A Guide To Properly Toning Hair Extensions

Toning may not be as taxing to your strands than other harsher procedures like bleaching, but if you’re going to attempt it on your hair extensions, it’s best if you actually know what you’re doing.

In this article, we’ll show you an easy step-by-step guide to properly toning hair extensions, regardless of the type!


Pre-toning reminders:

  • Use only warm or lukewarm water for rinsing your hair extensions. Hot water can damage the extensions while cold water might be ineffective at rinsing out the dirt and grime.
  • Make sure that the purple shampoo you’re using contains no harmful chemicals, as well as paraben and sulfate, as these can be damaging for hair extensions.
  • Before attempting to do this treatment to all your hair extensions, do a patch test first. If the patch doesn’t come out the way you want it, then either try another purple shampoo or use another set of hair extensions.
  • Doing any kind of treatment on your hair extensions will void the warranty, so make sure that this is really something you want to do before doing it.

Step-by-step toning guide

Toning hair extensions is actually a lot similar to toning your own hair, except you have to exercise more caution since the former can be more fragile than your own strands.

1. Prepare your toning solution

The first thing you need to do is to prepare your toning solution. Don’t worry, it’s easy. All you have to do is to add a couple of drops of purple shampoo to a bowl, or even your own sink, filled with lukewarm water.

2. Add in the hair extensions

Get your hair extensions set and slowly add the pieces one by one into the solution. If you’re using clip-ins, you should be fine dipping the entire thing in. But if you’re using tape-ins, remember to keep the taped part dry, away from the water.

3. Massage the strands

Gently, very gently, massage the strands under the purple water. Make sure to only keep them in the water for not more than 20 seconds. Any more and they could turn purple. Unless you want that, you should probably avoid keeping them in for far too long. This is the secret to properly toning hair extensions.

4. Use hair conditioner

Once you’re done with that step, drain your sink (or empty out your bowl) and replace it with clean, lukewarm water. This time, use a good hair conditioner specifically for hair extensions and leave it on for 5-10 minutes before rinsing. We recommend using our own ZALA Smooth Talker Conditioner for best results.

5. Rinse and dry carefully

Finally, rinse out all the conditioner from your extensions. Dry carefully on a flat towel and you’re done! Of course, it’s also best if you come back later when it’s dry and brush through each piece to make sure that they look their best.

Take note, we also have a video on our YouTube channel showing how to tone tape hair extensions. If you have tape hair extensions, you can watch that video right here:

Now, even beginners can tone their hair extensions! For more hair tips and tricks, don’t forget to check out our ZALA blog!


Do Tape-In Hair Extensions Damage Hair?

Like many other hair procedures and accessories, hair extensions cause your hair some damage to a certain degree.

That said, it doesn’t mean that you have to haphazardly risk your hair every time you want to use hair extensions. Hair extensions have a range of benefits, of course – you just have to know how to minimize the risks.

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Still, you may want to know: do hair extensions, specifically tape-in hair extensions, actually damage hair? Let’s find out.

How tape-in hair extensions work

Tape-in hair extensions work by adding hair strands to your own hair through the use of glue or some sort of adhesive. They’re pretty effective at adding volume to your hair instantly, especially if you opt for a full head of extensions.

The glue usually weakens or even comes off on its own after a few weeks or so, but you’re free to remove and replace tape-in hair extensions any time you wish, though it’s not recommended. Many people would

Do tape-in hair extensions damage hair?

To say it simply, yes, it can. That doesn’t mean they will, but the risk is definitely there.

Tape-in hair extensions are easy to use and they’re usually hassle-free to put in your hair, but unfortunately, they only last as long as your natural hair growth. The moment the tapes become noticeable, you’ll have no choice but to move them up, and that means ripping them off (gently, we hope) your hair and replacing them to a higher position.

It takes just a fortnight or so for the average person to get enough hair growth that they’ll need to move the tape-ins up, but even this infrequent moving up can be quite stressful and even traumatic for your strands. That’s why it’s important to never, ever remove your tape-ins unless you absolutely have to, and even then, you have to do it really carefully to avoid damaging your hair.

Read More: Give Your Hair A Break: Soothing Stressed Hair

What damages can tape-ins cause?

  • thinning hair, possible eventual hair loss
  • weakened hair that’s prone to breaking
  • dry, frizzy hair due to stress

When should I use tape-ins?

 If you really want to minimize the damages caused by tape-in hair extensions though, there’s one important question that you need to ask yourself: do I really need tape-in hair extensions? Or will my hair be better off with clip-ins / halo hair extensions?

There’s not strict guide on choosing hair extensions, but you do have to keep in mind the following:

When to use tape-in hair extensions

  • You need thicker, longer hair for more than a month
  • You only need a few sets here and there

When not to use tape-in hair extensions

  • You need a volume boost for just a few days
  • You need to cover your whole head with extensions

How long do they usually last?

Tape-in hair extensions, when cared for correctly, can last anywhere from six to ten weeks, but it does depend greatly on a lot of other factors, such as the quality of your extensions, your natural hair growth, your daily haircare regimen, and so on. For a more comprehensive answer on how long they usually last, check out this article.

Read More: Daily Hair Care Routine: Straight / Wavy / Curly

Tape-in hair extensions are safe to use, but you do need some caution when using them. Remember, if you only need a temporary volume boost, you can always check out other kinds of hair extensions such as clip-in hair extensions or perhaps halo hair extensions. These two are more expensive than tape-ins but they do a gentler job at giving you the volume you need ASAP.

For more hair extension tips and tricks, check out the ZALA blog!



An Easy Way To Rock Highlights This 2019

Highlights are super fun, both to wear and to look at. But a highlight job at your local salon can cost anywhere from $100 to $400, and doing it yourself isn’t that easy either without making a lot of mess. Not to mention, highlights only last for a couple of weeks max due to your hair’s natural growth.

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Want highlights this 2019 but don’t want to deal with the cost and the necessary touch-ups to keep your new ‘do? ZALA is here to the rescue with an easy way to rock highlights this 2019!

1. Prepare your ZALA Tape-in Hair Extensions

Take two different sets of hair extensions. One will serve as the base colour, basically the same colour as your current hair. The other will serve as the colour of your highlights. For best results, use a colour that is only 2-3 shades lighter than your hair. This looks more subtle and a lot more natural.

2. Combine the hair extensions together

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Get a piece each from both sets and put them side by side. Remove the paper from your original hair colour and attach it to the lighter shade. Keep doing this until you’re satisfied with the results.

3. Tape the hair extensions to your hair

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Once you’ve finished preparing the hair extensions, it’s finally time to tape them in! Start by adding piece by piece of your original colour to your hair. Once you reach the widest part of your head, it’s time to start attaching the lighter coloured pieces! Make sure to put smaller pieces at the side of your head too.

4. Add some finishing touches

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Afterwards, brush through your hair to ensure that the lighter pieces are evenly distributed. If you want to make the highlights more pronounced, feel free to add in more pieces of the lighter coloured pieces. Once you’re satisfied, you can now add in the rest of the original hair colour to finish the look.

Check out the video below for a more visual tutorial!

See, it’s soooo easy to create your own highlights this 2019, all on your own! No need to spend hundreds on an expensive salon trip, no need to pay for further touch-ups, no need to risk damaging your hair in the process of achieving your dream look. Rock highlights this 2019 using the ZALA Tape-in Hair Extensions now!

For more hairstyling ideas and tutorials, check out the ZALA blog!


Balayage Tape Extensions

ZALA is excited to launch our brand new range of balayage tape extensions, perfect for any tape extensions lover. Check out our guide to this exciting new range below!

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Balayage Tape Extensions

Our brand new range of balayage tape extensions include around two inches of a darker shade at the root of the tape. This allows for amazing blending with your natural hair and cancels the tapes perfectly with darker roots.

Like our clip in balayage range, these new balayage tape extensions come in a range of colour combinations and lengths, making them perfect for a wide range of hair shades and colours.

Dark Chocolate #2 / Chestnut Brown #6

Balayage Tape Extensions

This shade is perfect for darker brunettes as it blends ZALA’s darkest brunette shade, Dark Chocolate #2 at the root with our Chestnut Brown #6.

Chestnut Brown #6 / Dirty Blonde #12

Balayage Tape Extensions

We love this shade for darker blondes as it blends our Chestnut Brown # 6 with our Dirty Blonde #12 shade.

Cinnamon #8 / Honey Blonde #18

Balayage Tape Extensions

This shade is great for slightly lighter blondes and mixes our warm Cinnamon #8 shade with Honey Blonde #18.

Caramel #10 /Beachy Blonde #613

Balayage Tape Extensions

This is great for those with dyed blonde hair and allows for better blending as your roots grow out. This shade is a mixture of our Caramel #10 shade and lighter blonde shade Beachy Blonde #613.

Dirty Blonde #12 / Beachy Blonde #613

Balayage Tape Extensions

This shade is also perfect for those with dyed blonde hair or even highlights from the sun and slightly lighter roots. It mixes our Dirty Blonde #12 with Beachy Blonde #613 to create a lovely subtle blonde balayage.

For more information about tape application, removal and retaping, check out the following videos:


You can also shop ZALA’s complete hair care range here. This range has been specially designed for hair extensions and is a must for any tape extension wearer!

For more articles like this one, the latest in hair care tips, ZALA products and trends, see the ZALA blog.


Saturday Night Hairstyles

If you’re stepping into the weekend with great plans, you need great hair to match! From drinks with the girls, to dancing at the clubs, to relaxed dinners, we have the perfect Saturday night hairstyles ready for you!

Saturday Night Hairstyles

Saturday Night Hairstyles

Drinks with Friends

So you’re a little tired after a big week of work or study but still ready to share a couple of cocktails and laughs with the girls. It will probably be an early night so you want to get your hair done quick so you can spend more time enjoying yourself with your favourite friends. For nights like these, we love this half up fishtail braid!

To achieve this look follow the steps below:

  1. Take two even sections from the front of your hair to twist back and tie together.
  2. Thread this section over and through to create a twisted effect. Add hair from underneath and split into two sections to start your fishtail braid.
  3. Take small pieces from either side and wrap over to the middle.
  4. Repeat this process a third of the way down the hair and secure with an elastic.
  5. Gently pull sections of the braid to loosen and add volume.
  6. Repeat this process another third of the way down the hair.
  7. Optional: Finish the look by adding metal hair rings to conceal the elastics.

This look features our 24 inch Quadlux Clip In Hair Extensions in Dark Chocolate Brown #2.

Hitting the Club

If you have a dance fueled Saturday night planned, you need a fun hairstyle to match! We love this braided ponytail look for nights out dancing as it is super cute and will stay in place all night. This is definitely one of our favourite Saturday night hairstyles.

To achieve this look follow the steps below:

  1. Brush through your hair to ensure it’s tangle free and then create a clean centre parting.
  2. Section 2 inches on one side of your part and then take another small section from the front. Split this into three parts.
  3. Next, it’s time to start braiding. For this look, you’re going to want to do a french braid. The key to this technique is to pick up more hair from each side as you cross the outer sections over and into the middle.
  4. Repeat this all the way back until you reach the crown of your head, then continue on with a regular braid and secure in place with an elastic.
  5. Then, repeat steps 3 and 4, three more times, until you have 2 braids either side of your part.
  6. Gather all your hair into a ponytail and secure in place with an elastic (this can be a low, high or medium ponytail).
  7. Now for our favourite part – applying your ponytail extensions! This completely transforms your hair and brings the whole look together. Simply slide the clip into the base of your ponytail, wrap the small section around and pin in place.
  8. Finish the look with some boho curls and your hair is complete for a night on the town!

This look features our Ice Queen Platinum Blonde #60 – 22 inch Human Hair Ponytail.

Relaxing Dinner

Maybe you’re ready to relax this weekend and would rather keep in simple with a nice Saturday night dinner. For nights like these, we love this romantic half up twist look that is simple and easy to achieve.

  1. Apply your ZALA hair extensions for instant length, volume and thickness.
  2. Once the extensions have been applied use a medium sized curling want to add loose curls.
  3. At the crown area, take a medium sized section of hair from one side, twist back and pin into place. Repeat this on the other side, twisting back and pinning into place over the first piece.
  4. Repeat this process by taking more pieces from either side, twisting and altering on top. Continue until you’re happy with the results.

This look features our 20″ Honey Beach Highlights #18/613 9 piece set.

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