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Selena Gomez, Megan Fox, Demi Lovato, Ciara, Kim Kardashian and Kylie Jenner. What one thing do all these beautiful ladies have in common? Gorgeous, jet-black hair. Yes, it is true, black hair has made a comeback.
But as with any hair colour change, black is one that should defiantly be considered, and most certainly not done on a whim. We spoke to Madison, a multi-talented hairstylist and makeup artist who works at ritzy, high-class salon and day spa. Madison told us that nine out of ten times when a customer with coloured black hair walks in, they made the appointment because they accidentally died their hair black. What a lot of women do not seem to recognize, she explained, is that there is a major difference between super-duper dark brown, and black.
The thing with colouring your hair jet black, is that you really can not go back. Just like sharpie on your favorite blouse, it leaves a stain that is utterly resistant from removal. Madison explains that black hair dye is just as permanent and damaging as that permanent marker that your kids are banned from playing with.
Undo the Damage to the ‘Do
Many young women colour their hair jet-black using box dye at home. The thing is, box dye of any shade is not the best decision, and black box dye is one of the hardest hair colours to strip. Madison explains when women come to the salon to fix black, they end up spending the entire day there. It is a long process that does quite a bit of damage to your hair. From that point on, your hair will be thin, dry and brittle. How can you prevent this? Be sure that you want black hair before making the change.
Ready for the Change?
If you are absolutely sure you are ready for the change, Madison suggests that instead of going to a flat, dimensionless, jet black, you should schedule a color and low light. Have your stylist dye your hair a dark down shade. Then, add in tons and tons of darker brown low lights and black lowlights. When enough black low lights are put in, Madison explains, you will give you a jet-black look with lots of light-catching dimensions. Not sure if it will work? Ask someone you know who has blonde hair. Chances are they have been alternating getting a full set and partial set of highlights, giving them a dimensional blonde look. The same thing works with low lights!
If you want something more edgy or grungy, Madison suggests doing a brown to black ombre, balayage or colour melt! There are so many options to get the jet-black grunge look without totally killing your hair, the stylist explains.
As always, no matter what colour you dye your hair, be sure to use an ultra-hydrating conditioning masque weekly to keep those locks strong and beautiful.