The internet is often both a magical place and scary. A fast Google search on any topic can take you to tons of information—or, often, misinformation. And once it involves dyeing your extensions at home, the recommendation out there is…lackluster, to mention the least.
As different hair types can respond to the hair dyes differently, dyeing extensions is a tough job to do.
You can always use the safest way to switch up your hair color that is going to a hair salon, but, you can DIY the hair job at your home if you know what you have to do first. So here I give you tidbits taken from expert talks and blogs as to how to color your hair without causing damage to them.
STEP 1: Know if your DIY hair dye is suited for you
So the bad news is: Your DIY dye journey stops right here, if your weave is made from synthetic hair. Though now synthetic hair is far more advanced than its old plastic-y counterparts, the fibers: polyester, acrylic, Kanekalon and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) aren’t suited for commercial hair dyes, as they lack a cuticle, which is important for bleaches and pigments to work.
For synthetic hair it is best not to try at home and you can chat with your colorist before taking any actions.
But, natural, human hair is what your weave is made of then yesss!! You may move to Step 2.
STEP 2: Know Your Color Limits
We all applaud and love rule-breakers, but when we are talking about at-home color, a bit of self-restraint needs to be practiced. If you are first timer, try for a subtle change of shade (like a cooler/warmer shade, or an unexpected, bright color), rather than a doing major change, as it will help prevent damage, dryness, and possible breakage. So yes, those who dream of getting platinum highlights, or going from white-blonde to jet-black in a day, will have to go to the salon.
And whatever be it don’t even try using a bottle of bleach. It is way too risky and lifting or lightening the color of your hair should be left to experts. As they now how to deal with it.
STEP 3: Get the Right Supplies
You do not need to spend large amount of money on your at-home color. Use hair dyes such as Dark and Lovely, that aren’t too strong.
Choose whichever dye you want but make sure you get enough from it as always have more on hand rather than trying to buy one and then stretching with it.
So when at the store, ensure to buy a fine-tooth comb, wide tooth comb, mixing bowl and dye brush and also some extra trash bags to cover surfaces and floors, since to prevent your surroundings from becoming messy.
STEP 4: Dye It
So finally we are at our final and the most important step. First you always need to do a quick strand test, to ensure that your weave doesn’t have a weird and adverse reaction to the dye.
Each box of dye normally has instructions on ways to conduct a patch test, but here’s I give you a basic guide: Mix a spoonful of dye and a spoonful of developer in a plastic bowl (simultaneously ensure that the bottles are resealed), take a very small section of the hair and paint the last few inches of it. Then similar to the way you would treat your natural hair, let the color stay for as long as it is mentioned on the box, then rinse nicely, shampoo, condition, and dry you hair.
It is lot of steps but this part is important as it is a test to check if your hair is healthy enough to accept the essence of the color. If you’re satisfied with your results, you may apply the rest of the dye to the other parts of your extensions, needless to stay but, following the instructions exactly as mentioned on the box.
Best way to color your hair for better color placement is, before it is installed on your head. Because, if you apply dye to extensions after they are fixed , you might have the risk of getting pigment on the natural hair, which can be too difficult to correct when you remove your extensions eventually.
STEP 5: Make it last for long
Once your weave is dyed officially, you need to take special care of it to keep the hair healthy and the color vibrant. Use something like Bonfi Natural Oil Free Wig Shine Spray to help strengthen and protect the hair from breakage, along with weekly hair masks. There are also moisture masks available that will seal moisture to the hair strands. You can use Cantu Argan Oil to restore the shine and health of hair after coloring, and a deep treatment masque from Shea Butter. Use them regularly to keep hair vibrant and glossy, long after you do your dye job.
All you wig and weave lovers, can always DIY your dye job at home—but do follow the instructions as mentioned above perfectly. And still if you find too difficult to follow these steps, I recommend you head to a colorist. It may cost you only a few more coins extra, but then the job would be done perfectly.
So let me know what all products you are using or if you have any other tips to add on!! Comment below.