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Coloring My Dark Natural Hair

So, I was feeling real inspired one day when I ran across a beauty blogger who colored her dark natural hair using a semi-permanent color. I never considered it before because I assumed that you would need bleach or at the very least a color developer in order for hair color to show. Being that my hair is very fine and even more fragile when my dark color is lifted, I gave up on the idea of ever coloring my hair again. But now seeing the results on someone, I was given hope. Could it be true? Can I actually play around with hair color, albeit temporary, and not suffer any hair damage?

Feeling emboldened and adventurous, I decided to mosey on over to Sally Beauty to take a look-sy at the color options. The beauty blogger used the Ion brand so I decided try the same product. At the time, Sally Beauty was running a special of buy 2 colors, get the 3rd free. They also offered you a “free” additional color if you renewed your Sally’s membership. The membership was only $5 which includes discounts on most of their products, a $5 coupon on a future purchase, and other discounts and promotions sent to your e-mail. So overall, not a bad deal and I walked out of the store with 4 different colors to try.

Hair Color Varieties

As the instructions suggested, I did a swatch test on my skin to test for an allergic reaction prior to applying it to my hair. In my old age, I have become allergic to most things besides air and water, so I was sure not to skip this step! I next tested the colors on my hair. The fuchsia and rose quartz were pretty undetectable. The garnet and burgundy brown gave me a little show so I decided to try the more dramatic  garnet color first.

Hair Color

I sectioned my hair and applied the color on top of styling products that I normally use (probably a mistake). I twisted each section as I completed the color application. It was still barely even noticeable so I became a bit doubtful.

Doubtful Look

Also, it would have been a good idea to use some type of gloves because….

Red Hands

But the damage was already done, so I kept going. Since I didn’t notice much color difference, I decided to keep applying more color on my already twisted hair.

Hair in Twists

The beauty blogger I watched went on to style her hair without shampooing or rinsing her hair at all. My fine strands were not having that! So if you have thick hair that can handle a lot of product and still allow you to style it, then go for it. My hair can only handle about 1 layer of product at a time so applying a styling product and this dye was just too much. So I rinsed my hair to remove the excess product build up (and probably most of the dye) and proceeded to style again.

In Car with Glasses

The end result is a barely noticeable, slight hue to the ends of my hair. If I turn just the right angle in the sunlight, you MIGHT (that’s a big might lol) see it. My grey hairs however, are a bright hot pink so there’s that; good thing I don’t have too many in a disrespectfully plain view.

So overall, probably a fail but it was fun experimenting. I haven’t given up yet, I want to try the burgundy brown without additional products to see the effect. I’ve also been researching low level (level 10) developers and contemplating that for highlights perhaps to minimize the risk. Stay tuned!!