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How to Dye Asian Hair

Updated on September 14, 2011

Dying Asian hair can be a difficult task if you don't know what you are doing. Almost all Asians have black or dark brown hair, it's usually straight and can be quite one dimensional. Most magazines have articles or ads about hair color but only include blonde, red, and brown hair. What about all the women with black hair? There simply is not a lot of information out there targeted to Asians for dying hair.

If you can afford it, getting your hair dyed at a salon is probably the best and safest bet. They typically use high quality products and it will save you the hassle of doing it at home and cleaning after yourself. The downsize is obviously, the cost.

Dye It Yourself

Most people can't afford to go to the salon to dye their hair. If you decide to do it yourself, you can go two routes:

1. Without bleach- this is best for your hair, but can only get your hair to turn brown and red at best

2. With bleach- this strips your hair literally, but can get your hair blond, light brown, blue, basically it will give you more versatility

No matter which one you choose, it is always better to buy supplies directly from a beauty supply store. Sally's Beauty store is one that is all over the US and doesn't require shoppers to have a cosmetology license. It even has an online store with better sales!

Never go with box dyes because the quality of the products is more damaging, but mainly they just don't dye your hair properly!

Finally, if it's your first time, have a friend help. It's super helpful to have an extra pair of hands and eyes.

Materials Needed

  • Mixing bowl
  • Mixing brush (you can also just use your hands, but using the brush will be less messy and distribute the dye more evenly)
  • Gloves
  • Bleach (if you choose to bleach) - L'Oreal Quick Blue Bleach (see below)
  • Developer (30 for more delicate lighter hair, 40 for darker hair, if you aren't sure ask the people at the beauty supply store) - Salon Care 30 Creme Developer
  • Color (most Asian's look good with red hair, dark brown hair, and very little shades of blonde. How you choose your color will depend on skin tone, however one of the best brands for Asian hair is Ion Color Brilliance) - Ion Color Brilliance Liquid Hair Color (see below)


  • Hair dryer - some people like to apply heat while the dye is on the head to make the dye work better
  • Hair clips/ Hair ties - these are useful for partitioning hair when applying dye
  • Old towels/old t-shirt - beware dying hair can get messy

Specific Products that Work Well with Asian Hair

How to Dye Asian Hair Without Bleach

How to Dye Asian Hair with Bleach

How to Bleach in Highlights

I hope the videos were helpful, if there is anything you think I may have missed please submit a comment!


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