It’s no secret that millions of women all over the world dye their hair for all sorts of different reasons. Some of them are simply experimenting with various colors to see which one flatters them the best, while others are aiming to cover up their gray hairs or enhance the vibrancy and intensity of their hair’s natural shade. Sooner or later, most gals will consider going pitch black because the color seems so deep and intense and mysterious. Here’s what you need to know before making such a bold maneuver.
Obviously, black is a very intense choice in terms of hair color. When it’s paired up with the wrong skin tone by mistake, it can appear incredibly unnatural and extremely harsh in comparison, rather than striking, lovely or exotic. Before committing to coloring your locks, at least try on a black wig in front of a mirror (the quality of the wig is not that important) or use some kind of makeover software to get a general idea of how that hair color is actually going to look when everything’s said and done.
You may think it’s no big deal to go fully goth-inspired with your hair color and then change your mind about it later on, since that’s fairly true of many dyes. Unlike the lighter shades and relatively conservative tints, though, black dye will barely fade over time. Once you go black, you’ll have a hell of a time “going back” to any other color! Short of bleaching the pigment into nothingness or patiently waiting while the offending shade slowly and gradually grows itself out of your hair, there’s not a whole lot to be done about the situation.
When the urge to dye your hair pink, to get some blond highlights or to suddenly become a redhead inevitably strikes, bleaching may begin to sound like a tempting option for restoring your hair to a more flexible base color – one that you could work with, dye over or otherwise prettify. However, the bleaching tends to be a tremendously taxing process for your precious strands even under an ideal set of circumstances, and the jet black dye of which we speak happens to be the most notoriously difficult to lift out – by far! Combining these two things is a recipe for disastrous hair breakage.
Sadly enough, I know because I’ve done it myself. I’ve been staining my hair strange colors and using funky dyes since my middle school days, and I’m genuinely hoping that my wealth of unfortunate experience in this area – along with these valuable tidbits of information and advice – can help others to avoid the mistakes I unwittingly made as a teenager. Please, believe me when I say that your hair will most certainly end up looking and feeling like straw by the time you’ve managed to bleach permanent black dye from it. At that point, moisturizing and restorative treatments will be able to provide only short-lived, superficial results.
So, what’s the real message behind this lengthy spiel? Am I saying you should never, ever dye your hair black for any reason, no matter what? No, that is definitely not what I’m saying! The trick is merely to understand upon selecting said hair color that it doesn’t come out quickly or easily, and that it doesn’t come out at all without utterly ravaging your hair. So, if you’re going to take the plunge, be totally prepared to wear your black hairstyle for a long, long time afterward and let it grow out eventually – that way, you won’t run into any problems or unpleasant surprises. Good luck!