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Tips for Dyeing Dark Brown Hair

Kalpana Kumari
Dyeing your dark brown hair blonde, light brown, or black? Read on for the tips that will give you the look you want.
Dyeing dark brown hair is no tough job. All you need is a little research on dyes that can bring the desired color, learning the right method of application, and the patience to keep trying till you get the exact result that you want. Take a look at the necessary hair coloring tips and techniques to help yourself with the process.

How to Select a Hair Dye

A hair dye would definitely change your look, but only a suitable one would give you a desired and pleasant look. A particular dye that suits your friend may not necessarily give you the same dazzling and flattering look. Choosing the right hair color is a crucial decision. So, you need to consider certain factors.

Color Level System

Hair colors have a level system ranging from 2 to 10. Level system 2, denotes darkest brown/black color, level system 10 denotes lightest color. You can dye your dark brown hair either darker and richer or a bit lighter or blonde.
It is suggested to not go beyond a gap of 2 levels between your natural color and the commercial one. Because human hair on an average grow at a rate of 1 cm per month, in a month's application, a contrast in the color of the shafts and roots would be seen which would look shoddy. Avoiding all this, you would be preventing this possibility to a great extent.

Complementing Shades

Go for a dye that suits you, your skin tone and your eye color.
For instance, if your skin tone is peachy, creamy beige or creamy ivory and the eye color is green, topaz, brown, or hazel, then you should go for dark golden brown, mahogany, copper or red dyes. But, if your complexion is dark brown or medium to dark olive and the eye color is blue, black, or brown, then dye your hair in black, plum and dark brown shades.


There are mainly two types of hair dyes - permanent and temporary. Permanent ones last for about a few months till the new hair growth starts. It starts fading after 6-12 washes. Temporary dyes fade or start to fade after one shampoo wash and do not last more than 15 days.
If you are clear about the color that suits your face cut, skin tone, eye color and overall personality, then go for a permanent one. But if you not then go for a temporary dye now and try to find out with which color suits you the best. However, the safest option is dyeing dark brown hair light brown.

Application Process

Apart from the dye of your choice, This process requires a comb, brush, and a glass of warm water.
  • Comb your hair unsnarling all the tangles. Keep the brush in warm water for half an hour to soften the brush.
  • For an even look, divide your hair into 5-6 sections. Take one section and further divide it into 3-4 tufts. Take one tuft and dye it with the help of the brush.
  • Repeat this with other tufts of the section. Complete dyeing the section in this manner.
  • Likewise, dye the other sections too. In case you want chunky hair highlights, take tufts of hair where you want the color and dye them by keeping them on fresh wraps in such a way that the fresh wrap sticks to the tuft. This would keep the tufts separate from the rest of the hair.
  • Allow the dye to dry for the recommended time period.
  • Remove the dye by shampooing.
  • Usually, dyed hair looks normal indoors, but shows its presence under sunlight. Go outside and see your changed look. Did you like it? If not, go for a removal with the help of a professional or wait for a couple of weeks. If yes, focus on maintaining this look.

Care Tips

  • Dyed hair shines under sun, but the ultraviolet rays actually work towards fading the color. Use a shampoo and conditioner with UV protection, specially made for dyes.
  • Do not wash your hair every day or too frequently, at least not more than twice a week. It would retain the color for a longer period of time.
  • After a couple of weeks, a contrast comes in the root and shaft naturally due to hair growth. You can prevent it by dyeing the roots once in 10 days.
  • Never bleach your hair. The molecules of the bleaching agent would react with the molecules of the dye and can cause severe damage.
  • Dyed hair are deprived of natural oils and moisture. Therefore, follow a proper regime to nourish, strengthen and moisturize them.
  • Use only protein based products, massage your hair with warm oil (coconut, olive, etc.) twice a week and protect it from dust to avoid frequent shampooing. This would retain the vibrancy and the vivacity of the hair.
Transform yourself by dyeing dark brown hair. See which colors and styles suit and make you look elegant. Do some trial and discover a charming and beautiful you.