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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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Bedtime Hair Care Routines

Friday, July 25th, 2014

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The last thing you want to do when you’re ready to call it a day is what seems like one more chore. But honestly, the small amount of time you take to care for your locks before bed will make the biggest difference in maintaining healthy, gorgeous looking hair. The best part about bedtime hair care is that you’re letting a product work while you sleep, which means you’re allowing it more time to do its job. It definitely beats the two minute TLC you give your hair while conditioning in the shower. Try these routines and tell me you don’t see a difference.

Hair masks and deep conditioners. We know most deep conditioners don’t take a whole lot of time and some are fairly quick (like Aussie’s 3 minute miracle deep conditioner), but you really should try sleeping with one on once a month. Letting the deep conditioner or hair mask take its time to absorb into your hair will help nourish and restore your strands. This is especially great for your hair extensions as you want to keep them as shiny and in the best shape as possible. Apply it to your extensions (keeping aways from your bonds, beads, or tape) and put it up in a loose bun or braid before getting in bed.

Braids. Want to avoid tangling, frizz, and matting? Take one minute to put your hair extensions in a loose braid—don’t pull too tight. Your hair will feel much better in the morning and you won’t have to brush as much. Contrary to what you’ve heard, brushing 100 strokes a day will not make your hair shiny and full. Over-brushing causes too much friction for your hair, leading to split ends and breakage.

Take a no-heat break. Try showering an hour or two before bed, allowing your hair to air dry. After lots of blow drying, straightening, and curling, your hair will be thankful to have a break. If you’re worried about having an oily scalp the next day, try a dry shampoo. It will not only remove excess oil and cleanse without water, it will add some volume too! There’s one for every budget ranging from Suave’s Dry Shampoo Spray to Oscar Blandi’s Pronto Dry Shampoo Invisible Spray.

Do you have a bedtime hair extensions tip? Share it with us!

 

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Sun Exposure and Hair Extensions

Friday, July 11th, 2014

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Everyone loves summer and all of the outdoor activities it brings. But while we’re spending the day on a boat, at a bbq, out camping, etc., we tend to forget one thing—sun damage. If you’re exposed to the sun long enough, you’ll notice that your hair gets a lot lighter. Usually this wouldn’t be a big deal, but when your hair extensions don’t match your natural hair, that’s a problem. So what can you do?

If you know your hair is prone to lighten up during the summer, prepare for it by coloring your hair a shade lighter and order your hair extensions in a lighter shade to match your new (but natural) hue. Wonder why so many surfers seem to have light hair? The UV rays from the sun destroy the melanin in your hair causing it to lighten, and until new hair grows in its place, it will stay that color.

If you want to be active but still want to keep your darker color, you can protect your hair and extensions by wearing hats, scarves, or wraps when exposed to the sun for long periods of time. We can’t stress this enough during the summer season. Not only do they protect your natural hair, they protect the extensions and their respective bonds, tape, or beads.

There are also leave in sprays and conditioners that have sun protection in them. Bumble and Bumble’s UV Protective Styling Balm is a great option and it’s sulfate-free! Other companies like L’Oreal and Garnier also offer UV protective hairsprays, sprays, creams, etc.

Like us on Facebook for tips, products, and trends for the summer. What’s your favorite summer tip for protection? Please share with us!

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Stylist Nightmares: Touch-Up Trauma

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Woman washing hair with shampooYou may hear us harping on it all the time, but it never gets any less important: hair extensions need to be regularly maintained! This includes regular touch-ups (moving the extensions closer to the scalp to account for growth), brushing to eliminate tangling and matting and taking special care to avoid damaging activities to your extensions (like bleaching, or exposing them to chlorinated water). What happens though, when clients forgo these regular maintenance tips and just let their extensions grow willy-nilly? Here’s our next stylist nightmare for this week. Read on.

One client came in with fusion extensions. She’d had them in for over a year, and there was maybe a good 6 inches of growth. The hair had matted to the point of ‘dreading,’ in some cases as hard as little balls of concrete. I gently reminded her of the ‘12 weeks rule’ to prevent this kind of thing in the future. I dumped every chemical I had to try and soften the dreads, and I washed it multiple times–all to no avail.

After attempting, for a good three hours, to remove the bonds, even resorting to acetone (!) to break the bonds, I had to give up. The hair was completely trashed and broken. I had to leave most of the dread clumps in her hair, and the only way to get them out would be with a good pair of shears.

Don’t get me wrong, some people have greater tangling or matting issues than others. These depend on factors like the natural build-up of  the scalp, the kind of products the client uses in their hair, or if they’ve mistreated their hair with bleach.

Basically what I’m saying is that, even if you don’t see any major tangling at the roots, you may have a bigger issue brewing that you can’t see. Word from the wise who’ve removed many stubborn dread clumps from client’s hair? Regular touch ups could’ve prevented this. Don’t let them grow out too much, and if you can’t keep up with the maintenance, it’s best to have them removed. Don’t just let them grow unchecked!

Yikes. DREADful (yuk!) indeed right? Acetone? Yes folks, that’s paint thinner. Is that what you want going in your hair? Me neither. Don’t let it get to that point. Regular touch ups aren’t just an aesthetic adjustment, they’re absolutely essential for you, your scalp and your sanity!

Avoid the heartache and the acetone. Get your extensions touched up regularly!

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How to Properly Care for your Curly and Wavy Extensions

Friday, March 7th, 2014

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We’re launching new curly and wavy hair extensions soon! Since caring for curly and wavy extensions is a bit different than straight extensions, we want to prepare everyone to make sure they’re ready to flawlessly rock their new style!

Before we get started, there’s one word to always keep in mind when it comes to hair with any kind of a curl: moisture! Extensions are already drier than natural hair because it doesn’t receive all of the oils that your scalp produces. On top of that, the curlier your hair is, the more prone it is to dryness, so keep those curls quenched!

Here are our five S’s of curly and wavy hair maintenance:

1. Showering. Try to shampoo only once or twice a week, and in between shampoos, use a heavy-duty, moisturizing conditioner. It’s best to comb through and work out any tangles in the shower, since brushing dry curls can create a frizzy mess! Combing with the conditioner in helps easily remove tangles and ensure the product is evenly distributed throughout your hair. After you shower, using a styling cream really helps lock in the moisture. You can also use a deep conditioner when you need to step up your moisture game just a bit.

2. Silicones. Using products with silicones can cause build up and weigh down your hair. If you need to use them, make sure the silicones in your product are water soluble, since those cause much less build up.

3. Sulfates. Sulfates can dry hair out, so using them can negate all the hard work you’re doing trying to keep your hair moisturized. Not to mention, sulfates can affect your bonds (especially keratin ones), causing them to slip prematurely. Basically, don’t even think about it! They’re just bad news all around.

4. Styling. You don’t always have time to let your hair air dry after a shower, but you’re worried that the hair dryer will dry out your curls too fast or blow them into a crazy mess. The easy solution? Just use a diffuser! If you use a medium heat setting, you won’t over dry your curls, and the diffuser reduces the air velocity of the dryer so it won’t affect their shape.

If you find a few strands are losing their curl or wave, feel free to use a curling iron for a quick fix. As always, make sure you use a heat protectant before using hair dryers or curling irons. Just don’t straighten the hair! The curls and waves in our extensions will relax over time, but using a straightener will really speed up this process, giving you a lot less wear time—and that’s no good!

To battle humidity, use a serum before you head out the door. No need to let the weather determine your style!

5. Sleep. The friction between your hair and your pillow can cause extra frizz that you certainly don’t need. Sleeping with a satin pillow or headscarf is a simply solution to this problem. Also, as with all types of extensions, sleeping in a braid keeps hair from matting and tangling, and it works double duty for wavy and curly extensions—it helps them keep their shape longer!

As long as you follow these tips, you’re destined to have a long-lasting, enviable curls!

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