DIY dye hair ext

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Although I do not recommend dyeing your hair extensions at home without the help of a professional hairstylist I understand that there may be times when we just have to make a way to do it on our own.

First things first, do a spot test on a small patch of hair before colouring your clip in hair extensions to avoid damaging the entire set. You can do this by mixing some hair dye in a bowl, apply to a small patch of hair, then check to see if you have the right colour once the dye has developed.

Second, do not use more than 10% volume peroxide to prevent the hair extensions from drying since extensions do not naturally repair like your own hair. To minimize drying effects it would be best to use a cream based dye.

Now let’s get down to the preparation of materials that we need for this project. You will need the following:

  • 100% Human Hair Extensions
  • Hair Colour and Developer
  • Colour Bowl and Brush
  • Gloves
  • Tin Foil
  • Plastic Wrap
  • Wide Tooth Comb

To get the work done without unnecessary mishaps, make sure that you have plenty of room to work comfortably. The room should have plenty of light. Position the sheets of tin foil across your work area to protect the table from discolourations.

After preparing the materials you should comb the extensions to remove all the tangles. If you have applied any styling products on your hair extensions make sure to wash them off first with a PH+ clarifying shampoo and let them dry thoroughly before applying dye.

Don’t use a hair dryer, let them dry naturally to lessen the possible damage to the hair.

Next is to prepare the colour by following the manufacturer’s instructions, although most colour is mixed with equal parts colour and developer. Wear your gloves before mixing the right amount of colour and developer into the colour bowl.

You can now lay the extensions across the foil and apply the dye from top to bottom making sure to coat every single strand. You can use a comb to evenly distribute the hair dye while applying it. Allow the extensions to soak in the dye for the allotted amount of time before rinsing it out of the extensions.

Use warm water to rinse out the dye and apply a conditioner. It is recommended that you comb the hair when applying the conditioner to evenly distribute and moisturise the hair thoroughly. Rinse the conditioner with cold water to seal in the hair colour and keep it shiny.

The final step is to simply hang them up so they can air dry. Once they’re dry you can install your new coloured hair!

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