How to Switch From Black to Brunette Hair

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How to Switch From Black to Brunette Hair. Black hair, whether natural or dyed, is the most difficult color to change, and in the process, often causes extensive damage, orange hues and lots of tears. If you have black hair and want to lighten the shade, a few tips can help to get you started.

Things You'll Need

  • Hair stripper
  • Hair bleach
  • Brown hair dye
  • Henna
  • Conditioner

Turn dyed black hair to brunette with extreme caution. The best way to lighten black dye, even just a shade or two, is by stripping or bleaching the hair and then using another dye to reach your desired color. It is best to see a professional stylist if you have already dyed your hair once or more, as you can permanently damage your hair. If you decide to go it alone, strip or bleach your hair only one time, following the instructions, and then use your chosen brunette dye on top at least 24 hours afterwards.

Lighten naturally black hair with a quality hair bleach, again, seeing a stylist if you have doubts or have already chemically treated your hair. Do a strand test before you apply the bleach so that you know how long to leave the product on before you go for the entire head. If you color ends up looking a little too brassy for you, you can use a natural henna dye on top which will condition rather than damage the hair while helping you to get natural looking color.

Mix up to 1 Tbsp. of your regular conditioner into your hair dye, strippers or bleaching agents, as naturally black hair or chemically treated hair tends to be a bit more course than other hair colors. The conditioner will not effect how the product works, but will help to prevent drying and breakage as you treat your hair.

Visit a professional stylist if you have switched to brunette but do not like the results. Applying more than one or two chemical treatment, particularly on black hair, can create serious problems which require the expertise of a professional.

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