How to Dye Hair Black With Underneath Red

Written by jessica leigh
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Two-tone hair styles are growing in popularity as women become bored with their single-shade strands. There are many colour combination to choose from but black with red underneath is a great choice for those who want to colour their own hair at home. This style is easy to achieve and can be done with items purchased at your local chemist.

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Things you need

  • Black hair dye
  • Red hair dye
  • 2 mirrors
  • Fine-tooth comb
  • Elastic ponytail holder
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Shampoo and conditioner for colour-treated hair

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    Apply red hair dye to all of your hair. Choose a dark burgundy shade for a more understated look, or go with a fire engine red for a more dramatic style. Allow the dye to sit for the required amount of time noted on the hair dye box. After the dye has set, rinse it from your hair and allow your strands to dry completely.

  2. 2

    Choose how much of the red you want to keep underneath and part the hair horizontally across your head. The higher up you place the part, the more dramatic the look will be. Part hair straight across for even layers, or do a zigzag part so that the black and red overlap at various lengths for a more funky look. You may want to ask a friend for help as they will be able to work on the back of your head more easily.

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    Gather the red hair on the bottom into a ponytail at the nape of the neck. Apply petroleum jelly to the red hair along the part to protect the colour in case of any accidental drips of black dye.

  4. 4

    Apply the black dye to the top portion of hair with your fingertips. By squeezing some of the dye onto your hands before applying it to the hair you will greatly reduce the risk of unwanted drops falling onto the red portion of your hair. Allow the dye to sit for the recommended amount of time--usually 20 to 30 minutes.

  5. 5

    Rinse the black dye thoroughly from your hair with warm water. After the water runs clear, take out the red ponytail and wash the petroleum jelly from your hair with a shampoo and conditioner for colour-treated hair. Dry and style as desired.

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