At first glance, it looks like dying your hair black should be a really straightforward issue. You apply a permanent or demi-permanent dye and wait for the required time. Then you wash it off and glossy, black hair is yours! But this is not always the case. Dying your hair black is easier than bleaching it to platinum blonde, but it has its own set of challenges. Here is how to do it right.
Choose The Right Kind Of Black
Generally speaking, cool hued blacks (or blue blacks) are more difficult to pull off than dark chocolate hues. If you are looking for a natural looking black dye check our your skin undertones and try to match them.
If your skin has warm or golden tones, a warmer hue of black will generally look more natural. If you have very pale and cool toned skin, a blue black dye can make you look like Snow White. It all depends on what effect are you looking for.
Applying Black Dye
If you are dying your hair at home, start with reading the instructions on the box. Cover all surfaces with newspapers and wear a t-shirt you don’t mind getting stains on. Because black dye tends to stain a lot. Most hair box dyes will come with a set of plastic gloves; vinyl or latex gloves which are cheap and fit better are a better alternative.
To achieve even results and avoid banding you should section your hair in at least 4 sections. If you have very thick hair, create 6 or even 8 sections and clip them out of the way. Start applying dye to the roots, and then work through to the ends making sure the hair is fully saturated.
Don’t Leave The Dye On Too Long
If you are dying your hair at home, make sure you follow the instructions and don’t leave the dye on your hair too long. This is because black hair dye deposits color, and too much deposit means opaque, obviously dyed looking hair.
If you are just covering your roots, make sure you apply the dye in two steps. First apply it to the roots, and then to the tips for a shorter time so there is not excess color deposit. This will create the most natural results, and avoid banding.
Do Not Try To Dye Blonde Hair Black
Blonde hair has little to no red pigments on it, mostly yellow. Black dye has red and blue pigments on it. The end result of mixing both? Orange or even green hair, or something that resembles a swamp monster. This is particularly common when trying to get bleached hair back to a darker hue.
If you want to dye your blonde hair black you will need to first fill in some of the missing pigments, and then dye your hair black. This can be a complicated process, so unless you have a lot of hair coloring experience you may prefer to visit a hairdresser.