How To Dye Black Hair Red - smartesthairstyles.com - If your hair is black but you've always wanted to dye it red, you can get a rich red color in the comfort of your own home. Only 2% of the population has red hair, so stand out from the crowd by blushing. However, black hair requires special considerations when you dye it red. If you choose a color that suits your complexion, dye your hair right, and care for it properly afterwards, it's only a matter of time before you show off your beautiful red locks.
- Choosing the right dye
Choose the best color for your skin tone. There are many different shades of red that you can dye your hair with, including auburn, strawberry, brick, mahogany, and more. Try a shade of red that suits your complexion best, whether you have cool fair skin, warm dark skin, or something in between.
Hold a sample of hair close to your face to see if the color matches your skin tone.
If you have pink, red, or bluish undertones, then you have cool skin tone. If you have peachy, golden, or yellow undertones, then you have a warm skin tone. If you have a combination of both, your skin tone is likely neutral.
Consider going with a true red, dark maroon, or burgundy if you have warm undertones.
Try red velvet, aubergine red, or mahogany if you have a cool skin tone.
If you have fair skin, dark reds can make you look too pale. Try copper or strawberry blonde instead.
Bright, bold colors like fire engine red, blackberry, purple and burnt orange look great on dark skin.
Choose a permanent dye. There are two different types of hair dye: permanent and temporary. Permanent Dye lifts the hair cuticle and lasts for months. Temporary color, where the color is applied to the natural hair color, lasts a few days or weeks. Since you are dyeing black hair red, you need a permanent color. Look for a product that is the right shade of red and is also marked as "permanent".
Assess the condition of your hair. Be honest with yourself about whether your hair is in the right condition to be colored. Bleach and hair dye damage your hair, so it is risky to dye already damaged and/or heavily colored hair.
If your hair was previously dyed black, you cannot lighten it with more color. Only the roots where the color has grown stand out. That means you have to use bleach to lighten the color before dying it red, which is difficult for unhealthy hair.
Untreated hair (hair that has not been previously colored) will usually show color more accurately.
Be open with your stylist if your hair is already colored.
Buy all the materials and products you need. Don't attempt to dye your hair without making a shopping list and getting some necessary items from a local beauty store. In addition to the dye, you will need other products such as developer and bleach. You'll also need applicator brushes, plastic mixing bowls, plastic clips, a shower cap, plastic gloves, and possibly more.
Ion sensitive developer is best for people with easily irritated skin.
- Dyeing your hair
Bleach your hair.If your hair is resistant or has been previously dyed, you must bleach it before dyeing to get the shade of red you want. Mix bleach and 10 or 20 volumes of developer in a bowl with an applicator brush until it has a yogurt-like consistency. Put on some plastic gloves and a cape to avoid burning your skin or ruining your clothes. Part your hair with the pointed end of the applicator brush and sweep the bleach onto your hair from root to tip. Keep making new parts and coat your hair until it's completely covered in bleach. Leave the bleach on until your hair color is the desired brightness. Then wash it out with shampoo and dampen your hair with conditioner.
If you want your hair to be a light and/or vibrant shade of red, you may need to wait a few weeks and repeat the bleaching process to bring it to a true blonde. However, a second bleaching can cause breakage.
Coloring hair in stages over several weeks is the surest way to achieve the lightness you want without causing significant damage to your hair.
Do not bleach your hair when it is virgin. Products like L'Oreal Excellence HiColor Reds for Dark Hair Only in H8 may be able to give you red hair without first bleaching the black.
Bleaching your hair too much can cause extreme damage and breakage, so limit how long you leave it on your hair and how often you apply it.
Brush and part your hair. You don't want knots, so brush your hair thoroughly. Then, using plastic clips, pull the hair into four equal sections.
At this point, you can also apply petroleum jelly to your hairline so you don't turn your skin orange.
Mix the ingredients. Add your tube of paint and 10 volumes of developer to the mixing bowl. Use a measuring cup to measure them out according to the directions on the bottle or package, then blend in the bowl with the applicator brush until the color is smooth. The mixture should have the consistency of a paste; not too watery.
Apply the color to your hair. Release a strand of hair. Use an applicator brush to start applying color 1 to 2 inches from your roots. Saturate the hair completely to the ends of the strands. Repeat this process for each section of hair.
Wear plastic gloves when applying dye. Otherwise you will discolor your hands.
Apply the color all over except at the roots. You usually have virgin hair at the roots, so if you do the roots first, you could end up with roots that are a lighter color than the rest of your hair.
Consider filling a squirt bottle with the color and applying it this way if you have long and/or thick hair.
Remember to paint the little hairs near your ears. You might want to use your finger to reach these.
Leave the hair in and apply dye to your roots. Then put on a shower cap and leave the color on for as long as the product dictates. After about half of the exposure time has passed, remove the shower cap and paint your roots with the color red. Then put the cap back on and let your hair finish processing.
Shampoo and condition your hair. When the time is up, thoroughly wash the color out of your hair with a shampoo designed for colored hair. Then rinse it out and condition your hair with a conditioner that was also developed for colored hair. Finally, rinse out the conditioner.
Use lukewarm or cool water but never hot water as it will fade your color.
Avoid shampoos with sulfate in them. They can remove the color from your hair faster.
- Care for your red hair
Wash your hair 2-3 times a week. Red hair dye tends to fade quickly because the molecules that make up the dye are large. To slow down the fading process, resist the urge to wash your hair often.
Wash your hair no more than once every other day.
If your hair gets greasy easily, try dry shampoo to keep it looking fresh between washes.
Don't take a hot shower. Hot water will fade your color faster.
Touch the red color. Red hair color tends to fade. Apply a semi-permanent or demi-permanent color to your hair from time to time to gently refresh and leave it looking saturated. If you need to touch up the roots, use a permanent paint.
Take good care of your hair. Remember that coloring your hair is harmful. Because of this, you should make sure to deep condition your hair from time to time, especially right after you've colored it.
Also, be sure to condition your hair every time you wash your hair.