How to Put Burgundy Highlights on Black Hair

Jordin Sparks' dark hair shows hints of burgundy.

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Black hair is a bit monotone and uninspiring at times, but that doesn't mean it's not beautiful. With a little flavor, black hair can be beautiful and interesting, maybe even striking. If you're growing bored with your sable tresses, trade them in for something a bit spicier. It doesn't take much, a few chunky burgundy highlights will do the trick. But to look good, burgundy highlights must be thick and substantial. Avoid skinny strands of color and aim more for a few slices of color here and there to take your hair from uninspiring to breathtaking.


Cut aluminum foil into several 3-inch strips. Cut two foils for each chunk of burgundy you want in your hair.


Blend together 1 oz. hair lightener and 1 oz. 10-volume color developer in the color bowl.


Comb through your hair and decide where to place your burgundy chunks. Carve out small, 1/2-inch-thick sections where you want a chunk of color. Place a foil under the section of hair and brush on a thick coating of hair lightener from root to tip. Fold the foil from the sides inward and in half upward. Do this as many times as you'd like, wherever you'd like.


Wait 10 minutes. Rinse your hair with warm water, shampoo and let dry completely. You can speed things up with a hair dryer.


Rinse out the color bowl and brush with warm water. Mix equal parts burgundy hair color and 10-volume color developer in the color bowl. Brush the color onto the lightened chunks of hair using the same foil method that you used for the lightener. Don't worry about getting some burgundy color on black strands of hair; it won't hurt it.


Process the color at room temperature for 25 minutes. Rinse, shampoo, condition and towel dry.

Things You'll Need


1.Aluminum foil


5.10-volume color developer

7.Color bowl




4.Hair lightener

6.Burgundy hair color

8.Color brush



Tips & Tricks


Always wear gloves when working with hair color. The color can irritate your skin, and it will stain your hands and fingernails.

Whoa! Rinse that lightener off your hair. You only need to lighten to the red stage. If you lighten to orange, gold or yellow, your burgundy color will fade quicker.


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