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BN Do It Yourself: New Colour = New You! Check Out how to Dye your Natural Hair & Hair Extensions



How to Dye Hair Exrtensions - BellaNaija - July2013A couple of weeks ago I decided I wanted to go for something new with my hair extensions. I thought of cutting it but my friend shouting “if you cut it you will just be cutting your money away” kept ringing in my ear.

So, the next best thing was to dye it. I recruited my sister for this because she loves DIY’s and I thought this would be a great opportunity to try one out.

After buying the hair dye and stain proofing the bedroom, we started the process. We read every instruction through and applied the dye the way the manual instructed. Three hours and 30 minutes extra (just to make sure it really changed colour), we washed, shampood and conditioned the weave only to find out we were looking at the same hair colour. In its defense, against the light it looked a little different, but that was not the result I was hoping for.

I kept on repeating how the instructions had stated we leave the dye on for 30 minutes. We left it on for 3 hours and 30 minutes and still got bad results. Was it terrible instructions or terrible instructions?

Anyway, with today’s DIY I still stand by one of my mantras that says “Youtube is your friend“. I decide to look for great tutorials that could help me out the next time I decide to dye my hair and share it with you. From the many videos by NaturallyNellzy I found a pretty descriptive tutorial on to dye natural hair and a video from MsRoshPosh shows on how to get hair extensions dyed.

Now, before you get trigger happy, there are some side effects to dying hair, especially natural hair that you should know.

– Hair dyeing affects the cuticle of the hairs root. The dye causes it to open and once it does that, it may never close fully again. This would cause your hair to look dull, frizzy and coarse.
– Once you dye your natural hair, you would need your hair to produce new growth to get that colour out.
– In some cases, coal tar is used to make hair dye especially in the colour black. This is very dangerous if it comes in contact with a sore on the head or your eyes.
– Lastly please read through the ingredients used in the hair dye and cross check if you are allergic to any one of them. Just because it is hair dye, doesn’t mean it is safe.

That being said, here is NaturallyNellzy with her tutorial on how to dye your natural hair.

Now this next video is for those of you who would rather just dye your hair extensions. Watch MsRoshPosh and how she colours her hair extensions.

Don’t forget to share your hair dyeing experiences and any tips on dyeing natural hair and hair extensions with us.

Photo Credit: MsRoshPosh


  1. Xtsy

    July 28, 2013 at 2:39 am

    With youtube anything is possible

    • smh

      July 28, 2013 at 9:53 am

      I’m telling you!

  2. ao

    July 28, 2013 at 2:47 am

    Thanks BN for the tutorial. You just saved me about a $100 dollars.

  3. Proud Osogbo Chick

    July 28, 2013 at 10:51 am

    Been there done that #addictedtoyoutubetutorials


    July 28, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    Thank you Jare. I just dyed my hair for the first time last night hoping to get a honey brown color. The test patch I did is the only bit that was colored to my satisfaction. Now, I’m walking around looking like a younger version of Onyeka Owenu. I’m having to go and spend money buying another pack of hair dye. I should have watched these channels first.

    • goldfinch

      July 28, 2013 at 2:59 pm


  5. goldfinch

    July 28, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    I use youtube for everything, I use it for getting help with lectures and homeworks, before I used to cry after organic chemistry and Maths lectures until my friend introduced me to great lessons on youtube. I also use it for step by step tutorials needed to download software on my computer, food recipes, makeup tips etc. Youtube is for everything not only music videos. When I need to solve a problem, I just log on to youtube, if I can’t find help there then I know for sure that I really have a problem.

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      July 28, 2013 at 3:42 pm

      Hmmm, I’m planning a DIY paint job soon… Not on my hair, though, want to redo the walls of my flat & I no wan pay handyman. “Tenks” for the advice, I shall consult YouTube.

    • Msunderstood

      July 28, 2013 at 8:07 pm

      Lol @ if u don’t find it on YouTube den u know u have a problem

    • Banke

      July 28, 2013 at 9:08 pm

      Pay handyman joor. Haba. Madam Lawyer like you, working in oyel company. Like my dad will say, all you people with money should be supportive of handy men so they can earn some income. Lol. Er, when you lived in Nigeria Daddy, not here. I paid £1K upwards to wallpaper and decorate, and anytime I look at the walls, it is as if the money should come out of it. Mschew. I have the dexterity of a fowl running around, so I knew I should not even try it before my walls will be looking like an artist painting high on cheap drugs. Lol

    • Mae

      July 29, 2013 at 8:39 am

      Hey SA,

      Sent you a couple of DMs (or 3, lol). I’m sure you ain’t seen ’em tho. Could you have a peek & hola… Thanks hon.


  6. GreenDiamond

    July 28, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    thank you bella i really needed came at the right time

  7. Oyinkan

    August 4, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    Hair dye broke my hair off terribly. I will never dye again.

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