Category Archives: Hair Extensions

The 1-Minute Makeover

Part of the beauty of custom hair extension color jobs is that most of the work happens when the client isn’t even around. Clients—that means you can have your consultation, decide upon your color, and order your hair, then leave the extension coloring process up to your stylist. Once you return for your installation, the hair will be prepped and ready for you, so all you have to do is sit for awhile before walking off to enjoy your results! In some cases, the process can be even quicker; with non-invasive or temporary hair extension solutions, you can even see a difference within 1 minute of entering the salon. Care to know how? Read on to view your 1-minute makeover options…

Highlights
It only takes a couple of well-placed highlights to brighten up your entire image. With a few crimps and a handful of extensions, you could easily find yourself looking younger, slimmer, and all-around brand new.

A splash of color
Whether you’re supporting a cause or just having a bit of rebellious fun, introducing a band of pink or a stripe of blue to your hair is as simple as adding a single Tape-In or Clip-In. Even with more, you’re looking at a procedure that lasts no longer than a minute, so you can spend your time feeling awesome.

Bangs
Sono by Donna Bella Bangs are installed with 3 simple clips, meaning installation is a breeze every time. Choose from our Side Swept or Straight Across options for a compatible style that’s sure to reform your whole look, then have your stylist color them to your perfect shade.

Solos
Another Sono by Donna Bella option, our Solo is a full head of hair attached to a single microfilm wire which you can pull on or take off in moments, let alone a whole minute. Once it’s on, simply pull the top layer of your natural hair over the wire to disguise, and you’ll be ready to go anywhere looking like a million bucks.

Stylists—are you up to the task? Visit the Color Takeover Portal to learn all about the Donna Bella-approved way to color hair extensions, and to stock up on color formulas, tutorials, and articles that’ll guide you through the process. It’s the only place where the art of DB hair extensions meets the science of hair color, and all the resources you’ll find there are 100% free!

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Seeing Pink?

If you’ve been spending some time on the Donna Bella website lately, you may have noticed that there’s a lot more pink than usual. That’s because October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and we at Donna Bella like to ring it in by issuing our annual Pink Strands for the Cause campaign. This campaign goes from September 1st to October 31st, and it features a 10% discount on all pink Donna Bella extensions. Want to join in on the action? Here’s what you can do:

Throw your own Breast Cancer awareness event
Are you a stylist or salon owner who wants to contribute to the cause? During September and October, all of our pink hair will be 10% off to help you plan Breast Cancer Awareness Events in your salon! So choose an organisation or cancer patient to sponsor as a salon and donate a portion of your Pink Strand sales. To boost your sale you could:
-Sell clip-in Pink Strands at your front desk.
-Install pink extensions and donate the 10% savings from your hair purchase.
-Donate a portion of what your client pays to have their Pink Strands installed.
-Encourage clients to donate an extra amount to the organisation/patient your salon has chosen.
-Make or purchase some pink treats and have a bake sale!

Post to social media
Increase the campaign’s publicity by inviting your friends to join you at a Pink Strands event, or by sharing a picture of your new pink hair strand on social media with the hashtag #pinkstrands. Take pride in your contribution while encouraging your network to join you in the fight. Together, we’ll work to put this disease in its place, once and for all.

 

Everything You Need to Know About Mixing & Matching Color for Extensions

Donna Bella’s Color Takeover initiative is bringing you all the resources and education you need to start incorporating cutting-edge color science into your hair extension services. But if you need a snapshot, a sneak peek, or a cheat sheet, look no further. We’ve got all the tips for mixing and matching extension colors right here.

Focus on the consultation.
This is where the coloring magic happens, because it’s where your vision and your client’s vision come into alignment. During the consultation, you and your client should hammer out all the details of the coloring and installation appointments, essentially writing a script that will be enacted later. Make sure that you:
– understand what your client wants in the way of length, volume, permanence, and color change
– know the extent to which the color will be applied (highlights, ombre, overall color, etc.)
– decide upon a coloring method (blending vs. coloring)
– choose the appropriate extension colors and pigments to achieve the desired look
– explain the steps of the procedure—including preparation and aftercare requirements—so your client knows what to expect
– schedule the coloring and installation appointments separately, and order the hair and pigments promptly.

Know your color theory.
There are three distinct color frameworks that hair extension colorists should understand:
1. Donna Bella’s hair extension color classifications
2. the color pigmentation scales of human hair and skin
3. basic color theory (for mixing colors and blending extension strands)

Some key things to remember:
– All colors are derived from the three primary colors—red, yellow, and blue—and these primary colors blend to brown.
– White and black are shades that modify the lightness or darkness of a color.
– Complementary colors (purple + yellow, red + green, orange + blue) have a darkening effect when blended together.
– The temperature or “tone” of a color is described on a scale of warm (yellow, red, orange) to cool (blue, green, purple), and is used as a secondary classification, making “cool red” or “warm blue” sensible descriptions, in that cool red is cooler—or duller—than true red, and warm blue warmer—or brighter—than true blue.
– Human hair and skin color is determined by the relative amounts of two different pigments—eumelanin and pheomelanin—which dictate the lightness or darkness and redness or yellow-ness of the color, respectively.
– The pheomelanin pigmentation (redness or yellow-ness) of a person’s hair generally correlates with that of the person’s skin.
– Blue color particles exist in the superficial layer of the hair shaft, whereas red and yellow color particles exist deeper within the hair shaft, which is why bleached hair tends to appear brassy.

Know when to blend and when to color.
Blending involves dispersing hair extensions of different colors throughout the hair to produce the effect of a particular hue. Coloring involves processing the hair extensions to the desired hue. Blending is ideal for adding dimension (highlights and lowlights) to a client’s hair, or for simulating a match to the client’s natural hair color when an exact match is not available. Coloring is ideal for fashion or fantasy color transformations, or for non-standard color jobs (splashlights, hair art, etc.).

Know your ten cardinal rules for coloring.
These are:
1. Use professional (semi or demi permanent) colors only.
2. Do not lighten or bleach (only darken).
3. Perform a strand test first.
4. Color extensions off of the client’s head (not when installed).
5. Stay within two shades of the original extension color, when possible.
6. Pre-wash extensions with sulfate-free shampoo before coloring them.
7. Always flip extensions to color both sides.
8. When brushing color onto the hair, go in the direction of the hair’s cuticle.
9. Remove all Tape from Tape-In extensions before coloring them.
10. Use only sulfate-free, color-safe shampoo and conditioner on colored hair extensions.

Be aware that extension hair and natural hair process color differently.
There are many factors that contribute to the color processing of a formula. For example, hair health (whether the cuticle layer is intact), hair pigmentation (light vs. dark and red vs. yellow hair), the presence of other particles (chemicals, oil, dirt), etc. Donna Bella extensions are already pre-colored, so the formula may react to the existing pigments and chemicals in unexpected ways. Generally, hair extensions process color more quickly than natural hair.

The fewer steps, the better.
Try to be accurate with your decisions and your color work the first time around so that you don’t need to backpedal and change the hair once you’ve already colored it. Overprocessing hair is the quickest way to destroy it, and the only way to fully protect your client’s investment and your own labor is to follow these tips and just take your time.

For more hair extension coloring resources—including the full articles from which these tips were pulled—visit the Color Takeover Portal today!

 

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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Aftercare Guide for Colored Hair Extensions

Custom-colored hair extensions are great for tailoring your extension look to your natural hairstyle—or to your desired color alternative. But alongside that extra benefit comes additional maintenance, necessary to preserve your extension quality and to ensure that your color lasts. It is important to remember that Donna Bella hair extensions are already pre-colored to our existing range of shades, and that any custom color job is an additional process that alters the structure of the hair shaft, predisposing it to damage. Fortunately, Olaplex can be used to help maintain hair integrity, and the resulting color-specific aftercare doesn’t need to be difficult. We’re here to walk you through all the color-related processes, and we have a new and exciting Color Takeover Portal that’ll do just that. For the first time ever, you can find all of Donna Bella’s approved coloring techniques, formulas, and tutorials in a single place that’s easily accessible from your laptop or handheld device. So prepare to be amazed by all the new coloring possibilities!

To start, here are our recommended tips for custom color aftercare—straight from the Color Takeover archives:

1. Don’t wash too frequently. Newly installed and/or recently colored hair extensions should not be washed for 48 hours following the service, and they should be washed as infrequently as possible thereafter. We suggest washing hair no more than once a week, and using dry shampoo between washes to keep your hair fresh.

2. Use the proper products. When you do shower, be sure to use professional grade, sulfate-free, and color-safe products—like those in our Remy Care line—to preserve hair and color quality.

3. Stick to cold water. This may be hard for those of you who enjoy warm (or even hot) showers, but showering with tepid or outright cold water will have a better effect on your hair. The cold temperature causes the cuticle layer of the hair to lay flat against the hair shaft, resulting in less color fade and ultimately shinier hair.

4. Pack on the conditioner. Conditioning treatments are colored hair’s best friend, as they restore any moisture that may be lost due to greater porosity. Invest in a good conditioner, mask, serum, and/or oil, and consider visiting your stylist for monthly revitalizing treatments for beautifully colored hair that’s bouncy and silky, too.

5. Opt for heatless styling. Porous hair is less capable of holding color for long periods of time than non-porous hair, so avoid doing anything that could damage your hair and make it more porous. That includes heat styling. Instead, try overnight styling using buns, curlers, or ribbons. When using heating tools is unavoidable, always always always remember to use a heat protectant prior to applying heat.

6. Schedule your touch-ups and your move-ups for different days. Your hair extensions should only be colored when they are off of your head. This is because attempting to color extensions on your head risks getting color on the bonds (which is not good for the extensions) and leaving your hair with patches of uneven color. To ensure that there’s enough time for the color to process, schedule your move-up to be a couple of days after your removal—or a couple of days after your own hair is colored, if that’s part of your process.

Liked these tips? Head over to our Color Takeover Portal for more! We can’t wait to see what you’ll do with everything you learn.

 

Using Toner on Hair Extensions

When it comes to coloring your hair extensions, there are various methods and tools you can use. Depending on the permanence of the look you want, the shade you’re trying to accomplish, or the shade of your natural hair, different color products and combinations will bring about different results. Within the varying subcategories of custom coloring, we occasionally get asked about using toner on hair extensions.

It’s a good question. Toner—occasionally called gloss—is a semi-permanent color. Unlike semi-permanent color that deposits pigment on top of the hair to alter the shade, toners contain small amounts of ammonia to change the chemical pigment in the hair shaft. While we can never condone bleaching hair extensions outright, toners are OK if you follow these directions. Traditionally, toners are used to alter the brassy tones in hair after it’s been bleached, specifically to eliminate the dreaded “zebra stripes” effect of a harsh dye job. It works by taking different shades of orange and yellow and neutralizing them to blonde, silver or pastel for a softer blend. Toner lasts anywhere from 2 to 8 weeks, depending on how often the client hair, and hair care regimen.

To add toner to newly colored blond hair extensions, simply treat them like you would real hair. Shampoo them, lay them out and color them with the most gentle gloss or toner you can. Never walk away from the extensions because they can tone really fast (though they can also take longer than usual). So it’s really important to keep an eye on them. Sometimes you may even have to tone more than once to get your desired effect.

To dry your newly toned extensions, simply lay them out on a towel to remove excess water from them. This works much more effectively than wringing them out. Once the extensions are dry, brush them out (we recommend using the Donna Bella Hair Extensions Brush) to eliminate flyaways and tangles.

Additional Tips When Toning Hair Extensions
– Always perform a strand test first to ensure it’s not going to turn your extensions a color you hadn’t planned!
Never bleach your extensions. While toners contain trace amounts of ammonia which has lightening effects, bleach and peroxide will dry your extensions out into an irreversible state.
– Treat your extensions as you would your own hair. They’re a product that requires regular maintenance and care to stay looking good, and will last longer when they’re cared for.

That’s all there is to it! For more info, tips, and hair extensions tricks, stay tuned to the Donna Bella Color Takeover Portal.

 

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!

 

The Dos and Don’ts of Ombre

When it comes to creating an ombre effect, there are many factors to consider. What colors you want, how smooth you want your transition to look, and the color of the original hair all come into play. Fear not! Here’s a list of dos and don’ts for working with ombre combinations to help you pull off the effect with flying colors (no pun intended)!

Do:

Match your skin tone – this goes for any hair coloring job, but try to avoid picking colors that will completely clash with the client’s skin tone. Brunettes may wish to try melting variations of a rich espresso to a light amber, blondes going buttery blonde to vanilla and redheads trying auburn to copper. This isn’t to say you can’t go off the beaten path in your color choices, just remember that in the end, if the client’s skin clashes with any of the colors contained within the ombre, it will have all been for naught!

Keep Hair Moisturized – Any time your hair goes through a color process it needs to be maintained afterwards. Though an ombre uses far less coloring than an all-over job (and even less if you use extensions!), the hair still needs all the help it can get when it comes to maintaining its moisture, sheen, and natural ability to repair itself when the client leaves the chair. Be sure to suggest a good moisturizer for the client after the fact and explain the benefits of regular upkeep.

Ensure Hair is Cut and Styled Beforehand – If you’re creating an ombre with extensions, it’s likely the stylist will cut and blend them in afterwards. Still, since the hair’s specific starting length will actually affect the placement of the colors and ombres during the process, it’s best to make sure that before you get an ombre effect, the hair is cut and styled to the appropriate length beforehand

Enlist the help of a professional – When all else fails, call a professional. Ombres are a popular hairstyle and one that has created a robust knowledge base of stylists across the internet. Accidents can still happen, though! A stylist will know the best course of action for your specific hair type, and can help point you in the direction of your best option. Don’t attempt to give yourself an ombre if you’re not a professional.

Don’t:

Change colors too abruptly – When creating an ombre, always strive to create a shift from lighter shades of the same hue, rather than shifting from a dark hue to a light color abruptly. Allow the color change to come gradually and subtly because a harsh line of demarcation from one color to the next is hardly flattering and will clash heavily.

Go for a Drastic Color Combination – Look, we’re never going to tell you not to experiment with colors! All we’re saying is that an ombre is tough to pull off in itself. If you’re not explicitly trying to pull off a brightly colored fashion ombre, opt for a subtle, natural looking, two (maybe three)-tone color combination. Throwing too many in the mix will overpower the ombre effect and might ruin the effect anyway.

Alter your natural base color – Always use the base color as your jumping off point when choosing other colors. This will ensure that your new tones will highlight the natural color the client already has in their hair. Additionally, if you wish to create ombres with custom root colors, we suggest using Donna Bella #60 straight and dying both the bottom and top section. Do not take a darker shade and attempt to create custom ombre color at the bottom of the extensions.

Remember, you want your ombre to showcase a smooth color transition and to highlight tones already present in the client’s hair. And if you get stuck, you can ALWAYS enlist the eye (or appointment book!) of a trusted salon professional. Stay tuned to the Donna Bella Color Takeover Portal for more hair coloring tips and tricks.

 

How Much Do Your Tools Matter?

Happy 4th of July, gorgeous! We’re briefly interrupting your festivities to bring you this important message: have you checked your extension tools lately? Some of you have been working with our products for many years now—others of you are just getting started collecting all the pieces for your DB tool kits. Either way, it’s imperative you know the status of your tools—where they are, how many there are, what condition they’re in, etc. Because your tools are an extension of your hands and skills during an extension installation, you’ll want to make sure they’re doing you justice. Here are just some of the reasons why you should be taking inventory on the regular, and some tips for how to get it done!

To keep things together.
Things can get hectic during a typical salon day, and it’s not unusual to find you’ve misplaced an item or two, or forgotten to order that new bottle of Tape-In Remover. Don’t fall into this situation with your go-to extension tools! Not having your tools around when you need them delays your appointments, exposes the tools themselves to environmental hazards, and comes off as generally unprofessional to your clients. Keep all of your tools together in one designated place, and revisit it at the beginning/end of your work day to make sure they’ve found their way back safely (or have been adequately replenished for upcoming appointments). Make sure to keep the tools stored neatly in this space to avoid unnecessary wear-and-tear!

To ensure quality.
Speaking of wear-and-tear—it’s basically inevitable that, after years of use, your tools will start to get a little rough around the edges. Though our tools are designed to last for hundreds of installations, the installation process can be hot, sticky, and/or messy, and your tools will need to be maintenanced and occasionally replaced. This is especially true of Kera-Link tools, which are exposed to unusually harsh installation conditions. Without proper cleaning and attention, Melting Connectors may accumulate a coat of keratin residue on top of the heating plates which can impair the function of the tool, or—worse yet—burn the client’s hair off by concentrating the heat. Similarly, The Classic Hair Extension Tool may get worn out over time, developing fine grooves or scratches on its surface that could compromise I-Link beads. Inspect your tools from time to time to make sure they’re in good condition, and restore them whenever possible. As a last resort, you can always re-order them—we keep all our essentials fully stocked.

To stay up-to-date.
Donna Bella is constantly adding new tools and devices to our starting line in an effort to make your job as easy as possible. Just recently we introduced the Kera-Link Connector Belt, a wearable, heat-safe belt that allows you to move around your work area with your activated Melting Connector by your side. Before that, we launched the Strand Organizer, the Styrofoam Mannequin Head, the Keratin Bond Cutters, and more. Not to mention, we have more tools on the way! Check in with us regularly to make sure your extension routine is fully up-to-date with the latest products. If you’re signed up for DB emails, we’ll also let you know when new tools become available.

This month, we’re offering 20% discounts on select hair extension tools. From now until July 9th, 2017, take 20% off all Kera-Link tools. And don’t forget to come back next week for more tool-related savings!

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