The Best Hair Dyes for Dyeing/Lightening Asian or Dark Hair

What is the best hair dye to lighten dark hair? How do I change my hair colour from black to brown? Do I have to bleach it first? I get these questions so often that I’m finally addressing these questions and more, in this post.
Asian hair or dark hair is the most difficult hair colour to lighten because black or dark hair doesn’t accept new colours as easily as lighter hair does. Think of it as, its difficult to pencil colour a square that has already been coloured black but its easy to add colour to a square that has been coloured white. It’s as simple as that.

In the past anyone who had dark hair would have to bleach their hair and then dye it with another hair dye to make it brown, but these days there are so many hair dyes that will do the job in one easy step. Below are the hair dyes that I have used on myself, my sisters, mom, brother and friends so I know they work (click link):
L’Oreal Paris Superior Preference Color Care System, Hi-Lift Ash Brown
L’Oreal Superior Preference Les True Brunettes, Ultra Light Ash Brown UL61
L’Oreal Paris Superior Preference Fade-Defying Color + Shine System, UL63 Hi-Lift Gold Brown
Garnier Olia Oil Powered Permanent Haircolor, 8.13 Champagne Blonde
L’Oreal Paris Excellence Creme Hair Color, Medium Ash Blonde 7.5A (Packaging may vary)
Garnier Nutrisse Haircolor – 91 Light Ash Blonde Ginger Ale
L’oreal Paris Superior Preference LC51 Medium Ash Brown

These hair dyes will lighten your hair to a medium brown BUT and this is an important but, everyone who has dark hair has varying degrees of red undertones so there is a chance that your hair will turn more of a reddish brown. Some people have more red in their hair and some have less, that’s why it is important to use a ‘cool’ or ‘ash’ toned dye to decrease the red and minimize brassiness. So keep in mind that the results will vary from person to person. Also some people have hair that will dye easily, meaning upon application their hair colour will change fast, while with other people it will take longer. Always do a strand test before you dye your entire head.

Here are a few of my ‘How to Dye Asian or Dark Hair Brown’ YouTube tutorials:



Aaand finally, if you want to bleach your hair first AND THEN dye it with another colour to really eliminate brassiness then watch this video:

Click pic for more info + customer reviews + price

Final thoughts
Phew, that was a long post! If I use another hair dye and it happens to be awesome, or not so awesome haha, I’ll write a separate post dedicated to it! If you have any questions don’t hesitate to leave me a message or email me.

What hair dye do you use and love? Let me know below because I’m always on the lookout for awesome hair dyes!
Thanks for reading 🙂
<3 Candice

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