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How to Use Temporary Colors on Hair Extensions

Sometimes you’re itching for a new look, but feel worried about being stuck with something you don’t love for weeks. If you are looking to commit to a bold color, check out the Color Takeover Portal for some great looks you can achieve with our #60 Hair Extensions. For a strictly temporary look, you can use #60, or extensions going as dark as a #8 Light Chestnut Brown. Darker colors may take to these temporary colors, but they won’t look as bold. No matter what you’re looking for, we’re confident we can help you find it. Here are a few ideas:

Joico InstaTint
We love Joico! We use their Color Intensity line for all of our Color Takeover looks. If you are looking for some instant color that doesn’t last too long, their InstaTint is the perfect choice. It couldn’t be easier to apply, you simply spray it onto the hair you want to color. This style of application is great if you are going for an ombre or balayage look. You can also add pops of color to a braid or ponytail. If you want more saturated color, just spray on another layer. It works best on lighter hair but can add great color to darker shades as well. This temporary color lasts up to three days on your natural hair, or until you wash it out. Your extensions will probably fade more slowly. InstaTint comes in five great colors; Fiery Coral, Mermaid Blue, Orchid, Pink, and Sapphire Blue.

Color Washes
Shampoos and conditioners with color in them are especially great for people maintaining a head of colorful hair, but you can use them to get color without any dye at all. Just add it after you shampoo your hair, right in the shower! There are tons of colors to choose from and the results vary from highly saturated to subtle – depending on your hair color and the dye you choose. We recommend using Overtone or Viral—you can get these brands online or at a local store. Your hair needs to be pre-lightened to get a bold color when you use a color wash, but can be used on darker colors for some great results. The color will last the same amount of time that a semi-permanent dye lasts unless you continue applying the wash.

Hair Chalk
Hair chalk only lasts as long as you want it to, and will come out in a single wash. It’s perfect when you only need color for a short amount of time. Showing school spirit? Fancy dress-up party? Hair chalk is low-commitment and can even be used for a “trial run” before a total color commitment. Make sure the extensions are clean and brushed out, and only rub the color in one direction on the extension weft to prevent tangling and matting. Some people find that extensions are more absorbent of chalk color if they’ve been properly washed and rinsed beforehand. So, if you are looking for a more vibrant look, try giving your hair a wash first!

Clip-Ins
Add a pop of color in a snap, literally. If these other options still sound like too much commitment you can always check out the Clip-Ins we sell on our site. We offer 100% Remy human hair or synthetic clips in natural and funky colors, so you can add bold color or give highlights a try without having to alter your own hair at all.

We always encourage you to be bold and beautiful, because that’s what Donna Bella is all about. Maybe a new color will be right for you. Follow us on our other social media sites for more hair color #inspo.

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How To: Custom Color Looks for Brunettes

Become a belle with one of these toasty brown-haired looks. We’ve got all the coloring resources you need at our Color Takeover Portal!

Mahogany
Blending with DB Extensions:
1B (Jet Black/Darkest Brown)
2 (Darkest Brown)
99J (Dark Auburn Burgundy)
Black Wine
Red Wine
Ombre 1B/Burgundy

Coloring with Joico Color Intensities:
20% Ruby Red
15% Magenta
65% Black Pearl

Fawn
Blending with DB Extensions:
4 (Dark Brown)
5B (Caramel)
6 (Dark Chestnut Brown)
10 (Medium Ash)
12 (Light Ash)
12/600 (Light Ash/Blond)

Coloring with Joico Color Intensities:
12% Ruby Red
25% Yellow
25% Light Purple
19% Titanium
19% Black Pearl

Chocolate
Blending with DB Extensions:
2 (Darkest Brown)
3R (Darkest Brown with Auburn)
4 (Dark Brown)

Coloring with Joico Color Intensities:
13% Ruby Red
14% Yellow
13% Indigo
60% Black Pearl

Coffee
Blending with DB Extensions:
1B (Jet Black/Darkest Brown)
2 (Darkest Brown)
6/10 (Dark Chestnut/Medium Ash)
60 (Platinum Ash Blond)
Silver

Coloring with Joico Color Intensities:
7% Ruby Red
12% Yellow
11% Light Purple
10% Titanium
60% Black Pearl

For more color formulas, tutorials, and articles, visit the Color Takeover Portal today!

The 1-Minute Makeover

Part of the beauty of custom hair extension color jobs is that most of the work happens when the client isn’t even around. Clients—that means you can have your consultation, decide upon your color, and order your hair, then leave the extension coloring process up to your stylist. Once you return for your installation, the hair will be prepped and ready for you, so all you have to do is sit for awhile before walking off to enjoy your results! In some cases, the process can be even quicker; with non-invasive or temporary hair extension solutions, you can even see a difference within 1 minute of entering the salon. Care to know how? Read on to view your 1-minute makeover options…

Highlights
It only takes a couple of well-placed highlights to brighten up your entire image. With a few crimps and a handful of extensions, you could easily find yourself looking younger, slimmer, and all-around brand new.

A splash of color
Whether you’re supporting a cause or just having a bit of rebellious fun, introducing a band of pink or a stripe of blue to your hair is as simple as adding a single Tape-In or Clip-In. Even with more, you’re looking at a procedure that lasts no longer than a minute, so you can spend your time feeling awesome.

Bangs
Sono by Donna Bella Bangs are installed with 3 simple clips, meaning installation is a breeze every time. Choose from our Side Swept or Straight Across options for a compatible style that’s sure to reform your whole look, then have your stylist color them to your perfect shade.

Solos
Another Sono by Donna Bella option, our Solo is a full head of hair attached to a single microfilm wire which you can pull on or take off in moments, let alone a whole minute. Once it’s on, simply pull the top layer of your natural hair over the wire to disguise, and you’ll be ready to go anywhere looking like a million bucks.

Stylists—are you up to the task? Visit the Color Takeover Portal to learn all about the Donna Bella-approved way to color hair extensions, and to stock up on color formulas, tutorials, and articles that’ll guide you through the process. It’s the only place where the art of DB hair extensions meets the science of hair color, and all the resources you’ll find there are 100% free!

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Everything You Need to Know About Mixing & Matching Color for Extensions

Donna Bella’s Color Takeover initiative is bringing you all the resources and education you need to start incorporating cutting-edge color science into your hair extension services. But if you need a snapshot, a sneak peek, or a cheat sheet, look no further. We’ve got all the tips for mixing and matching extension colors right here.

Focus on the consultation.
This is where the coloring magic happens, because it’s where your vision and your client’s vision come into alignment. During the consultation, you and your client should hammer out all the details of the coloring and installation appointments, essentially writing a script that will be enacted later. Make sure that you:
– understand what your client wants in the way of length, volume, permanence, and color change
– know the extent to which the color will be applied (highlights, ombre, overall color, etc.)
– decide upon a coloring method (blending vs. coloring)
– choose the appropriate extension colors and pigments to achieve the desired look
– explain the steps of the procedure—including preparation and aftercare requirements—so your client knows what to expect
– schedule the coloring and installation appointments separately, and order the hair and pigments promptly.

Know your color theory.
There are three distinct color frameworks that hair extension colorists should understand:
1. Donna Bella’s hair extension color classifications
2. the color pigmentation scales of human hair and skin
3. basic color theory (for mixing colors and blending extension strands)

Some key things to remember:
– All colors are derived from the three primary colors—red, yellow, and blue—and these primary colors blend to brown.
– White and black are shades that modify the lightness or darkness of a color.
– Complementary colors (purple + yellow, red + green, orange + blue) have a darkening effect when blended together.
– The temperature or “tone” of a color is described on a scale of warm (yellow, red, orange) to cool (blue, green, purple), and is used as a secondary classification, making “cool red” or “warm blue” sensible descriptions, in that cool red is cooler—or duller—than true red, and warm blue warmer—or brighter—than true blue.
– Human hair and skin color is determined by the relative amounts of two different pigments—eumelanin and pheomelanin—which dictate the lightness or darkness and redness or yellow-ness of the color, respectively.
– The pheomelanin pigmentation (redness or yellow-ness) of a person’s hair generally correlates with that of the person’s skin.
– Blue color particles exist in the superficial layer of the hair shaft, whereas red and yellow color particles exist deeper within the hair shaft, which is why bleached hair tends to appear brassy.

Know when to blend and when to color.
Blending involves dispersing hair extensions of different colors throughout the hair to produce the effect of a particular hue. Coloring involves processing the hair extensions to the desired hue. Blending is ideal for adding dimension (highlights and lowlights) to a client’s hair, or for simulating a match to the client’s natural hair color when an exact match is not available. Coloring is ideal for fashion or fantasy color transformations, or for non-standard color jobs (splashlights, hair art, etc.).

Know your ten cardinal rules for coloring.
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 two shades of the original extension color, when possible.
6. Pre-wash extensions with sulfate-free shampoo before coloring them.
7. Always flip extensions to color both sides.
8. When brushing color onto the hair, go in the direction of the hair’s cuticle.
9. Remove all Tape from Tape-In extensions before coloring them.
10. Use only sulfate-free, color-safe shampoo and conditioner on colored hair extensions.

Be aware that extension hair and natural hair process color differently.
There are many factors that contribute to the color processing of a formula. For example, hair health (whether the cuticle layer is intact), hair pigmentation (light vs. dark and red vs. yellow hair), the presence of other particles (chemicals, oil, dirt), etc. Donna Bella extensions are already pre-colored, so the formula may react to the existing pigments and chemicals in unexpected ways. Generally, hair extensions process color more quickly than natural hair.

The fewer steps, the better.
Try to be accurate with your decisions and your color work the first time around so that you don’t need to backpedal and change the hair once you’ve already colored it. Overprocessing hair is the quickest way to destroy it, and the only way to fully protect your client’s investment and your own labor is to follow these tips and just take your time.

For more hair extension coloring resources—including the full articles from which these tips were pulled—visit the Color Takeover Portal today!

 

Fall Update: Ombre

Fall is fast approaching, and soon clients will be rushing in for seasonal color updates, taking their inspiration from golden leaves, spiced chai, and toasty orange pumpkins. Many will be trying on the newest hair trends, like bronde or rose gold. Many more will go with the classics—as always, ombre will make an appearance. Prepare your salon for your clients’ every need by stocking up on extension-friendly colors and ombre-friendly extensions, in 10 different color combinations! And prepare yourself, too, by reviewing our extensive ombre tips and tutorials, available via the links below.

Getting ready to purchase new ombre hair extensions?
Well, you’re in luck
We happen to be having a sale for ombre hair extensions at the Donna Bella online store—it’s going on right now. Head over and get shopping to take advantage of 10% off all your ombre extensions! Sale ends September 6th, 2017.

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Ombre with Donna Bella Hair
This 2015 Hairline blog post outlines how to achieve an ombre transformation without the need for additional color!

What is Colorombre?
Explore the vibrant Colorombre trend in this Hairline blog post.

Fashion Ombre
Fashion Ombre is a striking color look, and we covered it in depth just earlier this year.

Sombre
We wrote a whole piece about one of ombre’s newer variations: the Sombre. Read up to learn more!

New Ways to Do Ombres with Hair Extensions
This is another blog post of ours that dives into the benefits of combining color and Donna Bella extensions for your ombre transformations.

The Dos and Don’ts of Ombre
This post tells you everything you need to know to perform the perfect ombre-specific color job.

Ombre Tape-In Hair Extensions Makeover
Click through to this YouTube video and watch top stylist Ruben Martinez perform a full-head ombre transformation using Donna Bella ombre Tape-In extensions!

Fashion Ombre Video Tutorial
Watch professional extensions stylist and colorist Ashley Rocks achieve an enviable Fashion Ombre look.

Sombre Video Tutorial
Join Ashley Rocks again as she demonstrates a Sombre color job.

Downloadable Color Formulations
Like Ashley’s work? You can download the exact color formulations featured in her videos from our website.

Color Takeover Portal
Keep up to date with hair coloring news and content, from ombre to mermaid to pastel unicorn and beyond!

Visit the Color Takeover Portal
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Aftercare Guide for Colored Hair Extensions

Custom-colored hair extensions are great for tailoring your extension look to your natural hairstyle—or to your desired color alternative. But alongside that extra benefit comes additional maintenance, necessary to preserve your extension quality and to ensure that your color lasts. It is important to remember that Donna Bella hair extensions are already pre-colored to our existing range of shades, and that any custom color job is an additional process that alters the structure of the hair shaft, predisposing it to damage. Fortunately, Olaplex can be used to help maintain hair integrity, and the resulting color-specific aftercare doesn’t need to be difficult. We’re here to walk you through all the color-related processes, and we have a new and exciting Color Takeover Portal that’ll do just that. For the first time ever, you can find all of Donna Bella’s approved coloring techniques, formulas, and tutorials in a single place that’s easily accessible from your laptop or handheld device. So prepare to be amazed by all the new coloring possibilities!

To start, here are our recommended tips for custom color aftercare—straight from the Color Takeover archives:

1. Don’t wash too frequently. Newly installed and/or recently colored hair extensions should not be washed for 48 hours following the service, and they should be washed as infrequently as possible thereafter. We suggest washing hair no more than once a week, and using dry shampoo between washes to keep your hair fresh.

2. Use the proper products. When you do shower, be sure to use professional grade, sulfate-free, and color-safe products—like those in our Remy Care line—to preserve hair and color quality.

3. Stick to cold water. This may be hard for those of you who enjoy warm (or even hot) showers, but showering with tepid or outright cold water will have a better effect on your hair. The cold temperature causes the cuticle layer of the hair to lay flat against the hair shaft, resulting in less color fade and ultimately shinier hair.

4. Pack on the conditioner. Conditioning treatments are colored hair’s best friend, as they restore any moisture that may be lost due to greater porosity. Invest in a good conditioner, mask, serum, and/or oil, and consider visiting your stylist for monthly revitalizing treatments for beautifully colored hair that’s bouncy and silky, too.

5. Opt for heatless styling. Porous hair is less capable of holding color for long periods of time than non-porous hair, so avoid doing anything that could damage your hair and make it more porous. That includes heat styling. Instead, try overnight styling using buns, curlers, or ribbons. When using heating tools is unavoidable, always always always remember to use a heat protectant prior to applying heat.

6. Schedule your touch-ups and your move-ups for different days. Your hair extensions should only be colored when they are off of your head. This is because attempting to color extensions on your head risks getting color on the bonds (which is not good for the extensions) and leaving your hair with patches of uneven color. To ensure that there’s enough time for the color to process, schedule your move-up to be a couple of days after your removal—or a couple of days after your own hair is colored, if that’s part of your process.

Liked these tips? Head over to our Color Takeover Portal for more! We can’t wait to see what you’ll do with everything you learn.

 

Using Toner on Hair Extensions

When it comes to coloring your hair extensions, there are various methods and tools you can use. Depending on the permanence of the look you want, the shade you’re trying to accomplish, or the shade of your natural hair, different color products and combinations will bring about different results. Within the varying subcategories of custom coloring, we occasionally get asked about using toner on hair extensions.

It’s a good question. Toner—occasionally called gloss—is a semi-permanent color. Unlike semi-permanent color that deposits pigment on top of the hair to alter the shade, toners contain small amounts of ammonia to change the chemical pigment in the hair shaft. While we can never condone bleaching hair extensions outright, toners are OK if you follow these directions. Traditionally, toners are used to alter the brassy tones in hair after it’s been bleached, specifically to eliminate the dreaded “zebra stripes” effect of a harsh dye job. It works by taking different shades of orange and yellow and neutralizing them to blonde, silver or pastel for a softer blend. Toner lasts anywhere from 2 to 8 weeks, depending on how often the client hair, and hair care regimen.

To add toner to newly colored blond hair extensions, simply treat them like you would real hair. Shampoo them, lay them out and color them with the most gentle gloss or toner you can. Never walk away from the extensions because they can tone really fast (though they can also take longer than usual). So it’s really important to keep an eye on them. Sometimes you may even have to tone more than once to get your desired effect.

To dry your newly toned extensions, simply lay them out on a towel to remove excess water from them. This works much more effectively than wringing them out. Once the extensions are dry, brush them out (we recommend using the Donna Bella Hair Extensions Brush) to eliminate flyaways and tangles.

Additional Tips When Toning Hair Extensions
– Always perform a strand test first to ensure it’s not going to turn your extensions a color you hadn’t planned!
Never bleach your extensions. While toners contain trace amounts of ammonia which has lightening effects, bleach and peroxide will dry your extensions out into an irreversible state.
– Treat your extensions as you would your own hair. They’re a product that requires regular maintenance and care to stay looking good, and will last longer when they’re cared for.

That’s all there is to it! For more info, tips, and hair extensions tricks, stay tuned to the Donna Bella Color Takeover Portal.

 

How To: Custom Color Looks for Blondes

Ready to unleash your inner blonde? Take a look at these popular golden colors, then head over to our Color Takeover Portal and learn how to color your extensions the Donna Bella way!

Champagne

Blending with DB Extensions:
27/613 (Light Blond with Strawberry)
60 (Platinum Ash Blond)
Ombre 12/60

Coloring with Joico Color Intensities:
8% Red
19% Yellow
11% Indigo
12% Soft Pink
50% Titanium

Silver

Blending with DB Extensions:
60 (Platinum Ash Blond)
Silver
Ombre 1B/60
Ombre 1B/Silver

Coloring with Joico Color Intensities:
13% Sapphire Blue
7% Cobalt Blue
7% Indigo
60% Titanium
13% Black Pearl

Platinum

Blending with DB Extensions:
60 (Platinum Ash Blond)
1001 (Platinum Blond)
Silver
Ombre 1B/60
Ombre 1B/Silver

Coloring with Joico Color Intensities:
17% Yellow
6% Pink
10% Indigo
67% Titanium

Rose Gold

Blending with DB Extensions:
5R (Caramel Red)
27/613 (Light Blond with Strawberry)
60 (Platinum Ash Blond)
Ombre 4/30/613

Coloring with Joico Color Intensities:
9% Ruby Red
9% Red
9% Yellow
9% Light Purple
9% Soft Pink
46% Titanium
9% Black Pearl

For more color formulas, tutorials, and articles, visit the Color Takeover Portal today!

 

Merging the Art of Extensions with the Science of Color – Coloring Interview with Ruben Martinez

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.

RUBEN MARTINEZ
Solo Artist and Traveling Educator/Extensions Expert
Yost Salon
Las Vegas, NV
My hair extension journey began back in 2005, when I was introduced to Donna Bella Hair extensions at a show in Los Angeles. I wanted to learn all I could about the craft, and how to get started. I fell in love with the methods immediately, along with the company’s accessibility and customer service!

Today, my work with hair extensions has taken me literally all over the country and world. I specialize in extensions with a passion for education. I currently rent a station at Yost Salon in Las Vegas, travel once per month to California for standing appointments, and see five extensions clients per week on average, along with teaching. With professional hair extensions—and hair color—there’s so much versatility with what you can create, where you can go. It’s awesome.

The Art of Extensions
If you learn about and do extensions for the craft and the craft alone you’ll have success. It’s not just “attaching” hair. Mastering the craft means learning the methods inside and out. Placement and position with an integrity-focused approach is just the beginning. Proper blending, dimensional flow are part of it. Then there’s making sure clients are aware of aftercare do’s and don’ts. (Doesn’t that all sound familiar, hair colorists?) When artists give the craft their all, success in the category is inevitable.

About Color Takeover
Hair color and extensions seriously go hand in hand. Color matching plays a key role in achieving a “most natural, least obvious” end result. For salons and artists, I feel business can only grow from being recognized as having the ability to create masterpieces that aren’t obviously extensions or extensions alone.

Pricing Pointers
My basic hair cut and style services start at $60, and my average extensions ticket is $700, with services ranging from $200 to $1,800. It all depends on which method of attachment is being used, how much hair is needed, and basically what end result the client is aiming to achieve.

Making a Difference
With Color Takeover from Donna Bella as a resource, stylists and colorists have more options than ever. Whether you help meet your clients’ needs for length, fullness, or fashion color, you seriously have a broad range of variety to create the day away. Be prepared as it hits you right in the feels when you give your clients the hair they’ve always wanted. It’s so rewarding giving them that WOW factor as they strut their stuff on that catwalk of life.

Donna Bella has made the difference for me. They’ve supported my hair extension journey with such a great product, life changing opportunities, and reliable customer service. For that, I’m forever grateful!

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

How To: Custom Color Looks for Redheads

Whether you’re a current redhead or an aspiring one, we’ve got the tips you need to achieve these popular ruddy looks. Check out our new Color Takeover Portal for extension coloring tutorials, formulas, and information to get started!

Cherry
Blending with DB Extensions:
– 27A (Dark Gold Blond)
– 27/613 (Light Blond with Strawberry)
– 32 (Cherry)
– 60 (Platinum Ash Blond)
– 600 (Blond)

Coloring with Joico Color Intensities:
– 10% Ruby Red
– 13% Red
– 25% Orange
– 18% Yellow
– 30% Titanium
– 4% Black Pearl

Copper
Blending with DB Extensions:
– 5R (Caramel Red)
– 30/33 (Dark Chestnut Auburn)
– 31 (Light Auburn)
– 60 (Platinum Ash Blond)

Coloring with Joico Color Intensities:
– 20% Ruby Red
– 12% Fiery Coral
– 30% Orange
– 5% Titanium
– 33% Black Pearl

Fiery Red
Blending with DB Extensions:
5R (Caramel Red)
31 (Light Auburn)
32 (Cherry)
Red
Red Wine

Coloring with Joico Color Intensities:
35% Ruby Red
23% Red
22% Fiery Coral
20% Orange

Wine
Blending with DB Extensions:
99J (Dark Auburn Burgundy)
Black Wine
Red Wine
Ombre 1B/Burgundy
Ombre 1B/Purple

Coloring with Joico Color Intensities:
15% Ruby Red
8% Red
12% Orchid
8% Magenta
57% Black Pearl

Want to recreate the look? Visit the Color Takeover Portal today!