Whew ? 2020 is finally over! It`s a new year and time for a new look! With the pandemic still in our midst DIY (Do It Yourself) projects are on the rise and it’s simply the perfect time to try out new trends, ideas, and looks.
Burgundy and red tones are definitely trending this season so we wanted to bring to you firsthand a technique of hair dying without using bleach ?. Of course, we did this using our Anwig Body Wave Hair in natural black virgin hair extensions and the results… well we`ll let you be the judge.
Ok, enough of the small talk, let’s get right into it:
Can You Dye Your Black Hair Burgundy Without Bleach?
This was a question we asked ourselves as we took on the daunting task of trying it ourselves. You know the saying “New Year, New Me”! We wanted to live the motto this year!
With all the damage bleach can potentially cause to hair, the extra precautions and measures necessary involved in bleaching hair to lift it, and the extra time and energy needed to deposit color into hair after lifting ?, we wanted to go STRAIGHT for the kill. Yup, coloring hair with JUST hair dye and without using bleach or any other lifting agent.
And the answer was (drum roll please) … yes BUT the results all depend drastically on the technique and product use. All of which we discuss in this article.
How to Dye Natural Black Hair Burgundy Without Bleach?
The first thing you need to do is buy, what we feel is, the best burgundy hair dye for dark hair. So I know you`re probably asking what is the best burgundy hair dye for dark hair? Well, guess what?! Here`s a secret, it’s NOT BURGUNDY!
What is the Best Burgundy Hair Dye for Dark Hair?
In our own opinion weave (see what we did there ?) got to give it to:
-Loreal Excellence Hi Color Highlights in color Magenta. We used 5 boxes of hair color for our 22inch wig that was naturally black.
The first thing is to prepare your hair. Make sure your wig or bundles are combed through properly and you have your clips prepared to hold the hair in sections.
Other Items you will need to dye your hair
You will also need a small tooth comb to rake through the hair as well as a brush applicator to apply the color and lastly a bowl to mix the developer and dye.
The box color also calls for the Developer to activate the dye. We used Clairol Pure White 40 Volume Developer, but any brand should be fine. All of this will be mixed into a mixing bowl.
Checklist of Everything You will Need to Dye Your Wig or Extensions Burgundy:
- Small tooth comb
- Brush applicator
- Mixing Bowl
- 40 Volume developer
- Loreal Excellence Hi Color Highlight Box Dye in color Magenta
- How to Mix the Developer and Dye
- Wig clips
- Mannequin head (optional but recommended)
- Got 2 Be Freeze Spray (Yellow Canister)
- Plastic Bag (s)
- 22 inches of Bomb Body Wave Hair
Sidebar, if you`re creating a wig check out: How Many Bundles Should I Purchase?
Also, check out our article What Length of Hair Should I Purchase if you`re looking to achieve a certain look.
Preparing for the Hair Dyeing Process… Its a Messy One!
First, before you do anything make sure you have on old clothes, a few pairs of gloves handy and plastic protecting the areas that you will utilize to apply the dye. We used a huge garbage bag that we cut up and placed on the table and floor.
Believe us when we tell you that it`s a messy job!
Pour the L’oreal HiColor dye into the bowl. We decided to cut the L’oreal HiColor dye tubes from the bottom to allow it to pour out easier. Mix 1 part (1.74 oz) of HiColor hair color to 1.5 parts (2.5 oz) of Creme Developer.
How to dye African American hair without damaging it?
Now let`s be clear here bleach strips the pigment from your hair shaft through the process of oxidation. It is impossible to make your hair a lighter shade without the help of a bleaching (or oxidizing) agent. So damage to hair when bleaching can easily happen.
Hydrogen peroxide and ammonia are the most commonly used bleaching agents. They are often mixed together, because when used separately, they are unstable and very slow in lightening the hair. Do not be fooled by manufacturers who use ‘peroxide-free’ labels as a way to promote their products as ‘hair-friendly’. Although these mixtures do not contain peroxide, they will contain another oxidising agent, which can be just as damaging to your strands.
Why Does Bleaching Damage Your Hair?
Bleaching raises your hair’s outer cuticle to allow the bleaching agent to fully penetrate.
Repeated bleaching can permanently raise your cuticle, which allows rapid and continuous loss of moisture from your strands.
Bleached hair is also more porous, and therefore more vulnerable to other chemical and non-chemical hazards. These include everything from heat-styling with blow-dryers and tongs, to the effects of sun, rain and wind.
While all bleaching agents have a damaging effect on your hair’s protein structure, this is intensified each time the process is undertaken. In other words, the more often you bleach or highlight your hair, the more damaged it may become.
What makes this technique so special is that we`re not using bleach to lift the hair which makes it a safer option for your wig, extensions, and even your natural hair.
My (the owner) hair is natural underneath my extensions so if I wanted to try this process on my African American naturally textured 4C hair, I definitely would.
Hair care is important not just for our human hair but also Be sure to check out our article on how to Care For Your Extensions.
Steps to Dying Hair on Your Wig Burgundy
- 1. Section your hair into sections. At least 4 sections clipped up and out of the way is a good start.
- 2. If you`re coloring a wig, spray the inside of the lace cap with plenty of Got 2 B Glue Hair Spray (the yellow can). This helps to protect the lace from being dyed also.
- 3. Beginning from the back start to coat the hair with the mixture. Be sure to saturate the hair with plenty of the mixture. You can use the brush, your gloved hands, and a comb to work the mixture through the hair. Start at the top of the hair and run it all the way down the hair. Get as close to the root or track as possible.
- 4. Allow it to sit for 4-5 hours. Was the hair thoroughly and let air dry. We decided not to shampoo and only condition. We loved our results.
burgundy hair on black girl.
Will Burgundy Hair Look Good On Me?
I guess the real question here is will burgundy hair look good on me (or you), as a black girl or woman. The answer is ABSOLUTELY! Don`t ever allow mainstream media to make you feel as though you can’t wear a certain look or a certain color.
The world doesn’t define you, you define yourself. Believe what God says about you because that doesn’t change. It says you’re beautiful and glorious. so go ahead and rock out in your burgundy hair, blonde hair, blue hair or slay in your baldie. Remember true beauty starts from the inside out.
-XOXO Anwig Hair
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