Definitions: What Do 100% Remy & 100% Human Mean? Whether you’re in a hair salon, browsing on Amazon or Google, or just taking a look at the wide variety of hair extension types available, you’ve probably heard some of these industry buzzwords: 100% Remy Virgin Hair Human Hair Cuticle Intact If you’re not a stylist, it’s possible that you don’t know the actual distinction between these terms, and even if you are, it’s equally likely that it’s just as difficult...
What Are the Different Types of Hair Extensions? Hair extensions have come a long way over the years. As the beauty industry has grown, the demand for new methods, styles, lengths, and colors has too. It’s no surprise that both cosmetologists and beauty mavens alike want to know what types of hair extensions are out there, and which method will be best for them. There’s no short or simple answer, but Donna Bella carries some of the most popular types...
Hair Extension Q&A: Do Fusion/Glue-In Extensions Damage Your Hair? At Donna Bella, this is a question we get a lot. In fact, generally speaking, there’s a lot of concern in our industry about whether or not hair extensions as a whole are particularly bad for hair long-term. The short answer is no! Fusion extensions can be perfectly safe for most hair types, but the long answer involves a little bit more of an in-depth look at a few different considerations....
New seasons are a great opportunity for a style update, and summer typically means tanner skin and lighter hair. But while we all know the caveats of tanning skin (use plenty of SPF and opt for fake tanners to avoid skin damage!) we might not be as familiar with those of lightening hair—especially when hair extensions are involved. Make sure that your hair transformation and summer upkeep goes along without any hair care hiccups, even without too much extra effort!...
The short answer? No. While common sense would suggest that long hair is more expensive to care for than shorter hair (and particularly hair extensions, due to the need for more products and protective procedures), there are ways to work around that impulse and achieve an effective-yet-frugal care regimen for long/extended hair. Learn how to make a little product go a long way in this week’s blog post, and test out these tips on our new extra long extensions: 26”...
With a whole rainbow of colors to choose from, making custom color selections with your client can be tough. But that difficulty can sometimes intensify once you’ve chosen a hue, as you progress to mixing and testing your formula and identifying the ideal base extension shade to work on. Set yourself up for success in each and every part of the custom coloring process by anticipating challenges and preparing solutions in advance. Here are some tips to help you do...
#BlendLikeABoss This month we announced our special collaboration with Donald Scott NYC, bringing their award-winning patented razors and tools to professional extension stylists across the country. Learn more about the pros of truly perfect blending techniques for your hair extension practice at donaldscottnyc.com, and browse the Donald Scott selection at donnabellahair.com to start sharpening your hair extension technique right away! What you’ll find... Products We’re featuring some of the most desired products from the Donald Scott lineup on our website....
Donna Bella’s line of instant (Ready-to-Wear) hair extensions is like a jack of all trades. They work with all hair types, suit any occasion, accommodate even the most paltry commitment and experience levels, and come out looking like magic on all fronts. It’s no wonder that they’re popular amongst extension-smart clients and stylists alike! Given their temporary/removable nature, it’s easy to let instant hair extensions speak for themselves in a salon setting--all you have to do is invite a new...
Weddings are a constant feature of the Spring-Summer seasons. They bring beauty and romance not only to the wedding party and their guests, but also to our Instagram feeds, runways, and salons! While we know that using hair extensions for wedding styling services can be profitable (and fun!), sometimes it can be difficult to “push” the product without sounding...well, pushy. Here at Donna Bella, we want you to have as easy a time as possible selling your hair extension services...
Developing your hair extension skills and collecting a killer set of hair extension tools are only part of the process of setting up an enviable hair extension practice. One major--unforgettable--piece of the formula is securing a set of loyal hair extension clients. Whether you’re an early-career extension stylist or a long-time practitioner, it always helps to brush up on your customer service game, and today we’re dishing up some insight on the pillars of customer satisfaction, as well as how...
Donna Bella’s hair extension color range is like a palette of paints--limited in and of themselves, but capable of being mixed to achieve a rainbow of potential results. Today, we’re diving into the question of how to utilize blending and coloring techniques to alter the tone of blonde hair extensions, specifically. And to do this, we’re talking to Lindsay Feldt (@my_lavish_looks) of My Lavish Looks salon.     Donna Bella mid-dark blonde extensions. From left to right: #22, #24, #27, #27A...
Because Donna Bella extensions are 100% Remy Human, they can be custom colored in the same way as your clients’ natural hair (within reason). But what is the life expectancy of custom colored hair extensions compared to custom colored natural hair? We spoke with Donna Bella expert stylist and colorist Lindsay Feldt (@my_lavish_looks) of My Lavish Looks salon about the A to Zs of coloring extensions, including what clients should expect in terms of wear and tear. A mermaid color...
We all know that the sky’s the limit when it comes to hair extension customization. Donna Bella has made it easier than ever to cut, color, and modify our extensions to suit your clients and your salon practice. One of the customization routes we’ve recommended in the past is mixing different hair extension methods within a single installation. You can furnish your client with the comfortable, flat feel of Tape-In in back, and the 360 degree movement of I-Link on...
Updos are perhaps one of the most enjoyable services that stylists offer in their salon, but they can also be quite tricky. In order to let your creativity shine through, you have to get familiar with the length, texture, quality, and character of the hair at hand. This is especially true when styling hair extensions, because each of Donna Bella’s hair extension methods has its own strengths and obstacles. We spoke with stylist Linda Bangphonethip (@__linda_b) about how to optimize...
Your salon is a busy place, especially where hair extensions are concerned. The good news is—as with any art form—there’s a rhyme and reason to the process hidden in your hair extension tools. Efficient hair extension tools are vessels that: improve your task performance – as in the case of Keratin Bond Cutters, which produce more exact cuts on fusion bonds than generic scissors or hair cutting shears make new functions possible – like how Replacement Tape introduced the prospect...
Hair fusion--or what we like to call Kera-Link extensions--can be a bit daunting to the uninitiated. As one of our most distinguished and enduring methods, Kera-Link requires precision, confidence, and expertise for optimal effects. In other words, there’s little room to make mistakes! That being said, hair fusion doesn’t have to be difficult. If you’re not already a fusion stylist, make it a mission to master this technique in the new year so you can bring even more hair extension...
The holiday season is the perfect opportunity to blend classic looks with new trends, and our Clip-In hair extensions are here to help you do just that. They’re simple, adjustable, and can give you the volume and length you need for a perfect holiday hairdo. Try on any of these fresh seasonal looks with human hair Clip-ins, and see what we mean when we say, “It’s a snap!” Updo with a Twist This take on a traditional updo involves adding...
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...
Thanksgiving is the unofficial start-date for the “Holiday Season”--in our book, anyway. To that end, we’re starting to get our winter ensembles ready, and looking up all the festive hairstyles that we’ll be wearing for the rest of the year. Take a look at some of our favorites below, and feel free to suggest your own in the comments section! Old Hollywood An undying classic, Old Hollywood waves are the epitome of glamor, and they’re perfectly suited to a season...
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?...
Hair extensions are incredibly versatile. They allow you to extend your length, increase your volume, add highlights, lowlights, or color splashes, and even update your overall color! But while you can achieve a wide range of color looks using hair extensions alone, including custom coloring in your service opens up a whole new world of possibilities. That’s why Donna Bella Hair has partnered up with Joico Color Intensities and Framar International to bring you the biggest hair extensions/color collaboration on the...
We’ve got a brand new professional extension method here at Donna Bella, and it’s something of a hybrid. Get to know our brand new Flat-Tip Extensions: half Tape-In, half I-Link. Flat-Tip extensions feature… I-Link’s strand-by-strand application Like I-Link, Flat-Tip is installed in a series of single strands that are held to the natural hair with crimped beads. This means that Flat-Tip maintains the same 360 degree movement that you know and love from I-Link extensions. Tape-In’s wider surface area Unlike...
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...
Hey Dolls! For this week’s blog I thought I would share my drugstore essentials for my own Donna Bella Hair extensions. Although I strongly recommend a professional line of products for the proper care of extensions, I do have some drugstore items that I absolutely love and want to share with you. Batiste Dry Shampoo ($7.99 Walgreens). You should only be washing your Donna Bella Hair once or twice a week at most. Batiste Dry Shampoo works perfect to soak up...
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...
Get ready Donna Bellas because this year’s Black Friday is going to be CRAZY! Set your alarms for 9 AM (EST) on November 27,2015 because you don’t want to sleep on our doorbusters. For the first 4 hours, our very first shopper will receive a FREEUltimate Sono Hair Deluxe package (valued at $439.98). First 3 shoppers will get FREEOnline Certification in all 3 methods (valued at $229). First 5 shoppers receive a FREETech Diva. And lastly the first 15 shoppers...
It’s time to put another myth to rest: “Hair extensions are breaking off my hair.” Let’s first define “breakage”. Broken hair means that the bead, bond, or tape has completely been ripped off of your scalp, leaving you with an extremely short or bald patch of hair with nothing attached to it. It would look like someone cut off the strand along with the extension bond. These situations rarely happen and it’s pretty hard to do unless you take a...
You may have noticed our recurring blog series entitled “Stylist Nightmares.” Perhaps you’ve even enjoyed reading them. We’ve certainly enjoyed writing them. We get these stories from our stylist friends and colleagues in the blogosphere, but we’re opening it up to you now too,  providing a friendly reminder that you can be involved in this process throughout! Email Jane@donnabellahair.com or message us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/dbhairextension) to submit. What kinds of things are we looking for? First off, if you’ve got any...
We like to talk to stylists to get into the nitty gritty of the hair extensions biz. We often hear funny and heartwarming stories about how women have been empowered and transformed by their hair extensions, but occasionally we hear some horror stories too! Don’t worry, these anecdotes aren’t meant to freak you out, merely to inform. Someone far more intelligent than me once said (and I read this on the internet, so you know it’s true) “Smart people learn...
In our attempt to better familiarize you with our premium hair extension tools, here’s our next installment in our series of bead posts, specifically covering Flare Beads! They're Long and Thin  Donna Bella flare beads are longer and thinner (3.5 mm) than Grooved or Silicone beads, making them functional for I-Link (or “beaded”) extensions, that conceal completely into the hair. They’re made of Copper Flare beads are made of copper (grooved beads are made of aluminum and silicone beads are...
First off, are you connected with Donna Bella on social media? If you’re not, then you should be! We’re on all the major social media platforms, Facebook, Twitter (@dbhairextensions), Pinterest and Youtube and we just love adding new friends and followers. Keeping up with Donna Bella on social media gives you access to plenty of exclusive Donna Bella happenings. It’s a great way to stay on top of new product spotlights, sales, hair extension tips, new blog posts and a way to...
With proper maintenance, hair extensions can actually help your hair grow better. Because hair extensions compel clients to take good care of their hair, it is allowed to grow and flourish. Singer and songwriter Lauren Winans is just one example of someone whose natural hair benefited by having extensions. Lauren and her stylists knew what to do to keep her hair growing while her hair extensions were in. They also knew how to care for her hair once her extensions...
It’s easy, fun, and a great way to spread awareness. There are two ways to win, so your chances of winning are pretty good. 1. Win by getting the most votes. Get your friends to like our page and vote for you. 2. Win by having the best story. We’ll choose the story that resonates with us most. You have until September 23 to submit, and then the voting starts. The winners will be announced on October 1. Enter the...
Most small business owners are afraid of what the competition is doing, especially if the competitor has a shop right around the corner from theirs. So rather than fear the competition, take control and become the epa center for hair extension expertise in your community. Learn a lesson from Food Channel’s Bobby Flay, who has restaurants around the country with plenty of competition everywhere. Bobby stars in a Food Channel series known as Bobby Flay Throw Down. The theme of...
Working while standing all day can create some long-term health problems unless you pace yourself and have the right footwear. Use these six ideas to ensure that you have a long, stress free, and healthy salon career. Over time, even the healthiest, physically fit stylists start to feel the affects of standing over a chair all day long. You may not feel the pain for a year or two but eventually you may begin to question your ability to maintain...
Save 20% off all hair extension accessories and tools now through Sunday, February 13th at 11:59pm mountain time. Visit www.donnabellahair.com to order or call 888-424-7548. Whether you need some bond remover for your fusion hair extensions or a new loop tool for working with beaded hair extensions, we have a large variety of over 25 tools and accessories that are essential for any hair stylist. Already have all the hair extension tools you need? Try purchasing one of our new Quick Pick...
If you had a chance to watch the Country Music Awards a few weeks ago you could not have missed recording artist Carrie Underwood. Whether it was hosting, winning awards, or performing to a crowd of country music's elite, Carrie Underwood was everywhere. This is not necessarily new for Carrie who, over the past 4 years, has made a name for herself by selling over 7 million records and overshadowing some of the biggest female voices in the music industry....
Donna Bella Milan has officially opened the doors for stylists and salons to order hair extensions products online. The hair extension store features over a hundred products that can meet the demands of any salon or stylist. Derrick Porter, Donna Bella Milan President, notes "We're thrilled to offer this option for our clients. The call center has worked well and we've been able to keep up with the demand, but the hair extension store will allow us to exponentially increase...