Archive for November, 2017

How To: Cost-Effective Holiday Pampering

Sunday, November 26th, 2017

It’s the holiday season! That means it’s time to start giving and receiving gifts, enjoying little guiltless indulgences, and spreading cheer from home to work and everywhere in-between. For those of you who are eager to jump straight into the festivities but don’t quite know where to start, think about focusing first on one of the places where you spend so much of your time: the salon. How can you make your salon a seasonal destination this year? If you remember last week’s blog post, the answer should be clear; we’re talking about some good and righteous pampering. Of course, pampering doesn’t need to be super-expensive or over-the-top. As with most matters of quality, it’s all in the details. So today, we’re going to share some of our favorite tips for implementing top-notch and cost-effective pampering techniques in your salon.

Ambient Music

Ambient music–or ambient sound–is intensely relaxing. It eases the pressure to hold up a conversation and gives your client something pleasurable to do with their senses. To achieve this particular state of floaty inattention, we recommend music that is purely instrumental, or noise that simulates the sounds of nature. Lyrical music–unless performed in a foreign language that the client doesn’t understand–may encourage them to focus on the words being sung instead of on the feeling of relaxation itself. So while it may be tempting to play Christmas tunes on repeat, opt for some gentle instrumental renditions, instead.

Refreshing Aroma

Like ambient music, pleasant scents can also inspire relaxation. A little bit of scent diffused into the air can improve your client’s mood and instill a sense of calm. Scent is also closely linked to memory, so a distinct scent in your salon might make it more memorable to your customers. For the holidays, go for something cinnamony and warm.

Comfortable Seating

Make all the seating areas in your salon as comfortable as possible so that your client isn’t forced to pay attention to her posture, or compelled to constantly adjust her position. If possible, invest in a couple of extra pillows or cushions (you can find some affordable pieces at thrift shops, craft stores, and even on Etsy). Again, the goal is to make your client feel utterly relaxed.

Complimentary Beverage

It’s nice to receive some perks for free, and a complimentary beverage is a simple but effective way of giving your clients just that. For something inexpensive but delightful, consider sparkling water with a little bit of honey and lemon juice, and pick up a couple of nice glasses (even champagne flutes, if you so desire!) to add a sophisticated touch. Or go for hot chocolate if it’s cold outside!

Warm (or Chilled) Face Towel

Depending on the season and your salon’s indoor air temperature, you may elect to offer your client a warmed or chilled face towel that they can wear during the washing portion of your service. Steam and chilliness both increase circulation to the face, and each one can help to relax the muscles–particularly those around the delicate eye area. Lighter-feeling eyes are an instant pick-me-up that’ll leave your client feeling rejuvenated.

Samples as Gifts

Once everything is complete and your client is fresh and new and ready to go, offer a sample or two as a parting gift to thank them for their business. It’s a really simple gesture that can have a profound effect on your client and their perception of your business. Plus, if you already included some of the other suggestions from this list, the gift can be the final touch that seals the experience in their mind.

What do you do in your salon to pamper your clients without much extra cost? Let us know in the comments below, and we may feature your advice in a future post!

 

A Donna Bella Thanksgiving

Monday, November 20th, 2017

Thanksgiving is only a couple of days away, and many of us are likely getting ready to travel back home in order to be with friends and family for the holiday. Even though there’s a lot to be thankful for, sometimes it’s hard not to let the stress of the preparations rain on our gratitude parade. Our advice? Take the time to pamper yourself this Thanksgiving season, because a little self-directed gratitude can make you better able to share your appreciation for others, too! Here are a couple of ways you can treat yourself right now.

Deep Breaths

Breath is something we almost always take for granted, but it feels so good to take a couple of moments and really focus on breathing fully and deeply. It’s like pressing a reset button on your body, and you’ll return to your day feeling calm and revitalized–a much better outlook for tackling the holidays!

Full-Body Stretches

If you’re like most people in North America, you’re carrying stress and tension in your body 24/7, and the only reason why you don’t notice it is because you’ve gotten used to it. Think about your jaw for a second. Is it relaxed, or is it clenched? How about your forehead? Your shoulders? A full-body stretch routine is heavenly, and you can find a load of them online!

Quality Snuggling

Lasso one of your nearest and dearest–be they a partner, parent, child, sibling, friend, pet…whatever–and engage in some uninterrupted, mutually-beneficial snuggling. Physical contact is a crazy-effective pick-me-up, and comfy too!

Glamming Up

Here at Donna Bella, we firmly believe that the way you dress (and express!) yourself sets the stage for how you feel about yourself. So, by that logic, one great way to pamper yourself right now is to pretty yourself up like you’re about to attend some big event. Of course, you don’t actually need to have an event lined up–personal time can be an event in itself, like a way of demonstrating that you’re always worthy of wearing those fancy earrings or those only-on-occasion shoes. Donna Bella extensions are a great way of installing some glam into your everyday life, and you’ll carry the resulting confidence and satisfaction with you everywhere you go.

Thinking Ahead

Anticipation is super motivating, and we have some big deals coming up that you can start looking forward to right now! Get ready for Donna Bella’s upcoming Black Friday and Cyber Monday events by downloading our mobile app, subscribing to mobile rewards, and following us on social media so you can be included in all of our social rewards. If you want to be extra prepared, you can also start researching the products you want to purchase in advance, then add them to your shopping cart before the event so you can proceed immediately to checkout once it starts! It’ll be the perfect time to invest in yourself and your business (at a discount!).

We’re ramping up for a whole holiday season of pampering–from Thanksgiving, to Black Friday, and right through to the end of the year (and the beginning of the New Year, too). We hope you’ll check in often and join us for the ride! Thank you for being a Donna Bella reader, customer, and/or stylist! We appreciate you and all that you do!

Best,
The Donna Bella Team

 

Holiday Looks–2017 Edition

Sunday, November 12th, 2017

Thanksgiving is the unofficial start-date for the “Holiday Season”–in our book, anyway. To that end, we’re starting to get our winter ensembles ready, and looking up all the festive hairstyles that we’ll be wearing for the rest of the year. Take a look at some of our favorites below, and feel free to suggest your own in the comments section!

Old Hollywood

An undying classic, Old Hollywood waves are the epitome of glamor, and they’re perfectly suited to a season filled with sparkles and twinkling lights. Go all-out with a voluminous head of hair extensions arranged in this style…you may even find your hair more enjoyable than your gifts!

Natural Waves

If your hair is naturally wavy, embrace it! This subtle, tousled look is undeniably charming, and it pairs beautifully with cozy sweaters, fuzzy socks, and all the seasonal glitz.

Big, Bouncy Curls

Consider this Old Hollywood’s casual cousin. Find the sweet spot between classy and comfortable with big, bouncy, un-fussy curls, and you’re sure to have a handle on any party dress code this season.

Silky Straight

On the sleeker side, long, straight locks mesh well with basically any occasion, and will lend a polished-yet-minimal touch that can balance out a more lavish outfit.

Half-Up Twist

Strike an easy balance between classy and effortless with a simple half-up twist that still manages to look done-up. A versatile choice, this style can transition from formal to familiar with just a wardrobe change.

Fancy Barrettes

For those of you who love a good accessory, opt for an ornate or decorative barrette that you can wear in any number of different arrangements. Dressed up or dressed down, the barrette will keep your hair in style and in check throughout the celebrations–and it’ll complement the ornaments in your home, as well!

 

Why Do Clients Love Kera-Link?

Sunday, November 5th, 2017

This month we’re paying our respects to Kera-Link extensions, one of our premier professional hair extension methods. As part of the feature, we wanted to take a special look at the qualities of the product that make it so well-loved. So without further ado, here are a couple of Kera-Link quirks that make people go ker-azy for them.

Traditional and well-regarded

Of all of our hair extension methods, Kera-Link (or the “fusion” method) has been around the longest. When people think of hair extensions, Kera-Link has the most long-standing reputation. It feels familiar, and is one of the most popular options to date.

Durable

Kera-Link/fusion extensions are supremely durable. While other hair extension methods can be just as durable as fusion (lasting, on average, 6-7 weeks before move-up), there is definitely something extra-comforting about the security of an extension fused directly with your hair. This is particularly true when you remember that keratin bonds–the protein tips that are melted under heat against the client’s hair–are made from the same kind of protein as the hair itself, making the extension look and feel basically indistinguishable from the client’s own hair.

Comfortable

One notable benefit of the Kera-Link method is that the bonds are unobtrusive and blend naturally with the client’s hair, so caring for the extensions can be a bit more comfortable than it is for other methods. Unless you’re using an appropriate, hair extension-friendly brush, you’ll find that most brushes snag on the extension bonds of other methods–risking breakage. With Kera-Link, this is less of a concern–though we still recommend that you use the Extension Brush for optimal effect!

Discrete

As we mentioned briefly in the second point above, Kera-Link bonds blend very seamlessly into the client’s natural hair, in part because the bond is composed of the same kind of protein as human hair. It’s also because the attachment point isn’t too bulky, and the keratin bond itself is pre-colored to the appropriate shade to match the client’s hair color. Furthermore, Kera-Link extensions can be customized into smaller units (by snipping the extension bond vertically in half), so that tiny pieces can be applied to tiny sections of the hair. This makes the extension bonds–which are already basically imperceptible when applied–all but totally invisible, and therefore particularly attractive to clients who rank this among their primary concerns.

Whether you’re a Kera-Link wearer, stylist, or none of the above, learning about the different methods that make up the world of hair extensions enables you to make more personalized choices. It also equips you with the information you need to talk about extensions with others–especially those who may still be on the extension fence. We invite you to read more of our method-related blog posts (linked below), for both Kera-Link and our other prominent methods. You may be surprised at what you learn!

Kera-Link
Hair Extensions 101: Kera-Link Hair Extension Basics
Removing Donna Bella Hair Kera-Links
What causes Kera-Link Slippage?
Adjusting Kera-Link Extensions

I-Link
Hair Extensions 101: I-Link Hair Extension Basics
Prepping your I-Links for Reinstallation
What causes I-Link Hair Extensions to Slip?
Adjusting I-Link Hair Extensions

Tape-In
Hair Extensions 101: Tape-In Hair Extension Basics
Simple Ways to Improve Your Tape-In Move-Ups
What causes Tape-In Hair Extensions to Slip?
Adjusting Tape-In Extensions

Flat-Tip
What Do You Get When You Cross Tape-In and I-Link?
How to Become a Flat-Tip Pro
How Does Flat-Tip Feel?
Who is Flat-Tip Best For?

Ready-to-Wear
Getting to Know Sono by Donna Bella Hair
A Simple Guide to Clip-In Hair Extensions
Caring for your Clip-In Extensions
Style Tip: Single Clip Ins