You may want to know what types of human hair are the best for coloring. How to do dye extensions? Or How to dye a human hair wig? These are frequent questions for the extensions and wig wearers. Dyeing extension is a hard job to do, even for professionals, because every hair type can respond to the color differently.
Because even though, yes, the safest way to switch up your hair color is to go to a professional, you can DIY your dye job at home, as long as you know WTF you're doing, first. Here we will introduce exactly how to color your extensions without destroying them.
What Type of Hair is The Best For Coloring?
As we know, there are different types of hair in the hair market. Like synthetic hair, real human hair, mixed animal hair and others. If your weave is made from synthetic hair, your at-home dye journey stops right here (I know; I'm sorry). As they aren't actually suitable for commercial hair dyes, because they don't have a cuticle, which is necessary for pigments and bleaches to work.
According to experts, synthetic hair is actually best colored with "a fabric dye, or something similar," but even then, the results are iffy (and definitely not advisable to try at home).
1. Make Sure It Is Virgin Human Hair
So, if your weave is made from natural human hair, then congrats! Because human hair is the best type of hair that can be colored.AndThrough the test, Brazilian human hair, Peruvian human hair, and Indian human hair are the best virgin human hair which is best for coloring.
2. Know Your Color Limits
For your first time, opt for a subtle shade change (like a warmer/cooler shade, or a bright, unexpected color), rather than a major change, which will "help prevent dryness, damage, and possible breakage. So yes, those dreams of getting platinum highlights, or going from jet-black to white-blonde in a day, will have to be achieved at the salon.
And whatever you do, don't you dare pick up a bottle of bleach. It's way too risky to try by yourself. Lifting your hair color (aka lightening it) should only ever be left to the pros as they know how to treat whatever situation that may come up.
If your hair weave is made of Brazilian, Indian, or Peruvian virgin hair, you can choose ombreT1B4#27 & dark brown. All of these colors are suitable for these hair types. Because you are not needed to bleach the hair first. Bleaching by yourself will be a risk and may damage your hair weave. So we do not advise you to choose 613# or blonde color.
How To Dye Human Hair Weave?
STEP 1: Get The Right Supplies
Even if your hair bundles were a rack (or more!), that doesn't mean you have to spend a ton on your at-home color, too.
Regardless of which dye you choose, make sure you get enough of it - don't try to cut corners by buying one box in hopes of stretching it out - by purchasing two boxes of dye per bundle (roughly 3.5 to 4 ounces of hair).
And while you're at the store, make sure to also grab a wide-tooth comb, fine-tooth comb, mixing bowl, and dye brush, and maybe some extra trash bags to cover floors and surfaces, since dyeing your weave at home can get messy.
STEP 2: Dye It
Before dyeing it, we must make sure your weave doesn't have an adverse, weird reaction to the dye, always do a quick strand test, first.
Each box of dye usually has instructions on how to conduct a patch test, but here's a basic guide: Mix a spoonful of dye with a spoonful of the developer in your plastic bowl (make sure to tightly reseal the bottles) and paint the last few inches of a very small section of hair. Then, just like you would with your natural hair, let it sit for as long as it says on the box, then rinse, shampoo, condition, and dry.
Yes, it's a lot of steps, but it's worth it. The objective, here, is to make sure the hair is healthy enough to achieve the color you want, prior to dyeing it all. If you're happy with your results, you can apply the remainder of the dye to the rest of your extensions, following the instructions exactly as indicated on the box.
And note: It's best to color hair before it's installed (on your head) because you'll be able to get better color placement. Plus, if you try applying dye to extensions after they're installed, you run the risk of getting pigment on your natural hair, which can be a pain in the ass to correct when you eventually remove your extensions.
STEP 3: Make It Last
Once you've officially dyed your weave (congrats!), you need to take care of it to keep the color vibrant and the hair healthy. Choose a good treatment and shampoo which can restore the health and shine of hair after coloring. Use them regularly to keep hair glossy and vibrant, long after your dye job is done.
All of your weave and wig lovers out there are more than welcome to DIY your dye job at home as long as you promise to follow the instructions perfectly and don't cut any corners. But, if all of this seems totally overwhelming, we definitely recommend heading to a colorist.
It may cost you a few more coins, but, at the end of the day, professional color installation is always best. Coloring at home can get messy, honey, and no one wants to ruin their natural hair or their extensions.