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How to Color Human Hair Clip In Hair Extensions

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Choose a Color & Gather Your Supplies
How to Color Human Hair Clip In Hair Extensions
Photo © Kendra Aarhus

If your clip in hair extensions aren't quite the right color and you'd like to color them at home, these steps can guide you through the process. Before you begin you'll want to make sure that your hair extensions are human hair. Artificial hair can not be successfully colored.

I do not recommend lightening your hair extensions at home. You may want to enlist the help of a professional hair stylist to lighten your extensions or add highlights. Darkening your color, or altering the tone (adding or removing red tones, for example) can be safely done by choosing a color that will not damage your extensions.

To choose a color, I recommend that you purchase a hair color and developer from a beauty supply store like Sally's. A box color from a drug store does not give you the option to choose the developer that you will use on your hair extensions. Choose a 10 volume developer or a demi-permanent color if at all possible. You can use 20 volume developer if necessary, but I would not recommend using 30 volume or 40 volume on your hair extensions. Higher developers could cause damage to your hair extensions if you're not careful.

After you've purchased your color, you'll want to gather a few supplies:

  • 100% Human Hair Extensions
  • Hair Color and Developer
  • Color Bowl and Brush
  • Gloves
  • Tin Foil
  • Plastic Wrap
  • Wide Tooth Comb
  • Towel

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