Dark hair is a commitment, but for many, it is a commitment they never regret. Have you been considering going dark? Not sure why you haven’t done it yet? Whether you just decided you want to be a brunette or if you have been thinking about raven hair for years, we’re here to help.
Dark shades can come in all colors, but most consider dark browns, deep red-browns, and shades of black to be the main players of the dark color family. Particularly popular in fall, dark hair is a common go-to for a number of hair fanatics. Dark colors are usually achievable no matter what hair color you currently have, though it may require more maintenance for some; this makes dark hair a convenient choice for many.
The Benefits of Naturally Dark Hair
If you naturally have dark hair and you are hoping to return to your natural hair color, the transition may be easier for you than for some others. After your stylist matches your natural root, the rest of your hair color will only need to be touched up if you experience any severe fading. Depending on the amount of bleaching that was previously done, it may fade more or less than expected.
If you have natural dark hair and you hope to go darker, the transition will also be easier for you than it would be if you were a natural blonde or redhead. While you will still have to visit your stylist for regular root touch-ups, you are unlikely to experience as much fading as those that are not naturally within the dark color family.
For Blondes, Silvers, and Redheads
If your hair is not naturally dark, dark hair will require more maintenance–but this should not discourage you! If you want dark hair and you are currently blonde, it is still doable. Some things you will need to remember are:
- You will experience more fading. Because your light hair has to go through such a dramatic change to become dark, you will likely experience unwanted fading until you have packed in a lot of color over time.
- Your roots will show. After going dark, blondes, lighter silvers, and redheads will have much more noticeable roots than naturally dark-haired men and women. Plan ahead for regular root touch-ups, especially if your hair grows quickly.
- You’ll need new brows. While many dark-haired women can get away with having dark brows and blonde hair, the opposite is usually not true. Whether this means using a brow-safe direct dye or buying a new shade of brow pomade, you should be ready to change your eyebrow routine.
- Dark hair is a strong commitment. If you dye your hair a deep color, be prepared to have it for awhile. It is not impossible to go back to having light hair, but it is unlikely and usually will have to be done over time if possible at all. If this is a commitment you aren’t sure you’re ready for, first try a wig in your desired color. Then, you can determine whether you would like to make it a permanent look.
- Stay away from box dyes. At-home hair color may be passable for slight changes, but if you are an at-home hair colorist and you are hoping to go dark from light, don’t do it. Your stylist will need to assess the undertones in your hair to determine what shade will best suit you.
- Use color-friendly shampoos and conditioners. If you are a daily shampooer, you will want to change your routine. Ask your stylist about a color-friendly shampoo and conditioner to keep your hair as dark as possible for as long as possible.
Go With Your Gut
Remember that no matter what, you know what is best for you. If you feel uneasy about going dark, don’t do it. Dark hair is a strong commitment, especially for those that do not have natural dark hair. However, if you have been eyeing that Kim Kardashian look for quite some time and you think it’s right for you, we welcome you to the dark side.