“Can you dye extensions?: I am posed with that question regularly by my clients who have a desire to go from one solid color of extension to highlights or a whole different color. I will be blunt and direct: I do not at all care for or use in my work pre-colored store purchased hair. Why? Because, simply put, it is not real human hair. The first reason is this: This pre-color hair is chemically processed to make it look like it is real hair when it is far from passing for such.
If the hair has a number, 4 or 2B or 1B, for example, it has been pre-colored and chemically treated. I forewarn my clients each time to avoid this hair at all cost. The hair quality is sacrificed during the chemical processing used to color the hair or to give the hair a certain texture. To make matters worse, this apparently real human hair lasts only a few weeks and less if you attempt to color it.
If hair is 100% VIRGIN it can be colored. And, REMY hair is NOT virgin hair. It has also been chemically altered to make it look like it came from a single hair donor. The same goes for hair bought online…chemically altered in most cases. To provide assurance that the hair is virgin, ask for a sample so that you can test for quality. You will perform a simple color test. First, get a powdered lightener from the beauty supply and get twenty volume developer. Mix the developer in equal parts and apply it to 3 inches of the weft. Then, wrap a section of the hair with a foil and allow it to sit fifteen minutes. If color is unchanged, the hair isn’t virgin and is low in quality. You will know that it’s been put through a chemical process. If the color changes slightly, leave it on longer to see if the color will further lift. Virgin hair will begin to turn blonde. If it’s not 100% virgin hair, it may lift in spots and will look multi-colored. I have had experience with hair sellers who instructed me to use higher volume developer to lift the hair’s color. That is pure nonsense.
Un-chemically treated human hair will and should lighten with 20 volume developer. If it fails to lift, the company is lying to its buyers. The only process 100% virgin hair needs is to be cleaned. And, that is absolutely it.
VIRGIN hair can be dyed. Have a professional stylist color it to ensure a professional job. You will have a more natural and authentic looking weave. To the question “Can I dye my extensions?”, I say, “Yes you can if it’s REAL VIRGIN hair.