Whew 😅 2020 is finally over! It`s a new year and time for a new look! With the pandemic still in our midst DIY (Do It Yourself) projects are on the rise and its simply the perfect time to tryout new trends, ideas and looks.
Burgundy and red tones are definitely trending this season so we wanted to bring to you first hand a technique of hair dying without using bleach 😱. Of course we did this using our Bomb Dot Com Body Wave Hair in natural black virgin hair extensions and the results... well we`ll let you be the judge.
Ok enough of the small talk, lets get right into it:
Can You Dye Your Black Hair Burgundy Without Bleach?
This was a question we asked ourselves as we took on the daunting task of trying it ourselves. You know the saying "New Year, New Me"! We wanted to live the motto this year!
With all the damage bleach can potentially cause to hair, the extra precautions and measures necessary involved in bleaching hair to lift it, and the extra time and energy needed to deposit color into hair after lifting 😅, we wanted to go STRAIGHT for the kill. Yup, coloring hair with JUST hair dye and without using bleach or any other lifting agent.
And the answer was (drum roll please) ... yes BUT the results all depend drastically on the technique and products use. All of which we discuss in this article.
How to Dye Natural Black Hair Burgundy Without Bleach?
The first thing you need to do is buy, what we feel is, the best burgundy hair dye for dark hair. So I know you`re probably asking what is the best burgundy hair dye for dark hair? Well guess what?! Here`s a secret, ITS NOT BURGUNDY!
What is the Best Burgundy Hair Dye for Dark Hair?
In our own opinion weave (see what we did there 😉) got to give it to:
-Loreal Excellence Hi Color Highlights in color Magenta. We used 5 boxes of hair color for our 22inch wig that was naturally black.
Other Items you will need to dye your hair
You will also need a small tooth comb to rake through the hair as well as a brush applicator to apply the color and lastly a bowl to mix the developer and dye.
The box color also calls for Developer to activate the dye. We used Clairol Pure White 40 Volume Developer, but any brand should be fine. All of this will be mixed into a mixing bowl.
Checklist of Everything You will Need to Dye Your Wig or Extensions Burgundy:
- Small tooth comb
- Brush applicator
- Mixing Bowl
- 40 Volume developer
- Loreal Excellence Hi Color Highlight Box Dye in color Magenta
- How to Mix the Developer and Dye
- Wig clips
- Mannequin head (optional but recommended)
- Got 2 Be Freeze Spray (Yellow Canister)
- Plastic Bag (s)
- 22 inches of Bomb Body Wave Hair
Side bar, if you`re creating a wig check out: How Many Bundles Should I Purchase ?
Also check out our article What Length of Hair Should I Purchase if you`re looking to achieve a certain look.
Preparing for the Hair Dyeing Process... Its a Messy One!
First, before you do anything make sure you have on old clothes, a few pairs of gloves handy and plastic protecting the areas that you will utilize to apply the dye. We used a huge garbage bag that we cut up and placed on the table and floor.
Believe us when we tell you that it`s a messy job!
Pour the L'oreal HiColor dye into the bowl. We decided to cut the L'oreal HiColor dye tubes from the bottom to allow it to pour out easier. Mix 1 part (1.74 oz) of HiColor hair color to 1.5 parts (2.5 oz) of Creme Developer.
How to dye African American hair without damaging it?
Now let`s be clear here bleach strips the pigment from your hair shaft through the process of oxidation. It is impossible to make your hair a lighter shade without the help of a bleaching (or oxidising) agent. So damage to hair when bleaching can easily happen.
Hydrogen peroxide and ammonia are the most commonly used bleaching agents. They are often mixed together, because when used separately, they are unstable and very slow in lightening the hair. Do not be fooled by manufacturers who use ‘peroxide-free’ labels as a way to promote their products as ‘hair-friendly’. Although these mixtures do not contain peroxide, they will contain another oxidising agent, which can be just as damaging to your strands.
Bleaching raises your hair’s outer cuticle to allow the bleaching agent to fully penetrate.
Bleached hair is also more porous, and therefore more vulnerable to other chemical and non-chemical hazards. These include everything from heat-styling with blow-dryers and tongs, to the effects of sun, rain and wind.
While all bleaching agents have a damaging effect on your hair’s protein structure, this is intensified each time the process is undertaken. In other words, the more often you bleach or highlight your hair, the more damaged it may become .