Hair Extension Tools Every Stylist Should Have In Their Kit
Every stylist knows the importance of efficiency and precision behind the chair; one key to this is having the right tools in your kit! This year, Donna Bella Hair is all about supporting stylists with innovative, reliable, revolutionary tools to simplify and speed up the art of installs, move-ups and removals.
In this blog post, let’s explore our newest lineup of extension tools designed to streamline your processes, ensuring a faster, more seamless experience. These are must-haves for hairstylists looking to stay ahead of the game and elevate their business! Keep reading for everything you need to know about our three brand new tools and the five we updated.
Introducing our game-changing thread assistant tool— the Thread Cutter, a hairstylist's secret weapon for swift and precise Hybrid Weft extension removals. Have you heard of a seam ripper? A seam ripper works by carefully cutting and removing stitches in fabric, allowing for the precise and efficient removal of unwanted or incorrect sewing. Our new extensions tool has a very similar approach and is all about efficiency, boasting an ergonomic design with a comfort grip for those marathon move-up sessions. Crafted with a hardened steel cutter point, it effortlessly slices through thread, making the task of weft removal a walk in the park. Say hello to a world where removing extensions becomes as easy as a flick of the wrist!
How to Use the Thread Cutter
Ensure the sharp end faces the Hybrid Weft thread and use it to cut the thread with an upward motion. The small red ball provides an extra layer of safety between the cutter and the hair.
The Rescue Tool
Meet your new styling sidekick, the Rescue Tool! Designed for I-Link, Flat-Tip, and Hybrid Wefts, this tool turns bead removal into a breeze. It requires only a touch of pressure to remove over-clamped beads in a flash, The Rescue Tool opens and breaks beads with precision, rescuing you from any stubborn, crushed, warped, or compromised beads. This is definitely a hair extension tool many of us wish we’d had 20 years ago when we first started in extensions!
How to Use The Rescue Tool
Grab the tool by the handles, slide the pinchers into each end of the compromised bead, and break it open with a small movement.
Hair Extension Tools to Update in Your Kit
These are classic Donna Bella Hair extension tools that have been upgraded.
Wider Swatches with the Updated Color Ring
With 2.5" wide swatches featuring our full lineup of colors, this isn't just a hair extension tool; it's a marketing maven and conversation starter rolled into one. Display it proudly at your station, impressing clients with the array of possibilities extensions bring. From grays to balayage, ombre to solid shades, it's the stylist's secret weapon for showcasing the vibrant world of extensions. This hands-on experience not only guarantees precision but also invites clients into the exciting realm of choosing their ideal extension shade.
The Old Version vs. The New
What’s new about our Color Ring? It now features wider hair swatches so you can see the color blend more easily and really tell what the dimensional color looks like (which also makes for an easier sale with your client when they’re in the chair!). The new Color Ring also has every shade we offer, so you’ll be fully up to date on what shades are available from DBH. Of all the tools in your kit, this is one of the most important to keep updated!
How to Use the Color Ring
Select one or several of our 40+ colors and hold a swatch against the ends of your client's hair to find the perfect match. Don’t forget, using more than one shade is always a great idea, to give more color dimension with your client's blend.
The New Strand Stand Organizer
The new Strand Stand Organizer is a great tool for showcasing and organizing hair. Crafted from durable aluminum and plastic, this heat-resistant tool is not just stable but adjustable, offering three height settings to suit your styling needs. No more untangling chaos – the handy holder speeds up installations, keeps loose hair secure, and doubles as a conversation starter for potential extension enthusiasts.
The Old Version vs. The New
The older version of our Strand Stand was made with two separate parts, requiring bulkier packaging for every order. Now you don't have to order two tools, and it comes with a handy zippered carrying bag. We’ve also made the teeth at the top less sharp, so the tool is safer to use, and the base is sturdier and adjusts easier so you don’t get stuck wasting time setting up the tripod. Whether you're prepping for an installation or a move-up, the Strand Stand Organizer simplifies the process, and keeps your hair organized and easy to see.
How to Use the Strand Stand Organizer
Adjust the tripod to your preferred height, ensuring a stable base. Attach the organizer tray, twist to tighten, and voila! Now you're ready to showcase hair in the top slots, making installations a breeze. When you're done using this tool, you can fold it down and use the zippered carrying case to make traveling with it easy.
The Multi Method Tool Has Replaced the Luxe Tool
Meet the Multi Method Tool – use it to install and remove Flat-Tip, I-Link and Hybrid Weft beads and to remove Kera-Link extensions. Crafted from stainless steel with a padded grip, this ergonomic tool requires less gripping than before, so your hand won’t get tired. Plus, more precision means less hair snagging while you install or move-up. The two different ridges give you flexibility when breaking into keratin bonds for a smooth release and removal of the extensions. Similar to our older Luxe tool, but now with a smaller size and more comfortable ergonomic design, this is a go-to stylist tool designed to fast track your next appointment so you can wow your client.
Of all our new tools, the Multi Method is one of the most functional for all of the different tasks it can help you with as a stylist.
How to Use the Multi Method Tool
Grasp the padded handles for a comfortable hold that won't tire your hand. Use the curved tip to install and remove Flat-Tip, I-Link and Hybrid Weft beads. Use the pointed tip to clamp down on beads, whether you’re securing the hair during an install or opening the beads when removing hair. For Kera-Link removal, utilize the dual ridges which give you the flexibility to break apart bonds effortlessly.
The New Melting Connector
Introducing the Melting Connector – your new BFF for flawless Kera-Link (fusion) extensions! This precision tool is a game-changer with its smaller, more precise tip and adjustable heat settings. Because the handle isn’t as wide, it’s also easier to open and close so your hand won’t tire as easily. The improved temperature control and safer handle design make it a breeze to use, while the professional-length cord gives you all the flexibility you need.
How to Use the Melting Connector
Power it on, set your preferred temperature, and let the magic begin. Part off a clean subsection of natural hair, secure it with a Mini Clip, and align the extension bond for a perfect zero-degree elevation. In just 2-3 seconds, the melting connector works its magic, and you'll be rolling through each row with ease.
Refill Sizes for Bond Removers
Both our alcohol-based Bond Remover and oil-based Residue Remover just got a size upgrade, and these are a game-changer for Tape-Ins and Kera-Link (fusion) extensions. Stock up and save with the bigger bottle and enjoy the ease of use with this fast-dissolving and hair-friendly solution. Plus, we've given them a makeover – the removers are now clear instead of blue!
How to Use the Bond Remover and Residue Remover
For Tape-In removal, apply Bond Remover first. Spray on a single weft and wait at least 10 seconds for the solution to absorb. Then gently massage at the top of the weft to loosen. If needed, add more remover; do not force a weft out. To remove, pull down (don’t peel from one side to another). For tricky wefts, use the second step of applying Residue Remover one weft at a time. Residue Remover is designed to get rid of any stubborn adhesive that’s left behind.
For Kera-Link bonds, first use the grooved part of the Multi Method Tool to clamp down on the keratin bonds. Break down each bond until you see a slight color change. Once the bond has been broken down, apply Bond Remover and wait at least 10 seconds. Using the grooved part of the Multi Method Tool, clamp the keratin bond again to further break it down. Gently pull the extension down in the direction of the natural hair, releasing the extension.
For any residue that may be left in the client’s hair, use Residue Remover and gently comb out. If no residue is left behind, use a comb to brush out the row removing any natural shedding.
If you’re planning to reinstall hair for a move-up, ensure that the client has fully clarified, clean, product-free, dry hair to avoid any buildup near the scalp.
A great install starts with great tools! We hope this blog post inspired you to upgrade your kit with a new hair extension tool or two... or even take your extension skills to the next level by learning a new method. We can’t wait to see the incredible transformations you create this year!
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