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How to mix colors to make pink hair dye

Updated March 23, 2017

Although store-bought hair dye often come in limited shades of natural reds, browns, darks and blonds, you can easily dye your hair bright and vibrant colours at home. Using unsweetened red powdered drink mix as the primary colour of hair dye allows you to create bright colours, such as green, blue, purple and pink. These colours will work best on light hair, but can also be used on darker hair.

Select the area where you are dyeing the hair. Unfold the newspapers and lay them down on the floor. This will protect your floors from hair dye. Change your clothes into an old T-shirt that can be stained during the process and put on some rubber gloves.

Use the comb to select sections of hair, if you are only adding pink hair dye on specific sections of hair. Place the sections in a hair clip to keep them separate from the other hair. Skip this step if you are dyeing your entire hair pink.

Mix the store bought bleach hair dye, if you have dark hair. Follow the directions on the box. Add it to the sections of your hair you want to dye pink. Rub the hair dye into the hair and let it sit for 30 minutes. Remove the bleach dye from your hair by washing it with the hair dye shampoo that comes in the bleach-kit. Skip this step if you have blond hair.

Let your hair dry before continuing with the pink hair dye. If you have chosen sections of hair to dye pink, pull the selection aside and pin it with a hair clip. Place a used towel on your shoulders to protect your clothing and skin.

Pour the unsweetened red powdered drink mixture into a glass bowl. Wooden and plastic bowls will become stained. For a few sections, use three to four packets of the unsweetened red powdered drink mix. For a full-head of hair, aim for 10 to 12 packets of the red powdered mix. Slowly add hair conditioner to the mix, while continuously mixing with a metal spoon. You should only add enough conditioner to make the mixture pasty and thick.

Tear the foil paper into pieces, measuring approximately 4 inches in width, and the length should be the length of your hair, if you are dyeing sections of hair. Insert the foil paper pieces underneath the sections chosen to protect the remainder of your hair. If you are dyeing your entire head of hair, the towel on your shoulders will do.

Apply the red powdered conditioner mixture to the chosen sections of your hair. Massage the mixture into the hair, starting at the roots and work outwards toward the ends. Ensure the colour is evenly distributed, so you do not get darker spots in your hair. If you get any dye on your skin, wipe it away with a damp cloth.

Wrap the sections of hair dyed using the foil paper you placed underneath the hair in a previous step. Let the hair dye for a few hours. About three hours will give a light pink shade, while six hours will give you a darker shade of pink. Leaving the hair dye in overnight will result in a reddish tone.

Wash the hair dye mixture out of the hair, using plain water. Washing your hair frequently will result in the colour fading faster. For a long-lasting look, avoid washing your hair on a daily basis.

Things You'll Need

  • Newspapers
  • Old shirt
  • Rubber gloves
  • Comb
  • Store-bought bleach mix
  • Unsweetened red powdered drink mix
  • Used hair clips
  • Hair Conditioner
  • Glass mixing bowl
  • Old towel
  • Metal spoon
  • Foil paper
  • Damp cloth
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Based in Toronto, Mary Jane has been writing for online magazines and databases since 2002. Her articles have appeared on the Simon & Schuster website and she received an editor's choice award in 2009. She holds a Master of Arts in psychology of language use from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark.