hair extension installation with every trick in the book, including how to price your services. The Pro Series is designed to help you grow as a stylist so that you can earn more income and benefit from more loyal clients than ever before.

Are you ready to become Donna Bella Certified? Let us know if you have any questions or concerns to help you take the leap!

 

Donna Bella Tape-In Hair Extensions: Q & A’s

Friday, March 6th, 2015

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Now that we are the end of our Tape-In blog series, we hope you’ve had most of your questions answered. We know it was a lot of information to take in so we’ve taken some of the questions you’ve emailed us with and dedicated this blog to that.

Q: My Tape-Ins are slipping. What causes that?

A: If your client is experiencing early slippage, it could either be the improper installation done by the stylist or the mismanagement by the client. Here are some things that could cause slippage:

 

  • Natural hair is not fully clarified before installation
  • Tape-ins are applied to an inappropriate distance from the head
  • Stylist gets oil or other substances on the adhesive before installation
  • Client conditions their scalp
  • Client leaves their hair damp for too long
  • Client brushes inappropriately or tugs at the tape in some other way
  • Client applies heat or styling product near the tape
  • Regular maintenance appointments aren’t getting done

 

Q: Can I wash tape-in hair like normal?

A: You can wash your tape-in extensions like you normally would your natural hair. You just have to be more careful by only using sulfate-free products, condition only from the midshaft down. Never get oil or cream near the adhesive bonds. Also, wash your hair less frequently. Two to three times a week at most and make sure your hair dries quickly afterwards. Do not sleep with wet hair.

Q: Why can’t I use a regular brush to brush my tape-ins?

A: Hair extensions need to be treated with the best care and the highest quality products. Brushes with stiff metal bristles pull out hair and make tangling worse. Our brush is different. Made from 100% boar hair with staggered bristles, it glides easily through hair extensions without damaging the bonds that hold them in. Using Donna Bella hair extension accessories guarantees that both original hair and the hair extensions are treated properly and last a long time. Our products are designed to work with Donna Bella hair so we recommend only using our products for the best results.

Q: How should I be brushing my tape-ins?

A: You should only brush you hair 1 or 2 times a day. Wet hair can be detangled with a wide tooth comb or your fingers. The correct brushing technique is to start from the ends and work your way up, pressing firmly on the adhesive so that the tape-ins don’t get tugged.

Q: Can you use heat to install the tape-in hair?

A: We strongly advise against using heat to install our Tape-In hair extensions. By applying heat, you can over-activate the adhesive, fry the hair, and compromise the bond. Our medical-grade adhesive is designed for room-temperature application. If you’d like, you can use a cold flatiron to apply pressure to the tape when you sandwich the two pieces together. Just make sure the flatiron isn’t plugged in or radiating any residual heat.

Q: When using replacement tape do you really have to make sure all the old tape is completely off before you place the new tapes back on?

A: ABSOLUTELY! All the old tape must be completely removed. In order for you to have a successful move-up appointment, the hair must be completely clarified and squeaky clean of any buildup including any old adhesive that may be lingering in the hair.

Q: Getting the oil out of the hair after using the bond remover can be challenging. Any suggestions?

A: The best way to remove oil from the hair is to use a clarifying shampoo once and then rewash the hair, adding a little bit of baking soda to remove any traces of old tape. Rewash again for a third time to remove any traces of baking soda. By the third wash, the tape-ins and natural hair should be completely clarified and ready to go!

If you don’t see your question, please feel free to call us anytime, it’s always better to talk to a representative anyway and we love to hear from you 888-424-7548. If you’d like to make a suggestion, drop it in the box below!