Oh snap! You wanna color your own hair extensions?
I dove deep into blog research to give you an answer that I actually don't agree with!
(scroll to the bottom of this blog for my honest answer).
Coloring your hair extensions is a great way to add a unique touch to your look. However, it's important to understand the different types of hair extensions and the best way to color them before you begin.
This lesson will provide an overview of the different types of hair extensions and the best methods for coloring them.
There are two main types of hair extensions: synthetic and human hair. Synthetic hair extensions are made from plastic fibers and are not suitable for coloring.
Human hair extensions are made from real human hair and can be colored, but it is important to use the right products and techniques.
When coloring human hair extensions, it is best to use a demi permanent. It's also important to use a color-safe shampoo and conditioner to keep the color from fading too quickly.
Note from Christina: I find deep dives into google either work or they are an epic fail. I would never tell you or imply that you should be coloring your own extensions.
While I agree with some of the points above, such as using a demi permanent or color safe shampoo... it's so much more complex than that.
First off, box color is the enemy and it's like crazy glue on the hair so it's impossible to lift off.
Second... you have no idea what is on the cuticle ... typically hair extension factories and large companies use textile dyes and you can't deposit color.
My quick answer to the question... can I color my extensions? I'd say NO. Allow your stylist the opportunity to formulate your color for you and to protect your investment.
There's also very little reason why you would have to color unless you are rooting the tops for a seamless blend. Most hair extension color rings have 50+ colors, which ables us (the pro) to color match to what you need.