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How To Dye Clip-In Hair Extensions?

How To Dye Clip-In Hair Extensions?

Last updated date Tue Apr 16 2024 By William Brown

Fashion Blog

Your hair extensions have just been delivered, but now you're second-guessing the color because it can’t blend well with your real hair that you expect. This is the great solution for you. Just dye your hair at home. This article will show you “How To Dye Clip-In Hair Extensions”.

 1. What do we need to prepare for the dying procedure?

Before you start, just check your clip-in hair extensions. It is important to make sure that you have bought your own human clip-in hair extensions. If your clip-in hair extensions are not made of human natural hair, it can be difficult to be colored successfully.

Here is what we need to have before starting the dying process.

Color bowl and brush

Hair color gloves

Tin foil

Plastic wrap

Wide-tooth comb


What do we need to prepare for the dying procedure 

2. Organize Your Workspace and Mix Color

Before you dye your clip in hair extensions, you will comb them through to remove the tangle before you turn to the next step. Brush your clip-in hair extensions gently and then, follow the instructions of the manufacturer, prepare your color and mix colors with equal parts in a bowl and mix them with the developper. (Most color is made by mixing equal parts color and developer.) 

You'll need approximately 3–5 ounces of prepared color for your extensions, but more color may be necessary depending on the length. Then you don’t need to wash it, use a comb to detangle your clip-in hair extensions. Next, lay them across the tin foil. Finally, you can let them dry freely, do not color your hair extensions while they're wet.

Organize Your Workspace and Mix Color

It would be best if you can set up a workplace as a large counter or table space with plenty of room to work comfortably. The room that you do your color to your hair extensions should be in the light room, both warm and well-lit. Spread the sheets of tin foil across your work area to prevent staining your workspace from the color.

3. Apply the Color

Next step, you need to use hair color gloves and color brush. Divide your hair extensions into some sections. Apply the color to each section of your hair extensions. Do the color from top to ends and coat them in the whole side of your hair extensions, be sure not to leave any parts undone. 

Wait until the color covers the extensions completely. There's no room for error here, and it's far better to use too much color, rather than not enough. Start at the top of the extension moving downward to the ends, following the natural fall of the hair. 

Note that do not apply the color upwards. This can damage your hair extensions and leave them frizzy and tangling. And don’t leave the part that is very close to the clips at the top behind. Some customers forget this part when applying hair color. This can also lead to the failed section after coloring.

 Apply the Color
4. Process the Color

After you've applied color to each section of your extensions, loosely cover them with plastic wrap in order to prevent the color from drying out before it soaks in. Allow the color to process at standard room temperature for the amount of time specified on the manufacturer's directions, typically anywhere from 20 to 40 minutes.

After every 5 to 10 minutes during the processing time, you should check a small section of the hair extensions by gently rubbing the color off the extension with a paper towel. Reapply the color with your color brush after checking, and remember that the hair color when it is dry is always lighter than it does when it appears wet. When the procedure is complete, don’t be rushed. Now, it is time to rinse out your clip-in hair extensions. Fold your tin foil in half, and transport them simply over to a sink.

5. Rinse

The rinsing section will be successful if you use the cool water at a low pressure, try to use your fingers to work the excess dye out gently. It is important that you allow cool water to flow in the same direction as your clip-in hair extensions naturally fall. Make sure that you have already removed all the color, you can keep on rinsing the hair if you are not sure. A truly thorough rinsing should take an absolute minimum of 15–20 minutes. 

There is something that you should keep in mind is that: Follow up by shampooing your extensions with a mild, sulfate-free, moisturizing shampoo. Of course, you don’t want your color of clip-in hair extensions to fade out when you put them on.



6. Comb and Allow to Dry

Lay a towel on the table. Now is the time to apply a leave-in conditioner to each section of your clip-in hair extensions and comb them gently with the wide-toothed comb. Do this step after making sure your hair extensions have already finished the rinsing process. Finally, just allow the hair extensions to dry out carefully, don’t use a blow-dryer, before styling them, especially when you use the heat tools.  

Comb and Allow to Dry



It seems like these ways to dye the clip-in hair extensions are not too difficult, isn’t it? It is true, these are the simple steps to coloring your hair extensions. Step by step, we should do it carefully, to have a great result. Hair shiny, standard and beautiful colors are sure to surprise you, especially when this process is done at home, but the results are very similar to the hair salon. It is very cool, isn’t it?


William Brown

William Brown


William is a professional hair stylist with over 10 years of experience. He is passionate about creating personalized, trendy looks for his clients and specializes in hair treatments and updos. He is now a certified hair adviser for Mic Hair Company. His articles are always filled with advice, pro tips, and latest hair research results.


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