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Making a Difference with Hair Extensions – Coloring Interview with Bobby Sue York

SALON SUCCESS
How do you get started in the Color Takeover revolution? Stylists who have grown their business with extensions and hair color share their journeys, tips and advice.

BOBBY SUE YORK
Salon Owner and Extensions Specialist
Salon Diva K
Kansas City, MO
@salondivakc
I went to cosmetology school just to learn extensions. I had already been wearing extensions myself for five years. After graduating, I worked one year for a large, upscale salon and spa, then went straight to a hair-extensions-only salon. We were hidden away in a nondescript office, at a time when no one wanted it known that they were wearing extensions. Our clientele was hush-hush.

Client Profile
Now everyone is wearing extensions, age 20-80, for so many different reasons and all very openly. Someone compliments your hair, you say, “Thanks, I’m wearing extensions.”

Our business serves a wealthy area—Overland Park County—and the extensions business is strong. But more women from diverse backgrounds are wearing extensions, often just one package for volume. Extensions are affordable, attainable. My clientele is predominantly house moms who just want to look and feel great. I also happen to see a lot of nurses. Extensions are something they do to nurture themselves.

I use all four types of Donna Bella Hair extensions but the Kera-Link fusion style is my go-to. To me, it looks the most real and is the most luxurious.

Marketing Musts
When I first started with extensions, social media didn’t exist. It was all about traditional word-of-mouth. I would do contests and events, and those are still effective. When the Royals were in the World Series in 2015, we did a lot of $5 pops of blue hair. Good trial, good exposure, clients would come back for more.

Today, social media is so important, especially before-and-after photos. I have professional (versus personal) Instagram, Facebook, and SnapChat accounts. Live video is blowing up, too, and can be really powerful. Make sure that everything you do is informative but also fun. Don’t make it too complicated. A great Facebook Live post can be someone just standing behind me and recording part of a technique.

Stylist to Stylist
My most important advice to stylists who want to build an extensions business is to be educated. I personally have invested $15,000 in hair extensions education beyond cosmetology school, and it has been worth every penny. But there are plenty of options. Donna Bella’s online course is a great way to get exposed and connect, as are all the shows they participate in.

Making a Difference
Be mindful that a lot of people who come in for extensions are dealing with damage that you can’t always see. They may be experiencing hair loss, some because of thyroid, cancer, or other health issues. Others have had a bad experience at another salon and had to do a drastic cut to overcome it, or are hitting a number in their life where maybe they don’t feel sexy anymore. They might be going through some other type of loss. These are the clients I love the most. It’s one thing when you wear extensions because you want long hair, and quite another when you’ve lost a piece of yourself and you are trying to find it.

Visit the Color Takeover Portal today to learn more about combining the art of hair extensions with the science of color in your salon!

New Ways to Do Ombres with Hair Extensions

The ombre, the hairstyle that showcases a cool color fade from the root to the end of the hair, has been an “it” hair trend since the beginning of the decade. With its low maintenance appeal and versatile application, it’s a style that’s grown in popularity, with new combos and variations springing up around it constantly. With so many different ombre color combinations available, it goes without saying that the various methods for creating ombres would be a mixed bag as well.

Hair extensions handily create stunning ombre effects and can do so without the client ever having to color their own hair. Since a stylist can simply install hair extensions onto the client’s head and then cut and blend them in, it’s a great method for those who want to change their look, but aren’t keen on coloring their real hair. Furthermore, hair extensions provide a low pressure “canvas” upon which to plan out funky color combinations that won’t affect the client’s actual hair and can be seamlessly blended in. Essentially, most any color effect a stylist can do on a client’s real hair, they can do on extensions as well. That’s less time the client spends in the chair and more time they spend showing off their new look!

Ombres created from extensions mean less chemical damage to the client’s actual hair and scalp. They won’t need the constant trips to the salon for routine touch-ups, and they’ll love the fact that they’re not putting their hair through harsh chemical wringers of permanent colors and peroxides. It’s still important to keep hair extensions moisturized and cared for (it’s human hair after all), but these processes are far less damaging to the hair than a permanent color and use far less of the strong ingredients a permanent color job would.

While any hairstyle requires care and maintenance to last, ombres created from hair extensions require far less routine upkeep than an ombre dyed directly into the client’s hair. For example, an ombre created with extensions doesn’t need to have its regrowth colored each time or even have the extensions removed and reinstalled to touch up color. Since it’s an extension attached to the hair, the new growth simply creates a bolder fade effect as it grows out. Easy in, easy out!

Ombres are an absolute cinch with hair extensions. With hair extensions, clients can create color melting effects of every shade and hue (including bright, vibrant fashion ombres!), pastel unicorn combinations, mermaid hair, the balyage, the “dip dye” and even the ombre’s gentler cousin, the sombre (literally soft + ombre). They’re versatile, easy to install and with the added benefit of Donna Bella’s Hair Insurance, can be freely colored to make your wildest fantasy combinations a reality. Be sure to bookmark Donna Bella’s Color Takeover Portal for more hair extensions and coloring tips and tricks!

 

A New Look at Fashion Ombre

The Ombre, with its smooth transition between colors, is a coveted color effect, and one perfectly suited for custom coloring extensions. You don’t need to stick to blondes, browns and burgundys if you don’t want to though, as myriad fashion options exist for the style. Follow along with our tutorial on creating a Fashion Ombre and be sure to reference our video, featuring stylist Ashley Rocks, for closer reference!

As a crash course in Ombre history: It’s a french word which literally means “shaded” in English and is used to refer to the blending of one color into another. Its origins date back to 1840 where it was used to refer to color transition effects in the textile industry, namely furniture and drapery. Many fashion theorists believe the style was popularized in 2000 by pop singer and icon Aaliyah (RIP) and has stayed in the cultural consciousness well into the post 2010 era by numerous celebrities sporting the style, like Beyonce. With new variations and combinations constantly popping up on the ombre spectrum (The Sombre for example), it’s a style we’re sure to see more and more over the coming years.

Some of the major appeals of the Ombre style are its low upkeep construction. When the roots are kept their natural color, and the color transition effect is done within two shades of the original, it’s a look that needn’t be updated every few months and can be grown out to continue the transitional effect if the client likes. Also, since it’s a style that focuses on color transition on the tips of the hair (and not all over), it’s perfect for clients who are hesitant to put a lot of product in their hair. Permanent colors dehydrate the hair, and weaken it all around, so by using less product for an Ombre (and sticking only to Semi- and Demi-Permanent color products) the client’s hair receives less wear and tear in the long run. Hooray for hair health and color-conscious clients!

Since the Ombre works just as well with naturally occurring hair colors, bold fashion colors, or a combination of the two, it’s a style that works for numerous different types of clients with various hair textures, lengths and creative visions and can often be the trendy style that takes those squeamish about coloring their hair directly into the chair for full-on transformation!

In recent times, Ombre effects have spread into other facets of beauty and commerce. Nail salons advertise Ombre nail effects while specialty bakeries trundle coveted Ombre layer cakes into shop windows. It’s only a matter of time before bodyshops offer Ombre-centric paint jobs for automobiles. It’s a color effect that’s kind of magical, intoxicating in its transition, and one that’s popular everywhere.

Whether clients want a slight color-centric update on their naturally occurring shade, or seek a multi-colored transformation into the realm of fashion colors, ombre transitions provide the ideal creative springboard for strong color style! Be sure to pay attention to the Donna Bella Color Takeover Portal for more hair tips and tricks like this one!

 

Finding Your Specialty and Engaging Your Community – Coloring Interview with Missy Hart

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SALON SUCCESS
How do you get started in the Color Takeover revolution? Stylists who have grown their business with extensions and hair color share their journeys, tips, and advice.

MISSY HART
Vintage Boutique Salon
Fox Lake, IL
@HairiswheretheHartIs
Before I became licensed in 2014, I was a practice extensions model for my best friend, another stylist. I was so happy with the Donna Bella Hair results, I became certified myself. Now, about 60 percent of my clients wear extensions.

My Method, My Specialty
One of the many things I love about Donna Bella is the versatility and range of what they offer: more than 50 shades, five lengths and four professional methods: Tape-In, I-Link, Flat-Tip, and Kera-Link, all in professional, easy-to-use Remy hair that can be professionally colored.

Most of my clients wear I-Link extensions, the beaded method. I do other types, too, but I-Link works well for me and my clients’ needs. Most of my clients are seeking length, and fullness is a side benefit. Some have vibrant extensions, like bright blue or multi-colored, custom applications.

I-Link is really good for stylists who are beginners with extensions and for clients who prefer low-commitment services. You place the hair and if you don’t like it, you can take it right out.

Pricing Pointers
I charge $45 for a regular cut and style, and I’ll charge about $150 to put one pack (20 strands) of I-Link extensions in. Many clients require or prefer multiple packs of hair, so an average service comes closer to $500 for an initial install service fee, with clients coming back every 4-6 weeks to touch up—and push up—the I-Link extensions.

Social Status
I’ve recently had really good luck attracting new extension clients by getting active with local Facebook groups as well as posting my work on professional Instagram and Facebook pages. I ask clients for permission to tag them and ask them to tag me and the salon.

My Tips
One secret to my success came from going to trade shows early in my career, soaking up all the knowledge I could and watching other stylists and asking questions. I still want to see how other stylists do I-Links. I’m always learning.

I also use the tools Donna Bella makes available on the Donna Bella Hair website to improve and speed up my application process. For my I-Link system, I grab each strand of hair with the pliers tool, for instance, saving steps. It’s a huge time-saver, not having to set a tool down 100 times when installing 100 strands of hair. I also love the specific Flare Hair tool I use to lock and remove the I-Link beaded extensions. It is very ergonomic and comfortable in a woman’s hand.

I still love going to shows, and I’ll be at Premiere Orlando and the Premiere Beauty Classic in Columbus, Ohio, this year, helping out. I won’t be on the main stage, but at the stations on the floor. When people buy hair, we will install it for free. It’s a great way to experience the extensions yourself and talk and learn directly from real stylists who do extensions for clients in regular salons every day.

Pursuing my passion for extensions is the best thing that I’ve done for my business. In just the couple years that I have been doing hair, it has been what’s kept me busy and set me apart from other stylists.

Visit the Color Takeover Portal today to learn more about combining the art of hair extensions with the science of color in your salon!

 

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!

 

When Is Coloring a Bad Idea?

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Just as with hair extensions, custom color jobs are not for everyone. Whether you’re looking at existing damage, the potential to cause damage, or a generally non-compliant client, there are cases where you should skip the color and focus just on treatment, or on hair extensions alone. As part of our Color Takeover series—a series of hair extension-specific coloring resources designed to turn you into a virtual color expert—we’re going to share a few examples of these cases, including warning signs for how to spot them! Be sure to read up on more hair extension coloring tips at the Color Takeover Portal today.

Coloring is a bad idea when…

When the client is unprepared to maintain the color job.
You would think that preparing clients to maintain their hair would be easy, given the level of salon support and instruction offered nowadays. In a perfect world, every client would be open to their stylist’s input, and would follow their maintenance regimen to a T. But the unfortunate truth is that some clients don’t listen to their stylists, thinking they know what’s best for their own hair. Others distrust new processes out of habit, and favor their traditional hair care methods even when they don’t work. Whatever the case may be, if you have a client who consistently fails to follow their designated maintenance schedules, is argumentative or petulant during in-salon services, or is simply notorious for letting their hair go without proper care, a color job is probably not for them. Even un-customized hair extensions involve some additional attention, and allowing a client to invest in these often expensive services without hope of long-lasting results is bad news for everyone involved. After all, you wouldn’t want a faded, grown-out head of hair extensions walking around as your business billboard, would you?

When the client plans to sport the new color for a short amount of time, then change to a different color.
Short-term hairstyles and extension arrangements are a lot of fun, and they bring in extra income—so what’s not to love? Well, it doesn’t take much flip-flopping to realize that constant change-ups can be very damaging to the hair, and that’s not exactly the outcome we want from many hours of work. If your client is hoping to change the color of a single set of hair extensions several times in rapid succession, then permanent coloring is not the best way to go. Instead, offer a temporary color alternative, or set your client up with a couple sets of Clip-Ins in whatever colors they like.

When the extensions have already been custom-colored to a different shade, or when the extensions are old.
Aged hair extensions are easy to spot: the bonds are tired, the ends are frayed, and the cuticle layer is worn out, causing extra frizz and tangling. Double-processed extensions may be harder, especially when they’re colored using no developer and plenty of Olaplex for protection, but experienced stylists will be able to tell the difference between the new color and Donna Bella’s available extension shades. We do not recommend coloring old hair extensions or re-coloring colored hair extensions for the same reason: you’re more likely to cause damage to the hair when you do so. When possible, provide a new set of colored hair extensions to replace the outdated ones, or—at the very least—restore the old or double-processed extensions first, then apply semi-permanent color a few days afterwards.

When the color job requires that the client’s natural hair be colored, but their natural hair is in poor shape.
Donna Bella extensions are always provided in tip-top shape, but the health of the client’s own hair cannot be guaranteed. If your client insists on a total mermaid transformation, but their hair is fried or brittle from past services, tell them that you simply can’t do it because the potential risks outweigh the benefits. Clients with existing hair damage should undergo restorative services and hair care education before considering hair extensions and hair coloring procedures. They probably won’t like having to wait, but it’s really the only way to ensure that the transformation turns out well.

When the extensions are still installed.
Hair extensions should only ever be colored when they are removed from the client’s head. Whether this is pre-install, post-un-install, or what have you, the precaution is necessary because hair color can be damaging to the extension bond, causing the extension to slip prematurely. Additionally, coloring hair while the extensions are still installed means that your client’s hair will also be colored—except for the sections that are enclosed within the bond, producing splotches that will be evident once the hair is moved up. To avoid all of this, color the extensions and the client’s hair separately, then install the extensions after a couple of days. Remember, the client’s hair should be completely free of product prior to the installation appointment—that means no same-day color jobs and installations, for the sake of the bonds!

For more coloring advice and free extension coloring resources, visit the Color Takeover Portal today!

 

Overcoming Pricing Fears – Coloring Interview

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SALON SUCCESS
How do you get started in the Color Takeover revolution? Stylists who have grown their business with extensions and hair color share their journeys, tips, and advice.

JEN HOXWORTH
Owner & Stylist
Live or Dye Salon
Creve Coeur, IL
@LiveorDyeSalon
I first experienced Donna Bella Hair extensions at America’s Beauty Show in Chicago, while still in school. I watched a friend get extensions at the booth, and was hooked. I became one of the first to get certified online and began working the shows the following year.

Reality Check
I see clients full-time in the five-station rental salon I own, and about one-third are extension clients. Most of those (80 percent) are 40 years or older and need fullness; they just want their hair to not be “paper thin.”

Overcoming Fear
Some stylists and colorists are scared to get involved with extensions because they think the investment they would be asking clients to make is too high. But you don’t have to be rich to want—and get—hair extensions today. Things have changed so much. Still, it’s important for professionals to charge what we’re worth. If you are confident in your consultation and pricing, if you let clients know you are certified and they are in good hands, if you communicate that “this is the price for the hair extensions themselves, this is the price for the install, here’s what a custom coloring service costs, here’s what it takes and will cost to maintain it,” then you can stand behind your number. It’s not different from charging what you, your time, and expertise are worth for hair color or any other services.

Hair Color is Big
Donna Bella has so many pre-colored ranges to make it easy to find extensions to match the hair on the head. However, with more clients wanting to change hair color more often, more dramatically, salon pros have to be able to adapt on demand—to take clients from where they are now to where they want to go with a new hair phase. That’s why Color Takeover and custom coloring is so brilliant.

Clients want to try new shades and looks—from funky colors to natural shades and back again. Extensions make it easier to navigate and succeed with those constant transformations.

Full Effect
Clients who start with a few extensions for fullness get a taste and want more. With their first extensions in, some actually cry into the mirror, saying, “I didn’t know I could feel this pretty.” Then, I’ll get a text message a week later that reads, “Let’s start thinking about what we can do next time.” Their confidence grows, business grows. Custom color is a natural next step.

Pricing Pointers
I charge $28 for a regular cut and style. For an original installation of a full head of extensions, I’ll charge $450-$650, then about half that for maintenance appointments.

Starting the Conversation
I always have an extensions-related visual on my station, like the Donna Bella Hair Color Ring. I’ll say, “These are my extension swatches. Have you ever thought about what extensions can do for you?” I’ll also keep a mannequin head with a few bright extensions in the retail area, just to prompt conversation.

During the consultation, I ask the client if she is having any trouble with her hair. Almost always there is an extensions and hair color solution.

Visit the Color Takeover Portal today to learn more about combining the art of hair extensions with the science of color in your salon!

 

Pastel Dos and Don’ts

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It’s a new age, and that means we’re not living in grandma’s world of acceptable hair coloring anymore! Bold and vibrant fashion colors and every constituent variation in-between have long since become mainstream-acceptable, with celebrities and fashion icons splashing bits of neons and pastels into their look the world over. We love it! Still, there’re a few things to remember when going pastel, so here’s our quick list of pastel dos and don’ts.

Do:

Experiment: Go crazy! Whether it’s a splash of bubblegum pink, zips of green, or an all-over Easter Egg look you’re going for, remember that it’s ok to experiment to find the color combinations you like best. Use extensions to develop a new look and feel free to go off the beaten path a bit…just remember to also:

Strand Test First: Remember that the color you see on the label isn’t necessarily the color you’ll get in your hair. Also remember that all hair will accept pastel coloring in different degrees. Always test out the color on an inconspicuous section of hair beforehand so you will know for sure what it will look like before continuing and won’t get stuck with a color you weren’t planning on.

Adopt a Moisturizing Regimen: Color-treated hair needs to be maintained and moisturized. Though pastel colors may be faint, the hair will still be in desperate need of upkeep afterwards, including regular moisture treatments and brushing. Keeping hair clean and thoroughly cared for will not only keep the color looking brighter, longer, but (if the client is using extensions) will also keep the extensions in tip-top shape for much longer. Encourage a moisturizing regimen for your client, and extol the virtues of this upkeep. Knowledge is power!

Don’t:

Start with All-Over Color: It may be tempting, and it’s likely your client has seen a celebrity pull it off. We recommend that pastel first-timers start with partial pieces like peek-a-boos or streaks and work from there. If, after experiencing the transformative joy of a pastel streak, they wish for all-over color? That’s fine and good. Just know that it’s truly a transformation, so moderation is key in the beginning.

Attempt to Pastel Color Dark Hair: A bleached base creates the best pastel effect, so dark-haired clients will likely need a bleaching or lightening treatment beforehand. Attempts to color pastel directly onto dark hair will likely result in murky color combinations (if they show up at all), and won’t create the effect your client wants at all. Hair must be porous to accept color, and this is why dark hair must be bleached first, to have that color removed so it can accept new color that’s deposited onto it.

For more tips and tricks, including Dos and Don’ts for using Toner, Hair Chalk, and Semi and Demi-Permanent color on extensions, stay tuned to the Donna Bella Color Takeover Portal!

 

Why Specialize in Color and Extensions? – Coloring Interview with Baelee Reiter

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SALON SUCCESS
How do you get started in the Color Takeover revolution? Stylists who have grown their business with extensions and hair color share their journeys, tips, and advice.

BAELEE REITER
Manager and Stylist
Evolution Salon, Minot, ND
@inbaeleeschair
My love of extensions took root in cosmetology school, and it was one of the best things I could have done for my career. After graduating, I tried different brands until introduced to Donna Bella. I love the quality of the hair—and the support.

What Has Changed?
Extensions are no longer just about super-long hair and four-plus hours in the chair. Now I am adding extensions just for pops of color, for highlights, to add volume, to extend or brighten an ombre or balayage service.

For thinning clients, we use extensions to add thickness. For finer-haired clients, we add darker pieces to create lowlights and added dimension with minimal fading.

To colorists who are skeptical or to any stylists who are a bit intimidated by the idea of bringing hair color and extension services together, I always say “think back to your first time doing a full head of highlights.” It takes practice—and time—but once you learn and go through the process a few times, your speed and confidence improve rapidly.

Why Specialize?
It’s worth it. You can boost profits so quickly by adding color and extensions. As with anything new in our craft, success takes an open mind and practice.

When I first started at the salon seven years ago, I was the only one who did extensions. Within two years, I was so busy with extensions and consultations, I couldn’t keep up. I had no choice but to train a few other stylists in the salon. When another salon stylist sees the money you can make by being an extensions specialist, they are intrigued and want to learn, too. Who doesn’t want to make more money?

We have grown so much with extensions in our salon and town. When I talk to stylists at Donna Bella classes or shows, I often hear, “I’m from a small town, no one would want extensions.” Then I tell them about how much business I do at my North Dakota salon, and that I believe almost every client is an extensions candidate.

Something for Everyone
Not everyone has to have a full head application, in fact most of my clients don’t. Some just want to fill in around the front, ears forward. Maybe they’ve had breakage or find the hair doesn’t grow as fast. Others don’t want to over-compromise their hair, especially now that balayage is so popular. I can add one package of platinum blonde or silver extensions to add brightness and make them feel a lot lighter.

Sampling Works
One of my best tips is to always keep product at your station. Show the client what adding just a few pieces might do for her. Start out with a type of extension that doesn’t have a commitment—Donna Bella offers four types—Tape-In, I-Link, Flat-Tip, and Kera-Link. Place a few and tell her, “If you decide within a week that you don’t like it, come back and I’ll take it out for free.” Nine times out of 10, she comes back—but because she wants more. For many, the extra thickness and volume are addictive.

Pricing Pointers
As far as pricing extensions, the nationwide average for Donna Bella Hair ranges from $5-10 per strand for the application process, plus what you charge for the hair itself. So if you install 20 to 40 strands, you would charge from $140 to $280. With practice, installing 20-40 strands should take about a half-hour. Then, depending on the method and the service, the client comes back in 6 to 12 weeks to remove the extensions and move them back up to the root area. You charge for the total time the service requires, which varies depending on the method. Even a few fashion color strands can generate $20-30 for a quick 5-minute add-on service.

Making a Difference
It all comes back to a conversation with your client and building trust. Extensions are a huge money-maker for our salon, but extensions also change people’s lives, and that’s very gratifying.

I had a client who was struggling with the fact that her hair did not grow back with the same texture after successful treatment for cancer. We found a solution with extensions. She was in my chair, in tears, so happy. Hair is one of the most important accessories we have, and extensions—along with hair color and a great style—allow us to give clients the accessory they want.

Another fine-haired client just wants to be as platinum on her ends as can be. So I said, let’s add some Color #60 (Donna Bella’s lightest, most neutral shade) to your hair. I’ve had her rebooking for a solid year now because I can give her the look that no other stylist can with hair color alone. I simply retouch her regrowth and just push up her extensions.

And then there are clients who crave those really fun fashion colors that are so huge right now. I can create a custom color with extensions or place a few bright pops, no pre-lightening necessary.

Sky’s the Limit
My main message to share with fellow salon professionals is simple: if you can specialize in extensions and the custom coloring of extensions, you will set yourself apart from other stylists and salons. The sky really is the limit. From mermaid hair to subtle lowlights, the opportunities are there, in your chair.

Don’t let hesitation hold you back. Try new things on fellow stylists and family. Take pics and post your transformations. One really good before-and-after on a professional Instagram page can get you 10 new clients, easily.

Visit the Color Takeover Portal today to learn more about combining the art of hair extensions with the science of color in your salon!

 

Pastel Unicorn Hair

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It’s a new time. Where traditionally, coming into work with a green streak in your hair would get a write-up from your boss, now bold fashion colors are a norm that’s becoming more and more accepted in mainstream society. At Donna Bella, we’re thrilled at the development because it opens the door for SO many awesome color combinations stylists can achieve by coloring their hair extensions and working them into the mix. Whether working with mermaid colors, strong neons, or the increasingly popular Pastel Unicorn effects, here’s why stylists and clients alike are turning to less conventional hues for their hair creations. For a look at how we created a gorgeous Pastel Unicorn effect, be sure to reference our video with world renowned stylist Ashley Rocks!

Some fashion bloggers snarkily refer to the pastel phenomenon as “the colorful response to granny hair.” Though surely made in jest, it’s a comment that’s not all that far off from reality. Since modern iterations of silver hairstyles indicate that it can indeed be a sexy color not exclusive to the nursing home, the pastel phenomenon takes this principle just a step further on the color commitment scale.

In terms of color literacy and flexibility, we recognize that all clients are on different spots of the spectrum. Some stick to the familiar confines of naturally occurring hair hues when looking for a change, while others branch out to work strains from the rainbow into the concoction. Pastel Hair, and its associated styles, takes its inspiration from the land of mythology, merriment, and whimsy. Whether it’s Lisa Frank stickers, Adventure Time, or something on the psychedelic spectrum, Pastel styles work fashion colors in the silver, cobalt, light yellow, pink, and purple ranges for a versatile effect that’s entirely fashion-color based, but softer in its execution than a neon might be. What’s more is you, the artist and visionary, can construct a look based on your individual need. Want more green than pink? No sweat. Heavier on silver and blue? You can do that too. The combos are literally endless.

Some clients may have the itch for fashion colors. Maybe they’ve grown bored with their “naturally occurring” choices, and want to take it off the beaten path. In this regard, Pastel or Unicorn effects can be used for softer color effects that are still striking. When dealing with fashion colors, it’s important to remember that all the tenants of safe coloring become tantamount: working with shades that compliment the client’s skin tone, using semi- and demi-permanent colors, and strand testing to eliminate unwanted surprises are key.

Utilizing fashion colors creates limitless color creations for you and your clients. Be sure they know their options, the various color transitional effects, and that a pastel color ‘do can get their creative rocks off without the harsh commitments of neon or fashion ombres. It’s fun, flirty, and just a little bit left of center. Be sure to stay tuned to the Donna Bella Color Takeover Portal for more hair tips and tricks like this one!