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How Do I Colour Match My Hair Extensions?

The key to having fabulous looking hair and hair extensions is to properly match the colours between your own hair and the extensions, as this ensures the finish is seamless and natural-looking. So how do we colour match hair extensions? How do you blend extensions with your own hair? When considering investing in pre bonded hair extensions, it can be a question that many ladies ask their stylist,  as you don’t want the extension joins or colour difference to be obvious.

Here at Additional Lengths, we’ve put together a helpful guide to outline the process of how our Remi Cachet and Additional Lengths hair stylists would colour match hair extensions, how they achieve the perfect colour blend to suit your hair and the best way to blend hair extensions.

How do stylists colour match hair extensions?

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Firstly, if you’re considering hair extensions, we highly recommend that you get them put in professionally.  It is a great way to ensure a good colour match as hair stylists have a clear view of your hair from all angles, as well as having the expertise and confidence to offer the correct advice. It’s also important to consider that it’s quite common for the root colour to be a different shade from the ends, especially if you’ve gone for a balayage or root stretch look.

Colour rings are used to help match up hair shades as they allow us to compare shades easily with sample sizes of the hair extension. For the hair colours we match to the mid lengths and ends of the hair. With colour rings, stylists always match to the root colour and not the hair colour as this could stand out more visibly if a lighter ring was used. If the hair has a number of tones and shades then we can select a range of colours and mix them together to create a new colour blend other than what we already sell in our range of Remi Cachet hair extensions.

Most popular mixed colour tones are already made up and sold by us but in cases where three or four colours are needed, it’s great to add double tones together. This means that you’re getting a unique blend of various hair tones to perfectly match your own hair, whether it’s a natural or dyed colour. We can also create ombre and balayage hair colours using extensions without the need to colour clients hair at all as long as we get the length and blend correct.

The application type also makes a difference when it comes to colour matching, including what rings you select to attach the mini/ultra or stick tips hair extension type. Each stylist will offer a fully customised hair extension application to ensure the best results for your new hair. A client with thin hair would often match their hair to a lighter hair colour than what we would advise, this is because when we colour match ourselves we normally just see the front sections,  which are naturally lighter than the back. A professional would customise this to accommodate any differentiation that occurs with the colour of the hair and apply a colour that replicates the overall shade, not just the front.

How to blend hair with hair extensions

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It goes without saying that the best way to blend your natural hair with hair extensions is to be properly colour matched to get the shades right. However, if you’ve bought clip in hair extensions online for example, you’ll be required to seek out the perfect match on your own using a colour chart on a screen, which may prove difficult! 

Avoid the tell-tale colour difference by considering the tones in your natural hair; are they cool or warm toned, do you have multiple shades such as highlights running through the hair? The way your current hair is will affect the colour hair extensions you should go for. If you’re an ash toned blonde, it makes sense to stick to those shades over a warm toned champagne blonde. If you dye your hair, a great way to get hair extensions to match perfectly is to purchase real human hair clip in extensions which can be dyed the exact same shade at home. This means you can experiment with exciting colours and vibrant hues. 

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When buying hair extensions online, you will need to colour match by referring to a colour chart which is a dedicated page with images of the hair shades available for each hair extension product. With Additional Lengths, you’re able to narrow down the hair colours by base and mixed colours, plus blends such as ombre, dip dye and root stretch colours. If you’re considering having pre bonded hair extensions fitted, a stylist will conduct an informal consultation with you prior to your appointment where they will assess your current hair and ensure a good colour match. This is an important step to get wonderful, natural looking hair extensions that are well blended with your own hair for a beautiful finish!

At Additional Lengths we understand that buying hair extensions, especially pre bonded hair extensions which is a long lasting option, can be a major investment and that you’re bound to have plenty of questions. If you’re still unsure about choosing the right hair extensions for you, take our fun interactive quiz to get an idea of which hair extension method may be right for you and your current hair!

Style your hair extensions as you would your natural hair 

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A great way to ensure that your extensions look like your own natural hair is to style them the same way,  this way the two types of hair blend together perfectly. Once attached, style the hair and extensions together, whether that’s using a curling wand to create luxurious waves or straightening the lengths for a sleek look. Whether going for pre bonded hair extensions or clip in, using the same or similar length hair with layers can be a good way to achieve a natural finish. If you’ve got shorter hair though, it’s possible to go for blending weft extensions that can be attached to create layers so the difference in lengths is less obvious. Don’t forget a key part in maining the beauty of your hair, whether you have extensions or not, is to have a good hair care routine and aftercare plan. Hair extension aftercare products such as hair treatments to nourish the hair from root to tip, are essential when maintaining healthy shiny looking hair. 



Colour matching at Additional Lengths

Take a look at the Colour Chart for a display of hair colours from Remi Cachet to match your Remi Cachet hair extensions with your current hair colour, whether natural or dyed. Multi tonal shades offer a beautifully natural look with these hair extensions, which also makes them easier to colour match. All brands produce a colour ring to enable stylists to carry out this colour matching service during the initial hair consultation. For our Remi Cachet brand we offer a super colour ring which is larger and more professional to achieve a more accurate colour match.

At Additional Lengths we offer a great colour matching service and all of our stylists are skilled in matching and applying hair extensions. The colour matching service at Additional Lengths ensures that you’re getting a perfect match. Get in touch with us today for friendly advice about hair extensions or pop into a store to have a full consultation.

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