Common Hair Toning Mistakes

So you finally decided to tone your hair at home by yourself. But toning your hair is typically easier said than done, and sometimes, things can go wrong even when you’re sure you followed all the instructions to the T.

When dye and toners are applied, they can change the hair quite drastically within a few minutes. Sometimes, these changes are not ideal. Here are some of the most common hair toning mistakes so that you can avoid them when toning your own hair at home.

common hair toning mistakes

What is a hair toner?

Before discussing the common hair toning mistakes, we should first define what a hair toner is. 

After all, we hear it all the time in commercials and at our favorite hair salon, but what is it, really?

To say it simply, toners are used to adjust your hair color tone, similar to how you adjust warmth and coolness in photos. Toners come in different colors, as they cancel out the unwanted tones in a person’s hair.

Purple shampoo, a popular form of toner, is typically used by people with blonde hair to remove their hair color’s brassiness. On the other hand, blue toner is recommended for brunettes if they want to tone down the orange in their hair.

Aside from adjusting tones, toners can also help in making hair look fresher, shinier, and more vibrant. This is because they provide a barrier of coat on your hair strands.

Common Hair Toning Mistakes

Now that we know what a hair toner is, let’s now discuss the most common hair toning mistakes.

Toning too often

As mentioned above, toners can adjust our hair tones, provide shine, and even make our hair strands look fuller. That’s probably why it’s no surprise that some people view these benefits as an absolute and think that toning frequently will give them better results.

Sadly, this couldn’t be farther from the truth. Since the ultimate goal of hair toners is to neutralize your hair color, if you tone your hair more often than you should, it will only strip off the brightness from your hair. In addition to this, toning your hair often can lead to mismatched strands.

Not following product instructions

Whenever you’re doing a treatment that you usually get professionally done, it’s always good to do your research beforehand. While purple shampoo is a commonly used hair toner, many people don’t actually use it the correct way.

You can easily avoid this mistake by simply reading the instructions on the bottle. Just like how different skincare products are applied differently, there are also multiple ways that you can apply purple shampoo. Some are safe enough to leave on your hair for an hour, while some can’t be directly applied without diluting it first.

One example is the Zala Cool Down Hair Extension Toning Shampoo. It’s a quick and easy way to remove the warm tones in your hair, but you shouldn’t use it without diluting it with water first due to the strong formula.

Whatever product you decide to use, just make sure to read the instructions to not experience this easily avoidable mistake.

Using the wrong toner

We mentioned earlier that there are two commonly used colors in the toner market: purple and blue. 

Purple shampoo adjusts the yellow tones in blonde hair and eliminates brassiness while the blue toners remove orange tones. While it may seem like a simple thing, it’s definitely important to buy the correct toner for your hair.

For example, if you have blonde hair but would like something closer to a sandy blonde, picking out the blue toner just because you read that it can adjust the orange tones is a wrong move. The results won’t be the same if you use a purple shampoo instead.

Then again, you also have toners like Zala’s Cool Down toner that you can use regardless of the color you want to adjust. It’s just a matter of knowing what product you’re buying and making sure that it’s suitable for your hair or hair extensions.

Guide to Toning Hair Extensions

If you want to learn more about toning your hair or even your hair extensions, here are some articles you should check out:

You can also check out our video to learn more about DIY hair toning.

Hair can indeed be a tricky thing to understand. It may take us several trips to the salon to know what it needs and when to give these needs. It may take us months or even years to find the perfect shampoo, conditioner, or toner. Hair toning is just part of the journey to fully understanding your hair–tones and all.

We all make mistakes, and your hair journey is not guaranteed to be a smooth ride. Go ahead and purchase that purple shampoo, ask your favorite hairstylist, and do your research. Good luck with your hair toning experience, and we hope you can avoid these common hair toning mistakes!

For more hair tips and tricks, don’t forget to check out the Zala blog!

PUBLISHED 9TH NOVEMBER 2020

Hair Extensions For Pixie Cut

You’ve probably spent the last few months staring at your pinned photos on Pinterest, wishing you had the guts to cut your hair into a pixie cut. 

But what if you suddenly miss your long locks? As much as you love your new cut, we understand that a pixie cut can sometimes make you feel limited to certain hairstyles. Ponytails? Updos? How can you do these when you lack the length?

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How To Wear Hair Extensions For Pixie Cut

Don’t fret! The lack of hair that you have should not stop you from sporting the hairstyles you loved when you still had your long locks. Welcome to the world of hair extensions for pixie short hair.

Hair extensions are typically used to lengthen the hair. Sometimes we use it to add volume as well. Most tutorials teach us how to clip them to medium length hair, but did you know that they can also extend pixie cuts? It is not an easy task, but we assure you, it will be worth it.

Read on to find out tips so you can finally start styling your new pixie cut!

Make that pixie sleek

The first step you should do before clipping your hair extensions is to make your natural hair sleek. You can do this by applying any gel of your choice.

Having a pixie cut means having a lot of short hair strands on top of your head. The purpose of adding gel is to make sure that parts of your hair won’t stick out when you apply the extensions. It will also help make the overall result more natural by making the extensions look seamless with your natural hair.

Do you want to make sure that the result will look seamless? Don’t worry, Zala Hair’s Seamless Clip in Hair Extensions utilize the latest seamless clip-in design. These clip-ins are ultra-lightweight and are guaranteed to lay flat on top of your head. You will be getting lighter and ultra-discreet hair extensions that will surely make your hair look natural.

Sections, sections, sections!

We cannot emphasize this enough. To have a natural and seamless looking result, you should carefully section to prevent your hair from sticking out.

Simply put, the purpose of creating sections is to know where the layers of hair extensions should be applied. Proper sectioning is subjective, so it will depend on your head’s shape, how your bangs–if you have bangs with your pixie–fall on your forehead, and other factors. Just play around with it and see what works well for you.

One general rule to remember: do not make the sections too wide. If you make your sections too wide, there’s a chance that it won’t be able to cover up the clips of your hair extensions.

Luckily for you, we’ve got hair extensions here at ZALA that vary in volume. If you’re looking to sport the platinum ice locks, Zala Hair’s Ice Queen Platinum Blonde comes in two options: the 5-piece set and the 9-piece set. The 9 piece set gives you two pieces 5 clips, three pieces 3 clips, two pieces 2 clips, and two pieces of single-wefted clips. The different widths will make sure that you will have the perfect extensions for your sections.

Add layers for a voluminous look

Yes, you read that right. You can achieve that bouncy, commercial hair even with a pixie cut. The key is to add extensions slowly.

Once you have applied the first few layers of extensions, gauge the volume and check if you’re satisfied with how it looks. If not, you can slowly attach more extensions on top of the first layer to add volume. Remember to make sure that the upper part of the section can still cover the newly added layer seamlessly.

Ready to volumize your hair even more? Take a look at Zala Hair’s Quadweft Clip in Hair Extensions that comes in a whopping 310G per set. This set is quad-wefted, which means it will provide you 4 times the thickness per piece. Not only that, but you can also choose between a 20-inch set and a 24-inch set. Ready to strut down the streets with superiorly volumized hair? Go ahead and purchase this set!

Reserve the single wefts for the strands that stick out

A pixie is a pixie, and it will always have short strands that will end up sticking out no matter how much gel you put on. Thankfully, there is a solution to those pesky strands.

A regular hair extension set will include pieces of varying width. It can range from one weft per piece to four wefts per piece. If you followed our earlier advice, you’d probably use up the four-weft piece at the bottom of your pixie first. To make the remaining one-weft pieces useful, you can clip them on the sections that look out of place or are sticking out. These sections make it evident that you’re wearing extensions, so by hiding them, you’re basically blending your extensions more seamlessly.

If you’re looking to sport that thick, jet black hair you’ve been wanting, but your pesky strands are still standing out, we suggest that you look at Zala Hair’s Jet Black Clip in Hair Extensions, which comes in two options. The sets will include two clips so you can guarantee that those little strands will not be popping up anymore anytime soon.

We recommend that you purchase the 16-inch, 9-piece variant because this will look more natural and seamless with short, blunt hair. The more pieces you have, the more you’re assured that your pixie cut will be covered.

A pixie is a pixie, and it will always have short strands that will end up sticking out no matter how much gel you put on. Thankfully, there is a solution to those pesky strands.

A regular hair extension set will include pieces of varying width. It can range from one weft per piece to four wefts per piece. If you followed our earlier advice, you’d probably use up the four-weft piece at the bottom of your pixie cut first. To make the remaining one-weft pieces useful, you can clip them on the sections that look out of place or are sticking out. These sections make it evident that you’re wearing extensions, so by hiding them, you’re basically blending your extensions more seamlessly.

If you’re looking to sport that thick, jet black hair you’ve been wanting, but your pesky strands are still standing out, we suggest that you look at Zala Hair’s Jet Black Clip in Hair Extensions, which comes in two options. The sets will include two clips so you can guarantee that those little strands will not be popping up anymore anytime soon.

We recommend that you purchase the 16-inch, 9-piece variant because this will look more natural and seamless with short, blunt hair. The more pieces you have, the more you’re assured that your pixie cut will be covered.

Hair Extensions For Pixie Cut

So, how do you get hair extensions for pixie cut styles? Not only do you have an option to choose the length and the number of pieces per set, but you can also choose from a wide variety of hair colors. From black to ash gray to red, you name it, ZALA has it! Plus, you must choose the right type of extension that looks natural with a pixie cut. Tape-ins and clip-ins are the best hair extensions for pixie cut looks.

Our hair is an integral part of us, so it’s inevitable to feel attached to it. But with these tips, hopefully, you know now how to deal with your pixie cut. Trust us, before you know it, you’ll be walking down the streets while proudly rocking your new hairdo!

For more hair tips and tricks, please don’t forget to take a look at our ZALA blog!

PUBLISHED 7TH OCTOBER 2020

How To Make Your Hair Extensions Look Real

Hair extensions, like any other natural beauty enhancers, are used to amplify your own natural beauty. They have to look and feel real.

Honestly, the best hair extensions are those that look so natural, nobody even realizes you’re wearing them. And in today’s article, we’ll share all the tips on how to make hair extensions look real!

How to Make Your Hair Extensions Look Real
How To Make Your Hair Extensions Look Real

Choosing The Right Hair Extensions

You’re probably considering hair extensions for one or more reasons. Maybe you want more length, thickness, and volume to your hair. Maybe you just got your biannual haircut which you’re now regretting. Or maybe, you want to wear a different color to an event but you’re afraid of the damage your natural hair might get from the treatment.

Regardless of the reason, taking the plunge should be worth it, as long as you keep two important factors in mind.

Firstly, your extensions should match your natural hair color or the color that you want to change into. Two, it should also be a suitable length for you.

With the right hair extensions, every dollar spent is worth it every time you use them.

How To Make Your Hair Extensions Look Real

Having the right hair extensions is the first step towards achieving those hair goals you’ve been dreaming of.

But before anything else, it’s important that your hair extensions look natural and real. They have to look like they’re actually your hair, styled to the perfection you desire.

Tip #1 Use the right amount in a set

You can’t just apply one wide hair extension somewhere from your left ear to your right ear and then be done with it. Not having enough hair extensions worn is the first and foremost dead giveaway of wearing them.

You have to get a set that matches your own hair type. If you have thicker hair, we recommend the 9-piece set, and for thinner hair, you can go with a 5-piece set. If you have shorter hair, we recommend a 9-piece set to ensure seamless blending.

You can also cut a long weft into half pieces or even smaller so you can use these smaller pieces to frame your face and around your ears which are difficult areas to get extensions to.

Tip #2 Get the right type of hair extensions

There are so many types of hair extensions out there, and for the best results, it’s important to pick natural looking hair extensions. Depending on how often and for what you are going to use them for, as well as your hair type, you can pick out the right type of hair extensions for you.

Traditional clip-in extensions are not recommended if you have thin or fine hair because they will feel and look bulky and would probably just weigh down your hair. If you’ll only wear hair extensions for special occasions, seamless thin clips-ins will be best for you.

However, if you have really fine hair but want semi-permanent extensions, thin tape-in extensions will do the trick. Above all else, choosing hair extensions that look real is the best and easiest way to make your end results look natural.

Tip #3 Make sure the colors match

Mismatched hair colors are a dead giveaway. You have to note that the color you’re matching with is not the color at your roots but at the ends of your hair. 

If you’re wearing extensions for either volume or length, you can go with extensions that are 2-3 shades darker or lighter and they’ll still blend. For most, mixing 1-3 colors, all of which are within the shade range of your own hair, usually results in the perfect color match.

If you have a pretty unique hair color, you can go to Zala’s color match page to get personalized advice in less than 24 hours. You only have to type in your personal details and upload photos of your hair to avail of the service. To top it off, you can even get a $5 discount code on your chosen shade.

Tip #4 Don’t use different lengths

It’s hard to get away with wearing extensions of different lengths and still make them look real. For best results, you should stick to just one length and blend it with your own strands. Want to know how to make extensions look real in short hair? Get thick hair extensions, spread the wefts evenly, and style the wefts together with your natural hair.

Tip #5 Buy only from high-quality brands

Like other products, investing in higher quality extensions is more worth it in the long run. Cheap or synthetic hair extensions may seem like a good deal until they mat and frizz up within a few uses or after the first wash.

Here at Zala, we sell only the finest 100% Human Remy Hair extensions, which means they’re guaranteed to look good and be long-lasting. You can wash them, style them, and even dye them like you do your own hair and you won’t encounter any problems whatsoever.

Tip #6 Don’t forget to style them

Hair extensions will always look best if you style them after application. To do this, simply style them along with your natural hair, and the difference between the two will lessen exponentially.

Just make sure to avoid pulling on the wefts and to always apply some kind of protection before styling them using heat-styling tools.

Tip #7 Have them styled by a professional

If you really want the best opinion, the easiest route would be to go to your own hairstylist with your hair extensions in tow.

Regardless of whether you want a new trim, style or dye, your hairstylist will be able to accommodate all your needs. After all, professional stylists have all the tips and tricks necessary for making sure that your hair extensions look as natural as possible.

Making Your Hair Extensions Look Real

Nothing is worse than painfully obvious hair extensions. Even with the perfect makeup, dress, and shoes, you can only confidently strut around when no one can tell your locks are not your own.

Plus, you can mingle with your loved one and friends without being self-conscious of a few hair strands sticking out awkwardly. Talk about freedom! What do you think? Follow these tips on how to make hair extensions look natural and you’ll love the results!

For more hair extension tips and tricks, don’t forget to take a look at the ZALA blog!

PUBLISHED 23RD SEPTEMBER 2020

5 Tips For Toning Hair Extensions At Home

So after months of debating with yourself – and with the remaining money in your wallet – you’ve finally decided to purchase your first full set of hair extensions. Congratulations on taking that first step into becoming Rapunzel or the Khaleesi Daenerys Targaryen!

zala 5 tips toning hair extensions

That said, sometimes, your hair extensions may not be 100% perfect. Maybe the color isn’t entirely correct. Maybe it’s brassier than you would’ve liked. The world of hair and beauty can certainly be quite overwhelming but don’t worry, you can actually have your extensions toned to perfection right in the comforts of your own bedroom.

In today’s article, we’ve put together five tips that you can use if you plan on toning your hair extensions at home!

Should you tone hair extensions?

Most, if not all, hair extensions that you purchase will arrive at your doorstep already cut, colored, and toned a certain way.

But there are times when the hair extensions you purchased aren’t the perfect color match when they arrive. The more you stare at them, the more you realize that they don’t blend seamlessly.

Unfortunately, you’ve already spent all the remaining cash that you have to purchase those hair extensions and there’s no way you can shell out for an expensive service when you just zeroed out your wallet.

Well, luckily for you, it’s perfectly possible to tone your hair extensions all by yourself at home.

Tips for toning hair extensions at home

Don’t have any experience in toning hair extensions? Here are some tips to help you out!

1. Treat your hair extensions like an extension of your hair

As its name suggests, your hair extensions are actually an extension of your natural hair. This means you have to treat them the same way you’d treat the strands that grow out of your head.

Before toning your extensions, the very first thing you should do is to prepare the wefts. You may have to pre-wash them with sulfate-free and alcohol-free shampoo, since some extensions may have a silky coating that will prevent them from getting toned thoroughly. Cleaning the wefts will help remove this coating, therefore helping them to absorb more color during the toning process.

Again, treat your hair extensions with the same love and care you would your own strands! Preparing them recklessly, such as dunking them into a tub of water and rubbing them with purple shampoo vigorously isn’t going to give you good results.

2. Always do a test weft

As tempting as it is to color all of your newly bought wefts at the same, it’s best to tone only one weft at first.

Doing so will allow you to gauge the results. Is it too purple? Is it too ashy? Or it the color that you were picturing when you first decided to get hair extensions?

Feel free to experiment all you want with this test weft until you get the desired results. However, do take note that the longer they are dipped in the purple shampoo, the closer to purple they will become. Also, remember to tone both sides to avoid a patchy result.

3. Deep condition your hair extensions

Yes, you read that right. Just like our real hair strands, your newly bought hair extensions should be conditioned, too.

Ever heard of the curly girl method? The curly girl method incorporates a lot – and I mean, a lot – of conditioner, mainly due to the fact that curly strands tend to be drier than straight strands. In fact, the routine includes washing your hair with conditioner and not with shampoo! The idea is to seal in the moisture of wet hair by immediately putting on a conditioner.

The same idea applies to newly-toned hair extensions. After dipping them in some purple shampoo, the hair extensions might become dry so it’s a good idea to immediately apply a good, nourishing conditioner. This will help bring back the softness and silkiness of your hair extensions.

4. Don’t forget your oils

Who doesn’t like shiny hair? We sure do!

Conditioners can provide moisture, but it’s the oils that provide shine. You can add that extra oomph to your hair extensions by massaging them with your favorite hair oil, such as argan oil, jojoba oil or Zala’s Revive Me Treatment. This will help reduce frizz and dryness. This is also a great step if your hair extensions are old and in need of a fresh shine.

Also, remember to brush your hair extensions only when they are 90% dry. Just like our real hair, hair extensions are also at their weakest when they are wet. You can use a dedicated detangler brush to be more gentle, or you can simply use your fingers to loosen the hair.

5. Have fun with it!

Toning your hair extensions, just like any skill in the world, needs lots of practice to be perfect, so don’t be stressed if you don’t get your desired color right away. Not everyone gets it right on their first try, after all. In fact, we bet the hairstylist at your local salon struggled with it on their first time, too!

If you think it’s still not enough, you can always add in another teaspoon of purple shampoo. Or you can leave it on for longer. Just keep your chin up and be proud that you’re toning your hair extensions without professional help.

Our hair extensions are, quite obviously, an extension of our hair, and our hair is an extension of who we are. No matter what our hair looks like, it can be used as a representation of our persona. And by toning your extensions, you’re basically making sure that it fits you better. We’re more than proud of you for doing this task on your own, so go ahead with your plan of toning your hair extensions at home!

For more hair tips and tricks, don’t forget to check out the Zala blog!

PUBLISHED 21ST SEPTEMBER 2020

A Beginner’s Guide To Hair Extensions For Thin Hair

It may seem like most hair extensions or hair products on the market are targeted for those with thick, voluminous hair.

But what about hair extensions for those with fine, thin hair? With shampoo commercials constantly flaunting long, thick locks, it seems like thin hair doesn’t exist.

Indeed, it can be overwhelming and even scary to shell out for a product you’re unsure of. But fret not–we’ve compiled a few things that we think will help you navigate the world of hair extensions if you’ve got thin hair!

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ZALA Hair Extensions For Thin Hair

Hair extension choices for thin hair

Before we tell you the perfect type of hair extensions to use for your thin hair, it’s important that we tell you some of the different types that exist on the market first.

Knowing the difference between these types will make your choice of hair extension easier. It’s up to you to choose which one you’ll pick but we’ll make sure to note the pros and cons of each type.

1. Clip-in hair extensions

Clip-in extensions are the most common type of hair extensions out there, as well as some of the most affordable. They’re very easy to wear and style, as you just have to clip them on. They are highly customizable, too, and a quick trip to your stylist can instantly change them to your liking.

We recommend our 5-piece set for thin and fine hair types for everyday length and thickness. Try not to use heavier sets, as it can cause negative effects on your hair. Since they’re clipped onto your natural hair, this means that they can tug on the strands and even cause hair loss. Although cheap and accessible, we can’t recommend them for people with extremely thin hair as they will only damage your hair if used constantly.

2. Weave-in hair extensions

Unlike the clip-in extensions that need to be removed after a few hours, this type of extension can last for months and is a semi-permanent solution.

That said, unlike clip-in extensions, weave-ins, also known as weft bundles, typically need to be applied by a professional hairstylist, and thus require more money and effort. It’s also not highly recommended for thin hair since, if you don’t have enough hair on your scalp, it might be hard to sew or weave them in. Thin strands may also get damaged by the pulling action caused by the weaves.

3. Tape-in hair extensions

Tape-in hair extensions are perfect for thin hair.

Unlike traditional clip-in hair extensions that usually have a semi-thick band at the root of each weft, tape-in hair extensions just have a sticky tape. This means that they are much more lightweight and thus, less damaging to thin strands than other types of hair extensions.

The only downside is that they don’t last very long. Depending on how you take care of your extensions, they might only last for around 6-8 weeks. As you can imagine, it could get pretty pricey in the long run.

What are the best hair extensions for thin hair?

Out of all the hair extensions out there today, we highly suggest that you go with the tape-in hair extensions for a semi-permanent solution or 5-piece clip ins for a shorter term solution for your thin hair.

Not only does this type look more natural on your strands, but it also won’t damage your hair as much as the other types of hair extensions. Thin hair is already prone to breakage and we don’t want to worsen it by telling you to put on hair extensions that may pull at your strands while you’re wearing them.

However, with tape-ins we do understand that not everyone has the financial capacity to afford monthly or bimonthly replacements.

With that consideration in mind, here are several tips if you do decide to go with the more affordable and more accessible clip-in hair extensions.

Make sure to create a good base

Aside from the struggle of frequent breakage, people with thin hair may often find their hair products slipping away due to the lack of hair.

When putting on your clip-in extensions, it’s a great idea to create a solid base at the back of your head which will be later used to clip on the extensions. You can create the base by spraying a dash of hairspray to the root or using Zala’s Mad Matter Hair Extension Volumizing Powder and then tease your hair for extra volume. This is to avoid the possibility of your extensions sliding away from your head.

Always remember the safe zone

When applying hair extensions, it’s easy to get carried away by the thrill of adding more and more locks.

However, as someone with thin hair, you have to remember that the top of your head will have less hair and volume than your extensions. If you put the extensions up too high, your natural hair won’t be able to conceal them properly.

To fix this, always put your extensions below the eyebrow line, a.k.a. the safe zone. This will ensure that your natural hair will be enough to cover the roots of your clip-ins.

You don’t have to use the full set

Hair extensions usually come in sets of several wefts that may vary in width.

If you find yourself confused on where to put the remaining wefts, it is a sign that you don’t need to use all of the wefts included in the set. If your hair is looking good already even with just three wefts, then that’s all you need.

We understand the struggle of not having what is deemed as regular. But we hope that you will be able to fulfill your shampoo commercial dreams with our suggestions. Have fun with those locks!

For more hair tips and tricks, don’t forget to check out our Zala blog!


PUBLISHED 15TH SEPTEMBER 2020