Wondering how to dye hair like Narcissa Malfoy? learn how to dye your hair like Narcissa Malfoy in this step-by-step guide!
Do you remember the 2020 skunk hair trend that went viral on TikTok? Narcissa Malfoy from the Harry Potter series was the inspiration behind that trend.
I’m going to be honest here. When I first saw Narcissa, I did not expect her hair to become so popular.
But then again, TikTok has made funkier things go viral. So, who am I to question this?
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Narcissa Malfoy is played by the talented Helen McCory. In the movies, Narcissa is seen sporting a clavicut with side-swept bangs that frame her eyebrows.
Very Slytherin House, don’t you think?
Keeping true to the Slytherin spirit, her hair colour stands out in a crowd. The black at the top and white underneath is an adventurous style that not many can pull off. But being a Malfoy, of course, Narcissa made it a popular trend.
For the past few years, people have been experimenting with this hairstyle and colour. There have been disastrous outcomes because dying your hair in dual shades can be slightly tedious.
If you are looking for tips and tricks to achieve this fabulous hair colour, here is a guide to dyeing your hair like Narcissa Malfoy.
How To Dye Hair Like Narcissa Malfoy
Dying your hair can be tricky and can easily go wrong. If you’ve never worked with bleach and hair colour, it is best to consult with a hair professional. I would advise you to get your hair dyed by a professional who has some experience and knows what they are doing.
If you’re feeling adventurous and want to dye your hair at home, you will require a few things to do it right. Make sure to keep the following supplies readily available:
Gloves: Dyeing your hair can be a messy business. Gloves will protect your skin from the harmful chemicals that may be present in the hair dye.
Hair dye: Narcissa has jet-black hair at the top. So, you can get some black hair dye or if you want a slight variation, you can pick up some dark brown hair dye. You can opt for either semi-permanent or permanent hair dye.
Developer: A developer helps the hair dye penetrate the hair shaft and become permanent. It contains hydrogen peroxide, and the level of hair developers depends on their oxidizing potential (which is basically how much hydrogen peroxide it contains).
Bleach powder: Since the underside of Narcissa’s hair is white or platinum blonde, you will require bleach to strip the pigment from your hair and make it white. You don’t want to skimp out on the quality of the bleach you use. So, invest in a tried and trusted brand.
Application brush: If you have watched videos online of people using their hands to dye their hair and think you should do the same, please don’t. Use an application brush to apply your hair dye. It’s so much easier and less messy. Also, an application brush will be a boon since you are working with two shades of hair colour.
Non-metallic mixing bowl: You will want to use a mixing bowl that is made of a material that doesn’t react with the bleach and the chemicals that may exist in the dye and developer. Your best bet is a bowl made of plastic or rubber.
This is because hair is twisted and turned to fit under the shower cap. However, hair foils are wrapped around smaller sections which ensures that the hair dye is evenly spread.
Hair foil: Many people believe that using a shower cap is enough. But this is a big mistake that many people make. Using a shower cap makes hair dye spread unevenly which results in uneven colouring.
Sectioning clips: Sectioning clips keep hair out of your face so you can see what you’re doing and help secure the sections of hair properly. They come especially handy when you are using more than one colour of hair dye so that you don’t accidentally dye the wrong piece of hair.
Toner: Since you are working with bleach and aiming for white or platinum-blonde hair, you will need a toner to achieve the perfect shade. Toners help remove any unpleasant brassiness or uneven colour.
Rat tail comb: This comb helps make sectioning your hair easy. The pointed “rat tail” end is made just for this purpose.
Petroleum jelly: Every house has a tub of Vaseline petroleum jelly lying, forgotten, at the back of your medicine cabinet. It is going to help keep the dye off your skin and prevent staining.
Reference pictures: I cannot stress enough on the importance of this. Reference pictures will help keep you on track while sectioning and dyeing your hair.
A step-by-step guide to dye your hair like Narcissa Malfoy
Now that you have all your supplies ready, let’s begin the dyeing process.
Step 1: Section Your Hair
Narcissa had dark hair at the very top of her hair and icy white hair at the back and on the sides. Now, using pictures as a reference you can begin sectioning your hair using the rat tail comb. If you want to incorporate your preferences and reduce the white, make bigger sections of the hair meant to be dyed black or vice versa.
Once you have decided how much of your hair is going to be dyed back, section it off and secure it into a tight bun at the top of your head. Use sectioning clips to keep all stray strands out of your face.
Use a mirror to make sure that your partition is done right. Once you’re absolutely sure that you’ve sectioned your hair right, you can begin the dyeing process.
Step 2: Get The Bleach Mixture Ready
I suggest doing the bleach part of the dyeing process first and then moving on to the darker portion. Before mixing the bleach, read the instructions and follow them.
Usually, bleach powder is mixed with a developer in a 1:2 ratio. You will have to the type of developer based on the colour you are going for. Make sure you do your research beforehand.
· Vol 20- This is best suited for hair that is blonde or a very light shade of brown. It works to lift your hair by only 2 or 3 levels. So, it won’t be able to make darker hair white or platinum blonde.
· Vol 30- This is a little stronger than vol 20 and can lift your hair colour by 3 to 4 levels. You may have to do more than one bleaching session before you get the exact shade you are looking for. It is important that you follow the time limit recommended to avoid scalp irritation.
· Vol 40- This developer is very strong and can lift your hair colour by 4 to 5 shades. It can cause significant damage to your hair that will take a long time to repair.
Your hair may also suffer damage that cannot be repaired. In case you decide to se this developer, don’t let it sit in your hair for more than 10 to 15 minutes.
Step 3: Bleach The Bottom Section Of Your Hair
Before working with bleach, put on a pair of gloves so that your skin doesn’t come in direct contact with it.
Work in small sections and apply the prepared bleach mixture to the bottom section of your hair. Start at the bottom and work your way up. Apply the bleach to your roots after you finish the mid lengths and ends.
Check the time limit on the bleach container. Do not exceed the recommended time. Use a timer on your phone if needed.
When it’s time, rinse the bleach with plain water or as directed on the container.
Step 4: Touch Up And Toning
Depending on the shade you are aiming to achieve, one bleaching session may not be enough. You can wait a few days and bleach your hair again or you can use a toner.
In most cases, it takes a few bleaching sessions to get the perfect colour. If you don’t want to deal with the stress of multiple sessions, you can use a toner or purple shampoo to neutralize the brassiness and orange-to-yellow tones of hair.
Purple shampoo is super easy to use and doesn’t cause damage to hair like bleach does. All you have to do is lather it into your hair just like any other shampoo. Let the shampoo sit in your hair for a couple of minutes and then rinse with plain water.
When using a toner, the process requires a little more effort. You will have to make a 1:2 mixture of the toner and a 10 or 20-vol developer.
Use an applicator brush to apply the toning mixture evenly to your hair. Let this sit for about 40 to 45 minutes. Don’t exceed the time. Wash your hair with cool water and hydrating shampoo.
Step 5: Dyeing The Top Of Your Head
Have a look at your hair after the bleaching sessions. If you already have dark hair, you may not need to dye the top of your hair. If you have light hair at the top, then go ahead with the dyeing part of this process.
If you’re using semi-permanent hair dye,
· Apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly along your hairline and on your ears.
· Make sure that you are applying the hair dye on clean and dry hair. Using an applicator brush, apply the hair dye to small sections of your hair and wrap it with the hair foils. This is important to ensure that the darker dye doesn’t touch the bleached part of your hair.
· Let the dye sit for 15 to 30 minutes and then rinse with cool water.
If you’re using permanent hair dye,
· Apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly along your hairline and on your ears.
· In a non-metallic bowl, make a mixture of 20 vol developer with the preferred hair die in a 1:1 ratio.
· Using an applicator brush, apply the hair dye to small sections of your hair and wrap it with the hair foils. Start at the mid-length and ends of your hair before applying the dye to your roots.
· Usually, you will have to wait 30 to 45 minutes before you can wash the dye out. Make sure you follow the recommended time mentioned on the box the dye comes in.
· Once the recommended time is up, rinse your hair with cool water until it runs clear.
Step 6: Deep Conditioning
Besides the harmful effects of the chemicals present in hair dyes and bleach, you should be concerned about moisture being stripped from your hair.
A deep conditioning hair mask will help restore some moisture to your hair and prevent further damage to your hair.
Make sure to invest in a good quality hair conditioner that provides intense hydration and is colour safe.
The Narcissa Malfoy hair colour is a trendy look that takes a bit of commitment and effort. But with the right products and supplies, you can achieve the perfect dual-toned hair.
This hairstyle requires you to use bleach and hair dye that may contain chemicals. These products can have a damaging effect on hair.
So, it is important to take precautions and invest in good quality hair care products that are designed specifically for bleached and coloured hair.