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How To Tone Hair Extensions Before A Hair Extension Fitting

Whilst hair extensions are available in a wide range of colours, sometimes to get a perfect match there needs to be a certain level of customisation for absolutely seamless colour.

When it comes to toning or colouring hair extensions, it is usually safe to do so. However, it is highly recommended that you perform the process on a test strand first to ensure you are getting the outcome you want, before doing this to the full set of extensions. Hair extensions have been processed beforehand, therefore they tend to be porous and react quite fast to treatments, so this is something to factor in. In addition to this, performing a treatment on hair extensions, whether for toning or colouring, will most likely negatively affect the hair extensions longevity in the long term, and will make the product non returnable, and therefore this would also need to be considered. It is never recommended to bleach hair extensions.

If your hair extensions need to be toned in order to achieve a cooler tone, then this is our step-by-step guide to toning your blonde hair extensions gently with a purple shampoo.

Step 1: Rinse the hair extensions, making sure to keep the bonds, be that tape, nano, stick or whatever method your hair extensions are dry and away from the water where possible.  The reason for rinsing the hair extensions first is so that when we apply the purple shampoo to the hair it does not soak up the product to quickly. Saturating the hair will slow down the absorption speed of the product being applied.

Step 2: Lather the purple shampoo in your hands, before applying to your damp hair extensions, focusing on ensuring you fully lather up the hair so it is evenly coated, and avoiding applying the product directly to the bonds.

Step 3: After 30 seconds, rinse the product from the hair.  Leaving the product on for any longer could result in the purple shampoo staining the hair, which is why it is important to do a test strand first.

Step 4: Apply hair extension conditioner to the hair, before rinsing thoroughly to assess the colour.

Step 5: If the hair extensions are now toned to the level you require, you can dry the hair extensions ready for a fitting. If the hair extensions still need to be toned further, repeat steps 2-4 until you achieve your desired colour.

Please note, hair extensions that have been toned will revert back to the original colour over time, so you may need to repeat this process after a few weeks in order to maintain the colour long term.