6 Dos And Don'ts Of Coloring Hair Extensions

November 04, 2021

6 Dos And Don'ts Of Coloring Hair Extensions

Are you getting bored with your hair extensions? Then consider adding some color to your hair extensions. It’s a great way to add a pop of color and shine to your tresses without the commitment and possible damage to your natural mane.

Before you start picking out colors, though, it’s best you know the basics. What are the dos and don’ts with hair extensions?Read on to know more.


#1. What Should I Know Before I Color My Hair Extensions?

First of all, you can only color hair extensions if they’re made of  remy human hair. Experts don’t recommend dying hair extensions made with other materials. They’ve already been chemically treated, and they may not withstand the coloring process. So before anything else, you should know what your extensions are made of.

If you’re planning to color your hair extensions with a darker hue, the process is simpler, so you can probably do it at home.

However, if your goal is a lighter color, it’s best to leave the dying to a certified hair expert. It’s a much more complicated process. You wouldn’t want to ruin your expensive hair extensions. Hair colorists know exactly what not to use on hair extensions, so it’s better to be safe than sorry.


#2. How Do I Know If I Can Color My Hair Extensions?

There’s a foolproof way to find out if you can color your hair extensions. Basically, how you have to confirm that it’s made of genuine human hair.

How exactly do you do that? With a burn test!

Basically, you should pull some long strands from your hair extensions and hold them above a flame. It’s best to use an unscented candle or lighter for this.

If the strands singe and burn upwards while smelling like burnt hair, good news: they’re real. If it kind of melts into a ball and smells like burning plastic, sorry, they’re fake.


#3. What Can You Not Do With Hair Extensions?

One thing you shouldn’t do so your hair extensions don't lose their sheen is to over-wash them. The neat freak in you might get irked by this, but it’s best to wash them every other day or even every second day.

If you’re getting them colored, don’t just use any hair product. To make sure your hair extensions are in great condition (even after you’ve colored them), you need to invest in the right products.

This may sound expensive, but your hair extensions are an investment. That’s why you should use a shampoo and conditioner that are formulated specifically for hair extensions.

You shouldn’t use just any old regular brush you have lying around as well. It’s best that you use a detangling brush with nylon bristles.


#4. What Happens If You Dye Hair Extensions?

If your hair extensions are made of human hair and you colored them with a darker hue, they should be fine. However, if your hair extensions are made of synthetic materials, they might not survive the dyeing process.

If you dyed them a lighter color,  you might risk damaging them if you perform the procedure at home by yourself. A hair expert might be able to salvage it once the damage is done, but it will cost you more in the end. That’s why you should ask your hair expert for advice.

A word of caution, though: harsh chemicals might damage your hair extensions as they would wreak havoc on regular hair. Your hair extensions might end up getting brittle and weak if you use a product with strong ingredients.


#5. Can You Dye Hair Extensions While In Your Hair? 

The good news is that yes, you can dye your hair extensions while wearing them. However, it’s best to leave the process to a hair expert. You might not end up achieving your goal if you DIY the process.

Basically, hair extensions could process more quickly than your natural tresses. A hair expert is well-versed in what not to use on hair extensions. In a complicated process such as dyeing hair extensions that are already fitted, they know what and what not to do for you to get the results you want.


#6. Do Hair Extensions Have To Match Perfectly?

Well, it depends. To make your hair extensions blend perfectly with your natural hair, you should look for a shade that’s two to three shades lighter or darker. Once the hair extensions “take over” your real hair, it should turn out great.

However, if your goal is to rock a more playful hairdo, you should find the right color match. The trick is to match your extensions to the ends, not your roots. You might need one to three colors to get the look you’re going for.


Final Thoughts

Your hair extensions are a pricey investment. That’s why you should take some precautions before you have them colored. You might end up spending more if things go wrong.

As always, it’s best to defer to a hair expert’s advice. They know what and what not to do for your hair extensions to look their best.