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Why Do Clients Love Kera-Link?

This month we’re paying our respects to Kera-Link extensions, one of our premier professional hair extension methods. As part of the feature, we wanted to take a special look at the qualities of the product that make it so well-loved. So without further ado, here are a couple of Kera-Link quirks that make people go ker-azy for them.

Traditional and well-regarded

Of all of our hair extension methods, Kera-Link (or the “fusion” method) has been around the longest. When people think of hair extensions, Kera-Link has the most long-standing reputation. It feels familiar, and is one of the most popular options to date.

Durable

Kera-Link/fusion extensions are supremely durable. While other hair extension methods can be just as durable as fusion (lasting, on average, 6-7 weeks before move-up), there is definitely something extra-comforting about the security of an extension fused directly with your hair. This is particularly true when you remember that keratin bonds–the protein tips that are melted under heat against the client’s hair–are made from the same kind of protein as the hair itself, making the extension look and feel basically indistinguishable from the client’s own hair.

Comfortable

One notable benefit of the Kera-Link method is that the bonds are unobtrusive and blend naturally with the client’s hair, so caring for the extensions can be a bit more comfortable than it is for other methods. Unless you’re using an appropriate, hair extension-friendly brush, you’ll find that most brushes snag on the extension bonds of other methods–risking breakage. With Kera-Link, this is less of a concern–though we still recommend that you use the Extension Brush for optimal effect!

Discrete

As we mentioned briefly in the second point above, Kera-Link bonds blend very seamlessly into the client’s natural hair, in part because the bond is composed of the same kind of protein as human hair. It’s also because the attachment point isn’t too bulky, and the keratin bond itself is pre-colored to the appropriate shade to match the client’s hair color. Furthermore, Kera-Link extensions can be customized into smaller units (by snipping the extension bond vertically in half), so that tiny pieces can be applied to tiny sections of the hair. This makes the extension bonds–which are already basically imperceptible when applied–all but totally invisible, and therefore particularly attractive to clients who rank this among their primary concerns.

Whether you’re a Kera-Link wearer, stylist, or none of the above, learning about the different methods that make up the world of hair extensions enables you to make more personalized choices. It also equips you with the information you need to talk about extensions with others–especially those who may still be on the extension fence. We invite you to read more of our method-related blog posts (linked below), for both Kera-Link and our other prominent methods. You may be surprised at what you learn!

Kera-Link
Hair Extensions 101: Kera-Link Hair Extension Basics
Removing Donna Bella Hair Kera-Links
What causes Kera-Link Slippage?
Adjusting Kera-Link Extensions

I-Link
Hair Extensions 101: I-Link Hair Extension Basics
Prepping your I-Links for Reinstallation
What causes I-Link Hair Extensions to Slip?
Adjusting I-Link Hair Extensions

Tape-In
Hair Extensions 101: Tape-In Hair Extension Basics
Simple Ways to Improve Your Tape-In Move-Ups
What causes Tape-In Hair Extensions to Slip?
Adjusting Tape-In Extensions

Flat-Tip
What Do You Get When You Cross Tape-In and I-Link?
How to Become a Flat-Tip Pro
How Does Flat-Tip Feel?
Who is Flat-Tip Best For?

Ready-to-Wear
Getting to Know Sono by Donna Bella Hair
A Simple Guide to Clip-In Hair Extensions
Caring for your Clip-In Extensions
Style Tip: Single Clip Ins

 

How to Make the Most of Your DB Color Ring

Here at Donna Bella, we believe that the DB Color Ring is the #1 most important tool an extensions stylist can have in their toolkit. This is because the Color Ring helps you sell your hair extension services, and it ensures that you select the proper color for your client–two steps that make the whole installation possible. We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again–the consultation is the most critical part of the entire hair extension process, and it can either set you up for satisfaction or start the process on the wrong foot entirely. The DB Color Ring is the consultation tool par excellence, and it can help you do a lot more than just ace your consultations! So if you don’t have one–get one!* And if you do, take a look at all the ways our Color Ring can elevate your business and your customer’s salon experience.

*From October 20 to October 25 (2017), purchase the Donna Bella Color Ring for $20 (instead of $55). Shop now to claim a total of $35 off standard price (no promo code necessary)!

1. Promote Your Practice.

Even before a hair extensions consultation, a Color Ring sitting casually on display on your salon counter can alert your clients to the fact that you offer extension services in the first place. Clients who are unfamiliar with extensions may notice the assortment of silky, beautifully colored strands and feel inspired to ask for additional information, and clients who are familiar with extensions will discern the exceptional quality or recognize the brand. So let your tools promote your business for you!

2. Save Money.

With a Color Ring, you don’t need to have packages of hair extensions available in advance. Introduce your clients to a large variety of extension shades with a tool that you can carry in one hand. You won’t need to splurge on extension pieces that aren’t guaranteed to be used, keeping your inventory manageable and your expenses low, and you’ll see more return on your investment as clients are drawn in by the lure of extensions.

3. Sell Them on the Product.

The Color Ring doesn’t only save you money–it also spares your client from investing blindly in a product that they haven’t seen or handled in advance. You’ll get more customer trust and ultimate buy-in when you can show them upfront what it is that you’re offering. The Donna Bella Color Ring is composed of 54 strands of 100% Human Remy hair–the same hair used in our full extensions–colored exactly to our 54 (and counting!) available shades. This means that the strands look and feel just like the final product.

4. Get on the Same Page.

Sometimes it’s difficult to conduct a color conversation because perceptions of colors differ from person to person. When your client shows up to their color appointment without examples or references, have your Color Ring available as a decoding conversation tool. It will enable you and your client to communicate the colors you’re imagining, and it will allow you to compare the subtle differences in tone and shade present within any single color category.

5. Realize Your Vision.

Whether you’re performing an extension job or not, the Color Ring can be used to visualize color transformations. Have a client who wants to become a brunette but doesn’t know which shade would suit her? Whip out the Color Ring and compare the swatches to her skin tone to achieve the perfect complement, then use the swatch as a guide when testing your color formulation. Who knows? Maybe an unexpected color will catch her eye. Make room in your salon for both inspiration and serendipity, and feel confident in your selections as you do!

6. Predict Color Results.

We always recommend using a test strand when coloring your Hair Extensions with semi or demi permanent dyes. Extra color swatches can be purchased just for this purpose, and for only $2 a piece! You could even prepare a book of pre-colored strands to demonstrate how different extension shades take to different color formulations, for you and your client’s reference.

How do you use your Color Ring to maximum effect? Let us know in the comments below! And if you haven’t gotten a Color Ring yet, get shopping now to take advantage of the current deal!

 

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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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
or
Shop Ombre Extensions Now

The Ultimate Hair Hack: Donna Bella Kits

We’re full of useful hair extension tips and tricks here at Donna Bella—we’ve shown you how to achieve an ombre using only hair extensions, and how to combine the best of strand-by-strand and weft extension types. But we’ll let you in on a little secret: sometimes the best trick is no trick at all. Our Donna Bella Hair Extension Kits don’t skimp on any steps or details of the hair extension process, so you could hardly say that they’re a shortcut to a full head of hair. And yet, time and time again, they prove to be one of the best hair extension hacks out there. Here’s why.

Cover all your bases in a single purchase
Save time and effort as you search for your perfect tools by selecting a Donna Bella Extension Kit. We offer four varieties suited to each method’s varying needs: the I-Link Starter Kit, which contains all the tools necessary for completing both I-Link and Flat-Tip installations; the Kera-Link Starter Kit, which contains every fundamental Kera-Link-related tool; the Tape-In Starter Kit, which houses the essentials for Tape-In installs and re-installs, and the Ultimate Starter Kit, which contains every tool needed for all four professional methods. When you buy a donna Bella tool kit you’ll get the best on the market, and you’ll never find yourself in a situation where you’re missing a vital tool to complete your installations!

Receive $29.95-worth of bonus materials
Each of our Hair Extension Kits comes with three additional resources for your installations (delivered as email PDFs): a Hair Extension Placement Guide, which will help you position your extensions to perfection; a manual for Blending & Styling Extensions, which covers the all-important end phase of the installation process; and Hair Extension Color 101, a simple how-to for selecting and coloring extensions to match the client’s hair color. These resources are not available elsewhere on our site, but they’re available to Extension Kit users at no additional cost. Plus, they’ll give you a particular edge in your hair extension practice.

Save on the total cost of all your tools
Right now, Donna Bella is featuring a special sale on our Extension Kits! From August 1-7, 2017, take 50% off any Hair Extension Kit! Get all of your required tools for a fraction of the cost, and all inside a convenient and chic little toolbox. Start browsing now to take advantage of the deal.

Got questions? Leave them in the comments below and we’ll get back to you ASAP!

 

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!

 

How Much Do Your Tools Matter?

Happy 4th of July, gorgeous! We’re briefly interrupting your festivities to bring you this important message: have you checked your extension tools lately? Some of you have been working with our products for many years now—others of you are just getting started collecting all the pieces for your DB tool kits. Either way, it’s imperative you know the status of your tools—where they are, how many there are, what condition they’re in, etc. Because your tools are an extension of your hands and skills during an extension installation, you’ll want to make sure they’re doing you justice. Here are just some of the reasons why you should be taking inventory on the regular, and some tips for how to get it done!

To keep things together.
Things can get hectic during a typical salon day, and it’s not unusual to find you’ve misplaced an item or two, or forgotten to order that new bottle of Tape-In Remover. Don’t fall into this situation with your go-to extension tools! Not having your tools around when you need them delays your appointments, exposes the tools themselves to environmental hazards, and comes off as generally unprofessional to your clients. Keep all of your tools together in one designated place, and revisit it at the beginning/end of your work day to make sure they’ve found their way back safely (or have been adequately replenished for upcoming appointments). Make sure to keep the tools stored neatly in this space to avoid unnecessary wear-and-tear!

To ensure quality.
Speaking of wear-and-tear—it’s basically inevitable that, after years of use, your tools will start to get a little rough around the edges. Though our tools are designed to last for hundreds of installations, the installation process can be hot, sticky, and/or messy, and your tools will need to be maintenanced and occasionally replaced. This is especially true of Kera-Link tools, which are exposed to unusually harsh installation conditions. Without proper cleaning and attention, Melting Connectors may accumulate a coat of keratin residue on top of the heating plates which can impair the function of the tool, or—worse yet—burn the client’s hair off by concentrating the heat. Similarly, The Classic Hair Extension Tool may get worn out over time, developing fine grooves or scratches on its surface that could compromise I-Link beads. Inspect your tools from time to time to make sure they’re in good condition, and restore them whenever possible. As a last resort, you can always re-order them—we keep all our essentials fully stocked.

To stay up-to-date.
Donna Bella is constantly adding new tools and devices to our starting line in an effort to make your job as easy as possible. Just recently we introduced the Kera-Link Connector Belt, a wearable, heat-safe belt that allows you to move around your work area with your activated Melting Connector by your side. Before that, we launched the Strand Organizer, the Styrofoam Mannequin Head, the Keratin Bond Cutters, and more. Not to mention, we have more tools on the way! Check in with us regularly to make sure your extension routine is fully up-to-date with the latest products. If you’re signed up for DB emails, we’ll also let you know when new tools become available.

This month, we’re offering 20% discounts on select hair extension tools. From now until July 9th, 2017, take 20% off all Kera-Link tools. And don’t forget to come back next week for more tool-related savings!

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Aftercare Done Right

Summer is mere days away, so we’re stepping up our aftercare game to make sure your hair looks fabulous all season long. For the next few days*, take 20% off the following aftercare products, and be sure to read up on how to use them for maximum protective effect!

Remy Care
Donna Bella’s proprietary hair care line is professional, color-safe, paraben-free, sulfate-free, and designed to extend the life of your DB extensions with the latest hair care technology available. These products boast concentrated botanical extracts and address a variety of different hair conditions, from smoothing tangled hair to strengthening damaged hair, prepping hair for installations, and more. Get acquainted with the line-up by purchasing one of our pre-arranged kits, or read more about the products right here.

Twisties
This one is among our newer hair extension tools. Twisties are essentially better, safer scrunchies that will hold your hair up while you sleep or sweat without crimping your hair or tugging on your scalp. Opt for these guys to prevent unnecessary bond slippage, and to protect your hair from the elements when you go to the beach. Best part is, they stay in place all day long!

Hair Extension Brush
The Hair Extension Brush is an oldie, but a goodie. Furnished with staggered 100% boar hair bristles for the perfect, gentle touch, the Hair Extension Brush will detangle strands while gliding easily over bonds and distributing natural scalp oil to the lengths of your hair (super important for keeping hair extensions nourished and hydrated during the scalding summer months!). Use it twice daily, morning and night, starting at the ends of the hair and brushing downward.

Sono by Donna Bella Hanger, Sleeve, and Brush
For you Ready-to-Wear ladies, you can’t go wrong with the full Sono hair care set. Store your hair neatly and safely after use with the no-slip Sono Extension Hanger, shield it from dust, dirt, friction, and moisture with the durable (and recyclable!) Sono Sleeve, and brush it to silky smoothness with the all-hair-friendly Sono Extension Brush. These tools also make for great travel accessories, so make sure you never depart without them!

*The 20% Aftercare Sale goes from now until 11:59pm EST on June 26th (2017). Shop now to take advantage of the deal!

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How to Invest Your Tax Return

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Tax season is just about over. That means that most of us can breathe a sigh of relief, put away our tax documents, and daydream about how to spend our newly-received tax return. But if you’re anything like us—that is, extension-obsessed—you won’t have to think about it for too long. Between the Remy Care™ line, Ready-to-Wear line, Flat-Tip method, and brand-new tools, there are lots of investments to be made in the hair extension arena! And now, for a couple more days, we have our special Annual Tax Sale, which features 5% off all Tape-In hair extensions. If you’re not onboard already, here are some of the reasons why you’ll want to invest in hair extensions this season.

Convenience
Our products are designed to make your job as a stylist easier and more efficient. Shave time off of your installations with the Quick Pick Hair Parter, Strand Organizer, and our method-specific tools, and cut down your re-installation time with the Styrofoam Mannequin Head. Utilize our quickest installation method—Tape-In—to achieve a full-head installation in under an hour. Then help your client maintain their hair to perfection with our line of intuitive and extension-safe aftercare products (no need to verify the label contents of every item anymore). We’re on a mission to streamline every facet of the hair extension process, so investing in our products means unparalleled and ongoing convenience in your salon!

Reputation
Being up-to-date on all of the latest extension techniques and equipped with the newest hair extension methods and devices will make you a stand-out in the hair extension space. A well-stocked hair extension closet and well-maintained hair extension tools will indicate that you are a professional who is prepared for any extension job that comes your way. Investing in Donna Bella’s products and services equates to more human and manufactured capital in your salon, and more trust/respect from your clients and recognition from your peers. A good reputation is vital for a sustainable business. This is not something on which you should ever compromise!

Return on Investment
Ultimately, Donna Bella tools and services enable you to generate more income in your salon, and to do so evermore quickly and easily. Well-made tools that last through many years of installations cost relatively little per use (a Classic Hair Extension Tool that you use for 1,300 installations costs less than 2 cents per use), but help to generate significantly more revenue (the average hair extension installation generates between $500 and $1000). Tools that help to cut down on installation time allow you to earn more per hour, and to fit more installations into your schedule. And our top-notch hair extensions keep your clients coming back for move-up after move-up, so you can earn reliably and continuously throughout.

Ready to get started? Take advantage of the Annual Tax Sale by adding Donna Bella Tape-In extensions to your shopping cart, then using the code TAX5 at checkout. Tape-In hair extensions come in 12”, 14”, 16”, 18”, and 22” lengths, and over 50 colors.

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The Only Color Products for Your Extensions

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When coloring your hair extensions, you may notice that instructions always call for demi or semi-permanent hair color (sometimes called “direct dyes”). Here’s why: permanent hair color literally dehydrates the hair cuticle, lifting its natural color so it can accept new pigment. These color jobs must always be used in conjunction with a strict hydration regimen and treatment schedule as anyone who’s ever bleached their hair can tell you: it can make your hair feel like straw! Using any color that lifts—be it a peroxide or bleach—on hair extensions will actually damage them and render them unusable. Because permanent color puts such a strain on the hair, demi or semi-permanent hair color is preferred for coloring extensions because they will pull off the same coloring effect without putting your hair, extensions, or scalp through the harsh treatment of permanent color.

What is Demi or Semi-Permanent Color?
Demi and semi-permanent hair color contain no ammonia and only deposits color onto the hair. Essentially, since these products do not lift the hair cuticle when adding color, the hair’s existing color stays underneath the new color. Semi and demi-permanent colors are mixed with low-volume developers, which help open up the cuticle so it can absorb the new color, and last for multiple shampoos: demi-permanent hair color washes out in up to 24 shampoos, with semi-permanent hair color lasting anywhere from 4 to 12 shampoos, depending on the amount used. These products are often used to blend gray, enhance natural color, refresh existing color, tone highlights, or for corrective work.

One distinct benefit of using demi and semi-permanent colors is that they can be applied to the extensions (after the strand test and other preliminary coloring tasks) straight from the bottle without having to be mixed with hydrogen peroxide and other chemicals. Since they perform without these strong chemicals and additives, they make the overall coloring experience much more pleasant for everyone involved as odors, the risk of chemical burns, and the sensory harshness of ammonia and peroxide are completely avoided!

It’s important to remember that Donna Bella Hair Extensions are real Human Remy hair and, as such, should be treated like your own natural hair. Proper maintenance, upkeep, and overall preparation are essential for keeping hair extensions looking their best. In that regard, using color products that will help maintain the hair without stripping it of natural oils and colors will go a long way in creating an ideal color effect that lasts. You can color your hair extensions! Just follow our advice, stay within 2 shades, and always deposit color instead of lifting. Whether adding fashionable colors or working to bring out existing highlights, demi and semi-permanent color applied to Donna Bella Hair Extensions will help you get the long, colorful hair you long for!

Visit the Color Takeover Portal for more coloring tips and tricks!