The disappointment that comes with receiving a clip-in human hair extension that is not the correct hue for you can be excruciating. Fortunately, for those who are creative or who wish to save money, this does not have to be a major issue to contend with.
In fact, they are very similar to ordinary human hair in that they can be dyed to whatever color you like. As long as you’re only darkening or changing the tone of your extensions (for example, trying to make them brighter or ashier), it’s a straightforward procedure that can be accomplished at home.
Nevertheless, if you wish to lighten or enhance your human hair extensions, you should consider enlisting the assistance of a professional stylist. You can attempt it, but it is a more time-consuming and challenging process—one that, if done incorrectly, can be detrimental to your already expensive purchase.
Double and triple-check to ensure that your hair extensions are made of natural human hair before you begin. At least with this method, it is impossible to color artificial hair effectively.
Decide on a Color and Begin Gathering Your Supplies
Choose a shade from a professional hair color range to use on your hair. A boxed color from a pharmacy does not allow you to choose the developer that will be used on your hair extensions, which is exactly what you want in this case. The ideal choice is a 10-volume developer color. If you must, you can use a 20-volume developer; however, 30- and 40-volume developers should be avoided because they will harm your hair extensions if you are not cautious.
It is recommended that you use Joico VERO K-Pak Hair Color. The color is available in several vivid and long-lasting tones.
As soon as you’ve acquired your color and developer, grab the following additional materials:
- Color mixing dish and paintbrush
- Gloves for applying hair color
- Tinfoil, plastic wrap, and a wide-toothed comb are all useful tools
Organize your workspace and mix different colors
Prepare your goods on a wide counter or table space to have plenty of room to move about and work comfortably. The room must be both warm and very well. Tinfoil should be spread out across your desk to prevent the color from staining your work surface or clothing.
Prepare your color following the manufacturer’s instructions. Most colors are created by combining equal amounts of color and developer. You’ll need roughly 3–5 ounces of prepared color for your extensions, but depending on the length of your extensions, you may want additional color.
You don’t need to wash them before coloring, but you should comb them through to remove any tangles. After that, spread them out across the tin foil. Allow them to dry completely before coloring them. Do not dye your hair extensions when they are wet or slightly moist.
Fill the hair extension with color.
Color each piece of your hair extensions, applying the color solution thoroughly with gloved hands as well as a color brush. Ensure that the color is evenly distributed on all surfaces of your extensions, from their beginnings to their ends. There is no room for error in this situation, and it is far preferable to utilize excessive color than a little color.
To attach an extension, begin at its highest point (where the clip is located) and work your way down to the ends, along the fall of the hair. It is possible that applying the color upwards can cause damage to your extensions, and it will almost certainly result in them being frizzy and untidy.
Process the Hair Color
As soon as you’ve finished applying color to each portion of your extensions, cover them tightly with plastic wrap to keep the color from fading out before it can absorb fully. According to the manufacturer’s instructions, allocate the necessary time for the color to develop at normal room temperature, which is typically anything between 20 to 40 minutes.
During the processing period, check a tiny segment of the extensions after five to ten minutes by gently massaging the color of the hair extension with a paper towel. After checking, add the color with your brush, keeping in mind that hair color looks darker when wet than dry. It is time to remove the hair extensions from the processing area once the processing is completed and the color of your hair has reached your entire satisfaction (don’t rush this step). Simple transfer to a sink is made possible by folding your aluminum foil in half.
Remove the color from your hair extensions by rinsing them with cool (not cold) water under low pressure and gently working the excess dye out with your fingertips. The water must run in the direction in which the hair normally falls while you’re washing your hair. Extensive washing should take at least 15–20 minutes to do properly. Ensure that all colors have been removed; if you’re not certain, keep rinsing. After that, shampoo your hair extensions with a moderate, sulfate-free, hydrating, or color-safe shampoo to seal in the moisture. You definitely don’t want to dull down your extensions before you can utilize them!
Dry and Comb Hair Extension
Spread a towel across your workplace after you’ve made certain that your extensions have been thoroughly cleansed. Each portion of your extensions should be conditioned with a leave-in conditioner before they are combed out gently with your broad comb. Finally, let the extensions air-dry completely (do not use a blow-dryer) before utilizing or styling them, especially if you plan to use any type of heat equipment.
A professional stylist’s assistance is recommended once again if you wish to lighten or enhance your human-hair extensions in order to achieve the best results. You can attempt it, but it is a more time-consuming and challenging process—one that, if done incorrectly, can be detrimental to your already expensive purchase.