5 Simple Ways To Dye Burgundy Hair Color At Home

Written by Arshiya Syeda

All good dye-jobs look fantastic, but it’s hard to find another color as versatile as burgundy. It can be edgy, but at the same time, it is incredibly stylish and feminine. The mysterious undertones of purple and wine-red make this color perfect for women who love to experiment.

If you want to give your hair a youthful spin like Rihanna or Cheryl Cole, then burgundy is the color to go for!

The best part about Burgundy is that there is a shade for everyone. It works with your natural hair to give you a vibrant color regardless of whether you are a brunette or a blonde. What’s better? Regardless of what your natural hair color is, dyeing your hair burgundy is one of the easiest things to do.

There are five different ways to go about dyeing your hair burgundy, depending on your natural hair color and method used to color.

How To Dye Your Hair Burgundy?

  1. Burgundy For Blonde
  2. Burgundy For Dark Brunette
  3. Burgundy For Light Brunette
  4. Get Burgundy Hair Color With Henna
  5. Get Burgundy Hair Color Without Bleaching

1) Burgundy For Blondes

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If you have dark blonde hair (verging on brown), you can skip to directly dyeing your hair burgundy with a box hair color. However, if your natural hair colors on the lighter side of the blonde spectrum, it is likely that applying burgundy directly to your hair will make it purple. There are some box dyes that deliver burgundy results for blonde hair, but there are other options if you can’t find these. Depending on the shade of burgundy you want to pick a true red base or a basic brown.

Things You’ll Need:
  • Base Color for your burgundy, such as red or brown
  • Burgundy hair dye
  • Gloves
  • A brush for application
  1. Read the instructions on the box of the base color that you want to apply.
  2. Following the instructions, wear your gloves and apply the dye to your hair using a brush.
  3. Keep it in for the advised amount of time and then wash it off
  4. Skin conditioning.
  5. Once your hair is dry, follow the instructions on the box and apply the burgundy over your freshly colored brown/red hair.
  6. Let it sit for the advised amount of time and then shampoo and condition your hair.

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2) Burgundy For Dark Brunette

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It’s hard to go burgundy when you have dark hair because the color is likely not to show up. If it does, there are chances your hair may just look brown and not burgundy. Bleaching your hair till it gets to a brown or red tone first is a good idea for when you want to go from dark hair to burgundy. However, you should know that bleach is harmful to your hair and may lead to damage.

Things You’ll Need:
  • Hair bleach powder
  • 30 volume developer
  • Burgundy hair dye
  • Gloves
  • Brush for application
  1. Get your gloves on and mix one part bleach to two parts developer with your applying brush until it gets to an even consistency. Your hair will need to have not been washed for two days for the bleach to work well.
  2. Apply it to your hair and leave it on for 10-15 minutes until your hair visibly lightens to a shade of brown. It might take longer if you regularly apply henna to your hair.
  3. Wash off the bleach and let your hair dye. It is a good idea to take a day off to condition your hair before you color it.
  4. Follow the instructions on the burgundy box dye and apply it to dry hair. Let it sit for the recommended amount of time.
  5. Rinse it out and follow it up with shampoo and conditioner.

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3) Burgundy For Light Brunette

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If your hair is naturally brown, you have the perfect hair color for going burgundy. It’s literally going to be as simple as applying the color to your hair.

Things You’ll Need:
  • Burgundy box hair dye of your choice
  • Gloves
  • Brush for application
  1. Put your gloves on and apply the dye to dry hair with your applying brush. Make sure that you read the instructions before hand.
  2. Follow the instructions and let the dye sit for the recommended amount of time.
  3. Rinse the dye out and follow up with shampoo and conditioner.

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4) How To Get Burgundy Hair With Henna?

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Using henna can naturally dye your hair burgundy without the use of any chemicals. If you have light brown hair, all you need is henna powder, water, and lemon juice to go burgundy. However, if you have darker hair you will also need beetroot.

Things You’ll Need:
  • Henna Powder
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • The paste from one beetroot
  • Gloves
  1. Mix all of the ingredients together. Use less lemon juice and more water if you have dry hair or if you want the color to be darker. Mix until you get a smooth paste-like consistency.
  2. Wearing gloves, apply the henna to your hair using a brush or your fingers.
  3. Let the henna sit for one hour.
  4. Wash off with a shampoo and condition.

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5) How To Get Burgundy Hair Without Bleaching?

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If you have dark hair and do not want to resort to bleaching your hair, there are ways in which you can still get burgundy hair. Using vibrant demi-permanent dyes such as ones from manic panic will give you better results than box dyes that you find on supermarket shelves. These dyes are not permanent and will eventually wash off, but they are also less harmful than permanent hair dye. However, the results are going to be more subtle than they would be with brown hair.

Things You’ll Need:
  • A purple or reddish purple hair color
  • Gloves
  • A brush for application
  • Shower cap/ heating cap
  • Blow dryer
  1. Follow the instructions on the label of the hair color. Slip into your gloves and start applying the color to your hair using the applying brush.
  2. Once all of your hair is covered, cover it with a heat cap. If you do not have a heating cap use a standard shower cap, and blow on it with a blow dryer. The heat will open your cuticles and allow for better absorption of the color.
  3. Leave the dye in for the maximum amount of recommended time.
  4. Rinse the color out of your hair and follow it up with color-protecting shampoo and conditioner.

Alternatively, you can follow this method:

You will need:
  • Aluminium foil
  • Conditioner
  • Baby wipes
  • Plastic bags and gloves
  • 2 bottles of L’Oreal HiColor HiLights (for dark hair only, in red)
  • 40 volume L’Oreal Creme Developer
  • Mixing bowl and brush
What you should do:
  1. Squeeze a little amount of conditioner in your hand and rub it over your forehead, nape and behind the ears. This is to avoid from getting stained while you are dyeing your hair.
  2. Take 2.4 ounces of 40 volume L’Oreal Creme and pour it into the mixing bowl.
  3. Squeeze one whole bottle of L’Oreal HiColor HiLights into the solution.
  4. Mix the solution properly with the brush till you get a smooth and thick liquid.
  5. Dip the brush into the liquid and apply it liberally to your hair, including the roots. In case you have very long hair, you can use two bottles of L’Oreal HiColor HiLights in place of one.
  6. After you are done applying, wrap the aluminum foil over your head. Secure it in place by covering your head with a plastic bag and tying over your head.
  7. Leave it undisturbed for about thirty to forty-five minutes.
  8. Wash it.

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Now that you know how to dye your hair burgundy at home, time to choose one that suits your hair type and preference. Have you had any experience with burgundy hair? Let us know in the comments section below.

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