How to Get Dip Dyed Hair at Home in 4 Easy Steps

The easiest way to add a punch of color without going overboard.


Dip dyed hair is often seen as the classier and more refined older sister of the all-over dramatic color transformation some part of us is always secretly craving. It’s low damage while still being high impact and that’s a win-win in our book. The fact that this hair trend preserves your natural hair color in the strands around your face makes it universally flattering, so let’s put a stop to any of those hesitations right here.

Celebrities have been rocking the dip dyed hair trend for years now for a reason: experimenting with vibrant hair colors can be daunting and not everyone is so ready to inflict all that damage on her strands. Dip dyed hair is a low-commitment way of seeing how you feel with candy-colored hair before you take the plunge. Or simply a way to unleash your inner mermaid for a few months without committing to all over blue hair. Depending how much hair you color, this look can live on only as long as it takes to get to the salon for your next trim. Keep reading for our step-by-step tutorial on how to easily dip dye your hair at home.

dip dyed hair: how to get the look
Think about dip dyeing with two different colors and blending them together for a unique look.

1. Get comfortable and grab and old t-shirt and towel.

Dyeing your hair takes some time and things can get a little messy. Start by grabbing an old t-shirt and towel that you aren’t worried about staining and settle in for your debut as an amateur hair colorist.

2. First bleach your hair.

For the most vibrant shade of your color of choice, start by bleaching your hair. Separate your hair into several workable sections and secure each section with a small ponytail. Apply the bleach to each section starting at the bottom and working your way up. For a subtle and expert-looking transition from your natural color to the dip-dyed ends, twist each section as you apply the bleach to ensure that there isn’t a harsh line. Keep an eye on the bleach and check back in frequently to watch the lightening process.

3. Now apply the dye.

Once you’ve achieved a shade light enough to be a blank canvas for the hair dye, wash and shampoo the bleach out. We suggest using the Suave Keratin Infusion Color Care Shampoo and the Suave Keratin Infusion Color Care Conditioner. Then, let your hair air-dry or blow-dry it. Apply the dye to the ends of your hair with gloved hands and apply in towards the middle section of your hair towards the ends with a hair application brush. Make sure to completely saturate your strands before wrapping them in aluminum foil. Follow the package instructions and leave the dye on for the recommended time.

4.  Rinse, dry and style.

Rinse out the hair dye and dry and style your hair per usual. Enjoy your new colorful strands and prepare to bask in all those mermaid vibes. Bleaching your hair can take a toll on the overall health of your strands, so we always suggest using a deep conditioning treatment, like the Nexxus New York Salon Care Humectress Moisture Restoring Masque. This formula will work trestore moisture to your hair while also making your hair feeling weightless and healthy. Taken care of properly, your dip dyed hair will look shiny and healthy.

Looking for more hair dye inspiration? Check out our article about why light pink hair dye works on natural brunettes