When coloring your hair extensions you need to be really careful. Even though they are human hair, they can still get damaged, and either split or break off.
Sometimes retailers have certain hair piece colors on sale much cheaper than your hotter colors like blonde, red, black, or multi-tone. So people figure buy these and color them to match their own hair. This sounds fine and dandy, but sometimes it doesn’t always work out the way you want it to, unless your a professional and know what your doing.
Whether you are going light or dark there are certain things to consider. Although most colors say to use 20 volume peroxide don’t. On hair extensions if your going dark you only need to deposit that shade and not lift it. By applying a higher volume it can weaken the hair piece, glue, or the combs.
Making your extensions lighter using 30 or 40 volume, or highlighting bleach can totally ruin them. If you insist on a lighter color, then skip the bleach and use the 30 volume peroxide. I rather see you use the peroxide and still have the hair healthy and not breaking off.
Applying The Hair Color To Extension
Can you apply the color while clip on extensions are on your head? Yes, you can, but the color won’t be as even. When you remove the hair piece you might have leopard spots by your scalp, and the color by the clip on comb will still be the same color as before.
You can color all of the extensions at one time. However, I would do the first two first to determine the actual color and timing needed. Rinse off the color in cold water and air dry.
Please make sure to apply the color to every part of the extension, this goes for the hair by the clip, in-between clip, and around clip.
During Coloring Process
Once all the pieces are colored carefully gather them all up and place them into a hair color processing cap. This will help keep the heat in and make the color change quicker. Leave on for 20-30 minutes. Make sure to test after the first 15 minutes by gently wiping off a little color with a paper towel. Then smoosh the color back into that spot and continue the processing time until finished.
Washing Coloring Off
This is a very delicate procedure, because you don’t want to cause breakage, or tangles in the hair.
Rinse off in cold water. Place shampoo on them and lightly rub into the hair. Basically you just need to pat. Rinse again, and apply conditioner. Rinse off, but leave some conditioner in. Air dry.
Sources: Professional Beautician