Archive for March, 2017

How to Have a Successful Consultation with a Color Client

Sunday, March 26th, 2017

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Hair extension consultations are important as it is—they make up the basis of a successful installation—but they are particularly crucial for custom color clients. This is because the coloring process is multifaceted, and can vary significantly based on your client’s circumstances and objectives. Today, we’re going to go over the pillars of a successful color consultation, explaining what you need to do to make sure your client’s goals are being met.

Understand what the client wants.
Namely, do they want extensions to match their natural hair and/or add a bit of dimension, or do they want their extensions to be colored to a different shade? If they want them colored to a different shade, have them bring in print-outs that accurately show the color or look they want, and have them check the Color Ring to see if they find a good approximation there. If not, ask them to describe what they like about the color to get a sense for how they perceive the tone and shade. Perception is everything, so make sure you understand what they’re seeing.

Know the extent.
Ask your client to explain the extent of their color transformation. Do they want an all-over color change? A couple of well-placed highlights? An ombre? Will the color job involve coloring their natural hair, or just the extensions? Find out all of the relevant limits so that you have a firm grasp of the client’s expectations.

Discuss the methods.
Donna Bella has two methods for achieving color transformations using hair extensions: blending or coloring. In some cases, you can automatically rule one of the methods out based on your client’s stated goal—say, an all-over color change—but oftentimes it’ll depend on your client’s preferences. Both methods have their benefits, so be sure to spell them out to your client so they can make an informed decision.

Choose the extension color.
With your selected method in mind, return to the Color Ring and find the appropriate colors. For the blending method, you’re looking for the closest shades to the desired outcome color (up to 2 steps lighter and 2 steps darker). For the coloring method, you’re looking for either the closest shade up to 2 steps lighter than the outcome color, or the lightest shade in the same tone family as the desired outcome color (#60 for cool/neutral or #1001 for warm); you’ll also need to select the hair colors to be used during the coloring process.

Explain the steps.
Tell your client what will happen on the day of their color appointment, on the day of their installation appointment (they should be separate), and during any subsequent touch-up or move-up appointments. Be specific with your descriptions so your client can fully visualize the course of action. Explain the preparation work that your client needs to do before arriving to their appointments, and the aftercare they’ll need to perform to maintain their extensions and hair color. Demonstrate the aftercare tasks, and invite your client to repeat the steps in their own words. Suggest a schedule for all aftercare procedures, including touch-up and move-up appointments, and have your client revise and commit.

Schedule and order.
Once all the details of the service have been verified, schedule the appointment. If a color job is included in the service, schedule it as an individual appointment separate from the installation (the process will have to be completed in phases, with coloring first and installation following after a couple of days). You may even decide to schedule the first touch-up and/or move-up appointment in advance, to give your client incentive to adhere to their approved schedule. As soon as the appointment(s) have been scheduled, place an order for the necessary hair and colors (or set aside the necessary amount of the chosen colors, if they’re already on hand).

Coloring hair extensions can be a big job. That’s why we’ve compiled a thorough collection of color-related resources available at our new Color Takeover Portal. You can browse anything from custom color formulas to in-depth, how-to videos, all of it for free—effective immediately! Visit the Color Takeover Portal now to get started.

 

The Only Color Products for Your Extensions

Sunday, March 19th, 2017

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When coloring your hair extensions, you may notice that instructions always call for demi or semi-permanent hair color (sometimes called “direct dyes”). Here’s why: permanent hair color literally dehydrates the hair cuticle, lifting its natural color so it can accept new pigment. These color jobs must always be used in conjunction with a strict hydration regimen and treatment schedule as anyone who’s ever bleached their hair can tell you: it can make your hair feel like straw! Using any color that lifts—be it a peroxide or bleach—on hair extensions will actually damage them and render them unusable. Because permanent color puts such a strain on the hair, demi or semi-permanent hair color is preferred for coloring extensions because they will pull off the same coloring effect without putting your hair, extensions, or scalp through the harsh treatment of permanent color.

What is Demi or Semi-Permanent Color?
Demi and semi-permanent hair color contain no ammonia and only deposits color onto the hair. Essentially, since these products do not lift the hair cuticle when adding color, the hair’s existing color stays underneath the new color. Semi and demi-permanent colors are mixed with low-volume developers, which help open up the cuticle so it can absorb the new color, and last for multiple shampoos: demi-permanent hair color washes out in up to 24 shampoos, with semi-permanent hair color lasting anywhere from 4 to 12 shampoos, depending on the amount used. These products are often used to blend gray, enhance natural color, refresh existing color, tone highlights, or for corrective work.

One distinct benefit of using demi and semi-permanent colors is that they can be applied to the extensions (after the strand test and other preliminary coloring tasks) straight from the bottle without having to be mixed with hydrogen peroxide and other chemicals. Since they perform without these strong chemicals and additives, they make the overall coloring experience much more pleasant for everyone involved as odors, the risk of chemical burns, and the sensory harshness of ammonia and peroxide are completely avoided!

It’s important to remember that Donna Bella Hair Extensions are real Human Remy hair and, as such, should be treated like your own natural hair. Proper maintenance, upkeep, and overall preparation are essential for keeping hair extensions looking their best. In that regard, using color products that will help maintain the hair without stripping it of natural oils and colors will go a long way in creating an ideal color effect that lasts. You can color your hair extensions! Just follow our advice, stay within 2 shades, and always deposit color instead of lifting. Whether adding fashionable colors or working to bring out existing highlights, demi and semi-permanent color applied to Donna Bella Hair Extensions will help you get the long, colorful hair you long for!

Visit the Color Takeover Portal for more coloring tips and tricks!

 

Coloring Hair with the Integrity-Focused Approach

Sunday, March 12th, 2017

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Stylists who go through our Donna Bella certification program know that we promote an integrity-focused approach when it comes to installing and maintaining hair extensions. This means that throughout the hair extension process, we’re acting in a way that ensures the continued integrity of the Remy extensions. This is every bit as true for coloring extensions as it is for installing them; coloring services should always be performed with an integrity-focused approach as this will produce the best, most vibrant outcomes. But what does that involve, exactly?

Firstly, you should always follow the 10 cardinal rules of coloring hair extensions.
These are:
1.  Use professional (semi or demi permanent) colors, only
2.  Do not lighten or bleach (only darken)
3.  Perform a strand test first
4.  Color extensions off of the client’s head (not when installed)
5.  Stay within 2 shades of the extension base color
6.  Pre-wash extensions with sulfate-free shampoo before coloring them
7.  Always flip extensions to color both sides
8.  Go with the direction of the hair’s cuticle when brushing color onto the extensions
9.  Remove all tape from Tape-In hair extensions before applying color
10. Use only sulfate-free, color-safe shampoo and conditioner on color-treated hair
Following these rules will help you achieve the color outcomes that you want without compromising the health of the extensions themselves.

Then, you should simply take your time.
No good will come from you rushing through a color job (or an installation appointment, for that matter). Though the process can be lengthy, shaving off a couple of minutes at the risk of botching the color and/or extensions is just not worth it. Time is the name of the game, and it’s the only way to get those top-notch, beautiful results. So roll your sleeves up and knock it out of the park.

Donna Bella is now offering custom coloring information for human hair extensions at our Color Takeover Portal—an online resource for any stylist looking to incorporate color work into their extension services. Get read up on the latest tips, the loveliest formulas, and the easiest how-tos today! You can even download a free guide filled with everything you need to know to perform the perfect color job.

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Sombre

Sunday, March 5th, 2017

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The Ombre is a premiere hair effect, and one that extensions pull off with ease. It’s completely low-maintenance and gives your hair that colorful zip without the strain and damage of all-over permanent dyes. With its popular adoption in mainstream culture, it was only a matter of time before new variations of the hairstyle rose to the fore. And so “Sombre,” which basically translates to “Soft Ombre,” aims to achieve the same effects of the Ombre hairstyle with a subtler transition. As such, a Sombre style employs softer coloring techniques, so as to be gentler on the hair. Some see it as “Ombre backlash,” a phenomenon that style journalists know is practically inevitable whenever a particular style gets even slightly popular. Perhaps the Sombre is just the “quieter” cousin of the Ombre. A little more laid back, a little less flashy in the color combinations, the reins slightly more pulled in.

As far as pointers, Sombres follow most of the same conceptual steps of the Ombre, only with a softer color transition. To achieve the soft, subtle look, it’s best to start up high with the color, applying the color close to the roots to maintain depth and slowly brighten the hair as it nears the end. An Ombre/Sombre can be a tricky effect to achieve for the uninitiated, so remember that it’s always better to “under-color” than to over-do it. If you finish the process and you find the highlights aren’t pronounced enough, you can always go back over them to add more. If you overdo it from the beginning, it’s much trickier to fix!

Many Sombres use a blond effect, but the style can be much broader to incorporate lighter browns into chocolate browns, or even dark hair into burgundy. Your creativity is up to you. Here’s our Donna Bella quick guide to Sombre style. Please refer to our video featuring Ashley Rocks for closer reference.

Some advantages of the Sombre are that it can appeal to clients who want a color transformation, but feel intimidated by the Ombre outright. Appealing to a softer color transition can help assuage their fears of something too bright or harsh for their taste. Furthermore, since the Sombre literally uses less hair color than a traditional Ombre, it’s cheaper and uses even less product in the client’s hair. There’s an appealing premise for those squeamish about the potential damage hair color can do.

While the Ombre is already an extremely low-maintenance hairstyle, since it allows for growth at the root (when they’re kept natural) and doesn’t need constant upkeep to maintain the color when kept within two shades, the Sombre is even lower maintenance. Think of it like a “starter Ombre” for those thinking of moving into the territory but who aren’t sure about committing to the look. With many style bloggers praising the Sombre for its “take your summer hair into winter” versatility, and the host of permutations on the Ombre style tree only increasing, keeping the Sombre in the arsenal of color effects is a win for stylists and clients.

Be sure to stay tuned to our Color Takeover portal for more hair tips and tricks like this!