If you’re looking for more oomph than the Ombre or other colored hair weaves can offer, you may want to learn how to dye a hair weave at home (as seeking a professional’s help may be expensive).
Just so that you’re aware, you can do pretty much everything with a quality hair weave, including dyeing, styling (even using heat), cutting and more. With that said, let’s take a look at how to go about dyeing a hair weave fairly simply at the comfort of your home.
Step 1: Figuring out the things you will need
There are a few things you will need to dye a hair weave, and they include:
- Hair dye product
- Bleaching powder
- Mixing bowl
- Foil sheet
- Gloves (usually not necessary but recommended)
Step 2: Preparing the hair (weave)
You need to comb the hair well in order to get rid of any tangles that may make the process difficult. Also, if you have used any hair styling products on them, you may even want to wash them before dying.
However, the hair weave needs to be almost completely dry before you dye it. But it’s not recommended to use a hair dryer for drying it, you can simply let the extensions dry overnight if you wash them.
Right before dying them, however, it’s recommended to spray them a bit with clean water. It helps open up the cuticle, which speeds up the process.
Step 3: Preparing the mixture
You need to prepare a mixture of 2 scoops of bleach powder and developer, ensuring a ratio of 50:50. If you have chosen to use gloves, you can put them on at this point, and then mix the bleaching powder and developer completely.
Now, if you want the process to be faster and the lifting to be more “intense”, you can consider going for a stronger developer product. However, if the weave isn’t of a very high quality, using a stronger product may end up damaging its cuticles, so keep that in mind.
Step 4: Applying the mixture on the hair weave
Once you’re done preparing the right mixture, you can start applying it on the hair weave using an application brush. You need to be a little careful here and make sure that the mixture is well saturated.
You also need to ensure that you apply the mixture evenly on the hair weave, as it’s easy to mess up here. However, you can make this step a little less challenging by using a comb to spread the mixture evenly if and when the need be.
Then, you need to properly wrap the bleached area using the foil sheet, and time it for 20 minutes. However, you also need to note here that this time isn’t going to be the same for every product, as it depends on a few different factors.
Step 5: Rinsing out the chemical residue
Once enough time has passed since you applied the mixture on the hair weave, it’s time to wash out all the chemical residue using lukewarm water. Using a hydrated or chemical heavy shampoo is a big no here, as these products tend to make it difficult for the hair to absorb the dye, besides weakening the cuticle. You may want to go for natural products instead.
Step 6: Applying the hair dye product
You need to apply the hair dye product right above the bleached area. It provides the hair with a natural transition to further enhance the overall look.
You can wash out the dye using cold or lukewarm water after around 30 minutes of applying it. While applying conditioner, you need to use a comb to spread it evenly. Also, you need to wash out the conditioner too using cold water.
Finally, though you can use a blow-dryer to dry the hair, it’s recommended to let it dry naturally.
Some useful tips to keep in mind
- When the bleaching process is taking place, it’s recommended to check the hair every 5 minutes or so, as the time it may take tends to vary quite a bit
- It’s considered better to use too much dye than not use enough, as the latter may lead to a messed up look
- Every time you need to comb the hair, do it gently
- If you want the hair to retain its curly pattern, you need to scrunch it a bit