Category Archives: Hair Extension Style

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

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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!