You’re in a dilemma: you’ve already bleached your hair, and now want to dye it black.
But worrying thoughts cloud your mind. You might be afraid of damaging your hair. Or maybe you’re worried that dying your hair again will weaken it and cause split ends. On top of all that, you might even be sure if the dye will even color your hair.
If you’re in the same situation, it is good that you’re aware of all the risks.
But let’s make one thing clear: it’s perfectly possible to apply a black dye on bleached hair.
That being said, it’s important to keep a few key points in mind.
Because in regards to your hair, just like in the rest of life, you simply can’t force things. Just like how you can’t go from a deep brown or black instantly,
You’ll have to change your hair from platinum back to a dark color slowly. Slowly but surely.
Now, at this point, you’re probably thinking “why can’t I just grab a box of black dye and get on with my life?
So, if you want to safely turn your hair back to a beautiful black, keep reading! In this article, we’ll cover:
- How to dye bleached hair a dark color without damaging it
- What kind of dye to choose
- How to care for your bleached hair after dying it
With that, my beautiful brunettes, let’s started. Or should I say future brunette?
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How to dye bleached hair a dark color without damaging it
Unlike in love and war, not everything is fair in hair care.
There are a few key steps you’ll have to take if you want healthy deep brown or black hair.
There are three key steps to safely dying your hair black, each of which can take from ten to forty minutes.
It all depends on your hair. And its porosity.
What’s the first step?
Fill your hair.
To do so, try a protein treatment. Hair loses proteins when bleached, which makes it important to replace them.
This “filling” process deposits the underlying warm tones that naturally occur in dark hair, which were previously lost in the bleaching process.
This makes it possible for the new hair dye to completely saturate each strand and prevents unwanted results such as the color quickly fading or -even worse- green tones.
Basically, protein fillers help the black dye to evenly color your hair.
For the best results, I recommend applying a protein filler to damp hair that’s been gently dried with a towel, and leave it in for at least twenty minutes.
After that, rinse out the filler, and your hair is ready to be dyed!
But before running to grab some dye, stop just a moment to take a look at your hair.
Run your fingers through it.
How does it feel? Dry, or straw-like? Frizzy? With split ends?
All of this is normal after bleaching your hair.
Unfortunately, the bleaching process normally damages hair, and that can change how easily it will accept a new hair color.
And if you’ve bleached your hair multiple times, it becomes very difficult for any color to really stick.
If your hair is the same platinum blond as Game of Thone’s Daenerys Targaryen, ( I miss that show so much), dying it again could result in a dark, muddy color.
How the dye takes all depends on how porous your hair is.
Because of this, it’s important to dye your hair in stages, maybe beginning with a dark brown before dying it black.
But before choosing a color, it’s important to know what type of dye to use.
Have you ever heard of permanent and semi-permanent dye?
If you’re wondering what that has to do with your journey to becoming a brunette, read on.
What kind of dye to choose
When dying bleached hair, is it better to use permanent or semi-permanent dye?
If that question is on your mind, don’t worry: you can find out here!
After using a protein filler, you should be able to get the hair color you want, with either a semi-permanent or permanent dye.
That being said, I recommend starting with a semi-permanent dye.
- Semi-permanent dyes fade evenly as you wash your hair, and don't contain peroxide, which makes them gentler than permanent dyes.
Which is perfect for bleached hair, as it's already been heavily processed.
- As well as the type of dye, it’s also important to carefully choose the right shade of black.
For example, if you're looking to tone down some reddish tones, such as 5.5 or 6.6, it's best to apply a black dye with some ashy tones, such as a 1.1 or 1.2. Now, if you're looking to cover up ashy tones, such as 6.1 or 7.1, you might try a black with yellow tones, such as a 1.3.
Now that you know what kind and what color of dye to choose, let's take a look at some more common questions. For example, what's the best hair care routine for bleached and dyed hair?
How to care for your bleached hair after dying it black
Dying your hair black can be a drastic change.
- But if there’s one thing that you should never change about your hair care routine, it’s using a sulfate-free shampoo. If you use a shampoo that contains sulfates now, the best thing for your hair would be to switch.
But of course, your sulfate-free shampoo should also be designed for dyed hair.
And if at all possible, choose hair products with a low pH. Low pH products help keep the hair follicle closed, and therefore, prevent the stands from losing dye particles and the color from fading.
If you're wondering if your shampoo has a low pH, just take a look at the label. Dispute the rise of the internet and social media, reading is still sometimes the best way to get information.
- Another factor to consider is, believe it or not, your makeup.
You definitely won't be able to use the same colors as before you dyed your hair. Don't believe me? Just swipe through Instagram and you'll quickly notice that brunettes and blond almost always use different lipstick and eyeshadow shades.
When dying your hair, there's one last thing to keep in mind.
- Hydrate your hair! Whatever you do, don't forget to hydrate your newly brunette locks.
Whether you choose to use a homemade treatment, such as olive oil, or a deep hydration mask from a recognized beauty brand, It's important to hydrate your hair once a week.
It's essential to help repair the damage your hair has sustained by being bleached and then dyed.
Because just like in life, in the world of hair you reap what you sow. Fail to care for your hair, and it's certainly won't shine with the beauty you want.
Black is a beautiful color on dark skin tones and an eye-catching shade against light skin tones. Where do you think Snow White got her name?
Of course, Snow White if from a fairy tale, while you are a real flesh-and-blood princess.
So go on, my beautiful brunettes! Follow my recommendations, and you'll end up with beautiful black hair.