How to dye black hair red without bleaching (and in just one day)

  • If your hair is naturally black, you can color it red without bleaching using L’Oreal Excellence HiColor Red. A range of red dyes specially designed to apply to dark hair. For full black coverage, you’ll need to mix it with a 30-volume developer. Here’s how to do it, step by step.
  • If you have dyed black hair, strip the black pigments out with a color remover such as Color Oops. Then, apply the red color you have chosen. Click here to see the step by step.


without damaging hair

What do most of my clients think when they come to the salon to turn their black hair into a piercing red?


They think they should bleach their hair!

I can’t put into words the joy and relief they feel when I tell them that bleach is not necessary to finally have the red you want.


In many cases, they don’t even request my services. Using either of the two products I mentioned above, you can color your hair red without any prior chemical process.

It means a significant saving of time and money. It’s also a significant benefit for the health of the hair.


 The first thing you should consider before coloring your black hair red is if your hair is dyed or natural black. The products you should use are different for each case. 


If you want to achieve this dramatic change of color in your hair without exposing it to the damage of bleaching, stay with me because I’ll tell you

  • How to dye natural black hair red without bleaching
  • How to go from black dyed hair to red
  • 3 simple tricks to take care of red-colored hair

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How to dye natural black hair red without bleaching

for dark hair only

If your hair is naturally black, you should use L’Oreal Excellence HiColor Red. It offers three shades of red: light, medium, and dark.

  • If your skin is pale, I recommend the red one identified as Sizzling Copper
  • If your skin is brown, you can opt for a darker red, such as Deep Auburn Red
  • If you want a duller red, go for a medium tone, such as the Cooper Red


You should also take into account the length of your hair.

If it’s longer than shoulder length, I recommend two bottles of hair color. There’s nothing more frustrating than running out of dye in the middle of a coloring session.


You should also use the right amount of developer.

You see, most dyes are applied with 20-volume developer.

However, in this case, as we’re talking about a hair color specifically designed for black hair, you’ll need to get 30-volume peroxide    because you’ll need to darken the color quite a bit.


Have you finally decided on your perfect red? Do you have a 30-volume developer? Then, here we go!



Loreal excellence hicolor

  • L’Oreal Excellence Hicolor Red Dye of your choice
  • 30-volume developer
  • A plastic container for the mix
  • A brush
  • A pair of gloves
  • A wide-toothed comb
  • Hair clips


From black to red in 3 steps

does not need bleaching

1- Prepare the hair

Brush your hair dry and unwashed, separating it into sections. Leave the lower part loose, as you’ll start applying the color there.


2- Prepare the mixture

Put on gloves and mix the dye with the developer according to the manufacturer’s instructions.


3- Apply the dye

  • With your gloves on, start applying the mixture to your hair ends and moving towards the roots.
  • Continue to apply the dye in each section making sure you cover each of your strands well.
  • Finish the application process by covering the rest of your roots and leave the hair dye on. After thirty minutes, rinse your hair with the coldest water you can tolerate and apply a deep conditioner for at least five minutes.
  •  Don’t shampoo! If you do, you’ll fade the red pigments you’ve just applied.  It’s best not to shampoo your hair for the next four days.


How to go from black to red-colored hair (without bleaching)

bleaching the same day

If your hair is dyed black or dark brown, the process to bring it to red will be a little longer. Don’t worry! You still won’t need to bleach it.


 You’ll need two items: a color remover and a red hair dye. 

Also, patience because you may need to apply the remover several times to strip out artificial black pigments.

The good news?


Color Oops won’t damage your hair because it’s ammonia and peroxide free.


How to apply the color remover

  • Place moisturizing cream on your temples to prevent the remover from contacting your skin. Divide your hair into small sections holding them with hair clips.
  • Mix the ingredients of the remover kit according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Begin application to the different sections of your hair. I suggest you start at the ends, lengths, and work your way down to the roots where the least amount of color is deposited.
  • Let the product work according to the manufacturer’s instructions. After that, rinse your hair thoroughly with warm water. Shampoo.


  You should completely remove the color remover from your hair. If necessary, wash it twice  

Now, look at your hair. Has the black disappeared?


If so, dry your hair and apply the red dye. If your hair still has some black in it, wash it until it’s completely gone.

Why do you look so disappointed?


We haven’t finished yet! We removed the black pigments so that the red pigments can be deposited in the cuticles. Now, you need to apply the dye.

I recommend that you apply it from length to ends. Finally, apply it at the roots for the best results. And once you’ve rinsed it off, simply… welcome to the world of redheads!


3 simple tricks to take care of red-colored hair

use it before washing hair

Although you didn’t bleach your hair, its internal structure was modified by the coloring process. Although it’s milder than bleaching, it’s still a chemical process. So, you have to take care of it because healthy hair retains its color better.


  • Hydrate it deeply at least once a week. You can use olive or coconut oil, two excellent and cheaper options than store-bought products. If you can afford it, you can choose a moisturizing mask from pharmacies or specialized stores.


If possible, try to avoid it. The red molecules of the dye are large and cling to the hair like other colors.  Therefore, avoid hot water and use sulfate-free shampoos designed for red-colored hair. 


  • Use a color depositing shampoo once a week.

It’ll help maintain color extending the dye. Remember to choose a red depositing shampoo to keep the dye color.



You can dye black hair red without having to bleach it previously due to hair cosmetics evolution.

  • If your hair is naturally black, apply any of the shades from the L’Oreal Excellence HiColor Red line.
  • If your hair is colored black, you should first use Color Oops Remover. Then, apply any red color.

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