Reader Alana writes:
Can you dip-dye dark brown hair? How could I do it at home?
Tony Chaar’s advice:
Depending on the colour you want, there are a few ways you can do dip-dye on brown hair.
If you want to go lighter, go Ombré. Dip your ends in a high-lift lightener with 30-volume developer for about 15 minutes. Make it runny and choose random pieces—no perfect pieces—and at minimum 3 inches away from each other. Keep your eye on it if you don’t want it to go too light.
You can stop here if you want a tone-on-tone effect with brown hair and light brown or blonde ends. If you want a shade like pink, use a deposit pink dye for about 15 minutes over the lightened ends.
If you just want to darken your ends, then dip them in a deposit dark brown dye for about 15 minutes. (As with the above process, make it runny and choose random, imperfect pieces 3 inches away from each other.) Make sure to keep your eye on how it develops if you don’t want it to go too dark.
Tony Chaar is a Toronto-based hairstylist who has worked with celebrities such as Coco Rocha, Freida Pinto, LeeLee Sobieski and Kim Cattrall. Visit his salon at 11 Hazelton Avenue in Toronto or call 416-920-9965. On the web, find him on Facebook, Twitter or at tonychaarsalon.com.
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