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When you have dark hair, sometimes you might feel as though your light-haired friends get to have all the hair color fun. After all, having to use bleach to lighten your strands before you can achieve your desired hair color can be a drag, not to mention damaging. If you thought there was no way to get your desired color without bleaching your mane first, think again. We’ve got you covered! Yup, if you’re looking for hair dye for dark hair that works without bleach, we’d like to introduce you to a few holy grail hair coloring products. Want to learn more? Read on for our bleach-less hair dye picks.
The first option for coloring dark hair without bleach is to use temporary hair color that’s made to work with a dark base color! These hair dyes are specifically formulated to be vibrant and true without having to lighten your dark strands prior. They’re also super convenient for experimenting since they wash out with one shampoo.
If you love to switch it up and want some bold, fun hues opt for a spray formula like L’Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup Temporary 1-Day Hair Color Spray. The temporary hair color spray allows you to instantly create bold looks without the commitment since it washes out in just one shampoo. Each shade is formulated to allow for vivid color on all hair types—no bleach required. Just shake the can well before each use. Hold it four to six inches from dry hair and spray. Wait a few minutes for the color to dry completely.
Editor’s Tip: Don't spray too much at once! The color becomes more visible as it dries. Go slowly and build the color until you reach your desired shade.
Perhaps you would like your hair dye for dark hair to last longer than one shampoo but you still don’t want to commit to a permanent hair change. Enter semi-permanent hair color—more specifically, the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Semi-Permanent Hair Color. The line features four shades specifically formulated for dark hair colors. The semi-permanent hair dye is also ammonia-free and lasts through four to eight shampoos—the perfect amount of time to test drive a fun hair hue.
Choose the sections of your hair you want to color to customize your look and apply according to the included instructions. Wait for 15 to 30 minutes, then rinse and style as usual.
If you want your hair color change to stand the test of time, then it’s all about looking for shades that will show up on top of your dark strands. As a general rule of thumb, it’s best to go for colors that are darker than your starting shade, or at least stay in the same family. Need some recommendations? Here are a few of our favorite permanent hair dyes for dark hair that won’t require breaking out the bleach. Make sure to follow the application instructions that come with whichever dye you choose since they may be different depending on the dye.
For edgy black strands with high-shine try the L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference in Ultimate Black or Black Sapphire.
For a rich brown color that’s as head-turning as it is fade-defiant, try the L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference Fade-Defying Shine Permanent Hair Color in Cool Darkest Brown or Dark Ash Brown.
For a statement red or to add a crimson tint to really dark strands try the L’Oréal Paris Féria in Deep Auburn or Deep Burgundy.
For an on-trend purple color that will transform your ‘do without ravaging your strands’ health, try the L’Oréal Paris Féria in Midnight Violet.
And of course, don’t forget to perk up your color right at home using the L’Oréal Paris Le Color Gloss One Step In-Shower Toning Gloss. In one 15-minute session you can enhance your hair tone, boost your color, and deep condition. Talk about a hair care multitasker!
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