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Custom Colored Hair Extensions

Hair Extension Specialist

Hair Extension Specialist

Hair Extension Specialist

I’ve been dying to talk to you guys about one of my favorite topics, and today is the day. I’m going to share with you everything there is to know about custom colored extensions, why the majority of extension applications I do are custom colored in some way, and how that changes the final look.

First of all, I think we can all agree that the beauty of high quality extensions is that no one ever has to know that you have them, unless YOU want them to know. For this reason, I have been blend obssesed for the entirety of my extensionist career.

If you have ever spent time in my chair for extensions, you know that I take my time ensuring that the color match and blend is going to be juuuuust perfect, even combining up to three extension colors to create the perfect match. There are several different variations of custom colored extensions, and a variety of reasons for custom coloring. All of which contribute to extension hair that is completely unique to each guest, and creates a beautiful, seamlessly blended final look.

Hair Extension Customization: Shadow Rooting

The number one type of custom coloring is something I do pretty much every week. It’s called shadow rooting, and it may seem like a small thing, but it makes a HUGE difference in how natural and seamless the extensions look and blend. Shadow rooting involves hand painting a toner at the root of the extension, typically half an inch to two inches from the root edge of the extension.

The shadow can be just a shade darker than the rest of the hair, or it can be a few shades darker imitating a rooty, “grown out” color. Shadow roots not only help the extensions blend and look more natural, they also assist in the grow out of a hair color that is lighter than the natural root.

Hair Extension Customization: Dimension

Related to shadow rooting is the next type of custom extension coloring: hand-painted dimension. On natural hair hand-painted dimension often refers to balayage (a painted version of highlights) and is thus lighter dimension. On extensions, hand-painted dimension typically refers to lowlights. Since the rise of balayge as a highlight method, the importance of custom hand-painted extensions has grown.

When a person’s natural hair has hand-painted dimension, so must the extensions to match. That means ordering the extensions in the highlight color and then low-lighting to create the same look as the person’s balayage.

The next type of custom coloring I often do for extensions is toning also known as glazing. Sometimes the extension color needs to be tweaked just a hint. For example, platinum blonde extensions may need a toner to be shifted to a slightly icier blonde.

This can also be used to create more unique colors that extensions may not come in such as strawberry blonde, rose gold, or pastels. Speaking of unique colors, the final type of custom coloring that can be done to extensions is a complete color transformation.

Sometimes when a guest has a vision for something extra special—a vivids color melt, a color that does not come in a particular texture of extensions (such as curly extensions), or hair in need of all of the above (shadow root, toner, and lowlights)—we need to do a total revamp of the extension hair.

Hair Extension Customization: Shadowing, Toning + Dimension

This usually involves ordering light colored hair and doing an in-depth color overhaul. As you might imagine, this is the most time consuming custom extensions, but I also LOVE creating custom looks so it’s totally worth it.

Being blend obsessed means if doing a little extra color work to the extensions can make them look even more perfect and natural, I will do it every time. When the final look is created and you cannot tell where the natural hair ends and the extensions begin—that’s where the warm fuzzies come from.

I fell in love with extension transformations because of the end result, but also because the end result looking amazing comes from a lot of tiny details being juuuust right. Custom coloring is just one of those details. I love being able to provide my clients with a look that is designed, curated, and tweaked JUST for them.

Like their hair, their custom extensions are 100% one-of-a-kind providing them with the most beautiful and seamless possible end result.

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