Dark hair is gorgeous, but sometimes you can feel like a change. You have many possibilities to modify your dark hair yourself. You can use a light stain or use a variety of natural methods to subtly lighten them. On the other hand, if you want the change to be more noticeable, you will have to bleach your hair at home. When you're done, you'll have an absolutely gorgeous new color.
Method 1 of 3: Dye your hair
Step 1. Bring a red shade
For this, use a warm colored dye. For dark hair, the dye should only be slightly lighter than your natural color (unless you bleach it first). Take a dye that is slightly lighter than your natural color without being very different (a dark brown, for example). Black hair has a lot of red and brassy undertones.
If you want them to be auburn, choose a reddish brown to bring out the natural copper notes in your hair
Step 2. Choose a cool tone
If you want to avoid auburn tones and red notes, use a color that is cooler than your hair. It will brighten them up without bringing out their coppery nuances.
Step 3. Protect yourself
Before you start coloring your hair, you need to take precautions to protect yourself. The dye can irritate the skin and stain clothing. Put on gloves and cover your shoulders with an old bath towel to prevent permanent stains.
Step 4. Prepare the dye
Mix the dye and the developer. Put the products in the bowl that should be included in the coloring kit and mix them with the brush provided to obtain a smooth and homogeneous paste. In most cases, equal volumes of dye and developer should be mixed, but read the directions for use. The exact proportions depend on the product.
Step 5. Part your hair
Make a parting down the middle from your forehead to the back of your neck. On either side of this parting, part your hair in half so that you have four separate sections that you tie with rubber bands or clips.
Step 6. Apply the stain
Work on one section at a time. Start at the very back of your head and work your way up to the front. Apply the stain to a small section at a time using the brush provided. Start at the roots and continue adding dye until the strand is covered to the tips. When you're done, move on to the next section.
Step 7. Let the dye sit
Let it take the time indicated in the instructions for use. Usually it should be left for 45 minutes, but it depends on the product. Read the application instructions carefully and leave the dye in your hair for the specified time.
Step 8. Rinse your hair
Rinse them off with lukewarm water in the shower and use your fingers to gently remove the dye, making sure to remove all of the product. Continue rinsing until the water runs clear. When you're done, your hair will have a gorgeous new color!
Step 9. Wash your hair
When you are done rinsing your hair and removing the excess dye, wash your hair with shampoo and then apply conditioner as you normally would. If shampoo and conditioner come with the tincture, use them, otherwise use your regular products.
Method 2 of 3: Use natural products
Step 1. Prepare a natural mixture
Use honey, vinegar, olive oil, and spices. Mix 250 ml of raw honey, 475 ml of white vinegar, a tablespoon of olive oil and a tablespoon of ground cardamom. Mix them until a homogeneous paste is obtained. Distribute this mixture through your hair evenly and put on a shower cap. Keep it on overnight and wash your hair the next morning. You may notice that they have taken on a lighter shade.
For best results, use unpasteurized raw honey. It may be necessary to buy it in an organic store or directly from a beekeeper
Step 2. Use chamomile tea
Make a strong infusion using a sachet or chamomile flowers. Let the liquid cool until it is lukewarm and then pour it on your hair. Let them dry for about half an hour before washing them off with your regular shampoo and conditioner. You may notice that they are clearer.
It is advisable to try this method in the morning. Prepare the infusion, pour it on your hair and wash it off when you shower
Step 3. Apply baking soda
Mix it with hot water to form a thick paste. The amount needed depends on your hair length. Distribute the paste evenly over your hair and let it sit for 15 minutes. Then rinse your hair and wash it with shampoo.
Step 4. Use cinnamon
Add some to your conditioner. Put conditioner in your hand, sprinkle some cinnamon on it, and distribute the mixture through your hair using your fingers or a comb. Lift your hair up and cover it with a shower cap or towel. Keep the mixture on overnight and rinse your hair the next morning. They may be clearer.
Step 5. Try some rhubarb
In summer, during rhubarb season, you can use it to lighten your hair. Mix a large handful of rhubarb pieces with 475 ml of water. Bring the water to a boil then filter the liquid. Apply this to your hair and let it sit for 10 minutes before rinsing.
Step 6. Use lemon
Mix a glass of lemon juice and two glasses of water. Distribute the liquid through your hair and leave it on until it dries. Lemon may lighten your hair.
Method 3 of 3: Bleach your hair
Step 1. Part your hair
Separate them into four sections of relatively equal size, two in the front and two in the back. Keep them separate by tying them with rubber bands or clips.
Step 2. Prepare the bleach
Follow the instructions in the user manual. When you buy bleach, you should have bleach powder and oxidizer cream. You need to mix them in particular proportions before applying the mixture to your hair. The exact proportions will be indicated in the instructions for use of your product. In general, one volume of powder is required for three volumes of oxidant.
Wear gloves when using bleach
Step 3. Apply the product
Put it everywhere except on your roots. Work one section at a time and apply the mixture strand by strand using the brush provided. Start at the bottom of each strand and work your way up until you are just below the roots. You should treat them last, as they will discolor faster under the heat of your head.
You have to work very quickly so that your hair is bleached evenly. Ask someone for help to speed up the application
Step 4. Treat your roots
Once you've bleached the rest of your hair, use the brush that came with the product to apply it to your roots. Flip your hair over using a tail comb to reach the underside of the roots. Start at the back of your head and work your way up to the front.
Be very careful not to get the product on the scalp. Get as close as possible, but don't touch the skin
Step 5. Let the bleach sit
Leave it for half an hour. Cover your hair with a plastic bag while waiting. It will protect the surfaces in your home from the product and make it work faster.
If you keep the bleach in your hair for more than half an hour, it won't lighten your hair any further. It stops working after half an hour and if you leave it on longer it will only damage your hair
Step 6. Rinse your hair
Use lukewarm water to remove the bleach. Make sure all the product is gone. Rinse your hair in the shower using your fingers to remove the product until the running water is clear.
Step 7. Wash your hair
Once you are done rinsing your hair to remove excess bleach, wash your hair with shampoo and then use conditioner as you normally would. If shampoo and conditioner came with the bleach, use them.