How to Color Your Weave without Bleach – Kybele Virgin Hair Tips

August 07, 2014

In order for your bundle to be considered 100% virgin hair, it must be the natural color it was before it was clipped from someone’s head. So, never buy dyed, bleached or colored weave, and think it’s virgin hair. Now, let’s say you do get your hands on genuine virgin hair extensions. You love the length, the texture, maybe even the cut. But, the color is boring to you. Well, you can color your weave to match your personal style or skin tone. And, you do not have to use bleach to do it. Kybele Virgin Hair explains how.

Read: What is Virgin Hair?

Always Start with a Strand Test before You Color Your Weave

Virgin hair extensions are just like your own head of hair. Anything you can do to your mane, can be done to your hair weave. That includes dying it. And, just like with your natural hair, it’s best to not use bleach or dye with bleach in it. Bleach can damage virgin hair weaves.

However, just like with your natural hair, you need to do a “Strand Test” before you color your weave. Strand testing is absolutely critical, as some grades of hair react differently to dyes than others. The last thing you want to do is damage your virgin hair extensions. Here’s how to do a strand test on your hair extensions:

  1. Mix/prepare the bleach-free dye according to the packaging directions.
  2. Apply a small amount to a tiny portion of your weave to test it. Ideally, you should wait 24 hours to see what effect the dye has on it. If you can’t wait that long, give it at least a few hours.
  3. If all is well, go ahead and color your weave without bleach.
Color Your Weave Blond and Other Colors without Bleach

Hair extensions dip dyed blonde with tie dyed red and brown tips. Image Source: Pinterest

Lightening Your Hair Weave without Bleach

It’s much more difficult to lighten hair than it is to dye it darker. Generally, bleaching hair is how to color your weave and make it lighter. But, bleach can cause serious damage to virgin hair extensions. Don’t fret, though. There is a way to lighten your weave without using bleach.

Oftentimes, when you apply dye to darker hair to make it lighter, the hair turns a slightly orange color. So, how do you combat this? Simply re-color your weave again and again until the orange shade disappears. Eventually, you will achieve the lighter color you want. This usually happens after the third time. However, you have to wait a few days in between each new coloring application.

Featured Image: These hair extensions have been dip-dyed using a light pastel color to tie-dye the tips. Image Source: Pinterest

Risks of Bleaching Your Virgin Hair Extensions

Since your weave is not actually your own natural hair, the risk of damaging it is not that bad. So, if you really want to bleach it, go ahead. Just be sure to follow some simple guidelines:

  1. Use an eraser or stripper first. If your hair is black, you’ll need to apply the stripper two times just to get your hair weave to a brown color. Let a little time pass before you move on to the bleaching process to minimize damage to your human hair extensions.
  2. Prepare the bleaching solution according to the packaging instructions. Soak the human hair weave in the prepared solution for a little while.
  3. Wash the human hair extensions to remove the bleach. If it’s not as light as you want, repeat the process a few times until you achieve the tone you want.
  4. If the plan is to color your weave now, go for it. Use a toner to help you remove left over tint after you color your weave, either with or without bleach.

Do you use bleach when you color your weave? If so, how do you keep from damaging your hair extensions? Please comment below.

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