How to match colour to hair extensions at home

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How to match colour to hair extensions at home
Don't let your hair extensions look messy. (Comstock/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

If you have ever bought hair extensions to match your current colour and then re-coloured your hair afterward, you may have panicked because your hair colour no longer matched your extensions. Fortunately, there is no need to panic. With a little spare time and some hair colour from a home kit, you can match your colour to your hair extensions at home.

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Things you need

  • Home highlight or lowlight kit in the colour of hair extensions
  • Hair colour the colour of your current hue

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    Use a home highlighting kit

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    Determine if your hair extensions are lighter or darker than your current colour. If your hair extensions are darker but are the same tone, you may not even have to colour them, you can just have a subtle two-toned effect when you wear them. However, if the hair extensions are lighter, you will have to use a highlight kit.

  2. 2

    Open and mix the highlight kit according to directions. You will be highlighting your own hair, so be sure that it is clean and dry.

  3. 3

    Use the highlighting kit all over according to the directions. Thinner highlights look more natural than thick, chunky ones do and will blend with the hair extension colour better.

  4. 4

    Allow hair to process according to home highlighting kit instructions and then shampoo out.

  5. 5

    Dry hair and now your hair should blend better with the hair extensions.

    Colour the extensions at home

  1. 1

    Determine if hair extensions are human hair or synthetic hair. If the extensions are human hair, you can most likely colour them to match your current hue. If they are synthetic hair, you will have to use a rinse instead of dye.

  2. 2

    Use the same hair colour kit in the same colour to dye the extension hair that you used to colour your own hair. If your hair was coloured by a professional, ask her recommendation for an at-home colour kit. Some salons even offer a hair extension colour service.

  3. 3

    Paint the hair colour on in thin sections making sure to thoroughly coat each strand of hair.

  4. 4

    Allow hair to process according to the hair colour kit instructions.

  5. 5

    Rinse, shampoo and condition extension hair. Dry hair extensions by pinning extensions to a wig head.

Tips and warnings

  • Hair Boutique suggests always doing a strand test whether it be on human hair or hair extensions. A strand test is the only reliable way to "preview" the new colour
  • Do not repeatedly colour hair as this could be very damaging.

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