Category Archives: Hair Tips & Tricks

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!

 

Heat Control

August in the northern hemisphere is no friend to hair or hair extensions. The air is heavy, the sun is blazing, and you (poor thing) are sweating through your bonds. Don’t worry, Donna Bella hair extensions are designed to last through even the most treacherous summers (with proper care, of course), and we have some tips to help you shield your hair and body from the worst of this season’s challenges.

Keep an eye on the time
Knowing the hottest time of day in your area means knowing when to concentrate your heat-busting techniques, or when to stay inside altogether (that’s the best way to keep your hair extensions safe!).

Reflect the light
Opting for white rather than black or dark-colored clothes is known to reduce the sensation of heat because white reflects light and black absorbs it. Use this knowledge to your advantage by wearing lighter-colored clothes during the summer, in addition to lighter-weight fabrics. Also, a hat can add extra protection to your hair extensions when you go out in the sun, and it looks cute too!

Stay close to something green
Not only do trees and plants provide refreshing shade during the warmest hours of the day, they also influence actual air quality and temperature by absorbing pollution and releasing moisture. Alternatively, some plants—like ferns, ficuses, and aloe vera plants—are natural dehumidifiers. Plan your indoor garden wisely to lessen your heat-related woes (and to add a great pop of color to your next selfie!).

Don’t underestimate a simple fan
Fans are a good, old-fashioned way of simulating a breeze on a windless day. Carry one with you for an instant pick-me-up and add some mystery to your look in the process!

Drink plenty of water
A nice cold glass of water is perfect for cooling down, but it’s also vital for replenishing your body’s fluids after a long day of sweating. Plus, it’ll keep your hair looking nourished and moisturized. Always remember to bring a reusable water bottle with you when you leave the house!

Take a cold shower
Opt for colder showers during the summer months. Cool water seals the cuticle of your hair, making your hair look smooth and shiny. It also cools you down and improves your circulation.

Apply some essential oils
Essential oils are good at hydrating hair and hair extensions, and they can also have a cooling effect! Try some peppermint, spearmint, or eucalyptus oils, either directly on the skin or diffused into the air. You’ll also benefit from the ultra-relaxing aroma, which can freshen up even the stuffiest of rooms.

For more summer weather-related reading, check out these hair extension blogs:

Summer Clip-In Care
Your Guide to Beach Hair
Donna Bella’s Summer Favorites

 

The Ultimate Hair Hack: Donna Bella Kits

We’re full of useful hair extension tips and tricks here at Donna Bella—we’ve shown you how to achieve an ombre using only hair extensions, and how to combine the best of strand-by-strand and weft extension types. But we’ll let you in on a little secret: sometimes the best trick is no trick at all. Our Donna Bella Hair Extension Kits don’t skimp on any steps or details of the hair extension process, so you could hardly say that they’re a shortcut to a full head of hair. And yet, time and time again, they prove to be one of the best hair extension hacks out there. Here’s why.

Cover all your bases in a single purchase
Save time and effort as you search for your perfect tools by selecting a Donna Bella Extension Kit. We offer four varieties suited to each method’s varying needs: the I-Link Starter Kit, which contains all the tools necessary for completing both I-Link and Flat-Tip installations; the Kera-Link Starter Kit, which contains every fundamental Kera-Link-related tool; the Tape-In Starter Kit, which houses the essentials for Tape-In installs and re-installs, and the Ultimate Starter Kit, which contains every tool needed for all four professional methods. When you buy a donna Bella tool kit you’ll get the best on the market, and you’ll never find yourself in a situation where you’re missing a vital tool to complete your installations!

Receive $29.95-worth of bonus materials
Each of our Hair Extension Kits comes with three additional resources for your installations (delivered as email PDFs): a Hair Extension Placement Guide, which will help you position your extensions to perfection; a manual for Blending & Styling Extensions, which covers the all-important end phase of the installation process; and Hair Extension Color 101, a simple how-to for selecting and coloring extensions to match the client’s hair color. These resources are not available elsewhere on our site, but they’re available to Extension Kit users at no additional cost. Plus, they’ll give you a particular edge in your hair extension practice.

Save on the total cost of all your tools
Right now, Donna Bella is featuring a special sale on our Extension Kits! From August 1-7, 2017, take 50% off any Hair Extension Kit! Get all of your required tools for a fraction of the cost, and all inside a convenient and chic little toolbox. Start browsing now to take advantage of the deal.

Got questions? Leave them in the comments below and we’ll get back to you ASAP!

 

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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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!

 

6 Safe Practices for Coloring Hair Extensions

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In and of themselves, hair extensions are transformative. They add volume, layers, and an all-around “oomph” to any hairstyle. Throw some color into the mix? The hair creation possibilities multiply to infinity! That’s right, you can (and should) color your hair extensions! It’s totally safe, and with features like Donna Bella Hair Insure, awesome coloring jobs are guaranteed if you follow our instructed methods. Here’s our quick and easy bullet list of best practices for coloring hair extensions. Be sure to follow these basic tips before you begin your color journey.

Always Conduct a Strand Test First!
No matter what color results you anticipate, ALWAYS do a strand test before coloring a full set of extensions. To strand test, mix some of the color you’ll be using into a bowl and apply it to a small section of the hair extensions. Once the color has fully developed, you can determine if it will be the right shade and can color the rest of the extensions, or make adjustments to the formula or processing time as deemed necessary.

Deposit Color, Never Lift
When coloring extensions, always aim to color the hair darker to suit your needs, rather than lifting color to make it lighter. Donna Bella 100% Remy human hair extensions have already gone through a gentle coloring process, and attempting to lift the color will actually damage the hair!

Stay Within 2 Shades
Our best recommendation for safe coloring practice is to work with extensions a shade or two lighter than what you need and then deposit color for your custom color. If you find (via your strand test) that you wish to color a particular extension more than 2 shades darker than its original shade, exchange that extension for one that’s a shade or two darker, so you’ll be starting off closer to the 2-shade threshold for coloring (unless you’re coloring #60 extensions, that is).

Color the Extensions Before Installing Them
Always color hair extensions before you install them into the hair. Not only will they be easier to work with when they’re not attached to the client’s head, it will save you (the stylist) time in the long run! Plus, it’s easier on the extension bonds and means your client can spend less time in the chair.

Use Semi- or Demi- Color only
Permanent color puts a lot of strain on the hair, and literally dehydrates it. This is especially true of extensions. Using direct, demi- or semi-permanent colors will achieve the same color-centric effect of a permanent without putting the hair through the chemical wear and tear of permanent color.

Treat the Extensions With Love
Donna Bella extensions are Remy human hair and must be maintained as such! Treat them just as you would your own natural color-treated hair. Don’t wash color-treated extensions for the first 24 hours after they’ve been installed. Keep them hydrated, wash them with sulfate-free, color-safe shampoos and styling products, and strictly avoid chlorinated water.

Follow these basic maintenance tips (and your creative spirit!) and you’re sure to have a safe and successful custom coloring experience. Be sure to stay tuned to the Donna Bella Color Takeover Portal for more hair tips and tricks!

 

When Is Coloring a Bad Idea?

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Just as with hair extensions, custom color jobs are not for everyone. Whether you’re looking at existing damage, the potential to cause damage, or a generally non-compliant client, there are cases where you should skip the color and focus just on treatment, or on hair extensions alone. As part of our Color Takeover series—a series of hair extension-specific coloring resources designed to turn you into a virtual color expert—we’re going to share a few examples of these cases, including warning signs for how to spot them! Be sure to read up on more hair extension coloring tips at the Color Takeover Portal today.

Coloring is a bad idea when…

When the client is unprepared to maintain the color job.
You would think that preparing clients to maintain their hair would be easy, given the level of salon support and instruction offered nowadays. In a perfect world, every client would be open to their stylist’s input, and would follow their maintenance regimen to a T. But the unfortunate truth is that some clients don’t listen to their stylists, thinking they know what’s best for their own hair. Others distrust new processes out of habit, and favor their traditional hair care methods even when they don’t work. Whatever the case may be, if you have a client who consistently fails to follow their designated maintenance schedules, is argumentative or petulant during in-salon services, or is simply notorious for letting their hair go without proper care, a color job is probably not for them. Even un-customized hair extensions involve some additional attention, and allowing a client to invest in these often expensive services without hope of long-lasting results is bad news for everyone involved. After all, you wouldn’t want a faded, grown-out head of hair extensions walking around as your business billboard, would you?

When the client plans to sport the new color for a short amount of time, then change to a different color.
Short-term hairstyles and extension arrangements are a lot of fun, and they bring in extra income—so what’s not to love? Well, it doesn’t take much flip-flopping to realize that constant change-ups can be very damaging to the hair, and that’s not exactly the outcome we want from many hours of work. If your client is hoping to change the color of a single set of hair extensions several times in rapid succession, then permanent coloring is not the best way to go. Instead, offer a temporary color alternative, or set your client up with a couple sets of Clip-Ins in whatever colors they like.

When the extensions have already been custom-colored to a different shade, or when the extensions are old.
Aged hair extensions are easy to spot: the bonds are tired, the ends are frayed, and the cuticle layer is worn out, causing extra frizz and tangling. Double-processed extensions may be harder, especially when they’re colored using no developer and plenty of Olaplex for protection, but experienced stylists will be able to tell the difference between the new color and Donna Bella’s available extension shades. We do not recommend coloring old hair extensions or re-coloring colored hair extensions for the same reason: you’re more likely to cause damage to the hair when you do so. When possible, provide a new set of colored hair extensions to replace the outdated ones, or—at the very least—restore the old or double-processed extensions first, then apply semi-permanent color a few days afterwards.

When the color job requires that the client’s natural hair be colored, but their natural hair is in poor shape.
Donna Bella extensions are always provided in tip-top shape, but the health of the client’s own hair cannot be guaranteed. If your client insists on a total mermaid transformation, but their hair is fried or brittle from past services, tell them that you simply can’t do it because the potential risks outweigh the benefits. Clients with existing hair damage should undergo restorative services and hair care education before considering hair extensions and hair coloring procedures. They probably won’t like having to wait, but it’s really the only way to ensure that the transformation turns out well.

When the extensions are still installed.
Hair extensions should only ever be colored when they are removed from the client’s head. Whether this is pre-install, post-un-install, or what have you, the precaution is necessary because hair color can be damaging to the extension bond, causing the extension to slip prematurely. Additionally, coloring hair while the extensions are still installed means that your client’s hair will also be colored—except for the sections that are enclosed within the bond, producing splotches that will be evident once the hair is moved up. To avoid all of this, color the extensions and the client’s hair separately, then install the extensions after a couple of days. Remember, the client’s hair should be completely free of product prior to the installation appointment—that means no same-day color jobs and installations, for the sake of the bonds!

For more coloring advice and free extension coloring resources, visit the Color Takeover Portal today!

 

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!