A Guide To Properly Toning Hair Extensions

Toning may not be as taxing to your strands than other harsher procedures like bleaching, but if you’re going to attempt it on your hair extensions, it’s best if you actually know what you’re doing.

In this article, we’ll show you an easy step-by-step guide to properly toning hair extensions, regardless of the type!


Pre-toning reminders:

  • Use only warm or lukewarm water for rinsing your hair extensions. Hot water can damage the extensions while cold water might be ineffective at rinsing out the dirt and grime.
  • Make sure that the purple shampoo you’re using contains no harmful chemicals, as well as paraben and sulfate, as these can be damaging for hair extensions.
  • Before attempting to do this treatment to all your hair extensions, do a patch test first. If the patch doesn’t come out the way you want it, then either try another purple shampoo or use another set of hair extensions.
  • Doing any kind of treatment on your hair extensions will void the warranty, so make sure that this is really something you want to do before doing it.

Step-by-step toning guide

Toning hair extensions is actually a lot similar to toning your own hair, except you have to exercise more caution since the former can be more fragile than your own strands.

1. Prepare your toning solution

The first thing you need to do is to prepare your toning solution. Don’t worry, it’s easy. All you have to do is to add a couple of drops of purple shampoo to a bowl, or even your own sink, filled with lukewarm water.

2. Add in the hair extensions

Get your hair extensions set and slowly add the pieces one by one into the solution. If you’re using clip-ins, you should be fine dipping the entire thing in. But if you’re using tape-ins, remember to keep the taped part dry, away from the water.

3. Massage the strands

Gently, very gently, massage the strands under the purple water. Make sure to only keep them in the water for not more than 20 seconds. Any more and they could turn purple. Unless you want that, you should probably avoid keeping them in for far too long. This is the secret to properly toning hair extensions.

4. Use hair conditioner

Once you’re done with that step, drain your sink (or empty out your bowl) and replace it with clean, lukewarm water. This time, use a good hair conditioner specifically for hair extensions and leave it on for 5-10 minutes before rinsing. We recommend using our own ZALA Smooth Talker Conditioner for best results.

5. Rinse and dry carefully

Finally, rinse out all the conditioner from your extensions. Dry carefully on a flat towel and you’re done! Of course, it’s also best if you come back later when it’s dry and brush through each piece to make sure that they look their best.

Take note, we also have a video on our YouTube channel showing how to tone tape hair extensions. If you have tape hair extensions, you can watch that video right here:

Now, even beginners can tone their hair extensions! For more hair tips and tricks, don’t forget to check out our ZALA blog!


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