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Am I Using the Proper Straightener for my Donna Bella Hair?

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015


Whoever created the straightening iron— You’re the real MVP! With so many brands, sizes, and styles available now, it’s hard to know if we’re using the right one for our hair type, let alone our extensions. Thanks to an article I read recently, I’ve decided to help you decide which straightener is best for your Donna Bella extensions. Here we go:

Size does matter. You should not be using a ½” flat iron. While a 1” flat iron is great on short hair (use it to straighten your hair before your installation appointment), the best size to use is between a 1 ¼” to a 2” flat iron. Shorter hair should use the thinner iron and long hair should be using a wider iron. Why? If you don’t use the proper size you end up going over and over the section of hair so eventually your extensions will dry out from so much unnecessary heat. With a wide iron, you cover more sections of hair so you don’t need to go over it as much AND it saves time, keeping your extensions shiny and you on time.

Types of plates. There are 3 popular iron plates; ceramic, titanium, and tourmaline. To understand which is best, you should know a little background. If you choose to use a ceramic plate, make sure it’s made out of full ceramic. Ceramic coating can break off and cause the hair to snag. Ceramic plates distribute heat evenly and have a lower potential to burn hair. Titanium plates heat up faster than ceramic plates and distribute heat faster too. This can be good and bad. Faster distribution of heat means you won’t need to go over sections of hair much. It’s a bad thing if you leave it on too long because the extra heat can cause more damage. Tourmaline plates are made out of crushed up crystalline mineral used as a coating. One of my favorites because it keeps hair less frizzy than the other two options and it makes your hair shinier, which is best when trying to match the shiny texture of your hair extensions.

Stay out of the kitchen. Your natural hair and hair extensions can’t handle a lot of heat! Never crank up your straightening iron past 365 degrees. So although straighteners that sound like they came out of the future with a maximum heat of 500 degrees sound extremely beneficial, they’re incredibly unnecessary. The lower the heat setting the better. It may be that you don’t even need to go up to 365 degrees. It all depends on the texture of your hair. And for goodness sake, stay away from getting extra close to your beads, bonds, and tape! The heat from your flat iron will “soften” (melt) the adhesive of your hair extensions and make them slip…

Love hearing from our Donna Bellas so drop those comments or questions below!



Train Your Hair Into Shape

Friday, September 25th, 2015

train your hair

Now that you’ve had your Donna Bella Hair extensions put in and have waited to wash your hair for the first 48 hours, you might find that your natural hair isn’t laying the same way your extensions do. This will usually occur after blow drying it. Because the hair extensions go through  a certain process to keep them well preserved, they’ll go back to looking the same as the first day you installed them. Your natural hair, however, will probably seem poofier. So what’s the deal? The quick version of why this happens is that the natural oils your scalp releases helps your natural hair look shiny and adds the extra weight to lay flatter. By washing it, you’ve removed those oils and you’ll need to wait a day or two for those oils to resurface. But in the meantime, don’t panic! Here a few tips to train your hair to sit exactly the way you would like it to after a great wash and blowdry.

Side parts and middle parts: Once your hair is completely dry, part your hair the way you like it to be. Place a small amount of shine serum or light hair spray and comb the hair down with a boar bristles brush. Place bobby pins on each side and wait about 30 minutes before removing the bobby pins.

Getting rid of the poofy: Another problem area is toward the front, at the crown of your head. It’ll get a little poofy sometimes even when your blowdry it straight (especially women with ethnic hair). To get rid of the poofy texture, wrap your head using a mesh wrap first then use a silk scarf or bonnet to lay the hair flat without using product. You should probably allow at least an hour before taking it off. It works better when worn while you sleep. If you choose to do this during the day, adding a little shine serum will help speed it up.

Have you guys tried these tips? What did you think? Let us know!


Avoiding Slippage With an Oily Scalp

Friday, September 11th, 2015

oily scalp

Having a more than average oily scalp can be a pain but doesn’t mean you can’t wear hair extensions. Oily scalps are actually the best candidates for Donna Bella Hair Kera-Link extensions. The Kera-Links will bond to the hair better than Tape-Ins or I-Links. On the day of your initial installation appointment, make sure your hair is clarified as best as you can. Once your extensions are in, washing your hair every other day instead of every third day will be best for you. We recommend washing your Donna Bella Hair extensions only once or twice a week at most because the constant use of shampoo can dry out the extensions. But in the case of an oily scalp, here’s what to do:

  1. Wash your hair every other day. When using shampoo try to apply shampoo to only the roots every other wash. Your extension strands aren’t the ones producing the oil so you won’t need to shampoo them each time. Once you’ve rinsed out the shampoo, use a heavier conditioner or a leave-in conditioner to the ends only. The conditioner can be applied each time you wash to give your hair a good balance of keeping your scalp free of buildup and your extensions moisturized.
  2. Dry shampoo is a product you shouldn’t go without having an oily scalp. It should be used in between washes to keep your scalp fresh and oil under control.

Investing in a good oil for your ends may also help in keeping your extensions moisturized. Any moisturizing products should only be applied to the ends of your hair anyway, oily scalp or not.

Are you struggling with slippage due to an oily scalp? Don’t be shy, we’d love to help. Just ask!



Product Watch: S-Heart-S Scalp Brush Mini

Friday, August 21st, 2015

scalp brush

At Donna Bella we try to bring you the latest news in hair extension care and products. The latest product to gain popularity is the Scalp Brush Mini by S-Heart-S. How is this relevant to your Donna Bella Hair extensions, you might ask? This brush is NOT to be used while wearing hair extensions; rather, it’s something you can use to prep for your next hair extension appointment. It’s been a big hit among Japanese women, and we have an idea why…

What it does: Exfoliates, removing dirt, buildup, and excess oil from the 40,000 follicles on the scalp. The bristles also promote circulation as you brush. As a bonus, it’s also great for detangling

How it works: Take it with you in the shower. Lather your hair with your favorite shampoo and starting brushing in sections. Start from the hairline to the crown. Then brush the lower half of your head by starting from your nape upward. The bristles are the size of your pores so they will unclog the pores of the scalp as you brush, leaving your hair and scalp super clean!

Why you want it (or something like it): One of the secrets to preventing slippage is, of course, to clarify your hair before your initial installation. When prepping your hair for your next Donna Bella Hair appointment, the scalp brush–paired with a clarifying shampoo–can leave your natural hair squeaky clean. If you’re an oily scalp type, it can help with the excess oil and with dandruff. While you wear your hair extensions, you may continue to use the brush as a detangler once you’ve applied conditioner.

Have you ever seen or used a product like this one before? How did it leave your hair and scalp feeling? Let us know in the comments below!


Shedding Hair

Thursday, August 6th, 2015

shedding hair

It’s time to put another myth to rest: “Hair extensions are breaking off my hair.”

Let’s first define “breakage”. Broken hair means that the bead, bond, or tape has completely been ripped off of your scalp, leaving you with an extremely short or bald patch of hair with nothing attached to it. It would look like someone cut off the strand along with the extension bond. These situations rarely happen and it’s pretty hard to do unless you take a pair of scissors or rip them off yourself.

The truth: Hair extensions DO NOT break off your hair. Shedding, however, is very common.

You will know if you are experiencing normal shedding when you have a few stray hairs that aren’t connected to your scalp but are still in the bead, bond, or tape. If you’re human, you shed hair daily whether you wear hair extensions or not. The average woman loses between 50 and 100 strands of her natural hair per day, and can lose up to 150 strands. You tend to notice it more when wearing hair extensions because you can see the stray hairs that are loose. Of course, there’s a chance you’re experiencing more than average, if you’re not gentle on your extensions.

Things such as not brushing with a hair extensions brush can lead you to ripping your own hair out. Hair extension brushes are made especially for this reason. The teeth from a regular comb, will in fact, snag on the roots of your hair where the extension was placed. Keeping your extensions pulled back tightly is another reason you may experience “more than average” shedding. Your natural hair is being place tightly secured into the extension bond so it’s best to keep all hair styles loose.

To recap; if you’re experiencing breakage, the hair along with the bead, bond, or tape would not be attached to your head. If you’re experiencing shedding; a few stray hairs aren’t connected to your head but are still connected to the bond, bead, or tape. In that case, you have nothing to worry about it as it is completely normal.

Thanks for reading! Have a question or concern? Leave it in the comment  box below.


Olaplex for Donna Bella Hair

Friday, May 29th, 2015


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

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


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!


Donna Bella Hair: The 48 Hour Rule

Friday, May 15th, 2015

48 hour rule

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!



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.



Are you using too much product?

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

too much

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!