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Drip Drip! Learn The Watercolor Hair Color Method

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Watercolor Your New Bundles

Remember way back when, when we thought it was cool to color our hair with Kool-aid?

Well, stylists have taken our childhood trend to a whole new level! Watercolor extensions made their debut on Instagram earlier this summer while everyone was rocking their favorite pastels and rose gold extensions. This is one technique made for us DIY girls because it is so easy and so cheap!

I’ve got the scoop on how to get the perfect water color tresses along Some of my favorite looks from my favorite celebrities and YouTubers.

blac-chyna pink lace frontal wig

How to Watercolor Your Extensions

Coloring hair extensions, with this water coloring technique, is so much easier than any other method you ever tried.

If you’ve ever been afraid to try a color or fear doing it yourself, this is the technique for you. What you spend on your extensions you could pay as little as $6 on coloring your hair.

Below is the list of ingredients you’ll need:

  • 1 Bottle of hair color (2 for more intense color)
  • 613 Extensions
  • Plastic spoon or whisk
  • Large glass or plastic bowl
  • Warm tap water
  • Gloves

The first step: prep your hair!

So before you prepare to color anything make sure that you removed all labels, rubber bands, and plastic ties from your extensions.

Leaving any of these items on your extensions while coloring them may prevent the color from sticking to those areas. I also suggest that you unravel and the tangle the hair so that you can manage it in one hand. Once you have all of your bundles prepped set them to the side until its time to dunk them.

Next, you can prepare your color bath!

Turn your sink on and let the hot water run for a bit. The idea is to have hot water but not scolding, boiled on the stove, hot water for your color.

While your water is heating, take your bottle of color and poured into your plastic or glass bowl. I like to get every bit of my color out of the bottle, so I also add water to the bottle shake it and pour contents into the bowl. At this point, your water should be hot enough so now you can feel your bowl, about 3/4 of the way, with hot tap water. Use your plastic spoons or whisk, which I prefer, to blend the color and water. It’s essential that you make sure to break up all of the chunks of color so that there aren’t any uneven patches on your extensions.

Finally, Take your extensions and lay them directly into your color bath

Lay them all in and don’t pull them out until the water in the bath is clear. If the water is clear, that means that the hair is absorbed all of the colors. If you’re going for more of a pastel color or a tint, use just one bottle of color.

You may notice that in some YouTube videos people dunk their bundles in their color bath but don’t allow them to sit. Dunking is going to lead to an uneven color, and your bundles may not all turn out same shade. So for the sake of all your extensions coming out in a uniform color allow them to sit in the water until they reach your intended color.

Follow all this up with your favorite conditioner and allow your extensions to air dry her usual. That’s it! Easy. Quick. Super simple.

mixing hair dye

Favorite Water Color Looks!

SZA Slime Green

Arnell Armon dropped a major treat on us when she recreated SZA’s trend inspiring bone straight Slime Green inches!

SZA’s look set the Gram Inspire and everybody went to work recreating it. Arnell’s was the best and easiest recreation to follow. She is one of her favorite brands of hair color, Kiss Colors Lime Light and Hunter Green along with Manic Panic Electric Lizard for some added dimension.

One of her biggest Takeaways was how much product you can save by using this technique. Though she mixes three different colors for a more dimensional look, she realizes that she could have used one bottle of color for all four of her bundles and her frontal. Imagine all the bottles of color used to achieve some of your favorite looks!

A single bottle of color can cost up to 12 or $14, so if your DIY-ing it water coloring your extensions this may be the option for you.

Autumn Leaves

Laurasia Andrea Is one of my absolute favorite YouTubers not only does she do great makeup tutorials but she also slays the hair game tutorial at a time.

When I researched ” how to watercolor your extensions” on YouTube, her videos were some of the first to pop up. This one, in particular, is my favorite because not only does it incorporate the watercolor method but it also includes some techniques on how to achieve root realness.

Adore’s copper brown, French cognac, Cajun Spice, and Orange Blaze to get her fiery orange and reds. For the rose gold finish, she topped the color off with Ion’s rose quartz, which is a gorgeous touch if I do say so myself.

rose gold hair

Mermaid Tings

Shay Amour took The mermaid look to a whole different level using the watercolor technique, with her clever spin on the method.

She colored her Entire unit in A teal blue using the watercolor method to create a base layer for her color. Then she followed that technique with color melting various colors on top of the base she created.

A mermaid colored unit has so much depth of color and catches the eye from every angle. The color payoff is also way more intense because she saturated the hair in a blue base color, instead of trying to color melt on platinum blonde hair.

Check out her tutorial And recreate that look with your spin!

unicorn hair

Save time. Save coins.

Using the water coloring technique is so ingenious! I can’t believe I’ve never thought to use it before.

All this time I could have been saving tons of money and time while also getting way more Flawless colors. You can be as creative as you want with this technique, so don’t forget to share all of your watercolor extension creations with us here at Private Label!

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21 thoughts on “Drip Drip! Learn The Watercolor Hair Color Method

  1. Coco says:

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    OK, the colors are gorgeous, let me first say that. However, I know way less than everyone else reading these posts. Which makes me think, maybe I cannot do this website gig. First of all, what is a “613 extension”, you stated. Is that common knowledge, because I have not a clue? Also, I assume these color techniques can only be done on human hair and never on synthetic hair or wigs? Please if you could clarify these questions for me it’s much appreciated! Thank you!

    1. Private Label Extensions says:

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      613 is the number referring to the color of the hair extensions. The #613 is considered a “perfect blonde” hair color and is also the highest level of blonde for hair extensions. Hair color is best made for human hair, as synthetic hair has plastic fibers.

    2. KLewis says:

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      613 extension is a high blonde hair color that when you dye the 613 the colors pop‼️ Meaning they’ll be the normal color instead of darker in color.

      1. Breeanna says:

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        Can you use this method on bleached hair that’s not 613?

  2. Robin Elam-Miller says:

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    This article is so informative I love how the links are set up so that I can click further to explore! I’m so excited I can’t wait to try this skill set since I love coloring my natural hair. I can’t wait to turn some deep wave 613 bundles into something magical!

  3. TangDiva Floyd says:

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    Thank you so much for this article. I have watched SEVERAL YT vids. Most of them did not mention uneven coloring. So now I know “clear water” means you have absorbed the color. Also, most don’t mention using a good conditioner. What I really love is PLE members have 1st hand access to wholesale prices for platinum blonde and Russian blonde hair to watercolor…perfect.

  4. Aleeya Gaffney says:

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    This blog is amazing and the best I have seen so far. I can’t wait to mermaid my PLE hair for my photo shoot for my brand and hair. This was very informative!

  5. chetara green says:

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    Great blog post. The only question I have is will the color stain the lace when putting the entire frontal in the water? This concern is the only reason I have yet to try this great and affordable technique!

    1. Private Label Extensions says:

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      Your frontal should not stain, as the watercolor is very thin. However, I would still suggest doing your own research by searching for tutorials on youtube or other blog posts.

    2. Brandy Cook says:

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      It will stain the lace if you don’t put something over it to shield it. I use got to be gel and i put it all over the lace then I wait til it become tacky and then I put it in the hot water. I researched this on you tube. I also saw that some ladies used Vaseline on it as another option..

  6. Tammi says:

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    When you said hot water but not scalding boiling hot, so it still works with hot water but not too hot it’d burn? I was looking to dip my whole head in a bucket to dye all my long hair evenly but wasn’t sure if water hot enough that won’t burn was gonna work?

  7. krystinaelizabeth says:

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    I want to try this but does it have to be hot tap water or boiled water? Or can it be cool water and what is a good amount of dye? I’m nervous about doing this but I know it looks amazing.

  8. Nathalie W. says:

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    Omggggg! I have been wanting to know how I could dye my hair without paying all this money! And I think I just found my true love, love at first sight. Lol, I needed this article because 2019 is around the corner and I’m gathering my ideas from now! I must do a test run and I will very soon(screenshots article) lol … can’t wait!!! What happens with cold, it doesn’t stay on the hair that well?

  9. Shonte Perry says:

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    Honestly, I knew nothing about the watercolor method until PLE. I have not had a chance to try it but I will in the future. The watercolor extensions are going to be a popular trend for Summer 2019. I gotta get into it!!

  10. AShantee Bailey says:

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    The watercolor method has become so popular now. I’m really interested in learning how to master this technique. Do you HAVE to use 613 hair extensions?

  11. Raquellwashington says:

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    This is something that I have been wanting to try for a while now. I wasn’t sure if you could do this to get the mermaid look. Now that I know. I’ll be trying it. I tried the mermaid look before but it took so long to do and I ran out of color. This method seems a lot more efficient.

  12. Valerie Page says:

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    Came through dripping…DRIP DRIP #CardiB

    Lol! I just had to you guys! This watercolor method is pure genius! What have we been doing for all these years?!?! Paying so much money to professionals to dye our hair extensions. I know there might be some hair stylist seriously upset about this because it will take away from their business. This method is so simple anyone can do it. I’ve also heard that using platinum grey extensions have wonderful results as well with the colored method!

    My only question is will the color bleed? If so, is there anything that can be done to prevent the color from bleeding?

  13. Nacole says:

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    Can you water color your hair more than once? I water colored my hair lavender now I want to go red will it work?

  14. Boneka says:

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    Hi. Will the color strip with this method? Thanks

  15. Lucinda Maseko says:

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    A lot of people on YouTube are using Adore dye, can this method work with any hair dye or are there specific ones you have to choose?

  16. Kiara says:

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    Can you do this technique on wet hair?

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