How to Dye a Weave

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How to Dye a Weave
Human weaves should not be lightened to avoid damaging the hair. (Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

A weave can instantly transform your appearance by adding length, volume and/or colour to your hair. You should avoid colouring synthetic varieties, but good-quality human hair extensions can be treated in much the same way as your own hair -- with a few extra precautions. Natural weaves tend to be more delicate than your own hair since they do not benefit from the same natural oils and vitamins, and some have been pretreated with chemicals. However, with a little extra care during the colouring process, you can darken human hair extensions by a few shades with semi-permanent dyes or toners.

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Things you need

  • Semi-permanent hair dye
  • Shampoo formulated for human hair extensions
  • Conditioner formulated for human hair extensions
  • Towel
  • Wide-toothed comb

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  1. 1

    Purchase a semi-permanent hair colour or toner that will dye your hair no more than three shades darker than the original colour.

  2. 2

    Perform a strand test to discover how your extensions will respond to the colour. Test strands from both your weave and your natural hair as per the instructions supplied with your hair colourant product. This will give you an idea of the final colour result and the developing time required to achieve the desired shade.

  3. 3

    Carefully apply the dye to clean, tangle-free wet or dry hair (depending on the product type), working from roots to tips. Do not rub or pull your hair.

  4. 4

    Leave the dye on your hair for the amount of time specified by the manufacturer of your hair colourant, or indicated by your strand test (whichever is less).

  5. 5

    Wet your hair with warm water and gently stroke an oil-free shampoo formulated for human hair extensions through your hair, working from roots to tips. Again, do not rub or pull your hair.

  6. 6

    Rinse out the hair colour and shampoo with warm water without tugging on your extensions. Repeat as necessary until the water runs clear.

  7. 7

    Gently stroke a conditioner formulated for human hair extensions through your hair from roots to tips, avoiding the bonded areas near the scalp.

  8. 8

    Carefully rinse out the conditioner with warm water.

  9. 9

    Pat your hair dry with a towel to remove excess moisture. Separate your extensions at the roots, and use a wide-toothed comb to remove any tangles, working upwards from tips to roots.

Tips and warnings

  • If you have a clip-in weave, remove your extensions and dye them separately to avoid damaging your natural hair.
  • You may find that you need more than one packet of dye to guarantee a true, even colour. The amount you need will be indicated by the strand test.
  • For best results, get your weave professionally coloured at a salon by an experienced hairdresser.
  • Establish that your weave can be colour treated. Check with the salon that fitted your extensions about any colouring conflicts and restrictions caused by the bonding agent used.
  • Hair dyes containing bleach or ammonia are not suitable for use with hair extensions.

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