Archive for June, 2016

Human Remy 101

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

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When we say our professional extensions are 100% Human Remy, what do we mean? Those of you who have been following us for a while may have some idea, but newer customers have probably never heard the term before–especially the “Remy” part. But “Remy” is what makes all the difference with our products; it’s the distinction that makes Donna Bella hair some of the best hair in the extension industry. Here’s why.

All human hair extensions are not created equal.
When we talk about hair quality, we first have to talk about the source of the hair. Donna Bella’s Human Remy extensions are sourced from India, where women cultivate long, beautiful, chemically untouched locks and donate them to local temples as a religious and social service. Untreated or “virgin” hair is key, as it ensures that the base hair extension material is of the highest quality possible.

Humane sourcing practices are a priority.
Not all hair extensions are acquired in a dignified–or even consensual–way. There have been instances of women being forced to sell their hair for money due to economic hardship, women being coerced into selling their hair or giving it away, and even women being assaulted for their hair. No product is worth victimizing other people, and no company should profit from the hardship of others. That’s why we purchase Indian Human Remy hair from temples–what some people call “temple hair.” These temples operate by accepting hair as a religious donation, then selling it to various companies. They use the money generated from these transactions to fund the temple and support the community that houses it.

Technique matters.
It’s worth noting that even the highest-quality hair sourced through the most reliable methods may not ultimately become Remy hair. The thing to keep in mind is that hair has a natural direction to it–there’s a root side and an end side, or a natural top and bottom, and the cuticle layer on the outside always faces downward. Remy hair takes this direction into account, meaning the hair is properly aligned with the root side at the top, the end side at the bottom, and the cuticle layer facing downward. Non-Remy hair is mixed, with some hairs oriented in the right direction, and some hair oriented in the wrong direction. This is why non-Remy hair is more likely to get frizzy and damaged–when you brush it, you’re brushing against the cuticle layer of the upside-down hairs, making them more likely to break or tangle. What ultimately determines which type of hair extension you get is technique. When collecting donated hair, monks may either shave the head or bind and cut the hair so that the strands stay together. Shaved hair ends up scattered on the floor to be collected later, whereas bound and cut hair stays together in proper alignment. Human Remy hair derives from the latter method.

100% is uncommon.
There are many companies that sell Human Remy hair that is not 100% Remy. Perhaps the majority of the hair in the extension meets the “Remy” criteria, but not every single strand. This is because Remy hair is more expensive than other hair on the market, and some businesses are tempted to cut corners by pairing Remy hair with synthetic or non-Remy strands to bulk up the extension. We do not subscribe to this practice. Rather, we pride ourselves on the unparalleled quality of our products, and choose to operate our business with integrity.

If there’s one thing you should take away from this explanation, it’s that 100% Human Remy hair is the finest grade of hair in the industry. It’s also the rarest. So take advantage of Donna Bella’s many 100% Human Remy products–you’ll be able to feel the difference!

Got comments or questions? Leave them down below and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible!

 

Options, Options: How to Navigate Donna Bella’s Extension Methods

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

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I don’t know if you guys have noticed, but Donna Bella offers quite a few different extension methods. Between I-Link, Kera-Link, Tape-In, and Clip-In, it might be hard to figure out which extension method is best for you. This is where your stylist can help a lot–they are, after all, trained to know everything about DB’s extensions. But if you’re the kind of client who likes to have an idea of what you want beforehand, or the kind of stylist who needs a little help identifying the best method for any situation, we’re here to offer some assistance. So, to make things a little easier for you, here’s a snapshot of each method, including their relative benefits and ideal candidates:

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I-Link

What it is:
A professional (semi-permanent) extension that applies with only beads–no glue, tape, or heat required.

How it works:
I-Link installs in a strand-by-strand manner, wherein a single strand of hair is looped through a bead, a single hair extension tip is placed into the bead, and the bead is clamped down to hold the two together. I-Link requires no chemicals for removal, just a little pressure to unclamp the bead. This type of extension installs in 1-2 hours, and needs to be moved up every 8-12 weeks. They can be reused 1-3 times for a total lifespan of about 3-6 months.

Pros:
- Semi-permanent increase in hair length and volume
- 360 degree movement
- 100% hair-safe installation
- No processed components involved
- Removal is quick and easy

Cons:
- For clients with a sensitive scalp, I-Link beads can be uncomfortable to sleep on
- As with any professional method, since the extensions remain installed for an extended period of time, natural shed hair will remain trapped in the bond
- Clients must take certain precautions to prevent professional extensions from slipping

Who it’s best for:
- Clients wary of glue, tape, heat, or chemicals coming in contact with their hair
- Clients who prioritize maintaining natural hair integrity
- First-time professional extension clients

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Kera-Link

What it is:
A professional (semi-permanent) extension that is fused to the hair with melted keratin bonds.

How it works:
Kera-Link installs in a strand-by-strand manner, wherein a single strand of hair is isolated, a single extension strand is laid on top of it, and the extension’s keratin bond is melted around the two with applied heat. Kera-Link is removed by applying Keratin Bond Remover–an alcohol-based serum that breaks down the bond–then manually breaking the bond with the Hair Extension Tool. This type of extension installs in 2-3 hours, and needs to be moved up every 6-7 weeks. They can be reused 1-3 times for a total lifespan of about 2-4 months.

Pros:
- Semi-permanent increase in hair length and volume
- 360 degree movement
- Bonds are totally camouflaged within the hair
- The most durable of all extension methods
- Slippage is unlikely

Cons:
- Kera-Link requires that heat be applied to the hair during installation
- Kera-Link is somewhat difficult to remove, and removal involves an alcohol-based chemical
- As with any professional method, since the extensions remain installed for an extended period of time, natural shed hair will remain trapped in the bond
- Clients must take certain precautions to prevent professional extensions from slipping
- Since the old extension bond is cut off before reinstalling Kera-Link extensions, every time they are reused the length of the extension will get a little bit shorter

Who it’s best for:
- Clients who prioritize strong extension hold
- Clients who prioritize minimal bond visibility
- Repeat professional extension clients

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Tape-In

What it is:
A professional (semi-permanent) extension that is taped to either side of the client’s hair.

How it works:
Tape-In installs with wefts, which are wider than hair extension strands. During installation, a section of hair is isolated, a Tape-In extension weft is taped on top of it, a second Tape-In weft or a piece of Single Sided Tape is taped underneath it, and the hair is thereby sandwiched between layers of tape. Tape-In is removed by applying Tape-In Bond Remover–an oil-based serum that breaks down the adhesive bond–then manually peeling the extensions and/or tape from the natural hair. This type of extension installs in 30-60 minutes, and needs to be moved up every 3-6 weeks. They can be reused 1-2 times for a total lifespan of about 2-4 months.

Pros:
- Semi-permanent increase in hair length and volume
- Natural and comfortable feel
- Super-fast install
- Exceptionally lightweight extensions

Cons:
- Tape-In offers slightly less movement and flexibility than the strand-by-strand extension methods
- As with any professional method, since the extensions remain installed for an extended period of time, natural shed hair will remain trapped in the bond
- Clients must take certain precautions to prevent professional extensions from slipping

Who it’s best for:
- Fine-haired clients
- Clients who prioritize comfort
- First-time professional extension clients

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Clip-In

What it is:
A non-professional (removable) extension that is clipped to the hair.

How it works:
Clip-In extensions come in variously sized wefts for easy row-by-row installment. These extensions come with clips already installed, and are applied to the hair by clipping the wefts along a row of parted hair. Clip-In is removed by simply unclipping the wefts from the hair. This type of extension installs in 5-15 minutes, and removes in under 2 minutes. They can be reused as many times as the user sees fit, and typically reach a total lifespan of about 6-12 months.

Pros:
- User-controlled increase in hair length and volume
- Super-fast install and removal
- Commitment-free, great for experimentation
- Easy, unhassled hair care
- Minimal salon maintenance required

Cons:
- Clip-Ins are impermanent, and will need to be installed and removed per every usage
- Depending on the user’s hair texture, Clip-Ins may slip slightly while in use

Who it’s best for:
- First-time extension clients
- Fine-haired clients
- Non-committal clients
- Clients who prioritize flexibility
- Clients who prioritize control

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Please keep in mind that different methods will offer a different assortment of colors, lengths, textures, and even material varieties, so check in advance to see if your preferred method carries the specifications you’re looking for. Human hair extensions can be modified to suit the needs of the wearer, so a less-than-perfect match shouldn’t necessarily deter you from one method or another. Again, consult with your stylist for your best hair extension match! And, stylists, take advantage of our upcoming hair extension events to brush up on your consultation skills! There’s always more to learn, and there’s no better way to practice!

Got questions? Leave them in the comments below! We’ll be sure to answer them for you.

 

Extension Tips for Thin-Haired Ladies

Sunday, June 12th, 2016

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Hair extensions are for everyone, and that includes fine or thin-haired women. With recent innovations in hair care and hair extension varieties, thin-haired women don’t need to worry anymore about extensions putting too much strain on their slender roots; all they need to worry about is knowing what to look for. So here are our expert recommendations for you fine or thin-haired ladies, to make your extensions shopping that much easier:

  1. For professional extensions, choose Tape-In. If you’re in the market for a professional hair extension method, Tape-In is the one for you. Tape-In hair extensions come in wefts so that the hair is dispersed along a wider surface area. What this means is, when Tape-Ins are installed into your hair, the weight of the extensions will be dispersed across a section of your hair (rather than concentrated on a single strand). Unsurprisingly, this has made Tape-In a favorite among finer-haired clients.
  2. Use Single Sided Tape. Another fine-hair friendly benefit of Tape-In is that there are two ways to install it–one that utilizes two Tape-In wefts sandwiched on either side of a strip of hair, and one that utilizes a single Tape-In weft in the front and a piece of Single Sided Tape in the back. Opting to use Single Sided Tape in lieu of an additional extension means that even less weight is being applied to the hair section. We recommend that those of you with particularly fine or fragile hair opt for this tactic, seeing as it was designed with you in mind!
  3. Invest in dry shampoo. Fine hair tends to need more washing than thick hair, as scalp oil saturates thin hair more quickly. But, with professional extensions, you’re not supposed to wash your hair too often–ideally no more than twice a week. The solution? Dry shampoo. Get your hands on some to keep your scalp area clean and dry without the extra shower. It’s better than risking Tape-In slippage!
  4. Consider Clip-Ins. Clip-In extensions are great for women who are on the fence about professional methods, as well as women who just like to have some flexibility with their look. They also happen to be great for finer-haired ladies. Like Tape-Ins, Clip-Ins come in wefts, so they share that aspect of dispersing extension weight along a wider section of hair. You can also choose how many Clip-Ins you would like to apply to your hair at any one time. You’d only need a couple to add some volume to your hair, and fine-haired women might not need a whole set to achieve convincing length. Best part is, if the hair starts to get uncomfortable, you can simply remove it.
  5. Spritz, twist, clip. If you do go for Clip-Ins and find that you have a hard time getting them to grip to your hair, try the spritz-twist-clip technique. First, spritz some dry shampoo or texturizing spray to your roots for a little grit. Next, twist the section of hair where you’ll be applying the clip. Finally, clip the hair extension in place. You should be good to go for hours after that.

Are you a fine or thin-haired extension wearer? What are your tips for conquering the extension game? Let us know in the comments below!

 

A Simple Guide to Clip-In Hair Extensions

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

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Clip-In hair extensions are an important part of any stylist’s product arsenal (and any beauty enthusiast’s wardrobe). They’re comfortable, convenient, easy to style and care for, and increasingly popular among the fashionable crowd. But there’s a whole lot more to them than meets the eye. Here, we provide you with a snapshot guide to everything you need to know about Donna Bella Clip-Ins.

Who are they for?
Clip-Ins are for everyone, but they’re especially great for commitment-phobes, change-lovers, thin-haired ladies, and clients who are considering a professional method but want to try extensions out, first.

What are they like?
Donna Bella Clip-Ins are made from 100% Human hair, though we do offer a Heat-Friendly Synthetic option, too. They’re dyed to perfection, so you should experience little-to-no color fading. And each package comes with 113 grams of hair in the form of 8 extension pieces:

  • one 9” weft
  • one 7” weft
  • two 6” wefts
  • and four 1.5” wefts.

What varieties are available?
Donna Bella Clip-Ins come in either 100% Human or Heat-Friendly Synthetic, as well as a range of lengths and colors. You can even choose to purchase a full package or individual strands. Here’s a breakdown of what’s available, depending on the type.

Full-Head Set
100% Human                                            Heat-Friendly Synthetic
16” Straight                                                                      16” Straight
20” Straight

Colors 1, 1B, 2, 4, 4/33, 6, 6/10, 6/24, 8, 10, 10/12, 10/613, 24,
27, 27/613, 30/33, 613

Single Clip
100% Human                                            Heat-Friendly Synthetic
16” Straight                                                                      18” Straight

Colors 1, 1B, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 24 (16”), 27, 60, 613, Blue, Burgundy,
Dark Fuchsia, Green, Orange (18”), Pink, Purple, Red

What tools do I need?
We recommend that you complement your DB Clip-Ins with:

You’ll also want to invest in a good hanger or container for storing the extensions. Our sister brand offers one here.

How long does it take to install them?
Depending on how many wefts or clips you’re installing, installation time will take anywhere from 5-15 minutes.

How do I install them?
Like this:

  1. Clean, brush, and dry hair before installing, or apply a dry shampoo or texturizing spray to reduce oil and increase grip. Clip-In hair extensions are designed to stay in place without backcombing the roots before installation, but some women with finer hair may find that this step helps their extensions stay in more securely. For extra grip, twist hair before attaching the clip.
  2. Part your hair in a T-shape, then take your first section at the low occipital.
  3. Make a horizontal part 2 inches above the nape of your neck. Lift the hair above the part and secure with clips.
  4. Position one of the six-inch pieces below the part with the clips facing in. Snap the center clip into place, followed by the two outer clips.
  5. Make another horizontal part one inch above the first row. Lift the hair above the part and secure the hair with clips.
  6. Position the second six-inch piece below the part. Snap the center clips, then snap the two outer clips into place.
  7. Make another horizontal part one inch above the second row and secure hair above the part.
  8. Position the nine-inch piece below the part. Snap the center clips into place, followed by the two outer clips.
  9. Make another horizontal part one inch above the third row and secure hair above the part. Be careful to avoid any splits in the hair.
  10. Position the seven-inch piece below the part. Snap the center clips into place, followed by the two outer clips.
  11. Move to the side, parting the hair right next to the top extension in the back.
  12. Place one of the 1 ½” wefts just slightly overlapping the top extension in back.
  13. Take a diagonal back section, starting a little bit behind the hairline (so that there’s enough hair to cover the extensions).
  14. Place another 1 ½” weft along the part line.
  15. Repeat on the opposite side.
  16. Blend and shape the extensions, or simply brush them into place.

 

How do I remove them?
To remove, simply unclip each weft by placing even pressure in the center of the clip while pulling upward from the sides. This should take no more than 2 minutes total.

How do I care for them?
Like this:

Brushing

  • Use the Extension Brush to brush over the attachments of any hair extension method in a way that does not snag or pull the hair. It distributes the oil from your scalp to the rest of the hair and keeps the extensions tangle-free.
  • Brush 2-3 times per day and before washing or wetting hair.
  • To brush, hold the weft at the roots with one hand to support the bonds. With the other hand, brush gently, starting at the ends and working up toward the scalp. Always go in a downward direction to preserve the hair’s natural direction.

Coloring

  • Use the Color Ring to select the perfect match for your client’s hair.
  • Because the hair is 100% human you may color the hair to a level of your choice.
  • Do a strand test.
  • Use only demi or semi- permanent color.
  • Deposit, don’t lift.
  • Stay within 2 shades of original color.
  • Color extensions when they are not installed in the hair (to prevent color from getting close to the bonds).
  • Remember that extensions will process darker, duller, and faster than your own hair. You may need to color them more than once for a lasting effect.
  • Do not swim with your extensions on. Swimming in salty or chlorinated water with your hair extensions on could cause drying and color change due to mineral buildup.
  • Be careful not to get any self-tanner on the hair extensions.

Styling

  • Use sulfate-free products, only.
  • Use salon-quality products for optimal results.
  • Extensions can be washed, curled, blow-dried, straightened, and processed.
  • Use a heat protectant, low heat settings, and avoid heat styling and chemicals whenever possible.
  • Keep all heat and product away from the bonds. Condition only from the midshaft down.
  • Don’t relax or perm the hair–especially the blond hair.

Storing

  • Don’t sleep in the extensions.
  • Brush the hair before storing.
  • Store them in the original packaging, or in a bag or box to keep them from getting tangled or dirty.
  • Consider braiding them before storing.
  • Only store the hair once it is fully dry.

Washing

  • Extensions take longer to dry than ordinary hair.
  • Remove before you wash them.
  • Wash 2-3 times per week, or every 3-4 times you use them.
  • Use Dry Spray Shampoo to absorb excess oil between washes and keep hair looking and feeling clean.
  • Sulfate-free products, only.
  • Use salon-quality products for optimal results.


How long will the Clip-Ins last?
With modest use and optimal care, your Clip-Ins should last up to a year (and maybe even longer).

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