Archive for September, 2017

Seeing Pink?

Sunday, September 24th, 2017

If you’ve been spending some time on the Donna Bella website lately, you may have noticed that there’s a lot more pink than usual. That’s because October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and we at Donna Bella like to ring it in by issuing our annual Pink Strands for the Cause campaign. This campaign goes from September 1st to October 31st, and it features a 10% discount on all pink Donna Bella extensions. Want to join in on the action? Here’s what you can do:

Throw your own Breast Cancer awareness event
Are you a stylist or salon owner who wants to contribute to the cause? During September and October, all of our pink hair will be 10% off to help you plan Breast Cancer Awareness Events in your salon! So choose an organisation or cancer patient to sponsor as a salon and donate a portion of your Pink Strand sales. To boost your sale you could:
-Sell clip-in Pink Strands at your front desk.
-Install pink extensions and donate the 10% savings from your hair purchase.
-Donate a portion of what your client pays to have their Pink Strands installed.
-Encourage clients to donate an extra amount to the organisation/patient your salon has chosen.
-Make or purchase some pink treats and have a bake sale!

Post to social media
Increase the campaign’s publicity by inviting your friends to join you at a Pink Strands event, or by sharing a picture of your new pink hair strand on social media with the hashtag #pinkstrands. Take pride in your contribution while encouraging your network to join you in the fight. Together, we’ll work to put this disease in its place, once and for all.

 

Planning Ahead for the Holidays

Sunday, September 17th, 2017

It’s still a bit early to be singing your favorite Christmas carols, but it’s never too early to start planning for the holidays! Today, we’re sharing our favorite tips for easing into the season with a shortened to-do list.

Set up your holiday promotions in advance
This one is for all you stylists out there: take some time out during your lighter work months to plan out your holiday promotions ahead of time. Once the holidays start, it’s too easy to get wrapped up in the heavier workflow—or in your personal holiday arrangements—instead of realizing that perfect seasonal extension sale or that would’ve-been-fun salon party. Make sure that your expectations are realized by preparing the details in the months preceding the holidays, and coordinate them with your staff. Trust us on this—we already have our promotions all set up! 😉

Create a savings account for gifts
Avoid the end-of-year spending panic that often accompanies the holidays by setting aside money year-round for any and all gift expenses! Just take a small percentage of each paycheck you receive and place it in a separate “Gift” savings account. You’ll barely notice the few missing dollars from each installment, but they’ll gradually add up over the course of a year to give you a tidy little holiday spending budget. The best part is that this makes it really easy to become a better gift-giver, simply by enabling you to decide your holiday budget in advance!

Create an ongoing wishlist
Speaking of gifts, unless you’re the kind of person who prefers that your gifts remain a surprise, it helps to keep an ongoing wishlist throughout the year to set your friends and family up for success (because no one likes to give or receive bad presents). Alternatively, if you’re beyond the whole gift-receiving thing, you can just as easily create a list of approved charities to which your loved ones can donate money or resources on your behalf.

Set aside unused belongings (in good condition) for those in need
We all have things lurking around our house that we never use or even think about until we glimpse them in the back of our closet, and these possessions could be better used and savored by someone else. Clear your house of the clutter while collecting items for an end-of-year mass donation. Around the holidays, displaced or homeless people especially need clean blankets, warm clothes, and a little love. Also, consider re-gifting or donating unwanted gifts you receive.

Save festive recipes and looks to a Pinterest board
If you already have a Pinterest account, chances are that you spend a fair chunk of time every now and then scrolling through rows and rows of beautiful (or tasty!) content. Save your favorite outfits, recipes, and hairdos to a designated board, then simply pull them up when you need them! Looking for a place to start? Check our Pinterest boards for new and exciting hairstyle ideas.

Take your holiday photos at the beginning of fall
We find that taking your photos at the beginning of fall provides a way to indulge the mounting holiday spirit without starting your celebrations too early (because we should at least make it through Thanksgiving before the Christmas lights come out). You’ll still have plenty of time to print the cards and prepare the mailing envelopes, and you’ll be able to savor the process more when you’re already looking forward to the season!

How are you preparing for the holidays? Let us know in the comments below!

 

Everything You Need to Know About Mixing & Matching Color for Extensions

Sunday, September 10th, 2017

Donna Bella’s Color Takeover initiative is bringing you all the resources and education you need to start incorporating cutting-edge color science into your hair extension services. But if you need a snapshot, a sneak peek, or a cheat sheet, look no further. We’ve got all the tips for mixing and matching extension colors right here.

Focus on the consultation.
This is where the coloring magic happens, because it’s where your vision and your client’s vision come into alignment. During the consultation, you and your client should hammer out all the details of the coloring and installation appointments, essentially writing a script that will be enacted later. Make sure that you:
– understand what your client wants in the way of length, volume, permanence, and color change
– know the extent to which the color will be applied (highlights, ombre, overall color, etc.)
– decide upon a coloring method (blending vs. coloring)
– choose the appropriate extension colors and pigments to achieve the desired look
– explain the steps of the procedure—including preparation and aftercare requirements—so your client knows what to expect
– schedule the coloring and installation appointments separately, and order the hair and pigments promptly.

Know your color theory.
There are three distinct color frameworks that hair extension colorists should understand:
1. Donna Bella’s hair extension color classifications
2. the color pigmentation scales of human hair and skin
3. basic color theory (for mixing colors and blending extension strands)

Some key things to remember:
– All colors are derived from the three primary colors—red, yellow, and blue—and these primary colors blend to brown.
– White and black are shades that modify the lightness or darkness of a color.
– Complementary colors (purple + yellow, red + green, orange + blue) have a darkening effect when blended together.
– The temperature or “tone” of a color is described on a scale of warm (yellow, red, orange) to cool (blue, green, purple), and is used as a secondary classification, making “cool red” or “warm blue” sensible descriptions, in that cool red is cooler—or duller—than true red, and warm blue warmer—or brighter—than true blue.
– Human hair and skin color is determined by the relative amounts of two different pigments—eumelanin and pheomelanin—which dictate the lightness or darkness and redness or yellow-ness of the color, respectively.
– The pheomelanin pigmentation (redness or yellow-ness) of a person’s hair generally correlates with that of the person’s skin.
– Blue color particles exist in the superficial layer of the hair shaft, whereas red and yellow color particles exist deeper within the hair shaft, which is why bleached hair tends to appear brassy.

Know when to blend and when to color.
Blending involves dispersing hair extensions of different colors throughout the hair to produce the effect of a particular hue. Coloring involves processing the hair extensions to the desired hue. Blending is ideal for adding dimension (highlights and lowlights) to a client’s hair, or for simulating a match to the client’s natural hair color when an exact match is not available. Coloring is ideal for fashion or fantasy color transformations, or for non-standard color jobs (splashlights, hair art, etc.).

Know your ten cardinal rules for coloring.
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 two shades of the original extension color, when possible.
6. Pre-wash extensions with sulfate-free shampoo before coloring them.
7. Always flip extensions to color both sides.
8. When brushing color onto the hair, go in the direction of the hair’s cuticle.
9. Remove all Tape from Tape-In extensions before coloring them.
10. Use only sulfate-free, color-safe shampoo and conditioner on colored hair extensions.

Be aware that extension hair and natural hair process color differently.
There are many factors that contribute to the color processing of a formula. For example, hair health (whether the cuticle layer is intact), hair pigmentation (light vs. dark and red vs. yellow hair), the presence of other particles (chemicals, oil, dirt), etc. Donna Bella extensions are already pre-colored, so the formula may react to the existing pigments and chemicals in unexpected ways. Generally, hair extensions process color more quickly than natural hair.

The fewer steps, the better.
Try to be accurate with your decisions and your color work the first time around so that you don’t need to backpedal and change the hair once you’ve already colored it. Overprocessing hair is the quickest way to destroy it, and the only way to fully protect your client’s investment and your own labor is to follow these tips and just take your time.

For more hair extension coloring resources—including the full articles from which these tips were pulled—visit the Color Takeover Portal today!

 

Fall Update: Ombre

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

Fall is fast approaching, and soon clients will be rushing in for seasonal color updates, taking their inspiration from golden leaves, spiced chai, and toasty orange pumpkins. Many will be trying on the newest hair trends, like bronde or rose gold. Many more will go with the classics—as always, ombre will make an appearance. Prepare your salon for your clients’ every need by stocking up on extension-friendly colors and ombre-friendly extensions, in 10 different color combinations! And prepare yourself, too, by reviewing our extensive ombre tips and tutorials, available via the links below.

Getting ready to purchase new ombre hair extensions?
Well, you’re in luck
We happen to be having a sale for ombre hair extensions at the Donna Bella online store—it’s going on right now. Head over and get shopping to take advantage of 10% off all your ombre extensions! Sale ends September 6th, 2017.

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Ombre with Donna Bella Hair
This 2015 Hairline blog post outlines how to achieve an ombre transformation without the need for additional color!

What is Colorombre?
Explore the vibrant Colorombre trend in this Hairline blog post.

Fashion Ombre
Fashion Ombre is a striking color look, and we covered it in depth just earlier this year.

Sombre
We wrote a whole piece about one of ombre’s newer variations: the Sombre. Read up to learn more!

New Ways to Do Ombres with Hair Extensions
This is another blog post of ours that dives into the benefits of combining color and Donna Bella extensions for your ombre transformations.

The Dos and Don’ts of Ombre
This post tells you everything you need to know to perform the perfect ombre-specific color job.

Ombre Tape-In Hair Extensions Makeover
Click through to this YouTube video and watch top stylist Ruben Martinez perform a full-head ombre transformation using Donna Bella ombre Tape-In extensions!

Fashion Ombre Video Tutorial
Watch professional extensions stylist and colorist Ashley Rocks achieve an enviable Fashion Ombre look.

Sombre Video Tutorial
Join Ashley Rocks again as she demonstrates a Sombre color job.

Downloadable Color Formulations
Like Ashley’s work? You can download the exact color formulations featured in her videos from our website.

Color Takeover Portal
Keep up to date with hair coloring news and content, from ombre to mermaid to pastel unicorn and beyond!

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