Many desire to dye their hair a new color but may not go through bleaching before applying it. It’s no secret that blue is one of the most popular hair colors!
And it’s also no surprise that with all these options out there, you might be feeling a little overwhelmed. What if you want to dye your hair naturally black?
This article will walk you through the process of dying black hair with a blue tint without bleaching.
Step 1: Prepare your Hair
Dip your fingers into petroleum jelly. It will protect your skin from getting stained by the dye.
Apply petroleum jelly around your hairline and on your ears, neck, around your shoulders like a cape. That will protect your clothes from getting stained with a blue-black tint.
Wash hair with clarifying shampoo or use a hair relaxer as per instructions on the label. It is necessary to prevent further damage to overprocessed hair.
Then rinse thoroughly using cool water to close the cuticles of the hair completely.
Now take a towel and wrap it tightly and the forehead. You can also wear gloves if you have them. That is to avoid contact with dye on your skin or in case it gets in the eyes.
You can also use a shower cap to ensure the hair you want to dye is completely dry.
Step 2: Mixing Dyes and Developer
As per instructions on the box, mix developer and dye in a plastic bowl, thoroughly removing lumps from the mixture.
Be careful, though- even a tiny amount of pure dye can stain your hands.
Step 3: Applying
If you use gel or cream colorant, apply this mixture onto damp hair from roots to ends one inch at a time.
Ensure each section is covered with dye evenly by applying it with a brush or fingers and pushing it into the cuticles.
If you are using powder-type colorant, sprinkle this on your head, spread it evenly, and then wait for 15 minutes before rinsing off.
Apply petroleum jelly occasionally to prevent dye from staining your hairline and ears. Don’t get dye in your eyes, as this can sting badly.
Step 4: Rinse
Rinse your hair with cool water until the water runs clear. You may shampoo your hair without a conditioner to eliminate excess dye.
If you have used gel or cream colorant, wash it off only after 5 minutes. Otherwise, it will stain your scalp and skin.
Wait 20-30 minutes before washing powder type of colorant using shampoo as this one tends to stain more than others are willing to wait that long.
Step 5: Condition Your Hair
Some kits come with a conditioner, so use this product first, then wash it off thoroughly using a clarifying shampoo.
If there’s none, mix one tablespoon of vinegar and honey in 3 cups of warm water, then apply on hair from roots to ends.
If you have used a cream or gel coloring, rinse it off with vinegar and then shampoo your hair using a mild sulfate-free shampoo.
If you have used a powder colorant, use apple cider vinegar instead of white vinegar before shampooing your hair.
Step 6: Style
Style your freshly colored black hair as you usually do. You can add some waves or curls for a change using a curling iron or a straightener.
Make sure to apply a heat protectant first before doing so, though.
Take note that dying hair might not be permanent, depending on the products you will use.
The Good Stuff
- It Doesn’t damage the hair.
- It Doesn’t require bleaching or a permanent change of color.
- It can be done at home with fewer risks compared to professional services.
- Hair is not at risk of further damage because there’s no hair lightening involved.
The Bad Stuff
- Temporary changes in hair color may not suit everyone, mainly if you aim to color your hair permanently blue or green.
- It Requires more than one visit since the tint will wear off after some time.
- It may require several applications before you achieve the result, depending on the products used and hair porosity.
- The skin around the hairline may get stained. That is why it’s recommended that you apply petroleum jelly all over this area to protect it from staining when dying black hair with a blue tint.
- It may not be suitable for all hair types, incredibly thick ones.
- It may cause allergic reactions to some users since they are not free of chemicals that may irritate the scalp and abrasions in case dye gets inside the eyes or ears. That is why it’s best to do this procedure under the guidance of someone who knows what they are doing.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I Dye my black hair with a blue tint without bleaching?
Yes, you can, but only if you choose semi-permanent hair dye, which will require several applications before you achieve the results, depending on the products used and hair porosity.
Can I use the same dye to color my black hair with a blue tint?
Yes, all of these dyes are made from coal tar, so if you have used one before but it didn’t work out as you expected, consider using another shade.
Can I Dye my Virgin Black Hair with Blue Tint without Bleaching?
Yes. However, mix up enough dye since you need more than one box (depending on length). Also, remember that after rinsing out all the product, your hair might turn yellow or brassy for a short while until it’s grown again. Keep using blue tint shampoo regularly for the best results!
How long should I wait after applying hair dye before rinsing it off?
It’s recommended that you should rinse the dye off after 5 minutes as some colorants may cause stains if allowed to sit on the hair for too long. Remember that dyes will not show their actual color until after a few washes, so it’s best to wait until you see clumps of paint coming off before rinsing it off.
If you’re looking for a change of color without having to bleach your hair, dying hair with a blue tint is a much safer option.
Just apply petroleum jelly all over the hairline and ears as a precautionary measure before using the product on your hair.