Posts Tagged ‘Hair Extensions’

Growing Your Natural Hair With Extensions

Friday, February 5th, 2016

growing your hair with extensions

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.


What’s My Color?

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

whats my color

The first question I get asked by the majority of Donna Bella Hair first timers is, “How do I know what color to get?” Because all of Donna Bella’s products are only sold online, it could be tricky trying to match your color through a computer screen. Am I right? If you have never worn Donna Bella Hair before, my recommendation is to have the color ring in hand. There are 2 ways you can get your hands on one— visit your nearest Certified Donna Bella Hair stylist or purchase one before making your big final purchase of hair extensions.

If you choose to go the stylist route, let me just say, it’s the best way to go. Certified stylists usually do consultations for free so they can match your hair color and even suggest a shade or two for better dimension. They will also be able to tell you which method is best for your hair type and give you an estimate on the installation cost. You’ll need someone to install your brand new hair anyway, you might as well go to a consultation with a certified stylist and schedule your installation appointment while you’re there.

You can also purchase the color ring to have all the Donna Bella Hair colors available to you for future purchases. The best thing about the color ring—as new colors get added to our selection, you can purchase the individual colors and clip them on to the keychain-like ring. That way your color ring will always be up-to-date and you’ll never have to purchase another color ring again!

As always, if you have any questions or need assistance, we’re always here to help. Drop your concerns below or give us a call at 888-424-7548.

See you next week,

Jane. Xo.


Drying Your Donna Bella Hair

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

drying your dbh

We have a rule around here, the less heat you use on your Donna Bella Hair— the better. So with that in mind, let’s talk about drying your hair extensions on wash day. First let me just say, the best wash days are days where you’re just lounging around or an evening with no plans. That way, you can let your hair air dry and you can skip the time and pain from tired blow-drying arms. Air drying helps to preserve the appearance of your hair extensions and avoid splitting ends or dry, brittle hair. Keep in mind, however, that when you air dry, you do need to make sure your tape, beads, or bonds don’t remain wet too long (moisture will try to seep into them and you may have some slipping hair extensions). To be safe, try blow-drying just your roots.

Your roots should always remain dry and free from any type of moisture, whether it’s water or oily products. The ends of your hair and hair extensions tend to be weaker because they’re more exposed to damage than your roots. Letting your ends air dry will give them the break they need from all of that. Make sure you always apply a heat protectant on your hair before using any heat tool. Personally, one of the ones I love is Redken’s Pillow Proof Blow Dry Express Primer. Even if I’m just blow-drying my roots, I will apply this lightweight spray on my damp hair and comb it through before drying my roots with the blow-dryer (staying away from my ends). As a side note, try to use the lowest setting on your blow-dryer that will still get the job done. On my damp ends, I will apply a couple drops of one of my favorite argan oils (staying completely away from my beads, tape, or bonds) and leave them loose to air dry.

By the way, the same rules apply to your Donna Bella Hair Clip-Ins. Give your Donna Bella Hair a break and let them take in a breath of fresh air on your next wash day. Let me know if you can feel a difference!


Jane xo.


2016 Donna Bella Hair Shows

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

hair shows 2016

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!


When Is the Blue Bottle Okay For Tape?

Friday, December 18th, 2015

blue for tape

A commonly asked question regarding the removal of Donna Bella Tape-In hair extensions goes a little something like this, “Can I use the blue bottle remover to take the Tape-In wefts off?” Although we highly and strongly recommend the use of the clear bottle for the removal of Donna Bella’s Tape-In extensions, we’ll probably let you slide with using the blue bottle for rare occasions, like let’s say removing just a weft or two…

Let’s say your client is having an issue with a couple of wefts and need them taken out for a move-up. Using the oil remover is going to be more gentle on the hair. You do, however, need to be super careful and avoid getting it on the other wefts— or they too will start slipping. If you don’t trust yourself to be precise, we’ll go ahead and give you the green light to use the blue bottle. Since it’s not oil based like the clear bottle, be very careful when pulling the tape apart, that you don’t pull the natural hair with it. The blue bottle is alcohol-based so the tape won’t slide off easy. Once the wefts are out, you will need to remove the old tape from both the natural hair and the weft. And because it’s alcohol based, you won’t need to worry about clarifying the hair from the oil-based remover. Continue with the replacement as normal, making sure the hair is completely dry from the remover.

**We don’t suggest using the blue bottle for a full head removal. Doing so is running a high risk in breaking your client’s natural hair but a weft or two is fine.

Questions? Concerns? Don’t be shy, drop us a line!


The Gift of Donna Bella Hair

Friday, December 11th, 2015

gift of donna bella

If you need gift ideas, look no further! Donna Bella Hair has something for everyone. From stocking stuffers, to Clip-In hair extensions, to gift cards— what girl doesn’t love a makeover? You’ve still got time to place your order just in time for Christmas, so we thought we’d put a list together for you.If you like one of the ideas listed below, click on the links and start shopping. Ready? Here we go…

Stocking Stuffers:

Tech Diva. Our newest product, turns your smartphone into a mirror without disrupting the visibility of your home screen. Available for iPhone and Galaxy. Would be perfect as a stocking stuffer or as a main gift.

Hair Feathers, Jewels, Glow Strands, and Nail Wraps. These are all ideal for putting goodies into stockings. Our glow strands and hair jewels make any hairstyle fun and shimmery. They’re a big hit for “special occasion” hair (weddings, prom, holiday parties…etc). Have a boho-chic friend? Why not gift her a few Hair Feather pieces? Our Nail Wraps are always fun too. Transform your nails into the most creative, unique patterns around without paying salon price.

Main gifts:

Clip-Ins. With over 200,000 hashtags on Instagram, the biggest hair trend right now are clip-ins. They are do-it-yourself, budget friendly, and because of their high quality, provide length and volume just like any other hair extensions. Our Human-Hair extensions can be styled with any heat tool and with any product. Want more grams? Looking for different styles? Visit our sister company online store, Sono Hair, for more variety in hair and accessories.

Hair Extension Kit. This one is more for a stylist friend. Because these tools are for professional use, we recommend only stylists use them. A gift like this from one stylist to the other would be really fun, especially if you know of anyone trying to get into the world of hair extensions. Don’t worry, we have the online education to go with that too.

Donna Bella Gift Cards. It’s kind of hard to figure out your bestie’s hair color or hair extension method of choice. Gift cards are perfect to give because it leaves the choice up to them. From Clip-Ins to the more expensive hair extensions, getting a discount on a new ‘do is always going to be appreciated. If you need to find a Donna Bella Hair Certified stylist to go with that gift card, we got you covered. Find one in your area here.

Happy Holidays and Happy Shopping Donna Bellas! As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please leave them in the comment boxes below. Or give us a call at 888-424-7548.


Donna Bella’s Stylist Spotlight

Friday, December 4th, 2015


Have you read our Stylist Spotlights? If you haven’t checked it out yet, you have to! We’ve chosen to feature only the best of the best, gracing us by using Donna Bella Hair on their clients. Each month, we choose a different stylist to feature. Not only will their creativity make your jaw drop on social media, they have been extremely kind by sharing a few pointers, ideas, and tricks of working with Donna Bella Hair. Each stylist has a special code you can use to purchase their favorite Donna Bella hair product at a discounted price.

Need to know which color products work well with Donna Bella Hair? Want to know how other stylists are placing and blending hair extensions to perfection? Take advantage of the monthly stylist tip. We guarantee you’ll learn something new. Also covered in their interviews— how to keep up with the latest hair trends, how to boost your clientele, and how to introduce the world of hair extensions to a client who has never thought about them before.

You know those waiting times between clients? Why not keep up with Ricardo’s washing secret, or find out what Robbie’s favorite products are.

If you’re interested in becoming one of our featured stylists, show us your work using #donnabellahair  on Instagram and we’ll find you. You can also send in your work to us  through Facebook messenger or through email We scan through tons of before and afters keeping an eye on perfect placement and flawless blending. Custom color always blows us away because it takes precision to color Donna Bella Hair. So if it sounds like you got what it takes and are willing to share your technique, keep posting! The more posts you have, the more curious we are to get to know who is behind all of these masterpieces.

You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers. Drop them below!


Prepping your I-Links for Reinstallation

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

prepping your ilinks

“I can’t reuse my I-link hair extensions, it won’t fit through the bead anymore.” Does this sound familiar? Don’t panic, it’s normal. If you think about it, the tips of your I-Links have been clamped down for so long, how could they not be a flat shape? If you don’t already know how to get the tips back into their original round shape, keep reading…

What you’ll need:

Straightening iron

Removed I-Link strands

What to do: Set your straightening iron to 280 degrees. Once your l-Links are removed, take one strand and place your straightening iron on the flat tip of the I-Link (the part that’s been clamped inside the bead). Apply the straightener only for a few seconds, then take the ball of your thumb and index finger and roll the tips back and forth until you get a round shape. That’s it!

Here’s a money saving tip for clients: Stylists usually charge for the time they spend on prepping the hair extensions for move-up appointments. If you feel confident enough to wash your own hair extensions, dry them, and roll them back into shape, it’ll save you some reinstallation cost.

Disclaimer: If you don’t know how to take out your own I-Links, we do not recommend doing it. Please have your stylist take them out for you as they require the proper use of the hair extension tool.

Hope this helps dolls! And of course, if you have any Donna Bella Hair questions or concerns, please leave them below so I can answer them for you.


When in Maui…

Friday, October 30th, 2015

when in maui

Recently I took a trip to one of the Hawaiian islands— Maui. As a devoted Donna Bella Hair wearer, I was not about to go on this trip without them, which meant I would need to take extra care of my babies. We hear a lot of stories on how tropical island weather and activities can affect hair extensions, so thanks to you guys, I knew exactly what to do. Needless to say, I’m back in the office and my Donna Bella Tape-Ins  are still in tact as the first day I got them. If you’re wondering how I did it, here’s what I did…

Installation. First off, shout out to my stylist for the amazing job!! We installed my Tape-Ins two days before my trip. As we blogged about it before, there is a 48 hour wait time after installation before you can get your hair wet. I knew I was about to spend most of my time in pools and beaches so this was perfect timing. By the time I hit those Maui waves, my wait time was over.

Hats and braids. Although I think those large sun hats are so cute, I prefer baseball caps (it must be the tomboy in me). Anytime I went to lay out at the pool or at the beach in the sun, I would make sure to ALWAYS wear a hat. Not only does it provide shade to protect your face from the sun, it also protects your tape from melting in that heat… and boy was it hot! (Before putting my hat on, I would place my hair in a braid and tuck it under my hat. I did this to protect my ends from the heat as well.)

Conditioning. Before hitting the ocean waves or the pool at the resort, I would apply a small amount of conditioner to the ends of my hair before placing it in a braid. This helped keep my extensions from matting in the water, while keeping my ends moisturized and safe from the damage the chlorine in the pool could cause.

Keep them dry. As soon as I was done with my water activities, I showered and washed my hair with Dermorganics sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner and blow dried only the roots of my hair where the tape was placed to keep my tape dry and from letting any moisture seep in.

Be creative. Since Maui is extremely humid, it was impossible to keep my hair straight after straightening it and my curls would just go flat. So I got creative with my hairstyles. Loose buns and braids were my day-to-day hairstyle. While my fancy dinner nights consisted of a slick back side bun placing the traditional Hawaiian flower on it. Besides, I didn’t want to spend a lot of time on doing my hair when I could be out on this beautiful island.

For my traveling dolls, this one is for you. Hope these pointers can help in your future travels with Donna Bella Hair.


Jane xo.


Am I Using the Proper Straightener for my Donna Bella Hair?

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015


Whoever created the straightening iron— You’re the real MVP! With so many brands, sizes, and styles available now, it’s hard to know if we’re using the right one for our hair type, let alone our extensions. Thanks to an article I read recently, I’ve decided to help you decide which straightener is best for your Donna Bella extensions. Here we go:

Size does matter. You should not be using a ½” flat iron. While a 1” flat iron is great on short hair (use it to straighten your hair before your installation appointment), the best size to use is between a 1 ¼” to a 2” flat iron. Shorter hair should use the thinner iron and long hair should be using a wider iron. Why? If you don’t use the proper size you end up going over and over the section of hair so eventually your extensions will dry out from so much unnecessary heat. With a wide iron, you cover more sections of hair so you don’t need to go over it as much AND it saves time, keeping your extensions shiny and you on time.

Types of plates. There are 3 popular iron plates; ceramic, titanium, and tourmaline. To understand which is best, you should know a little background. If you choose to use a ceramic plate, make sure it’s made out of full ceramic. Ceramic coating can break off and cause the hair to snag. Ceramic plates distribute heat evenly and have a lower potential to burn hair. Titanium plates heat up faster than ceramic plates and distribute heat faster too. This can be good and bad. Faster distribution of heat means you won’t need to go over sections of hair much. It’s a bad thing if you leave it on too long because the extra heat can cause more damage. Tourmaline plates are made out of crushed up crystalline mineral used as a coating. One of my favorites because it keeps hair less frizzy than the other two options and it makes your hair shinier, which is best when trying to match the shiny texture of your hair extensions.

Stay out of the kitchen. Your natural hair and hair extensions can’t handle a lot of heat! Never crank up your straightening iron past 365 degrees. So although straighteners that sound like they came out of the future with a maximum heat of 500 degrees sound extremely beneficial, they’re incredibly unnecessary. The lower the heat setting the better. It may be that you don’t even need to go up to 365 degrees. It all depends on the texture of your hair. And for goodness sake, stay away from getting extra close to your beads, bonds, and tape! The heat from your flat iron will “soften” (melt) the adhesive of your hair extensions and make them slip…

Love hearing from our Donna Bellas so drop those comments or questions below!