Tutorial for Shadow Rooting Your Extensions

Eva Pautov
by Eva Pautov
9 Materials
30 Minutes

If you want to get your extensions to blend in with your own hair better, then follow this tutorial.

I will show you a method for shadow rooting your extensions, to make them look completely natural.

Tools and materials:

  • Hair extensions
  • Semi-permanent hair dye
  • Water-mister
  • Regular shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Toning shampoo
  • Large bowl and sink
  • Comb
  • Blow dryer
Choosing hair extensions

1. Choose your extensions

I have extensions that match the ends of my hair quite well, but not the roots. That’s where my extensions need some help.


Applying hair dye

2. Apply hair dye

Start with a semi-permanent dye in a shade that matches your natural roots. I’m using an ash brown hair dye here. 

Apply the hair dye along the top of your extensions.

Applying hair dye

Use a comb to blend the hair dye into the extensions.

Misting extensions

3. Mist the extensions

Mist the extensions with water right below the root line.


Blending hair dye

4. Blend the hair dye again

Use the same comb as before to blend the misted hair dye down.

Washing extensions

5. Wait, rinse and wash

Let the extensions sit for about 20 minutes, then rinse them out. 

Then, give your extensions a wash with regular shampoo.

Washing extensions

6. Wash out the reds

Make a bath with water and toning shampoo, and wash your extensions again, this time to cancel out any reds.

Washing extensions

Follow with conditioner, and rinse.

Drying extensions

6. Blow dry

Now, just blow dry your extensions and you are done!

Shadow root results

Tutorial for shadow rooting your extensions

My extension roots now look so natural, and the wefts are pretty much invisible. I can even wear them in a double-Dutch braid! 

I know the idea of dyeing your extensions might seem scary, but now you have a simple method to follow. 

So, go ahead and make your extensions work perfectly with your natural hair. Then leave a comment to let me know how it worked out!

Next, check out this  Crown Braid Tutorial for This Elegant Look.

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Suggested materials:
  • Hair extensions
  • Semi-permanent hair dye
  • Water-mister
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