Archive for February, 2017

All the Tools You Need For a Successful Color Job

Sunday, February 19th, 2017

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No matter how much experience, zeal, and creative whimsy they possess, a stylist can really only be as good as the tools they have at their disposal. Whether it’s a routine change-up, installing a full head of extensions, or a custom coloring for a full-on transformation, here’s our list of the top shelf tools you need for a successful color job.

Semi or Demi-Permanent Colors
For coloring extensions, we encourage the use of semi or demi-permanent colors. These products deposit color onto the hair rather than lifting it (which actually dehydrates the cuticle) for a gentler coloring experience. Plus, since they’re semi and demi-permanent, they put far less strain and chemical stress on the hair than permanent colors would. For fashion colors, specifically, we’ve found that Joico Color Intensity works incredibly well for coloring hair extensions!

Donna Bella #60 Extensions
Although all our Remy shades can be professionally colored, bright, bold fashion colors such as rainbow or pastel hair require a blank canvas for the full effect. In these cases, we recommend our palest, most neutral blonde shade: #60. It’s available in all four professional installation methods and will take on fashion colors vibrantly.

Olaplex Lightener
Olaplex, labeled as a “bond multiplier,” helps reconnect broken disulfide sulfur bonds in the hair. By applying it to a lightener or hair color, your client’s hair will be kept strong during and after the coloring process, essential for keeping colors looking their best. It’s free of the silicones and oils presents in many other products and helps maintain hair’s natural strength and resilience after being treated. Note that in all our color formulas contained on the Donna Bella Color Takeover Portal, we include Olaplex lightener. Clients can also use Olaplex as a weekly treatment for their hair.

A Quality Brush
Applying color to hair or extensions requires a quality brush that will distribute the color evenly. We strongly recommend the Famar brush because the bristles are extremely soft and reduce strain on the wrist and joints—especially handy when you’re coloring multiple extensions at once. Key points to look for when selecting a brush are how well it will distribute color, and the softness of the bristles. Softer bristles will probably distribute better and are less likely to damage the extensions in the process.

Re-hydrating/Moisturizing Shampoo
Encourage clients to keep their hair plenty hydrated after coloring. A hydrating shampoo and even a mask treatment will go far in extending their custom-colored look. All hair types feature different levels of oiliness, and so different clients will require different maintenance regimens. The important thing is that they’re regularly hydrating their hair long after they leave the chair.

Bowl, Gloves, Paper Towels/Coverings
Maybe these seem like a given, but a color job always requires a place to do it, somewhere to mix the ingredients and, of course, appropriate cover for your hands and the furniture around you. Always make sure you’ve got these basic elements at your disposal to ensure clean and streamlined coloring in the salon.

Having the appropriate tools available, as well as a clean and functional workspace, is essential in making your color creation process smooth and hassle-free. Check out our Donna Bella Color Takeover Portal for more tips and tricks!

 

Which Color Is Right for Your Client?

Sunday, February 12th, 2017

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There are many different hair colors available in the beauty industry, and that in itself is an understatement. Different formulas are springing up all the time, from various different brands making the same kinds of promises: long-wearing, non-damaging vibrant hues that are true to the color swatch. So with all the L’Oreals, Kenras, and Pravanas in the world, how do you choose one for your hair extension coloring needs? Donna Bella is here to help you answer that very question.

Stick with professional, semi and demi permanent hair colors.
In terms of color grade, hair colors range from professional to generic and permanent to impermanent. Donna Bella hair extensions should only be treated with professional grade, semi or demi permanent hair colors. Professional colors contain far less developer than one-size-fits-all box colors, and can be personalized to the client for the most efficient and damage-free results. Semi and demi permanent colors are far less invasive than other professional colors (not permeating the entire hair shaft), but are reasonably long-wearing, making them a perfect compromise for continued extension health.

Try our Donna Bella-approved colors.
Even within the category of professional, semi or demi permanent hair colors, there are too many color options to sift through. So allow us to make it easy for you; Joico Color Intensities is, in our experience, the best hair color line for Donna Bella hair extensions. These colors are highly pigmented, easily mixable, and require no developer at all to process, making them one of the safest choices for integrity-focused color jobs. We’ve seen Joico Color Intensities used to produce exceptionally vivid makeovers in styles ranging from emerald mermaid to pastel unicorn and beyond. And these makeovers remain unphased through months of wear (when adhering to a one-wash-per-week shower schedule).

Donna Bella has partnered with Joico Color Intensities and Framar International to bring you all the hair extension coloring info you need to level up your extension services. Visit the Color Takeover Portal today to check out everything from Joico color before & afters to custom formulas and instructional videos.

 

Mermaid Hair

Sunday, February 5th, 2017

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So you’re starting to crave a fresh new look and want to know how to put those extensions and color combinations to good use. Where do you turn for inspiration? There are a number of trendy effects you can achieve with hair extensions and a few select bottles of fashion color…so why not find your inspiration under the sea?

Of course, we’re talking about Mermaid Hair! It’s a bold and vibrant hair color trend that takes its inspiration from fanciful ocean stories like The Little Mermaid (Side note: The Disney version turns 27 this year!), and the colorful whimsy of the other Fairy Tale spectrum. The uninitiated may assume, based on the titular Disney princess, that “Mermaid Hair” refers to an electric red waist-length coif. Not quite! The literal definition of Mermaid Hair is tricky to define outright, but essentially it’s any color combination that utilizes cool-toned colors like greens, blues and purples to present an all over transformation with an “under the sea” aesthetic. Gorgeous ombres showcasing shades of teals and aquas create otherworldly color melts that call upon ocean palettes and bright vibrant hues like neon green and cobalt blue. Here’s why Mermaid Hair is a trend that’s here to stay. As always, you can reference our Color Takeover video featuring hair coloring expert Ashley Rocks for closer reference on creating a perfect Mermaid Hair effect!

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The major appeal of Mermaid Hair is the versatility it embodies, primarily the host of color combos it can appropriate. Times are changing; bold “fashion colors” are less taboo for mainstream appropriation and that bevy of new shades to choose from leaves many clients with exotic new visions for their hair! Those angling for a brighter, bolder, and less “conventional” look can spring for the rainbow-riffic fashion colors on the blue, purple, and green spectrum. Those wishing for something slightly more conservative can work with their existing tones to combine lighter traces of ocean color for an equally compelling look.

Because of the vibrance and penchant for strong color saturation promised by Mermaid Hair, stylists can achieve stunning Mermaid effects on virtually any hair length and texture. While we’ve obviously got a soft spot for extensions-based effects, we’ve seen breathtaking mermaid hues on shoulder-length manes and pixie cuts.

Said versatility isn’t just a client privilege when it comes to Mermaid Hair, however. With a well-defined assortment of colors and an eye for fluid transition, stylists can work with a balayage of aquatic hues blended together, or even with “dip-dye” or “fluid hair” techniques.

Whether it’s re-emerging inspiration from Disney princess films of times past, shifting social attitudes towards unconventional color combinations, or simply a wild and creative streak that’s reared its head in salon chic, Mermaid Hair is a multifaceted hair effect that’s as bold as it is popular. Heed the ocean’s call!

Be sure to pay attention to the Donna Bella Color Takeover Portal for more fashion tips and videos like this!