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Seeing Pink?

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.


How To Achieve the Hottest Color Trends Using Hair Extensions


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.


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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!  


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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What Do You Get When You Cross Tape-In and I-Link?


We’ve got a brand new professional extension method here at Donna Bella, and it’s something of a hybrid. Get to know our brand new Flat-Tip Extensions: half Tape-In, half I-Link.

Flat-Tip extensions feature…

I-Link’s strand-by-strand application
Like I-Link, Flat-Tip is installed in a series of single strands that are held to the natural hair with crimped beads. This means that Flat-Tip maintains the same 360 degree movement that you know and love from I-Link extensions.

Tape-In’s wider surface area
Unlike I-Link, though, the Flat-Tip strand fans out to a weft shape that resembles our Tape-In extensions, making it blend beautifully and effortlessly into your own hair (minus the messy tape!). This allows the Flat-Tip extension to cover a wider surface area than its I-Link counterpart. Plus, Flat-Tip extensions naturally lay flat against the hair for unmatched comfort!

The best of both worlds
As both a strand and a weft, Flat-Tip capitalizes on the best of I-Link and Tape-In extensions while leaving behind their limitations. You won’t need to worry about stringy spacing in your extension application, restricted Tape-In movement, or messy bond removers when it’s time for a move-up appointment. All you need to worry about is taking the perfect “After” shot—and be sure to share it with us when you do!


Tech Diva, Say G’bye To Your Compact

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You may have seen one of our biggest announcements of the year on our website—Tech Diva, our newest addition to the Donna Bella Hair family. Now you can transform your smartphone into your most needed accessory, a mirror! Unless you’re living on the edge and are rebellious against screen protectors, here’s why you need to get your hands on one:

Protection. If you’re going to protect your screen why not have a protector that does more than just protect? I’m not sure about you but I can’t always fit my compact in my evening clutch along with my lipstick, my phone, my keys, etc.. I also don’t like to carry a purse all the time. With Tech Diva, you’re easily saving room in clutch, one less thing to try to find in your big bag, and no matter where you are, you have access to a mirror for those moments when you aren’t sure if you have something stuck in your teeth.

Selfies. This is probably really vain of me to say, but this is my number one reason for having the Tech Diva. Instead of fetching for my compact or running to the nearest bathroom for a quick eyeliner or lipstick application, I can just look into my phone, apply my makeup, and be selfie ready!

Oh and by the way, did I mention it’s made from high quality, touch sensitive tempered glass for the best screen protection? To see if Tech Diva is available for your phone stop by our online store:


2015 Spring Hair Trends

2015 hair trend

One thing about fashion runways is that you can always get a glimpse of the trends to come. Spring 2015 is all about long, teased hair. So you know those bobs, long bobs, and pixies that everyone was chopping off their locks for? While they were fun, they’ve lived their moment and it’s now time to start growing them out. Thank goodness for hair extensions, right? Here are a few hair trends that were seen on the 2015 spring fashion runway.

Teased hair. If you’ve never tried teasing your hair don’t be intimidated to try it. Extra loose braids, loose buns, and really messy waves will be super popular this spring. Your hair extensions will love this trend because, as you know, hair extensions should always be loose and never too tight anyway.

Braids. You might as well start getting your practice in braiding because this trend isn’t going away anytime soon. From the fish tail, to the loose braid, to the bohemian braid, it’s the perfect hairstyle for work, for a girls night, or best of all, for bed! Try adding a deep part to switch it up a bit.

Low ponytails. Another favorite because it’s quick and low-maintenance on your hair extensions. Depending on where you’re wearing this style, try adding waves by wanding the hair before placing it in a ponytail, or even just wanding the hair once it’s already in the ponytail. Slicked-back deep or side parts are always the easiest ways to give it variety.

Air dried hair. Finally, a hairstyle that requires little to no work at all (and is the best style for your hair extensions). This is one that will definitely be your hair extensions’ best friend. No more blow-drying your hair. To get the look: sleek top and let your ends air dry. That’s it! You can also do this a reverse way; don’t feel like washing your hair? Dry shampoo to maintain the sleekness of your second or third day hair, and mist the ends with water and let them air dry. You can also try adding a small amount of mousse to give your ends more definition.

We’ve been preaching about these styles for a while and finally they’re a trend! What are your thoughts on these hairstyles? Let us know in the box below!

Ombre with Donna Bella Hair

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Responding to the high demand for ombre hair, Donna Bella is now offering ombre hair extensions in Kera-Link, I-Link, and Tape-In methods. If you think it’s just a trend, think again. Ombre has been in style since 2010 and maybe even a little before then. As the years go by, there are different variations of the trend such as the sombre, dip dye, and, as of recently, the balayage. So don’t expect the ombre to dye down anytime soon (pun intended)!

Low maintenance. The ombre trend is popular not only because of the cool color fade effect, but also because it’s low maintenance! Rather than coloring regrowth every time, the more regrowth the better! It gives the hair more of a fade effect as it grows out, which means your client won’t need to come in as often to have her roots touched up or have her hair extensions removed and reinstalled with each touch-up, keeping her hair extensions in better condition.

Less damage. With ombre hair extensions, you have the option to skip the coloring process and achieve beautifully long, gradient hair color with extensions alone. Even if you have to lighten the ends of the natural hair to blend in with the ombre hair extensions, the ends will sustain a one-time dose of damage—which can be mitigated even further by using protective products and semi-permanent colors, like Joico Color Intensities. Donna Bella has teamed up with Joico Color Intensities—as well as Framar International—to provide any stylists interested in learning more about best hair extension coloring practices with the resources they need to do their best work. To take advantage of these materials, visit the Color Takeover Portal today!

Options. The first thing that comes to mind when it comes to ombre is blond. Don’t get the misconception that all ombre hair has to transition from dark to blonde. When it comes to ombre, you can transition from a dark chocolate brown tone to a light caramel color. If you’re feeling more adventurous you can go from dark to a burgundy color. How creative you want to get is up to you, and your client. If you’re a pro at coloring, our ombre hair extensions can also be customized to match your client’s wants. Just make sure, as always, to do a strand test to see how the hair reacts to your color system. The Donna Bella Hair-safe rule: always deposit, never lift, so make sure to get the extensions in a lighter color that you can add color to. For more hair coloring insights—and even tutorials—be sure to check out the Color Takeover Portal.

If you have a question about our new ombre hair extensions, leave them in the comments below.

To watch Master Educator Ruben Martinez at work with Donna Bella’s ombre hair extensions, click here.

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 color 12600 keralinks done at Trinitiy Salon, New Jersey

Pictured above: color 12/600

Trinity Salon, New Jersey

Move Over Blond, It’s Brunette Season!

Woman washing hair with shampoo

Now that it’s officially fall, we can all agree that the majority of us are hitting our stylist’s chair for darker tones of hair color. Darker tones of ombres, balayages, or dip dyes are the latest hair trends of the season. It’s a perfect compromise for those that don’t want to give up their blond hue. Here are some ways you can use Donna Bella Hair extensions to achieve each one of these looks.

Ombre. An ombre features darker, more natural colors at the roots of your hair that transition into a lighter color at the ends. A perfect combination for a fall ombre would be a dark and light tone of brown. Hair colors like #8 and #6 are a beautiful combination to try, and they come in all four methods (I-Link, Kera-Link, Tape-In, and Clip-In).

Balayage. This technique shows off a natural, more sunkissed glow that looks like you’ve been sitting under the sun for hours. It’s an ideal fall makeover for those that aren’t quite ready to get rid of their summer blond. Since balayages consist of highlights, try adding a few strands of colors #27, #8, and #5B to your mix. These colors can be found in I-Link, Kera-Link, and Tape-In extensions.

Dip Dyes. Also known as “the melt”. We love how this unsubtle color turns your hair from extremely bright roots to extremely dark ends. The best thing about this technique is that it doesn’t take much to blend. If you already have bright blond roots, like color #24, for example, try adding length with colors like #5B or #6. These colors are also available in I-Link, Kera-Link, and Tape-In extensions.

All of these hair colors can be accomplished with hair extensions if you don’t want to put your natural hair through the coloring process. These color jobs do require blending to create the subtle looks. We always recommend ordering a color wheel (if you do not have one) so you know which colors will blend best before ordering your bundles. If you plan on coloring the hair extensions, always make sure to do a strand test first.

We’d love to be part of your fall makeover! If you have any questions, please ask!


Need An Excuse to Get Away? How About Becoming a Hair Extension Master?!


If you haven’t signed up for Donna Bella’s Pro Series event, you’ll definitely want to. The space is limited and has been filling up faster than we thought. Round up your girls and plan a trip to Billings, Montana. We will be there September 21–22, so whether you want to make it a weekend thing, or just one day, it’ll be worth it—we promise!

Our Master Educator, Ruben Martinez, will be there to spend some one-on-one time with you and answer all of your questions. Plus, you get all kinds of goodies included. This is an amazing opportunity. Want more details? Keep reading.

Experience an intensive hands on training course with I-Link,Tape-In, and Kera-Link methods. Learn the secrets of installing beads with no slippage and how to find the best beads for different hair types and hair colors. Want to perfect your Kera-Link skills? In these classes, you’ll learn how to install them so they’re virtually unnoticeable. If you’re pace is slower in the Tape-Ins department, you’ll learn how to install a full head of Tape-In hair extensions in 30 minutes!

As a participant of the single day pass, you get our Ultimate Kit and access to Online Education included at no extra charge. In the schedule is an afternoon breakout session where instructors give more in depth details on the business of extensions and extension myths and how to eliminate them. Learn about how to to avoid common mistakes and how to keep cool if you ever find yourself in a tricky hair extension scenario.

If you sign up for the all weekend pass, you get the same package as the single day pass but with way more goodies—we’re talking all inclusive! Overnight accommodations, meals, and a high end dinner with Ruben and the Donna Bella Team as a way to get a more a personal experience with us. The extra day with Ruben is for those who want each and every question answered, advice,  and extra pointers like how to handle the trickiest of hair extension situations. This second day class will also feature live models with hairstyles that are more difficult to work with when installing extensions. However, Ruben will show you how to handle these situations like a pro!

Ready to sign up? Here’s the link:

As always, we’re here to answer any and all questions so please don’t hesitate to ask. See you soon in Montana!

Style Profile: The Beachwaver


We’re excited about putting the spotlight on this new tool that is becoming a big hit for those of us wanting the perfect beach wave. Turn your straight I-Link, Kera-Link, or Tape-In hair extensions into perfectly textured waves and keep your wavy extensions looking like the first day you got them. So what’s this magical new tool called? The Beachwaver. Created by celebrity hairstylist, Sarah Potempa, this styling too is favored by stars such as Heidi Klum and Mindy Kaling. Before you go rushing out the door to get one, here are all the details you’ll need to know about this wave-making tool:

-The barrel is extra long, making it possible to curl really long hair.

-The rod automatically rotates in two directions (left and right). Just clamp your hair to the barrel and press the left button or the right button to move it in the direction of your choice. It stops as soon as you let go of the buttons. This saves you the time and effort of manually wrapping your hair toward or away from your face. It also creates evenly sized and evenly spaced curls.

-It does take some getting used to but once you’ve got it down, it can cut your styling time in half.

-The temperature control goes up to 450 degrees (though we don’t recommend using that kind of heat on hair extensions as it could fry the ends.)

-Once you’ve unclamped the hair from the rod, wait for your hair to cool then finger-comb it for loose, natural waves.

The only down side to it is the cost—$199.00—but for some of you it may be worth it! You can check out The Beachwaver in action on YouTube:

Will you be putting The Beachwaver to the test? Let us know what you think!


Highlights Are the New Skinny


Who says you can’t have your cake and eat it too? Update your look while shedding some pounds at the same time! There are quite a few hair tricks out there, especially when it comes to looking slimmer and younger. Read on and get ready to slim some pounds and look younger in the process.

You can visually slim your face by adding a few well-placed highlight and lowlight extensions. For example, if you have a round face, you’re going to want to place the highlights starting at the top of your head. Not only do highlights brighten up your face, they also thin it out and make it look younger. Because vertical lines lure the eyes to look up and down, the contrast of the lowlights and highlights will make your face appear thinner.

Double chins, beware of the ombres! If you fall under this category, stay away from starting the ombre color at the jawline. This will only emphasize the fullness of your chin. The best way to add color, in this case, would be to add some lowlights around your neck and cheeks.

Lighter hair will almost always make you look younger. That being said, we’re not necessarily saying you should go platinum blond, since that color can also have an aging effect. Here’s a rule to stick to: if you’re going to color or add highlights to a round face, stick to warm golden hues that are within two shades of your base color. Why? If you go any lighter than this, they might look a little too obvious—and a girl never tells her secrets, right?

Our various extension methods are perfect for adding highlights and color without having to put your natural hair through the coloring process, and they’re also great for achieving all-over color transformations! The best part is, since it’s 100% Remy human hair, the extensions can be colored to the level of your choice, so your hair can be customized specifically for you. To learn more about everything related to coloring Donna Bella extensions, visit our Color Takeover Portal.