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National MMA Fighter Competes Wearing Di Biase Hair Extensions

National MMA Fighter Competes Wearing Di Biase Hair Extensions

UFC 218
Amanda is wearing Di Biase Fusion Extensions. Photographer: Shi Lessner. Hairstylist: Melissa Blosser at Teresa’s Salon & Spa in Brighton, MI.

Amanda Bobby Cooper – Show Number – UFC 218

We sat down with Pro MMA Fighter, Amanda Bobby Cooper to talk to her about what it’s like to be a fighter with hair extensions. Amanda wears Di Biase fusion extensions put in by stylist Melissa Blosser from Teresa’s Salon in Brighton, MI. We wanted to find out how hair extensions have helped her in the ring and what it means to her be a female fighter. Amanda will be competing in UFC 218 on December 2nd at Little Caesars Arena in the Strawweight Class.

How long have you been fighting for? How did you get started with UFC?

Growing up, my dad was a boxer and he got my two older sisters into boxing, so I’ve been around it my whole life. Then when I was in 6th grade, this girl pushed me, and I didn’t do anything. I talked to my dad about it afterwards and decided that I never wanted to feel helpless ever again, so I started boxing. Although I’ve never had a fight outside of the ring, I knew that I needed to learn to defend myself.

I was a two-time golden gloves Michigan champion in 2010 and 2011. Then my dad convinced me to start MMA in 2011. He basically called and told me that he signed me up for a match and I jumped right in. That first match, I knocked the girl out. It was totally different from boxing and I loved it. I had 11 amateur fights and then became an MMA Pro Fighter in 2014.

In 2016 I was on a reality show called The Ultimate Fighter Season 23. I was a finalist but then lost in the final round. Although it was crazy and stressful at times, I’m glad I had the experience. Throughout my years, I’m most proud of the personal growth and changes that I’ve been though. I tried other things, but nothing made me as happy as being in the ring.

What is it like to be a fighter with hair extensions?

Since day one, I’ve always trying to promote being a girly girl that can step inside the cage and fight well. On a day to day basis I feel pretty boyish, but when I go out to my fights, I want to be beautiful so having hair extensions really helps with that. It shows the young girls watching that you can be both tough and feminine at the same time. My coach Tim Farr always says that fighting well starts with looking good, or “Look good, feel good, fight good.” That’s why you must be confident with the way you look.

How has getting extensions helped your hair?

Because I’m in the gym all the time, my hair is sweaty and up in a ponytail for most of the day. Before I had extensions, it was open to breakage but since I’ve had extensions in, they’ve been protecting my natural hair. It’s almost like the hair extensions save my hair from the damage. Each time that I’ve worn them and especially within the last 6 months, my hair has improved overall. Lengthwise it has grown out, and it’s become fuller. Before extensions, my hair was broken, and I had patches that were missing but now its healthier and longer than ever before.

What’s your favorite part about having hair extensions?

My favorite part about Di Biase extensions is that they are so versatile. I’m always wearing gym clothes so when I go out, I finally get to put my hair down, literally! It makes me feel like I can be two different people. I love to wear my hair down and curly and show it off. I feel beautiful with them.

What do you want people to think when they see you train and fight in the ring?

More than anything, I want people to be entertained. I want people watching to be impressed with the amount of skills and heart it takes to be a top-level fighter. However, I don’t need to prove to anyone that I’m tough, I know I am, so I fight to prove that the other girl isn’t tough. It’s heart that truly wins fights.

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A Two-Toned Complete Transformation!

Stylist Name: Lola Hondl

City: Los Angeles, California

Find her on Instagram at @hairmakeuplola and on Facebook as Hair.Makeup.Lola.

When utilizing hair extensions in your chair, it’s important to remember just how creative you can get with a variety of styles. Because stylists can treat it almost like they would regular hair, virtually any look is possible. We took a moment to ask Lola Hondl what inspired this two-tone look and what exactly she did to make it possible. Read below to find out how she did it!

About Lola:

Lola is a freelance colorist, extensionist and makeup artist who has a passion for the professional beauty industry, having done hair and creative colors since she was a teenager. Her favorite looks include rainbow hair, extensions and SPFX makeup. Lola says, “I want to do extensions all day every day!  Di Biase is definitely the best it’s all I use!! The hair is so soft and shiny and the company itself has great service and ethics. The way they make their fusion and tapes is so advanced and completely non-damaging to the hair, which is a priority for me. My personal preference is the tape ins. They are so easy to apply and remove and have great coverage!”


How did you achieve this look for your client? The two toned look I did on my client was for her birthday, she wanted long beautiful hair! I custom colored her extensions to match her color, which I did as well. I used Goldwell for the deep purple and Pulp Riot for the lavender. Purple is her favorite color and I love the light to dark contrasts in hair. After finishing her color and having a clean dry canvas, I started with ten pieces of 20″ tapes, working my way up the head into 60 pieces of 20″ fusion hair. The entire process took about 5 hours and she was absolutely ecstatic with the final look, as was I!

What advice do you have to other hairstylists?
My best advice to other stylists is to believe in yourself!! Never be afraid to put yourself out there. Have a great support system and don’t get involved with negative people. Sometimes that means letting someone go. Find what it is in this industry that you love to do and run with it and be kind to everyone! You never know who is gonna be the person who makes your dreams come true!!

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Check out the entire transformation below:

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2017/2018 Di Biase Training Schedule!

Get Extension Certified

Get fusion application certified and an overview in Tape-In/Sticker and I-Tip extensions!

Water tolerant & high quality, Di Biase extensions use a unique flat wrap technique to ensure virtually undetectable, flexible bonds that are exceptional in comfort and durability. The Di Biase Fusion class covers everything you need to know to get started as a fusion hair extenionist from washing, prepping, consultation and pre-cutting, to installation, post cutting and how to market hair extensions for the most profit. This class also goes over the technique for tape-in/sticker and i-tip extensions. Taught by a certified hair extension stylist, you will walk away with all of the skills and knowledge you need to get started with your own hair business.


TIMES: 10:00 am-5:00 pm on both days

LOCATION: TBD. Class Location Will Be Emailed To Registered Students.

Please message, email us at or call us at (248) 489-8900 with any questions or special class dates requests!

About Fusion Extensions:

Fusion hair is applied on a lock by lock basis. Extensions come in packs of 20 locks, with a lock consisting of multiple strands of double drawn hair joined together by a thin keratin bonding strip. The stylist will individually attach each lock to the client’s hair (near the base of the neck) through use of heating pliers (hot tool) applied to the keratin bond. Fusion extensions should last approximately 4-6 months and will eventually need to be replaced as the normal hair grows out.

The research carried out in the laboratory of Di Biase has always been the strong point of Di Biase Hair. Today, Di Biase boasts an innovative element that brings to the forefront the scientific expertise of the research team of the company: from the laboratory of Di Biase Hair comes the line “Hair Waterproof”. A new patented process that allows the bonds to be more tolerant of water from swimming and saunas. All fusion extensions come in 20 bonds per 1 pack of hair.

Fusion hair is available in different lengths: 12 inch, 16 inch, 20 inch, and 24 inch in straight, wavy and curly.

2017 /2018 Class Schedule


Cleveland, OH – August 6th and 7th – Click to Register

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Product Spotlight: Why We LOVE the Di Biase Hot Tool and the Importance of Using It

When applying Di Biase fusion hair extensions, the tools you use to fuse extensions are just as important as the hair that you are applying. Always make sure you are utilizing the Di Biase hot tool, the proper way and don’t use anything not approved on the hair, as it can cause damage to the natural hair. Before application, wash hair twice with a clarifying shampoo and be sure not to use any other products on the hair prior to application.

About the Di Biase Hot Tool:

The Di Biase hot tool is a must have for hairstylists applying fusion hair extensions. Specifically created for Di Biase keratin bonds, our hot tool pliers work by melting the bonds just enough so that they are bendable into a flat position. This unique flat shape is what provides a seamless, virtually undetectable and comfortable bond. The shape and tip of the fliers provides a secure and comfortable application of the extension. No hair extensionists kit is complete without this hot tool!

The hot tool doesn’t get s hot as my straighter iron, other hot tools, etc. Why is that? Shouldn’t it get hotter?

The hot tool is specifically formulated to get to the precise temperature you need to melt the keratin and then shape it into the flat envelope position. Anything hotter and the bonds will be damaged and permanent damage will be done. Anything at too low of a temperature and the bonds will not melt enough to achieve the correct shaping. This is why it’s extremely important to use the correct temperature in applying hair extensions.

How do I buy your hot tool?

There are three ways to purchase your Di Biase Hot Tool and other Di Biase products to begin applying beautiful extensions to your client’s hair. 1) Call your order into (248) 489-8900 2) Email us at or 3) Register at our web store at to purchase extensions, products and other accessories.

If you would like more information about Di Biase, certification classes around the country or have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Hints On Growing Your Hair Extension Business

Di Biase Hair Extensions USA is extremely grateful to our clients who have given us their ideas to help their fellow stylists in increasing their hair extension income. We fully appreciate and welcome any and all ideas that you may have to continue adding to this list. All of these were submitted from a variety of hairdressers around the nation and utilize unique marketing strategies to promote their hair extension business. If you have thoughts of your own that you might like to share we would fully appreciate hearing from you. Please email hints or questions to

* If you can, wear your hair extensions as a stylist. Having them in your own hair helps show the client then and there what it’s like to have extensions and builds trust between you and the other person. Try to get others in your salon to wear them and talk about them.

* Work together with other reps of beauty businesses in spreading the word about your business. Examples include Avon, Pure Romance, Mary Kay.

* Throw little meet and greet or demo events to explain how extensions work to others and go over the different types of hair and methods of application. These can also be for other stylist or clients.

* Do small teasers with a fun color or fill-in on the sides of the head to show how extensions help to give fullness as well as length.

* Put extensions in a bartender’s hair and have them show their hair off at work. By doing this, they are creating a conversation starter with the many people that they serve.

*Run colored extensions as a fundraiser. That will help raise money and gain extension awareness.

*Use the Mirror Clings in your salon to introduce extensions to people who might not know what they are yet.

*See if you can display one of the Di Biase posters in your salon. People notice it and may start to ask questions about extensions.

* Offer to put in a couple bonds into someone hair who might have thinning hair, thyroid issues etc. This will give them an idea of how it might be to have more hair and will typically want to try even more afterwards.

* Advertise on the salon social media pages page and post before and afters. Make sure that you include the hashtags #dibiasehairusa or #dibiaseextensions and tag Di Biase so that we may share it with our clients as well.

* Create a sign at the front desk with the following question/concept: “Are you troubled with your thinning hair? Would you love to have long hair and could never get it to the length you want to? Ask Me.”

* Take Di Biase’s advanced class and then become a part of the American Hair Loss Council. Broadcast this to your clients. Contact dermatologists in your area and let them know you can make a difference with some of their clients.

* Ask potential clients to check out the Di Biase website and social media.

* Put a mirror cling in the back window of your car with contact information.

* Have a printout ready for all clients that explain the extension process along with the breakdown of prices. If you are able to explain how extensions work, it is more likely that they will order extensions from you.

* If the stylists that wear extensions at the salon send me two extension clients, I put their extensions in for free the next set. I usually charge them $100-$200. You should never do extensions for free unless you trade services.

* No matter where you are, try to bring up extensions in some way. Show people how passionate you are about your work. This will radiate and others will become interested in looking into transformations for themselves.

* Play a slideshow of your extension work on an iPad at your station every day. This catches not only your client’s eye in my chair but the other stylists’ clients who are walking by my station.

* Work bridal expos and any type of event around the community that women attend. Put extensions in a model while this is going on to show how they work.

* Cross advertise with a boutique or store next-door to the salon in order to promote both of our businesses.

* Take your color ring with you everywhere you go. This way you can do consultations on the spot, no matter where you are.

* Advertise if you have the budget. This can be through magazines, online or any advertising medium that fits your audience.

* Create nice looking brochures and flyers to hand out when people ask about your salon or hair extensions. Hand out your cards stating that you’re a professional extensionist at every opportunity you have.

Many people focus on how to get new clients in for full heads of hair extensions, but it doesn’t have to be where you count on your extension money coming from.

Consider focusing on a much smaller price point, which is a much easier sell. Clients complaining about the thinness of their hair, or the lack of defined layers in their hairstyle are actually prime candidates for hair extensions. The smaller selling price for partial heads is much easier for clients to wrap their head around. When you have a client complain about a hair issue you could fix with extensions, that’s your way in. Follow up with phrases like: have you considered trying hair extensions to solve that? Did you know hair extensions could be used to add thickness without needing to add length? Has anyone ever told you about using hair extensions to fill gap layers on fine hair? Your partial head hair extension clients are actually your best marketing tools since they are the ones who will be referring other people to you.

Whatever method you choose, stay open minded and creating in your marketing strategies. The same thing that worked for one person might not work for another so don’t get discouraged. Most importantly, keep expanding your client base and don’t settle. Good luck to you all!

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5 Definitely Do’s and 3 Oh-No’s of Hair Extensions

To get the most out of your hair extensions, it is important to remember these proper maintenance routines and daily upkeep tips. The better you take care of your extensions, the longer they will last! Failing to follow these steps will result in matting, tangling and possible damage of natural hair, yikes! Keep your hair growing long and strong while maintaining extensions using these useful tips.

Definitely Do’s

  1. DEFINITELY DO avoid products with sulfates.

Even for those without hair extensions, sulfates can be especially irritating to the skin & scalp and can be damaging to the bonds & hair. For best results, take care of your extensions using products from the Di Biase Hair Extensions hair care line.

  1. DEFINITELY DO brush and finger through your hair every day.

To make sure hair does not get tangled or matted, run your fingers through your hair on a daily basis. Also make sure to use a special brush with gentle bristles of varying length and texture anytime you brush your hair to prevent extra pulling on the bonds.

  1. DEFINITELY DO sleep in a braid or low ponytail.

To avoid matting, always put hair in a low ponytail or braid when you are lying down. This keeps your hair all in the same direction and will prevent tangles.

  1. DEFINITELY DO focus on washing your scalp and condition only your ends.

Another benefit of having extensions is that you don’t have to wash your hair every day! When you are washing, focus on shampooing your scalp (gently and carefully) and then conditioning only the bottom end and tips of your hair.

  1. DEFINITELY DO continue doing the active things you love!

The beauty of Di Biase hair extensions is that the fine, durable and waterproof bonds allow for free flowing movement no matter what you’re doing. Whether you are working up a sweat in the gym or doing laps in the pool, you can be sure that Di Biase extensions will keep up with whatever you choose to do.

Oh No’s!

  1. Oh No! DON’T go to bed with wet hair.

When going to bed, make sure that your hair is fully or almost dry, as you can cause damage to your natural hair. Going to bed with wet hair causes it to mat and tangle which can lead to natural hair damage which can be easily avoided.

  1. Oh No! DON’T put oil on or near your scalp.

Oils will loosen your bonds and might cause extensions to start sliding out. If applying oils to nourish and moisturize your hair, focus on the lower end and tips especially. Di Biase offers a line especially for taking care of extensions, which can be found here.

  1. Oh No! DON’T color or cut your own extensions.

Although you might be tempted to color or cut your own hair, this is best left to professional stylists who are experienced in coloring extension hair. Coloring and cutting extensions is different on extension hair than it is on natural hair. It is especially crucial to remember to NEVER bleach your extensions. Color is deposit only.

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Hair Extensions for Thinning Hair

Hair Extensions for Thinning Hair

August is National Hair Loss Awareness Month and according to the American Hair Loss Association, 40% of people who experience hair loss and thinning hair are women. There are many reasons why hair loss occurs and a variety of ways to go about finding a solution. For women who experience thinning hair but still have at least 3 inches of hair, extensions may be a solution. Many people worry about the damage that hair extensions can have on thinning hair. However, properly applied and cared for extensions will actually grow with your hair as you wait for your natural hair to grow out.

Di Biase bonds are specially formulated to work in unison with our unique flat wrap technique for gentle, comfortable and virtually undetectable bonds. Unlike other hair extension brands, Di Biase bonds are extremely fine, causing less stress on the scalp and preventing damage. Di Biase extensions also weigh less, which prevents pulling. A good hair care regime of thorough, gentle washing with the proper products, brushing and then putting hair into a ponytail or braid at night will make for happy and healthy hair!

Skillful application of fine bonds can completely transform an individual’s attitude and give them back the confidence they want. Below are a couple of common questions that we receive from people looking into hair extensions.

  • Will it hurt or damage my hair?

No, with proper application and home care, Di Biase Hair Extensions will not damage the natural hair. Extensions should absolutely never hurt during or after the application process. Removal and re-application is a painless process.

  • Can you treat it like your own hair?

Yes, however, it is important to remember to take care of extensions carefully. For example, when working shampoo and conditioner into the hair and scalp, please remember to be gentle and work it in more gently than you would regular hair. You may also put heat and style your hair as you normally would, but never put heat directly on the bonds. Also, please avoid putting products with oil close to your scalp. The better that you take care of your extensions, the longer life span that they have.

  • Can you see or feel the extensions?

When properly applied, hair extensions and bonds will not be seen. Only under detailed close-up inspection will the extensions be visible.

If you are looking for extensions for yourself, looking to purchase them for your salon, or would like to become a certified hair extension stylist, please contact us at (248) 489-8900 or

Thinning Hair Collage
Pictured is a client who came in with very fragile and thin hair and was given a complete makeover using Di Biase extensions. She had a patch of thinning hair on top of her scalp, which was filled in with dark extensions and blended in afterwards with a haircut. Top right and bottom right photos are immediately after application.
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Live Life to the Fullest with Di Biase Hair Extensions

Danielle Natoni Collage

Live Life to the Fullest with Di Biase Hair Extensions

Ever wondered what it would be like to have a physically active lifestyle while maintaining hair extensions? Or whether your natural hair will continue growing or get damaged if you have hair extensions? Danielle Natoni demonstrates how Di Biase hair extensions seamlessly blend into her physically challenging workouts and daily routines. Check out this fitness powerhouse who brings the fire in her exercises while maintaining her fabulous Di Biase hair extensions yet is able to experience natural and healthy hair growth throughout. Hair is done by hairstylist Benjamin Hudgins.

Durable Enough For Tough Workouts

Danielle Natoni aka Fit & Funky is a format expert for Beach Body, a cast member of Asylum Volume 2 and INSANITY Master Trainer among many other impressive titles in the fitness community. Despite having a busy and exercise-focused lifestyle, Danielle is able to easily maintain her hair in between workouts while simultaneously growing out her natural hair. If anyone puts our extensions to the test, it is Danielle! With daily vigorous exercise and long busy days, our durable extensions are put through the ringer and stand up to challenging workouts.


Danielle raves, “When people ask you daily what you did to get your hair to grow so quickly, you know your extensions look real! I could not be happier with my Di Biase extensions. I am in the fitness industry and wear my hair up and down, and workout and sweat daily, and yet my hair looks picture perfect no matter what!” 

See Natural Hair Growth with Di Biase Extensions

The pictures above show Danielle’s transformation by talented stylist Benjamin Hudgins. The first picture is Danielle’s hair without any extensions back in January 2016. She then had her first application of extensions. The second picture is from April 2016 after the first removal of extensions, before the next set went in. You can already tell that the hair is growing while the extensions were in Danielle’s hair. The last picture is from August 2016 and as you can tell, the hair is still healthy, strong and growing long!

How It Works

Because our extension bonds are extremely fine and light, they allow for regular hair growth. Hair is bonded near the root using keratin that makes it easy for hair to twist, turn and follow its natural growth pattern. The combination of flat and fine bonds prevents any unnatural pulling. It is important to remember that a proper hair care regime is crucial in the hair growing process. Extensions require daily maintenance of brushing, gliding fingers through hair and avoiding heat on the bonds or any products heavy in oil, especially near the scalp. With proper care, clients can use extensions while hair grows out naturally until they get the length they are looking for.


For more information about our extensions or to find a certified stylist in your area, please contact us at (248) 489-8900 or

Danielle Natoni:

Hairstylist Ben Hudgins:

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Introduction to I-Tips by Di Biase Hair Extensions USA

Introduction to I-tips by Di Biase Hair Extensions USA 

About I-Tips

I-Tip hair extensions, sometimes called micro beads are actual beads that are used to add length and fullness to hair without using any heat or stickers. Suitable for most hair types, i-tips are easily put in and take less than 2.5 hours for a full head of application.

 The Method

I-Tips are applied using tiny beads that are threaded in with the hook for ring device and then flattened with the assembly pliers. Disassembly pliers are required to take extensions out. I-Tips must be slid back up to the scalp as they grow out and last for 3-6 months depending on how well they are taken care of.

Not only are I-Tips easy to apply but a full head of I-Tip hair can be completed in less than 2.5 hours. If you are unfamiliar with I-Tips and would like to try them out, please contact us and reserve your seat for an upcoming certification class.

For more information, to become certified in i-tip extensions, or to find an i-tip certified stylist near you, please contact us at or (248) 489-8900.



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Before/After Photos and a Testimonial From a Very Happy Client

“Last Thursday I got hair extensions put in my hair. I’m not going to lie, I was really nervous about getting them. I hear a lot of people say that it’s bad for your hair and it will break off where the extensions go. I am 46 years old and have been going through a lot in the last 2 years. With the loss of my husband and along with the stress, I did not realize how thin I was getting on the top and the sides of my hair. When I got to see the before and after pictures of my hair I just about cried. The difference was just remarkable. I could not believe it, I had hair again!!! The extensions that were put into my hair made me feel young and beautiful and boosted up my confidence. I never thought I would have that feeling again until now. Wow, thank you so very much Vicky and Kelly! You guys did an amazing job on my hair and I don’t know how I could thank you guys enough. The reaction on other peoples faces when they see me, they just cant believe how much it looks so real and they cant even tell that the extensions are in. Thanks a lot for giving me back my confidence and making me feel beautiful again!!!”

This hair extension makeover shows the remarkable difference fusion extensions can make for those suffering with very fine hair or hair loss. In these before and afters, Vikki Humann Parman, co-owner of Di Biase Hair Extensions USA, shows how skillful application of fine bonds can completely transform an individual’s image. Color and cut by Kelly D’Ambrosio.