How to Highlight a Hair Weave

by Andrea Griffith ; Updated September 28, 2017

Many women love to change their hairstyles, and extensions (or a hair weave) add volume, length and dimension to your hair, instantly. Women also love to change their hair color. With fake hair extensions (made with synthetic hair), you can actually dye the hair with fabric dye. When the extensions are attached to your hair, your hair will have large, chunky highlights. For real human hair, you can simply highlight or dye your hair as your normally would.

Fake Extensions

Dye the fake extensions before they are glued or sewn into your hair.

Pour hot water into a large bowl.

Add the powder dye (in any color of your choice) to the hot water and allow it to dissolve.

Fill a bucket with 1/2 gallon of hot water. Pour the liquid dye from the large bowl into the bucket. Stir with a spoon to mix.

Wet the extensions and comb them through until they are straightened.

Place the hair extensions directly into the water. Allow the extensions to soak for 30 to 45 minutes.

Pull the extensions out and run them under warm water until the water runs clear. Then run the extensions under cool water. Allow them to dry completely before sewing or gluing them into your hair.

Real Extensions

Mix the hair color with the developer as directed in the instructions. Shake the bottle to mix the ingredients. Pour all of the hair dye into a small bowl.

Place the hair highlighting cap onto your head. Notice the small dots covering the cap--these are a guide for where to pull hair through to highlight. Pulling large chucks through fewer holes will give a chunky look; pulling small strands through many holes will give a natural highlighted look.

Pull the desired amount of hair (both natural and extensions) through the cap using the hair hook.

The hair cap and hook can be purchased at any beauty supply store.

Paint the hair pulled through the cap with the paintbrush soaked in the hair dye. Do this until all of the hair is saturated. Leave the dye on for the amount of time specified in the directions.

Gently rinse the hair dye off the hair with the cap still on. When the water runs clear, remove the cap and add the color conditioner. Leave the conditioner in for three minutes then wash out; style as normal.


  • Regular fabric dye (used to dye fabric, paper and rugs) can even dye synthetic hair.

    Make sure that your real hair extensions all came from one person (called virgin extensions). If not, use the method for dyeing fake hair extensions.

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Andrea Griffith has been writing professionally since 2005. Her work has been published by the "Western Herald," Detroit WDIV, USAToday and other print, broadcast and online publications. Although she writes about a wide range of topics, her areas of expertise include fashion, beauty, technology and education. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and English from Western Michigan University.