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Olaplex for Donna Bella Hair

Friday, May 29th, 2015

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If you haven’t heard of Olaplex by now, you’ve been living under a rock. Since the product hit shelves, it’s been a big hit with stylists, their clients, and has forever changed the industry. Lifting color from natural hair is no longer a worry. Yet there’s been a lot of confusion about the product—Does it lift color? Is it a conditioner? Donna Bella Hair educator Ruben Martinez helps answer these questions along with how it can benefit your Donna Bella extensions.

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

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

How does it work for Donna Bella Hair Extensions?

Olaplex is perfect for Donna Bella Hair extensions that are on their last run. For those that are worn out but you’re hoping to revive them for one last install. As a stand alone treatment, Olaplex can help connect the bonds of the hair together again. It’s something that Ruben recommends for this type of hair. “You can never get enough of Olaplex,” says Ruben. He recommends you use it as a stand alone treatment every second or third application. He also recommends classes from Olaplex that will help you utilize this tool to its full potential. If you decide to use it on Donna Bella Hair extensions with color, remember the rule: only semi- or demi- permanent colors, otherwise you’re jeopardizing the integrity of the product. We go by this rule because we cannot guarantee Olaplex’s performance, nor do we believe it’s always foolproof.

Just like any product, you’ll get better use once you’re educated in how to use Olaplex. If you’re thinking of trying Olaplex, visit their page for more info at www.olaplex.com.

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

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The Risky Razor

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

Risky Razor

Recently we’ve had a customer complain about the fact that her ends were frayed and split after her installation. Of course she was furious with the experience. After chatting with her and asking her some questions, we came to the conclusion that it wasn’t a manufacturing defect, it was her stylist that, in fact, had ruined the integrity of the hair. Our first clue was that she mentioned it was AFTER installation. What sealed the nail on the coffin: she mentioned her stylist used a razor. Because it was her stylist who ruined her Donna Bella hair extensions, there was nothing we could do. We sympathized with her knowing she had spent some serious money on what she thought was going to be an amazing investment.

We promise you, we stand behind our product. Each pack of Donna Bella Hair is inspected before it gets shipped. If you ever have a bad experience with our hair, we’ll be more than happy to replace the hair if it’s indeed a fault in our manufacturing. One of the worst things we have to do is tell a customer that it was the stylist’s fault (we LOVE our stylists). So, if you’re a stylist choosing to use a razor for blending, please be aware of the following:

  1. Never cut a blunt or straight line with either shears or razors. This will absolutely ruin the ends of the hair extensions.
  2. Do not use an old blade, that way you’re not pulling or distressing the hair. New blades create beautiful soft lines for hair extensions when blending.
  3. Always use a soft motion.

We strongly suggest taking our online certification classes so that you never find yourself in a mess like this one.. If you’re lucky enough to attend a Pro Series class with our Master Educator, Ruben, we’ll make sure you leave as a Pro knowing all the ins and outs of hair extensions, like how to avoid these kinds of situations.

You know the drill, leave your comments and questions in the boxes below if you want answers. Thanks Donna Bellas!

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Donna Bella Hair: The 48 Hour Rule

Friday, May 15th, 2015

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One of the most common phone calls we get in the Donna Bella Hair customer service department starts a little something like this: “I just got my hair extensions put in, but they’re not staying in.” After troubleshooting each phone call, carefully asking the necessary questions to find out what exactly is happening, the answer is so simple you’ll be shocked to find out what it is….

We get so busy as stylists that we forget to mention the first, most important, no-brainer rule to share with our clients—refrain from washing the hair for at least 24 hours after installation (48 hours is better). We’re finding that the common answer given by customers is, “I didn’t know that,” or, “I wasn’t told.”

There’s nothing worse than having a disappointed client call in to express their dissatisfaction. So here are some quick tips that will help you remember to share this info:

  1. Keep a bottle of your favorite dry shampoo on display at all times. It’s not only great for hair extensions, but it’s also really good for natural hair. Natural hair shouldn’t be washed too often, and hair extensions should only be washed twice a week at most. Inform your clients to invest in a dry shampoo and use it daily in-between washes. Having it on display will remind you to bring up the “no-wash” rule.
  2. Print out an aftercare card that they can take home with them after an installation. That will not only remind them about the 24-48 hour rule; it should also contain all the tips to avoid early slippage. It’s also kind of like insurance for your work so they can’t come back and say they didn’t know.

In some cases, the stylists weren’t aware of the rule. Tips like these and so much more can be learned in our online education classes. If you’re ready to become Donna Bella Hair certified, go ahead and check it out.

If you have any doubts about installation or need questions answered, feel free to call us anytime at 888-424-7548. You can also leave your questions in the box below and we’ll get back to you!

 

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Clarifying Your Natural Hair For Your First Installation

Friday, May 1st, 2015

Clarifying your hair for  your first installation

There’s nothing worse than having an installation one day just to have your hair extensions slipping the next. It is common to lose a strand or two over the length of time that your extensions are in, however, if  you do lose a good chunk, it shouldn’t be until you’re closer to your move-up appointment. To ensure you’re doing everything right on your end as the client, make sure your hair is 100% clarified before any initial installation or move-up appointment. Don’t know how to make sure it is? Good thing you’re reading this. Here are the products you’ll need and the steps to apply them.

Clarifying shampoo. Invest in a great sulfate-free clarifying shampoo to make sure you’re not leaving any product buildup in your natural hair. You might as well get used to this type of shampoo because you’ll be needing it for the remainder of the time you’re wearing your Donna Bella Hair extensions. This includes Clip-Ins.

Apple cider vinegar. What? Yes, you read that right. Apple cider vinegar removes any gunk from an oily scalp or buildup from products you apply to your hair. There’s also a bonus to using this type of vinegar—not only does it remove the grossness from your hair, it also closes the cuticle of the hair making it soft, smooth, and shiny. ..

Notice how conditioner wasn’t listed? That’s because it should never be used before an installation. That is a big time Donna Bella Hair No-No! Now that you have those 2 products, here’s what you’ll do:

1) In a bottle, mix one part of the vinegar and the other part water.

2) Wash you hair with the clarifying shampoo listed above. Massage it into your hair very, very well. One thing sulfate-free shampoos don’t do is create a ton of soapy lather, so make sure you’ve distributed enough throughout your whole head. Rinse.

3) Wring out excess water from the hair and apply the vinegar mix throughout your whole head, concentrating the most on the roots.  Wait 3-5 minutes and rinse.

***Before you apply the vinegar on your scalp, make sure to consult your dermatologist or do a test spot to make sure you’re not allergic. If you are allergic, repeat step 2 twice.

4) Blow dry your hair without applying any product so that it stays stripped of any buildup. If you have time, you can let it air dry.

You should always clarify your natural hair the day of your appointment. If you do it the night before, your scalp will get oily overnight causing the hair extensions to not adhere like they’re meant to.

Questions? Drop them in the comments below, we want to hear from you! XO.

 

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Are you using too much product?

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

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The more the better, right? Not always. With some products, a little goes a long way. Sometimes we tend to use too much, which then leads to some technical difficulty when it comes to our hair extensions. Here are a few products that you may be using a little more of than you need.

Bond remover. Soaking your whole head trying to remove Tape-In hair extensions is the improper way of removal, leading to a real sticky mess. As with any product, always follow the directions on the bottle. Bond Remover should only be applied once on the tape. Wait 30 seconds then slide the extensions out. Apply the Bond Remover a second time on the natural hair where the tape was placed to remove any leftover adhesive.

Heat protectants. Although we always advise our Donna Bellas to apply a heat protectant to their extensions before using a heat tool, going overboard on the serum or spray can lead to slippage, limp hair, and fried ends. Heat protectants are meant to protect your hair from the damage of a heat tool. If you’re applying a wet product then using your straightener or wand immediately thereafter, it will definitely fry your hair because it’s still wet. The correct way to apply heat protectants is to follow the directions on the bottle and give your hair some time to absorb it and then style as usual with your styling tool. Applying too much heat protectant can lead to limp hair because too much product is weighing down the hair.

Glosses, serums, and moisturizers. Extensions always look refreshed when you add a shine serum or gloss. Because these are oil-based, they only need to be applied in small amounts. Adding too much of these products will for sure cause your extensions to slip out of their bonds. Always use any oil-based products from the midshaft down to keep your hair moisturized and intact.

Dry Shampoo. Some dry shampoos can leave little bitty white flakes behind, so it’s a trial and error thing when it comes to finding the right dry shampoo for you. But spraying dry shampoo at close distance to the hair will not only leave those annoying flakes behind, but will build up gunk quickly, too. Follow the dry shampoo’s directions; it usually says to spray a certain number of inches away from the scalp.

Shampoo. If you didn’t think there was such a thing as overwashing, there is. You hair extensions and natural hair will both dry out faster if you’re washing your hair everyday. As a rule for our Donna Bellas, you should only be washing your hair once or twice a week at most, using a dry shampoo in-between washes.

Always keep these rules in mind. If there is a product you’re confused about, please ask!

 

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Donna Bella Tape-In Hair Extensions: Q & A’s

Friday, March 6th, 2015

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Now that we are the end of our Tape-In blog series, we hope you’ve had most of your questions answered. We know it was a lot of information to take in so we’ve taken some of the questions you’ve emailed us with and dedicated this blog to that.

Q: My Tape-Ins are slipping. What causes that?

A: If your client is experiencing early slippage, it could either be the improper installation done by the stylist or the mismanagement by the client. Here are some things that could cause slippage:

 

  • Natural hair is not fully clarified before installation
  • Tape-ins are applied to an inappropriate distance from the head
  • Stylist gets oil or other substances on the adhesive before installation
  • Client conditions their scalp
  • Client leaves their hair damp for too long
  • Client brushes inappropriately or tugs at the tape in some other way
  • Client applies heat or styling product near the tape
  • Regular maintenance appointments aren’t getting done

 

Q: Can I wash tape-in hair like normal?

A: You can wash your tape-in extensions like you normally would your natural hair. You just have to be more careful by only using sulfate-free products, condition only from the midshaft down. Never get oil or cream near the adhesive bonds. Also, wash your hair less frequently. Two to three times a week at most and make sure your hair dries quickly afterwards. Do not sleep with wet hair.

Q: Why can’t I use a regular brush to brush my tape-ins?

A: Hair extensions need to be treated with the best care and the highest quality products. Brushes with stiff metal bristles pull out hair and make tangling worse. Our brush is different. Made from 100% boar hair with staggered bristles, it glides easily through hair extensions without damaging the bonds that hold them in. Using Donna Bella hair extension accessories guarantees that both original hair and the hair extensions are treated properly and last a long time. Our products are designed to work with Donna Bella hair so we recommend only using our products for the best results.

Q: How should I be brushing my tape-ins?

A: You should only brush you hair 1 or 2 times a day. Wet hair can be detangled with a wide tooth comb or your fingers. The correct brushing technique is to start from the ends and work your way up, pressing firmly on the adhesive so that the tape-ins don’t get tugged.

Q: Can you use heat to install the tape-in hair?

A: We strongly advise against using heat to install our Tape-In hair extensions. By applying heat, you can over-activate the adhesive, fry the hair, and compromise the bond. Our medical-grade adhesive is designed for room-temperature application. If you’d like, you can use a cold flatiron to apply pressure to the tape when you sandwich the two pieces together. Just make sure the flatiron isn’t plugged in or radiating any residual heat.

Q: When using replacement tape do you really have to make sure all the old tape is completely off before you place the new tapes back on?

A: ABSOLUTELY! All the old tape must be completely removed. In order for you to have a successful move-up appointment, the hair must be completely clarified and squeaky clean of any buildup including any old adhesive that may be lingering in the hair.

Q: Getting the oil out of the hair after using the bond remover can be challenging. Any suggestions?

A: The best way to remove oil from the hair is to use a clarifying shampoo once and then rewash the hair, adding a little bit of baking soda to remove any traces of old tape. Rewash again for a third time to remove any traces of baking soda. By the third wash, the tape-ins and natural hair should be completely clarified and ready to go!

If you don’t see your question, please feel free to call us anytime, it’s always better to talk to a representative anyway and we love to hear from you 888-424-7548. If you’d like to make a suggestion, drop it in the box below!

 

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Donna Bella Tape-In Hair Extensions: The Aftercare

Friday, February 20th, 2015

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You’re all done with the Tape-In hair extension installation and your client is ready to hit the town with her new look. Not so fast, there’s one more important step that you should always do before you let your client walk out the door— deliver the aftercare instructions. Even if your client is a long-time hair extensions wearer, remind them. You’ve just spent a good amount of your time and theirs completing the perfect hair extension job; the last thing you both want is early slippage. The following are the most important care instructions to go over:

Washing and conditioning. Donna Bella Hair extensions should always be washed and conditioned with sulfate-free products. Any products containing sulfates can dry up the hair extensions. Conditioner should be applied only at the midshaft through the ends. If any oils or conditioners are placed on the tape or scalp they will weigh down the extensions, just as they would your natural hair. The tape will also slip; after all, we do use an oil-based remover to remove tape-ins. The same rule goes for hair masks, leave-in conditioners, and any other moisturizing treatments.  Apply a hair mask at least once a month to help keep the hair moisturized and preserve its shine.

Brushing. Both natural hair and hair extensions are weakest when wet. So to avoid breakage, apply a detangler, leave-in conditioner, or oil to the hair before brushing. Always use a hair extension brush to avoid tugging on the tape. The proper way to brush is to start from the bottom, working your way up. If you start from top to bottom you will cause tangles and breakage, just like with your natural hair.  Also, remind your clients to pat dry their hair extensions when using a towel. Rubbing a towel back and forth can cause a matted mess because of so much friction. And whenever possible, blowdryers should be avoided, leaving the extensions to air dry. Constant heat will damage the hair faster.

Styling. Ponytails, buns, braids, or any up-do’s should be loose. Tight hair styles means there’s constant pulling at the tape, and guess what that does? Yup, you guessed it: it pulls the hair extension connection over time and your client will start having her hair extensions slipping in no time. Before bedtime, hair extensions should be styled as well. Placing hair extensions in a loose braid or ponytail and using a head wrap or headscarf will help protect the hair from tangles.

Heat. When heat is used to curl, straighten, or dry hair extensions, a heat protectant should always be used. The proper way to apply a heat protectant is to read the directions on the bottle. One tip we do want to give is this: never apply a heat protectant right before applying the heat tool. Always wait a minute or two for the hair to absorb the product. That way you’re not frying the hair due to the wetness of a fresh product application. If you overuse heat tools on your hair extensions, it could fry them, just as it would your natural hair. Less heat is always better.

Want to go the extra mile? Print these aftercare tips and give them to your client as a go-to reference. Have any aftercare questions as a stylist or client? Please ask! We always welcome your questions and concerns.

 

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Tips for Healthy, Growing Hair

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

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Trying to grow your hair out but not having much luck? It could be that your hair isn’t healthy enough to start the process. If your hair is damaged, it will just break off, which explains why it won’t grow. Using a deep conditioner combined with a biotin supplement will definitely help get your hair healthy to start the growing process. Biotin helps stimulate the cells that make your hair grow. As with any supplements, consult your physician before use.

If you have really short hair like a pixie cut, work your way into a bob (good thing they’re in style right now). Make sure that you’re going in regularly to have your split ends trimmed. Split ends will eventually break off and leave you waiting even longer for length. If you have thicker hair, though, this might not be a great option for you due to the poofy effect it can have on your hair type. Ask your stylist to thin your hair out to get rid of the bulk. At this point you can keep taking your biotin and applying your deep conditioner. Once your hair is at your shoulders you also have the option to install hair extensions since your hair will be the perfect length for them. Hair extensions are a lot more tricky to place into shorter hair because they won’t blend in as well.

Even with hair extensions, you need to continue your hair growth routine. Don’t stop taking your biotin or using deep conditioning masks and conditioners on your natural hair and your hair extensions to keep them in the best shape possible. One last thing: whether you have hair extensions installed or not, do not wash your hair everyday. The natural oils that your scalp produces help nourish your hair. Try a dry shampoo instead (it will absorb all the excess oil, and have your hair smelling fresh). Washing your hair too much can also dry out your hair extensions.

Hair extensions are a great damage-free option for hair growth. You’ll have the length and volume while you wait for your natural hair to catch up. If done correctly, you should see longer hair once the hair extensions are taken out. Once you achieve the length you’ve wanted, hair extensions can still be worn for volume.

Thanks for reading! Any questions or concerns? Leave them in the comments below!

 

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Hair Tricks to Get You Through NYE

Friday, December 26th, 2014

NYE

Can you believe this is our last blog of 2014? It feels like it went by way too fast—but then again, time does fly when you’re having fun, doesn’t it? Since this is the last blog of the year, you know we had to write one about the New Year’s Eve festivities. While some like to spend it at home cozying up with family or a significant other, others enjoy the big party and nightlife that can only be experienced once a year (at least the ball drop and first kiss of the year part). So for your night out on the town, here are some hair tricks to keep your hair looking fab through the new year!

Curl from the middle out. When styling your hair extensions with your wand or curling iron, try to curl starting from the middle out. Doing this will allow your curls to last longer because this technique provides a better hold.

Make bobby pins stick all night. Take a paper towel and place the bobby pins you will be using on top. Spray the bobby pins with hairspray to give them some stickiness. Place them in your hair soon after they are dry.

Use a toothbrush. Everyone knows the struggle of flyaways, especially right after taking a blow drier or straight iron to your hairline. The best way to tame your flyaways is by using a toothbrush. Yes you read that right. Spray some hairspray on a toothbrush (preferably one that hasn’t been used) and use it to tame your baby hairs and flyaways.

Blow dry with cool air. If you’re planning on just a blow dried style, try switching the temperatures on your blow dryer back and forth or giving your hair a blast of cool air right after applying heat. The cool air helps your style stay intact.

If you’d like more tips or have questions please leave a comment or ask your favorite stylist. Thank you all for another amazing year!

Happy New Year!!

Love, The Donna Bella Hair Team xo

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The Top 3 Hair Extension Products That Should Travel With You

Friday, November 21st, 2014

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Have you ever noticed that even when we double check our luggage after packing, 9 out of 10 times we forget something and don’t realize it until we get to our destinations? If you are one of the few that never forgets, we salute you! But for the rest of us that do, the following are the three most important things that should go in your suitcase first for the maintenance of your hair extensions while you’re away.

Hair extension brush. This should be pretty much in your purse 24/7. A hair extension brush is designed specifically to keep your extensions from matting. The type of bristles are different from a regular brush to help you detangle those long locks without causing breakage. You should always brush out your hair extensions before bed and in the morning. If you forget and try to use a regular brush, you’ll find that most of them will snag on your beads, bonds, or tape. The last thing you need is for your extensions to fall out while you’re out of town.

Dry shampoo. This is a life saver, especially if you don’t want to spend all that time on your hair by washing it and blow drying it. Dry shampoo will refresh next-day hair, remove the oils from your scalp, and even give you volume for the perfect curls when styling with your favorite wand or curling iron. I don’t know about you, but when I’m out of town I’d rather spend time playing and sightseeing than worrying about my hair.

Single Clip-Ins. Losing strands can definitely be a bummer when you’re on vacation. That’s why you should carry single Clip-Ins. In case your extensions start slipping, you can have the Clip-Ins as a back up and cover up any spots until you get back home and into your stylist’s chair. These are a life savers, especially if you’re vacationing in humid parts of the world. Sometimes the humidity is too much for hair extensions and they start to slip out. You never know what can happen when you’re away from home; having some emergency hair extensions to just snap in will help your trip go smoothly as far as your hair goes.

What would be your top 3 items to take on vacation? Let us know why!

 

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