Can you dye hair extensions? The answer from experts

If your hair extensions need a refresh, dyeing them can be a perfect way to change the look of your hairstyle. But can you dye hair extensions? The short answer is yes, but there are some important tips to keep in mind before you do it.

So in this blog post, with the experience of leading experts in the hair industry, Jenhair will provide you with detailed and clear information about this concern

Can hair extensions be dyed?

The answer is yes, you absolutely can. In fact, just like real hair, you just need to dye them in your favorite color. You can make your hair darker or change the tone completely. However, hair extensions can also be damaged by heat and chemicals just like your own hair and even more quickly because it is not nourished from your scalp.

It is best to use mild, semi-permanent dyes to maintain the longevity of the hair extensions.

How to dye hair extensions?

Here are all the steps on how to dye hair extensions:

Note: Before doing this you will need: hair dye, gloves, bowl, brush, wrap, wide-toothed comb, towel. 

Step 1.Separating your hair extensions 

Start by separating your extensions into smaller sections. If you dye a large bunch of hair extensions because the color will be uneven.

Step 2: Comb your hair extensions

Thoroughly comb your hair so that it is not sticky before applying the dye. You can also spray some water to make it easier to work with.

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You should comb the hair extensions before the dyeing process. Photo: wikiHow

Step 3: Apply the color

Using your gloved hands and color brush, apply the color solution to each section of your hair. Make sure that the paint color completely covers both sides of your extensions, from their tops to their ends. You can use your fingertips to gently massage the color into your hair to ensure that the dye is completely covered.

Step 4: Wrap your extension and wait for the dye to dry

Wrap the extension in plastic wrap and wait for the dye to dry. Check the hair extension every 5 to 10 minutes, also follow the time instructions for the brand of dye you are using for the color to develop. Remember that lighter colors go faster and darker colors take a little longer. If you let your hair extensions dry when dyeing, the color will go faster and if your hair is wet, it will take a little longer. Usually 20-35 minutes.

Step 5: Wash your hair extensions

Rinse the color off your extension using cool (not cold) water at low pressure, using your fingers to gently swipe the excess dye out. It is important that you let the water flow in the direction of your natural hair. A really thorough rinse should take at least 15–20 minutes. Make sure you remove all the colors. If you are unsure, continue rinsing. Next, wash your hair with a mild, sulfate-free shampoo, followed by a conditioner.

Step 6: Comb and allow to dry

After you’re sure your extensions are completely washed, spread a towel down on the table. Apply conditioner to each section of your hair and comb them gently with a wide-tooth comb. Finally, let the extensions air dry completely (do not use a dryer) before using or styling them.

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After dyeing, you must let your hair extensions dry naturally. Photo: Milk+ Blush

FAQs on how to dye hair extensions

1. Can you dye remy hair extensions?

The answer is absolutely possible. Remy hair extensions are the best hair extensions for dyeing because:

  • Pure remy hair extensions have not been chemically treated in any way so you can be dyed in any color you want
  • The extensions use natural hairs that have been harvested from the scalp, the cuticle is still intact. This means you can dye them without worrying about your hair drying out or falling out.

If you are looking for quality remy hair extensions for dyeing, Jenhair will be your first choice. The remy hair products at Jenhair are high quality products that are completely dyeable and get any color you want. Check out our products here.

2. Can you dye synthetic hair extensions?

Yes, but it is generally not recommended to dye synthetic hair. Synthetic hair extensions are difficult to color for a few reasons below:

  • Synthetic air extensions are made from materials like nylon or polyester, which means they won’t react to dyes in the same way as human hair.
  • Ammonia and bleach material used in dyes will destroy the texture and material of the hair extensions and damage them beyond repair.
  • So, if you are bored with your hair extensions color and like to change it up, it’s much better and simpler to just buy a hair extension with the new color you desire.

3. Can you dye hair extensions while in your head?

The answer is no. It’s better to dye your hair extensions before putting them on your scalp. The reasons are:

  • Dyeing your extensions while they’re in your hair can result in uneven color. Extensions should be dyed in every small part before they’re attached to your natural hair as extensions can handle color in a different ratio than your natural hair.
  • Also, dyeing your hair extension while it’s still on your head will make it easier for the chemicals to come into contact with the area where your hair extensions are connected to your real hair, as well as your scalp. Therefore, it will cause the bond to become loose or damaged due to harsh chemicals, as well as when your scalp and real hair are exposed to chemicals, it will weaken your real hair in the long run (it breaks and tangles easily) In addition, in the worst case, the hair extension can be completely damaged and fall out.
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You can not dye hair extensions while in your head Photo: Snapped Hair

Final thoughts

To know exactly about dying your hair extensions properly, you can follow our above instructions. Hopefully this article will be the perfect answer to the question: Can you dye hair extensions?.

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