Can You Tone Hair Extensions?

Maybe you've already outgrown your chosen color, or maybe you're feeling like your blond extensions are already looking brassy. Regardless of your reasons, there are some instances when you just want to freshen up your extensions.

But before you throw out your hair extensions, check to see first if you can still fix it. In this case, you might want to try toning your hair extensions.


Can you tone hair extensions?

Simply put, yes, you can tone hair extensions.

Just like your own, natural hair, extensions are also colored using hair dye. That means that even extensions can get that brassy look that all dyed blonde hair gets after a while.

Some hair extension colors also tend to look warm by default, so if you want to make them a little bit cooler, your best bet would be to just tone them closer to the right closer.

Is it a safe procedure?

Hair toners are generally safe and non-damaging to hair extensions, but as with everything, it's best to apply some precaution before doing this procedure.

For one, not all hair toners are created the same. Some are more gentle or harsher than others. Even hair extensions don't have the same quality. There are hair extensions that will immediately show signs of damage if you attempt to chemically treat it for whatever reason, while there are some that can take whatever you throw at it and still come out beautiful.

When it comes down to it, all it means is that you should always do more research before buying something, especially if that something involves your crowning glory.

The dangers of toning hair extensions

If you do it the wrong way, or if your hair toner or your hair extensions themselves aren't of good quality, there are some dangers that you do have to watch out for.

  • Overtoning. Overtoning your hair can lead to blue or purple, which you may not necessarily want.
  • Discoloration. Hair extensions are a lot more porous than your own natural strands, thus they tend to absorb color more. Toning too much or too often can cause some discoloration in your hair extensions, and unlike your natural hair, this is sometimes harder to wash off.
  • Tangling. Your hair extensions are extremely prone to tangling while you're toning them. To combat this problem, always do only one section at a time, to help your hair stay smooth, soft, and best of all, tangle-free.
  • Shedding. hair extensions that have been toned way too much can experience shedding as well, apart from many other hair problems. You wouldn't want this, of course, so always remember to just tone when you really need to.

Toning your hair extension is certainly possible, but you should always do your due diligence and exercise caution before you do this procedure!

For more hair tips and tricks, feel free to read our ZALA blog.

August 11, 2019
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