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Maybe you’ve had your wig unit for a couple of months to a year and you want to spice it up with color. Or you have new bundles that you want to add pop of color to.  However, you don’t have the resources to get them colored professionally. Well you’re in luck, you can go to your local beauty supply store or even a discount store and purchase a box of hair dye.

Now, box hair dye is not designed to be as if you’ve got it done in the salon. So it won’t be as it is on the box unless you use a lifter or bleach first. But, you can get some great results for subtle color or lighten the color for your hair extensions.

You can do anything with virgin hair extensions that you can do to your natural hair. This includes dyeing, cutting, heat styling and chemically processing your virgin hair extensions. You can dye virgin hair extensions to get an exact match to your natural hair color. It's very effective and turns out beautiful!

Virgin hair extensions are the best type of weaves for dyeing. Virgin hair extensions have not been chemically processed in any way, so they can be dyed without causing any damage to the hair. While it’s best to avoid harsh chemicals, Rated Bougie hair extensions can be lightened or darkened just like your natural hair.

Grab Your Supplies

  • 4-6 Boxes of Hair Dye (Depends of the length and amount of bundles)
  • Latex Gloves
  • Applicator Brush & Bowl
  • Clips
  • Wide Tooth Comb

Prep Your Hair Extensions

If your bundles are still wrapped and are new, leave them wrapped if you are looking for an ombre look or unwrap the bundles to get the entire hair strand. If applying color to a wig unit, place unit on wig block and section into four sections to make applying color easier. Use the wide tooth comb to comb through your bundles to separate the hair so that all of the hair is going in one direction for better application.

Apply the Dye

Follow the directions on the box hair dye, mix your developer and color. Make sure to wear gloves.  Apply the dye and coat every single strand of your hair extensions. It is better to use too much dye rather than not using enough. Use a comb to distribute the hair dye while applying it. Once you're done applying the dye, place the extensions in a Ziploc bag, wrap in foil, or if dying a wig unit cover it with a plastic bag or trash bag making sure to tie it so that heat is trapped in.

 Allow the extensions to soak in the dye for 2 to 4 hours.  When it's time to rinse the hair dye out of the extensions, use warm water and afterwards apply conditioner. It's also important to comb through the hair extensions after applying the conditioner for even application and also to moisturize your extensions. rinse out the conditioner, shampoo, condition and rinse out conditioner using cold water. This will seal in the hair color and make the hair shiny. For a final step either use a blow-dryer to dry the hair extensions or allow them to air-dry (which is recommended).


Viola!!! You did it! Now enjoy your newly dyed hair extensions! Slay Boo!

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Marica Janaè



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