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The What’s What of Fusion Extension Installation Tools

The What’s What of Fusion Extension Installation Tools

Kera-Link hair extensions–otherwise known as fusion hair extensions–are an enduring client favorite. Although the extensions themselves are sturdy and long-lasting, the installation process is easy, speedy, and efficient with the right tools in hand. So if you’re not offering this service in your salon yet, it’s time to get on it! And if you are, read on to make sure you know the what’s what of fusion hair extension tools–there are some new additions you won’t want to miss!

Cordless Melting Connector

As an upgrade to our classic Melting Connector, the Cordless Melting Connector enables you to move freely around your installation area, so you can focus on those fusion hair extension placements instead of wrestling with cords.

Connector Belt

Store your heated Cordless Melting Connector in the chic and heat-safe silicone Connector Belt while you work. The Connector Belt sits comfortably and snugly at your waist to free up your hands for rolling those fresh fusion bonds. It is available in pink or black color varieties.

Velcro Hair Grippers

Achieve the perfect part line with Velcro Hair Grippers! All you have to do is smooth down stray hairs with one hand and lay down the Velcro Hair Gripper with the other, fastening those hairs in place. Makes for clean, pain-free fusion extension attachments!

Keratin Bond Cutters

For those of you who like to customize your fusion bonds, Keratin Bond Cutters are a must-have. They enable you to tailor the size of the fusion extension attachment to the client’s hair–a versatile technique we call Micro Bonding. Simply cut the keratin bond parallel to the hair shaft (without snipping all the way through!), then tear the remaining corner of the bond with your hands to separate the strand into two parts. These Small fusion extensions allow you to install in the more exposed parts of the client’s hair–like the hairline or horseshoe–and to achieve delicate end results.

Keratin Cleaning Kit

Complete your fusion extension installation with a thorough tool cleanup using the Keratin Cleaning Kit. Simply spritz the Keratin Cleaning Solution onto the Microfiber Cloth and rub over dirty spots on your Melting Connector or other tools (make sure that all tools are off and cool!). Once keratin residue is removed, wash the solution off with soap and water. Also includes a Melting Connector storage bag!

Pick up these tools at the Donna Bella online store today! You can also get the fundamental fusion hair extension tools in the Donna Bella Kera-Link Starter Kit. Read more about our Starter Kits in this blog.

 

Why Do Clients Love Kera-Link?

This month we’re paying our respects to Kera-Link extensions, one of our premier professional hair extension methods. As part of the feature, we wanted to take a special look at the qualities of the product that make it so well-loved. So without further ado, here are a couple of Kera-Link quirks that make people go ker-azy for them.

Traditional and well-regarded

Of all of our hair extension methods, Kera-Link (or the “fusion” method) has been around the longest. When people think of hair extensions, Kera-Link has the most long-standing reputation. It feels familiar, and is one of the most popular options to date.

Durable

Kera-Link/fusion extensions are supremely durable. While other hair extension methods can be just as durable as fusion (lasting, on average, 6-7 weeks before move-up), there is definitely something extra-comforting about the security of an extension fused directly with your hair. This is particularly true when you remember that keratin bonds–the protein tips that are melted under heat against the client’s hair–are made from the same kind of protein as the hair itself, making the extension look and feel basically indistinguishable from the client’s own hair.

Comfortable

One notable benefit of the Kera-Link method is that the bonds are unobtrusive and blend naturally with the client’s hair, so caring for the extensions can be a bit more comfortable than it is for other methods. Unless you’re using an appropriate, hair extension-friendly brush, you’ll find that most brushes snag on the extension bonds of other methods–risking breakage. With Kera-Link, this is less of a concern–though we still recommend that you use the Extension Brush for optimal effect!

Discrete

As we mentioned briefly in the second point above, Kera-Link bonds blend very seamlessly into the client’s natural hair, in part because the bond is composed of the same kind of protein as human hair. It’s also because the attachment point isn’t too bulky, and the keratin bond itself is pre-colored to the appropriate shade to match the client’s hair color. Furthermore, Kera-Link extensions can be customized into smaller units (by snipping the extension bond vertically in half), so that tiny pieces can be applied to tiny sections of the hair. This makes the extension bonds–which are already basically imperceptible when applied–all but totally invisible, and therefore particularly attractive to clients who rank this among their primary concerns.

Whether you’re a Kera-Link wearer, stylist, or none of the above, learning about the different methods that make up the world of hair extensions enables you to make more personalized choices. It also equips you with the information you need to talk about extensions with others–especially those who may still be on the extension fence. We invite you to read more of our method-related blog posts (linked below), for both Kera-Link and our other prominent methods. You may be surprised at what you learn!

Kera-Link
Hair Extensions 101: Kera-Link Hair Extension Basics
Removing Donna Bella Hair Kera-Links
What causes Kera-Link Slippage?
Adjusting Kera-Link Extensions

I-Link
Hair Extensions 101: I-Link Hair Extension Basics
Prepping your I-Links for Reinstallation
What causes I-Link Hair Extensions to Slip?
Adjusting I-Link Hair Extensions

Tape-In
Hair Extensions 101: Tape-In Hair Extension Basics
Simple Ways to Improve Your Tape-In Move-Ups
What causes Tape-In Hair Extensions to Slip?
Adjusting Tape-In Extensions

Flat-Tip
What Do You Get When You Cross Tape-In and I-Link?
How to Become a Flat-Tip Pro
How Does Flat-Tip Feel?
Who is Flat-Tip Best For?

Ready-to-Wear
Getting to Know Sono by Donna Bella Hair
A Simple Guide to Clip-In Hair Extensions
Caring for your Clip-In Extensions
Style Tip: Single Clip Ins

 

How to Make the Most of Your DB Color Ring

Here at Donna Bella, we believe that the DB Color Ring is the #1 most important tool an extensions stylist can have in their toolkit. This is because the Color Ring helps you sell your hair extension services, and it ensures that you select the proper color for your client–two steps that make the whole installation possible. We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again–the consultation is the most critical part of the entire hair extension process, and it can either set you up for satisfaction or start the process on the wrong foot entirely. The DB Color Ring is the consultation tool par excellence, and it can help you do a lot more than just ace your consultations! So if you don’t have one–get one!* And if you do, take a look at all the ways our Color Ring can elevate your business and your customer’s salon experience.

*From October 20 to October 25 (2017), purchase the Donna Bella Color Ring for $20 (instead of $55). Shop now to claim a total of $35 off standard price (no promo code necessary)!

1. Promote Your Practice.

Even before a hair extensions consultation, a Color Ring sitting casually on display on your salon counter can alert your clients to the fact that you offer extension services in the first place. Clients who are unfamiliar with extensions may notice the assortment of silky, beautifully colored strands and feel inspired to ask for additional information, and clients who are familiar with extensions will discern the exceptional quality or recognize the brand. So let your tools promote your business for you!

2. Save Money.

With a Color Ring, you don’t need to have packages of hair extensions available in advance. Introduce your clients to a large variety of extension shades with a tool that you can carry in one hand. You won’t need to splurge on extension pieces that aren’t guaranteed to be used, keeping your inventory manageable and your expenses low, and you’ll see more return on your investment as clients are drawn in by the lure of extensions.

3. Sell Them on the Product.

The Color Ring doesn’t only save you money–it also spares your client from investing blindly in a product that they haven’t seen or handled in advance. You’ll get more customer trust and ultimate buy-in when you can show them upfront what it is that you’re offering. The Donna Bella Color Ring is composed of 54 strands of 100% Human Remy hair–the same hair used in our full extensions–colored exactly to our 54 (and counting!) available shades. This means that the strands look and feel just like the final product.

4. Get on the Same Page.

Sometimes it’s difficult to conduct a color conversation because perceptions of colors differ from person to person. When your client shows up to their color appointment without examples or references, have your Color Ring available as a decoding conversation tool. It will enable you and your client to communicate the colors you’re imagining, and it will allow you to compare the subtle differences in tone and shade present within any single color category.

5. Realize Your Vision.

Whether you’re performing an extension job or not, the Color Ring can be used to visualize color transformations. Have a client who wants to become a brunette but doesn’t know which shade would suit her? Whip out the Color Ring and compare the swatches to her skin tone to achieve the perfect complement, then use the swatch as a guide when testing your color formulation. Who knows? Maybe an unexpected color will catch her eye. Make room in your salon for both inspiration and serendipity, and feel confident in your selections as you do!

6. Predict Color Results.

We always recommend using a test strand when coloring your Hair Extensions with semi or demi permanent dyes. Extra color swatches can be purchased just for this purpose, and for only $2 a piece! You could even prepare a book of pre-colored strands to demonstrate how different extension shades take to different color formulations, for you and your client’s reference.

How do you use your Color Ring to maximum effect? Let us know in the comments below! And if you haven’t gotten a Color Ring yet, get shopping now to take advantage of the current deal!

 

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!

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.

 

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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Aftercare Done Right

Summer is mere days away, so we’re stepping up our aftercare game to make sure your hair looks fabulous all season long. For the next few days*, take 20% off the following aftercare products, and be sure to read up on how to use them for maximum protective effect!

Remy Care
Donna Bella’s proprietary hair care line is professional, color-safe, paraben-free, sulfate-free, and designed to extend the life of your DB extensions with the latest hair care technology available. These products boast concentrated botanical extracts and address a variety of different hair conditions, from smoothing tangled hair to strengthening damaged hair, prepping hair for installations, and more. Get acquainted with the line-up by purchasing one of our pre-arranged kits, or read more about the products right here.

Twisties
This one is among our newer hair extension tools. Twisties are essentially better, safer scrunchies that will hold your hair up while you sleep or sweat without crimping your hair or tugging on your scalp. Opt for these guys to prevent unnecessary bond slippage, and to protect your hair from the elements when you go to the beach. Best part is, they stay in place all day long!

Hair Extension Brush
The Hair Extension Brush is an oldie, but a goodie. Furnished with staggered 100% boar hair bristles for the perfect, gentle touch, the Hair Extension Brush will detangle strands while gliding easily over bonds and distributing natural scalp oil to the lengths of your hair (super important for keeping hair extensions nourished and hydrated during the scalding summer months!). Use it twice daily, morning and night, starting at the ends of the hair and brushing downward.

Sono by Donna Bella Hanger, Sleeve, and Brush
For you Ready-to-Wear ladies, you can’t go wrong with the full Sono hair care set. Store your hair neatly and safely after use with the no-slip Sono Extension Hanger, shield it from dust, dirt, friction, and moisture with the durable (and recyclable!) Sono Sleeve, and brush it to silky smoothness with the all-hair-friendly Sono Extension Brush. These tools also make for great travel accessories, so make sure you never depart without them!

*The 20% Aftercare Sale goes from now until 11:59pm EST on June 26th (2017). Shop now to take advantage of the deal!

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How to Invest Your Tax Return

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Tax season is just about over. That means that most of us can breathe a sigh of relief, put away our tax documents, and daydream about how to spend our newly-received tax return. But if you’re anything like us—that is, extension-obsessed—you won’t have to think about it for too long. Between the Remy Care™ line, Ready-to-Wear line, Flat-Tip method, and brand-new tools, there are lots of investments to be made in the hair extension arena! And now, for a couple more days, we have our special Annual Tax Sale, which features 5% off all Tape-In hair extensions. If you’re not onboard already, here are some of the reasons why you’ll want to invest in hair extensions this season.

Convenience
Our products are designed to make your job as a stylist easier and more efficient. Shave time off of your installations with the Quick Pick Hair Parter, Strand Organizer, and our method-specific tools, and cut down your re-installation time with the Styrofoam Mannequin Head. Utilize our quickest installation method—Tape-In—to achieve a full-head installation in under an hour. Then help your client maintain their hair to perfection with our line of intuitive and extension-safe aftercare products (no need to verify the label contents of every item anymore). We’re on a mission to streamline every facet of the hair extension process, so investing in our products means unparalleled and ongoing convenience in your salon!

Reputation
Being up-to-date on all of the latest extension techniques and equipped with the newest hair extension methods and devices will make you a stand-out in the hair extension space. A well-stocked hair extension closet and well-maintained hair extension tools will indicate that you are a professional who is prepared for any extension job that comes your way. Investing in Donna Bella’s products and services equates to more human and manufactured capital in your salon, and more trust/respect from your clients and recognition from your peers. A good reputation is vital for a sustainable business. This is not something on which you should ever compromise!

Return on Investment
Ultimately, Donna Bella tools and services enable you to generate more income in your salon, and to do so evermore quickly and easily. Well-made tools that last through many years of installations cost relatively little per use (a Classic Hair Extension Tool that you use for 1,300 installations costs less than 2 cents per use), but help to generate significantly more revenue (the average hair extension installation generates between $500 and $1000). Tools that help to cut down on installation time allow you to earn more per hour, and to fit more installations into your schedule. And our top-notch hair extensions keep your clients coming back for move-up after move-up, so you can earn reliably and continuously throughout.

Ready to get started? Take advantage of the Annual Tax Sale by adding Donna Bella Tape-In extensions to your shopping cart, then using the code TAX5 at checkout. Tape-In hair extensions come in 12”, 14”, 16”, 18”, and 22” lengths, and over 50 colors.

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KeraExtend™ vs. Cream Cleanse™ – Which Do I Choose?

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If you’ve been following our new Remy Care™ line, you may have noticed that we offer two distinct sets of extension-safe shampoos and conditioners. Dubbed the KeraExtend™ and Cream Cleanse™ sets, these products promise to cleanse and condition your hair and your hair extensions without causing damage or slippage in the process. But there are some notable differences between the two, including different recommended usages. So which shampoo and conditioner pair should you choose for your shower?

KeraExtend™
We recommend the KeraExtend™ Shampoo and Conditioner set for regular use. These products cleanse the hair without stripping it of nutrients, then condition and fortify strands with keratin and 11 botanical extracts. The result is shiny, healthy hair and hair extensions that are easy to maintain.

Cream Cleanse™
Cream Cleanse™ products should be used occasionally for clarifying purposes. This shampoo’s formula is more powerful because it’s designed to remove build-up before installation or move-ups, though still gentle enough to preserve scalp health. Cream Cleanse™ Conditioner reintroduces moisture to the hair via botanical extracts, and can be used to make clarified hair more manageable prior to installation (though it should only be used from mid-shaft to ends on this occasion).

In short, you should use KeraExtend™ for your regular showering regimen, and Cream Cleanse™ for monthly or bi-monthly clarifying, only. If your hair is particularly oily, you may benefit from more frequent Cream Cleanse™ use, though you should supplement the process with other moisturizing Remy Care™ products, like the KeraExtend™ Mask or Serum. But when in doubt, consult your stylist!

For more information about our Remy Care™ line, check out this video. And, as always, if you have questions or comments, leave them in the space below!

 

Winter Care for Thirsty Hair

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It’s finally December! That means our holiday decorations are coming out, as well as our winter hair care essentials. This year, we’ve revamped our regimen to include some of our lovely, hydrating, sulfate-free Remy Care™ products—and we have to say, our hair has never looked better, despite the weather! Here’s what we’re using, and how:

KeraExtend™ Mask
Masks are the holy grail of winter hair care, as they provide much needed moisture to dried-out locks. But our KeraExtend™ Mask goes a step further. In addition to its hydrating properties, the KeraExtend™ Mask restores elasticity to the hair with plenty of infused keratin proteins, so your hair will be both smooth and bouncy!

To use: After rinsing Donna Bella KeraExtend™ Shampoo from hair, squeeze all excess moisture using towel, then comb liberal amount of KeraExtend™ Mask through hair evenly, focusing on mid-shaft to ends. Gather hair in shower cap or hair claw and leave in for up to 5 minutes. Next, rinse hair thoroughly and style as usual, applying KeraExtend™ Serum if desired.

KeraExtend™ Serum
Like the KeraExtend™ Mask, our KeraExtend™ Serum is formulated with keratin proteins. In the serum, however, these proteins combine with the other ingredients to soften and add shine to the hair. The effect is almost instantaneous, as the serum coats the strand and seals the cuticle for a beautiful, glossy look in seconds!

To use: Apply KeraExtend™ Serum onto slightly damp hair with fingers. Do not apply product onto hair extension bonds or wefts. Spread the Serum onto the bottom half of your hair extensions and work your way downwards, concentrating on tips. Style as usual. Note: can be applied to dry hair in smaller amounts.

Argan Oil
Correct that straw-like, brittle texture that comes along with winter using a pump of Donna Bella’s Argan Oil. This antioxidant-rich oil is a quick-fix for parched hair, adding nutrients and a silky sheen that’ll keep extensions looking dewy throughout the holidays.

To use: Beginning with a small pump, apply evenly to bottom half of extensions, adding more to ends if desired. Do not apply oil to hair extension wefts or bonds. Apply only from mid-length to ends.

 

As with all of our Remy Care™ products, these moisture-packed favorites are sulfate-free, paraben-free, and color-safe, so you can use them on your own hair and hair extensions without issue. Want to get your hands on some of these products? Let us know what you think of the results by submitting a review to our review page. Or wrap them up as a present; Remy Care™ products make great gifts, too!