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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

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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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Applying Heat to Your Hair Extensions Properly

Friday, November 14th, 2014

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Most hair extension wearers will opt for human remy hair because it can be styled just like natural hair. Synthetic hair extensions don’t do too well with heat, therefore they should never be styled with a heating tool. Because remy hair is made out of human hair, it has more flexibility to be styled and can take the heat when it comes to using styling tools. Keep in mind that constant styling with a heating tool isn’t too healthy for your natural hair, either, let alone your hair extensions. If you can give them a break from the blow dryer, the curling iron, and the straightener, your hair will thank you for it by lasting longer. We just wanted to give you a couple tips on using those heating tools. You probably are aware of them, but the following is the “proper way” to apply heat when it comes to your extensions…well, your natural hair too.Just because there’s a high setting on that tool doesn’t mean you need to go that high. The best thing to do when choosing a setting for your hair is to pick a lower setting and do a test strand. If you feel it’s not curling or straightening the way it’s supposed to, then adjust the heat by increasing it in small amounts to where you feel it is the appropriate temperature.

Heat Protectors and oils. Before blow drying a wet head, make sure to apply a couple pumps of a blow dry primer. These primers usually contain a certain amount of heat protectant and can cut your drying time in half (less heat is always good). By applying the right blow dry primer, you protect your hair from color fade, breakage, and frizz. Now here’s where it gets tricky: do you apply a heat protecting serum right before taking the straightening iron/ curling iron to your locks? The answer is no. If you’re applying serums to each strand before placing it into the heat tool, you’re doing more harm than good. If your hair is wet with anything, like water, oil, spray, etc… you’re basically frying your hair. The proper way to apply heat protectants is to distribute the product throughout the hair and let it set before applying heat.

Wand Vs. Curling Iron. Why are so many switching over to a wand? The answer is simple—it styles faster. The wand takes less time than the original curling iron and that means less heat time on your strands. The wand was designed to give you the curls you get from a curling iron in less time, and it’s easier to use than the iron…after some practice that is.

The main things to remember when it comes to heat styling tools are settings, protection, and using the right tools. If you have a secret to styling hair please let us know. We always enjoy hearing feedback from our Donna Bellas!

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Hair Insurance Only at Donna Bella Hair

Friday, November 7th, 2014

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If there’s auto insurance and health insurance then why isn’t there hair insurance? Well, now there is… Introducing for the first time ever—Hair Insure. The complete and total coverage for your hair extensions only at Donna Bella Hair. With Hair Insure, you are now able to protect your client’s investment, add value to your services, and get peace of mind.

Hair Insure was created as a tool to help you and your salon do more business because it’s an appealing option that protects your client’s hair extensions from any drastic hair disasters. It also lends peace of mind to both you as the stylist and your client. At Donna Bella Hair, we believe in our product and stand by it 100% and now with this added feature, you can also put your trust in us too.

So what does it cover? First, beware that it will NOT cover any problems related to misuse, negligence, abuse, or anything related to general wear and tear or slippage. Hair Insure is meant to cover bigger issues like a color job gone wrong or your client’s hair turning a different color due to a dip in a chlorinated pool. We understand that we always try to be super cautious as stylists, but sometimes even when we do take necessary precautions things can go wrong.

How does it work? Once you’ve added your desired products to your shopping bag, you will see a checkbox option to add Hair Insure to your order. If you choose to add the insurance to your purchase, it will cost 15% of your purchase total that will only be applied to I-Link, Kera-Link, and Tape-Ins. If the unimaginable should occur, you will have access to the claims page on our Donna Bella Hair website where you will be asked to fill out the form and submit pictures of the damaged hair. Once you’ve submitted everything, your claim will be reviewed and processed within 24-48 hours. Once approved, you will be notified via email.

To learn more and see frequently asked questions by fellow stylists please visit our Hair Insure page for complete details:

 

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The Dandruff Dilemma

Friday, October 31st, 2014

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Dandruff is a common condition that leaves flakes of skin from a shedding scalp on your hair. If you’re suffering from this condition, it may be embarrassing at times and hard to keep under control. Dandruff doesn’t mean you can’t wear hair extensions, it just means you have to take a few small extra care steps.

Sulfate free and anti-dandruff shampoos and conditioners are safe on your hair extensions and are effective at controlling a mild case of dandruff. Although we tell you not to wash your hair very often, if you’re prone to dandruff, you should. Part of controlling the flaking is to have impeccable hair hygiene.

Medicated dandruff shampoos prescribed by your doctor should be applied only on your natural hair. Keep the medicated shampoo away from your hair extension ends, as the problem isn’t your ends, it’s your scalp. Most medicated dandruff shampoos will dry out hair extensions so try applying a sulfate-free shampoo on your ends while applying the medicated shampoo at the roots and your scalp. These prescribed shampoos will ask that you leave the shampoo on your scalp for a specific amount of time to let the medication work, it shouldn’t affect your hair extensions however.

Because you are washing more than the average hair extension wearer you will probably be at your move-up appointment sooner than you would normally. Typically it takes 8 weeks until your next move-up appointment. Because you are washing your hair more often, your move-up appointment will be closer to 5 weeks. It will also mean that you have to be extra careful during your washes to make sure you’re not tugging at the connections of your hair extensions too harshly. Tugging is what leads to hair extension slippage.

You should have your hair flake-free on the day of installation. If anti-dandruff shampoos aren’t helping you, try getting a prescribed medicated shampoo from your doctor before hand in time for your hair appointment. If your dandruff condition tends to be the dry kind, you’ll want to brush thoroughly as these kinds of flakes will just fall off. If your condition tends to be a greasy type of dandruff, the best method of installation for this hair type is Kera-Link. You will experience more slipping, but as mentioned before, all it means is that your move-up appointment will be required sooner.

If you’re fighting a dandruff battle, let us help you out!

 

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4 Things You Should Never Do at a Hair Extension Appointment

Friday, September 26th, 2014

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Every so often we’ll get phone calls or emails about a hair extension problem that could have been easily avoided. Whether it be a first installation or a move up, we want you to have the best experience with Donna Bella Hair. So we’ve listed some things you should never do on the same day as your hair extension appointments.

Color Jobs. Otherwise known as the most common cause for slippage. Maybe you were a little off in the color when you ordered your hair extensions and now you need to color one or the other to match. Or maybe you’re just overly excited about switching over to a new hair color. Either way, the day of installation is not the best time for a color job. Any product containing chemicals or dyes causes your hair to react in a way that compromises  the adhesive from your Tape-Ins and the bond from your Kera-Link extensions, making them less effective. Think about it, the ideal hair for installation is free of build-up. When you’re adding any product to your hair you’re doing the opposite, which brings us to our next subject—clarifying.

Hair Build-Up. On the day of your installation, make sure your hair is freshly stripped of any hair gunk by using a clarifying shampoo. Next-day hair is not a good idea for your extension appointment because your scalp produces oils that will definitely have your I-Links slipping, your Tape-Ins not-sticking, and your Kera-Links struggling to connect to your natural hair. Wash your hair with a clarifying shampoo of your choice and skip the conditioner. Conditioners are meant for moisturizing hair, so the oils in your conditioner will make it more difficult for your extensions to stay put.

Scalp or Conditioning Treatments. So if you shouldn’t condition your hair in the shower before your installation appointment, you absolutely should not get a scalp or conditioning treatment the same day, either. Again, for the same reasons listed above, anything that moisturizes your hair contains oils that are not friendly to hair extension installations.

Perms. If you’re using a perm to curl your hair, or a relaxer or a blowout to straighten your hair, it’s best to schedule these treatments a few days before installing your extensions. For the same reason you don’t want to color your hair the same day, these treatments have chemicals that will counteract the adhesives for your hair extensions, and give your hair a coating that causes extensions to slip.

Stylists, you can use our online education resources to learn all the ins and outs of hair extension installation, including how to handle tricky situations like a pro.

Donna Bella Hair clients, feel free to ask your stylists about the rules of hair extensions, or ask us here! We’re more than happy to help.

 

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Fall/Winter Hair Care for Your Extensions

Friday, September 19th, 2014

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During the summer season, the sun’s heat is as threatening as it gets. You would think during the winter months the weather wouldn’t be as threatening, but think again. The cold winters can sometimes be really harsh on your hair. The element of winter that is most damaging to your hair is the lack of humidity. The dryness of the season can make your hair more brittle. Protect your natural hair and hair extensions by adding these easy winter hair care tips to your hair care routine.

Silk or satin linings. For outdoor protection, it is best to wear a hat, headscarf, or hood made with silk or satin linings. They are best to use since they don’t absorb moisture and they don’t allow your hair strands to rub together like other materials such as cotton. By letting your long strands rub together, you are causing friction that leads to frizz, static, and tangles. You should always protect your hair and hair extensions while outdoors.

Conditioners. Use an instant leave-in conditioner to fight frizz and help restore moisture during the day. Apply deep conditioning treatments at least once a week to your hair extensions. Use a hair mask, a hot oil treatment, or any one of your favorite deep conditioning treatments, as long as you don’t apply it close to your bonds (slippage will occur if moisturizing products are placed near your beads, bonds, or tape). Before your move appointment, try to nourish your scalp with a scalp treatment if the winter days are drying it out. However, do not do this the day of, as this will stop the hair extensions from adhering to your natural hair.

Trimming. The cold, dry air will sometimes cause breakage and split ends. Try trimming your ends a little before installing your hair extensions or before your move-up. Trimming your natural hair will make it easier to blend into your extensions.

If you have a winter hair care favorite, please drop us a note. It’s always a pleasure to share

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Hair Extensions and Workouts

Friday, September 12th, 2014

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Lately we’ve heard buzz around town that once you have your hair extensions installed, you can’t workout as hardcore as you want. This is completely and utterly false! Not only can you workout in yourI-Links, Kera-Links, or Tape Ins, you’ll look fabulous before, during, and after your workout. We only recommend taking out your Clip-Ins before a workout (you don’t want those slipping out in the middle of handstand push-ups—kind of embarrassing). Here are some tips to keep in mind for you faithful gym goers and active athletes.

Wrap your hair. If you don’t have head scarves, or headbands, you definitely need to get some. Not only will this help your hair stay in place, it will also help keep the connection between the hair extensions and your natural hair dry. You can’t avoid perspiration around the neck area during workouts, especially intense ones. You’re headband/scarf will absorb most of your sweat which is exactly what you want in order to avoid slippage. Also, a swimming cap is a MUST for all swimmers. It may not look very cute but at least you’ll avoid frizz, matting, and tangling.

Don’t tug. If you’re not into wearing head scarves of bands, try a super high bun or a loosebraid. However, when styling them in either way, make sure you’re not tugging or tying your hair too tight. The constant pulling on your extensions will cause them to loosen or slip. Another reason you want to have loose hair it to allow it to air out your sweat instead of consuming it, which is what tight hair styles do when they get wet.

Outdoor protection. Fall is approaching and for some of us it means a cool down in weather. But for others that have warm weather year round, protect your bonds for those outdoor activities. If you’re doing any outdoor workouts where a hot sun is constantly beaming on you, especially with Kera-Link hair extensions—the sun’s heat may cause melted bonds.

By taking these precautions before your workout, your hair will look great afterward. Just spray a little dry shampoo after your shower and style it before heading out again. Hair extensions aren’t meant to be washed everyday, which is why we always recommend using a dry shampoo between washes.

The holidays are coming up and we all want to look picture-perfect for those Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years photos. Look twice as amazing by keeping up with your exercise and your long locks!

Have a question? Please ask, it’s always a pleasure to hear from our Donna Bellas!

 

 

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