I feel it necessary to make a post about this because it has come to my attention that some people are not familiar with extension hair. Human extension hair is not just cut off of one persons head and then packaged. It goes through many chemical treatments to clean and dye the hair correctly. Because of the treatments, the hair colour that you buy will not run or fade (ie. If you dye your hair red, plenty of red dye runs out when you wash), this does not happen with extensions. This can be a pro & con. If you are someone who does not dye their hair often then this shouldn’t be an issue, but if you are someone that does then there are some things you need to consider before choosing your colour of extensions!
It will always be easier to colour your extensions darker then lighter. Light & medium blonds are perfect for colour matching. They can be dyed to the exact colour you need without any issues. Though the colour made bleed during washing, this is not unusual for freshly dyed blond hair. After a few dyes the colour should hold :)
Black, dark browns, reds- Lightening these will be a pain in the ass (depending on what colour you are trying to achieve). Black extension hair is probably the most heavily treated and the most difficult to lighten. Bleach is extremely bad for dreadlocks to begin with and the amount you would need to bleach black extension hair to lighten it is not recommended. I had my own black human hair extensions in last year, and when I tried to lighten them to get close to a blond, I ended up with extremely dark brown extensions instead. I ended up removing them and installing blond extensions because of the hassle and damage it was creating. Also, extension hair is difficult to lighten to begin with, but were talking about dreadlocks made from extension hair! You will most likely end up with much lighter hairs on the outside and darker ones on the inside when attempting to lighten darker extension hair.
Please keep this information in mind if you are considering buying human hair extensions!
Well you have to think of them as baby dreads. When you first get your dreads done they are much fluffier then mature dreads because (most likely) they have just been backcombed and haven’t had time to knot & matt. When I made mine, I made 3 different sizes to try and match my own dreads thickness as close as possible. As they mature they will settle down but I would suggest trying to get them closer to the actual size of your own dreads.