“The key to matching extensions lies in the desired outcome. First, you need to decide on the client’s hair color. Are you changing it or simply touching up? For a change, it’s best to choose a combination of colors from the extension assortment and color the client’s hair to match,” says Sonya Dove, Hairdreams Ambassador. “Or, you may be just matching the client’s current color. In this case, match the base color, highlights and lowlights. For blondes, use three to six tones and brunettes one to three. When coloring extensions, always choose a color one shade lighter than the desired target shade because when coloring, the rules for porous hair still applies. Always mist the hair extensions with water to even out the porosity.
“A final demi/semi toning after extensions are applied is also a fantastic way to blend everything. When customizing your extension colors always color extensions before you apply them to control results.”
“Extensions are the perfect alternative to coloring a client’s hair as you can achieve the same results without the use of chemicals,” says Ron Cardillo, Sr., president of SHE by SO.CAP.USA.
“For example, SHE by SO.CAP.USA extensions are available in more than 90 colors making it possible for clients to obtain any hair color change they may want, either permanently with bonded extensions or for a quick change using clip-in extensions. With a variety of colors, color combinations, including the popular ombre style, and three different textures, you can modify a woman’s look without the commitment. Using clip-in extensions as an alternative is the perfect way for women to try out a new color, and if they are not in love with the way it looks, they can take out the extensions, and don’t have to worry about waiting for their hair to grow out or having to pay more money to have it colored back.”
“Create an elegant up-do using extensions!” says celebrity stylist Ken Paves. “Here’s an example using two Hairdo 18˝ Beach Curl Pony Tails to take everyday hair to event-worthy hair. First pull hair back into two ponytails, one on top of the other. Next, wrap a Beach Curl Pony around each pony tail and secure with pins. Braid each ponytail loosely and secure with a clear band. To finish, roll each braid up and tuck into a bun. Secure with pins. Fine-tune the look by adding hair pins where needed.”