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Holiday Looks–2017 Edition

Thanksgiving is the unofficial start-date for the “Holiday Season”–in our book, anyway. To that end, we’re starting to get our winter ensembles ready, and looking up all the festive hairstyles that we’ll be wearing for the rest of the year. Take a look at some of our favorites below, and feel free to suggest your own in the comments section!

Old Hollywood

An undying classic, Old Hollywood waves are the epitome of glamor, and they’re perfectly suited to a season filled with sparkles and twinkling lights. Go all-out with a voluminous head of hair extensions arranged in this style…you may even find your hair more enjoyable than your gifts!

Natural Waves

If your hair is naturally wavy, embrace it! This subtle, tousled look is undeniably charming, and it pairs beautifully with cozy sweaters, fuzzy socks, and all the seasonal glitz.

Big, Bouncy Curls

Consider this Old Hollywood’s casual cousin. Find the sweet spot between classy and comfortable with big, bouncy, un-fussy curls, and you’re sure to have a handle on any party dress code this season.

Silky Straight

On the sleeker side, long, straight locks mesh well with basically any occasion, and will lend a polished-yet-minimal touch that can balance out a more lavish outfit.

Half-Up Twist

Strike an easy balance between classy and effortless with a simple half-up twist that still manages to look done-up. A versatile choice, this style can transition from formal to familiar with just a wardrobe change.

Fancy Barrettes

For those of you who love a good accessory, opt for an ornate or decorative barrette that you can wear in any number of different arrangements. Dressed up or dressed down, the barrette will keep your hair in style and in check throughout the celebrations–and it’ll complement the ornaments in your home, as well!

 

Happy Halloween! (Inspiration Inside)

Happy Halloween! We’re wishing you a day full of sweets, fun, and fabulous outfits! If you’re anything like us though, you may feel like this holiday has kind of snuck up on you–and that’s okay! Girl’s gotta work, but not necessarily on Halloween costumes. Below, we’ve compiled some easy, last-minute costume ideas that will feature your beautiful Donna Bella locks. We’ll have you party-ready in no time!

For raven hair…

Morticia Addams
Long black hair? Check. Long black dress? Check. Killer makeup? Check. That’s basically all there is to it.

Jackie (from That 70s Show)
Take a cue from Jackie–the fashionable diva/darling played by a young Mila Kunis–and don all of your patterned retro-looking apparel for a distinctly 70s vibe. Finish off with the signature black curls and a whole lot of sass.

For blonde hair…

Barbie
Put on all your pink things to achieve the well-known Barbie look, and don’t forget Instagram-worthy makeup and the perfect blowout.

Luna Lovegood
This one is particularly fun if–like Luna–you have a lot of quirky clothes and a head of gorgeous, long blonde hair.

For red hair…

Ginny Weasley
To achieve this next Harry Potter-related look, don your signature red mane and your day-to-day clothes (or your old school uniform)–plus a wand. This is easy to refashion into a Lily Potter costume, too.

Ariel
Channeling this charming Disney princess is as simple as wearing a bikini top and a bedazzled pencil skirt while letting your red hair flow free. For extra ease, pick her just-out-of-the water look: wet hair and a large white cloth draped over her body.

For brown hair…

Lara Croft
Throw your brown hair into a piece-y braid, slip into your grungiest tank top and your shortest shorts, then finish it off with some black tape, toy guns, and a pair of boots.

Blair (from Gossip Girl)
If classy style is more your thing, take a page from Blair Waldorf’s lookbook and style yourself in layers of cute designer or vintage-inspired pieces. Then style your hair with a complementary accessory–like a headband or barrette hat.

For funky hair…

Katy Perry
Katy Perry changes her hair color constantly, so no matter what your current color, you can achieve her look by adding some bright statement clothes and plenty of attention-grabbing accessories.

Sadness, Joy, or Disgust (from Inside Out)
If your hair is blue or green and you’re willing to invest a little bit of time on makeup, make Sadness, Joy, or Disgust your Halloween persona. For Sadness, throw on an oversized sweater and some oversized glasses. For joy, opt for a simple yellow dress. And for Disgust, find a green a-line dress and a purple scarf. If desired, you can attempt to make your long hair appear shorter by styling it in a faux-bob–but we find that it’s not 100% necessary, since people will be able to identify your character mainly from your skin color and/or exaggerated expressions.

For groups…

Charlie’s Angels
All you need for this costume is a couple of friends and a good dose of attitude.

Spice Girls
Recreate the pop-tastic style of the Spice Girls with all your forgotten 90s staples–as well as bodycon dresses, slips, gym clothes, and anything metallic. With the right girlfriends and the right hairdos, you’ll be unmistakable.

Don’t forget to snap and share a picture of yourself wearing your Donna Bella hair extensions and costume! We love to see the looks you create, including all the ways that you style your hair!

 

How To: Custom Color Looks for Brunettes

Become a belle with one of these toasty brown-haired looks. We’ve got all the coloring resources you need at our Color Takeover Portal!

Mahogany
Blending with DB Extensions:
1B (Jet Black/Darkest Brown)
2 (Darkest Brown)
99J (Dark Auburn Burgundy)
Black Wine
Red Wine
Ombre 1B/Burgundy

Coloring with Joico Color Intensities:
20% Ruby Red
15% Magenta
65% Black Pearl

Fawn
Blending with DB Extensions:
4 (Dark Brown)
5B (Caramel)
6 (Dark Chestnut Brown)
10 (Medium Ash)
12 (Light Ash)
12/600 (Light Ash/Blond)

Coloring with Joico Color Intensities:
12% Ruby Red
25% Yellow
25% Light Purple
19% Titanium
19% Black Pearl

Chocolate
Blending with DB Extensions:
2 (Darkest Brown)
3R (Darkest Brown with Auburn)
4 (Dark Brown)

Coloring with Joico Color Intensities:
13% Ruby Red
14% Yellow
13% Indigo
60% Black Pearl

Coffee
Blending with DB Extensions:
1B (Jet Black/Darkest Brown)
2 (Darkest Brown)
6/10 (Dark Chestnut/Medium Ash)
60 (Platinum Ash Blond)
Silver

Coloring with Joico Color Intensities:
7% Ruby Red
12% Yellow
11% Light Purple
10% Titanium
60% Black Pearl

For more color formulas, tutorials, and articles, visit the Color Takeover Portal today!

Planning Ahead for the Holidays

It’s still a bit early to be singing your favorite Christmas carols, but it’s never too early to start planning for the holidays! Today, we’re sharing our favorite tips for easing into the season with a shortened to-do list.

Set up your holiday promotions in advance
This one is for all you stylists out there: take some time out during your lighter work months to plan out your holiday promotions ahead of time. Once the holidays start, it’s too easy to get wrapped up in the heavier workflow—or in your personal holiday arrangements—instead of realizing that perfect seasonal extension sale or that would’ve-been-fun salon party. Make sure that your expectations are realized by preparing the details in the months preceding the holidays, and coordinate them with your staff. Trust us on this—we already have our promotions all set up! 😉

Create a savings account for gifts
Avoid the end-of-year spending panic that often accompanies the holidays by setting aside money year-round for any and all gift expenses! Just take a small percentage of each paycheck you receive and place it in a separate “Gift” savings account. You’ll barely notice the few missing dollars from each installment, but they’ll gradually add up over the course of a year to give you a tidy little holiday spending budget. The best part is that this makes it really easy to become a better gift-giver, simply by enabling you to decide your holiday budget in advance!

Create an ongoing wishlist
Speaking of gifts, unless you’re the kind of person who prefers that your gifts remain a surprise, it helps to keep an ongoing wishlist throughout the year to set your friends and family up for success (because no one likes to give or receive bad presents). Alternatively, if you’re beyond the whole gift-receiving thing, you can just as easily create a list of approved charities to which your loved ones can donate money or resources on your behalf.

Set aside unused belongings (in good condition) for those in need
We all have things lurking around our house that we never use or even think about until we glimpse them in the back of our closet, and these possessions could be better used and savored by someone else. Clear your house of the clutter while collecting items for an end-of-year mass donation. Around the holidays, displaced or homeless people especially need clean blankets, warm clothes, and a little love. Also, consider re-gifting or donating unwanted gifts you receive.

Save festive recipes and looks to a Pinterest board
If you already have a Pinterest account, chances are that you spend a fair chunk of time every now and then scrolling through rows and rows of beautiful (or tasty!) content. Save your favorite outfits, recipes, and hairdos to a designated board, then simply pull them up when you need them! Looking for a place to start? Check our Pinterest boards for new and exciting hairstyle ideas.

Take your holiday photos at the beginning of fall
We find that taking your photos at the beginning of fall provides a way to indulge the mounting holiday spirit without starting your celebrations too early (because we should at least make it through Thanksgiving before the Christmas lights come out). You’ll still have plenty of time to print the cards and prepare the mailing envelopes, and you’ll be able to savor the process more when you’re already looking forward to the season!

How are you preparing for the holidays? Let us know in the comments below!

 

Fall Update: Ombre

Fall is fast approaching, and soon clients will be rushing in for seasonal color updates, taking their inspiration from golden leaves, spiced chai, and toasty orange pumpkins. Many will be trying on the newest hair trends, like bronde or rose gold. Many more will go with the classics—as always, ombre will make an appearance. Prepare your salon for your clients’ every need by stocking up on extension-friendly colors and ombre-friendly extensions, in 10 different color combinations! And prepare yourself, too, by reviewing our extensive ombre tips and tutorials, available via the links below.

Getting ready to purchase new ombre hair extensions?
Well, you’re in luck
We happen to be having a sale for ombre hair extensions at the Donna Bella online store—it’s going on right now. Head over and get shopping to take advantage of 10% off all your ombre extensions! Sale ends September 6th, 2017.

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Ombre with Donna Bella Hair
This 2015 Hairline blog post outlines how to achieve an ombre transformation without the need for additional color!

What is Colorombre?
Explore the vibrant Colorombre trend in this Hairline blog post.

Fashion Ombre
Fashion Ombre is a striking color look, and we covered it in depth just earlier this year.

Sombre
We wrote a whole piece about one of ombre’s newer variations: the Sombre. Read up to learn more!

New Ways to Do Ombres with Hair Extensions
This is another blog post of ours that dives into the benefits of combining color and Donna Bella extensions for your ombre transformations.

The Dos and Don’ts of Ombre
This post tells you everything you need to know to perform the perfect ombre-specific color job.

Ombre Tape-In Hair Extensions Makeover
Click through to this YouTube video and watch top stylist Ruben Martinez perform a full-head ombre transformation using Donna Bella ombre Tape-In extensions!

Fashion Ombre Video Tutorial
Watch professional extensions stylist and colorist Ashley Rocks achieve an enviable Fashion Ombre look.

Sombre Video Tutorial
Join Ashley Rocks again as she demonstrates a Sombre color job.

Downloadable Color Formulations
Like Ashley’s work? You can download the exact color formulations featured in her videos from our website.

Color Takeover Portal
Keep up to date with hair coloring news and content, from ombre to mermaid to pastel unicorn and beyond!

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How To: Custom Color Looks for Blondes

Ready to unleash your inner blonde? Take a look at these popular golden colors, then head over to our Color Takeover Portal and learn how to color your extensions the Donna Bella way!

Champagne

Blending with DB Extensions:
27/613 (Light Blond with Strawberry)
60 (Platinum Ash Blond)
Ombre 12/60

Coloring with Joico Color Intensities:
8% Red
19% Yellow
11% Indigo
12% Soft Pink
50% Titanium

Silver

Blending with DB Extensions:
60 (Platinum Ash Blond)
Silver
Ombre 1B/60
Ombre 1B/Silver

Coloring with Joico Color Intensities:
13% Sapphire Blue
7% Cobalt Blue
7% Indigo
60% Titanium
13% Black Pearl

Platinum

Blending with DB Extensions:
60 (Platinum Ash Blond)
1001 (Platinum Blond)
Silver
Ombre 1B/60
Ombre 1B/Silver

Coloring with Joico Color Intensities:
17% Yellow
6% Pink
10% Indigo
67% Titanium

Rose Gold

Blending with DB Extensions:
5R (Caramel Red)
27/613 (Light Blond with Strawberry)
60 (Platinum Ash Blond)
Ombre 4/30/613

Coloring with Joico Color Intensities:
9% Ruby Red
9% Red
9% Yellow
9% Light Purple
9% Soft Pink
46% Titanium
9% Black Pearl

For more color formulas, tutorials, and articles, visit the Color Takeover Portal today!

 

How To: Custom Color Looks for Redheads

Whether you’re a current redhead or an aspiring one, we’ve got the tips you need to achieve these popular ruddy looks. Check out our new Color Takeover Portal for extension coloring tutorials, formulas, and information to get started!

Cherry
Blending with DB Extensions:
– 27A (Dark Gold Blond)
– 27/613 (Light Blond with Strawberry)
– 32 (Cherry)
– 60 (Platinum Ash Blond)
– 600 (Blond)

Coloring with Joico Color Intensities:
– 10% Ruby Red
– 13% Red
– 25% Orange
– 18% Yellow
– 30% Titanium
– 4% Black Pearl

Copper
Blending with DB Extensions:
– 5R (Caramel Red)
– 30/33 (Dark Chestnut Auburn)
– 31 (Light Auburn)
– 60 (Platinum Ash Blond)

Coloring with Joico Color Intensities:
– 20% Ruby Red
– 12% Fiery Coral
– 30% Orange
– 5% Titanium
– 33% Black Pearl

Fiery Red
Blending with DB Extensions:
5R (Caramel Red)
31 (Light Auburn)
32 (Cherry)
Red
Red Wine

Coloring with Joico Color Intensities:
35% Ruby Red
23% Red
22% Fiery Coral
20% Orange

Wine
Blending with DB Extensions:
99J (Dark Auburn Burgundy)
Black Wine
Red Wine
Ombre 1B/Burgundy
Ombre 1B/Purple

Coloring with Joico Color Intensities:
15% Ruby Red
8% Red
12% Orchid
8% Magenta
57% Black Pearl

Want to recreate the look? Visit the Color Takeover Portal today!

 

New Ways to Do Ombres with Hair Extensions

The ombre, the hairstyle that showcases a cool color fade from the root to the end of the hair, has been an “it” hair trend since the beginning of the decade. With its low maintenance appeal and versatile application, it’s a style that’s grown in popularity, with new combos and variations springing up around it constantly. With so many different ombre color combinations available, it goes without saying that the various methods for creating ombres would be a mixed bag as well.

Hair extensions handily create stunning ombre effects and can do so without the client ever having to color their own hair. Since a stylist can simply install hair extensions onto the client’s head and then cut and blend them in, it’s a great method for those who want to change their look, but aren’t keen on coloring their real hair. Furthermore, hair extensions provide a low pressure “canvas” upon which to plan out funky color combinations that won’t affect the client’s actual hair and can be seamlessly blended in. Essentially, most any color effect a stylist can do on a client’s real hair, they can do on extensions as well. That’s less time the client spends in the chair and more time they spend showing off their new look!

Ombres created from extensions mean less chemical damage to the client’s actual hair and scalp. They won’t need the constant trips to the salon for routine touch-ups, and they’ll love the fact that they’re not putting their hair through harsh chemical wringers of permanent colors and peroxides. It’s still important to keep hair extensions moisturized and cared for (it’s human hair after all), but these processes are far less damaging to the hair than a permanent color and use far less of the strong ingredients a permanent color job would.

While any hairstyle requires care and maintenance to last, ombres created from hair extensions require far less routine upkeep than an ombre dyed directly into the client’s hair. For example, an ombre created with extensions doesn’t need to have its regrowth colored each time or even have the extensions removed and reinstalled to touch up color. Since it’s an extension attached to the hair, the new growth simply creates a bolder fade effect as it grows out. Easy in, easy out!

Ombres are an absolute cinch with hair extensions. With hair extensions, clients can create color melting effects of every shade and hue (including bright, vibrant fashion ombres!), pastel unicorn combinations, mermaid hair, the balyage, the “dip dye” and even the ombre’s gentler cousin, the sombre (literally soft + ombre). They’re versatile, easy to install and with the added benefit of Donna Bella’s Hair Insurance, can be freely colored to make your wildest fantasy combinations a reality. Be sure to bookmark Donna Bella’s Color Takeover Portal for more hair extensions and coloring tips and tricks!

 

A New Look at Fashion Ombre

The Ombre, with its smooth transition between colors, is a coveted color effect, and one perfectly suited for custom coloring extensions. You don’t need to stick to blondes, browns and burgundys if you don’t want to though, as myriad fashion options exist for the style. Follow along with our tutorial on creating a Fashion Ombre and be sure to reference our video, featuring stylist Ashley Rocks, for closer reference!

As a crash course in Ombre history: It’s a french word which literally means “shaded” in English and is used to refer to the blending of one color into another. Its origins date back to 1840 where it was used to refer to color transition effects in the textile industry, namely furniture and drapery. Many fashion theorists believe the style was popularized in 2000 by pop singer and icon Aaliyah (RIP) and has stayed in the cultural consciousness well into the post 2010 era by numerous celebrities sporting the style, like Beyonce. With new variations and combinations constantly popping up on the ombre spectrum (The Sombre for example), it’s a style we’re sure to see more and more over the coming years.

Some of the major appeals of the Ombre style are its low upkeep construction. When the roots are kept their natural color, and the color transition effect is done within two shades of the original, it’s a look that needn’t be updated every few months and can be grown out to continue the transitional effect if the client likes. Also, since it’s a style that focuses on color transition on the tips of the hair (and not all over), it’s perfect for clients who are hesitant to put a lot of product in their hair. Permanent colors dehydrate the hair, and weaken it all around, so by using less product for an Ombre (and sticking only to Semi- and Demi-Permanent color products) the client’s hair receives less wear and tear in the long run. Hooray for hair health and color-conscious clients!

Since the Ombre works just as well with naturally occurring hair colors, bold fashion colors, or a combination of the two, it’s a style that works for numerous different types of clients with various hair textures, lengths and creative visions and can often be the trendy style that takes those squeamish about coloring their hair directly into the chair for full-on transformation!

In recent times, Ombre effects have spread into other facets of beauty and commerce. Nail salons advertise Ombre nail effects while specialty bakeries trundle coveted Ombre layer cakes into shop windows. It’s only a matter of time before bodyshops offer Ombre-centric paint jobs for automobiles. It’s a color effect that’s kind of magical, intoxicating in its transition, and one that’s popular everywhere.

Whether clients want a slight color-centric update on their naturally occurring shade, or seek a multi-colored transformation into the realm of fashion colors, ombre transitions provide the ideal creative springboard for strong color style! Be sure to pay attention to the Donna Bella Color Takeover Portal for more hair tips and tricks like this one!

 

Pastel Dos and Don’ts

db blog pastles dos-N-donts

It’s a new age, and that means we’re not living in grandma’s world of acceptable hair coloring anymore! Bold and vibrant fashion colors and every constituent variation in-between have long since become mainstream-acceptable, with celebrities and fashion icons splashing bits of neons and pastels into their look the world over. We love it! Still, there’re a few things to remember when going pastel, so here’s our quick list of pastel dos and don’ts.

Do:

Experiment: Go crazy! Whether it’s a splash of bubblegum pink, zips of green, or an all-over Easter Egg look you’re going for, remember that it’s ok to experiment to find the color combinations you like best. Use extensions to develop a new look and feel free to go off the beaten path a bit…just remember to also:

Strand Test First: Remember that the color you see on the label isn’t necessarily the color you’ll get in your hair. Also remember that all hair will accept pastel coloring in different degrees. Always test out the color on an inconspicuous section of hair beforehand so you will know for sure what it will look like before continuing and won’t get stuck with a color you weren’t planning on.

Adopt a Moisturizing Regimen: Color-treated hair needs to be maintained and moisturized. Though pastel colors may be faint, the hair will still be in desperate need of upkeep afterwards, including regular moisture treatments and brushing. Keeping hair clean and thoroughly cared for will not only keep the color looking brighter, longer, but (if the client is using extensions) will also keep the extensions in tip-top shape for much longer. Encourage a moisturizing regimen for your client, and extol the virtues of this upkeep. Knowledge is power!

Don’t:

Start with All-Over Color: It may be tempting, and it’s likely your client has seen a celebrity pull it off. We recommend that pastel first-timers start with partial pieces like peek-a-boos or streaks and work from there. If, after experiencing the transformative joy of a pastel streak, they wish for all-over color? That’s fine and good. Just know that it’s truly a transformation, so moderation is key in the beginning.

Attempt to Pastel Color Dark Hair: A bleached base creates the best pastel effect, so dark-haired clients will likely need a bleaching or lightening treatment beforehand. Attempts to color pastel directly onto dark hair will likely result in murky color combinations (if they show up at all), and won’t create the effect your client wants at all. Hair must be porous to accept color, and this is why dark hair must be bleached first, to have that color removed so it can accept new color that’s deposited onto it.

For more tips and tricks, including Dos and Don’ts for using Toner, Hair Chalk, and Semi and Demi-Permanent color on extensions, stay tuned to the Donna Bella Color Takeover Portal!