DIY: How I Dyed My Hair Pink

My favourite colour in the WORLD is pink, so it makes sense that I want to dip dye my hair that colour... Right?

In this post, I'll be taking you through the process of how I got the ends of my hair to be pink.

Here's a brief background about my hair colour:

I haven't had "virgin hair" aka hair that hasn't been touched by chemicals since I was 13. Being almost 23 now, it's been almost 10 years since I've started dying my hair. My hair is pretty thick and surprisingly absorbs and reacts to hair dye really well! Originally, my hair was a very dark brown (almost black) colour, but since dying it lighter and lighter brown over the last few years, it has now become just a normal "dark brown". As my hair currently stands now before the pink dye, it is an ombre brown-to-blonde colour.

To achieve the pink that I got, it's recommended that the areas of your hair that you want to be pink has to be a light blonde or almost-white shade. That way, the pink would be more vibrant as opposed to barely showing up at all. Luckily, the blonde in my hair was done almost a year ago by a professional so I didn't need to pre-bleach it. If your hair is dark, I highly recommend using bleach on the areas that you want to be pink.

Caution about bleaching (my experience):

Bleach is extremely harmful for your hair. The first time I DIY'd bleaching my own hair, it didn't turn out the way I wanted it. I bleached my really dark brown hair and when I washed it out the first time, it was extremely yellow and wasn't as light as I'd hoped it would be, so I bleached it again and it was a damaging mistake. Do NOT bleach your hair twice within an hour because your hair will become extremely weak and will break apart. And I recommend using a purple shampoo to tone your hair after the bleach to get rid of any brassy/yellow tones. If you'd like to know more about how I got my hair to be as light as it is, or want any tips on maintaining blonde/light hair, comment below and let me know!

Here's what I used:

How I dyed my hair pink:

  1. Put on a cape or an old shirt that you don't mind getting dirty.
  2. Divide your hair into sections. I divided mine into 4 sections so it was easier to work with, and bring the section you want to work with to the front.
  3. Put your gloves on.
  4. Pour a glob of the "Cotton Candy Pink" dye into the mixing bowl, then take a scoop of the dye and apply it to the part you want to dye. I found it helpful to just use my gloved-hands to apply the dye on to my hair.
  5. Use the brush to smooth out the dye. But also use your hands to rub the dye into your hair to assure that you don't miss any spot. Rub it in GOOD on to every single strand! It should turn into a frothy consistency.
  6. After you're done with that section, un-tie another section and do the same thing.
  7. After all the sections are dyed, wait 30 minutes for the dye to settle in.
  8. Wash out the dyed parts under cold water.
  9. TA-DA! You have pink hair!

I'm not a professional in any way, but this is how I achieved my dip-dyed pink locks!

I'm SUPER happy with the result! This colour should last about 5 washes, and you can always reapply more after. I didn't use up my entire container, so I'm excited to reapply more later.

Let me know if you try this out!

- Winnie Giang