Hair extensions: the holy grail for all us ladies who are unable to grow our hair to the length we want or just don’t have the patience to wait! While hair extensions can added much desired and length to your natural hair, they are also perfect for changing your hair color without damaging your own hair!
But when dyeing hair extensions, there are a few things you should be aware of. The type of extensions used, the color you want and the dyes to use all play a very important role in getting your dyed extensions to look exactly like you imagined them to!
Before you try to dye your extensions, read through this essential guide for best results:
Virgin Hair vs. Synthetic Hair Extensions
Whether you’re planning on chemically dyeing your hair extensions or subjecting it to heat styling tools, it might be a better idea to invest in real human hair extensions. This is because synthetic hair does not typically reach very well to the harsh chemicals in most hair dyes and you could even end up damaging it completely!
While a little pricier than synthetic hair extensions, human hair extensions are not only easier to dye, they also look more natural, last longer and are easier to style.
Prepping Your Extensions
If your extensions have previously been used, they need to be washed thoroughly to get rid of any product buildup prior to dyeing. Use a sulfate-free, moisturizing shampoo and lukewarm water to remove any hair wax, serum or oils that may affect the dyeing process.
Tip: After your extensions have been successfully colored, it is advisable to wash them as infrequently as possible. Over-washing can cause the color to fade more quickly!
Don’t Use Over-the-Counter Products
Bleaching or highlighting your hair extensions should always be done in the presence of a professional. There is typically a very delicate balance to the exact amount of peroxide to be used, as well as the right amount of pigments for the color you want. Overusing peroxide can leave your extensions dry, brittle and damaged beyond repair. Bleaching extensions while they are still attached to your natural hair could even damage the hair cuticle if care is not taken.
Going the Professional Route
The best way to get perfect results every time would be to opt for a professional consultation prior to your dye job! Not only will a professional be able to suggest the best color for your skin tone, a dye job done by a cosmetologist will last longer, be less damaging to your extensions AND get you exactly the color you want without having to dye again and again.
Looking for a cosmetologist for your hair extension problems? Hair Weaves and Extensions is one of the best hair salons in Maryland offering professionally done weaves and hair extensions with an experienced cosmetologist, Lisa. Whether you’re in need of a dye job or require extension placement, Lisa can do the job for you!