The Best Hair Dye for Dark Hair (Without Bleach!)
Radiant red, copper brown and rich blues are just a few of the trendy shades making waves this year. Thankfully, blondes aren't the only ones that can have fun with color. Yes, dark hair can add a pop of color (or go for boosting their undertones) without stripping moisture and shine. And you can experiment with the boldest shades right at home—no commitment necessary. We found ten hair dyes (ranging from sprays to masks) for dark hair minus the bleach, damage and/or dry finish. Because achieving the color of your dreams is way easier than you think.
1. IGK Foamo Holographic Hair Foam
Best for Subtle Look
Let’s start with the subtlest option and work our way up, shall we? This shade-shifting shimmer changes depending on where the light hits your hair. The "Meteor" shade gives you a tint of blue and purple, while "Moon Rock" goes from pink to teal. The best part is the effortless application: Just comb this airy foam through your mane and stop when you’ve reached your desired shade. Accidentally overdo it? No problem. It softens easily with water and washes out with shampoo.
2. dpHUE Color Boosting Gloss + Deep Conditioning Treatment
Just add this deep conditioner to your wash day and watch your hair's natural color change. The semi-permanent colors (like auburn, copper and strawberry) can boost shine and softness without drying out your strands.
3. Good Dye Young Poser Paste
Best Neon Shades
If you’re looking for a pop of neon, Hayley Williams (yes, the lead singer of Paramore) has a line of fluorescent-toned pastes that will stay put until your next wash. Fun fact: The formula (aka sunflower wax, bergamot oil and sweet orange oil) glows against a black light, making this ideal for the one night a year you end up at a club...somehow.
4. Splat Midnight Hair Dye
Packed with finely milled micro-pigments that attach to the surface of your hair (rather than penetrating the shaft), this permanent dye provides up to eight weeks of bold color. And it only takes 45 minutes to apply. Choose from indigo, ruby or amethyst, and make sure to slip on a pair of rubber gloves before you get started because—as you can imagine—the dye is quite powerful.
5. Clairol Flare Me Dark Permanent Cream Color
Best Permanent Option
Formulated specifically to work on darker strands, this cream color from Clairol comes in seven shades (though we’re partial to the rich plum, also known as “Keep Calm and Berry On”). Get up to six weeks of color that fades just a little bit with every wash. Plus, you don't have to worry about the color transferring onto your clothes or pillow, so win-win.
6. Jerome Russell Temporary Hair Color Spray
Forget about breaking the bank, especially if you're looking for a temporary color. From copper tones to icy blues, you've got 22 shades to choose from with this $7 pick. Spray the vivid hue directly onto your strands and opt for subtle ends or spritz all over to your hearts desire—with no mess in sight.
7. L'Oreal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup
Best for One-Day Look
Do you have a fun event coming up? Turn heads with a temporary 'do. This hair makeup washes out after one rinse (with help from your go-to shampoo) so there's no need for the color commitment. Pick from five bold shades (like Green and Raspberry) and try out those money piece highlights you've been holding off.
8. Overtone Hair Coloring Conditioner
Best Vegan Pick
Hair dyes can leave a very strong (and often unpleasant) scent behind which has everything to do with the chemicals. However, this is not the case with color conditioner. The formula is 100 percent vegan (with ingredients like coconut oil, shea butter, avocado oil and other essentials oil) to moisturize and repair strands. Leave it on for 15 minutes, rinse and see the pigment shine through—regardless what color you choose. Plus, if you're unsure what shade to try, there's a handy quiz to get you started.
9. Ion True Tones for Dark Hair Permanent Crème Hair Color
Best Shade Range
This line is literally dedicated to dark hair, so expect color to actually show. It's designed to tone and color your hair—without pre-lightening needed. Whether you want fiery red or a blue tone, it only takes 30 minutes to get the rich pigment.
10. As I Am Curl Color
Best for Natural Hair
The brand behind the beloved curly hair products created a line of vibrant temporary colors. Try one (or all) six shades on your curls and coils for the day. Even one PureWow editor (ahem me) tried it on my locks and spoiler alert: the claims are true, my curls were seeped in a fun, new pop of color.