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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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Who Says Funky isn’t Classy?

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

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Bright, monochromatic, and pastel colors are no longer a “gothic” or a “punk” style. More and more people are opening up to the hair color trend. Thanks to celebrities like Nicole Richie, Kelly Osbourne, Demi Lovato, and Katy Perry, the hair colors have been given a spotlight with a classy twist. Along with the exposure in social media, the trend has been spreading like wildfire. Curious to know how they do it?

First off, if you’re a blondie, it’ll be much easier and cause less damage to your hair. Why? Because no matter what color you choose, you’re going to need to go as blond as possible—we’re talking almost white, especially if you want a vibrant color. Compared to a brunette, there will be fewer bleaching sessions for you, since your hair is much closer to the white-blond color you need. Bleaching is the key to achieving the color you want. For example, if you’re going red and your blond has any tint of yellow in it, you’re going to come out with orange hair. Yellow+red=orange. To avoid this catastrophe, go as close to white as possible. For brunettes, patience is a virtue. It’s also a good idea to break up the bleaching sessions. Yes, it may be a bummer to have to wait a little longer to achieve the blue or lavender you’ve been eyeing, but take it from us—your hair will thank you for it. You want this new color to look as healthy as possible, not overly fried. With too much bleach in a short amount of time, that’s something you risk. Keep in mind that when you choose to do these colors they can be really high maintenance. These types of colors tend to fade quickly, so you’ll be going in for regular touch-ups. Washing your hair less often and with cold water will be something to get used to. The hair cuticle doesn’t open up as much as it does under hot water, therefore letting less color out, preserving your hue longer. The good news—Donna Bella has extensions in all of the hottest colors! So if you thought you had to give up your hair extensions for hair color, think again! You can have your stylist color your natural hair to match our extension colors or you can opt out of coloring your natural hair and achieve the hair color only through installing hair extensions (which is also less damaging on your hair). Are you bold enough to catch on to the trend? Let us know if you have any questions, we’re here to help!

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Pump Up The Volume

Friday, August 15th, 2014

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In case you weren’t aware, Donna Bella Hair Extensions aren’t only worn for length. Many of our customers with thin hair love the volume that they get with hair extensions. While some choose to wear a full head, others wear just a few rows for that extra oomph they can’t get from their natural hair. If you can relate, read on.

Just because you have fine or thin hair doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy hair extensions like everyone else. If you choose the I-Link method, make sure that more of your natural hair is being pulled through the bead. For thin hair, a flare bead is better because it is longer, crimping more hair (lengthwise) in the bead and putting less stress on natural hair. A silicone bead is also perfect for fine, thin, or sensitive hair. These silicone beads are made of aluminum with an inner silicone lining that reduces slippage and holds hair gently and securely. Another customer favorite for thin or fine hair are the Tape-In hair extensions because they put less stress on fine hair strands. We also offer single sided tape that is especially designed for women with extra fine hair.

Clip-Ins, which can be popped in and out easily, work just as well if you don’t mind taking the extra time to clip them in yourself. We recommend that if you’re using them for just volume, to get a shade as close to your hair color as possible. If it’s a little off, you can always take them to your stylist to have them colored to match your hair. Remember, you can deposit color but not lift it. So if you’re unsure when order, go lighter rather than darker.

So, if it’s just volume you want, consult with your stylist on which of these methods would be the best for you. It’s even more affordable than you think. Because hair extension prices get higher as lengths get longer, if you’re just looking for volume, you can certainly save money on your extensions. You also save when it comes to the installation cost if you’re opting to just have a few rows installed, rather than a full head.

Put down the root lifters and boosters and give hair extensions a chance. Still not sure? Let us know; we’d love to answer your questions.

 

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Get Your Hair Back to School Ready

Friday, August 8th, 2014

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Damaging your hair is easy which means repairing your hair has to be hard right? Well, given some time and the proper products, it can actually be pretty easy. The summer season filled with heat and humidity, and coupled with schedules filled with fun activities, it’s easy to neglect our hair care regimens. Now that back to school is around the corner, you might want to give your hair a little TLC for all those selfies you’ll be taking in class to post on Facebook and Instagram, and who could forget the ever-important yearbook photo?! Here’s our advice to help you repair the damage just in the nick of time.

Post Conditioning. After washing your hair with a sulfate-free shampoo, use an ultra-hydrating conditioner. Apply a plant-derived moisturizing conditioner like Phytobaume Repateur (which also contains keratin to repair your hair). Coat your ends and apply heat with a blow dryer. The heat makes the conditioner able to penetrate hair for a deeper condition. We recommend doing this at least once a week, but no more than three times per week.

Treatment Masks. Kerastase Masque Oleo-Relax is a great mask that contains special ingredients to help your ends look and feel better. Stay away from any products that have silicone, as they can sometimes do more harm than good to your hair extensions. Another stylist favorite is Joico’s K-Pak Intense Hydrator because the shea butter provides elasticity for dry hair. It also creates a polished surface.

Shine. Hair oil is damaged hair’s best friend. When choosing an oil, make sure it contains vitamin E, avocado oil, or a protective, antioxidant-rich grape seed oil. These kinds of ingredients repair the dryest of strands while smoothing them out and adding shine. They also help fight frizz and flyaways.

Let us help you with your hair extension questions. Just ask!

 

 

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