April 25, 2016

How To Dye Hair From Blonde To Burgundy

So, are you thinking about taking the plunge and dyeing your hair from blonde to burgundy? If so, I'm sure you're probably anxious about it since it is quite a drastic change. Before I get into this blog, let me just start off by stating that I am not a hair stylist or colorist. I am just a woman who has been dyeing her hair herself for 15 years.

I am a natural blonde, more on the "dirty blonde" spectrum. Since I was a little girl  I have most often colored it a lighter shade of blonde. But I have also done black, and brunette shades. For the past 5 years I have kept it at a light blonde, and to be quite frank, I was just getting sick of it. First, having blonde hair is work. Whether you have natural blonde or dyed blonde, it requires upkeep. I was always having to spend money buying toning shampoos to keep my blonde bright and the right tone. I had to keep up with regular coloring so my roots wouldn't show and look icky. All of this got to be not only time consuming, expensive, but it was damaging my hair. 

I had done some research online, and many people said that once they stopped dyeing their hair blonde, and stuck with a darker shade, their hair improved quite a bit. So I knew going darker was in the cards for me. I wanted to find a color that would work well with my fair skin tone, compliment my facial features, and also be a color that was a bit different than what I have ever had before. I took to Pinterest and found some hair inspo boards. That's when it happened... I came across a lady with gorgeous burgundy hair. I was in love! After more research I found that this process was going to be just that, a process. In order to go from blonde to burgundy, I had to go from blonde to brunette first. So I am going to be sharing with you how and what I did to go from light blonde to burgundy hair!

In order to go from blonde to burgundy, you need to create a middle ground for your hair color. Every blog I read recommended dyeing your blonde hair a medium brown shade first. So I did just that. I went to my local Walmart and picked up a cheap Revlon Medium Brown #41. I came home and dyed my hair. My hair came out the perfect color, and I kept it this shade for a week. I highly recommend waiting a week or so just to let your hair and scalp have a little break in between dyeing. Hair color has strong chemicals and you don't want to do too much damage. All good things come to those who wait! After coloring, I did a couple oil treatments to help replenish my hair.

To my surprise, there are many different shades of burgundy. Some are more red based, and others more purple based. I recommend looking on Pinterest and seeing what you like. I made a Pinterest Hair Inspo board filled with different burgundy shades, you can check that out here. Head to your store, and browse the hair color. If you don't find the shade you are looking for, visit another store. Shop around until you find the burgundy you want. I decided to go with the Revlon Luxurious ColorSilk Buttercream Vivid Color Vivid Burgundy #48VB. Stay tuned for a review of this hair color in a upcoming post! Once it goes live I will put a link here!

Get some Vaseline to put around the edges of your hair line. This is a must. Burgundy dye is pretty pigmented and it will stain like holy hell! Do this all round your head, and it may be best to have someone help you do this. Also, be sure to wear old clothes and have a old towel handy. Again, the burgundy is super vivid and stains quite a bit. Next, dye your hair. I color mine myself, but if you aren't comfortable with that, have someone do it for you. Follow box directions. Afterwards, your hair (depending on the shade) might be super super vivid. Don't worry. It will most likely fade a bit was you wash it. 

And that's it! I will be honest, dyeing my hair burgundy has by far been one of my most favorite colors yet! I have received so many compliments on my hair, it seems to be a big hit! It is definitely a color I am loving! 

I would recommend having a hair oil to use. I use a Moroccan oil after washing my hair, and it gives my hair such a nice sheen. It makes the burgundy color really pop. I wouldn't recommend doing this on oily hair, but if you have dry hair like me, give it a shot! 

I hope that this post has helped you. If you have any questions, feel free to comment on this blog post and I will try to get back to you with a answer! 

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