The dipdye/ombre trend is everywhere at the moment. But to freshen up the look for Spring, why not add some colour? I wanted a non-permanent solution to this look, and decided to self dye some old hair extensions. This way, I can clip in the coloured tips any time I like and remove them when I'm bored.
If you'd like to try this out for yourself then keep reading as I've put together a guide on how you can dip dye your own hair extensions...
What You Will Need:
set of hair extensions
(mine is the colour 'Lilac' from Directions)
My hair extensions were a cheap set from ebay and originally a much lighter blonde. I dyed them to match my current hair colour, leaving the tips the original light blonde shade. If you have dark hair, it might be wise to pre-lighten or bleach the tips of your hair extensions. I don't know the best way of doing this so search around for tips and tricks and be aware that this will damage the condition of your extensions in the same way it would your own hair. Directions coloured semi-permanent dyes are brilliant over most hair shades, but if you have dark brown or black hair and want to achieve a light purple colour like mine, a pre-lighten will be necessary. You can buy all different shades of Directions on ebay here with free delivery.
Lay out all your equipment before you start. I used an old towel to protect the floor and lay the ends of my extensions on regular kitchen tinfoil...
Start to apply the dye with your tint brush (you can get one in Superdrug or Boots for a few pounds.) Dye as much of the tips as you like. I covered about one quarter of the whole length of hair in Lilac dye. Blend the colour out a little into the rest of the hair so you don't end up with one straight line.
Turn the sections of hair over and apply the dye to the other side. This ensures full coverage of the tips and no odd missed-out sections.
The tub says leave for 15 mins. I left mine for 25 minutes. For darker hair colours, I'd suggest leaving it for up to an hour. After this time is up, rinse out the dye in luke-warm water. You can add a little conditioner to the tips and then rinse this out too. Leave to dry overnight - do not attempt to blow dry your hair extensions, let them dry naturally.
Style your new hair extensions in whichever way you like. Mine are actually a bit too short for my natural hair now, but if yours are adding some length to your hair you will achieve much more of a dip-dye effect.
I'd consider adding some pink in the future and go for a Lauren Conrad style tip dye!
Leather Jacket - Peacocks
Galaxy Cross Tee - DIY
Lipstick - MAC Snob
Nails - Pastel Pink from Primark