Hello there Fashionistas, hope you had an amazing week. This week I was torn between answering someone who asked about whether hair extensions can be dyed, and someone who asked about whether a bald man can grow his hair.
Both questions were asked on the same day. So I am going to answer the wig question first, because the balding man question, is not as simple as it seems. So I will be answering the balding question next week. For today let me answer the dye question.
Yes it is very possible to dye your hair extensions, whether in a weave or wig form. However it is not easy at all especially if the colour is dark. What people need to realise is that human hair is not just taken from a person’s head and then sewed on to a band.
No there is a lot of heat treatments etc., that goes into making the hair wearable and durable before it is sewed to a band.
So using any dye, may not work as well. As someone who specialises in dyeing weaves and wigs, the best advice I can give is, use Brazilian or Peruvian hair.
Indian or Chinese hair weaves are very difficult to dye. It takes hours and lot’s of patience. But if you have a light coloured hair piece such as blonde, gold or light brown, it is easier to put a dark colour on to the hair. So in essence light to dark is easier, than dark to light.
But here are my dye tips for both synthetic and 100% human hair.
White or blonde synthetic hair is quite easy to dye to much darker colors. But dark synthetic hair cannot be dyed to a lighter or white color. …
Many wigs manufacturers recommend returning the wig to get it dyed professionally because of the chemical process carried out in the production of these wigs. Remember that dyeing hair could alter the original texture of the hair and possibly destroy it.
You can either purchase synthetic hair extensions or human hair. Synthetic extensions are either made of nylon or polyester fibers, while human hair extensions are made of pure human hair and are usually free from any artificial coloring and styling when purchased. Synthetic hair extensions may cost less, but they are not as versatile as human hair.
Here are the tools you need to have before starting the process: Hair Extensions, Hair developer and hair color, A brush, A color bowl, Plastic wrap, Gloves, A towel, Aluminium foil, A wide tooth comb and appropriate Hair Colors For the colour to take quicker, it may be better to peroxide the hair first. But be careful, because peroxide is a chemical, which will eat the hair if left too long.
You will also need to carry out the hair coloring space in a well ventilated room with ample counter space or a large table.
You will also have to spread sheets of tin foil over your counter-top or table top to keep it from getting stained. Once you’ve purchased the hair dye, developer, applicator bottle, and gloves, you can now start the hair coloring process.
To color your extensions safely and efficiently, your first priority is to disentangle the extensions by combing through them with your wide tooth comb.
You have to ensure that any stylish products used in the human hair extensions are completely washed out ahead of time before applying the color. You can dry the extensions after disentangling and washing them by placing them on a towel.
The next step in to prepare the hair color mixture. Before proceeding with this step, ensure that your hands are well protected by wearing the rubber gloves. Follow the usage instructions that came with the hair color and developer before pouring them into the applicator bottle. Close the applicator bottle and shake it well until you are sure that everything is thoroughly mixed.
Once the hair color mixture is ready, you can now use the dye to coat your Brazilian hair extensions. Comb through the extensions to ensure that the hair color is evenly distributed and coats all the areas you want dyed.
Cover the hair extensions with aluminum foil once you finish applying the dye. Let the color set into the hair for the some time as specified on the color box.
This step involves rinsing excess hair color from the extensions. To ensure faster and more thorough removal of color, use warm water when rinsing the extensions.
After all the dye is gone, shampoo the extensions and apply a conditioner. You can comb through the extension gently after applying the conditioner to straighten the hair.
You now have to rinse your colored extensions using cold water to get rid of the conditioner. This will not only leave the hair looking shiny, but will also seal the hair coloring.
Finally, you should air dry the extension. Air drying preserves moisture and leaves hair looking shinier. If you are in a hurry you can speed up the process by using a diffuser or a blow drier to dry the hair extensions.
I always start with Ombre dyeing which is colouring half the hair, this way if it does not turn out the way I want it to, I am safe. Thats it from me folks, happy dyeing.
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