How to Dye Blonde Hair to Ginger

Updated April 17, 2017

Changing your hair colour is a quick and simple way to revamp your look and refresh your style. Ginger is a head-turning shade that encompasses the whole family of reds from strawberry blond to dark cherry to orange. A light base is required to achieve a true red tone. Fortunately, blond hair is the perfect foundation for red dye. Once you choose a colour, ginger hair will be yours in under an hour.

Choose the ginger dye. Fair skin looks best with copper and strawberry tones while olive and darker toned skin looks best with auburn and cherry reds.

Avoid washing your hair for two to three days prior to dying. This will lessen the dying damage to your hair by allowing natural oils to build up.

Prepare your hair for dying according to the manufacturer's directions. Some dyes will require you to wet your hair while others require it stays dry.

Brush your hair to remove any knots. Separate your hair into four sections with two in the front and two in the back. You will dye one section at a time so clip all but one up and out of the way.

Wrap a towel around your shoulders to prevent dye from staining your skin or clothing.

Smooth petroleum jelly onto your skin around the hairline and over your ears to prevent the dye from staining your skin.

Mix the ginger dye according to the instructions. Put on the rubber gloves included in the kit.

Select a 1-inch piece of hair from the first section. Apply the dye to the roots then spread down to the tips. Comb the dye through your hair to distribute evenly. Set the piece aside.

Continue selecting small sections of hair, applying the dye and combing through until your entire head of hair has been saturated in ginger dye.

Twist your hair up and clip off of your shoulders using a claw clip. Allow the dye to process for the specified time. Check to see if blond hair requires a shorter processing time.

Rinse the dye from your hair after the specified waiting period. Condition with the included conditioner.


Wash with shampoos designed for colour-treated hair. Red and ginger tones wash out quickly so avoid harsh shampoos that may prematurely fade the colour. Wear a hat when outdoors to prevent UV fading.

Things You'll Need

  • Brush
  • Hair clips
  • Towel
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Ginger hair dye kit
  • Comb
  • Claw hair clip
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