If you’ve just paid good money for some hair extensions, you might be nervous to color them for fear of ruining it and wasting your money. Coloring your hair extensions is really the difference between a stock photo of mac and cheese and mac and cheese you made yourself – custom colored curly extensions look way more natural and realistic! This tutorial will show you how to custom color curly hair extensions after you’ve already installed them on a wig or as a weave. If you were using just one color and doing an all over dye job, it is easier to do this process before installing the hair, but since we’re doing highlights, it’s best to do this process after the install.
What You’ll Need
Curly Extensions – I’m using Mayvenn Brazilian Curly in 14 and 16 inches, click the link to see how I installed it as well as my thoughts on the hair.
Developer/Bleach – If you want to lighten your hair, you will need developer to help lift the color. For super lightening power, get powdered bleach.
Brush, Bowl, Gloves, Foil, Garbage Bag – You’ll need these to protect your space and your hands, apply the color, and speed up the processing time.
Shampoo & Conditioner – You’ll want to wash out the hair color well, but also condition the hair so it doesn’t get dry and matted!
How to Custom Color Curly Hair Extensions
To get this burgundy and copper blonde look, I first sectioned off the part I wanted to leave dark at the very bottom, and the part I wanted blonde at the very top. Then, I mixed up the Red Hot & Magenta colors and applied to the middle portion of my hair. I followed that up with the Golden Blonde applied to the sectioned off highlight portion, and finished by running my fingers over some of the Golden Blonde applied pieces with a bit more Magenta to blend it through. Allow to process for at least 30 minutes, rinse, shampoo, condition, detangle, and allow to dry!
I was incredibly pleased with the results from my custom color! I was going for a more burgundy version of my current hair color, and I hit the nail on the head with the burgundy sections. The blonde didn’t get quite as light as I would have liked, so perhaps I could have used a lighter blonde color (maybe ash blonde) or bleached the section before working on the red to allow more processing time. Either way, once I shaped the curls, my wig had a totally new look!