How to Dye Your Human Hair Extensions

Have your hair extensions arrived but you are not satisfied with the color? Here's the perfect time to get the perfect shade for your extensions. Let your crafty side experiment with something great for yourself.

People are often confused about whether they can dye their hair extension or not. Well, the answer is yes. However, there are a lot of things that you need to know before dyeing your hair extensions. Read on further to know if you should get your hair dyed or not. We will help you to make an informed decision with the best possible tips.

First of all, you need to know your hair type. The type of hair extension, light or dark shade, and length determines a lot of things.

Is Your Hair A Human Hair Extension?

The first thing is that you need to notice while dyeing your hair extension is whether it is human hair or artificial. Double-check it to not waste your time and efforts. It is not possible to dye synthetic material that is made up of plastic. There can be a chance of not being sure about whether your hair is natural or human hair. Well, we've got you covered. You can perform a burn test to know if it is plastic.

All you need to do is take a strand of hair and place an end in a flame. If the hair catches the light and leaves that typical burnt smell which you must have sensed at some point in life, it is human hair. Perform this test near the sink or water so that you do not burn anything at your home.

Darker or Lighter?

At the beginning of this blog, we have already mentioned that you can dye your hair extensions. You need to be more specific about it. You can darken your hair extensions but you won't be able to lighten them. If you still wish to lighten it, the only option is bleaching them.

The majority of the hair extensions have already undergone an aggressive process which implies that the protective layer, i.e. cuticle, is in pretty bad condition. If you do not want to degrade the quality, do not make it lighter. If you still wish to lighten it, just lighten it a shade or two.

Wish to darken your hair extension? Hair extensions generally grab color faster. Therefore, do not leave the color on the hair as long as it is instructed. Check the color after 5 minutes so that it develops perfectly on the hair.

Types of Hair Extensions You Can Color

hair extensions of five colors
  1. Tape-ins

    You can die tape-ins. You only need to avoid the tape area as the dye could ruin the attachment. You also need to take into consideration the color of the tape area as it will be more visible if you dye your hair in shades much lighter or much darker.

  2. Clip-Ins, Weaves and Wefts

    If you have clips-ins or wefts, you'll be happy to know that these hair extensions are easiest to color. The same advice that has been earlier applies here as well. Be cautious about tinting the weft. If you tint the top part of weft extensions, the glue holding or stitches could get damaged. This could also lead to the shedding of hair as well. For seamless Remy hair extensions, due to the silicone base is water-proof

    In case you are dyeing a hand-tied weft, be very cautious. Do not get tint on the knotted area. The machine wefts are not as delicate as the hand-tied wefts. These can be ruined easily.

  3. Bonds/Rings

    You mustn't tint your bonded area. The chemical might break the keratin resulting in hair shedding. The tailor-made hair extensions are very less durable for a month after fitting. If they get tinted, your hair extension will be ruined.

How to Color Your Hair Extensions?

hair coloring tube with color developer, bowl, brush and hair color palette

Buy the perfect shade of hair color and developer. After getting it, you need other small equipment to perform it. These include a towel, Color bowl, brush, Tum foil, wide-toothed comb and plastic wrap.

Organize the items properly and mix the hair color and developer. Have enough room to perform the task without creating a mess. Comb the hair thoroughly to remove knots and tangles. Do not wash it before dying. Do not color them when they are damp.

Wear your gloves before applying the color. Mix the color and the developer according to the instructions. Coat the color properly on both sides of the extension after placing it in the foil. Start at the top and move downwards gently. After applying the color, cover them with plastic. Allow it to dry for about 30-35 minutes and then rinse it thoroughly. Keep rinsing until you do not remove the excess color. Now shampoo it with a sulfate-free shampoo. Apply conditioner as well to tame down the frizz and make it smooth and shiny. You can use a hair serum later as well.

Comb it with a wide-tooth comb and allow it to dry naturally. You can also use a hairdryer when the extensions are damp. Keep it away from any kind of heat tools when they are completely wet.

Best Tips To Follow While Dyeing Your Hair Extensions

If you're making your hair extensions darker, you can do it at home. If you are thinking of making it lighter, seek the help of a professional stylist.

Keep your extensions very tidy and frizz-free. Brush it well before applying color. This will avoid uneven color spread and damage. Be sure to have enough dye.

Never dye your hair from tip to root. This will invite more problems. Start near the roots and continue till the tips. During rinsing, rinse down properly by holding the extension from the top. Use cold water to rinse it.

After you are done with rinsing, do not squeeze or rub it with a towel. Place the extension on a towel at any warm place. When the hair is nearly dry, comb it properly. You can also dry it with a hairdryer but always blow downwards. Do not forget to apply a heat protecting serum while styling your extensions with a heat tool.

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