Can You Dye Human Hair Extensions?

ombre-hair-color-2013-4Human hair extensions can transform your look and allow you to change and try out new hairstyles. Virgin hair extensions are the longest lasting extensions, and can be worn for a year or longer. Some women who wear human hair weaves wonder whether it’s safe to dye their human hair extensions.
Yes, you can dye your human hair extensions!

You can do anything with human hair extensions that you can do to your natural hair. This includes dyeing, cutting, heat styling and chemically processing your human hair. Many weave wearers dye extensions to get an exact match to their natural hair color. Things to remember when dyeing your human hair extensions:

Do a strand test first. Even though you can dye your hair extensions, you should first test to see how they will handle the coloring process. Mix the dye as directed, then apply to one small strand or section of the hair. Take note of the end result before continuing to dye the rest of your hair.

Virgin hair extensions are the best type of weaves for dyeing. Because virgin hair extensions have not been chemically processed in any way, they can be dyed with minimal damage to the hair. While it’s best to avoid overly harsh chemicals, virgin hair extensions can be lightened or darkened as natural hair. Experts advise that you don’t attempt to dye non-virgin hair weaves. These hair extensions have been chemically treated, stripping the strand to its weakest. They are generally not strong enough to be dyed.

It may take multiple applications to lighten your hair extensions. To dye black extensions to blonde or light brown color, you must first strip the hair of its natural color. Then you must bleach the hair to the desired shade. This may take more than one try to get to the right color. As usual, do a strand test first to avoid ending up with a head full of orange locks.

Just as strong chemicals can strip and damage your natural hair, harsh chemicals can also damage your human hair extensions beyond repair. Empress Virgin human hair weaves have the cuticle layer intact. This outer layer of the strand gives the hair its natural shine and body. By using chemical dyes that are too strong for the hair you can strip the cuticle, making your extensions weak, dull and brittle.

Can the staff at Empress Luxury Hair dye my virgin hair extensions for me? SURE! Empress Luxury Virgin hair extensions can be dyed in a wide variety of colors with our Color Me Services. With a little help from our staff, you can go from dull to vibrant in an instant without worrying about dyeing the hair at home. Email us at today!


Hot Hair Alert: Blac Chyna

Kim Kardashian and Blac Chyna get their eyebrows touched up

Spotted this weekend was unlikely pair, Kim K and Blac Chyna. In casual attire the two ladies accompanied one another for some eyebrow grooming. The two hip hop girlfriends  seem to be building a close friendship. Kim Kardashian was also seen grabbing lunch with then blonde, Blac Chyna last week.

However, the real story here is Blac Chyna’s fire engine red hair. We love the bold pop of color. Is it a yay or nay for you?

Send us your favorite celebrity hair look and we will match the look for you. Email today.

Blac Chyna and KimKardashian at  Topanga Canyon Mall, near Kimye's Calabasas mansion.

Blac Chyna and Kim Kardashian at Topanga Canyon Mall, near Kimye’s Calabasas mansion.

HAIR TREND: The Bob Life

Mid-length hair is the trend of the moment. Almost every face shape & body type looks good with the bob cut. The most popular version of the bob cut, is the swing bob hairstyle. Some also call it the asymmetrical bob or graduated bob. The swing bob hairstyle has a lot of volume and swagger, while giving you the versatility and flirty vibe you desire. Add some layers and waves for texture or a side-swept bang to play up your femininity. Like any hairstyle, remember to keep those locks moisturized, super-glossy and perfectly trimmed with regular visits at your fave salon. These fab examples will give you the best ideas on nailing down this season’s popular hair trend.

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Interview w/ the CEO Mekalya Silvera

Empress Luxury Hair CEO

Mekalya Silvera founded Empress Hair Company with a vision that she’s had since she was a child. She drew a picture of a female lion sitting on a throne when she was a little girl and that same piece of paper is what she used to develop her brand.  Empress Luxury Hair carries a wide assortment of hair with product names inspired by her island ancestry like “Spanish Town Curl” and “Chiney Gyal Straight.” Get to know our CEO a little better with an exclusive interview below.

  • How did you decide on the name Empress Luxury Hair? What is your inspiration behind the name?
    Well I am of Jamaican decent.  A lot of Jamaicans use [Empress] as a term of endearment. I always liked how it sounds… Plus it deals with royalty so it just seemed fitting. I want all my customers to feel like Empresses and Queens when they are wearing my products.
  • Along with retailing virgin hair, you’re also an independent hairstylist. What’s your favorite part of your job?
    I love the expression on my client’s faces when I’m done styling their hair. It’s like they feel like a brand new person. Words can’t express the satisfaction I get from that.
  • What career advice would you give to other motivated women like yourself?
    Do not stop! The road may seem rough at times but it’s worth it in the long run.  My favorite quote is “Prayerize visualize and actualize.” Basically, if you believe it you can achieve it.
  • What’s your favorite Empress Luxury Hair product?
    That’s easy: everything! I love my whole collection.
  • What are the benefits of purchasing bundles of virgin hair versus a pack of hair in the beauty supply store?
    Bundle hair is an investment. You can purchase this hair and keep reusing it. If you take care of it you can keep reusing it for 12+ months! Compare that to buying Beauty supply store hair 150.00+ purchase every time you get tired of your current style (not including install fee).
  • What are some new & exciting things happening at Empress Luxury Hair?
    We have the new Russian Roulette Line!! I am so excited because this hair is amazing! It colors great just like the Brazilian Beach Wave and Spanish Town Curl, plus it holds curls for a long time and blends well with ALL hair types!
  • Aside from ordering your products online, are there any options to purchase Empress Luxury Hair in person?
    We are located in Miami-Dade and Broward County, Florida so if you’re in the  area we can schedule a pick up!
  • And just for fun… What are a few of your favorite pastimes/hobbies?
    I really love the beach, so when I get time I get out there and meditate, pray, or just hang out with my team. My new hobby is wig making. I’m really enjoying that. I also like to read. Family is first though. I love my family.. There is nothing that beats the time we have when we get together.

Behind The Scenes – HOT!! Empress Luxury Hair PHOTOSHOOT!


Behind The Scenes for Empress Luxury Hair’s new photoshoot…
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Date Night Style with Empress Hair Weave

Going on a date? Check out some of these fab hairstyles for inspiration on your next romantic date.

Brandy_Side_Swept_WavesSide-Swept Curls:  This style can put a smile on any mans face, and for sure will have you looking beautiful!  Side-swept curls allow the visibility of the perfect pair of earrings, which may have been covered in another style.  This option also lets out your inner girly girl and compliments several face shapes. Doesn’t Brandy look fab!?

Get This Look:  To achieve this look, three bundles of our Brazilian Beach Wave virgin hair will be needed. For an extra dramatic look, spritz hair with a heat protectant spray and use a curling wand to create more curls. Sweep one side of the hair to the side and secure the other side of the hair with a pin in the back. Don’t forget to add light gloss for maximum shine.

Kelly-Rowland-Curly-HairNatural Curly Look: Curls are the PERFECT way to add volume and texture to your hair! Though hair styles are always changing, curls will always be in.  Kelly Rowland’s Bohemian curly look is so easy and carefree, your date will be amazed that he haven’t had to wait 5 hours for you to get ready for your date. That’s 10+ extra points for you on the dating scale.

Get This Look: To achieve this look, three to four bundles of our Deep Wave virgin hair will be needed. The longer the bundles are, the more you’ll need for fullness like Kelly’s. This look can be done on a full head sew in, or made in to a u-part wig with a bit of leave out. If you are leaving some of your own hair out, be sure to wrap your hair with very small perm rods to blend the hair.

Beyonce_Short_Angled_BobShort Angled Bob: Short styles are usually considered during the summer, but this bone straight style is sexy and cute all year! Queen Beyonce looks amazing while maintaining a natural soft yet fierce look! The blonde color compliments her skin (which is why it is always her staple go-to color), but you should be sure to choose a color that does the same for you. I think it’s simple and allows more time to polish the rest of your look!

Get This Look: To achieve this look, three bundles of our Chiney Gyal Straight virgin hair will be needed. One bundle may be enough if you’re just adding some tracks to your own hair for length. Grab a professional to cut this angled layer styled bob and just flat iron and go. Finish with a light gloss for maximum shine. 

Try out one of these looks for your next date, but most importantly be YOU… and you will definitely get a second date! Be sure to let us know how it goes in the comment box below!