Category Archives: Hair Extension Style

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

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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!

 

Pastel Unicorn Hair

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It’s a new time. Where traditionally, coming into work with a green streak in your hair would get a write-up from your boss, now bold fashion colors are a norm that’s becoming more and more accepted in mainstream society. At Donna Bella, we’re thrilled at the development because it opens the door for SO many awesome color combinations stylists can achieve by coloring their hair extensions and working them into the mix. Whether working with mermaid colors, strong neons, or the increasingly popular Pastel Unicorn effects, here’s why stylists and clients alike are turning to less conventional hues for their hair creations. For a look at how we created a gorgeous Pastel Unicorn effect, be sure to reference our video with world renowned stylist Ashley Rocks!

Some fashion bloggers snarkily refer to the pastel phenomenon as “the colorful response to granny hair.” Though surely made in jest, it’s a comment that’s not all that far off from reality. Since modern iterations of silver hairstyles indicate that it can indeed be a sexy color not exclusive to the nursing home, the pastel phenomenon takes this principle just a step further on the color commitment scale.

In terms of color literacy and flexibility, we recognize that all clients are on different spots of the spectrum. Some stick to the familiar confines of naturally occurring hair hues when looking for a change, while others branch out to work strains from the rainbow into the concoction. Pastel Hair, and its associated styles, takes its inspiration from the land of mythology, merriment, and whimsy. Whether it’s Lisa Frank stickers, Adventure Time, or something on the psychedelic spectrum, Pastel styles work fashion colors in the silver, cobalt, light yellow, pink, and purple ranges for a versatile effect that’s entirely fashion-color based, but softer in its execution than a neon might be. What’s more is you, the artist and visionary, can construct a look based on your individual need. Want more green than pink? No sweat. Heavier on silver and blue? You can do that too. The combos are literally endless.

Some clients may have the itch for fashion colors. Maybe they’ve grown bored with their “naturally occurring” choices, and want to take it off the beaten path. In this regard, Pastel or Unicorn effects can be used for softer color effects that are still striking. When dealing with fashion colors, it’s important to remember that all the tenants of safe coloring become tantamount: working with shades that compliment the client’s skin tone, using semi- and demi-permanent colors, and strand testing to eliminate unwanted surprises are key.

Utilizing fashion colors creates limitless color creations for you and your clients. Be sure they know their options, the various color transitional effects, and that a pastel color ‘do can get their creative rocks off without the harsh commitments of neon or fashion ombres. It’s fun, flirty, and just a little bit left of center. Be sure to stay tuned to the Donna Bella Color Takeover Portal for more hair tips and tricks like this one!

 

Sombre

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The Ombre is a premiere hair effect, and one that extensions pull off with ease. It’s completely low-maintenance and gives your hair that colorful zip without the strain and damage of all-over permanent dyes. With its popular adoption in mainstream culture, it was only a matter of time before new variations of the hairstyle rose to the fore. And so “Sombre,” which basically translates to “Soft Ombre,” aims to achieve the same effects of the Ombre hairstyle with a subtler transition. As such, a Sombre style employs softer coloring techniques, so as to be gentler on the hair. Some see it as “Ombre backlash,” a phenomenon that style journalists know is practically inevitable whenever a particular style gets even slightly popular. Perhaps the Sombre is just the “quieter” cousin of the Ombre. A little more laid back, a little less flashy in the color combinations, the reins slightly more pulled in.

As far as pointers, Sombres follow most of the same conceptual steps of the Ombre, only with a softer color transition. To achieve the soft, subtle look, it’s best to start up high with the color, applying the color close to the roots to maintain depth and slowly brighten the hair as it nears the end. An Ombre/Sombre can be a tricky effect to achieve for the uninitiated, so remember that it’s always better to “under-color” than to over-do it. If you finish the process and you find the highlights aren’t pronounced enough, you can always go back over them to add more. If you overdo it from the beginning, it’s much trickier to fix!

Many Sombres use a blond effect, but the style can be much broader to incorporate lighter browns into chocolate browns, or even dark hair into burgundy. Your creativity is up to you. Here’s our Donna Bella quick guide to Sombre style. Please refer to our video featuring Ashley Rocks for closer reference.

Some advantages of the Sombre are that it can appeal to clients who want a color transformation, but feel intimidated by the Ombre outright. Appealing to a softer color transition can help assuage their fears of something too bright or harsh for their taste. Furthermore, since the Sombre literally uses less hair color than a traditional Ombre, it’s cheaper and uses even less product in the client’s hair. There’s an appealing premise for those squeamish about the potential damage hair color can do.

While the Ombre is already an extremely low-maintenance hairstyle, since it allows for growth at the root (when they’re kept natural) and doesn’t need constant upkeep to maintain the color when kept within two shades, the Sombre is even lower maintenance. Think of it like a “starter Ombre” for those thinking of moving into the territory but who aren’t sure about committing to the look. With many style bloggers praising the Sombre for its “take your summer hair into winter” versatility, and the host of permutations on the Ombre style tree only increasing, keeping the Sombre in the arsenal of color effects is a win for stylists and clients.

Be sure to stay tuned to our Color Takeover portal for more hair tips and tricks like this!

 

All the Tools You Need For a Successful Color Job

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No matter how much experience, zeal, and creative whimsy they possess, a stylist can really only be as good as the tools they have at their disposal. Whether it’s a routine change-up, installing a full head of extensions, or a custom coloring for a full-on transformation, here’s our list of the top shelf tools you need for a successful color job.

Semi or Demi-Permanent Colors
For coloring extensions, we encourage the use of semi or demi-permanent colors. These products deposit color onto the hair rather than lifting it (which actually dehydrates the cuticle) for a gentler coloring experience. Plus, since they’re semi and demi-permanent, they put far less strain and chemical stress on the hair than permanent colors would. For fashion colors, specifically, we’ve found that Joico Color Intensity works incredibly well for coloring hair extensions!

Donna Bella #60 Extensions
Although all our Remy shades can be professionally colored, bright, bold fashion colors such as rainbow or pastel hair require a blank canvas for the full effect. In these cases, we recommend our palest, most neutral blonde shade: #60. It’s available in all four professional installation methods and will take on fashion colors vibrantly.

Olaplex Lightener
Olaplex, labeled as a “bond multiplier,” helps reconnect broken disulfide sulfur bonds in the hair. By applying it to a lightener or hair color, your client’s hair will be kept strong during and after the coloring process, essential for keeping colors looking their best. It’s free of the silicones and oils presents in many other products and helps maintain hair’s natural strength and resilience after being treated. Note that in all our color formulas contained on the Donna Bella Color Takeover Portal, we include Olaplex lightener. Clients can also use Olaplex as a weekly treatment for their hair.

A Quality Brush
Applying color to hair or extensions requires a quality brush that will distribute the color evenly. We strongly recommend the Famar brush because the bristles are extremely soft and reduce strain on the wrist and joints—especially handy when you’re coloring multiple extensions at once. Key points to look for when selecting a brush are how well it will distribute color, and the softness of the bristles. Softer bristles will probably distribute better and are less likely to damage the extensions in the process.

Re-hydrating/Moisturizing Shampoo
Encourage clients to keep their hair plenty hydrated after coloring. A hydrating shampoo and even a mask treatment will go far in extending their custom-colored look. All hair types feature different levels of oiliness, and so different clients will require different maintenance regimens. The important thing is that they’re regularly hydrating their hair long after they leave the chair.

Bowl, Gloves, Paper Towels/Coverings
Maybe these seem like a given, but a color job always requires a place to do it, somewhere to mix the ingredients and, of course, appropriate cover for your hands and the furniture around you. Always make sure you’ve got these basic elements at your disposal to ensure clean and streamlined coloring in the salon.

Having the appropriate tools available, as well as a clean and functional workspace, is essential in making your color creation process smooth and hassle-free. Check out our Donna Bella Color Takeover Portal for more tips and tricks!

 

Which Color Is Right for Your Client?

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There are many different hair colors available in the beauty industry, and that in itself is an understatement. Different formulas are springing up all the time, from various different brands making the same kinds of promises: long-wearing, non-damaging vibrant hues that are true to the color swatch. So with all the L’Oreals, Kenras, and Pravanas in the world, how do you choose one for your hair extension coloring needs? Donna Bella is here to help you answer that very question.

Stick with professional, semi and demi permanent hair colors.
In terms of color grade, hair colors range from professional to generic and permanent to impermanent. Donna Bella hair extensions should only be treated with professional grade, semi or demi permanent hair colors. Professional colors contain far less developer than one-size-fits-all box colors, and can be personalized to the client for the most efficient and damage-free results. Semi and demi permanent colors are far less invasive than other professional colors (not permeating the entire hair shaft), but are reasonably long-wearing, making them a perfect compromise for continued extension health.

Try our Donna Bella-approved colors.
Even within the category of professional, semi or demi permanent hair colors, there are too many color options to sift through. So allow us to make it easy for you; Joico Color Intensities is, in our experience, the best hair color line for Donna Bella hair extensions. These colors are highly pigmented, easily mixable, and require no developer at all to process, making them one of the safest choices for integrity-focused color jobs. We’ve seen Joico Color Intensities used to produce exceptionally vivid makeovers in styles ranging from emerald mermaid to pastel unicorn and beyond. And these makeovers remain unphased through months of wear (when adhering to a one-wash-per-week shower schedule).

Donna Bella has partnered with Joico Color Intensities and Framar International to bring you all the hair extension coloring info you need to level up your extension services. Visit the Color Takeover Portal today to check out everything from Joico color before & afters to custom formulas and instructional videos.

 

Mermaid Hair

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So you’re starting to crave a fresh new look and want to know how to put those extensions and color combinations to good use. Where do you turn for inspiration? There are a number of trendy effects you can achieve with hair extensions and a few select bottles of fashion color…so why not find your inspiration under the sea?

Of course, we’re talking about Mermaid Hair! It’s a bold and vibrant hair color trend that takes its inspiration from fanciful ocean stories like The Little Mermaid (Side note: The Disney version turns 27 this year!), and the colorful whimsy of the other Fairy Tale spectrum. The uninitiated may assume, based on the titular Disney princess, that “Mermaid Hair” refers to an electric red waist-length coif. Not quite! The literal definition of Mermaid Hair is tricky to define outright, but essentially it’s any color combination that utilizes cool-toned colors like greens, blues and purples to present an all over transformation with an “under the sea” aesthetic. Gorgeous ombres showcasing shades of teals and aquas create otherworldly color melts that call upon ocean palettes and bright vibrant hues like neon green and cobalt blue. Here’s why Mermaid Hair is a trend that’s here to stay. As always, you can reference our Color Takeover video featuring hair coloring expert Ashley Rocks for closer reference on creating a perfect Mermaid Hair effect!

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The major appeal of Mermaid Hair is the versatility it embodies, primarily the host of color combos it can appropriate. Times are changing; bold “fashion colors” are less taboo for mainstream appropriation and that bevy of new shades to choose from leaves many clients with exotic new visions for their hair! Those angling for a brighter, bolder, and less “conventional” look can spring for the rainbow-riffic fashion colors on the blue, purple, and green spectrum. Those wishing for something slightly more conservative can work with their existing tones to combine lighter traces of ocean color for an equally compelling look.

Because of the vibrance and penchant for strong color saturation promised by Mermaid Hair, stylists can achieve stunning Mermaid effects on virtually any hair length and texture. While we’ve obviously got a soft spot for extensions-based effects, we’ve seen breathtaking mermaid hues on shoulder-length manes and pixie cuts.

Said versatility isn’t just a client privilege when it comes to Mermaid Hair, however. With a well-defined assortment of colors and an eye for fluid transition, stylists can work with a balayage of aquatic hues blended together, or even with “dip-dye” or “fluid hair” techniques.

Whether it’s re-emerging inspiration from Disney princess films of times past, shifting social attitudes towards unconventional color combinations, or simply a wild and creative streak that’s reared its head in salon chic, Mermaid Hair is a multifaceted hair effect that’s as bold as it is popular. Heed the ocean’s call!

Be sure to pay attention to the Donna Bella Color Takeover Portal for more fashion tips and videos like this!