Archive for January, 2017

6 Dos and Don’ts of Coloring Hair Extensions

Sunday, January 29th, 2017

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At Donna Bella Hair, we firmly believe that you can (and should!) color your hair and extensions when creating custom looks. Still, there are some precautions you should take when coloring hair, so here’s our essential guide to general hair coloring protocol when working with extensions:

Do: Use Semi or Demi-Permanent hair colors
Since semi and demi-permanent colors aren’t “Capital P Permanent,” they last for a number of weeks (demi surviving 10 to 25 washes and semi surviving 6-12), and your client won’t be stuck with a color they don’t like for long should the unthinkable happen. Plus, because semi and demi-permanent hair colors deposit color instead of lifting it, they won’t break down the hair cuticle or damage it with chemicals, making post-coloring upkeep that much easier.

Do: Take Note of Your Client’s Skin Tone
Always keep your client’s skin tone in mind when helping them choose their new color. For a good rule of thumb, those with paler skin should opt for warmer tones, while those with olive or darker skin tones may find ashy and cooler colors to be more complimentary. Many manufacturers will provide color suggestions, so pay attention to those, too. If you’re going for pastel, however, don’t worry—pastel shades tend to flatter everyone.

Do: Maintain a Moisturizing Care Schedule
While it’s always important to keep hair moisturized and in tip-top shape, color-treated hair needs that consideration tenfold. Be sure to recommend sulfate-free moisturizing shampoos and conditioners specifically formulated for distressed and damaged hair, and, if possible, throw in a once-a-week moisture mask. Advise your client to avoid applying heat tools to their hair, as well as over-washing as this can strip the hair of essential oils and actually cause the color to fade more quickly.

Don’t: Bleach or Highlight with Over-the-Counter Products
Bleach and peroxide strip the hair cuticle and should only be used under the care of a salon professional. Ensuring that the exact amount of peroxide is used, as well as accounting for varying shades and pigments, is a delicate balance that can very easily leave hair looking and feeling like straw. Make sure that your clients know the dangers of at-home color so they’ll resist the urge to bleach or highlight on their own.

Don’t: Over-Wash Color-Treated Hair
It’s important to keep hair clean and maintained for healthy growth, but you don’t want to overdo it! Washing hair too often will actually dry it out and strip it of the natural oils that it needs. Instead of washing every day, tell your client to try every other day or even every three days, depending on the general oiliness of their hair and overall lifestyle. Those with oily hair, or those who tend to work up more of a sweat, should invest in a good dry shampoo to replace some of their usual showers.

Don’t: Let Your Client Do It Alone
At the end of a coloring appointment, if your client is unhappy, set up a plan to address the problem before they leave the salon. Without a viable alternative, some clients may be tempted to keep adding more color to their hair to try to correct the hue, but they’ll risk making the problem worse and rendering their hair unmanageable. Adding more and more color on top of the problem will only confound things and make it more difficult to return to the hair’s original color. The last thing we want is for a client to attempt fixing their hair on their own!

Ultimately, coloring extensions is a straightforward process. With a little experience and adherence to protocol, you can ensure your color job goes smoothly. Just remember to stay tuned to Donna Bella’s Color Takeover Portal for more hair extension dos and don’ts.

 

10 Extension Color Rules to Live By

Sunday, January 22nd, 2017

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Being able to color your Donna Bella extensions opens up a world of new style possibilities. You can achieve mermaid hair, pastel hair, ombres, sombres, rainbows and beyond—and all while saving your natural hair from damage. But as with anything, coloring our hair extensions involves a couple of rules. These are not designed to limit your prospects or make the alteration process difficult; on the contrary, our coloring rules are intended to preserve hair quality, so you can achieve the gorgeous results you deserve. Any and every style and color is still available to you. All it takes is a little bit of preparation work!

So what are our 10 extension color rules to live by? Read on to find out…

- 1 – Use professional (semi or demi permanent) colors, only. Semi or demi permanent color is the least invasive of the color options, requiring no harmful developers so hair can retain its original, healthy shine.
- 2 – Do not lighten or bleach, only darken. Lightening or bleaching the extensions compromises the integrity of the hair, distorting the base color and stripping the cuticle layer.
- 3 – Perform a strand test first. Hair extensions process hair color differently than our natural hair, so test it out!
- 4 – Color extensions before installing them. Otherwise the hair color can compromise extension bonds, causing premature slippage.
- 5 – Stay within 2 shades of the extension base color. This will prevent over-processing. (However, when coloring bright rainbow colors, use our lightest shade available: #60)
- 6 – Pre-wash extensions with sulfate-free shampoo before coloring them. Extensions come pre-conditioned, and this silky coating needs to be removed in order to color the hair and ensure even absorption.
- 7 – Always flip extensions to color both sides. This promises thorough saturation, which is key to achieving vibrant, colorful results.
- 8 – Go with the direction of the hair’s cuticle when brushing color onto hair. Brushing downwards will help avoid matting and tangling of extensions.
- 9 – Remove all Tape from Tape-In extensions before coloring them. When coloring the entire length of Tape-In extensions, remove the tape before you begin, otherwise the chemicals in the dye could break the adhesive down. You will need to apply Replacement Tape after they’ve been colored and processed.
- 10 – Use only sulfate-free, color-safe shampoo and conditioner on colored extensions. Hair products like these will keep the cuticle layer shut and preserve the new color’s shine and vibrancy.

As a bonus, we’ll include another fail-safe coloring tip: invest in Hair Insure. Even when you follow every protocol, rule, and step in the book, it’s still possible to slip up now and then. Take preemptive action to avoid any potential financial loss or client fallout by investing in Hair Insure before you get to work—all it takes is a 15% premium on the cost of the extensions themselves (10% for Certified Rewards members). In return, you get complete and total coverage for your hair extensions, meaning that, in the event of a mishap, we’ll replace the hair at no cost to you.

We’re so inspired by all of the latest color developments in the beauty industry, and by the potential of what can be achieved using hair color and hair extensions. That’s why we’re excited to roll out our Color Takeover initiative—an educational outreach program and resource center for any stylists looking to incorporate custom color into their hair extension services. Our Color Takeover Portal features comprehensive tutorials, color formulas, instructive articles, and more—all available for free for Donna Bella stylists. Visit the Color Takeover Portal today to kickstart your color journey. We can’t wait to see what you’ll create!

 

How To Achieve the Hottest Color Trends Using Hair Extensions

Monday, January 16th, 2017

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Hair extensions are incredibly versatile. They allow you to extend your length, increase your volume, add highlights, lowlights, or color splashes, and even update your overall color! But while you can achieve a wide range of color looks using hair extensions alone, including custom coloring in your service opens up a whole new world of possibilities. That’s why Donna Bella Hair has partnered up with Joico Color Intensities and Framar International to bring you the biggest hair extensions/color collaboration on the web. It’s called the Color Takeover initiative, and it’s designed to help you combine the art of hair extensions with the science of coloring, right in your own salon. Visit the Color Takeover Portal to browse through tutorials, custom formulations, articles, and an array of other resources that’ll get you started on the path to color mastery. Then read on to see how you can attain some of the hottest current color trends using mixed colors and hair extensions.

Blending

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Our traditional method of updating hair color involves selecting shades from Donna Bella’s available collection, then using the hair extensions alone (with no additional color) to simulate the desired look. For example, though Donna Bella may not offer the exact shade of light brown to match your client’s hair, strands of colors #8, #12, and #22 can be spread strategically throughout the hair to produce the same effect as that single light brown color. This method proves useful for customers seeking dimension, highlights and lowlights, balayages, and even ombres without any color processing, and it can produce truly spectacular results!  

Coloring  

Custom color explores the possibilities outside of Donna Bella’s collection, making any and every color available to clients. Pastel hair, mermaid colors, and vivid emerald hues have been accomplished using this method, and it’s great for more experimental clients and for stylists with a creative eye. You can even use custom coloring to match extensions perfectly to your client’s natural hair color. The possibilities are quite limitless.

Donna Bella’s custom coloring method involves a couple of steps:
- 1 – Prepare color using Joico Color Intensities, our favorite vivid color line that requires no developer to process!
- 2 – Prepare the client’s hair by treating and/or lightening it.
- 3 – Perform a swatch test on a section of your client’s hair to see how it takes to the color. Modify your formulation as needed.
- 4 – Color the client’s hair to the desired level.
- 5 – Perform a swatch test on the hair extensions to see how the extensions take to the color. Make sure the color resembles the client’s new hair color, and modify as needed.
- 6 – Color the extensions (color #60 offers an incredible blank canvas when it comes to custom coloring extensions) to your desired level. Colored Tape-In extensions will need to have the tape replaced following this step.
- 7 – Install the extensions.
Tip: We recommend waiting a couple of days before installing the hair extensions, especially for time-intensive color jobs. Remember, installations should be performed on clean, dry hair, and the coloring process may leave an initial film of color residue on the hair that could interfere with proper bonding. Proceed with caution!
- 8 – Blend and style to finish the look.

Over the next couple of weeks, we’re going to be showing you how to attain popular of-the-moment color looks using each of these methods. Until then, be sure to check out the Color Takeover Portal and ogle at the before & afters there. It won’t be long until you can recreate all those looks yourself!

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