10 Things to Know Before You Dye Your Hair Dark
Have you ever thought of changing your hairstyle and look like a different you? That is very possible with dye on your hair. But before you dye your hair, there are things which you need to know and take into consideration before you dye your hair.
Here are 10 things which you need to know before you dye your hair dark.
1. Think first about your brows
If you’re making a significant color change (going from blond to black, for example), you’ll either need to dye your brows to go along with your new hair or find a fabulous new product to fill them in with. Brow-dyeing should never be attempted at home, so make sure you see a professional if you go the permanent route.
If you decide to fill them in, picking a product that matches your new color is imperative. As a general rule, you’ll always want your brows to be one to two shades lighter than your hair for the most natural look. Anastasia Brow Wiz and Brow Powder Duo are both brilliant options that come in a wide range of amazing colors and are practically mistake-proof.
2. The dye can be rough on your skin
Dark dyes contain a molecule called p-phenylenediamine. Despite being found in most dark-colored cosmetics and tattoo inks, it can cause a nasty skin reaction: swelling, itching, burning and redness. Though full-on allergic reactions are rare, they do happen and when the cause is permanent dark dye, they happen dramatically.
There’s no way to know in advance if p-phenylenediamine is going to irritate you, and allergies can develop over time. The smartest thing to do is to make sure that you (or your colorist) always does a patch test before covering your head in dye. If you feel any undue burning or itching or if your face swells or gets red, rinse your head immediately and contact a doctor. Allergic reactions are nothing to sneeze at!
3. You’ll discover that “dark” is a mixture of colors
Most dark shades are a mixture of multiple colors that address different color concerns. For example, someone whose hair gets brassy may want a base color that’s more ashy or violet-based to counter the unwanted gold tones, while someone with a lot of grays may need a splash of gold to effectively cover up their silver strands. You’ll need to do some research before deciding on a color. Make sure you talk to your colorist or do your online homework before you take the plunge!
4. The upkeep is not that easy
If you’re just going slightly darker than your natural color, maintenance will likely be really easy. If it’s a more dramatic change, prepare yourself for visible roots. You’ll need to re-up your color every three to four weeks to keep your color fresh and your roots concealed; in between, you can add some color with a gorgeous glaze.
5. Changing your color back to a lighter one wouldn’t be impossible, but very difficult
Dark dye is a commitment, if not for life, then at least for the foreseeable future. Going from dyed dark to light again is very hard. Not only is it technically difficult (skipping over the dreaded brassy stage is nigh impossible), it’s incredibly rough on your hair. If you’re someone who likes to change up their hair color a lot, consider a small change. Add some lowlights two to three shades deeper than your hair, rather than going for one solid dark color.
6. The box dye might not be enough
As wonderful as home hair colors have become, they do have certain limitations. If your dream brunette shade is one to two shades darker than your natural color, pick up a box and go for it. But if you’re going darker than that, you’ll need to see a professional.
Why? Home hair color kits come with a 20-volume developer, which means that it’s only strong enough to change the hair two shades darker or lighter than it is naturally. If you want to go very dark, you’ll need to mess with different strengths of developer, which is very difficult and best left to professionals. A good colorist is a dyed brunette’s best friend.
7. You’ll need to change your makeup routine
The makeup that looked good with lighter hair may look too severe (or not severe enough) with darker dyed locks. If your pink blush is making you look a little too much like Snow White, trade it in for a subtle bronzer instead. Be open to experimentation, and remember: When in doubt, a sharp cat-eye always looks good.
8. Buy new basics
Hair basics, that is. Think bobby pins, hair ties, combs, clips and headbands — they should all be in a shade that matches your hair. And that means you’ll need to go shopping for your new hair shade. The things we do for beauty!
9. You need some time to adapt to the new “YOU”
Any major hair change triggers what is called “brain problems,” which is when your mind is so used to seeing you one way that any major deviation brings on a hysterical reaction. There’s nothing wrong with the actual look; it’s your brain that has the problem.
10. Dark hair makes you look like “a different you”
Seriously. Dark hair makes your eyes pop, your skin look more luminous and creates a beautifully dramatic frame for your face. Once you’ve gone over to the dark side, you’ll never want to come back.