How To Colour Synthetic Hair Extensions

Oct 27, 2011 by

So yesterday I talked about dyeing real hair, today it’s about synthetic! I seem to have a problem accumulating hair extensions… but they never actually match my hair colour >_< For example recently I was part of a test group for some Lady Jane extensions but none of them matched my hair at all. So for years I’ve been searching for a way to dye synthetic extensions different colours. Everywhere I looked said that it wasn’t possible because synthetic hair isn’t poreous like real hair so dye doesn’t take… you know what does take though?


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  • http://extralargeaslife.com Natalie

    I never thought to use sharpies, it would be good for creating awesome patterns! I actually usually use fabric dye.

    • http://www.violetlebeaux.com Violet

      I’ve never tried fabric dye but that sounds like a great idea too! I can see some awesome leopard print designs coming from this!

  • http://heartyoutube.blogspot.com Galaxia

    that looks fun : )

    • http://www.violetlebeaux.com Violet

      It was ^_^

  • http://www.alternativekei.com/ Daniela

    Ahh! I’ve been looking for something like this for the longest time!!! Thank you for posting this <3

    • http://www.violetlebeaux.com Violet

      :D Glad to help!

  • http://www.inspirednails.com Eileen

    Is there anything you can’t do with a Sharpie marker? I love them!

    • http://www.violetlebeaux.com Violet

      If there is, I haven’t found it!

  • Chrono

    This looks adorable!!
    Actually, a lot of cosplayers have been dying synthetic wigs with Sharpie inks for years! It looks great, especially if you shade it with different colors like you did here. :3
    Tip for everyone else: if you’re gonna try this, it’s a good idea to rinse your hairpiece under cold water until it runs clear, because otherwise the dye might transfer to your skin.
    Now I wanna try pink and orange blends, it looks gorgeous ‘^’

    • http://www.violetlebeaux.com Violet

      Oh really? I should have just asked my cosplay friends! I feel quite silly XD Thanks so much for commenting, the cold water is a fantastic tip! I want to draw patterns now like leopard print :D

  • http://www.skrhair.com/blog Sally

    That’s actually pretty cool! I saw the title of this article and clicked on to say ‘you can’t colour synthetic hair extensions!’ but that is a mega fun and innovative way of doing it :-) Did the colour last?

    • http://www.violetlebeaux.com Violet

      It does last very well, if you bake it in gently you can make it permanent too. Hope that helps :)

  • sonia

    I love your styles…Very TRENDY, i’m 43 and they work well for me as well, love the sausage bun!!! Great ideas for extensions!!!! Love Ya!!!!!!! Ciao

    • http://www.violetlebeaux.com Violet

      Thank you very much for reading!

  • jayde

    How do you “bake” the color in?

    • http://www.violetlebeaux.com Violet

      If you want you could give it a blast with a hairdryer or hot water but because sharpies are permanent on plastic and synthetic hair is basically plastic you shouldn’t need to ^_^

      • Mia

        I’m the process of dying some hair strands pink (just having problems finding pink sharpies D:), so I did a lot of research! Turns out if you mix the sharpie ink (you need to break it open) with ALCOHOL, the dye becomes permanent! I haven’t tried this myself yet, and I guess it may damage the hair a little bit, but it’s a great idea if you want to avoid dye transfering to clothes and what not :). Lovely blog, I’ll be checking the rest of your posts :D!

        • http://www.violetlebeaux.com Violet

          That’s an awesome tip, I’ll have to give it a try!

  • Beth

    I want my brown hair extension to turn blonde as I’m dyeing my hair and don’t have the money to but more hair extensions ..is there a way I can do this?

    • http://www.violetlebeaux.com Violet

      Unfortunately I haven’t found a way to do that yet, I’ve only been able to go darker.

  • Evelyn

    i want to dye my light brown synthetic extensions red will the sharpie stain my skin or clothing? And how long does the sharpie actually stay on the extensions. Thanks!

    • http://www.violetlebeaux.com Violet

      Once it’s dry, it shouldn’t come off on anything. From my experience, the sharpie is permanent but again I haven’t tested it very thoroughly.

  • Alexandria

    Hey there! I recently just purchased some clip in extensions that are Human & Synthetic hair combined. They are a blonde/brown color, and I was wondering how I might dye them to black. Could I use a regular dye from Sally’s or something? Or would I have to use fabric dye? If so, what would this do to the human hair in them? Thanks and much love! xoxo

    • http://www.violetlebeaux.com Violet

      Hi Alexandria, that is a very good question! I’ve never seen extensions which are a mix of human and synthetic before. Dyeing them would probably be quite time consuming but I think your best bet would be to use a regular hair dye and see if it takes or not, then you could use sharpies or other synthetic dyes to touch up the areas which are synthetic without damaging the human hair parts. I think it would be alright as you’re going to a darker colour but I would probably expect at least a little bit of damage from the process if the synthetic and human strands are mixed together completely. Sorry I couldn’t be more help but let me know how you go with it, I’m really curious!

  • Jamie

    Hello all :) I have an orangey colour synthetic wig that I would really love to dye blonde. Have tried box dye and it made a difference but not enough.. Do you think it is possible and if so, any ideas? Would be really appreciated <3

    • http://www.violetlebeaux.com Violet

      Hi Jamie, I’ve never had any success in lightening a synthetic wig before. Maybe someone else can chime in with some ideas for you to try. Sorry I couldn’t be more help!