How to dye black hair into dark green

How To Dye Black Hair Into Dark Green 2022 | Dyeing With And Without Bleaching Hair

Learn more about how to dye black hair into dark green without bleach and using bleach. Also check out tips to make your dark green hair dye pop!

Alright, it’s 2022, and it’s time we leave behind browns and blondes behind and get into something more edgy!

I have always wanted to try out “unconventional” hair dyes like dark green or electric blue. But as I have dark black hair, I wondered if this was even possible.

But then I found a way to dye my black hair a sophisticated yet rare forest green color.

I used bleach to lighten my hair but soon figured out that I need not lighten my hair a lot as dark green color doesn’t need a pure white or platinum base.

But if you’re still worried about hair damage, I’ve also listed out some bleach-free methods of dyeing your hair green. 

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How To Dye Black Hair Into Dark Green

If you want a more permanent dark green shade on your black hair, you’ll have no other option than to bleach it. 

Pick the Right Shade of Green For Your Black Hair

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I personally picked out a shade of forest green for my hair which seems more muted and deep than say a vibrant emerald green.

If you’re using a shade that’s more “out there” you might have to bleach your hair more (to a lighter level). 

So choose your hair color wisely. 

If you don’t want to bleach your hair too many times, I suggest using a blue dye with a green base. 

Bleaching black hair to one or two levels will leave it brassy and coppery in shade. This “reddishness” will get neutralized by the blue pigments in the dye, leaving behind a deep, muted green tone.

Bleach Your Hair Using A Volume 20 or 30 Developer


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If you’re bleaching hair using the suggestion I gave above, you should need only a 20 volume or 30 volume developer.

Even if you’re going a lighter shade, some hairstylists prefer you use 20 volume developer and bleach hair in 2-3 sittings rather than using a 40 or 50 volume developer in one go. 

The shade of hair color you choose is important in determining how many levels you need to lift your hair to using the bleach.

Tone Your Bleach Hair If Necessary

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If you want a vibrant emerald or lime green hair color shade I suggest starting off with a platinum or white hair base to make the color “pop”. So this means you’ll have to use a hair toner to remove any brassy or yellow tones from your hair.

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But if you’re going for a muted dark green, toning isn’t necessary. All you have to do is pick a green hair dye with some blue base to it that can neutralize redness as you dye it. 

Apply The Green Hair Dye on Bleached Hair

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After you’ve got your bleached hair ready, it’s time to apply the dark green hair dye to your tresses.

This is the easiest part and all you’ll have to do is mix the color well in a plastic bowl and apply it evenly over hair with a coloring brush.

I usually section off my hair to make application easier. 

You can wash off dye as per the instructions on the leaflet. Usually it should take between 20-30 minutes to penetrate the hair cuticle. 

Use A Conditioning Mask To Protect Hair 

This is a step that most people skip while dyeing their hair, but I find it very important to nourish hair after a dye session, especially if bleach is involved.

Bleaching hair can weaken its molecular structure and damage hair integrity. And even the most mild of hair dyes cannot promise to do zero damage to your hair.

So I often use a protein hair mask to condition and moisturize hair to prevent dehydration, frizz and hair fall. 

Pro Tip: If you don’t want to use bleach but still want a more “permanent” dark green hair dye, you should try a high lift dye. These do not contain bleach but use higher concentrations of ammonia along with a strong developer to strip your hair natural hair color pigment while dyeing hair simultaneously. These dyes are not completely damage-safe, but they are still better for hair than bleach.

How To Dye Black Hair Green Without Bleaching

If you have “virgin” hair or hair that has never been colored, bleached or chemically altered before, it’s much safer to use bleach to get dark green hair.

However, on hair like mine that’s been through silk presses, keratin treatments, and numerous bleach and dye sessions is more vulnerable and prone to damage.

So if you want to turn your black hair into dark green but do not want to risk the damage from bleach there are alternate options for you.

Just remember these are only temporary solutions and will come off in 1-2 shampoo sessions.

Use A Spray On Green Hair Color

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Hair dyes work by using certain chemicals to open up your hair cuticles and penetrating the dye pigments into the cuticles changing the color.

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But certain dyes simply deposit the color on the strands rather than filling it into the cuticles. These are called “Color-depositing products” and can be either in the form of conditioners, foams, or sprays.

Using a hair color spray is the easiest way to get dark green hair without bleaching, especially if you’re just looking for highlights or a balayage effect rather than global green color. 

Use Green Hair Chalk 

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Hair color chalks work on the same principle as a color depositing spray. They simply add dye pigment to your outer layer of hair.

The good thing about hair chalks is that you can use them in minutes to get a new hair color. The bad news is that they are very very temporary. 

If you use a low-quality product or go out during a hot day, the color may run off due to sweat. 

I’ve also noticed that these kinds of products leave residue on your hands, clothes, etc.

So hugging someone might be awkward if you’re a hair color chalk, especially if they are wearing white.

Use Color Depositing Conditioners/Temporary Dyes

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There are several color depositing conditioners that at once moisturize your hair and add tint to it. You can look at dark green dyes from brands such as Keracolor or Overtone. 

But the effect of these types of dyes is not drastic. It might take a few weeks of regular usage till you see a noticeable difference. 

And even then, the dark green will only appear as a base shade on black hair and not look very bright. 

FAQs on How To Dye Black Hair Into Green

Do you have to bleach black hair to dye green?

If you want the dark green dye to show up as anything other than a base tint then yes, you’ll need to bleach hair using developers to at least one or two levels. 

How light does hair have to be to dye it green?

It depends on the type of green dye shade you’re selecting. If you want a muted dark green like forest green or olive green then bleaching black hair to level 1 or 2 is enough.
But if you want a brighter shade like emerald, lime green or jade, you’ll need a white/platinum base. So you’ll have to bleach black hair to level 5-6 in this case. 

Does green dye show up on brown hair without bleach?

Yes and no. If you’re using a regular dark green hair dye, you might just see a light undertone of green under your brown hair. However, a color depositing shampoo or hair chalk can be used to give brown hair a green shade without bleaching. But be warned that this is a temporary solution.

Final Thoughts on Dyeing Black Hair Into Dark Green

Regular dark green hair dyes might not come out well on dark or black hair and only. So some amount of bleaching is necessary to make the color stand out.

However, you do not need to bleach your hair to a level 5 or 6 to dye it dark green. 

It’s also alright if you have reddish or brassy tones in your bleached hair as dark green cancels out red tones. 

So you can simply bleach your hair to level 2 or 3 before applying dark green hair dye. 

Or for convenience, you can use a “high-lift” hair dye that comes with a volume 20 or volume 30 developer that can dye and lighten your hair in one application.

However, if you’re completely against adding bleach or peroxide to your tresses, you should try color-depositing dyes.

These dyes deposit dark green hair color over your hair strands and do not penetrate the cuticles.

Such dyes can be either color-depositing conditioners, foams, spray-on dyes or even chalks.

I like using them if my hair feels really damaged and not up for a dye session. But you’ll need to be careful as these dyes can get washed off easily and can also stain your surroundings or skin.

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