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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.