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So, you feel like dyeing your hair pink in isolation. Here's how to not instantly regret it.

So, you maybe feel like dyeing your hair pink in isolation. Same.

It’s not our fault. Mornings and evenings and weekends that roll into one long stretch of time that needs filling, has us thinking we can pull off professional beauty treatments at home. And although some things, like trying to do your own Brazilian wax, are terrible ideas, giving your hair a wash of colour is actually really easy.

WATCH: Check out the opal hair colour trend in the video below, post continues.

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From Dua Lipa to everyone on Instagram, people are adding a dusting (or drenching) of colour to their hair because #quarantinemademedoit.

Even Kristin Ess, founder of Kristin Ess Hair and celeb stylist to the likes of Lauren Conrad, Jenna Dewan and Lucy Hale, said her brand’s Rose Gold Temporary Tint has become their best seller since the pandemic hit.

Really, anything goes in lockdown, but tones of blush pink, rose gold, fairy floss, fuchsia and amber seem to be the rage. Except for Hilary Duff, who chose to go aqua because why the heck not?

 

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Sounds like a cool way to pass the time and looks even better, but how do you achieve the pink hair trend without looking like a cartoon character? It’s a excellent question with a really simple answer.

From colour sprays to toners, keep scrolling to find out exactly how to dye your hair pink at home and not instantly regret it.

But first, can anyone dye their hair pink?

Sadly, no. Technically, anyone can pop a pink tint or wash through their hair but it won’t really show up if you have a darker block hair colour like red, brown or black.

You’ll get the best result if you have blonde hair, or any colour hair with highlights. This is because the dye will stick to the lighter strands.

For example, brunettes with lighter highlights or balayage can still try this style. Same goes for redheads whose hair has pre-lightened or naturally lighter tones throughout, it just won’t be as obvious.

How to dye hair pink at home.

The key to trying pink hair in isolation and not hating yourself is to use a wash out colour.

They’re magic because you can pick your shade and customise the intensity, and it will slowly fade out after three to 10 washes. Bonus points: you can buy them from the chemist or online, and they won’t cost you more than $30. Some are even less than $10.

Some best practices for dyeing your hair at home are:

  • Wear gloves to protect your hands from staining.
  • Apply barrier cream or Vaseline around your hairline to avoid staining your skin (although this isn’t as important when using a wash or tint colour product).
  • Read the instructions on the packaging, always.
  • The longer you leave the colour on, the brighter and more intense the colour will be. If you’re after a subtle effect, wash the colour out sooner than you think.
  • Use a sulphate-free shampoo and a conditioner for coloured hair to maintain your colour.
  • A protein bonding product like Olaplex or Redken pH Bonder Post-Service Perfector will keep your hair in good condition, especially if you usually colour it.

 

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Best pink hair dye products.

Now, this bit’s fun. Choose your product of choice based on A) how confident you feel about colouring your hair at home and B) just how pink you want to go.

Here are your main options:

  • Spray colour products are your friend if you’re a bit nervous or only want to dye sections of your hair. They allow you to easily control how much colour, and where, you apply it. You can always add more until you’re happy with the shade.
  • If you’re lazy and want an all over wash of colour, use an in-shower hair toner. These deposit pigment as you’re washing your hair, come in lots of colours and can be bought online from hair salon stores. Just make sure you wear gloves because they can be deceptively powerful.
  • Then, there’s semi-permanent box hair dyes. These still wash out but they offer a full coverage colour over a wash/tint effect.
  • Last but not least, you can reach out to your hair stylist or colourist and ask them to mix you a custom colour or toner. For example, salons that stock evo can make you a custom evo Fab Pro conditioner to match the shade you’re after.

Here’s a roundup of the best at-home pink hair dye products.

1. Kristin Ess Rose Gold Temporary Tint, $21.99.

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2. L'Oreal Paris Colorista Semi-Permanent Hair Washout, $16.45.

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3. L'Oreal Paris Colorista Spray, $14.99.

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4. Schwarzkopf LIVE Colour Pastels Cotton Candy Pink, $5.49.

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5. De Lorenzo Novafusion Colour Care Shampoo in Rosewood, $29.90.

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6. De Lorenzo Novafusion Colour Care Shampoo in Rose Gold, $29.90.

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7. NAK Colour Masque in Vintage Rose, $29.90.

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8. NAK Colour Masque in Rosewood, $29.90.

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That's everything you need to know about how to dye your hair pink in isolation. Now all that's left is for you to... do it.

And if you still end up hating it, don't stress because you can literally wash it out.

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Would you try dyeing your hair pink at home? Tell us your thoughts in the comments!

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