How To Dye Your Hair Red Without Bleaching

by Kia C

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OK so I’ve been wanting to go red for YEARS now, but I’ve been scared. So when my new hair came in I finally took the plunge. A lot of my followers want to take the plunge too but don’t want to damage their hair and this is healthier option. This works for all hair types, I’ve seen a few natural hair followers use HiLights and they had great results. This is the easiest way to dye your hair red without bleach.

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What you need:

  • L’Oreal Hicolor Hilights for dark hair in Red and/or Magenta (one or two boxes per bundle)
  • Creme developer in 30 or 40 volume (I used 40, use a 30 on your real hair)
  • Mixing bowl
  • Tint Brush
  • Gloves
  • Foil and Plastic wrap for weave and a plastic cap for your real hair
  • Conditioner

While I dyed weave the same process applies to your real hair. I dyed 4 bundles of peruvian hair from Cexxy Hair on aliexpress and a closure from Ms. Lula.

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HiColor RED HiLights by L’Oreal Excellence is the first highlighting series formulated for dark hair. Rich, no-drip creme makes it easy for control of creative techniques . True-to-shade color that resists fading. L’Oreal Excellence HiColor Red HiLights is available in Magenta, Red, Copper Red and Copper

  • For highly-visible, intense red highlights even on dark hair, without brassines
  • Breakthrough technology lifts hair 3-4 levels, no pre-lightening required
  • Rich, no-drip creme makes it easy for control of creative techniques
  • True-to-shade color that resists fading
  • Quick processing time of only thirty minutes
  • Available in three Hi-lift Red shades

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I originally bought 3 boxes of L’Oreal HiColor HiLights ($6-7 per box) but I wanted to make sure I had enough color so I stopped by my local beauty supply store and just grabbed a bottle of Adore (I skipped it). I DID NOT have enough color so I would buy an extra box just in case. The 2 boxes of Magenta and one box of Red did not give me the color I wanted so I went back to Sallys and bought 4 more boxes of Red. I double processed this hair but I do not recommend that you do that, especially on your own hair. If I could do it again I would have bought 4 boxes of Red and 1 box of Magenta and used 1/3 of that tube. If you want a true bright red just get the Red. I wanted a little pink in the color so that’s why I would add a little Magenta. Mix the colors depending on the shade you are going for.

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I’m messy so I went to my grandparents house and dyed the hair in their basement. I covered the area with plastic wrap and placed the hair on foil. Empty the entire contents of the HiLights tubes in your mixing bowl. The dye to developer ratio is 1:2, so 1 box of color needs twice that amount of developer. Mix the color and developer well with your tint brush. Use the tint brush to apply the color on the hair. Make sure to spread the hair and apply color. I completely saturated the hair with dye, you don’t want uneven color.

I folded and closed the foil around the hair but not too tight or it won’t process properly. If you are dyeing your extensions you’ll need to leave the color on longer than the recommended time on the box. If you were to dye your real hair the heat from your scalp helps it process quicker. I opened up the foil and checked on the hair about every 30 minutes, leaving the dye on for about 90 minutes until I was satisfied with the color. When I dyed it again (hopefully you won’t have to) I left the dye on for about 40 minutes. Rinse your hair well in cold water until the water runs clear (which will be awhile) then apply a good moisturizing conditioner on it for about 20 mins.


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To maintain the color I use Riveting Reds conditioner from Sally’s Beauty Supply and wait at least 4-6 weeks to refresh the color if needed.

I am more than happy with the end result. I love this color on me. If you have any questions feel free to contact me.


1 comment

Dot May 23, 2017 - 11:59 PM

How to dye short weave I use relon didn’t take do I mix forty volume with dye mixtures​ try to dye part of hair before I make my wig


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