What Color Can I Dye My Black Hair Without Bleaching? 2 possible paths

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  • If you want a total color change, you can choose red, magenta, and violet from the L’Oréal Excellence HiColor line. They’re applied with a 30-volume developer, which you’ll need to buy separately. It’ll modify the black pigments in your hair.
  • If you want a less dramatic change, you can opt for dark hair dyes with different shades of blue, violet, green, and red. They come in a coloring kit and are very easy to use.
  • Before starting, keep in mind that these dyes will last for four to six weeks. So, you’ll need to keep a strict routine of color renewal and hair care.

 

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I’m not one of those people who enjoy trashing other people’s expectations.

So, let’s start from a solid and safe base:  if you have black hair, you won’t be able to dye it light blonde. If you want to do that, you’ll have to bleach it. 

Are you still there?

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Now, you have your feet on the ground and know the limitations.

Your hair contains black pigments. Whether artificial or natural, they’re the most difficult to remove.

That’s why, until recently, it was unthinkable to dye black hair and get a different, noticeable, and vibrant color.

 

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Things, however, have changed quite a bit.

 Nowadays, some brands on the market allow you to dye your black hair without bleaching it before. 

 

Some of these hair dyes allow you to get a total color change. Others, in turn, give your black hair some shades for a different depth and luminosity.

Therefore, you just have to decide what change you want to achieve in your black hair.

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Feeling daring and want to dye your black hair purple without bleaching it first?

 

It’s possible!

Do you prefer a more subtle change to your black hair?

 

It’s also possible due to some hair dyes that’ll give you more noticeable purple, reddish, blue, or green highlights under natural light.

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Whatever you decide, stay with me because I’ll tell you:

  • Can you dye black hair without bleaching it? What colors?
  • Dyes for dyeing black hair without bleaching it.
  • How to dye black hair without bleaching it step by step.
  • What to keep in mind after dyeing black hair.

 

Can you dye black hair without bleaching it? What colors?

I’ll repeat if you were distracted. You can dye your black hair without bleaching it if you keep two things in mind:

  • You’ll not be able to go from black hair to light blonde without bleaching your hair first.
  • To apply any of the hair dyes that will allow you to dye your black hair without bleaching it first, your hair must be healthy.

Why should your black hair be healthy?

 

Because  those hair dyes are applied with a 30-volume developer that’ll lighten your black hair. 

If your hair isn’t healthy, it won’t resist the developer and will eventually break.

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Therefore, you’ll end up with brittle and even burnt hair.

 

If you notice that your hair is frizzy, rough, and dry to the touch and that it has split ends, nourish and restore it.

Then, you can apply any of these hair dyes without any problems.

That said, you have to decide what kind of change you want in your black hair.

 

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Do you want to dye it for a total color change, or do you prefer a subtle change?

  • If you want to dye your black hair to achieve a total change without bleaching it, apply a special hair dye for dark hair. It can be red, deep red, magenta, or violet.
  • If you want a less dramatic change, you can add a few shades to your black hair. They could be reddish, bluish, violet, or green.

Have you decided? Let’s move on to the next step: choosing the hair dye.

 

Hair dyes for coloring black hair without bleaching it

Special hair dyes for dark hair

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In this case, my advice is to choose the HiColor line by L’Oréal. It’s specifically designed for black hair to modify its color.

You can choose from several shades:

  • Red
  • Magenta
  • Violet
  • Intense red

 

Remember that you need a 30-volume developer, which can damage your scalp and dry out your hair. A tip?

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Don’t wash your hair 48 hours before application to avoid irritation and protect your hair from the developer’s action.

Unfortunately, they aren’t sold in coloring kits. So, you’ll need to get the developer separately. It’s easy to find in specialized stores or on the web.

 

Hair dyes to achieve some different shades on black hair

Would you like your black hair to have some bluish or violet highlights?

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These hair dyes will allow you to color your black hair without bleaching it. They’ll give it a different luminosity.

  • If you like cool tones and want to achieve a sophisticated look, choose Revlon Color Silk 12 blue-black. It’s ideal for dark skin because it highlights your features.
  • If you want to give your black hair a gothic or mysterious touch, opt for Schwarzkopf Keratin Color 1.9 rich caviar.
  • If your skin is pale, your bet should be burgundy. It’ll give warmth to your features. In this case, choose Garnier Nutrisse BR1 deep intense burgundy.
  • If you want to dye your black hair and give it a greenish shade, Garnier Nutrisse EM1 dark emerald is very original. It’s ideal for women with reddish or brown skin who want to innovate with a relaxed and elegant style.

 

How to color black hair without bleaching it? Step by step

Application of L’Oréal HiColor hair dyes on black hair

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Materials:

  • L’Oréal HiColor of the shade of your choice
  • 30-volume developer
  • A plastic container for mixing
  • A pair of gloves
  • A hair dye brush
  • Hair clips

 

Application:

  • Comb your dry, unwashed hair and separate it into 4 sections from forehead to nape and from ear to ear, holding them with the hair clips.
  • Put on your gloves and mix the hair dye with the developer in the plastic container using the hair dye brush.
  • With the gloves on, release one of the sections you separated and apply the mixture to your hair. Start with the ends and work your way to the roots.
  • Continue to apply the hair dye to each section making sure to cover each of your strands thoroughly. When finished, cover your hair with a plastic cap.
  • Leave the dye on for 40 minutes. Then, rinse your hair with water as cold as you can tolerate it. You can use your usual shampoo and conditioner. You can leave the conditioner on for 10 minutes to moisturize your hair.

 

Application of the coloring kits on black hair

dye and developer mix

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I recommend reading the manufacturer’s recommendations carefully. There could be some minor differences regarding exposure times.

 

Materials:

  • Hair de kit in the color of your choice
  • Hair dye brush
  • Hair clips

 

Application:

  • Comb your dry, unwashed hair, separate it into 4 sections from forehead to nape and from ear to ear, holding them with the hair clips.
  • Put on gloves and mix the hair dye into the developer container. Whisk to a smooth consistency.
  • With the gloves on, pull out one of the sections you separated and apply the mixture to your hair starting with the ends and working your way to the roots.
  • Continue to apply the hair dye to each section making sure to cover each of your strands thoroughly. Cover all the hair with a plastic cap.
  • Leave on for 45 minutes and rinse your hair at the end of the exposure time.
  • Always use the post-coloring product included in the kit.

As you can see, the application of the two hair color types is very similar. The only difference is the preparation of the mixture and the exposure time.

 

What about aftercare?

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Even if you didn’t bleach your hair, the hair dye’s chemicals modified your hair’s structure. Chemicals can damage your hair’s health.

 

You don’t need to spend a fortune on masks. Instead, you can replace them with olive oil or coconut oil, which much affordable options.

 

  • Have you ever heard of biotin?

It’s a vitamin that will work miracles on your hair strengthening it. Here I’ll tell you if you should take biotin before or after meals.

 

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  • Another important issue:  don’t wash your colored hair with hot water and use sulfate and paraben-free shampoos to avoid damaging the color. 

And please, don’t wash your hair daily. If you do, the color will lose shine and intensity and will dry out.

 

  • Lastly, remember that your new color needs maintenance. You’ll need to touch it up in about 4 to 6 weeks according to your hair beauty routine.

The more you take care of your colored black hair, the longer your new color will last.

 

Conclusions

If you don’t want to bleach your black hair, you can opt for a permanent hair dye for dark hair to change its color. Alternatively, a coloring kit will give your hair a unique luminosity.

You can dye your hair with intense colors such as red, magenta, or violet. Also, you can give it bluish, reddish, purplish, or greenish highlights.

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The decision is up to you. What do you choose?

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