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Last week we gave all of you gorgeous ladies our best tips and tricks to achieve an even result when toning your clip in extensions. But you’ll probably already have guessed that if you have permanent extensions then you need to do things differently!
How is toning permanent hair extensions different?
When you’re toning permanent hair extensions, you need to remember that you’re dealing with two different types of hair at once – your natural hair and your extensions. They react to being toned in slightly different ways. Your extensions are more porous and dryer than your natural hair, so they will absorb the pigment in the toning shampoo far more quickly. And this can result in purply patches all over your hair if you’re not careful – not a great look for anyone!
Here’s our guide to perfectly toned hair…
Step 1: Make a toning solution
If you rush in and apply toning shampoo straight onto your hair, your extensions will soak up all that pigment quicker than you can say “purple hair”. You’ll end up with purple extensions and natural hair that’s toned normally – eeek! So you need to even things out to take account of the two types of hair involved by making a toning solution. It’s an easy job; mix together half a cup of water with one tablespoonful of your normal extensions-friendly shampoo and one teaspoonful of your toning shampoo. Make sure they’re mixed together properly – you can increase or reduce the number of ingredients in your toning solution according to the amount of hair you have – very thick or long hair will need more solution; short hair will need less.
Step 2: Thoroughly wet your hair
You’ll get uneven and patchy blotches near the roots if you apply the shampoo directly to your dry hair. That’s because the extensions and your hair will absorb the pigment at different rates. So, soak your hair completely, using plenty of lukewarm water.
Step 3: Tone your hair
Now your hair is soaking wet, apply the toning mixture and massage it into your hair from roots to tips until you have a lovely rich lather. The shampoo in this mixture will prevent patchy pigmentation and clean your scalp, the toner will tone your hair and extensions evenly, and the water will help distribute the solutions evenly throughout your hair. Leave the lather on your hair for between 30 seconds to 1 minute, depending on how strong you want the final result.
Step 4: Rinse, rinse, rinse
It’s time to remove that toner solution, so rinse your hair and extensions thoroughly with lashings of lukewarm water and pat it dry so it’s ready for you to apply conditioner.
Step 5: Apply your conditioner or mask
Conditioning your hair is a must after any treatment. If you choose to use a hair mask, remember to stay away from coconut-based products as they may damage your keratin bonds, tapes or glue which could cause your extensions to start slipping.
Simply apply the conditioner or mask and leave it on for 5 minutes. If you want a really deep conditioning treatment, you can wear a shower cap for an extra conditioning boost.
Step 6: Rinse, rinse, rinse
Rinse that lovely nourishing conditioner out of your hair with lots of cool water. The cool water will seal the moisture and the pigment into your hair.
Step 7: Dry your hair
Your hair is now toned, so get ready to dry it. Gently pat your extensions and natural hair with a soft towel to soak up the excess water. Now it’s time to leave it to air dry; try to air dry your hair as much as you can before reaching for the hairdryer. It’s best to wait until your hair is about 50% dry; think of it as a time to catch up with a bit of Instagram!
Step 8: Style and voila
Now your hair is dry it’s time to style your beautifully toned hair. Remember to use an extension-friendly heat protection spray before using heat tools to keep your stunning locks looking their best for longer.
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