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If I dyed my hair darker...

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LadyAntonella Mon 06-Jun-16 18:39:57

Would I have instantly thicker looking hair? Mine is blonde and somehow manages to be wavy, frizzy and yet flat at the same time confused. Someone said dying hair darker can make it appear thicker and bouncier. Is that just bollocks a myth?

70isaLimitNotaTarget Mon 06-Jun-16 20:37:15

I've been from natural dark brown (with grey) to dyed brown, to light brown with highlights now back to brown with Henna.

It looked thickest (but worse condition) light blonde. I realise now I nearly killed my hair.
With darker hair your scalp might be more visible though in contrast. But it should be shinier , which is good.

Buggers Mon 06-Jun-16 20:50:54

I have natural blonde hair and I've dyed it dark brown many times, it did look thicker dark BUT I wouldn't advice doing it purely because of how ridiculous it looked when my roots came through(2-3weeks). How about getting a hair cut with some layers put in? I feel your pain, I have the world's flattest hair hmm.

LadyAntonella Mon 06-Jun-16 20:56:43

Thanks both. I was trying to grow my hair long but tbh I think I'm fighting a losing battle. My hair is just too flat to wear long. I know this as it used to be long while I was at school and I I (until I saw my graduation picks and had it all chopped off - my hair was horribly frizzy at the bottom and completely flat at the top. I looked like a King Charles spaniel). Sigh. I was thinking that as I am still a bit chubby since eating all the cake having my DD, shorter hair wouldn't suit me, but I think it's actually the lesser of the two evils.

LadyAntonella Mon 06-Jun-16 20:57:25

*school and uni

ifcatscouldtalk Mon 06-Jun-16 21:02:28

I wanted to go darker brown but was told because of being so fair skinned i would look washed out! That may not be a prob for you. Am not sure that it makes hair look thicker? sorry reading my post back its not that helpful!

gingerbreadmanm Mon 06-Jun-16 21:03:26

If your hair is bleached blonde that could be why it looks a bit frizzy. With a good cut and the right products you should be able to get it looking smooth and sleep though.

Got2b do some great powder that is good for giving volume at the roots.

LadyAntonella Mon 06-Jun-16 21:05:03

I am quite fair skinned (and crucially I am very fair eyebrowed, which would probably look a bit weird with dark hair now I think about it). Think I just fancied a change.

SweetChickadee Mon 06-Jun-16 21:06:55

I died my dark blonde hair dark brown once, I looked like I'd just been dug up. Terribly draining - don't go too dark!

ThatsMyStapler Mon 06-Jun-16 21:07:37

What about low lights to give texture and depth?

LadyAntonella Mon 06-Jun-16 21:08:32

Thanks for Got2be recommendation - will have a look. I haven't only bleached it a few times in my life (all after having DD when I had shit hair anyway - don't know why I thought that was a good idea)! I haven't had it highlighted in months but yes that could be part of the reason for the frizz. When it's long it is always fairly frizzy unless I straighten the living day lights out of it.

IdblowJonSnow Mon 06-Jun-16 21:11:33

I think dark hair does to tend to be in better condition as there is nothing more drying to hair (especially if frizzy anyway) than going lighter. I have flat roots and frizzy ends too. Nightmare. Dark hair also reflects light better so that's why it looks shinier/healthier. A good trim and conditioner (but only on ends) are your friends.

ILostItInTheEarlyNineties Mon 06-Jun-16 21:12:20

If you stop using bleach, your hair will be in better condition and probably shinier, but I wouldn't say thicker. Blonde dyes rough up the hair cuticle so in theory it should be thicker blonde.
Think carefully about going dark. Look at the colour of your eyebrows, the hair on your arms. If it's blonde, dark brown won't suit you.If you're naturally brunette, then go for it.
I went from blonde to dark and hated it. It was a long difficult process to go light again.

A quick fix for root volume is dry shampoo on the roots or there are thickening shampoos/conditioners if that would help?

IdblowJonSnow Mon 06-Jun-16 21:13:11

ps, for those with lighter eyebrows wanting to go darker, consider eyebrow tinting, it's not expensive.

LadyAntonella Tue 07-Jun-16 13:48:12

Thanks all. I'm naturally blonde to strawberry blonde with invisible eyebrows - they are so fair. I normally draw them in or have them tinted anyway, but appreciate the odd make up free day would leave me looking weirdly eyebrowless. I think I just need to leave it its natural colour, don't bleach again and chop the fucker off. I think my yearning for long, shiny locks is going to be fruitless as my hair just prefers being short.

LadyAntonella Tue 07-Jun-16 13:48:38

Lowlights is still bleach isn't it?

LadyAntonella Tue 07-Jun-16 13:49:07

^^clutching at straws grin

specialsubject Tue 07-Jun-16 13:55:36

Be careful - dyed too dark is ageing. That ballerina in the skin care ads looks a decade older than she is due to black hair. ( and terrible make up) hilarious advertising backfire.

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