Archive for October, 2015

When in Maui…

Friday, October 30th, 2015

when in maui

Recently I took a trip to one of the Hawaiian islands— Maui. As a devoted Donna Bella Hair wearer, I was not about to go on this trip without them, which meant I would need to take extra care of my babies. We hear a lot of stories on how tropical island weather and activities can affect hair extensions, so thanks to you guys, I knew exactly what to do. Needless to say, I’m back in the office and my Donna Bella Tape-Ins  are still in tact as the first day I got them. If you’re wondering how I did it, here’s what I did…

Installation. First off, shout out to my stylist for the amazing job!! We installed my Tape-Ins two days before my trip. As we blogged about it before, there is a 48 hour wait time after installation before you can get your hair wet. I knew I was about to spend most of my time in pools and beaches so this was perfect timing. By the time I hit those Maui waves, my wait time was over.

Hats and braids. Although I think those large sun hats are so cute, I prefer baseball caps (it must be the tomboy in me). Anytime I went to lay out at the pool or at the beach in the sun, I would make sure to ALWAYS wear a hat. Not only does it provide shade to protect your face from the sun, it also protects your tape from melting in that heat… and boy was it hot! (Before putting my hat on, I would place my hair in a braid and tuck it under my hat. I did this to protect my ends from the heat as well.)

Conditioning. Before hitting the ocean waves or the pool at the resort, I would apply a small amount of conditioner to the ends of my hair before placing it in a braid. This helped keep my extensions from matting in the water, while keeping my ends moisturized and safe from the damage the chlorine in the pool could cause.

Keep them dry. As soon as I was done with my water activities, I showered and washed my hair with Dermorganics sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner and blow dried only the roots of my hair where the tape was placed to keep my tape dry and from letting any moisture seep in.

Be creative. Since Maui is extremely humid, it was impossible to keep my hair straight after straightening it and my curls would just go flat. So I got creative with my hairstyles. Loose buns and braids were my day-to-day hairstyle. While my fancy dinner nights consisted of a slick back side bun placing the traditional Hawaiian flower on it. Besides, I didn’t want to spend a lot of time on doing my hair when I could be out on this beautiful island.

For my traveling dolls, this one is for you. Hope these pointers can help in your future travels with Donna Bella Hair.

Love,

Jane xo.

 

Am I Using the Proper Straightener for my Donna Bella Hair?

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

straightener

Whoever created the straightening iron— You’re the real MVP! With so many brands, sizes, and styles available now, it’s hard to know if we’re using the right one for our hair type, let alone our extensions. Thanks to an article I read recently, I’ve decided to help you decide which straightener is best for your Donna Bella extensions. Here we go:

Size does matter. You should not be using a ½” flat iron. While a 1” flat iron is great on short hair (use it to straighten your hair before your installation appointment), the best size to use is between a 1 ¼” to a 2” flat iron. Shorter hair should use the thinner iron and long hair should be using a wider iron. Why? If you don’t use the proper size you end up going over and over the section of hair so eventually your extensions will dry out from so much unnecessary heat. With a wide iron, you cover more sections of hair so you don’t need to go over it as much AND it saves time, keeping your extensions shiny and you on time.

Types of plates. There are 3 popular iron plates; ceramic, titanium, and tourmaline. To understand which is best, you should know a little background. If you choose to use a ceramic plate, make sure it’s made out of full ceramic. Ceramic coating can break off and cause the hair to snag. Ceramic plates distribute heat evenly and have a lower potential to burn hair. Titanium plates heat up faster than ceramic plates and distribute heat faster too. This can be good and bad. Faster distribution of heat means you won’t need to go over sections of hair much. It’s a bad thing if you leave it on too long because the extra heat can cause more damage. Tourmaline plates are made out of crushed up crystalline mineral used as a coating. One of my favorites because it keeps hair less frizzy than the other two options and it makes your hair shinier, which is best when trying to match the shiny texture of your hair extensions.

Stay out of the kitchen. Your natural hair and hair extensions can’t handle a lot of heat! Never crank up your straightening iron past 365 degrees. So although straighteners that sound like they came out of the future with a maximum heat of 500 degrees sound extremely beneficial, they’re incredibly unnecessary. The lower the heat setting the better. It may be that you don’t even need to go up to 365 degrees. It all depends on the texture of your hair. And for goodness sake, stay away from getting extra close to your beads, bonds, and tape! The heat from your flat iron will “soften” (melt) the adhesive of your hair extensions and make them slip…

Love hearing from our Donna Bellas so drop those comments or questions below!

 

Building Your Brand

Friday, October 16th, 2015

building your brand

Have you ever thought of yourself as a brand? As a stylist, you’re not just a title, you’re a brand. Your work will always speak for itself but essentially, your reputation is what makes you unique and keeps your services in demand. The way you conduct business is part of your branding and as a rule of thumb you should always under promise and over deliver. With that being said let’s look at some ways you can build your brand using Donna Bella Hair.

Use the product. It’s easier to sell a product when you believe in it. Can we all agree with that? So if you’re wearing extensions to work, it’s more than likely your clients will notice and inquire about the details. It’s easier to get the conversation started once they can see the finished product, especially on their trusted stylist. Look at it this way, your appearance is part of your brand. It’s okay to have clients covet your hair (it gets the ball rolling) wink, wink.

Schedule appointments appropriately. The biggest turn-off and the one thing that can affect your branding is how you schedule your appointments. Donna Bella Hair requires shipping, therefore, it is best that you order your products at least 4 to 5 days before your scheduled appointments. If you doubt you’ll have the product on time, don’t over promise and under deliver by scheduling the appointment anyway. Take care of your client and take care of your brand. Some clients may have made sacrifices to be at their appointment (flying in from out of town, scheduling a babysitter, or maybe driving long distance) it’s way better to schedule with more than enough time to be fair to both of you— and avoid any disappointments.

Side-note: Try not to overlap your appointments. We’re human and at times we will be running late. Maybe a color took longer to process or a few hair extension strands needed to be re-done. If you can avoid overlapping appointments by giving the next client a heads up then do so. But always make sure you schedule your appointments with some leeway in case you need those extra minutes. Clients see a hair appointment as their personal time and there’s nothing worse than losing a client because of something so small as your timing.

Be strategic with your business cards. Want your business cards to really stand out? Take the perfect before and after photo of a Donna Bella Hair client and use it for the front of your business cards. Some of you may already be doing this but for those that haven’t caught on, don’t fall behind! Transformation photos are powerful and as a stylist, you should show them off every chance you get. Your business card should represent you and your brand. What better way than on your cards?

 

Donna Bella Hair Launches Sono Hair

Friday, October 9th, 2015

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If you’ve been following us on Facebook or Instagram, you’ve more than likely seen our new announcement. We have officially launched a hair extension line for the non-commitment extension lovers called Sono Hair.

Sono Hair offers 100% Human Hair bangs and Solos (known as crown extensions). Other options you’ll get to enjoy when shopping Sono is deciding on how many grams of hair you’ll want out of the 3 different lengths that are offered. The colors are very similar to Donna Bella’s so you won’t have to sacrifice your favorite color.

Don’t you hate having to find a place where you can safely store your hair extensions without them getting matted or tangled? Sono offers a hanger for purchase specially made to hold your extensions in place. Just clip them in the hanger and put them in your closet to make storing a lot easier for you and a lot better for your extensions.

And if that’s not enough, Sono Hair is dedicated to teaching you how to style your hair in the most unique ways. Find us on YouTube and let our Sono girls teach you step-by-step how to install your Sono Hair and style them so they look natural and fabulous!

If you haven’t stopped by the Sono online store, make sure you check it out to become familiar with all the Sono products. Questions? Comments? Drop them in the box below!

Shopping and Shipping Donna Bella Hair

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

shopping and shipping

Can you believe we’re two months and some change away from Christmas? Kudos to those who have already started their Christmas shopping. But for those of us last minute shoppers, here’s something to keep in mind when shopping for your Donna Bella Hair. We’re an online store which means shipping is obviously involved. It also means that even though we’ve sent out your package, we’re still at the mercy of the shipping service. Once the holiday season has started, the post office along with other courier delivery services will experience an increased amount of packages.

To avoid late packages, many avid Donna Bella shoppers tend to order at the very least 2 weeks in advance. Typically, you should always order your Donna Bella Hair products 4-5 days before your scheduled appointment to allow enough time for your package to make its way to you. However, during the holiday season, couriers need more time. Not only is it the busiest time of the year for deliveries, but also due to poor weather conditions, sometimes packages will get delayed. When you plan your appointments and purchase your products ahead,  it gives your package enough time to get picked up, sorted, and delivered to it’s final destination. If for any reason there should be an issue with the shipment, that gives us extra time to track the package and make necessary adjustments for the product(s) to get into your hands on time.

If you have any questions regarding Donna Bella’s shipping cutoff times and options please visit our shipping page or give us a call at 888-424-7548. Happy holidays and happy shopping!