Human hair extensions are preferred over other types of hair extensions because you can treat them just like they’re your own hair. One of the things that’s great about human hair extensions is that with the right know-how, you can dye them just about any color you want.
If you want to get beautiful neon pink, purple, green and yellow unicorn hair or want to change your golden blonde hair to a darker hue, you can do so without doing damage to your own natural hair by dying human hair extensions instead.
Many hair dyes contain harsh chemicals that can damage your hair with repeated use. If you want your hair to be transformed from brown, black or blonde to a bright and bold color, you’ll need to bleach your own hair until it’s platinum blonde first so that your new color will look its best. Over time bleaching can negatively affect the condition of your hair leading to split ends and severe breakage, so coloring human hair extensions is a great way to keep your hair protected.
How to bleach your human hair extensions
Before you dye your human hair extensions, they’ll need to be bleached until they are light enough to receive and properly show the color you’ve selected to apply to them.
To bleach your hair mix powdered bleach and developer together in a small bowl and stir them together until the mixture has the consistency of sour cream. Make sure your mixture is blended well and doesn’t contain any lumps before you finish mixing. Exercise caution when handling both the powdered bleach and the developer and when you’re handling the completed mixture. Always wear gloves, keep the products away from your eyes and skin and perform this step in a well-ventilated area.
Apply bleach to the hair from top to bottom and make sure the extensions are fully saturated. Comb the bleach through the extensions to make sure it’s evenly distributed. For best results follow the directions on the product, wear gloves while you’re applying bleach to your extensions and handle bleach with care.
When you apply bleach to human hair extensions, it lifts the color and makes it lighter. The longer you leave bleach on your extensions the lighter they’ll become. Watch the clock closely and monitor your extensions to make sure they don’t become lighter than you’d like them to be.
Next, rinse all traces of bleach from the extensions. If you’d like to be extra sure all of the bleach has been rinsed from your extensions you can wash your extensions with shampoo. After you’ve thoroughly rinsed the shampoo from your extensions, pat them dry with a towel to remove excess water.
How to apply hair dye to your extensions
After your extensions have been bleached, you can apply the color of your choice. You don’t have to wait until your extensions have dried to apply the color. Find a flat surface in a well-ventilated area and cover it with a towel or a sheet of plastic for protection then lay your extensions on the well-covered surface and apply the hair dye.
After you put on plastic gloves to protect your hands from discoloration, you can begin applying hair dye to the extensions with a small brush or comb or even with your fingers. Be sure to completely cover the portion of the extensions that have been bleached with an even coat of hair dye. Work a comb or small brush through the extensions after you’ve applied the color to make sure the dye is evenly distributed to avoid the formation of light or dark patches in the finished color.
You can add multiple colors of hair dye to your human hair extensions to create a custom ombre look filled with all of your favorite colors. When using multiple colors using your fingers or a small brush to blend the area where two different colors meet carefully, so they gently fade into each other. If you skip this step, you’ll be left with chunks of color instead of a soft gradient of colors.
When applying hair dye to your extensions, it’s best to follow the directions listed on the product to achieve the best results. Leaving hair dye on your extensions too long may cause permanent damage and removing it too soon can result in a color that’s not quite as intense as you’d like.
After you’ve completed, the hair dying process rinse the hair dye from your extensions thoroughly making sure all traces of the product have been removed and that there is no sticky residue left behind from the hair dye.
Next, you’ll need to lay your extensions on a flat surface or attach them to a wig stand so that they dry completely or you can dry them quickly with the use of a hairdryer.
When you color your human hair extensions yourself, you can make them as bright and bold as you’d like or you can give them a subtle color that compliments your appearance and better suits your personal style.