Dying Your Human Hair Extensions at Home: Step by Step Instructions
This entry was posted on November 30, 2012.
If you read our Can You Dye Human Hair Extensions post last year then you might be curious how to dye your hair extensions at home! Here's a quick reminder that you can do anything with human hair extensions that you can do to your natural hair. This includes dyeing, cutting, heat styling and chemically processing your human hair. Many weave wearers dye extensions to get an exact match to their natural hair color. It's very effective and turns out beautiful!
Do keep in mind that Virgin hair extensions are the best type of weaves for dyeing your hair. Virgin Remy hair extensions have not been chemically processed in any way, so they can be dyed without causing hardly any damage to your hair. While it’s best to avoid overly harsh chemicals, virgin Remy extensions can be lightened or darkened as natural hair. Experts advise that you should not attempt to dye non-Remy hair weaves. This kind of synthetic hair extensions have been chemically treated, which strips the strands to their weakest. They are generally not strong enough to be dyed.
Things You'll Need to Dye Your Human Extensions:
- Hair Dye
First you need to buy hair dye, developer, gloves, and an applicator bottle from a beauty supply store or salon. You should avoid purchasing hair dye from a box at the drugstore because it will be a lot more difficult to match your hair color that way, unless you're going for an ombre or colored effect.
Gently comb through your extensions to get rid of any tangles and if you have any styling products on your extensions, it's important to wash them out first as well. After washing and combing out the extensions make sure they dry thoroughly. Since using a hair dryer is not recommended, allow them to dry overnight before applying the hair dye the next day.
Next prepare the hair color mixture. Put on your gloves and mix up the right amount of hair color and developer together. After pouring your hair dye and developer into the applicator bottle, mix them up together by shaking the bottle for about one minute.
Now it's time to coat every single strand of your hair extensions with the hair dye. In this case it's a better idea to use too much dye rather than not using enough. Use a comb to distribute the hair dye while applying it. Once you're done applying the dye, place the extensions on a hair towel and read the instructions so that you know how long they need to remain on the towel.
After allowing the extensions to soak in the dye for the allotted amount of time, it's time to rinse the hair dye out of the extensions. Use warm water and afterwards apply conditioner. It's also important to comb through the hair extensions after applying the conditioner for even application and also to moisturize your tresses. After gently combing through the extensions, wash the conditioner out using cold water. This will seal in the hair color and make the hair shiny. For a final step either use a blow-dryer to dry the hair extensions or allow them to air-dry (which is recommended).
Enjoy your newly dyed hair extensions and look forward to wearing them - you're going to look stunning with your newly colored tresses!