Creating Lowlights & Highlights
Creating Lowlights For Your Hair Extensions
For those who wish to create some glamorous lowlights within their new set of hair extensions, the process may seem daunting and unfamiliar to those who have not done this before. Many things can and often do go wrong if certain steps are not taken to ensure correct application. Fortunately, we have created a step by step to help you achieve great looking results in the comfort of your own home.
• Semi-permanent hair dye. Be sure to buy darker coloured hair dye then your extensions.
• Mixing bowel and colour application brush.
• Paper towels to clean up any mess.
• Running water to wash extensions.
• An old towel or several sheets of newspaper joined together.
Step by step guide to low lighting your extensions
• Setting up a work station - Place an old towel or several sheets of newspaper over a table top to act as your work space.
• To partition off a section of your hair that you wish to lowlight, hold your weft piece near the clip attachment and using a rat tailed comb isolate several locks of hair by weaving in and out at equal intervals (as though you were sewing through a piece of fabric).
• Once partitioned bundle the underneath hair using a rubber band or hair band, and separate the hair to be dyed from the remainder of the hair. The clip piece should be in the middle, the uppermost hair to be low lighted on the right, and the lower most hair on the left. Lay flat on work space.
• Repeat steps 2 & 3 so that all of your clip extension pieces are separated into sections that will and won’t be dyed.
• Apply gloves and protective gear to ensure you don’t get dye on you and mix your semi permanent hair dye.
• Gently massage the dye from the roots down to the tips of the hair, ensuring that at all times that you do not get hair dye on the bundle of hair that you wish to remain undyed.
• Repeat step 6 for all clip in hair extension pieces and leave to set for the recommended time outlined on the dye box (usually around 30 minutes).
• Remove the partitioning bands from the hair and rinse the hair dye out of the hair extensions using warm water. Next, gently apply the conditioner that came with the hair dye and allow it to soak in for approximately 5 minutes. Rinse with warm water and gently comb hair with a wide toothed comb.
• Leave to air dry and then style as desired.
Highlighting Your Extensions
If you wish to apply highlights to lighten and brighten your hair extensions, simply purchase a permanent hair dye that is lighter in colour then the hair extensions and use the steps outlined above. Semi permanent hair dyes usually do not have bleaching agents in them, but permanent dyes often do, and as a result they can lift the hair colour up to a lighter shade.
Be very cautious when highlighting your extensions, as they can easily become damaged, so consulting a hair dresser first, and highlighting a sample of the hair prior to the whole set is always a great idea. DIY kits often are far inferior to products used by hair dressers and they may failure to produce the results you desire.
Be sure that you also purchase a good quality leave in moisturising product or Moroccan oil, so that you can apply a light coat to the extensions after having dyed them. This will help to re-hydrate the hair extensions.
After having dyed the extensions it is always a good idea not to shampoo the extensions within the first 48 hours, so as to allow the dye to permeate the hair. If you shampoo the extensions too soon after having dyed them, or wash them too frequently, the colour will fade.
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To see this process in more detail please feel free to watch the video below.