The Best Way To Dye Black Hair Red Without Bleaching It

Red hair can make for an interesting and vibrant look. Whether it’s flaming red or hot pink – the color never goes out of season. Most people think that brighter hair shades require hair to be pre-lightened using damaging bleach. It’s true that when you’ve got naturally dark hair like a deep brunette or even black, it can be difficult to turn into a redhead. But there are ways around this. Here are some of the most effective ways to color your hair red without bleaching it.

Decide on your perfect shade

To dye your hair red, decide on the shade you’re striving for. Auburn’s and mahogany tend to be a little darker while ginger and copper shades are very bright. What you can realistically achieve depends on how dark your natural hair color is. To reach very light red shades, pre-brightening of your hair will be unavoidable. Pastel shades are all the rage, but these almost always require bleaching unless you’ve got blonde hair. You can follow these recommendations to color your hair red and match your natural hair shade to reds that will turn out well.

Dying black hair red without bleach


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When your hair is black, it’s harder to change colors. But even very dark hair tends to have naturally red undertones. If you’ve never colored your hair before, the easiest way to go red is to use a permanent dye and a higher volume developer of 30 or 40. Higher volumes lift the level of your hair’s shade more dramatically. A volume 40 should lift shades between three to four levels.

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If you’ve recently colored your hair and are looking for a change, it can be more difficult to get to your desired shade. In that case, it is recommended you speak to a professional to avoid disappointing results. If you tend to switch hair colors frequently, you can follow the color wheel strategy to move between different shades more easily.

Color your hair at home step-by-step

  • Section your hair into four parts to make it easier to work with.
  • Mix the color according to the instructions on the box.
  • Apply the hair color around the hairline to give you more even coverage.
  • Begin by working on one section at a time. Start at the roots and then work your way toward the tips of your hair.
  • Always apply color generously and work it in well.
  • Leave the dye for the recommended amount of time as instructed on the box.
  • Rinse out the dye using a shampoo and condition it.
  • You can blow-dry or air-dry your hair and check the result.

If you didn’t achieve the desired shade of red, it’s best to speak to a salon professional. Good after-care of freshly colored hair is another important component when dyeing hair yourself. It can be useful to invest in some effective tools to look after your hair at home.

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