5 Ways to Dye Dark Hair a Bright Color—Without Bleach
Chocolate lilac, warm peach cobbler and dusty blue: All of those trendy shades you see on your Instagram feed are a huge commitment for brunettes, as they require stripping naturally dark hair with peroxide. Yeah, that’s scary! Luckily, a slew of recent innovations are (finally) allowing dark-haired babes to experiment with new shades, without having to worry about fried locks. We rounded up five of our favorites that require zero bleach, including a few temporary options—in case you want a commitment-free way to switch things up.
1. IGK Foamo Holographic Hair Foam
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. 'Meteor' 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. KMS StyleColor
From slate gray to dusty rose and even ice blue, this temporary spray-on color comes in every soft hue we’ve ever dreamed about. We were skeptical that it would actually show up on our jet-black strands and were pleasantly shocked at how vibrant the results were. Best of all, the color didn't transfer or fade until we washed it out the next day.
3. Good Dye Young Poser Paste
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 glows against a black light, making this ideal for the one night a year you end up at a club...somehow.
4. Splat Midnight Collection
Packed with finely milled micro-pigments that attach to the surface of your hair (rather than penetrating the shaft), this semipermanent 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
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.