How To Dye & Tone Hair Extensions

How To Dye Hair Extensions

How to dye hair extensions

Struggling to find your hair color in extensions? Found the perfect set but they just don’t match your shade? All is not lost, there is another option. Here at Cliphair, one of our most asked questions from customers is ‘Can you dye hair extensions?’ The answer is yes, as long as they are Remy, human hair it can be done. However, dyeing hair extensions isn’t quite the same as coloring your own hair and there are a few different steps that need to be taken to achieve a good result. In todays blog we are going to talk you through the whole process of dyeing and toning human hair extensions which includes a step by step guide and all FAQS.

INDEX 

  • What Hair Extensions Can You Dye? 
  • What Is The Difference Between Toning And Dyeing? 
  • Can You Bleach Hair Extensions? 
  • Can You Dye Permanent Hair Extensions Whilst They Are In Your Hair? 
  • What Colour Hair Extensions Are Best To Dye On To? 
  • How Many Times Can You Dye Hair Extensions? 
  • Top Tips for Dyeing Hair Extensions 

Step by Step: How to Dye hair extensions

Step by Step: How to Tone Hair Extensions With Toning Shampoo

Human hair extensions are the only type of hair that you are able to dye. Synthetic or artificial hair extensions will repel color and not take or change at all. All of our hair extensions at Cliphair are made from 100% Remy, human hair so they are able to be dyed and toned. 

What Is The Difference Between Toning And Dyeing?

Toning and Dyeing are very similar but they are 2 different processes of coloring hair. Toning is where a softer, low level dye is applied to the hair to eliminate unwanted colors or add and enhance new tones. Dyeing is a stronger solution used to change the color of hair either permanently or semi permanently. Toners usually do not last as long as true hair dyes and will eventually wash away from the hair over time, they can be bought in shampoo form as a top up in between coloring services to use at home. 

Also check out How to wash all types of hair extensions as we have explained the best products, methods and tools to perfectly clean and dry your hair and all the things to avoid too. 

Can You Bleach Hair Extensions?

No. Hair extensions should never be bleached or lightened, you should only ever dye or tone extensions to go darker or change tone. Lifting or lightening the hair will cause severe damage to the quality and decrease the life span. 

During manufacturing of almost all hair extensions they will go through a bleaching process, especially very light shades. This means 95% of human hair extensions have already been bleached, adding another layer of bleach to the hair could cause the hair to break. 

Hair extensions have been removed from their natural roots therefore they are missing all of the natural nutrients and oils from the scalp they need to thrive. For this reason, even thought the hair is human it is weaker and more prone to breakage than hair that is still attached which is why we strongly advise against bleach and lighteners. 

Yes and No. You can have your hair dyed whilst you have extensions fitted however the dye must not touch the extensions. This is because the dye can loosen and degrade the attachments and cause the hair to fall out. Usually the top section (parting) and hairline are left out, these areas are fine to top up in-between services as the color does not need to touch the extensions. You should wait till your hair extensions are removed before applying an all over color. 

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You should aim to only dye your hair extensions once. With every chemical service the quality will be slightly effected so over dyeing will eventually ruin your hair extensions. 

Top Tips for Dyeing Hair Extensions

Even though we would recommend not to dye hair extensions unless you really have to, we understand that sometimes its very hard to find the right color. So our motto is ‘If your going to do it, do it right!’ and there are some super handy tips to bare in mind before going ahead with it. 

  • Always dye a small section of the hair extensions first to test the color before applying all over. As some hair extensions have a special coating to keep them shiny and have already been colored they can react differently to the dye than you would expect. Testing the hair first will give you a good idea of the timings you will need to use and amount. 
  • Use a lighter base than the color you are trying to achieve. Color does not lift color so you need to make sure your dye is darker than your hair extensions. Below we have examples of the ideal base shades to use to achieve certain colors! 
  • For the best results take the hair extensions to a trained colorist with experience dying hair extensions. They will know how to treat and color the hair perfectly to avoid any disappointments.
  • Separate the hair extensions before applying the dye, don’t attempt to dye the hair all in one bunch. This will give you an uneven result, the hair should be separated into thin sections and completely saturated in the dye. 
  • Avoid the attachment areas with the hair dye, try not let the hair dye touch any of the clips, seams or tips. 
step 1 - seperate into smaller sections

Step 1.

Start by separating your hair extensions out into smaller sections. Whether your dying clip ins or permanent extensions its important not to dye in one big bunch as the color will not be even. 

step 2- sprits of water

Step 2.

Thoroughly brush the hair so that its completely free of knots before applying the dye. You can also give it a small spritz of water to make it easier to work with. 

colour brush

Step 3.

Start applying the dye to the hair using a color brush section by section, always avoiding the attachments of the hair extensions. Make sure the hair is completely saturated at every piece. You can use the tips of your fingers to softly rub the color into the hair to make sure it is totally covered in the dye. 

applying the dye section by section

Step 4.

Start applying the dye to the hair using a color brush section by section, always avoiding the attachments of the hair extensions. Make sure the hair is completely saturated at every piece. You can use the tips of your fingers to softly rub the color into the hair to make sure it is totally covered in the dye. 

timer

Step 5.

Sticking to the timing instructions for the dye brand you are using leave the color to develop. Remember lighter shades will take faster and darker bases need a little more time. If you have used dry hair extensions to dye on to the color will take quicker and if the hair was wet, it’ll take slightly longer. Normally this is between 20-35 minutes. 

rinse each piece section

Step 6.

When the color is ready to come off rinse each piece section by section directing the water downwards towards the ends of the hair. Rinse until you are sure there is no color residue left on the hair before giving the hair a gentle wash. 

step1 - separating hair extensions

Step 1.

Start by separating your hair extensions out into smaller sections. Whether your dying clip ins or permanent extensions its important not to do this in one big bunch as the color will not be even. For toning with shampoo simply splitting the hair in half is enough. 

step 2 - rinse the hair

Step 2.

Rinse the hair so that it is all evenly soaked. One wetted you can squeeze the excess water off slightly but do not towel dry the hair. 

step 3- fill with luke warm water

Step 3.

Fill the sink or bowl with Luke warm water and add 1-3 drops of the toning shampoo you are using. Swish the water around until the water and shampoo are totally mixed together.  

step 4 - timer

Step 4.

Now you can dip your hair extensions into the water and rub with the soapy solution as if you are shampooing the hair. Remember to avoid touching the attachments or seams in the water. Once all the hair is fully covered you can leave it to sit for 1-2 minutes.

step 5 - rinse hair extensions

Step 5.

Thoroughly rinse the hair extensions and condition as normal! 

Now you know how to dye your hair extensions the next part is keeping that color intact! Take a look at our blog to learn how to stop your color fading and keep it looking fresh.

Getting in touch...

Here at Cliphair we have a team of dedicated hair experts that are ready and waiting to help you along with all your hair extension needs! If after reading this Guide you still have questions feel free to get in touch. 

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