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If you’re on the hunt for a new look that’s dark, mysterious and unequivocally bad-ass, then you need to get your hands on some black hair dye!

As one of the most enduringly popular hair colors of all time, black hair dye is a simple, yet effective way of transforming your look in a heartbeat. With an intense and rich result, it’s no wonder that...

If you’re on the hunt for a new look that’s dark, mysterious and unequivocally bad-ass, then you need to get your hands on some black hair dye!

As one of the most enduringly popular hair colors of all time, black hair dye is a simple, yet effective way of transforming your look in a heartbeat. With an intense and rich result, it’s no wonder that black is the king of dark hair colors.

Back to Black

Like most hair dyes, black hair color has a long and interesting backstory. Throughout the ages, people have used hair color as a method of self-expression, so it comes as no surprise that black dye plays a large part in beauty history. One of the most iconic black haired historical figures was Cleopatra, so it should come as no surprise that the ancient Egyptians were proponents of using black henna to disguise unsightly grey hairs! There’s evidence to suggest that in Roman society, hair color was used to indicate your social standing. Women of nobility were said to tint their hair red and women of ‘poorer, lower class stock’ opted for black dye. In later years, the Greeks and the Romans created the first permanent black hair dye, though it was quickly deemed far too toxic for use. Poisonous effects aside, this was a huge advancement in the fields of beauty and science and this breakthrough lead to subsequent experimentation and eventually resulted in a wider range of colors being available.

Several thousand years later, scientists William Henry Perkin and August Hoffman built the foundations for modern hair color, with the discoveries of synthesised dye and PPD respectively, leading to a veritable boom of hair dyes being created. For much of the early 20th century, black hair dye was favoured by silent film stars, as it gave clearer contrast in comparison to the paleness of the face. This was particularly championed by Louise Brooks, Pola Negri and Barbara La Marr. Moving into the ‘Golden Age’ of Hollywood, raven-haired actresses were considerably outnumbered, as many screen sirens favoured blonde locks over dark tresses. However, glamorous starlets such as Hedy Lamarr, Carmen Miranda and Ava Gardner were renowned for their ebony manes and inspired legions of women to adopt their signature look.

In recent years, black hair dye has twin associations with retro glamour and Gothic rebellion. From Morticia Addams and Dita Von Teese to Joan Jett and Katy Perry, there’s no shortage of celebs with artificially jet black locks. So, whether you fancy a retro inspired, sizzling screen-siren look or a trip to the dark side with something a little more Gothic and grungy, this versatile shade is just what you need!

Black Hair Dye: What You Need to Know

To achieve color perfection, make sure that you:

  1. Perform a patch test 48 hours before you use your chosen hair dye.
  2. Apply the dye according to the instructions stated on the packaging.
  3. Adhere to the development time parameters.
  4. Deep condition your hair a few days beforehand to ensure it’s in tip-top shape.
  5. Purchase enough dye to cover all of your hair. If you’ve got especially thick, long or porous hair, you may require 2 or more boxes/pots of color.

Remember, it’s always a good idea to have a friend help you out with your hair, especially if you’ve never dyed your hair before!

If you reckon black hair color means that you’ll end up with a flat, single-hued shade, then you need to think again! Whether you want to ditch the blonde and opt for something bolder or simply fancy adding more depth to your already dark hair, you can be sure to achieve the look of your dreams with our range of black hair dye. Our entire range of black hair dyes feature stunningly dimensional colour pigments, so that your tresses have a subtle, yet deep sheen and a vibrant pop of color. Our options include:

  • Blue Black
  • Black Cherry
  • Black/Green
  • Black/Purple

So no matter what your natural color, base shade or complexion, you’re sure to find a color to suit you! Remember, for the most intense and true color result, this dye should be applied to pre-lightened hair. If you don’t want to bleach your locks, then you can apply this color atop your natural shade for a deep, but less vibrant result.

Here at Dye My Hair, our years of experience have taught us a thing or two about what our customers want from their hair dye. Affordability, reliability, longevity of color and brand name recognition are major factors when it comes to choosing the best black hair dye for your needs, so with these things in mind, we’ve built an astounding collection of black dyes from some of the biggest and best brands in the industry, including:

  • Manic Panic
  • Stargazer
  • Splat
  • Crazy Color
  • La Riche Directions

As well as hailing from recognisable names, our hair dyes are also reasonably priced, so that you can grab a brave new look regardless of your budget. Whether you’re looking for black hair dye for guys, Vegan friendly products, temporary styling gels or long lasting semi-permanent color, you can be sure to find the perfect product for you, right here at Dye My Hair.

Stuck for black hair color ideas? Then why not take a look at our Color Inspiration board over on Pinterest?

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