5 Simple Ways To Dye Burgundy Hair Color At Home

A complete guide to giving your hair a color makeover without visiting the salon.

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Looking for easy ways to dye burgundy hair color at home? We are here to help!

Although all hair colors look great, burgundy is one of the most versatile and chic colors out there. It can be quirky, but it is also quite sultry and feminine. Because of the enigmatic hint of wine red and purple, this color is ideal for women who like to try new things.

Burgundy is the color to choose if you wish to look like Cheryl Cole or Rihanna and give your hair a contemporary twist.

The best thing about burgundy is that it comes in a variety of hues. Whether you’re a blonde or a brunette, it blends with your normal hair to give you a brilliant shade. Thankfully, coloring your hair burgundy is quite easy, irrespective of your natural hair color.

Based on your natural hair color and coloring procedure, there are five methods to dye your hair burgundy. Keep scrolling to find out more!

protip_icon Quick Hair Color Guide: Burgundy

How To Choose A Shade: Cool skin undertones should choose cool burgundy shades with red tones, while warm skin undertones should choose warm colors with blue and purple tones.

Level Of Maintenance: High

Suitable For: Fair, medium, and tanned skin tones and all hair types

Looks Best With: Dark eyeshadow and nude lip shades

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

Ways to dye burgundy hair color at home 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 home color kit. 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 hair tinting 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 hair tinting kit 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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Alternatively, you can also start with the dip-dye technique option to experiment with burgundy hair color at home. Burgundy hair tips enhance the chic look.

2) Burgundy For Dark Brunette

Ways to dye burgundy hair color at home 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 dry. 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.

3) Burgundy For Light Brunette

Ways to dye burgundy hair color at home 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 beforehand.
  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.

4) How To Get Burgundy Hair With Henna?

Ways to dye burgundy hair color at home 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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Alternatively, you can add boiled juice of hibiscus flowers to enhance the red shade in the henna mixture.

5) How To Get Burgundy Hair Without Bleaching?

Ways to dye burgundy hair color at home 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. They are temporary hair dye 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

  • Aluminum 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.

Infographic: How To Dye Dark Hair Burgundy Without Bleaching

Burgundy is a dreamy hair color that matches almost everyone. Though we have discussed all the ways in which you can color your hair at home, we would like to stress on the natural methods that do not require you to bleach and cause damage to your hair in the infographic below.

how to dye dark hair burgundy without bleaching (infographic)

Illustration: StyleCraze Design Team

Burgundy is a stunning and sophisticated color that elevates your original hair color to an enviable shade. Whether you have gorgeous golden locks or a brown mane, you can easily get your tresses colored to this shade in the comfort of your home. All you need is an assortment of hair care or natural products, gloves, a shower cap, and other dye essentials. The above steps on ways to dye burgundy hair color at home will alleviate your worries and make the process as simple as possible. Ensure you take care of your tresses after dyeing to ensure the burgundy color doesn’t fade away.

Frequently Asked Questions

What skin tone suits burgundy hair?

While cool-toned burgundy shades suit people with olive, ebony, or pink skin tones, warm shades go well with golden and peachy skin tones.

Is burgundy hair hard to maintain?

No. Burgundy hair is easy to maintain. It is a dark shade that does not fade away easily.

Are there different shades of burgundy?

Old burgundy and vivid burgundy are the two prominent shades of this color.

What is the difference between maroon and burgundy?

While maroon has a brick-reddish tint to it, burgundy is more purple.

Key Takeaways

  • To change from blond to burgundy, use a base color, burgundy hair dye, gloves, and an applicator. Shampoo and condition with a color-protecting one.
  • To change from dark brunette to burgundy, apply one part bleach and two parts developer to unwashed hair.
  • Leave for 15 minutes and wash off. Shampoo and condition as required.
  • For burgundy hair with henna, mix henna powder, water, lemon juice, and beetroot paste. Apply and leave for one hour before washing off with a shampoo and conditioning your hair.
  • For burgundy hair without bleaching, apply a purple or reddish-purple color with an applicator. Wear a heating cap or shower cap and blow dry before shampooing.
Ways To Dye Burgundy Hair Color At Home_illustration

Image: Stable Diffusion/StyleCraze Design Team

Now you can get the alluring shades of burgundy or maroon without any harmful chemicals! Take a look at this detailed video tutorial for coloring your hair at home.

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Tiffany YoungCertified Trichology Practitioner

Tiffany Young is the CEO and founder of ThinHairThick and a certified trichology practitioner with 6 years of experience. She is also a recognized expert in the hair and beauty industry with celebrity clientele. Her own personal struggles with hair loss created an opportunity for her to deep-dive into learning all things related to medical conditions and external factors that...read full bio

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