Black is a mysterious shade. Magical when done right. Borderline frightening if it goes wrong. Although it’s one of the trickier hair colors to pull off, this enchanting hue isn’t just for fairytales. It’s all about choosing the right shade for your complexion. Follow these pro tips for finding and maintaining your shade and show them who’s the fairest of them all.
Although it may look like your favorite fair-skinned celeb is sporting jet-black hair, it’s most likely an illusion. Against lighter skin tones, any dark shade will have a strong contrast. To achieve the raven-haired look, go with a medium brown to darker brown (not black) shade. It will still have the same effect you’re going for, but it won’t wash you out.
For you, we recommend a dark brown, almost-black-but-not-quite shade. Go lighter than you think. Hair color always turns out darker than the box, plus dark hair is more difficult to correct. It’s always easier to add more depth than trying to lighten hair that’s too dark.
You’re one of the few women that can go jet-black. Just remember to pick a shade that’s multi-dimensional otherwise your skin tone and hair will look too flat. You want a bit of contrast in your hair color so that your gorgeous features stand out, not vanish. Try Natural Instincts.
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Do a color gloss every other week to avoid looking fake, flat and dry. Black hair color needs a boost of shine to make it look silky from root to tip. Try this: Shine Happy.
Stay on schedule
Your roots will undoubtedly be more noticeable. Get ready for root touchups every 4 to 6 weeks! It’s just one of the reasons we recommend only going 2 shades darker than your current color!
Keep it cool
Always wash black hair with cool water and avoid clarifying shampoos that can strip your black hair color and make it look dull (which is nothing like you!).
Blondes naturally look like they have more hair
It’s an illusion! So if you’re transitioning from a lighter shade, take this into consideration. To give black hair a boost of volume, blow dry from the underside of hair. Instead of flat ironing, use a round brush to make it silky. Next smooth out your ends with just a few drops of serum. We like Pantene’s Smooth Argan Serum.
Don’t use baby powder!
Use a tinted dry shampoo in between washes that’s specifically designed for raven-haired beauties. Although blondes and most brunettes can get away with this inexpensive trick of using baby powder in place of dry shampoo, it can leave black hair looking white and powdery. There’s nothing enchanting about that!
Trims are mandatory
Blondes have an easier time hiding their split ends, while dark hair can actually accentuate any damage. When you go darker, you’ll most likely need to trim your ends, too. The idea of black hair is to look smooth and silky from end to end.
Going from blonde to black?
We don’t recommend it. Shift a shade gradually and work your way up to your color goal. Keep in mind that it takes time to achieve your ideal shade. We know it’s exciting, but we’d rather see you take baby steps to maintain your hair’s health.
As we get older our skin changes color and black hair can accentuate lines and wrinkles. Go for a chocolate-y brown shade and fight the 7 signs of aging hair with Age Defy. It’s the elixir to hair that looks 10 years younger.