Need A Change? Bleaching and Coloring Hair Extensions
If you aren't changing your hair color with the seasons, then I really don't know what your plan of highlight attack really is! Don’t damage your real hair with bleach and other harsh chemicals. Purchase already bleached and colored hair extensions or do it yourself to save some coins. Although the DIY approach can be cost-effective, results may vary. If you never bleached hair extensions before, practice with cheap hair from the beauty supply store. Don’t go bleaching all your bundles and ruin your hair...Practice makes perfect!
Follow these simple steps to bleach your hair extensions like a professional
- Clean your extensions thoroughly. Just like with your human hair, extensions can carry nasty buildup and bacteria. You want the extensions to seamlessly blend into your natural hair. Your first step is to wash the extensions. Wash the extensions with a gentle shampoo for at least 2-3 times. Once you’re completely confident that the buildup is extinct. Allow your extensions to dry on a separate sheet of foil.
- Buy a bleach kit. Grab your car keys and head to your local beauty supply store. Of course, the big mortar stores carry the bleach kit as well. Since you’re going to be utilizing a chemical, it’s important to protect your skin. Make sure that your bleach kit comes with protective gloves. Try to find a bleach kit with clear and easy to understand instructions. You don’t want to make any mistakes during the bleaching process.
- Mix the powder bleach with the liquid developer. Secure a glass bowl from within your home. Ensure that the bowl is depth enough to hold chemicals and will not cause splashes into the eye. Follow the instructions on the box and be mindful of the ratio for bleach and the powder. Ensure that you are inside a room that is well ventilated to avoid damage to your eyes and nose.
- Applying the bleach. Make sure that you are covered from head to toe especially your hands. Be mindful of chemical burns. Keep an extra pair of gloves close by for safety.
- Massage the mixture into the extensions starting from the top. Apply the bleach liberally using circular motions and moving from the top, near the clip, to the ends. Fully saturate the extensions. This works especially well if your hair is 1 solid color.
- Fold the foil over the extensions so that no bleach spills out.
- Check on the extensions every 10 minutes. Peel back the foil and look at the color of the extensions. When they are ready to be washed, they will be a shade of very light yellow. If they haven’t achieved a yellow color in 1 hour, remove them from the foil anyway to avoid significant damage from over-processing.
- Wash the extensions with a PH balancing shampoo. The shampoo will work to neutralize the chemicals in the hair and stop the processing. Make sure to use a deep conditioning treatment or olive or coconut oil and leave it on the strands overnight.
- Allow the extensions to dry thoroughly. Check the color. If you aren’t happy with it, bleach the extensions again, but be sure to check every 5 minutes to make sure they are not being over processed.
- Eliminate brassy shades with a toner. A toner is a glaze or gloss that slightly changes the tone of the hair to make it warmer or cooler depending on the desired effect. If your extensions are a little bit brass-toned, a cool shade toner can remove the brass coloring.
Once you are confident with the bleaching of the extensions you can begin to utilize and style them at your preference. A lot of women forget that another important step is significant to the bleaching process. That’s to preserve the quality of the hair. Bleaching can be a tricky process because it is a damaging process that alters that original quality of the hair. Using extensions are just an added bonus to luxurious hair growing from your coils. We want you to make informed and educated decisions first especially when working with chemicals.
Just like you are able to take good care of your natural coils, treat your extensions the same way. Use a deep conditioner on your extensions post dry. This ensures that you are able to lock in the moisture and nourishment. Adding it back to your own coils. Be mindful that if you have a darker base on your hair, you may be mindful to start with a lighter extension. Rather than starting with a darker set to bleach lighter. When in doubt, always reach out to a hair coloring specialist for further assistance.
Just as a quick recap and reference. We highly recommend a few items for your shopping list. Whatever you choose, make sure that you have the following items:
- Bleaching powder & peroxide
- Mixing bowl
- Old towel (bleaching can be messy)
- Vaseline (to protect your hairline and scalp)
- A brush to apply the dye
- Old t-shirt
- Hair Clips
Timer Note: Bleaching kits come in different peroxide strengths and you should approach them with caution.10% - light hair
20 % - light to medium hair
30% - dark hair
40% is very strong and is far too risky to have near your scalp, so it is recommended to use on the tips of the hair. Hair Preparation to avoid dry, damaged hair, make sure you deep condition the hair a few weeks prior to bleaching it. Also, do not wash your hair for a couple of days. You want to savor as much moisture as possible before the bleach strips the hair of its natural oils. If you bleach freshly washed hair, it will cause your scalp to irritate.
Not all bleach is created equal. Some products are stronger and work faster than others, while others are gentler and meant for hair that is delicate or previously lightened. There is also a big difference between salon-quality bleach that the professionals use and the generic bleach available at drugstores and discount beauty stores. To make sure you don’t grab the wrong box from the beauty aisle. We want to give you a few suggestions on brands.
Our Top Recommended Bleaching Brands
L’Oréal Quick Blue Lightning Powder: Most users highly recommend this go-to source for bleaching your hair. While carefully following the instructions, the results have left consumers with a rewarding experience of healthier hair. This is a powdered bleach thus it the company has sells the cream separately. However, the large tube and individual packages are available for multiple usages.
CHI Blondest Blonde Ionic: If you’re looking for a product to restore your hair strains and strengthen it with natural protein, you’ve found it. This product will revitalize your damage hair and begin to restore your confidence in beauty products. Be advised this dust-free powder that is unique in the industry. Formulated with silk and ceramic, it helps to lift up to 8 levels in a single process. The powder is much lighter and gentle on the hair which is an added bonus for you.
Clariol BW2: Want to achieve the highlighted look this summer? Here’s the perfect product for you. Clairol Powder Lightener can be easily combined with a developer (not included) to create a rich and creamy consistency that's simple to apply.
Our Top Recommended Hair Dye Brands
Matrix SoColor: You’ve tried the rest, now try the best! This amazing color brand allows you to personalize your hair to your preference. With an assorted palette to select from your vibrant hair color will stand out in any crowd.
Paul Mitchell: Trusted by the stars, the Paul Mitchell is a cut above the rest in beauty. The Paul Mitchell brand is unmatched in providing and exceeding high-quality results for all consumers.
Wella Koleston Perfect: Coming to you with history and worldwide success and status, Koleston is one of the top-rated hair color brands on the market. Superior quality, balanced color, and quality ingredients.
With spring only a few months away, you want to make sure that you are up to date on the latest style and trends. Use our helpful tips and send us a picture. We’d love to see the results!