Category Archives: Staff Picks

Donna Bella’s Summer Favorites!

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Ready to hit the sun, sand, and surf? Not without your hair-protective products, you’re not! Summer is just a month away, so now’s the time to get preparing. Here are our top picks for beautiful and healthy hair and hair extensions–all season long!

UV Protection. Always, always, always a must. We’re liking the feel of Aveda’s Sun Care Protective Hair Veil, which boasts 16 hours of water-resistant sun protection. No need to reapply throughout the day (like your sunscreen!), and no need to worry about your silky strands frizzing up. Just keep swimming without a care in the world.

Texturizing Spray. For those hat-wearing days, spritz some Living Proof Instant Texture Mist to your roots, then enjoy up to 48 hours of non-stop volume. This stuff is also great for recreating that classic beachy wave, whether you heat the beach or not.

Anti-Frizz. For you curly-types who need a little flyaway maintenance, try something like Bumble and bumble Defrizz–a frizz-fighting hair softener with a refreshingly short ingredients list. We especially love that whole “works in any weather” thing.

Hair Oil. Your summer hair can never get enough moisture, so help yourself to this super nourishing and gentle Donna Bella Argan Oil, made to correct dryness for smooth, silky hair.

Conditioning Mask. Kick the deep-conditioning up a notch with a luxurious conditioning mask like our Donna Bella KeraExtend™ Mask. Designed to add moisture back to sun-dried locks, it’s kind of like hitting the reset button after a long day outdoors.

What are your summer hair care picks? Have you stumbled upon any noteworthy hair mask recipes lately? Let us know in the comments below!

 

Growing Your Natural Hair With Extensions

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There’s a myth floating around out there somewhere that hair extensions are bad for the natural hair. Well we beg to differ. Hair extensions aren’t only safe, they are perfect in helping your hair grow. Yes extensions can damage the natural hair, but only when installed and removed incorrectly. Wearing extensions will not only force you to be gentle to your natural hair, it will also help with the awkward phase of growing out your pixie or bob cut.

Dutch braids. The BIGGEST trend in hair right now. This is the best way to give your hair a break from all the styling products and heat. Let your stylist know (before installation) that you would like to style your hair this way. He/she can place your Donna Bella Hair extensions where they will be easily hidden and give you the flexibility to accomplish the look. Once the hair extensions are placed, and before placing your hair in braids, try applying a small amount of argan oil first (stay away from applying to close to the hair extension connection) to help moisturize your natural hair for healthy growing hair.

Let your hair down. The best thing about hair extensions is that you don’t HAVE to do your hair. So even if you were to curl it one day, try revamping the same look with a loose curl or wave for second day hair. All you have to do is apply your favorite dry shampoo and you’re ready to go! Donna Bella Hair is only to be washed once a week (twice at the most) so you should also be saving time on washing and blow-drying your hair. Imagine what you could do with all that time instead…hmmm…

Fried ends. If you’re going through a traumatizing event such as over-processing your hair with color, you know how frustrating it is to watch your hair take forever to grow out— the breakage just won’t stop. Hair extensions will help hide those distressed ends until you get your hair healthy again. Depending on how fried your ends are, make sure your stylist trims a little bit off so they hide even better. If you’re wearing your hair in braids, they’ll hide the best. If you choose to wear your hair down, try to stay away from the “sleek straight” look. If your ends are super damaged, it will be a bit more difficult to hide through super straight hair.

It’s been a pleasure dolls, thanks for reading this week’s blog. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask! Drop them in the comment boxes below.

 

2016 Donna Bella Hair Shows

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Hey Donna Bellas! Now that 2016 is here we’re locked and loaded for a new year of hair shows that include free installations and hands on training. We’re kicking 2016 in Long Beach, California at the ISSE show January 30 through February 1.

Why should I attend?

Free installations. If you’ve always wanted to have hair extensions but don’t have the extra budget to spend on them, then you NEED to make it to one of our hair shows. Our certified Donna Bella Hair stylists will ensure proper installation, giving you the best hair extension experience at no cost to you. As long as you buy the hair of your choice at the show, we will put them in for you absolutely free. If you were to walk into a hair salon right now, a stylist will give you an estimated cost of $300 and up just to put in the hair extensions alone (it does not include the price of the hair). Think about it, wouldn’t you want that cost going towards the price of your hair instead? I know I would…

Special show pricing. Not only do you get your Donna Bella Hair extensions put in for free, you also get to purchase the hair at a special discounted show price. All Donna Bella Hair extension products are marked down at the show. Stylists can also take advantage of this discount for hair and tools. Want to stock up on bond removers? Need a new hair extension tool? Get it all at a discount. The more you shop, the more you save!

Hands on classes. If you have never worked with Donna Bella Hair, this is your chance to get to know who we are and what our products are all about. Included in the class is a free hair extension kit ($225 value), a mannequin head and practice hair ($72.50 value), and certification. Our in-person training is designed to help stylists become skilled in hair extension installation. The class covers consultations, preparation, installation in all 3 methods, blending, styling, aftercare, and removal.

Ready to sign up for your free installation? Want to sign up for a class? Click here to see a list of all of Donna Bella’s Hair Shows for the year of 2016. We’ll see you soon!

 

New Year, New Look

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As much as we hear, “New year, new me” you would think people would act on it more. I mean, who wouldn’t want a complete makeover for 2016? If you started the year with short hair, why not go long? If you’ve always coveted a hair color, why not go for it using Donna Bella Hair? Let’s face it, changing hair color is easier than going to the gym to shed those new year resolution pounds or getting a new attitude (insert smirk here). Not saying you shouldn’t do all of the above, but at least you can get started on a head to toe transformation— literally.

The number one reason for hair extensions is to add length. However, you don’t have to go super long, you’ll be surprised at how much difference a couple of added inches will do. Donna Bella Hair extensions range from 12 inches to 22 inches. If you’re not into length as much as you’re into volume, adding a pack or two will give you just what you need. But you can enjoy best of both worlds with a full head of hair extensions.

OR…

Ditch your old monochromatic color for one of the biggest color trends right now like an ombre, balayage, or silver hair. There are 8 ombre colors to choose from and with the wide selection of colors, you can create your own custom balayage with lowlights and highlights. Donna Bella Hair makes it easier to add these colors without processing your hair through chemicals, keeping your natural hair safe and healthy.

Ready for your big 2016 makeover? Let us know how we can help or visit a Donna Bella Hair Certified stylist near you. Most consultations are free and there is no pressure. Make sure to hashtag #donnabellahair with your new makeover so we can feature your new Donna Bella Hair makeover on our social media pages!

 

Clip-Ins: The Secret Money Maker

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In this market, you have to be competitive, constantly thinking of ways to be ahead of the game. One mistake you can make as a stylist is overlooking the method of Clip-Ins. Why? Because it’s the fastest growing method of hair extensions. A lot of women are finding they don’t have the time to sit in a chair for a full installation of extensions, or they don’t want the commitment that comes with the maintenance of Tape-Ins, Kera-Links, or I-Links. Clip-Ins will be the easiest money making method of hair extensions for you. Sure, there are a lot of hair extension companies that offer Clip-Ins, but there are very few stylists that offer Clip-In services. Here are some small and simple ways you can grow your income and clientele with this growing trend. Check them out!

Customize. While each set of Clip-Ins are made the same, each client isn’t the same. This is where you, as the stylist, come in. It’s hard for a client to find her exact match of hair; sometimes you can come really close, but not the same. Offer to order and custom color her Donna Bella hair extensions to her exact match. Before you offer this service, make sure you’ve played with color on our hair extensions. Some color formulas make our hair extensions react differently, so make sure you always do a test strand and follow our coloring rule: always deposit, never lift. A lot of stylists have clients who play with colors #600 and #1001 to deposit color, especially for an ombre custom color job.

Blend. A full set of Clip-Ins is made to be “one size fits all”, however, each one of our clients has a different texture of hair, head size, and some have more hair than others. Offer to install their Clips-Ins and customize them to fit them specifically by blending them in. Remind them to choose a method for putting the hair away in order, so that they know which row goes where when placing them back on their head. A custom blend is always necessary for any type of hair extension anyway right?

Special occasions. Bridals, quinceaneras, sweet sixteens, weddings, and any other special occasion share one common question: “How am I doing my hair?” This is probably the most popular Clip-In service because women want that one-night glam, but they also want to be able to go back to normal as soon as it’s over. If you’ve ever worked with our Human Hair Clip-Ins you know they are super easy to work with and can be styled any which way, even with heat.

Hopefully these will give you some more Clip-In ideas. And as always, we love to hear your questions and concerns, so drop them below!

 

Hair for the Holidays

Hair For the Holidays

 

It’s that time of giving and receiving again. Time for spending time with our family and loved ones, which also means trying to find the perfect gift for each one of them. Here’s a question: how would you feel about receiving hair extensions as a gift? As a Donna Bella Hair customer, we know you would love it and we’re almost positive your friends and family would feel the same way if they received their own Donna Bella Hair. If you’re out of gift ideas, here are some suggestions from the Donna Bella Hair Team:

Clip-Ins. Why? We haven’t met anyone who has tried them and has not fallen completely in love with them. There is no commitment and no cost for installation. It’s super convenient for busy moms that don’t have the time to style their hair, let alone sit in a chair waiting on their installation to be complete. It’s also perfect for first time hair extension wearers so they can get the hang of having longer hair and then upgrade to Tape-Ins, I-Links, or Kera-Links. Even if they already wear hair extensions, Clip-Ins are great for those moments they can’t get in with their stylist, or for when they’d like to give their hair a break. You can never go wrong with Clip-Ins.

Donna Bella Hair gift cards. Everyone loves gift cards, so why not give them gift cards for their own makeover? Since we don’t expect you to know their color, length, or method of preference, we suggest a gift card—that way they can purchase the hair they want and love you forever for their new look. Best part about it: if you shop with us on Black Friday, you’ll receive gift cards for spending a certain amount. So what better way to shop for yourself and get something for your loved ones at the same time?

Stocking stuffers. If you want some really awesome stocking stuffers, our hair tinsel and hair jewels are perfect for Christmas or a night on the town for New Years Eve, and our hair feathers are always fun on any day.

Don’t miss our Black Friday weekend Sale, you might even win a golden strand.  If there are any questions or suggestions you’d like answered from us, let us know. Happy holidays and happy shopping!

 

Staff Pick – Fun and Edgy Hair Extensions

Bianca is a graphic designer in our marketing department. Today she’s sharing her latest Donna Bella Hair Extension look.

Type of hair extension: Tape-In

Color: Dark Purple/Dark Fuchsia

Amount: About 26 wefts

Why did you pick these hair extensions? I really love my long bob and I wanted to update my look. I wanted something fun and edgy without committing to a drastic change.

What do you love about your hair? I love that the change seems so dramatic but it was really not. I love that I forget that I have them in until someone says how great and fun my hair looks.

How do you take care of your hair extensions? I don’t give it much thought actually, and that’s what I love about Tape-Ins.  But I do try to be more careful brushing my hair and making sure I use the right products and not go crazy with the heating tools.

What would you recommend to people thinking about getting hair extensions? If you’re worried about diving in, I would suggest to trying some fun highlights to see if you like them or try full head Clip-Ins.

Staff Pick – Low Maintenance Hair Extensions

This week’s featured staff pick is from Megan from our marketing department.

I’ve been wearing hair extensions on and off since I began working for Donna Bella. Even though I already have lots of hair naturally, I like extensions because I can add color and dimension without coloring my hair.

I’m wearing 18” Tape-Ins in colors #2 and #4 (2 packs of each). My own hair is naturally between #6 and #8 and I wanted to add some low lights/quasi-ombre.  After the extensions were installed, I almost had so much hair I that I wasn’t sure I would know what to do with it. My stylist gave me some layers to help thin it out.

Keeping my hair looking good is a priority to me, but I don’t let hair care eat up too much of my time. I have places to be and things to see! Here’s what I do to keep my hair from taking over my life.

I wash my hair about 3 times a week. I can get my hair to stay fresh that long if I don’t add a lot of styling product. I find that my hair extensions don’t really need much product to look good anyway. I also spruce up my hair with dry shampoo as needed, which only takes a few minutes. This might not work for all hair types, but it works for me.

My shower routine with hair extensions really isn’t much different than normal. I just use a non-lathering shampoo and leave conditioner in my hair for a few minutes before rinsing. When I’m done, I dry my hair in a tee shirt because it’s gentler on my hair.

Although I wish I could spend an hour each morning on my hair, I also love sleeping in. To compromise, I do as much as I can the night before. I brush my hair through and sleep with a silky scarf to keep my hair from getting frizzy. When I wake up, I usually just do a few finishing touches and I’m good to go.

My hair extensions are so fun — I love having more hair. They’re pretty easy to take care of and they make me feel great.

-Megan