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All the Tools You Need For a Successful Color Job

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No matter how much experience, zeal, and creative whimsy they possess, a stylist can really only be as good as the tools they have at their disposal. Whether it’s a routine change-up, installing a full head of extensions, or a custom coloring for a full-on transformation, here’s our list of the top shelf tools you need for a successful color job.

Semi or Demi-Permanent Colors
For coloring extensions, we encourage the use of semi or demi-permanent colors. These products deposit color onto the hair rather than lifting it (which actually dehydrates the cuticle) for a gentler coloring experience. Plus, since they’re semi and demi-permanent, they put far less strain and chemical stress on the hair than permanent colors would. For fashion colors, specifically, we’ve found that Joico Color Intensity works incredibly well for coloring hair extensions!

Donna Bella #60 Extensions
Although all our Remy shades can be professionally colored, bright, bold fashion colors such as rainbow or pastel hair require a blank canvas for the full effect. In these cases, we recommend our palest, most neutral blonde shade: #60. It’s available in all four professional installation methods and will take on fashion colors vibrantly.

Olaplex Lightener
Olaplex, labeled as a “bond multiplier,” helps reconnect broken disulfide sulfur bonds in the hair. By applying it to a lightener or hair color, your client’s hair will be kept strong during and after the coloring process, essential for keeping colors looking their best. It’s free of the silicones and oils presents in many other products and helps maintain hair’s natural strength and resilience after being treated. Note that in all our color formulas contained on the Donna Bella Color Takeover Portal, we include Olaplex lightener. Clients can also use Olaplex as a weekly treatment for their hair.

A Quality Brush
Applying color to hair or extensions requires a quality brush that will distribute the color evenly. We strongly recommend the Famar brush because the bristles are extremely soft and reduce strain on the wrist and joints—especially handy when you’re coloring multiple extensions at once. Key points to look for when selecting a brush are how well it will distribute color, and the softness of the bristles. Softer bristles will probably distribute better and are less likely to damage the extensions in the process.

Re-hydrating/Moisturizing Shampoo
Encourage clients to keep their hair plenty hydrated after coloring. A hydrating shampoo and even a mask treatment will go far in extending their custom-colored look. All hair types feature different levels of oiliness, and so different clients will require different maintenance regimens. The important thing is that they’re regularly hydrating their hair long after they leave the chair.

Bowl, Gloves, Paper Towels/Coverings
Maybe these seem like a given, but a color job always requires a place to do it, somewhere to mix the ingredients and, of course, appropriate cover for your hands and the furniture around you. Always make sure you’ve got these basic elements at your disposal to ensure clean and streamlined coloring in the salon.

Having the appropriate tools available, as well as a clean and functional workspace, is essential in making your color creation process smooth and hassle-free. Check out our Donna Bella Color Takeover Portal for more tips and tricks!

 

Which Color Is Right for Your Client?

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There are many different hair colors available in the beauty industry, and that in itself is an understatement. Different formulas are springing up all the time, from various different brands making the same kinds of promises: long-wearing, non-damaging vibrant hues that are true to the color swatch. So with all the L’Oreals, Kenras, and Pravanas in the world, how do you choose one for your hair extension coloring needs? Donna Bella is here to help you answer that very question.

Stick with professional, semi and demi permanent hair colors.
In terms of color grade, hair colors range from professional to generic and permanent to impermanent. Donna Bella hair extensions should only be treated with professional grade, semi or demi permanent hair colors. Professional colors contain far less developer than one-size-fits-all box colors, and can be personalized to the client for the most efficient and damage-free results. Semi and demi permanent colors are far less invasive than other professional colors (not permeating the entire hair shaft), but are reasonably long-wearing, making them a perfect compromise for continued extension health.

Try our Donna Bella-approved colors.
Even within the category of professional, semi or demi permanent hair colors, there are too many color options to sift through. So allow us to make it easy for you; Joico Color Intensities is, in our experience, the best hair color line for Donna Bella hair extensions. These colors are highly pigmented, easily mixable, and require no developer at all to process, making them one of the safest choices for integrity-focused color jobs. We’ve seen Joico Color Intensities used to produce exceptionally vivid makeovers in styles ranging from emerald mermaid to pastel unicorn and beyond. And these makeovers remain unphased through months of wear (when adhering to a one-wash-per-week shower schedule).

Donna Bella has partnered with Joico Color Intensities and Framar International to bring you all the hair extension coloring info you need to level up your extension services. Visit the Color Takeover Portal today to check out everything from Joico color before & afters to custom formulas and instructional videos.

 

Mermaid Hair

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So you’re starting to crave a fresh new look and want to know how to put those extensions and color combinations to good use. Where do you turn for inspiration? There are a number of trendy effects you can achieve with hair extensions and a few select bottles of fashion color…so why not find your inspiration under the sea?

Of course, we’re talking about Mermaid Hair! It’s a bold and vibrant hair color trend that takes its inspiration from fanciful ocean stories like The Little Mermaid (Side note: The Disney version turns 27 this year!), and the colorful whimsy of the other Fairy Tale spectrum. The uninitiated may assume, based on the titular Disney princess, that “Mermaid Hair” refers to an electric red waist-length coif. Not quite! The literal definition of Mermaid Hair is tricky to define outright, but essentially it’s any color combination that utilizes cool-toned colors like greens, blues and purples to present an all over transformation with an “under the sea” aesthetic. Gorgeous ombres showcasing shades of teals and aquas create otherworldly color melts that call upon ocean palettes and bright vibrant hues like neon green and cobalt blue. Here’s why Mermaid Hair is a trend that’s here to stay. As always, you can reference our Color Takeover video featuring hair coloring expert Ashley Rocks for closer reference on creating a perfect Mermaid Hair effect!

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The major appeal of Mermaid Hair is the versatility it embodies, primarily the host of color combos it can appropriate. Times are changing; bold “fashion colors” are less taboo for mainstream appropriation and that bevy of new shades to choose from leaves many clients with exotic new visions for their hair! Those angling for a brighter, bolder, and less “conventional” look can spring for the rainbow-riffic fashion colors on the blue, purple, and green spectrum. Those wishing for something slightly more conservative can work with their existing tones to combine lighter traces of ocean color for an equally compelling look.

Because of the vibrance and penchant for strong color saturation promised by Mermaid Hair, stylists can achieve stunning Mermaid effects on virtually any hair length and texture. While we’ve obviously got a soft spot for extensions-based effects, we’ve seen breathtaking mermaid hues on shoulder-length manes and pixie cuts.

Said versatility isn’t just a client privilege when it comes to Mermaid Hair, however. With a well-defined assortment of colors and an eye for fluid transition, stylists can work with a balayage of aquatic hues blended together, or even with “dip-dye” or “fluid hair” techniques.

Whether it’s re-emerging inspiration from Disney princess films of times past, shifting social attitudes towards unconventional color combinations, or simply a wild and creative streak that’s reared its head in salon chic, Mermaid Hair is a multifaceted hair effect that’s as bold as it is popular. Heed the ocean’s call!

Be sure to pay attention to the Donna Bella Color Takeover Portal for more fashion tips and videos like this!

 

6 Dos and Don’ts of Coloring Hair Extensions

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At Donna Bella Hair, we firmly believe that you can (and should!) color your hair and extensions when creating custom looks. Still, there are some precautions you should take when coloring hair, so here’s our essential guide to general hair coloring protocol when working with extensions:

Do: Use Semi or Demi-Permanent hair colors
Since semi and demi-permanent colors aren’t “Capital P Permanent,” they last for a number of weeks (demi surviving 10 to 25 washes and semi surviving 6-12), and your client won’t be stuck with a color they don’t like for long should the unthinkable happen. Plus, because semi and demi-permanent hair colors deposit color instead of lifting it, they won’t break down the hair cuticle or damage it with chemicals, making post-coloring upkeep that much easier.

Do: Take Note of Your Client’s Skin Tone
Always keep your client’s skin tone in mind when helping them choose their new color. For a good rule of thumb, those with paler skin should opt for warmer tones, while those with olive or darker skin tones may find ashy and cooler colors to be more complimentary. Many manufacturers will provide color suggestions, so pay attention to those, too. If you’re going for pastel, however, don’t worry—pastel shades tend to flatter everyone.

Do: Maintain a Moisturizing Care Schedule
While it’s always important to keep hair moisturized and in tip-top shape, color-treated hair needs that consideration tenfold. Be sure to recommend sulfate-free moisturizing shampoos and conditioners specifically formulated for distressed and damaged hair, and, if possible, throw in a once-a-week moisture mask. Advise your client to avoid applying heat tools to their hair, as well as over-washing as this can strip the hair of essential oils and actually cause the color to fade more quickly.

Don’t: Bleach or Highlight with Over-the-Counter Products
Bleach and peroxide strip the hair cuticle and should only be used under the care of a salon professional. Ensuring that the exact amount of peroxide is used, as well as accounting for varying shades and pigments, is a delicate balance that can very easily leave hair looking and feeling like straw. Make sure that your clients know the dangers of at-home color so they’ll resist the urge to bleach or highlight on their own.

Don’t: Over-Wash Color-Treated Hair
It’s important to keep hair clean and maintained for healthy growth, but you don’t want to overdo it! Washing hair too often will actually dry it out and strip it of the natural oils that it needs. Instead of washing every day, tell your client to try every other day or even every three days, depending on the general oiliness of their hair and overall lifestyle. Those with oily hair, or those who tend to work up more of a sweat, should invest in a good dry shampoo to replace some of their usual showers.

Don’t: Let Your Client Do It Alone
At the end of a coloring appointment, if your client is unhappy, set up a plan to address the problem before they leave the salon. Without a viable alternative, some clients may be tempted to keep adding more color to their hair to try to correct the hue, but they’ll risk making the problem worse and rendering their hair unmanageable. Adding more and more color on top of the problem will only confound things and make it more difficult to return to the hair’s original color. The last thing we want is for a client to attempt fixing their hair on their own!

Ultimately, coloring extensions is a straightforward process. With a little experience and adherence to protocol, you can ensure your color job goes smoothly. Just remember to stay tuned to Donna Bella’s Color Takeover Portal for more hair extension dos and don’ts.

 

10 Extension Color Rules to Live By

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Being able to color your Donna Bella extensions opens up a world of new style possibilities. You can achieve mermaid hair, pastel hair, ombres, sombres, rainbows and beyond—and all while saving your natural hair from damage. But as with anything, coloring our hair extensions involves a couple of rules. These are not designed to limit your prospects or make the alteration process difficult; on the contrary, our coloring rules are intended to preserve hair quality, so you can achieve the gorgeous results you deserve. Any and every style and color is still available to you. All it takes is a little bit of preparation work!

So what are our 10 extension color rules to live by? Read on to find out…

- 1 – Use professional (semi or demi permanent) colors, only. Semi or demi permanent color is the least invasive of the color options, requiring no harmful developers so hair can retain its original, healthy shine.
- 2 – Do not lighten or bleach, only darken. Lightening or bleaching the extensions compromises the integrity of the hair, distorting the base color and stripping the cuticle layer.
- 3 – Perform a strand test first. Hair extensions process hair color differently than our natural hair, so test it out!
- 4 – Color extensions before installing them. Otherwise the hair color can compromise extension bonds, causing premature slippage.
- 5 – Stay within 2 shades of the extension base color. This will prevent over-processing. (However, when coloring bright rainbow colors, use our lightest shade available: #60)
- 6 – Pre-wash extensions with sulfate-free shampoo before coloring them. Extensions come pre-conditioned, and this silky coating needs to be removed in order to color the hair and ensure even absorption.
- 7 – Always flip extensions to color both sides. This promises thorough saturation, which is key to achieving vibrant, colorful results.
- 8 – Go with the direction of the hair’s cuticle when brushing color onto hair. Brushing downwards will help avoid matting and tangling of extensions.
- 9 – Remove all Tape from Tape-In extensions before coloring them. When coloring the entire length of Tape-In extensions, remove the tape before you begin, otherwise the chemicals in the dye could break the adhesive down. You will need to apply Replacement Tape after they’ve been colored and processed.
- 10 – Use only sulfate-free, color-safe shampoo and conditioner on colored extensions. Hair products like these will keep the cuticle layer shut and preserve the new color’s shine and vibrancy.

As a bonus, we’ll include another fail-safe coloring tip: invest in Hair Insure. Even when you follow every protocol, rule, and step in the book, it’s still possible to slip up now and then. Take preemptive action to avoid any potential financial loss or client fallout by investing in Hair Insure before you get to work—all it takes is a 15% premium on the cost of the extensions themselves (10% for Certified Rewards members). In return, you get complete and total coverage for your hair extensions, meaning that, in the event of a mishap, we’ll replace the hair at no cost to you.

We’re so inspired by all of the latest color developments in the beauty industry, and by the potential of what can be achieved using hair color and hair extensions. That’s why we’re excited to roll out our Color Takeover initiative—an educational outreach program and resource center for any stylists looking to incorporate custom color into their hair extension services. Our Color Takeover Portal features comprehensive tutorials, color formulas, instructive articles, and more—all available for free for Donna Bella stylists. Visit the Color Takeover Portal today to kickstart your color journey. We can’t wait to see what you’ll create!

 

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.

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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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Back-to-School Makeover

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New school year, new look! At least that’s how we think every girl should show up to her new school year. With Donna Bella Hair extensions, you have so many options to create your new look. From dramatic to subtle, here are some of our top picks for that back-to-school makeover:

New length. Want to wow the crowd? You can’t go wrong with added length. The best part about this makeover is that you’re not dealing with any chemicals from coloring. Choose from straight, curly, or wavy then choose your method (tape-in, kera-links, or i-links). Of course you can choose to go a little longer or a lot longer with our options of 12, 14, 16, 18, and 22 inches. The choices are endless!

Some new color. Adding peekaboos to your natural hair color is always fun, especially with our funky colors. It’s super fast and super easy. Colors like blue, purple, pink, green, even fuschia are among some of the colors we offer. If peekaboos aren’t your thing, you can opt for high and lowlights to create a look similar to a balayage using your own combination of Donna Bella Hair colors. Another perk of these looks— you don’t have to worry about the color fading because our hair goes through a special process to preserve their color no matter how many washes!

Ombre. We’re so excited to announce our new ombre color additions, you didn’t think we were going to leave this one out, did you?  We’ve selected to carry the most popular colors so that minimal, if at all, coloring is required. Take yourself from dark to blond or from blond to platinum blond, with our ombre hair extensions while adding length at the same time. What’s even better, our ombre hair extensions are on sale now!!

Happy shopping!

The Donna Bella Team

 

What is Colorombre?

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In one simple explanation, colorombre is an ombre with vibrant colors. We would say it’s a new trend, but you’ve probably already seen it around for a while. Essentially, it’s the official name for an existing phenomenon. The ombre is best described as a dark to light tone style, however, stylists are putting their own twist on it by using any and every color of the rainbow. There are two ways to accomplish these looks using Donna Bella Hair extensions:

1) Funky colors. Donna Bella Hair offers a variety of the most vibrant and popular colors; blue, green, pink, and purple are among our selection. To get the ombre look with a dark hair client, deposit a natural hair-compatible color to the root of the funky hair extensions. Use the ombre technique to ensure that it fades into the vibrant color as an ombre would. Do not go past half of the hair length. If working with lighter hair, deposit the funky color of choice to the very ends of the natural hair, again using the ombre technique. Then add the hair extension pieces. You can also choose to stay away from coloring by simply installing the hair extensions alone (we offer ombre hair extensions for this very purpose!).

2) Custom. Hair colors such as lavender or rose are not available in our funky color selection, but can still be achieved using Donna Bella Hair extensions in colors #60 and #1001. These colors work perfectly with custom coloring as they allow you to play with your own color formula. Remember that hair extensions process color differently than your client’s natural hair, so watch the hair throughout the process, and ALWAYS do a test strand to see how the hair reacts to your chemicals. You can find all the hair coloring resources and tips that you need at Donna Bella’s Color Takeover Portal—our new landing place for hair extension-specific coloring info, tutorials, and more!

Below are some custom color jobs using Donna Bella Hair extensions.

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Clockwise: Teal ombre hair by Chelsea McDaniel, burgundy ombre by Michel, lavender-purple ombre by Nicole. 

What’s your technique to color ombre? Leave them in the comments below, were dying to know!

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Preserving the Life of Your Color

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Is your hair pink, purple, blue, or any other vibrant color? Chances are you had to bleach your natural hair to deposit the funky color, right? After a couple of weeks you’ve probably experienced some color fading. Since there is no way to stop it from fading, here are a few things you can do to slow down the process on both your natural hair and Donna Bella Hair extensions.

Wash less. As you know, wearing Donna Bella Hair extensions means washing your hair only once a week—and twice at the most. The formula in shampoos throws off your hair’s pH balance, which makes it hard to preserve the integrity of the hair (both natural and extensions). If you simply cannot go without washing, use a dry shampoo. Dry shampoos are intended to soak up the excess oil from your scalp, leaving your hair feeling fresh and smelling clean. Using pH balanced shampoos will allow the cuticle to lay flat and preserve the color inside the hair shaft.

Cold water. It’s kind of a pain, but washing your hair with straight cold water helps preserve the color. When washing your hair with hot water, the cuticles of your hair open up, allowing the color to leak. Cold water will help keep the cuticles closed and delay your color from fading, giving you more time before you go into your next touch-up appointment.

Cellophane. A clear cellophane gloss will help coat the hair after depositing color. Because it’s semi-permanent, it will wash out after about 8 washes. Touching up your hair and hair extensions with cellophane will keep the color and hair looking restored and shiny. The best thing about this product is that you can do it yourself. Just follow the instructions on the bottle.

Follow best practices. When coloring hair or touching up a past color job, it’s important that your stylist follow best coloring practices to ensure a lasting look. This is especially true when coloring hair extensions. Donna Bella hair extensions—including the Funky colors—go through a special color process during manufacturing to achieve our wide range of shades and this process ensures that Donna Bella hair colors will not bleed or fade with extended wear. When a custom color is applied to Donna Bella extensions, it reacts with the existing color in the extensions to produce a new one that may or may not last. The solution for this is simple, though. With our new Color Takeover Portal, stylists and clients alike can read up on all the hair extension coloring info they need to create and maintain beautifully vivid hair. This educational outreach program includes tutorial videos, articles, a downloadable guide, and more, and exists in collaboration with color giants like Joico Color Intensities and Framar International. Help yourself to all the gems of wisdom today—materials are available right now at the Color Takeover Portal.  

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Olaplex for Donna Bella Hair

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If you haven’t heard of Olaplex by now, you’ve been living under a rock. Since the product hit shelves, it’s been a big hit with stylists and their clients,  forever changing the industry. Lifting color from natural hair is no longer a worry. Yet there’s been a lot of confusion about the product, involving questions like, does it lift color? And, is it a conditioner? We spoke to Donna Bella Hair educator Ruben Martinez to get some answers to these questions, and to figure out how this product can benefit your Donna Bella extensions.

What is Olaplex and why are stylists becoming such big fans?

Olaplex is a tool used during and after a chemical service. Hair is made up of bonds that break every day with chemicals like color or with brushing. Olaplex is a chemical that links those bonds back together to strengthen them. It is NOT a conditioner. Conditioners merely hydrate while coating the hair. Once you wash out the conditioner, the true grit is exposed again. Olaplex works inside the hair cuticle to link the bonds that the hair is made out of to accomplish that smooth, healthy look of hair. Olaplex is also NOT a lifting agent. Another misconception is that Olaplex is a chemical that helps lift color since it’s used with developer. Again, Olaplex does not lift, nor does it condition; it’s simply an added tool. Look at it as a protector that gets activated while the hair undergoes chemical treatments to minimize damage.

How does it work for Donna Bella Hair Extensions?

Olaplex is perfect for both coloring new Donna Bella Hair Extensions and for treating uncolored extensions that are on their last run. For those that are worn out but you’re hoping to revive them for one last install. As a stand alone treatment, Olaplex can help connect the bonds of the hair together again. It’s something that Ruben recommends for this type of hair. “You can never get enough of Olaplex,” says Ruben. He recommends you use it as a stand-alone treatment every second or third application. He also recommends classes from Olaplex that will help you utilize this tool to its full potential. If you decide to use it on Donna Bella Hair extensions with color, take advantage of the copious educational resources and tutorials we have available at the Color Takeover Portal. This educational initiative exists in collaboration with Joico Color Intensities and Framar International to equip stylists with all the color info they need to achieve beautiful color transformations. Just as with any product, you’ll get better use once you’re educated in how to use it. So if you’re thinking of coloring your extensions—with or without Olaplex—visit the Color Takeover Portal today.

To learn more about Olaplex, specifically, visit their website: www.olaplex.com.

Are you using Olaplex? What are your thoughts? How have you used it? Leave it in the comments below. We’re curious to know!