Ombre hairstyles are still very popular and there are so many to choose from. But if you don’t like dyeing your own hair or simply want to try out an ombre look without it being permanent, there’s a great way to do that – dyeing hair extensions. This is something you can do at home and the process is fairly simple, although it requires a bit of work. It is also a great idea if you’re tired with the color of your extensions and want to try out something new and fresh.
A Step by Step Guide
You Will Need
You should purchase high quality extensions if you want to dye them because there are some extensions you can’t dye and some that can get damaged if you dye them. High quality remy extensions can be dyed and they will stay the same even after you dye them. It is best to use light colored extensions like blonde or light brown.
You will need a dark dye the darker part of the ombre that matches your roots. The simplest way is to get a boxed dye because it already comes with the right color and developer in it and you don’t have to worry about buying those separately.
You also need a toner or a color to get the lighter shades of the ombre. A great option is to buy a high lift color which has a little bit of bleach in it, but it’s a lot less damaging and it can strip away the unwanted tones from the extensions.
You’re going to need a developer to mix with your toner.
- You need a bowl to mix the color.
- A brush for dyeing for applying the dye, gloves.
- Measuring cup to measure the ratio of developer and the color.
- Newspaper of plastic bags to put on the surface you’re going to dye on because it can get really messy.
Preparing the Dark Dye
The first step is putting the dark dye on the top portions of the extensions to mimic your roots. You can follow the instruction for the dark dye to prepare it. A boxed dye comes with the developer and the color already in the box so you basically need to mix those two together. The dye usually comes with a bottle ready with the developer in it so you just need to add the color in there and then shake it to mix the two. Once it’s shaken properly, you can cut the top of the applicator off and start the dyeing process.
Dyeing the Hair Roots Dark
Once the dye is ready, you can start applying the dye straight from the applicator on to the top parts of your extensions and brush the dye in with a dye brush going in downward strokes. If you don’t want the harsh line between the dark hair and the lighter hair, you can put a bit of dye on a comb as well and brush that into the extensions to get that nice transition. That helps avoid the harsh line between the two colors and creates a nice ombre gradient. To make sure that the dye is evenly distributed on all the hair and that you don’t have any patches, go back periodically with the dye and make sure that it’s saturated well. And of course, don’t forget to do the other side of the extensions because the color doesn’t really go through so it’s important to repeat that process on the other side. Repeat this process on all of the wefts.
Rinsing the Dark Dye
Once the dark dye has processed for about 30 minutes, you do want to rinse it out, but since you’re going to dye the lower part of your extensions and you want that part of the hair to be dry and rinsing your extensions will make all of it wet. To avoid that, you can take a paper towel and wet it and dampened all the dyed part of the extensions and that stops the dye from processing further and the lower part of the extensions will still be dry.
Preparing the Toner
Now it’s time to prepare the toner for the lower part of your hair extensions. Take the measuring cup and measure how much toner you have and then you will need double the amount of developer. Because the ratio is 2 to 1, it’s basically one part toner and two parts developer. Mix the two together in a bowl.
Toning Hair Extensions
Toning the extensions is really easy. Take a clean dye brush and brush in the toner in the rest of the hair. Make sure it’s well saturated and that you don’t have any patches of color that are not dyed. If your extensions are very thick, you should dye them in layers to get all the color in more easily. You can also use your hands (while wearing the gloves) and massage the color in. Make sure to repeat the process on the other side of the weft. After you’ve finished with the dyeing, you should way from 10-15 minutes for the toner to set.
To rinse, use a sulfate-free, color safe shampoo. Put it on your hands and lightly rub the extensions to clean them. Don’t be too rough with them because you don’t want to cause any knots or anything like that. Make sure you thoroughly wash out all of the dye. Once that is rinsed out, add the conditioner on the extensions. Focus it mainly on the mid points down to avoid it being to greasy on the root area. Now that you’re done with rinsing the hair, you can finally get to styling it and seeing how the color turned out!
Styling the Hair
It is very useful to have a hair extensions hanger so you can hang your extensions. That way, it’s much easier to style it. Take some macadamia oil and distribute it across the hair concentrating it mainly from the mid points to the ends because you don’t want to get it greasy on the roots. Take a heat protection spray and spray it before blow-drying. Then section off the weft into a few sections and blow dry it using a round brush.
That’s it, now you have awesome ombre extensions! The process is really not that complicated and the results are great and it also saves you a lot of time and money because you don’t have to get your hair professionally dyed in a salon.
Your natural hair is always beautiful, but here are many occasions, like parties, or Halloween, when you would like to have a different hairstyle or hair color but you don’t want it to be permanent. That’s why temporary hair dyeing is very popular. There are many different ways you get different temporary hair colors and some work great while others not so much. It’s important to note that temporary hair colors dye your hair temporary which means the color will wash out and get back to your natural hair color.
With permanent dyes, there’s no going back and the color is there to stay. There are also terms like semi-permanent hair color and demi-permanent hair color. Demi- permanent means that is less permanent and it last for about 12-24 washes. It works great if you want a color that’s similar to your natural hair color or darker, but it doesn’t work so well if you want a lighter shade. Semi-permanent hair color is similar to demi-permanent and it can enhance your natural hair color, making it shinier. It can also help with covering up grays or as a touch up for your permanent hair dye so you don’t have to visit the hair saloon so often.
There are many brands of color shampoo that work well as a temporary hair dye. It usually lasts for a couple of washes and then you’re back to your natural hair color. The good thing about color shampoos is they don’t damage your hair that much since there is no permanent dyeing or bleaching involved. To dye your hair with a color shampoo, you simply rub the shampoo in, let it sit for a bit, rinse out and you’re done.
The problem with color shampoos is that you can’t get any color you want. For example, if you have dark or brown hair, you can’t dye it lighter with color shampoos. Also, trendy colors like pink, blue, turquoise, grey, purple etc. won’t work either because those colors require very light blonde or bleached hair. The intensity of the color will also not be so great and there may be patches of the hair where the color simply didn’t stick. It’s a fun thing to try out, but if you want a permanent hair color that is very different from your natural hair, there are better methods.
The best way to temporary change your hair color is hair extensions. You don’t even have to temporary dye your hair to get excellent results. One of the great things is that you can literally pick any color you want or a couple of different colors and create the hairstyle that you want. You can add cool highlights to your hair, create an ombre or balayage effect, or add some cool and trendy colors to your hair which is perfect for special occasions or parties.
Clip In Hair Extensions
Clip in hair extensions are probably the best choice if you simply want to change your color and hairstyle for a party or night out. Clip ins come in wefts that are easily installed, you don’t even have to go to the saloon because it’s easy to do yourself. You can place them however you want in your hair and experiment to get the perfect hairstyle.
Besides changing the color of your hair, hair extensions also add to the length of your hair which is another cool way to temporary change your hairstyle. After all is said and done, it will look like your natural hair and nobody will notice it’s not your real hair. When the party or the special occasion is over, you can simply take them out and your hair will be back to normal and of course, you can place them back in whenever you want.
That’s why hair extensions are definitely the easiest and the safest way to temporary change your hair color. They don’t require any kind of dyeing or complicated hair treatments and you don’t do any damage to your hair. Any kind of hair dyeing and coloring, even if it’s temporary and not permanent, can damage your hair.
And most of the time, you won’t get the results you want. Temporary hair dyes are also very expensive and you would have to buy them each time you want to temporary change your hair color, while you can use the same extensions over and over again.