My Favorite Way to Change My Hair Color without Commitment

Affordable way to color hair extensions

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When it comes to hair color, I tend to play it safe these days. Sure, I used to love the platinum blonde look and had it for years, but the older I get, the more I like an easy to maintain color. But that doesn’t mean I don’t miss it now and again! It’s then I head for my clip-in extensions in fun, colors to liven up my style and compliment my outfit. It’s my perfect blend of fun style with no commitment. Here’s my easy tutorial on how to color hair extensions at home.

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This fall, I’m loving that rich brown tones are in. I especially adore the fact that “Millenial Pink” is still super trendy and I love the shade. So, the obvious choice for clip-in extensions was to go with a light pink that would really pop in my long, medium brown hair. I wanted the wefts to be noticeable but only have a few clip-in pieces at the back.

Start with Good Quality Extensions

I can’t stress this enough: when it comes to hair extensions, you get what you pay for. If you’re unsure, head to your local hair and beauty supply store for advice. When it comes to lightening or dyeing hair extensions, only natural hair will work. Don’t even bother with synthetic or synthetic blend – you’ll be out some serious cash.

If you want several different color extensions, go for a larger pack. Only a few? There’s no need to buy a giant package of hair for a few clip-ins.

The Brighter the Color, the Lighter the Hair Extensions

If you’re going for a super bold, bright color, you’ll need the lightest colored hair extension you can buy. Of course, a pale color will need blonde hair extensions, too. When in doubt, ask a professional for extension advice.

Measure the Length of Your Hair

Before buying the extensions, measure the length of your hair. Since I have extra long hair, I chose the 18-inch long extensions so there wouldn’t be much of a difference in length.

My advice is, if you’re between two lengths, go for the longer ones. You can always trim them – I like to give mine a trim after coloring anyway.

Coloring Hair Extensions

When coloring hair extensions, make sure to use a few old towels on top of a plastic sheet or garbage bag. You’ll be laying them while they process, so remember to protect your table ahead of time. Pay close attention to the color instructions and use a timer if you have to.

After the color has processed, rinse out thoroughly and apply the conditioner that comes in the box. Treat your extensions as you would your real hair, i.e., no tugging on knots. I like to dry mine with a hair dryer and wide-tooth comb, too.

sewing in hair extensions

Adding the Clips and Wearing Your New Extensions

If you want to save money, cutting the extensions to size and sewing on the hair clips is the way to go. As for the sewing, it’s pretty self-explanatory: sew the top of the hair piece to a complimentary-colored comb. I bought the thread, clips, and “C” needles at the beauty supply store. Make sure you sew each piece in thoroughly.

When you’re ready to clip the extensions into your hair there’s a couple of things you can do to help them stay in. First, if you have fine hair, back comb the area where each extension will clip in. Second, if the extensions are too ling, give them a quick trim.

Schwarzkopf Color Ultime Velvet Brown

My All Over Color

Pretty, right? For autumn and winter, I like to go with a darker, richer color. My new recent favorite at-home color? Schwarzkopf Color Ultime in 3.8 Velvet Brown. As my natural hair (without the grays!) is a medium brown, it matches beautifully.

hair one week after using Schwarzkopf Color Ultime

Bonus: Schwarzkopf Color Ultime defies color fading for up to nine weeks, offers shades perfect for any season, has plenty of shine, and has a “true to box” color result. Want proof? Here’s my hair a week later – and after hitting the Central Florida theme parks in full sun. Check out that color!

Schwarzkopf Color Ultime Velvet Brown

If you’re thinking about using Schwarzkopf Color Ultime, please make sure to match your natural color to the back of the box and always to a swatch test before you commit to coloring all of your hair. Also, wear the included gloves and keep a couple of old towels around – I like to wear one around my neck. If you have extra-long hair, you’ll probably need two boxes of color for an all-over coloring, too.

color ultime at walmart

As for finding it in stock, I headed to my local Walmart and found tons of gorgeous Schwarzkopf Color Ultime shades on the shelves.
Another reason why I trust the Schwarzkopf brand? Right now you can try Schwarzkopf Color Ultime or Keratin Color for free! Use Ibotta? You can earn up to $5 on Ibotta when you purchase any shade of Schwarzkopf Color Ultime, too!

how to change your hair color without commitment: easy hair extensions coloring tips!

For more inspiration, head on over to the Schwarzkopf Social Hub for color ideas!

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14 Thoughts to “My Favorite Way to Change My Hair Color without Commitment”

  1. Ohh how cute! Something I would definitely wear on a special occasion…or even just like that to change my look a bit! Since I have black hair I would love wearing red!

  2. What a fun idea for a pop of color! I’ve had all kinds of colors in my hair in the past, but now with my job as a professional ballet dancer, I am not able to do so. Maybe this is my solution for a fun night out! Thanks for sharing!

  3. I am a hair dyer too. I love how it makes my hair feel so soft and shiny. I love your hair extensions too!

  4. Great tips! The hair extensions look amazing on you! I love adding hair extensions to my hair too. Love the pop of color.

  5. I haven’t dyed my hair in ages. Now at forty years old I have some white but I still refrain from dyeing it. I’d love to see what extensions could do for me though.

  6. Aine

    Neat idea, I’ve never dyed my hair – don’t know if I ever will – but this could be a nifty way to change up without too much change

  7. what a great idea! I would love to be more experimental with my hair and that sounds like the way to go! Do you think pink would work well with my red hair? Perhaps I should go for a lighter shade maybe? Or even stark white?

  8. Courtney

    Oooo good to know!! I’m all about coloring my own hair!!! Only way I know it will get done correctly lol

  9. These extensions look amazing on you! I used to get them all of the time but haven’t done it in years.

  10. I’m with you – the older I get, the less time I have for playing with hair changes too much. Believe it or not, I’ve never even thought about extensions! What a fab idea just for the fun of it!

  11. I have been thinking about hair extension just to make my hair look fuller. Kind of scary because I really don’t know how to apply them.

  12. Blair villanueva

    Lovely tips! I always want to try to wear a hair extension for a quick hair change, because coloring is not my option.

  13. Kristin

    How fun! I’ve never tried extensions but they look like a fun way to mix it up!

  14. Sarah Dunham

    Great advice! I use clip-in-extensions. They’re so beautiful & efficient to apply that I’m always finding new ways to style them. I will definitely try your tips to style and color my extensions!

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