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How To: Cost-Effective Holiday Pampering

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!

 

6 Safe Practices for Coloring Hair Extensions

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In and of themselves, hair extensions are transformative. They add volume, layers, and an all-around “oomph” to any hairstyle. Throw some color into the mix? The hair creation possibilities multiply to infinity! That’s right, you can (and should) color your hair extensions! It’s totally safe, and with features like Donna Bella Hair Insure, awesome coloring jobs are guaranteed if you follow our instructed methods. Here’s our quick and easy bullet list of best practices for coloring hair extensions. Be sure to follow these basic tips before you begin your color journey.

Always Conduct a Strand Test First!
No matter what color results you anticipate, ALWAYS do a strand test before coloring a full set of extensions. To strand test, mix some of the color you’ll be using into a bowl and apply it to a small section of the hair extensions. Once the color has fully developed, you can determine if it will be the right shade and can color the rest of the extensions, or make adjustments to the formula or processing time as deemed necessary.

Deposit Color, Never Lift
When coloring extensions, always aim to color the hair darker to suit your needs, rather than lifting color to make it lighter. Donna Bella 100% Remy human hair extensions have already gone through a gentle coloring process, and attempting to lift the color will actually damage the hair!

Stay Within 2 Shades
Our best recommendation for safe coloring practice is to work with extensions a shade or two lighter than what you need and then deposit color for your custom color. If you find (via your strand test) that you wish to color a particular extension more than 2 shades darker than its original shade, exchange that extension for one that’s a shade or two darker, so you’ll be starting off closer to the 2-shade threshold for coloring (unless you’re coloring #60 extensions, that is).

Color the Extensions Before Installing Them
Always color hair extensions before you install them into the hair. Not only will they be easier to work with when they’re not attached to the client’s head, it will save you (the stylist) time in the long run! Plus, it’s easier on the extension bonds and means your client can spend less time in the chair.

Use Semi- or Demi- Color only
Permanent color puts a lot of strain on the hair, and literally dehydrates it. This is especially true of extensions. Using direct, demi- or semi-permanent colors will achieve the same color-centric effect of a permanent without putting the hair through the chemical wear and tear of permanent color.

Treat the Extensions With Love
Donna Bella extensions are Remy human hair and must be maintained as such! Treat them just as you would your own natural color-treated hair. Don’t wash color-treated extensions for the first 24 hours after they’ve been installed. Keep them hydrated, wash them with sulfate-free, color-safe shampoos and styling products, and strictly avoid chlorinated water.

Follow these basic maintenance tips (and your creative spirit!) and you’re sure to have a safe and successful custom coloring experience. Be sure to stay tuned to the Donna Bella Color Takeover Portal for more hair tips and tricks!

 

How to Have a Successful Consultation with a Color Client

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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.

 

Coloring Hair with the Integrity-Focused Approach

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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

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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!

 

How To Achieve the Hottest Color Trends Using Hair Extensions

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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.

Blending

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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!  

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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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How to Become a Flat-Tip Pro

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We’ve been talking a great deal about Flat-Tip lately, but you may have noticed that we don’t have any Flat-Tip designated educational programs. There’s a reason for that: since Flat-Tip is applied in the same way as I-Link extensions, the existing I-Link educational program works for learning Flat-Tip, too! So if you’re on a mission to become a Flat-Tip pro, here’s what you should do…

Pick up an I-Link Kit
Our Hair Extension Kits include all the tools you need to complete an installation, removal, and re-installation for any given method. They make great starter kits for practicing hair extension stylists, and continue to be useful even after you go pro. The I-Link kit comes stocked with a Loop Tool, Hair Extension Tool, Color Ring, Quick Pick, Hair Extension Brush, beads, and I-Link Practice Hair, so you can start practicing your beaded installation technique as soon as you receive it. Remember: beaded installation applies to both I-Link and Flat-Tip. If you want, you can even order a pack of Flat-Tip extensions to test out Flat-Tip spacing (which may differ slightly from I-Link’s).

Enroll in our I-Link course
Learn how to install both I-Link and Flat-Tip extensions by completing our I-Link Online Education course! You’ll learn everything from installation to removal and maintenance, and you’ll even get pro tips for masterful consultations. Once you’re done, you can apply for I-Link/Flat-Tip certification, which makes you a verified Donna Bella stylist eligible for Certified Rewards. There’s lots of good stuff to look forward to!

Pursue additional education
We have plenty of advanced education opportunities for Donna Bella stylists, including Trade Show classes and Pro Series events. Though we don’t currently offer Flat-Tip-specific classes, you can take these opportunities to ask questions about the method and develop your beaded technique. This is where our most engaged stylists come together to hone their craft, build community, and receive guidance from our master educators! Veteran attendees may even apply to participate in Trade Show installations as part of our Elite team. The potential for growth is endless, and we’re here to help you every step of the way.

Have you worked with Flat-Tip extensions before? Or do you plan on trying it out sometime soon? You can get in touch with other Flat-Tip enthusiasts today by joining the discussion on our Facebook page! We’ll see you there.

 

Create the Best Hair Extension Experience for Your Client – And Make More Money!

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Have you ever stopped to consider what the goal of hair extensions really is? This skill that we devote so much time and energy towards perfecting, these products that we purchase and maintain so painstakingly—what are they for, and why do they matter? Most stylists know the answer instinctively, even if they’ve never worn hair extensions themselves; they can see it written all over their client’s face at the end of an installation appointment. Hair extensions are designed to produce that feeling of confidence, beauty, and empowerment, and we stylists are lucky enough to make a living putting the process in motion! But we’re not only after a fleeting moment of hair extension-induced euphoria. We’re much more ambitious than that. We’re in the business of altering our clients’ perspectives of themselves, their capabilities, and their limitations. That involves a hair extension experience that is rewarding in the long term. So if you’re not drilling your clients on the importance of hair extension maintenance, now is the time to start.

Perhaps you’ve noticed that we have launched an exciting new product line here at Donna Bella! If not, allow us to introduce you. Remy Care™ is a premium hair care line exclusive to Donna Bella Hair, featuring everything from shampoos and conditioners to hair masks and serums—all designed to extend the life of your client’s hair extensions. Remy Care™ products are loaded with botanical extracts, are free of parabens and sulfates, and are designed specifically for DB hair extensions, making them an ideal aftercare product to feature on your salon shelves. Having physical, easily-accessible aftercare products available in your salon will encourage your clients to engage in the maintenance process by giving them an easy starting point. It’ll also help you support your business by producing an additional stream of upsell revenue. Of course, having the products handy is one thing—it’s also essential that you explain the maintenance process to your clients, demonstrate if possible, and introduce them to the product line yourself.

The best time to tackle these steps is during the consultation phase, since this is when your client is actively learning about hair extensions and deferring to your professional opinion. Take the opportunity to walk them through the washing, brushing, and styling protocol for hair extensions, then go ahead and recommend the Remy Care™ line just as you would the Donna Bella Hair Extension Brush. After all, hair extension care can be daunting to new clients—Remy Care™ makes it easy for them!

Get to know the Remy Care™ line today. All products are available right now.

 

How to Take Your Best Before & After Ever!

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Before & after photos are a big part of marketing hair extensions services. They show prospective clients what you’ve accomplished in the past, and give them some insight into what their hair could look like in the future. Needless to say, it’s important that your B&As look good! But if you’re sitting there thinking, “I’m a stylist, not a photographer–how am I going to take a professional-level photo?”–don’t you worry. Our photographer friend has shared some easy tips that will have you snapping Instagram-worthy shots in no time (no photo gadgets necessary).

Find the right light. This doesn’t have to be anything fancy. What we mean by the “right light” is a diffused light. Consider this: portraits taken outside turn out better when the weather is slightly overcast, as opposed to your standard beautiful sunny day. That’s because direct sunlight is too harsh, highlighting imperfections and leaving clear-cut, high-contrast shadows that are better suited to edgy editorial pieces. Overcast/diffused light is more gentle and forgiving. Achieve diffused light in your salon by investing in some sheer curtains to put over your windows, or white lampshades to put over your lights.

Set up a formation. Ever wonder why you look so much better in your bathroom mirror or in the mirror backstage at a show? Even though the lights are shining directly at you (no filter or diffuser other than the glass) the effect is still gentle and soft. That’s most likely due to the arrangement of the lights. One of the most flattering lighting tools used in photo shoots and videos is the ring light–a light that’s shaped like a ring. The ring light casts light evenly around all sides of the subject, producing an ethereal glow. You can recreate a ring light in your salon by adding LED lights around your salon mirrors (which will also give your clients an optimal reflection of themselves to look at while you’re working).

Position your subject. The area you want to photograph should be facing your lighting arrangement, not facing away from it. That means that, if your lighting arrangement is around your mirror, your client should sit with her back facing the mirror. If you’d like to feature the added length or texture produced by your work, opt for a back-shot. If you’d like to showcase your blending work, take a photo from the back but toward one side, so you get a glimpse of the face frame. You should also direct your client to look just slightly downward, so that their silhouette appears more natural (not elongated). When you’re taking the photo, try to keep the camera level with the base of your client’s head, so that this area becomes the center of the photograph.

Position Yourself. If your client is positioned with her back facing a light source that is attached to a wall (mirror lights or window), you won’t be able to get on the other side of the lights for the picture. Instead of standing in-between the client and the light source for the picture (which would cast shadows over her hair), utilize either a selfie-stick to get the camera behind the client’s head, or the mirror itself by standing in front of your client and taking a picture of her hair’s reflection. Try to position yourself outside of the camera frame in these situations.

Check your camera settings. Whether you’re taking the photo with a camera or a cell phone. You’ll want to check the settings to make sure they’re ideal to your shooting environment. Check your zoom, aperture and shutter speed (if relevant), color balance and/or filter settings, at minimum.

Take multiples. Sometimes it’s hard to tell how well a photo turned out just by looking at a viewfinder or smartphone screen. Once you transfer that photo to a computer, though, all the details get blown up, and you can see clearly whether the focus is off, the lighting is flared, or the composition isn’t centered on the back of the head. Taking multiple photos from the beginning will prevent you from having to make do with the one photo you did take.

Have you got all of that down? As with anything else in life, achieving the perfect B&A will take practice, but we know you can do it! So go ahead and send those B&A photos our way. Please and thank you!

 

Building Your Brand

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Have you ever thought of yourself as a brand? As a stylist, you’re not just a title, you’re a brand. Your work will always speak for itself but essentially, your reputation is what makes you unique and keeps your services in demand. The way you conduct business is part of your branding and as a rule of thumb you should always under promise and over deliver. With that being said let’s look at some ways you can build your brand using Donna Bella Hair.

Use the product. It’s easier to sell a product when you believe in it. Can we all agree with that? So if you’re wearing extensions to work, it’s more than likely your clients will notice and inquire about the details. It’s easier to get the conversation started once they can see the finished product, especially on their trusted stylist. Look at it this way, your appearance is part of your brand. It’s okay to have clients covet your hair (it gets the ball rolling) wink, wink.

Schedule appointments appropriately. The biggest turn-off and the one thing that can affect your branding is how you schedule your appointments. Donna Bella Hair requires shipping, therefore, it is best that you order your products at least 4 to 5 days before your scheduled appointments. If you doubt you’ll have the product on time, don’t over promise and under deliver by scheduling the appointment anyway. Take care of your client and take care of your brand. Some clients may have made sacrifices to be at their appointment (flying in from out of town, scheduling a babysitter, or maybe driving long distance) it’s way better to schedule with more than enough time to be fair to both of you— and avoid any disappointments.

Side-note: Try not to overlap your appointments. We’re human and at times we will be running late. Maybe a color took longer to process or a few hair extension strands needed to be re-done. If you can avoid overlapping appointments by giving the next client a heads up then do so. But always make sure you schedule your appointments with some leeway in case you need those extra minutes. Clients see a hair appointment as their personal time and there’s nothing worse than losing a client because of something so small as your timing.

Be strategic with your business cards. Want your business cards to really stand out? Take the perfect before and after photo of a Donna Bella Hair client and use it for the front of your business cards. Some of you may already be doing this but for those that haven’t caught on, don’t fall behind! Transformation photos are powerful and as a stylist, you should show them off every chance you get. Your business card should represent you and your brand. What better way than on your cards?