Archive for October, 2016

How to Fix Matted Hair Extensions!

Saturday, October 22nd, 2016

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Matted hair extensions are a client’s (and stylist’s) worst nightmare. They’re ugly, uncomfortable, painful to untangle, and difficult—if not impossible—to fix. Depending on the level of knotting, matted hair extensions can mean that the hair extensions are ruined, and that the client’s own hair has been damaged, too. But the worst part is the occasional need to chop the hair off to correct the problem, ruining the whole purpose of hair extensions—to add length and volume. So what can be done?

Apart from preventive measures, like properly caring for the extensions, brushing hair regularly with a boar hair brush, and going in for recommended move-up appointments, there is something you can do besides taking out your scissors. Donna Bella has recently come out with a new haircare line specifically formulated for hair extensions, and it features a special little smoothing kit for tackling dry, brittle, or even matted hair. This Hydration Repair Kit—one of three kits in our Remy Care™ line—is a combination of our new KeraExtend™ Shampoo, KeraExtend™ Mask, and KeraExtend™ Serum, which are individually tailored to soften hair and nourish it to perfection. Imagine what they can all accomplish together!

How to use Hydration Repair Kit:

First, lather the KeraExtend™ Shampoo into wet hair, lightly massaging it into the scalp. Rinse thoroughly, then wring excess water from the hair using a towel.

Next, apply a liberal amount of KeraExtend™ Mask to the lengths of the hair, combing it gently through. Gather the saturated hair into a showercap or hair claw and let it sit for 10 minutes (or more, depending on the severity of the matting).

Then, rinse the hair free of the mask, combing through the locks with a wide tooth comb and pulling apart any knots with your fingers. Once all product has been removed, wring the hair of excess moisture and wrap it in a microfiber towel.

Finally, after the hair is mostly dry (but still slightly damp) pump some KeraExtend™ Serum into your hands and work it through the lengths of the hair, focusing on problem areas and ends. The hair should then be ready to brush without issue. Apply more serum if necessary.

If the hair in question is matted in or around the bond area, it may be necessary to apply these products starting at the roots of the hair. Ultimately, this will compromise the efficacy of the bonds (which is why we usually recommend that you only apply these products below the bonds), but if the hair is matted, it simply must be done. As long as the hair itself is healthy, you can always remove the extensions afterwards and re-install them with new bonds.

You can get the Hydration Repair Kit for the flat price of $26 (buying each of the items individually adds up to $33). It’s available right now alongside the rest of our Remy Care™ line, so treat yourself and your client to smooth, untroubled hair!

Got questions or suggestions? Leave them in the comments below!

 

Simple Ways to Improve Your Tape-In Move-Ups

Monday, October 17th, 2016

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We’ve got our eyes on you, Tape-In. In the last few weeks, Donna Bella has introduced a number of products designed to streamline the Tape-In move-up process, leaving stylists with more time and less mess on their hands than ever before. Get acquainted with a few of our new offerings, and get ready to simplify your move-ups!

Styrofoam Mannequin Head and T-Pins
When taking out hair extensions, it’s very easy to lose track of where they’re meant to go back on the head, thereby ruining your beautiful blending job for re-install. These products are designed to fix that. Now, as you’re removing your Tape-In wefts, you can simply pin them to the corresponding area of the Styrofoam Mannequin Head. Easy-peasy, and no extra blending required!
Check out this video demonstrating this time-saving method!

Cream Cleanse™ Shampoo and Conditioner
Part of our new Remy Care™ line, the Cream Cleanse™ Shampoo and Conditioner are the perfect hair care combo for cleaning tape residue and Tape-In Bond Remover from hair before re-installing those Tape-In extensions. Both of these products contain clarifying agents, meaning they deeply and effectively cleanse hair so that no dirt or grime is left behind, but they’re also color-safe, paraben-free and sulfate-free, yet gentle enough to preserve shine and scalp health. Your tape will stick more easily and durably to clarified hair, so we recommend this combo for both the client’s hair and the extension wefts themselves. Just be sure to use the Cream Cleanse™ Conditioner from the mid-shaft to ends, only! That way you’ll keep the root area bare and the ends soft and manageable at the same time.

Have you gotten your hands on these new products yet? If so, let us know how you like them! You can leave a review from the product page itself, or read up on existing reviews right here.

 

Create the Best Hair Extension Experience for Your Client – And Make More Money!

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

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Have you ever stopped to consider what the goal of hair extensions really is? This skill that we devote so much time and energy towards perfecting, these products that we purchase and maintain so painstakingly—what are they for, and why do they matter? Most stylists know the answer instinctively, even if they’ve never worn hair extensions themselves; they can see it written all over their client’s face at the end of an installation appointment. Hair extensions are designed to produce that feeling of confidence, beauty, and empowerment, and we stylists are lucky enough to make a living putting the process in motion! But we’re not only after a fleeting moment of hair extension-induced euphoria. We’re much more ambitious than that. We’re in the business of altering our clients’ perspectives of themselves, their capabilities, and their limitations. That involves a hair extension experience that is rewarding in the long term. So if you’re not drilling your clients on the importance of hair extension maintenance, now is the time to start.

Perhaps you’ve noticed that we have launched an exciting new product line here at Donna Bella! If not, allow us to introduce you. Remy Care™ is a premium hair care line exclusive to Donna Bella Hair, featuring everything from shampoos and conditioners to hair masks and serums—all designed to extend the life of your client’s hair extensions. Remy Care™ products are loaded with botanical extracts, are free of parabens and sulfates, and are designed specifically for DB hair extensions, making them an ideal aftercare product to feature on your salon shelves. Having physical, easily-accessible aftercare products available in your salon will encourage your clients to engage in the maintenance process by giving them an easy starting point. It’ll also help you support your business by producing an additional stream of upsell revenue. Of course, having the products handy is one thing—it’s also essential that you explain the maintenance process to your clients, demonstrate if possible, and introduce them to the product line yourself.

The best time to tackle these steps is during the consultation phase, since this is when your client is actively learning about hair extensions and deferring to your professional opinion. Take the opportunity to walk them through the washing, brushing, and styling protocol for hair extensions, then go ahead and recommend the Remy Care™ line just as you would the Donna Bella Hair Extension Brush. After all, hair extension care can be daunting to new clients—Remy Care™ makes it easy for them!

Get to know the Remy Care™ line today. All products are available right now.

 

What’s the Secret to Maintaining Your “After” Look?

Saturday, October 1st, 2016

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We all love a good before & after, especially when we’re talking about our own hair extension transformations. But how do you keep your “after” hair looking as chic and styled as the day you got it? The name of the game is “aftercare,” or what other beauty junkies might call “hair care.” There’s a whole category of beauty products designated for this purpose, and a wide range of end results to pick from. We’ve written countless blogs about aftercare over the years, mainly because it’s such an important part of the hair extension process! But it really can’t be stated enough: you need to practice aftercare to preserve extension quality. Think you can get away with skimping on good hair maintenance? Here are the reasons why you may want to think again.

Hair care is important even for your natural hair.
Let’s forget about the extensions for a minute and examine your ordinary hair care routine. We’re guessing you don’t just let your hair “do its thing” all the time, because otherwise it’d turn into a bird’s nest. At the very least, you shampoo, condition, and brush your hair with some regularity. Maybe you even pre-shampoo, deep-condition, blow dry, or style your hair with styling products. Why do you do these things? So you can keep your hair looking its best. It’s the same thing for hair extensions, but with a few extra rules.

Hair extensions require their own specific hair care.
That’s why we differentiate between “aftercare” and typical “hair care”—aftercare is the specific hair care regimen you use for hair installed with extensions. Even if your natural hair does well with a common shampoo, a weekly condition, and minimal brushing, your hair extensions are a different story. They’re different from your natural hair, so they’ll need custom treatment. This usually involves scarce washing, frequent conditioning (always below the bonds), mindful product selection (NO sulfates!), and gentle, daily brushing with a hair extension-friendly brush. Yes, there might be a slight learning curve at the beginning, but it’ll all be worth it because…

You have the power to perfect or destroy your extensions.
Aftercare is the longest part of the hair extension process. You spend maybe a day preparing for a hair extension appointment, then a couple of hours sitting in the seat to have the hair installed. But the process doesn’t end when you step out of the salon—it proceeds throughout the duration of your hair extension wear. That’s anywhere from a couple of weeks to 3+ months, depending on your intentions. Needless to say, the aftercare portion of your hair extension experience easily overshadows the consultation and installation parts, so the damage you do (or prevent) during this period can make or break that initial work. Don’t believe us? Read it and weep.

Do you have questions about the aftercare process? Leave them in the comments below. And check back in next week for more aftercare tips!