Hair Color Without Bleach: 10 Hues You Can Try

Not keen on bleaching your hair? Check out this roundup of hair colors that don't need bleach.

Is it possible to get a gorgeous hair color without bleach? The answer is yes. And with Asian hair being difficult to lighten because of its thicker cuticle and an innermost layer that’s rich in dark pigment, choosing hair colors that don’t need bleach may be preferable for some, especially those who haven’t dyed their hair before.

Choosing hair colors that don’t need bleach doesn’t mean that your options are limited. And the best part? A lot of these hair colors don’t go out of style. Here they are.

1. Coffee Brown Highlights

Asian woman with coffee brown hair color without bleach
These dark brown highlights give your hair more dimension. Credit: Hong Son from Pexels

If you don’t want to stray far from your naturally dark hair, try coffee brown highlights. This hair color adds oomph to your dark hair and keeps it from looking plain and flat.

Editor’s tip: Keep your hair color fresh with the help of TRESemmé Root Touch-Up Spray (Dark Brown Color). It provides professional-quality, root-concealing color in between salon sessions. It also conceals gray strands in seconds. To use, hold the can six to eight inches away from your hair, spray to your roots and gray areas, lightly blend into your hair, and let dry for a minute. 

2. Caramel Hair Color

Asian woman with caramel hair color without bleach
Love medium brown hair colors? Try caramel. Credit: Dennie Ramon

Caramel has tinges of yellow and orange, making it a warm hue that suits almost all skin tones. You can combine it with dark roots for more depth.

3. Mahogany Hair Color

Back shot of an Asian woman with mahogany hair color without bleach
If you can’t decide between getting brown or red hair, go for mahogany. Credit: Yindee Phuttasirayakorn

This rich, warm hair color, which is a blend of red and brown hues, flatters morena skin. Mahogany also goes well with dark hair, so you can wear it as highlights or with dark roots.

4. Chocolate Brown

Hair color without bleach: Asian woman with chocolate brown hair
Chocolate brown is flattering for any skin tone. Credit: Natasha Estelle

One of the most popular hair colors for morenas, chocolate brown hair color is timeless and simple but sophisticated at the same time. It’s also one of the trendy hair colors in 2022, so try it now.

Editor’s tip: Keep your hair color from fading by using a shampoo that’s designed for colored hair like TRESemmé Pro-Color Series Color Radiance Shampoo. Its anti-fade technology works by coating your strands with a waterproof film to seal in and lock the color, so you can enjoy your gorgeous hue for twice longer. This shampoo also has jojoba oil for moisture and shine. For best results, pair this shampoo with TRESemmé Pro-Color Series Color Radiance Conditioner

5. Golden Brown

Asian woman with long, golden brown hair color without bleach
Golden brown highlights give your hair a gorgeous, lived-in look. Credit: Miggy Rivera from Pexels

Get that sun-kissed glow with golden brown hair color. It’s light enough that it’s almost blonde, but you can get it even without bleach. Wear it as highlights or as part of balayage hair and watch how it gives dimension to your dark tresses.

6. Dark Purple Highlights

Back shot of an Asian woman with dark purple hair color without bleach
Dark purple hair color is edgy and sophisticated at the same time. Credit: Shutterstock

While a lot of hair colors that don’t need bleach are shades of brown, you can also try other hues from other color families. Dark purple blends well with dark hair and gives your tresses subtle drama. If this is what you’re after, try dark purple highlights.

7. Burgundy

Asian woman with burgundy hair color without bleach
Love wine? Let your hair color show it. Credit: Natasha Estelle

Speaking of purple, let’s talk about burgundy. It’s a reddish-brown color with hints of purple, resulting in a beautiful, wine-like hue. It also comes in different shades, so there’s bound to be a burgundy color that’s right for you.

8. Expensive Brunette

Asian woman with a dark hair color touching her hair
This hair color trend gives you a simple but classy look. Credit: Dennie Ramon

This look has been making waves recently and will continue to be big in 2022. It’s all about staying close to your natural hair color and complementing it with barely-there highlights to give it dimension. Nail an expensive brunette ‘do by keeping your hair soft and shiny.

Editor’s tip: Show some love to your hair and the Earth at the same time with Love Beauty and Planet Murumuru Butter & Rose Blooming Colour Shampoo. It has no silicones, parabens, and dyes, comes in 100% recyclable bottles, and it’s made with ethically sourced and eco-friendly ingredients. This shampoo has murumuru butter, which moisturizes your colored hair and keeps it soft and shiny, and Bulgarian rose petals for fragrance. 

9. Chestnut Brown

Asian woman with short, dark hair with chestnut brown highlights
Include this hue in your list of must-try dark brown hair colors. Credit: Dennie Ramon

This shade of brown adds a quirky vibe when worn as highlights on dark hair. It also helps define waves and texture, so consider this hair color if you love tousled hairstyles.

10. Dark Auburn

Asian woman with dark auburn hair color without bleach
If you’re not fond of fiery reds, dark auburn is a great shade to try. Credit: Shutterstock

This rich, deep red hue adds warmth to your face and gives you a fresh, youthful look. And like other dark hair colors, you can showcase the beauty of dark auburn even more when your hair is smooth and shiny.

Editor’s tip: Give your colored hair the benefits of three keratin products in one by using Cream Silk Triple Keratin Rescue Ultimate Color Revive Ultra Conditioner. It has keratin relaxers that tame frizz, keratin serum that revives hair from intense damage, and keratin essence that restores shine to dull hair. it helps bring back nutrients that were lost during coloring and chemical treatments, leaving your colored hair beautiful and ultimately vibrant. 

With these hair colors that don’t need bleach, you can switch up your hair color sans the extreme damage caused by the bleaching process. Have fun!

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