Hair Color and Tools AnalysisOne of the best parts about weave and the main reasons we get them is its versatility and ability to withstand even the most dangerous of manipulation. The things we wouldn't even dare to do or think about doing to our hair! But, this doesn't mean we shouldn't take care of our weave as well. We may have a little more leeway when it comes to experimenting with our extensions, but at the end of the day, we want our extensions to last us a long time! So, what does this mean? It's time we discuss the pros and cons, the ins and outs, and the do's and don'ts of what we should be doing when it comes to hair colors and the tools we use on our extensions.
Let's Talk ColoEveryone loves hair color. Nowadays the more of what's considered to be an unnatural hair color is becoming more accepted in the workplace and society in general. Since this is becoming the norm; we need to be aware of the potential issues that can come with coloring extensions. The dye you choose matters. Everything from the dye you pick to the developer you use, matters in the process of coloring your extensions. Don't waste your valuable time! The first thing to think about is the developer.
The DeveloperIf you choose to do this at home, it's essential to utilize the right developer. To someone who doesn't have too much experience dying hair, how do you know which is the right one? The main ingredient in a developer is hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide allows the color to deposit into the hair shaft by opening up the hair cuticle. The more hydrogen peroxide it contains, the more the hair cuticle opens up, which leads to those confusing numbers you see on the packaging, such as, "10 Volume Developer" or "40 Volume Developer". All these numbers do is tell you how much hydrogen peroxide is in the product. You may be asking what the use is for developers that contain lower hydrogen peroxide levels, but there are times where it's useful to achieve a particular look. For example, if you want a color that is darker than your original extension's hair color, then a 10 or 20 Volume Developer may be best to suit these needs since the color doesn't need to lift completely. It's best to avoid situations where you feel the need to use 40 Volume Developers and higher. If not used correctly, it can cause severe damage to the extensions. Leave these the professionals.
Ingredients and Chemical ExposureHair dyes come with an extensive amount of ingredients and chemicals, most of which to aid in dying the hair quickly, thoroughly and safely. Hair companies are becoming more aware of the types of components they insert into hair dyes, but you must still be cautious of specific ingredients and chemicals and their positive and negative effects on your extensions. Certain chemicals to watch out for, include:
The Amount of TimeTime is extremely crucial when dying hair extensions. The amount of time you put into the process of dying your hair determines the outcome of the color, quality, and longevity of the hair extensions. When in doubt, follow the directions on the hair dye packaging. The hair color, the brand you choose and your personal preference all determine the length of time spent dying the extensions. Consider the type of curl you're coloring. Always keep in mind the type of extensions you're dying. Depending on the curl pattern, hair dye, company, or type of hair (Brazilian, Malaysian, etc.) the effect the color has on your extensions can vary. Pay attention to the condition of your extensions, how dark the hair is, how light or dark you want to go, and the hair texture.
Kinky-Coiled HairKinky-coily extensions, or hair in general, absorb color easily and quickly because its cuticle opens with ease. Although it can take color, keep in mind that kinky hair is drier and more fragile than other textures, which means the coloring process will inevitably change the composition and cause some damage to the cuticle.
Hair ThicknessThicker hair textures may have a harder time lifting color. In this case, you would need a stronger developer along with products which aid in minimizing the damage. The opposite is exact for thinner textured hair.
Processed HairWhen dealing with extensions that have been colored or treated chemically, this may be the time to schedule an appointment with a professional hair stylist. It's possible the hair is too damaged to take more color and may break in the process of doing so. Keep in mind that it's the developer which causes the damage to the cuticle and not the color itself. Color is merely just a thick coat. Make sure it's the color you desire. There is nothing more frustrating than trying for a particular color you've seen on Instagram or Pinterest and then ending up looking like the complete opposite of what you expected. The best way to avoid these situations is to go to a professional. But, if you prefer to do it on your own, here are some steps to make sure you do it in the safest way possible, while also getting the color you genuinely desire.
Quick Pointers for Dying your Weave:
- Make sure you have all the materials you need before dying (developer, dye, aluminum foil, measuring bowls, etc.)
- When making the developer, it should have a runny, almost yogurt-like look to it.
- Leave the developer and hair dye on as instructed on the box they came in.
- Don't forget the aftercare of your extensions! (Overnight deep conditioners, protein treatments, etc.)