Yay for reader questions! I love hearing from you and having a small, close kit community of beauty lovers.
Because even though I’ve been beauty blogging for a long time – I started this blog in 2006, and recently came back here) – and considered an expert somewhat, my blog has always, and will always, be a place for me to research, learn and connect with other beauty lovers like yourselves.
So please – feel free to e-mail me your makeup and beauty questions!
And here’s the very first one:
I really love the Hollywood trend of sexy, dark black hair like Megan Fox and Angelina Jolie, and I would love to dye my hair black. But I am scared – should I dye my hair jet black? I have quite pale skin, so it might look very “goth”, but I love the look of jet black hair and really want it to suit me.
I gotta be honest – as a fellow so-dark-brown-it’s-almost-black haired gal, I too love dark hair and am so happy I can help out with this. But the thing is… if you look closely, these ladies do not have jet black hair – instead, it is a very deep, dark brown. (Like my hair – it looks black in photos, but it’s really dark brown.)
And I suspect to these celebrities who have dyed dark hair are only dying it a dark brown instead of a black because of the fact that black is a very permanent color – and you know how those Hollywood ladies change their look a lot!
So if you want really dark hair, I’d say go for a dark brown instead (or even “black brown”, or the color a shade lighter than true, jet black.)
However, if you’re still set on jet black, there are a few things to consider:
- Black does not fade – EVER.
- You can’t color over it if you change your mind.
- Since you can’t do anything about the color, there will be a long growing out process before you can do anything about the color again.
Definitely think long and hard if you are tempted to get jet black hair. I’ve done it before, and yes – the only way is to grow it out. If you have a hairdresser saying she can get rid of it, it could potentially be possible, but be warned that it includes intense, intense bleaching and your hair would probably fall out or break off anyway.
As you mentioned, black hair is quite a contrast on fair skin and can wash some people out, which I believe was a concern for you, but I have also seen it being done beautifully. Try out some of the tips I suggested in “Which Hairstyle Suits Me?“, especially Step 3. You can see if jet black hair will suit you.
Overall, my mane advice (ha!) would be to dying your hair the darkest brown, something like Brown Black from Revlon. It will look black enough, trust me! It is really up to you though, but remember those warnings.