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