How to Dye Your Hair Extensions: An Easy Step-by-Step guide

If you’ve bought a set of hair extensions and are not satisfied with their color, or you just want to refresh them with a new shade, you may be thinking of dying your hair extensions. But can you dye hair extensions at home? The good news is yes, you can do it yourself to save the amount of money that would otherwise be spent on a salon appointment. In this post, we’ll guide you through a step-by-step guide on how to dye your hair extensions. So, keep reading to find out how you can rock a new hair color from the comfort of your home!

How to Dye Your Hair Extensions

1. Can you dye hair extensions?

While it’s totally possible to dye hair extensions, there comes a specific condition. Your hair extensions must be made from 100% Remy human hair, which can be treated just like your own hair. With high-quality hair extensions from Macsara, you can confidently color your hair extensions without worrying about hair tangling or shedding (if cared for properly). If your hair extensions are synthetic, they cannot endure dying because the hair is made from plastic fibers. Non-Remy hair extensions that have already been chemically processed won’t produce a satisfactory result as well.

How to Dye Your Hair Extensions
Only high-quality hair extensions made from Remy human hair can be dyed

Also, note that you should dye your hair extensions at home only if you want darker shades that are within two shade levels from the current color. In case you prefer light tones, such as light brown, blonde, or platinum, you’d better seek help from a professional stylist or colorist. As these colors require using 30- and 40-volume developers or even bleaching, DIY can bring about not only an unwanted result but also potential hair damage. Hair extensions themselves are an investment, so don’t risk messing things up!

2. How to dye hair extensions: A step-by-step guide

Prep your hair

Make sure that you’re going to dye hair extensions that are not fitted. If your hair extensions have been used before, wash them (no earlier or later than) 24 hours before dying them. If your hair extensions are brand new, you can skip this step.

Use a gentle shampoo to remove any product build-up, making the dye penetrate hair shafts better. Then let them dry naturally, as using a blow dryer will make the hair extensions too dry and this is not good for the dying process.

Gather your supplies, and brush your hair extensions

Before delving into the process, gather the necessary supplies as below:

  • A professional dye and developer (10- or 20-volume)
  • Color bowl and brush
  • Hair color gloves
  • Tin foil
  • Plastic wrap
  • Wide-toothed comb
  • Towel
  • Shampoo and conditioner

Once you’ve got them all ready and organized, brush your hair extensions using a wide-tooth comb to remove any tangles or knots. This is essential for a smooth dying process.

Mix the dye

How to dye hair extensions
Mix the dye following the manufacturer’s instructions

Put on your gloves before getting started. Spread sheets of tin foil on a large surface and lay strands of hair extensions out. Mix the dye according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Normally, you’ll mix color and developer in a 1:1 ratio. As it’s safer to do a strand test before applying color to all of your hair extensions, don’t mix all that you have, just take a certain amount for testing.

Use your brush to apply the hair dye to a strand of extensions from root to tip. Wait for the minimum recommended time for the dye and assess the color outcome. If the shade is not what you want yet, reapply the dye and continue checking the color every 5-10 minutes.

Apply the color

Once you are satisfied with the result of your strand test, it’s time to apply the color to the remaining strands. Make sure each strand is completely saturated with the color solution on both sides, starting from the top and working your way down to the ends. It’s much better to use too much color than an insufficient amount.

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Apply the color thoroughly to all hair extension strands

Wait for processing

Now that all strands of extensions have been coated with color, loosely cover them with plastic wrap to ensure the color won’t dry out before taking effect. Leave them on for the period of time recommended by the manufacturer (typically from 20 to 40 minutes). We are heading for the last steps of our guide on how to dye your hair extensions, don’t rush the process for the best results!

How to dye hair extensions
Wait for the period of time recommended by the manufacturer

Cleanse your hair

Once the processing time is complete, rinse the hair extensions thoroughly. Gently remove the excess dye by rinsing with cool water until the water runs clear. Avoid using hot water, as it can damage the hair fibers. After rinsing, apply a sulfate-free, color-safe shampoo to cleanse the extensions. Follow with a nourishing conditioner to restore moisture and maintain the vibrancy of the color. Note that you’ll need to wait at least 48 hours before washing your hair extensions again.

How to dye hair extensions
Cleanse your hair thoroughly with a gentle shampoo

Allow your hair to dry naturally

After shampooing and conditioning your hair extensions, lay them out on a soft towel and let them air dry. Don’t use a blow dryer, as you don’t want heat to cause damage to the newly colored hair!

How to dye hair extensions
Allow your hair to dry naturally


In conclusion, dying your hair extensions can be a fun and creative way to transform your look. By following this easy step-by-step guide on how to dye your hair extensions, you can achieve stunning results from the comfort of your home! We hope that this post will help you confidently embrace your new, vibrant hairstyle and enjoy the endless possibilities of beautifully colored hair extensions.

However, in case you are still concerned about the risk of DIY, why not try Macsara’s high-quality colored hair extensions? Pick from our collection, including dark and light colors in different shades catered to different needs, and enjoy soft, shiny, and colorful hair of your dream today!

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