Do you want to change something in your appearance, but you don't have enough determination to radically change your image? For brunettes, there is a great option - to make hair coloring. We promise to tell you everything we know about this coloring method

Coloring on dark hair: technique features

In the language of stylists, coloring on dark hair is a special type of coloring for brunettes, during which the master uses several shades at once. We will make a reservation right away: you can also act as a master. How to do it at home, we will tell in this article. We have already introduced the reader to many double staining techniques here.

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Pros and cons

Like any other beauty intervention, coloring has pros and cons. Let's start with the pros, because there are obviously more of them. Firstly, coloring for brunettes is considered a rather gentle procedure.Secondly, this coloring technique allows you to create a visual volume, the hair looks thicker, and the hairstyle is more textured.

Thirdly, re-dyeing the strands must be done less frequently than when dyeing in one shade. And finally, fourthly, coloring is fashionable!

What disadvantages can we talk about against such a positive background? Only relative ones, of course. The procedure is not as complicated as it might seem at first glance, but some experience is still required.

Smooth transition may not work the first time. Glare can also be difficult at first. But every great journey starts with a small step.

Types of coloring

You can freshen up the strands when coloring in several ways, which differ both in complexity and in the range of shades used. Let's go through each in more detail.


An option that can be decided at home. Longitudinal coloring is easy to master: it is necessary to divide the head into conditional sectors, coloring part of the hair in darker shades, and part in lighter ones.


This type of coloring is more complicated and is more similar in technique to ombre or balayage. True, if highlighting, as a rule, is limited to the use of two shades, then when coloring, you can work with a palette of up to 15 different colors.
Transverse coloring involves dividing the strands into several horizontal sections, which are dyed in different shades, resulting in multi-color overflows. With proper execution, the effect is stunning.


There are two main types of zonal coloring. Dye either the bangs or the ends of the hair. I must say that both options are quite radical, but simple to implement. By the way, most often zonal coloring is used if you want to use bright colors, such as purple or pink.


If the zonal coloring can be called radical, then the screen coloring claims to win in the nomination "Amazing Near" . This is real creativity, during which the master, who is also an artist, arranges the shades in such a way that after styling, for example, a predatory leopard print or a firebird feather pattern appears on the hair.

Coloring based on hair length: photo examples

The possibilities of coloring dark hair of medium length, of course, differ from the possibilities that give short or long hair. Each case has its own chips and nuances, and they should be taken into account if you want to get a fashionable hair color.

Long hair

If you want to make coloring for long dark hair, stylists recommend that you first think about the hairstyle. Haircuts don't have to be boring. The most advantageous new colors will sparkle on cascading options.

In order to maintain volume, colorists try to leave the shade at the roots natural, and start playing with colors a little lower along the length of the hair.

Medium length hair

Very often, girls opt for medium length hair so as not to deprive them of volume. So, coloring should support them in this. Many masters persuade clients to make an asymmetrical haircut before dyeing, for example, an elongated bob with an offset to one side.With such initial data, the zonal coloring of the bangs will look especially impressive.

Short hair

Coloring short dark hair is easier than long hair. This is logical. Firstly, the working area is much smaller, which means that the number of shades will be limited. Secondly, longitudinal coloring still looks better on short hair, and, as we remember, it is much easier to perform than other types of similar coloring.

Choosing the right paint tone

For young girls who first encountered coloring, it often turns out to be a revelation that when choosing a paint, it is not enough to focus on a simple classification of the initial data: blonde, brunette or redhead. It is important to know the exact shade, especially if complex coloring is planned.

Below we will tell you which paints you can count on for successful cooperation, taking into account the original hair color.

Black hair

If you look at the photo on the net, then girls with pure black hair most often use color coloring.

Purple and hot pink colors are applied to dark hair, using different types of techniques, from zonal to stencil coloring.

Is it possible to choose a calmer shade for coloring on black hair? Certainly! First of all, pay attention to the mix of chestnut-red hue with light wheaten. On the second line of our rating, any cold ashy shades.

Brown hair

Even blondes are ready to try on coloring on brown hair - the result looks so beautiful. But it’s not even a complete change of image that stops, but the difficulty of fulfilling a dream. To achieve such an effect as in the photo in our carousel, you need to use at least five shades. It so happened that the masters most often leave a natural shade at the roots, including so that a couple of weeks later they do not have to repeat all the manipulations again.

At home, we recommend choosing a variant with two additional shades: reddish chestnut in the middle of the strands and light blond at the ends.

Halnut hair

If you consider yourself to be a light brunette, then it is better not to get carried away with the number of shades. The image can turn out to be overloaded, so we advise you to limit yourself to two or three colors. Girls with such a shade of hair are lucky: it will not be difficult for them to do coloring at home.

To prepare for beauty experiments today, you don’t even have to go outside the apartment - just go to the online store and add a classic light shade a la natural blond to the basket, and go ahead - to new images!

And after the coloring procedure, you can pick up lipstick for a new look. Our video will help you choose the right one:

How to make coloring on dark hair: coloring technique

Let's tell you how hair coloring usually happens in the salon, because if you decide on a home experiment, then with knowledge of the matter.

To begin with, if you need to completely change the original shade, the hair is dyed in one color. And only then, after drying the strands, they are divided into sections. Have you seen how girls in beauty salons sit with foil on their heads? Most likely, they are just doing coloring.So, with longitudinal staining, the master covers only part of the strands with a second shade with an arbitrary interval between them. And in order for the paint to be better sealed and not to fall on neighboring curls, the strands treated with the coloring composition are wrapped in foil. By the way, if you plan a sharp change in color from dark to light, it is recommended to add an intermediate stage - hair bleaching.

What shades of colors are suitable for coloring dark hair?

  1. Coloring with red is especially loved by girls with black curls. This shade is your perfect partner.

  2. Golden tints look beautiful on brown hair, so look for colors with the code words "light chestnut" , "golden" or "caramel" .

  3. On hazel hair, it makes sense to mix light and dark shades. This paint is suitable for making zonal coloring of strands near the face or transverse - around the entire circumference of the head.

Recommendations for hair care after the procedure

Today, color trends don't end with color changes. It is also important to correctly "contain" your new image. We will tell you what you need to do, and what is better to avoid before and after coloring dark hair.

  1. 1. After washing your hair, it is recommended to use a conditioner for colored hair. It helps to seal not only split ends, but also coloring pigments in the hair structure. And for those who are trying not to weigh the strands, we advise you to use the Elseve express leave-in conditioner from L’Oréal Paris.

  1. Avoid heat styling if possible. We understand that you want to maintain an updated image on top. But it is better to do this with a hair dryer switched to cold air mode, and not burn curls at a temperature of 200 degrees. Mousse will help fix the volume at the roots.

  1. If your strands look dull, pamper your hair with a color-treated hair mask that refreshes the color. A product from the Fructis "Long-lasting Color" line from Garnier will do.

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