Colouring dark brown hair.

My mum suggested I dye my hair a shade of blue in the next school holidays, which I'd love to do. However, I don't want to have to bleach my hair first. My hair is a very dark brown - it is possible that I'll be able to dye it without bleaching first?
Without peroxide it's highly unlikely a semi permanent colour will take to virgin hair, even if it does the blue won't cover a warm brown, you would just get a weird muddy shade, it will be easier if your hair is naturally ash brown with little underlying auburn.

If you want to experiment start saving shed plughole hair and strand test on that, then the worst that can happen is you waste a few $$$. Also consider what you intend to do later, will you want to strip out the blue and revert to brown?

Lifting your colour does not have to be super damaging, you don't necessarily need to use a strong bleach mix unless you need a very light base colour. My hair is naturally dark mouse, I box dye with a weak ammonia and sulphate free blonde to lift a few shades, then a high pigment semi permanent over the top. My hair is not badly damaged now I look after it properly, there is a massive difference between the 'new' and 'old' hair.

Coconut oil helps protect from peroxide damage, you can literally dye right over the top of it. Another option if you are willing to spend several weeks lightening is a 'soap cap', basically a weak mixture of bleach and shampoo.
2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect

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