How To Tone Hair Extensions

how to tone hair extensions

Sometimes getting the blonde human hair extensions that matches your silver/blonde/gray hair can be hard. It's understandable. The solution is to tone the hair extensions to meet your desired shade.

Are you in such a situation and hoping to tone your blonde hair extensions? Welcome. This article aims to provide adequate steps to help you tone your hair extensions. And offer guidance to do it right.

So keep reading to get all the information!

Different Ways to Tone Your Hair Extensions

There are ways to go about toning your hair extensions. Most times, it depends on the shade you’ll love to achieve. A method most people are familiar with is the use of purple shampoo.

The purple shampoo is an easy method that allows you to shampoo your extension in the mixture. But another recommended way to go about it is using a conditioner. Or a purple toner.

Want to find out how you can use these methods? Follow closely.

How to Tone Hair Extensions with Purple Shampoo?

How to Tone Hair Extensions with Purple Shampoo

To get started, prepare your work area and the tools you'll be using. You can make use of a sink for easy access to water. Other materials you should get are:

● Purple shampoo

● 100% Human hair extensions

● A pair of gloves

● A sulfate-free shampoo

● Clean brush

● A clean container

● A Sulfate-free conditioner

● A clean towel

● Straightener

Once all that is ready, follow the steps below.

Step 1: Prepare the hair extensions

For easy penetration, it’s best to prepare your hair extensions by dipping them into water. You can have a wash routine with some shampoo. That’s very proper.

To preserve the adhesives, leave at least a 1cm gap between the hair and the top.

Note: Keep in mind that you are to use lukewarm water to wash the hair extensions while you work. Also, use a sulfate-free shampoo specifically designed for the hair extension type you bought.

Once you’ve washed them, lay them out.

Step 2: Mix the purple shampoo

Get your shampoo mixture ready in the same container.

Again, pour some lukewarm water into the bowl and add your purple shampoo. Wear your gloves and swish the shampoo around until it dissolves completely in the mixture. It should turn purple before you move to the next step.

Step 3: Get your extensions to the right tone

Now it’s time to tone your hair extensions. It’s better to start with one piece to test if it will give the desired result you want.

  • So, submerge your hair extension into the bowl and gently massage it till the shampoo evens out. Remember not to have the top of the extensions in the mixture as you work in the hair.
  • Once it is saturated, gently squeeze the shampoo remnant.
  • Then check it out for results. You can dip it in a little bit more to get it more toned as you like. If it’s good, proceed to repeat for other pieces.

Step 4: Rinse off

Empty your bowl once again and rinse properly. You do not want any shampoo residue in it.

Get some cool water in your bowl and start rinsing your wefts. Make sure no shampoo residues are left on the extensions. Move from the top down to the tip. Once nothing comes off, it’s time to proceed to the next step.

Step 5: Condition the hair extensions

Apply some conditioner suitable for your hair extension type on each weft. Be sure it’s sulfate-free, paraben-free, and without alcohol. You want to get conditioner on them as much as possible. So saturate the hair extensions in all areas.

The conditioner helps moisturize the hair extensions from all the oils lost due to the shampoo. Don’t skip this part.

Leave on for about 10 to 15 minutes to deep condition before washing it off. You are simply rinsing the conditioner with some water.

Step 6: Dry and style

After some thorough rinsing, squeeze it out and let your hair extensions dry. You can place them on a clean towel to air dry or use a blow dryer. That works as well although it’s not the best option.

Once the wefts are dry, brush each piece gently to straighten them. You can go ahead and use a flat iron for a more finished look.

And that’s it! Your toned hair extensions.

How to Tone Hair Extensions with a Coloring Conditioner

Using a coloring conditioner to tone your hair extensions is another option that works. It is the perfect choice that helps to achieve the perfect shade you want.

A good coloring conditioner you can use is the Overtone conditioner. It works wonders in blending out the color and can complement the purple shampoo. Let’s take a quick look at how you can use this.

Step 1: Wash your hair extensions

Before using your toning conditioner, get your hair extensions clean with some sulfate-free shampoo. Wash properly but be gentle as you shampoo.

Step 2: Apply the overtone conditioner

While your hair extensions are wet, apply the toning conditioner on them. Remember to apply one after the other to get every area. You can use your fingers to get them thoroughly in by massaging the wefts. You want the extensions well-saturated before keeping them aside.


You can mix the conditioner with water in a container. Then, plunge the hair extensions till they are well saturated with the mixture. Keep dipping it in till it gives the desired shade you expect.

Step 3: Sit for a few minutes

Let the conditioner sit in for a few minutes. Two to three minutes should be enough for this. You can watch to see if it produces the shade you want or leave it for a longer time. Once the right shade appears, move to the next stage.

It's possible to have some parts more toned than the others. Getting the other areas to the same shade is necessary. You can remove the well-toned wefts and get the others into the mixture once again. Keep plunging till you get that shade you love.

Step 4: Rinse thoroughly

Get the conditioner out by rinsing it properly with some water. Let the water become clear before you stop.

Step 5: Dry and style

Remove it from the water and squeeze properly. Prepare your towel and place your wefts on it to dry.

Style with your brush and heating tools and you're good to go!

Key Things to Note

1. If you find it hard to tone your blonde hair extensions at home, visit a professional hair colorist to get the job done. Inform your colorist of your choices to avoid mistakes and unsatisfactory results.

2. You can use both the purple shampoo and the toning conditioner to get the desired shade you want. Simply use the shampoo first, then, apply the conditioner next. This should be in case the purple shampoo doesn't tone your wefts as you expected.

3. It's best to test your toning mixture with a piece of hair extensions to see if it gives the right results. This can help avoid coming out with the wrong shade on all the hair extensions.

4. Always shampoo before toning. It helps your hair extensions absorb evenly by removing the silky coating.

5. Saturate your set-in clips in a downward motion. This is to prevent frizziness or any form of damage.

The Do's

hair extensions toned before and after

- Work quickly. This is so you do not get the hair over-toned. It's easy to get your blonde hair extensions to purple. Still, this depends heavily on the shade you want to achieve.

- Treat your set-in clips the way you care for your natural hair. Wash it like you would with your hair and tone it like you will tone your hair. So, be gentle.

- Apply a moisturizer. After toning your hair extensions, moisturize them with a sulfate-free conditioner for nourishment. This is to replenish the oils they lost and keep them fresh and healthy.

The Don'ts

- Do not bleach your hair extensions. It can cause damage to your hair extensions which are irreversible. Toners, on the other hand, are safe to use.

- Do not apply the purple shampoo directly to your wefts. Make a mixture in a bowl and dip. It's safer this way.

- Do not leave your set-in clips soaked in the mixture while you are not there. Since it tones fast, you may come back to a bad outcome.

- Do not use shampoos and conditioners with sulfate or alcohol in them. They strip the hair of their oils causing frizziness, dryness, and tangling.


Toning your hair extensions at home can be challenging. But at the same time, you could produce some well-toned set-in clips. You can get the perfect match for your natural hair by following the steps above. Rest assured that you can do it.

Nonetheless, remember to visit a hair salon if you're finding it difficult to tone your wefts. Any further questions? Leave them in the comment section below.

Let's hear your results as well. We'll be glad to hear from you.

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