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.

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 on 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. Grab an 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. 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 TRESemmé Botanique Color Vibrance & Shine Shampoo and 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 Nexxus Color Assure Long Lasting Vibrancy Deep Moisture 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.

1. Dirty Blonde

dip dyed hair blonde
Add a nice gradient to your style.

This might not be the boldest of colors, but who can say no to try a classic dirty blonde shade?

2. Hot Red

dip dyed hair hot red
Try a red that’ll turn heads. Photo credit: 

A pop of red looks so great on deeper skintones and hair colors.

3. Muted Pastel

dip dyed hair muted pastels
Create a muted pastels look on your hair.

Pastels are trending this season! While not everyone will want the brightest shade in their hair, a muted take on the trend looks beautiful, too.

4. Bright Pink

dip dyed hair bright pink
What could be better than a bright pink?

Why not try some pink bangs? A dip-dyed hair color in the front to frame your face is a bold and fun choice.

5. Two-Toned

dip dyed hair two toned
If you can’t choose one color, go for two!

Can’t choose between two colors? Go for both but create a two-toned, color-blocking technique to let both colors stand out on their own.

6. Creamsicle

dip dyed hair creamsicle
You’ll look like a dream in creamsicle.

We love how bright and attention-grabbing this creamsicle shade is, it’s perfect for a dramatic change.

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