How to Dye Black Extensions

Strip the black color from your hair before dying it.
Strip the black color from your hair before dying it. (Image: Ryan McVay/Lifesize/Getty Images)

Because synthetic hair extensions are made of plastic, you cannot dye them. However, anything that you can do to your natural hair, you can do to human hair extensions. If you have black human hair extensions that you want to dye, you must follow the same process that you would to dye your own hair. Just as with human hair, start with a strand test before dying the entire hairpiece to make sure that the end result is the outcome that you desire.

Things You'll Need

  • Hair bleach
  • Deep conditioner
  • Hair dye

Apply a deep conditioner to the hair. Use a deep conditioning cream to moisturize the hair and let it sit for 10 minutes. Rinse and dry the hair thoroughly to prepare it for color stripping.

Lighten the hair with bleach. Hair bleach will strip the black color from your hair extensions, turning the hair into a light-orange color. Because the hair is black, you may need a second application of bleach to make the extensions light blonde. Condition the hair again after removing the bleach and allow it to dry thoroughly.

Dye the hair extensions to your desired color. Enhance the blonde color by adding blond dye, or change the hair color entirely. Condition the hair extensions again after rinsing the dye out and regularly apply a leave-in conditioner to keep the hair looking natural.

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