Category Archives: Hair Tips & Tricks

How to Use Temporary Colors on Hair Extensions

Sometimes you’re itching for a new look, but feel worried about being stuck with something you don’t love for weeks. If you are looking to commit to a bold color, check out the Color Takeover Portal for some great looks you can achieve with our #60 Hair Extensions. For a strictly temporary look, you can use #60, or extensions going as dark as a #8 Light Chestnut Brown. Darker colors may take to these temporary colors, but they won’t look as bold. No matter what you’re looking for, we’re confident we can help you find it. Here are a few ideas:

Joico InstaTint
We love Joico! We use their Color Intensity line for all of our Color Takeover looks. If you are looking for some instant color that doesn’t last too long, their InstaTint is the perfect choice. It couldn’t be easier to apply, you simply spray it onto the hair you want to color. This style of application is great if you are going for an ombre or balayage look. You can also add pops of color to a braid or ponytail. If you want more saturated color, just spray on another layer. It works best on lighter hair but can add great color to darker shades as well. This temporary color lasts up to three days on your natural hair, or until you wash it out. Your extensions will probably fade more slowly. InstaTint comes in five great colors; Fiery Coral, Mermaid Blue, Orchid, Pink, and Sapphire Blue.

Color Washes
Shampoos and conditioners with color in them are especially great for people maintaining a head of colorful hair, but you can use them to get color without any dye at all. Just add it after you shampoo your hair, right in the shower! There are tons of colors to choose from and the results vary from highly saturated to subtle – depending on your hair color and the dye you choose. We recommend using Overtone or Viral—you can get these brands online or at a local store. Your hair needs to be pre-lightened to get a bold color when you use a color wash, but can be used on darker colors for some great results. The color will last the same amount of time that a semi-permanent dye lasts unless you continue applying the wash.

Hair Chalk
Hair chalk only lasts as long as you want it to, and will come out in a single wash. It’s perfect when you only need color for a short amount of time. Showing school spirit? Fancy dress-up party? Hair chalk is low-commitment and can even be used for a “trial run” before a total color commitment. Make sure the extensions are clean and brushed out, and only rub the color in one direction on the extension weft to prevent tangling and matting. Some people find that extensions are more absorbent of chalk color if they’ve been properly washed and rinsed beforehand. So, if you are looking for a more vibrant look, try giving your hair a wash first!

Clip-Ins
Add a pop of color in a snap, literally. If these other options still sound like too much commitment you can always check out the Clip-Ins we sell on our site. We offer 100% Remy human hair or synthetic clips in natural and funky colors, so you can add bold color or give highlights a try without having to alter your own hair at all.

We always encourage you to be bold and beautiful, because that’s what Donna Bella is all about. Maybe a new color will be right for you. Follow us on our other social media sites for more hair color #inspo.

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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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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!

 

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!

 

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.

 

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.