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Sleek black hair is undeniably gorgeous—but it can also be undeniably difficult to color. And as pretty as your natural hair color is, we understand that sometimes you might want to sport a lighter hair color. In a world full of endless hair color trends, it makes sense that you’d want to change your beauty look every once in a while. But how exactly do you go about lightening black hair? While lightening black hair may not be a one and done process, it’s certainly possible to get a lighter hair color with the right know-how and a little research. To help start you off on your newest hair color journey, we’ve outlined seven things to keep in mind when it comes to lightening black hair. Commit the following hair color tips to memory and you’ll be golden—literally!
When you’re lightening black hair, it’s incredibly important to take your time so that you can help maintain your hair’s integrity. While your end goal may be blonde hair, it can often take quite a few dye sessions to achieve your desired result. Instead of trying to go super-light all at once, color your hair two shades at a time—and wait a few weeks in between lightening sessions. If you’re visiting a pro colorist, they’ll be able to give you a better sense of how long it could take until you’d be able to achieve your desired level of light brown hair or blonde hair, as well as what the process will entail. Keep in mind that getting a lighter hair color will require bleaching your hair, and the darker your starting shade, the longer the process will take to achieve your desired hair color.
Don’t want to head to the salon for your not-so-little hair color makeover? No worries! Peruse the beauty aisle for an at-home hair color kit that’s specifically designed to lighten black hair. Check out the shades in our range of at-home hair color kits, L’Oréal Paris Féria, L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference, and L’Oréal Paris Excellence Creme. Make sure to follow the instructions included with your kit in order to successfully lighten black hair.
Maybe you’re not looking for an allover change but simply want to add a sun-kissed effect to your black hair. If that’s the case, look no further than balayage highlights. Balayage is a technique that was mastered by French colorists in the ‘70s. Balayage literally means “to sweep.” Using this highlighting technique, a colorist will hand paint color onto your hair, which can leave you with a more natural-looking hair color than traditional highlights typically offer. Don’t want to go to the salon? Try using the L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference Glam Lights to highlight your hair at home.
After you’ve lightened your black hair, it’s time to make a few key changes to your hair care routine. Color-treated hair requires special care, so reach for a system of shampoo, conditioner, and hair mask that are safe for color-treated hair. Try the L’Oréal Paris Repair & Defend Shampoo, L’Oréal Paris Repair & Defend Conditioner, and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair Remedy Balm. After shampooing, apply the conditioner to wet hair and leave it on for 1-3 minutes. Once or twice a week, swap out the conditioner for the hair mask. Leave the hair mask on for 3-5 minutes, then rinse with lukewarm water.
If you’ve lightened your black hair but you’ve noticed gray roots growing in, you can use a root cover up spray to temporarily hide them until you have time to actually touch up your hair color. The L’Oréal Paris Magic Root Cover Up is a lightweight, quick-dry spray that lasts one shampoo and is available in a variety of shades. To use, hold the can 4-6 inches from your head and spray directly onto new growth and partly through the length of your hair to blend in the color.
So, as you see, it is possible to lighten black hair! All it takes is a little patience and work. You got this! Already wondering which hair color tutorial should be next on your to-read list? Head on over to our article, How to Go from Brown Hair to Blonde Hair.