Coloring your hair extensions could be a fun method to alter your hairstyle if your hair extensions are in need of a refresh. And if you’re wondering, “Can I dye my hair extensions?” The quick answer is sure, but there are a few important tips to keep in mind before you go color crazy.

Here’s what you should know before dying your hair extensions.

I. Your Hair Extensions Must Be Human Hair

 Before you break out the rubber gloves, it’s also important to make sure that your extensions are made of natural human hair. As I said in a previous post, 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. If you are wondering if AZ’s hair extensions are made from real or synthetic hair, we are happy to tell you that all AZ’s extensions are made from high-quality, 100% Remy human hair.

 As you know, professional hair vendors (such as AZ Hair) will offer color matching services, which basically means that you send the team a picture of your hair or the color you want in the color chart, and we will make the perfect shade for you. Here are the main two tips on buying your extensions: if you are not sure about the color, buy a shade lighter rather than a shade darker, and if you have colored hair in neon or any bold shades, get the lightest blonde and color it along with your own hair.

II. What Type Of Hair Extensions Do You Want To Color?

 If you have tape hair extensions, you’ll need to avoid the tape area though – the dye could damage the attachment. As a result, you’ll need to consider how many shades darker you want to go. If the attachment is more than a shade or two lighter than the hair, it will be much less discreet and may be visible, particularly if your hair is fine.

 These types of hair extensions are probably the easiest to color but again, follow the advice given for tapes. Also, if you tint over the top part of your weave extensions, any glue holding the stitches together could be broken down and your hair extensions might shed. If you’re dying hand-tied wefts be super careful not to get tint on the knotted area. Hand-tied wefts are a lot more delicate than machine wefts, and will almost certainly be ruined if you tint over the knots.

3. Keratin, Nano Extensions

 It’s really important that you don’t get tint on the bonded area of your hair extensions – it’ll break the keratin down and cause shedding. If you get tint on them during this time, they will completely break down and your hair extensions will be ruined.

 If you’re wearing Nano, U, I, V, Flat Tip, be super careful not to get dye on the keratin. When you’ve rinsed the dye out, make sure you give your bonds a couple of good shampoos. If get dye on the keratin attachments, rings can slip, bonds and nanos will shed, or even break down completely.

III. Can You Dye Hair Extensions That Are Already Fitted?

 This is an incredibly common question for anybody who is new to hair extensions. With over 75% of women coloring their hair in one way or another, it is no surprise that the ability to color your hair whilst wearing extensions is a concern to most. However, it’s a lot easier to color hair extensions before they’re fitted. Because hair extensions process more quickly than natural hair. If you apply dye to your own hair at the same time as your hair extensions, your hair extensions could process more quickly and you could end up with a patchy, mismatched mess!

IV. Our Top Tips For Dying Hair Extensions at Home

  • Keep the hair as tidy as possible.
  • Give your hair extensions a good brush through before you apply any color.
  • Make sure you have plenty of dye, you’ll probably need more than you think.
  • Work from root to tip. When applying color start at the top and work down. When you’re rinsing, hold the top of the hair extensions and rinse down. If you work up from the ends, you’ll end up with a matted mess!
  • To dry, squeeze and pat – don’t rub wet hair with a towel. Place your hair extensions on a towel in a warm place, e.g. on a radiator, in an airing cupboard. When the hair is damp/nearly dry, comb through, starting at the ends. You can finish off with a hairdryer but blow downwards, in the direction of roots to tips

 Hair extensions are an amazing way to introduce length, dimension, and volume to your locks instantly, but they are also an investment. Dyeing them at home is a little challenging, so if you’re not confident in your coloring skills it’s recommended to take extensions to a hair salon to avoid damage. If you’re feeling brave and want to save money, then the at-home dyeing process is the way to go!

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