How do I dye synthetic hair blond with rit dye?

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How do I dye synthetic hair blond with rit dye?
You can dye your real or synthetic hair extensions. (hair texture image by Xavier MARCHANT from

Many young teens and women like to wear hair extensions to give their hair new life and length. If you use real human hair, specifically "virgin" hair that has never been chemically treated and comes from the same woman, you can dye it, highlight it, perm it, do anything that you want to it like it's your own natural hair. Synthetic, or fake, hair cannot be simply dyed with hair dye. It can, however, be dyed using Rit dye. Rit dye can be found arts and craft stores for under £1.90.

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Things you need

  • 1 bucket or large pot
  • Water
  • 1 packet or Rit powder dye in yellow
  • Small bowl
  • 2 cups hot water
  • Stainless steel spoon
  • Synthetic hair
  • Medium bowl
  • 4 cups vinegar

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  1. 1

    Fill a bucket or large pot with hot water. Water that is too hot can damage the synthetic hair. Tests strands of the synthetic hair to ensure it can handle the heat.

  2. 2

    Pour one packet of yellow Rit powder dye into a small bowl. Add two cups of hot water to the bowl to make the dye bath.

  3. 3

    Pour the dye bath into the bucket of hot water. Stir the contents using a stainless steel spoon.

  4. 4

    Wet the synthetic hair under warm water. Place the hair into the bucket.

  5. 5

    Stir the hair, being careful to avoid tangles, for 30 minutes.

  6. 6

    Take the hair out and rinse it out under warm water.

  7. 7

    Place the hair into a medium-sized bowl. Pour four cups of vinegar into the bowl. The vinegar will help to seal in the colour.

  8. 8

    Rinse the hair out under cool water. Allow it to air-dry.

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