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A midnight blue hair color is the perfect option for those who want to try a new hairdo without any of the damage that can come with bleaching your mane. This dark blue almost black, hair color coats strands in a bold pigment that works well with natural hair and straight hair alike. If you’re looking for a dark color to refresh your look, try a midnight blue shade that complements any skin tone and isn’t tied to any particular season. Here, learn how to dye hair midnight blue at home with Dark & Lovely's Fade Resistant permanent hair color, along with hair coloring tips to upkeep your freshly colored mane.

What Color is Midnight Blue Hair?

Midnight blue is a deep black color with a blue tint that offers a vibrant pigment in direct light. When first applied, the color looks like a regular jet black shade, however, undertones of blue pigment fill strands to create the midnight color reminiscent of a dark sky at night. This color option works on all hair types and base hair colors for a universally trendy look.

Does Midnight Blue Hair Color Need Bleach?

Since the black, blue color is so dark, anyone can dye their hair midnight blue and still get the tinted pigment without bleach. Whether you have dark black hair or platinum blonde strands, a midnight blue color will penetrate any natural (or previously dyed) hair color for a bold, dark hue.

How to Dye Hair Midnight Blue at Home

Dyeing hair at home doesn’t have to be difficult nor does it require the expertise of a salon-professional to accomplish. Simply reach for an at-home box dye with all the products you need to quickly refresh your color for a trending midnight blue hue.

To streamline the process, use the Dark & Lovely Fade Resist Midnight Blue Rich Conditioning Color which leaves hair with a deep black-blue color without the need for bleach. The fade resistant formula provides intense moisture and shine, for a bold pigment that lasts up to eight weeks. 

Below, learn step-by-step instructions on how to dye hair midnight blue using Dark & Lovely Fade Resistant hair dye. For the most detailed application instructions, follow the directions included in your at-home box dye.

Step 1. Prepare Hair for the Dyeing Process
Part dry, unwashed hair into four sections (or more if you have thick, long hair) and pull the sections out of the way with plastic clips or hair ties. Sectioning your hair helps you get a more saturated application for an even look without patchy spots.

Step 2. Combine Hair Dye Ingredients
Don't forget to put on gloves before mixing any product to minimize accidentally staining skin a midnight blue color. Carefully pour the entire contents of the Dark & Lovely permanent hair color into the Dark & Lovely cream developer bottle.

With the applicator cap secured, place your gloved finger over the open tip of the bottle and thoroughly shake the ingredients together until the color mixture is properly blended.

Step 3. Apply the Midnight Blue Hair Color Mixture
On each section, saturate strands with the color mixture beginning at the back of the head and continuing upwards into the hair roots, completely covering your mane. With your gloved hands, subtly rub the mixture into strands to the end of the hair for an even distribution. Avoid rubbing the mixture into the scalp and wipe away any product that transfers to the skin.

Step 4. Set a Timer
Whether you use your phone or a kitchen timer, don’t forget to set a countdown to ensure proper hair processing. For relaxed hair let the mixture develop on strands for 20 minutes. For those with natural hair (aka hair without any prior chemical treatment), allow the hair dye mixture to sit on your head for 30 minutes.

Step 5. Rinse Hair Dye Out
After your timer goes off, you’re ready to hop in the shower and rinse the color from your hair. Add some lukewarm water to your product-drenched head and work the mixture into a lather before rinsing thoroughly until the water runs clear. Avoid shampooing your hair in this step as it may wash away some of the pigment you just added.

Step 6.
Add Moisture in Shower
Saturate your hair with the included Dark & Lovely Nourishing Care Conditioner, and let it sit for at least three minutes. This will infuse hair with moisture that you may have lost during the dyeing process. After a few minutes, rinse your hair with warm water and save the rest of the conditioner for your next wash day.

How to Upkeep Midnight Blue Hair

Now that you’ve painted your hair a dark midnight blue you’ll probably want to keep your color looking fresh and bright as day one. Below, learn a few tips and product recommendations to keep strands from fading while protecting hair from damage.

1. Use Sulfate-Free Shampoo
Protect your midnight blue hair color from fading with a shampoo for color-treated hair. Shampoos for color-treated hair will offer a sulfate-free cleanse to minimize fading pigment and protect hair from dehydration.

2. Limit the Use of Heat Tools
Not only is constant heat styling damaging to natural hair, but it’s also bad for midnight blue hair color (as well as any other hair color). Hot tools like flat irons, blow dryers, and curling irons can cause hair color to fade in addition to drying it out and causing hair damage. The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recommends limiting the use of heat tools to once a week or less frequently to minimize hair damage.

Additionally, when you do use heat tools, use them on the lowest heat setting and always use a heat protectant.

3. Keep Hair Moisturized
Curly and coily hair already needs a lot of moisture to keep strands looking healthy and defined, and that goes double for color-treated strands. Add moisture back to strands that may have been damaged during the hair dye process with a deep conditioner treatment or a highly nourishing styling treatment.

After following the above tips for post-coloring hair care and the step-by-step hair color guide, you’ll be ready to show off your midnight blue hair color.

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