Hello dark hair! Haven’t sported you in a while. Spring is normally the time to bring out lighter hair, but I’ve had blonde hair for nearly nine months. It was time for a change. A more manageable change. 👩
I did dye my hair darker last October. I opted for a light brown color because that’s what I really wanted. Unfortunately, it faded back to blonde in a few months. It was frustrating because it took me a long process to get there (the same steps I’ll be writing out shortly).
Here’s a comparison of my hair between about six weeks. That’s a lot of fade! 😓 Bleached hair is notorious for fading easily, and despite using shampoo for color-treated hair and stretching out my washes, there was only so much I could do. At least the cooler tones stayed!
With that debacle in mind, I decided to go much, much darker this time. I just wanted the blonde out! But going from light to dark isn’t that simple. If you don’t do it right, you could end up with green hair! 😱 Thankfully, this is easy to avoid by taking just an extra step. With that said, here’s how I went from bleached blonde to dark brown!
Step One: Touch Up Roots
This is effectively my “Before” picture. As you can see, it’s a terrible mess. I stopped bleaching last year so whenever I did my roots, it didn’t come out as light as my ends. I have a good three inches of nearly orange roots. I managed to hide it over the winter with hats and headwraps, but I can’t do that anymore.
Nonetheless, I touched up my roots with my old color so that I have a more even base to start with. Even is a major overstatement, but the less complicated the better! That meant killing my black roots. I mixed L’Oreal Hi-Color Hi-Lights in Natural Blonde with 30 volume developer and simply applied it on my roots.
Step Two: Use a Red Filler
After I’ve touched up my roots, it’s time to use a filler! Remember when I said you could end up with green hair? That’s because extremely bleached hair has no trace of red pigment that could balance out the cooler blue/green tones of the darker dye. Blue tones mixed with yellow hair (or just straight up green tones on light hair) equals green. As much as I love mermaid hair, that’s not what I’m going for.
Red filler to the rescue! Not only will this add the necessary pigment to prevent green hair, it also acts as a protein treatment which my damaged ends desperately needed. I used Colorful Professional Protein Filler #10. Hair magic in a bottle!
Red hair throwback! 😆 I applied the filler to my dry hair and let it sit for 20 minutes. I’ve read that others just add it to their dye and fill their hair that way, but this method worked for me before so I’m sticking to it.
Step Three: Apply Dye
With my roots taken care of and my hair filled, it’s time to actually dye! Instead of using box dye like I did the last time, I went with Ion Color Brilliance in Intense Dark Brown. I mixed it with 20 volume developer and applied it all over with filler still on my hair. It’s interesting to see how the dye develops with filler. Last time, my hair was purple! This time though, it was a very muddy brown. But I fret not! The filler rinses out in the shower to reveal the dye’s true color.
I let the dye sit for forty minutes, and when I rinsed it out, I was greeted with an intense dark brown. It’s one of those shades that look almost black indoors, and very brown in the sunlight. It took me a good day to get used to it. I couldn’t recognize myself in the mirror! 😆 It’s funny because it’s very close to my natural hair, but I haven’t had that in a while.
After the initial shock, I grew to really love the shade. It’s different from what I’ve done before. I’ve never been able to sport chocolate brown hair properly because my hair always ended up a little brassy when I tried before. That was when I used drugstore box dye, but now that I’m using salon products, I think I can achieve it more easily now.
Here are some more pictures of my new hair. I saved these from Snapchat. The filters are sooo cute! I’m just sad they come out grainy for me. I guess my phone doesn’t run it too well. 😓 I’m banking on my color to fade at least a little bit over the next couple of weeks, so I’ll be enjoying this gorgeous chocolate shade while I still can by taking all the pictures!!!! 😆
What do you think? Yes/no/omg that’s too much? Are you planning on changing up your hair now that it’s warmer? Let’s talk hair!