Even though we offer colored Indian hair, sometimes our customers prefer to color their hair extensions on their own. But to ensure that you do it correctly, we did a bit of research to give you accurate tips on how to successfully color your hair extensions. If you prefer custom highlights and low lights in a weft, learning how to color your hair or understanding how a professional will do it is especially important.
1. The first step is to do a strand test. You need to know what type of hair you will be dealing with. Don't waste beautiful locks from unneeded mistakes if you decide to color your hair without knowing what you are doing firt. You'll damage your weft and won't be able to install them because they will not be in their natural state. Besides damaging your locks, over processing your hair is another mistake you can't afford to make.
2. If your hair extensions are not Indian Remy hair, color balance is essential. This means you need to remove the chemicals that seal in the manufactured color. This has to take place before moving forward because otherwise the new color will not apply to your hair.
Do not lift manufactured hair because it will strip the hair. This will result in split ends and massive hair damage right from the beginning. If possible, stick to demi-permanent color to safely treat your hair.
On this particular post we will be discussing how to properly treat hair that do not have Remy hair extensions. Transforming a color number 4 into a level 3 hair can be done if you use a color ring to first match it to the client's hair to get an accurate color.
Here is an example of materials that you need to use, depending on what brand names you prefer. This particular list is taken from doctoredlocks.com
- Shampoo One
- Dual Purpose Lightener
- Paul Mitchell the color 3N
- Paul Mitchell 10vol cream developer
- PM Shines Clear Shine
- PM Shines Processing Liquid
- Paul Mitchell Super Strong shampoo
- Joico K_Pak Reconstructurizer
- aluminum foil (on the roll like for a kitchen)
- color bowl
- color brush
- measuring beaker
- color whisk
- piece of corrugated cardboard in the length and width of the amount of hair you wish to color
- household stapler
Now here are the steps to coloring your Wefts!
Prep instructions before you color your hair:
Find the cardboard and cover it with aluminum foil. This way the color goes on your hair neatly and securely.
Mix equal parts such as shampoo one, dual purpose lightener, and a 10vol developer that is cream only. Apply all parts on your hair over a sink and within your hair. Once the hair starts to change color, rinse it out. Remember, you aren't doing this to lighten your hair, but instead your goal is to apply a product that will break up the pigment. Later the color will to attach to your hair and enter the cortex once the pigment is broken up.
After the pigment has broken up, it's time to wash your hair. Use shampoo to rinse out the mixture that is on the weft. Next apply a K-Pak for about 5 minutes and rinse this out too. For better looking hair after this first process is over, let your hair dry naturally. This way, as we have mentioned before, your hair won't get split ends and it maintain its luster and shine. Your color can be applied to your hair if it is slightly damp, but it's better if it is fully dry. Be patient and allow it to dry naturally instead of drying it out with a blow dryer.
During our Part II post on how to color your wefted hair, we'll cover how to accurately color your hair and everything it entails. Isn't it exciting to color your locks with highlights that you adore? We think it is and we can't wait to meet you back here on Friday to fill you in on the rest of the hair details. :)