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You can dye your hair extensions as long as they are human hair extensions. Human hair extensions can be colored, heated and styled just like your virgin hair but they requires extra attempt to maintain their quality. Quality of extensions does play a major role. There are several things you should keep in mind while dealing with human hair extensions:

Do a strand test before you do anything. Although you can dye your hair extensions, you should first test them to see the level of dealing with the coloring process. You can try this method: First, mix the dye as directed, then apply to one small strand or small section of the hair. Watch the result and decide the way to dye the rest of your hair.

Virgin Remy hair extensions are the best type of weaves for dyeing. This type of hair extensions haven’t been chemically processed, therefore, they can be dyed with minimal damage to the hair. It is best to avoid overly harsh chemicals, however, Remy hair extensions can be lightened or darkened just like natural hair. It is advised that you shouldn’t try to dye non-Remy hair extensions. This type of extensions have been chemically treated, they are generally not strong enough to be dyed.

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It could take numerous applications to lighten your hair extensions. To dye black extensions to blonde or light brown color, first, strip the hair of its original color, then, bleach the hair to the desired shade. You may try more than one time to achieve the wanted color. Remember, do a strand test first.

Strong chemicals can damage your hair extensions after dyeing process. If you use chemical dyes that are too harsh for the hair, you can strip their cuticles, making your extensions weak.

You should make decision carefully about what color you will dye, what products you will use, etc. because dyeing or toning may alter the structure of the hair, resulting in a lowered lifespan.

We will provide you with the most essential do and don’t of dyeing your extensions to ensure the quality of your set.


  1. As above, you should do a strand test prior to dyeing all of your hair extensions.
  2. Have a professional hair colorist works on your extensions. Ideally, you should find someone who had previous experience working with hair extensions to make sure that you can have the right hair color.
  3. Wash your hair with sulfate & alcohol-free shampoo before coloring. We recommend washing your hair extensions one weft at a time. Hold the weft with one hand at the top, submerge it into the water, and gently wash the hair. Avoid rubbing and be very careful to not tangle the hair.
  4. You should use a semi or permanent color with a low volume developer. These dyes are the least ones tending to spread and will reach the same color effect without damaging your extensions. We recommend using a 10 volume developer as it will only deposit color and not lift the hair which can change its integrity.
  5. Always apply the color to both sides of the weft and in one direction, the result will be even and not patchy. When applying the color, only apply it in a downwards direction. Start from the base of the weft moving downwards towards the ends, following the natural fall of the hair. Applying the color upwards can damage your extensions, and will likely leave them frizzy and tangled.
  6. Have a regular moisturizing care schedule. Color-treated hair will need more care than non-proceeded hair. You should use products that are specifically formulated for dry and damage hair. These products can keep the strands healthy and nourished. We recommend you  to use argan oil, coconut oil, castor oil, etc. as they can add moisture to the hair.


  1. Dye the whole set altogether. This can cause tangles and you can’t control your dye process. Remember to dye one weft at a time, so you can manage the outcome.
  2. Use any bleach (highlights). Bleaching is a damaging process that will alter the quality and integrity of your set. Increasing the concentration of bleach or leaving it in longer to soak will only lead to damaged hair. 
  3. Use products that contain sulfates or alcohol. These ingredients strip the hair of its natural oil, make the hair drier and more prone to tangling. These products also fade your hair color quicker. Always be sure to check the ingredient listing on the back of the product to ensure you don’t see the words: SLS, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Alcohol denat, Ethanol, SD alcohol 40, Propanol, Isopropyl, and Propyl.
  4. Try to dye hair extensions by your own. Doing this incorrectly can very easily leave hair dry and damaged if not done correctly. Therefore, it is necessary to have advice or instruction from experts.
  5. Over wash treated hair extensions. We don't advice washing colored extensions often as this can strip the hair of its oils and will actually cause the hair color to fade faster. Keep in mind, lighter pastel colors will typically wash out a lot easier than a darker auburn shade.

To ensure the health of your hair, a reliable hair extensions brand like APO Hair is very necessary. APO’s Remy hair is completely natural human hair coming from donors in Vietnam, the quality is highly ensured. We commit to supply the best quality hair products, especially Remy hair – 100% no chemicals, no dyed, no colored.