I was going to save this post for later on in January but as it so turns out, it is once again time to dye my roots. I get asked all the time how I get my hair so dark, (even from people currently with black hair), so I have decided to share with you my low cost (under $20), time tested method that will give you salon results from your very own bathroom.
My natural hair color is a medium to light brown but I have always loved the look of rich, dark, midnight black. Throughout the years I have gone back and forth but I just keep coming back to black! Is it the glamour? The mystery? The seduction? Whatever it is, raven-haired beauties have been making jaws drop for millennia.
Take a good look at those 3. You won’t see any dusty, dry, faded wigs among this bunch! You see rich black tar, sleek and shiny, and I am here to tell you that for around $20 you can have exactly that. Here is my time tested recipe…
*Note: If you have long or very thick hair, you will want to double this recipe for items 3, 9 & 11.
- 1 Old Towel
- 1 Old T-shirt
- 1 2oz bottle of L’Oréal Permanent Hair Color #1 Blue Black [$5.99 Sally Beauty Supply]
- Make sure it is Blue Black, as the blue/purple tones resist fading and will give you the richest deepest back color that will last the longest. This is key.
- 1 Bottle of stain remover [$4.49 Sally Beauty Supply]
- 1 Squeeze bottle [$1.50 Sally Beauty Supply]
- 1 Jar Petroleum Jelly [$1.79 Sally Beauty Supply]
- I use this to protect my skin from any drips, slips or fumbles with the dye.
- 1 Applicator brush [$0.99 Sally Beauty Supply]
- 2oz of 20 Cream Developer [$1.69 Sally Beauty Supply]
- No need to use anything harsher as you will be darkening your hair, not trying to lighten it.
- 1 Pair latex or vinyl gloves [6 pairs for $2.99 Sally Beauty Supply]
- 1 package after color care deep conditioner [$0.99 Sally Beauty Supply]
- This will help seal in the color and bring some moisture back into your hair.
- Some sort of hair clips & a couple plastic grocery bags.
$11.76 spent in reusable products…i.e. the stain remover, brush, bottle, more gloves and petroleum jelly. After the initial dye session the price drops to $8.67 for each session after! Holy cow! The average salon price for an all over color is around $60+ in my area! Stay tuned for DIY: Sleek & Shiny Raven Hair Part 2 where I will post a step by step of the dying process, and offer tips & tricks for long lasting rich color!
-The Penny-wise Pinup