How to Dye Your Hair Extensions

How to Dye Your Hair Extensions

If you do not like the color of your hair extensions, you do not need to buy a new one; you can dye them. Yes, you read it right. You can color your hair extensions and give them the color you like. You can do anything with the hair extensions that you can do with your natural hair. It includes cutting, chemically processing, heat styling, and dyeing. Many people even color hair extensions to match their natural hair color. Now you must be wondering how to dye your hair extensions? Here is an article with six easy steps for dyeing your hair extensions. 

Choose the Color and Collect Your Supplies

The first thing that you need to do is choose a good quality color from a professional hair color line. It would help if you did not opt for a boxed hair color available in the drugstore, as it does not provide the option to color hair extensions. A demi-permanent or 10-volume developer color is the best choice. You can also opt for a 20-volume developer in case it is necessary. However, you should not use 30 and 40 volume developers as they can damage the extensions if not used carefully. After purchasing the color, below are some supplies you need to collect. 

  • Color
  • Color bowl 
  • Brush
  • Hair color gloves
  • Plastic wrap
  • Tinfoil
  • Towel
  • Wide-toothed comb

Organize the Extensions and Mix the Color

The next step involved setting up the supplies on a tablespace so that you could work comfortably. The room should be well lit so that you color the extension properly. To prevent staining, you should spread tin foil sheets across the table. 

Prepare the color following the directions of the manufacturer. Most hair colors are made by mixing equal amounts of developer and color. You would require around 3-5 ounces of prepared color for your extensions. However, more color would be required depending on the length of the extensions. Comb the extensions to remove tables. 

Note – Do wash the extensions before coloring. In case they are damp, let them dry. 

Dye the Hair Extension

The next step is to color the hair extensions using a color brush. Do not forget to wear gloves before coloring the extensions. Make sure to color both the sides of extensions from top to bottom. Be careful and do not make any mistakes. It would help if you began coloring the extension from the top and then moved downwards towards the end. 

Note – Avoid coloring the extensions from bottom to top as it can damage them. It can make your hair extensions look messy and frizzy. 

Process the Color

After applying the color properly to the extensions, the next step is to cover them using a plastic wrap loosely. It will help in preventing the color from drying out before soaking in. This process should occur at normal room temperature and allow it for the time mentioned in the manufacturer’s direction. Usually, you need to allow the process for around 20 to 40 minutes. 

You should check a small section of the extensions after using a paper towel every ten minutes. After checking, reapply the color using the color brush. Remember the difference between the color when the extensions were wet and when they went dry. Once the processing is complete and you get good hair color, the next step is to rinse the hair.


Now it’s time to rinse the color from hair extensions using cool water. Keep in mind to use the water at low pressure. In addition to this, use your fingers to remove the excess dye from your extensions. Ensure that the water flows in the directions that the extensions naturally fall. 15-20 minutes would be required for thorough rinsing. Make sure to remove the color completely, and in case you are not sure, continue rinsing. After rinsing, wash the extensions using sulfate-free shampoo or color-safe shampoo. 

Allow to Dry

After rinsing the extensions completely, put a towel on your workplace. The next step is to apply leave-in conditions on the extensions properly. Then comb the extension gently using a wide-toothed comb. Now, allow the extensions to dry thoroughly before styling them.

Note – If you want to use any heat tool on the extensions, allow them to dry properly. Never apply heat on damp extensions as it can damage them. You do not want to make the extensions look dull when you wear them.