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Coloring Hair Extensions

by Alice on May 11, 2020

If you have a beautifully unique hair color finding hair extensions that perfectly matches it can be a difficult task! You don't need to stress though as one of the best things about human hair extensions is that they can be dyed. Follow this step-by-step guide on how to dye hair extensions to match your natural hair color and create your perfect hair shade. 


If you are thinking about hair extensions coloring please keep in mind that you need hair extensions you can dye so make sure to get a set of 100% Human Remy Hair. You need real human hair extensions because the dye does not hold on synthetic hair. Remy hair extensions will provide the perfect clean slate for coloring since they react just how your natural hair would to the process.

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Remy clip in hair extensions come pre-conditioned and the silky coating needs to be removed in order for the color to be absorbed evenly.

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  • Use a semi or permanent hair dye

      While a semi-permanent color will only last for a number of weeks (10-25 washes) and it might be a solution if you’re not 100% sure about the color, the permanent dye lasts a longer period of time. Use the latter when dying hair extensions if you know for sure what color you want to get.

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      • Always use a small weft to perform a color test before starting to dye the whole set

        A color test on a 1 clip weft will ensure that you are satisfied with the shade before moving on to dying the extensions. If you don't like the result, you can adjust the formula or the processing time to get better results. Make more then one test if necessary and only after you are satisfied with the color, move on to the rest of the set. 

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        • Don’t forget to moisturize!

          Color-treated hair needs extra care so always use a sulfate-free moisturizing shampoo and conditioner set to get the best nourishment for your newly colored hair extensions.

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                  • Dye the whole set all together

                  This will cause tangling and knots and damage the outcome irreparably.

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                  • Use any bleach

                    Bleach or peroxide affects the hair cuticle and should not be used without professional help. Since the real human hair extensions have already been dyed in the manufacturing process, bleaching can cause serious quality loss to your remy hair extensions.

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                    • Over-wash once the hair extensions coloring process is complete

                      It is very important to keep the 100 remy human hair extensions clean especially after using hair products and hot tools on them, but washing the hair too often will dry it out, so a good alternative is to use dry shampoo in-between washes.

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                      Our how to dye hair extensions guide is as easy as these 6 steps:


                      STEP 0: Prepare your work area

                      You will need the following materials to start dying hair extensions:

                      • A fabulous set of human hair extensions
                      • Professional hair color and developer (try to avoid 30% and higher volume developers, as they might damage the remy hair extensions)
                      • A pair of disposable gloves
                      • A bowl for the color and a brush to apply it with
                      • Tinfoil
                      • Plastic wrap
                      • A towel
                      • A wide-toothed comb
                      • A deep conditioner for aftercare

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                      STEP 1: Mix your color

                      Set up all of your tools and supplies on a flat surface so you can work comfortably. To protect your working space, spread tin foil sheets across it so that it doesn’t get stained in the process. Read the directions you find on the dye box and start mixing the color with the developer as described by the manufacturer.

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                      STEP 2: Apply your color

                      Be sure to wear your disposable gloves once you start the hair extensions coloring process. Using the color brush, thoroughly paint over each weft separately, ensuring that you cover both sides of the Remy hair extensions, from top to ends. Don’t forget to also apply color on the textile strip where the clips are attached so that they blend in perfectly once you apply them in your hair!

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                      STEP 3: Let the color develop

                      Once you have applied the layer of dye on all human hair wefts, cover them loosely with plastic wrap to protect the color from drying out. Allow the color to process according to the directions on the color box, usually between 20 and 40 minutes, depending on the color and brand. After that remove the tin foil and get it to the sink for rinsing.

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                      STEP 4: Rinse thoroughly

                      Make sure that the water is cool or lukewarm and at low pressure.  Gently use your fingers to rinse off the color from your real hair extensions. Hold each weft from the top part and let the water run down the length of the hair strip, to avoid tangling. Rinse the hair until there is no more color running off, even if it takes as long as 15 minutes (some colors are easy to clear while others are harder). After the complete rinsing procedure, wash the remy human hair extensions with shampoo and use a color-safe conditioner specially designed for colored hair.

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                      STEP 5: Comb the hair

                      After you made sure that there’s no more color running off the hair extensions, lay down a thick towel on your workspace and start using a wide-toothed comb to gently work your way through the human hair extensions wefts until they are smooth and straight.

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                      STEP 6: Allow to dry and then style

                      The colored hair extensions must be completely air dried before using them. If you plan on using hot tools, we suggest using a special heat protecting spray before starting to style them.

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                      Important Hair Extensions Coloring Tips - the summary


                      • If you choose our Invisible line, please be aware that the silicon tape where the clips are attached can't be dyed and it will remain in its original color. Our other lines, the Royal, Classic and the Single Weft come with a textile base that can and should be dyed along with the virgin remy hair extensions.
                      • Treat your hair extensions with care, as they are as delicate as your own hair and they require the same amount of maintenance to stay in shape!
                      • Avoid bleaching the human remy hair extensions as the dryness might be irreversible! Bleaching is a damaging process and it will alter the quality and integrity of the 100 remy human hair
                      • Always opt for a lighter set of extensions to dye darker. Instead of getting a dark set of extensions with the purpose of making it lighter we recommend you do the opposite and use darker dye on a lighter set. The coloring process from a light to a dark color is easier and doesn't damage the remy hair prices. 
                      • If in doubt, always go to your favorite salon and have an expert get the right color for your set of hair extensions!

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                      by IrresistibleMe on May 20, 2020

                      CHELSEA – Of course, if the wig is made out of 100% Human Remy Hair! The dyeing process might need a little more dexterity, as you cannot lay the wig down on a flat surface as you would do with the wefts from a hair extensions set, but we recommend you to place the wig on a mannequin head and start applying the dye as you do to your own hair. Don’t forget to dye the textile base as well, so you can’t sport any difference when you apply the wig!

                      by Chelsea on May 20, 2020

                      Can I also dye a wig?

                      by IrresistibleMe on May 18, 2020

                      BRIANNA – The base of our Invisible line is made of silicone, for a lightweight feel and because they blend in perfectly with thinner hair. Once you already dyed your hair extensions, it should be just as easy to blend your Invisible extensions in your colored hair, because the silicone strip is so thin and basically colorless, so it will be virtually unnoticeable after you apply your clip-ins.

                      by Brianna on May 18, 2020

                      I bought one of your Invisible line sets and the base didn’t hold the dye when I colored my extensions

                      by IrresistibleMe on May 15, 2020

                      MELANIA – It is not adviseable to use bleach on human hair, as it rapidly deteriorates the hair strands and the damage might be permanent. If you need the color to be lighter, we suggest to take your set of hair extensions to your favorite salon and have a specialist do the dying. In case you just want to tone the color to a more neutral shade, why not use a purple shampoo to lighten the color instead?

                      by Melania on May 15, 2020

                      I think I’d like my hair extensions a few shades lighter… is it ok if I try to dye them a brighter color?

                      by IrresistibleMe on May 13, 2020

                      MARIA – In case you’re very committed to a specific hair color, we recommend you dye your extensions to match it with a permanent color, this way you make sure the shade keeps its brightness and vibrancy for a longer period of time. If you’re experimenting with colors, keep to the semi-permanent dyes, as they come out in a few washes and the you can decide which color you want to try on next!

                      by Maria on May 13, 2020

                      Should I rather use semi or permanent dye when coloring my hair extensions? I don’t know which one to choose…

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