How to Dye Hair Extensions

How to Dye Hair Extensions


Want to know how to dye hair extensions? Then sit back as we talk you through how to get your perfect hair shade with our complete guide on how to dye hair extensions successfully.

But before you reach for the nearest dye bottle and hastily paint your clip in hair extensions a different colour, there are a couple of things you should consider when dyeing hair extensions.

1.) Do not use more than 20 volume peroxide. As hair extensions are usually drier than our own growing locks, we recommend using a dye that’s no more than 20 volume peroxide, to stop the extensions from drying out further. Also, its best to use a cream based dye, as this is much gentler to use and dye hair extensions with.

How to dye hair extensions

2.) You should ALWAYS perform a strand test before dyeing your hair extensions. To do this, mix some of the dye into a bowl and apply it to one small clip-in weft. Once the dye has developed, you can then see if the dye is the right shade and determine whether you want to proceed to use the dye on the rest of your hair extensions.

Got that? OK, we can now get on with showing you how to dye hair extensions!

How to Dye Hair Extensions Ombre

How to dye hair extensions

Ombre hair has been THE hair shade of the year but achieving perfectly, dip-dyed hair extensions? Well, that’s another thing. Buying ready made ombre hair extensions don’t always look as natural as ombreing your own natural locks, and that’s why we can’t recommend enough that you dye hair extensions ombre yourself, especially when you have the Dirty Looks Ombre Kit to help you! (There’s whole post on this here). The secret to how to dye hair extensions ombre is to dye the top halves of the wefts darker to match the rest of your natural, own growing hair (this is because hair extensions can only be dyed one or two shades darker). This means choosing a set of hair extensions that resemble the ends of your chosen ombre look. To dye your hair extensions ombre, you’ll need:

- A mixing bowl
- A tint brush
- Hair dye kit
- Shampoo
- Leave-in conditioner

Once you have all your tools at the ready, you can then proceed to dye your hair extensions ombre.

Step One

Start by applying the dye to the top of your extensions. Then, with a tint brush, gently stroke the dye into the top halves of the wefts, making sure to go in between each strand.

Step Two

After painting your hair extensions, leave the dye to develop and follow the instructions for the recommended time.

Step Three

Before washing your hair extensions, apply conditioner to the ends of the extensions- this will help prevent the dye from running to the non-dyed parts of the wefts. Then, continue to wash your ombre locks with our washing, drying and styling guide here.

How to Dye Hair Extensions Lighter

The answer to ‘how to dye hair extensions lighter’ is simple- you can’t. As our clip in hair extensions have already been through a chemical process, we advise NOT to dye your hair extensions lighter or bleach them. Instead, if you want to lighten your hair extensions, we suggest using a toner rather than a semi or permanent hair dye. A toner allows the natural hair colour to come through and simply, add ‘tones’ to your hair extensions. Although it might only give a subtle change in hair colour, it is much more kinder to use than bleaching your hair extensions!

How to Dye Hair Extensions Darker

How to dye hair extensions darker

Our final guide on how to dye hair extensions, is dyeing them darker. Our clip in hair extensions can only be dyed one to two shades darker, again, this is because they have already been through a chemical process, so bleach is a no go! But if you can’t quite find your perfect hair shade, then we suggest buying a set of hair extensions that are lighter so that they can be dyed darker to your desired shade. To dye hair extensions darker, you will need:

- Hair dye kit
- Mixing bowl
- Gloves
- Tint brush
- Shampoo and conditioner

Step One

Start by applying the dye to each individual weft. Then use your tint brush to smudge in the dye, making sure that every strand is covered.

Step Two

Leave the dye on for the recommended time given on the instructions.

Step Three

Once the dye has developed and you have followed the dyeing instructions provided, you can then proceed to wash your hair extensions. To do this, hold your extensions at the top of the weft and rinse under warm water. Then lather shampoo into the extensions and rinse away before repeating with a second shampoo. Once you have finished shampooing and rinsing the extensions, apply a small amount of conditioner and leave on for a few moments and rinse away.

Step Four

Complete our guide on how to dye hair extensions by leaving the extensions to air dry flat on a dry towel. Avoid brushing at this stage as brushing will only cause the extensions to shred. Instead, leave until the next morning and comb once they are thoroughly dry.

So, there you have it- a complete guide on how to dye hair extensions! Whether it’s dyeing your hair darker or getting the ombre look, whatever hair shade you’re wishing for, make sure to follow these tips for a perfect dye job! What hair shade are you coveting right now?

53 Responses to How to Dye Hair Extensions

  • maxine
    maxine on January 28, 2014 at 7:25 pm said:

    what hair dye do you recommend for going darker?
    For my own hair I use L'Oréal Casting créme is that ok for the clip ins?

  • admin

    The L'Oreal dye is great to use on clip in hair extensions (as long as you are dyeing your extensions darker!). Also, a cream is ideal to use as it's much kinder to hair extensions. Drop us an email at if you need any more info :)

  • nicole
    nicole on March 10, 2014 at 10:53 pm said:

    why cant you color them more then 2 shades darker? I have the tanned blonde medium blonde and wanna dye them to a 4n. can I?

  • admin
    admin on March 11, 2014 at 9:42 am said:

    Hi Nicole! You are able to dye more than 2 shades darker, however the hair will need to be pre-pigmented prior to dyeing. This preps the hair for the darker shade to be applied. This process can be a little tricky to do at home so we would advise speaking to your stylist about this.Hope that helps :)

  • Megan
    Megan on April 21, 2014 at 6:08 am said:

    Hi so I ordered extensions through a lady and she got the wrong blonde colour. The one that came in was yellow and brassy not platinum blonde. I have toned them and their still not what I want and I have also highlighted them. I want to dye them a level or two lighter but their a weave and their tracked into my hair as we speak. I' don't really carry about the stuff that's braided it can be dyed later when their out but will this wreck the weft track or pull them out? I've had many extensions and I've always had to lighten them a shade or two.

  • admin
    admin on April 22, 2014 at 5:20 pm said:

    Hi Megan! Did you get clip in hair extensions from us as we don't stock weaves? We advise against dyeing our hair extensions lighter as they have already been through a chemical process. If you email the team at they'll be able to advise you on what to do next :)

  • Diane Stanek Gustin
    Diane Stanek Gustin on April 27, 2014 at 11:33 pm said:

    What's the best way to dye hair extensions. My hair dresser tells me in order to dye them she has to do it while they are in my hair. What do you think? And is that true?

  • admin
    admin on April 28, 2014 at 5:09 pm said:

    Hi Diane!

    You don't have to have the extensions in your hair to dye fact it's probably better if you don't!

    our hair extensions can be dyed up to two shades darker or you may be able to apply a toner. We do not recommend bleaching or lightening the extensions in any way :)

    If you need anymore help, feel free to drop the team an email at and they can give you some more info :)

  • Alex
    Alex on July 16, 2014 at 6:55 pm said:

    Hi there,

    I want to purchase some extensions, I have quite bright red hair and want to dye them to match. I use the L'oreal Ferrier in Spice Red. I think it probably has some sort of lightener in it.... will this be a problem?

  • Amber Rae
    Amber Rae on July 17, 2014 at 1:42 am said:

    What if I want to dye blonde extensions red???
    If anyone has an answer on how to do that please email me at

    Thank you.

  • admin
    admin on July 17, 2014 at 11:51 am said:

    Hi Amber!

    You can do this but it depends on what shade the extensions are to start with and what red dye you are planning on using. If you drop an email to, the styling team are happy to provide you with some more information :)

  • admin
    admin on July 17, 2014 at 11:52 am said:

    Hi Alex!

    I'm afraid so :( we wouldn't recommend using any dye that contains a pre-lightener as this can be very damaging to the extensions

  • Sarah

    Hi! I wanted to ombre my hair extensions blue. Would I be able to do that?

  • Samantha
    Samantha on November 9, 2014 at 6:59 am said:

    Hi! I ordered a set in butterscotch higihhts and received toasted blonde instead! I contacted you guys through email and included pics too of the invoice and the name on the back of the set. I didn't receive a reply so I opened them since I need them for a christening and didnt have time to return and wait for the proper set. To dye them darker will the end result be good anyway since they're highlighted? I'm a dark blond/light brown! Thanks

  • admin

    Hi Sarah!

    Sure - this can be done, but it does depend on which shade the extensions are to start with! If you email the Customer Care team at they'll be able to provide you with some more info :) xoxo

  • admin

    Hi Samantha!

    Our offices are closed over the weekend, so we strongly advise you wait for a reply from the Customer Care team. They will be in touch very soon if they haven't been already :) xoxo

  • susan

    can i dye the berry red extensions to brown?

  • admin

    Hey Susan,

    We wouldn't recommend trying to lighten the extensions but if you drop the team an email to, they can give you some more info and help on this :)

  • April

    Hi, is it safe to dye my organic hair extensions a couple shades darker? I don't want to ruin them.

  • Janae

    I want to dye my hair extensions blue. I am not sure if I should order my extensions blonde (for easier dying) or could I just get organic and dye them blue from there? What dye brand/type should I use?

  • admin


    The best option for you would be to go for blonde hair extensions and then dye them blue. We wouldn't recommend getting Organic as you would have to lighten these which we always advise not doing as it can damage your extensions!

    :) xoxo

  • admin


    You can dye your extensions up to two shades darker but we wouldn't recommend lightening them at all :)

  • Alex Aragon
    Alex Aragon on January 16, 2015 at 1:11 am said:

    Hi! I purchased the berry red extensions a while back and I absolutely love them, but I decided to change my color back to black. Can I dye my berry red extensions black without any issues?

  • Meridan
    Meridan on January 16, 2015 at 7:44 am said:

    I tried to dye my extensions (California highlights) to (I think) L'oreal paprika power and they've gone a horrible pink colour! I understand that I should have probably got the neutral home dye, but I was blonde before!
    Is there anything I can do?!?

  • admin

    It might be because you've tried to take them more than 2 shades darker..hmmm. Drop the team an email to and they can take a look and try to offer some advice for you :) xoxo

  • admin

    Hey! Our extensions can be dyed up to 2 shades darker so we wouldn't recommend dyeing Berry Red black I'm afraid! xoxo

  • lisa

    Hi I wanted to dye my extentions a deep cherry red colour but the extentions are natural black... Can I still dye them

  • admin

    Hey Lisa :)

    We wouldn't advise doing this as they would need to be bleached to achieve this look. The extensions have already been through a chemical bleaching process, so further bleaching could really damage them and ruin their quality!


  • Kate

    Can I put a platinum toner on blonde dirty look extensions? X

  • Kate

    I have a head of L.A wheat blonde extensions, are they too dark to tone to a brighter colour? Im looking to go a grey/lavender colour

  • Hannah
    Hannah on March 31, 2015 at 5:04 pm said:

    If you get the natural home dye extensions are they made to be dyed and arn't processed like the other ones

  • admin
    admin on April 7, 2015 at 12:00 pm said:

    Hey! Yep, the neutral home dye can be coloured but we wouldn't recommend going for these unless there definitely isn't another match for you as they can only be dyed up to 2 shades darker and can't be lightened. Drop an email to and they can give you more information if needed :)

  • admin
    admin on April 7, 2015 at 12:00 pm said:

    Hey! I think they might be sorry - something like 90's Blonde would be best for grey/silver or pastel hair colours :)

  • Kerrie
    Kerrie on May 2, 2015 at 9:43 pm said:

    Hi I'm currently undecided as to what colour hair extensions to buy, I use a home dye on my own hair (real red the shade is called).
    I asked my hairdresser what I should go for as I will need to colour them to match my colour, she wasn't very helpful & told me I'm best matching them up to my hair. Obviously my hair isn't a natural colour so I will need to colour them myself. Am I best getting a shade of brown do you think? Thanks

  • admin
    admin on May 6, 2015 at 11:51 am said:

    Hey Kerrie,

    It'll depend on what colour your hair currently is and if you pre-lighten before dyeing. If you drop an email with some pics to, our stylists will take a look and get back to you with your best options :)

  • kristel
    kristel on May 15, 2015 at 7:08 pm said:

    I just ordered platinum blonde extensions but my hair couldnt resist bleaching it one more time. So I left it a warm golden blonde. I do I get the extensions to become 2 to 3 shades darker blonde? Can I just dye it a warm golden blonde with any dye or is there a special way to do it?

  • admin
    admin on May 19, 2015 at 10:17 am said:

    Hey Kristel,

    You can just dye these darker but be sure to follow this guide closely! xoxo

  • Mirona
    Mirona on May 20, 2015 at 6:44 pm said:

    Hi! I have just been to a local hairdressers to get some advice about dying new hair extensions. I already have a brown to golden blonde ombre and would like to get extensions to match. I asked whether it would be better to get platinum blonde extensions and dye the top darker or get dark ones and lighten up the bottom. They suggested to get the dark extensions that would match the top of my head. Having read this article however I'm having doubts? I don't want to spend a lot of money on extensions and then for the ombre to not work? Help! Thank you.

  • admin
    admin on May 21, 2015 at 2:30 pm said:

    Hey! We don't recommend that you bleach or lighten our extensions in any way so we'd advise going for a blonde set of extensions in the shade you'd like your ombre to be and then dyeing the tops of the wefts darker :) xoxo

  • annie
    annie on July 4, 2015 at 3:04 pm said:

    I had a caramel colour hair extensions, but then I dyed my hair red and so I did the same to my extensions. But then I didn't like the colour so I dyed the extensions black. And now they are like a murky greeny-black. Is there anyway I can get my extensions back to a decent wearable colour?
    P.s my hair is now dark purple so I'd love for my extensions to somehow turn out black.. is that even possible

  • admin
    admin on July 6, 2015 at 4:51 pm said:

    Hey Annie!

    This is probably due to the fact that they've been coloured more than two shades darker :(

    Unfortunately, I don't think you'd be able to get them to a black shade now without damaging their condition :(

  • Sally Matson
    Sally Matson on August 27, 2015 at 10:40 pm said:

    Hi, I bought ombré extensions months back which matched my hair perfectly until I dyed it just now! Now I'm panicking as I'm going out this weekend and my extensions don't match! I used a light natural brown dye which was shade 6N, my hairdresser normally uses a 6... She's on holiday so I did the silly thing of doing it myself. Bad move. It's so dark! I know I will need to colour the darker part of my extensions to match, but this will leave the lighter part looking way too light and will look abit silly against such darkness. What do you suggest I do? Should I get a separate colour to put on the ends, and if so, what shade would you recommend to make them blend better?
    Sally xxx

  • Kaylee
    Kaylee on August 31, 2015 at 5:57 pm said:

    My hair extensions are a deep red wine colour, would I be able to dye them black without any problems?

  • admin

    Hey Sally! I would really recommend having a consultation with your hair stylist regarding what shade to opt for however as she is on holiday, maybe you have another stylist you could contact for some advice :) xoxo

  • admin

    Hey Kaylee! Hair Extensions from Dirty Looks can be dyed up to 2 shades darker or you may be able to apply a toner.

    If you need to dye your extensions more than 2 shades darker, pre pigmented prior to dying will be required Pre-pigmenting can be a little tricky to do at home, we recommend speaking to your stylist about this.

    Hair extensions can not be bleached or lightened. Importantly we recommend that a strand test is completed prior to dying, always follow the dye manufacturer’s instructions and the Dirty Looks dye guide.

    If you are unsure about dyeing the extensions then your stylist will be most helpful. Most stylists will have experience of dying hair extensions and can avoid many of the pitfalls associated with box dyes. :) xoxo

  • Ashley

    I bought red weave hair extensions online but they are too bright I want to dye them more of a burgundy color they are 100% human hair by remy what would you recommend that I use to achieve the color I am after I'm scared of messing them up as a friend tried to dye hers once an messed them up please help

  • admin

    Hey! I would really recommend consulting your stylist regarding this :) xoxo

  • Hana

    I want to ask something, i have a blond extension from hk and i dye with a darker color,, but now i want to make it light by 2 shade lighter is it possible

  • Kymberlee
    Kymberlee on November 5, 2015 at 10:10 pm said:

    I have silver hair, and I dye my natural hair with pravana color vicissitudes since using a toner didn't achieve the look I wanted. Should I buy the organic hair and dye it or can I buy regular platinum extensions and use the pravana dye on those?

  • admin

    Hey Hana :). It is strongly advised that you do not bleach or lighten hair extensions. The hair has already been through a chemical process and any additional lightening is likely to affect the condition of the hair.

    Bleaching and lightening damages our own hair but we have a natural supply of sebum oils to help replenish and restore the hair, hair extensions do not have this natural supply. Hope this helps :) xoxo

  • admin

    Hey Kymberlee :)... If you are dyeing your hair extensions silver we would recommend opting for Oh My Gwen Stefani and then using a Crazy Color or Manic Panic Hair Dye on these :)... Also check out this blog which I think you will find super helpful: :) xoxo

  • JessiLynneSmithReyes
    JessiLynneSmithReyes on November 16, 2015 at 6:28 am said:

    I wanna dye a full chlip in set of hair extensions to a red/purple what extension brand should i get > ?

  • admin

    Hey Jessi :)...If you need help selecting a hair extension shade to dye to your desired shade give the team an email at and they will be able to assist you with this :) xoxo


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