How to Dip Dye Hair to Achieve the Ombré Effect

    Dip Dye Hair

    Dyeing can be more of a chore, but you can turn it into a fun and enjoyable experience. For instance, you always have the choice to dip dye hair. Compared to normal dyeing, dip dyeing doesn’t take a lot of time and uses less coloring product, allowing you to save money while looking as funky and fun as you want.

    If you thought the dip dye trend was dead, think again. Dip dyeing is making a comeback this season, and is better and stronger than ever. It is a huge trend amongst fashionistas and celebrities.

    Dip dyeing is described as a gradual effect into a different color, giving your hair a faded look. You can either give your hair an ombré look or go a step further and give it a bright splash of color. Professionals recommend using bleach or highlighting kits to get dip dye hair. However, since bleach can be damaging to hair, it is important that you pay special attention to how you apply and how long you apply the bleach to your locks.

    Whether you want to lighten your tips with bleach, brights or pastels, we have got just the right advice to get you started on this trend.

    How to Dip Dye Hair

    The easiest and simplest way to begin dip dyeing hair is by following the instructions on the bleach or highlighting kit, and then the coloring product instructions. Although these instructions are made as easy to follow as possible, having some pointers is still a good idea. Now, although this is a DIY project, it will be much better if you could get a friend to help you, even if you are just treating the tips. After all, bleach is a very dangerous chemical to use.

    What you need:

    • Bleaching, highlighting or pre-lightening kit
    • Brush
    • Comb with a fine-tipped edge
    • Aluminum foil or paper bag
    • Shower or sink for rinsing
    • Shampoo and conditioner specially formulated for bleached, color treated or dip dyed hair


    Keep all the things you need on the countertop so that they are easily accessible. Then, cover yourself with a waterproof poncho or hair cutting apron. In case you don’t have any such materials, you can just cut a hole in the center of a garbage bag and stick your head through it. Once you have got your body covered, take an old hand towel and wrap it around your neck. Also, make sure you are wearing old clothes and plastic gloves before you dip dye your hair.


    Mix the bleaching, highlighting or pre-lightening kit according to the instructions on the package. Then, brush your hair thoroughly and use a comb or brush to apply the bleach. Make sure you apply the bleach evenly. After applying bleach, fold aluminum foil over each section of hair. You can also use a plastic bag secured with rubber bands to cover the ends of your hair.

    Leave the bleach on according to the time provided in the instructions. Keep checking your hair color from time to time in between to ensure you don’t over-bleach your hair. When the time’s up, remove the foil or bag and check whether your hair is as light as you wanted. If it is still too dark, check the kit to see whether it recommends bleaching again immediately. If it does, repeat the same steps to bleach your hair.

    If you are happy with the color, wash the bleach out of your hair.


    If you just wanted an ombré look and are happy with the result, you can stop now. However, if you want a different and fun color like blue or red, wear new gloves and start applying the colored dye like you applied bleach. Make sure you follow the instructions to the T, especially the time instructions. If you are using a vegetable-based dye like Manic Panic, you can leave it as long as you like. Usually, the longer you keep a vegetable-based dye on, the longer the color will last and the brighter it will be. Once your hair is colored, you can start styling your hair as you like.

    Taking Care of Dip Dye Hair

    To keep your locks looking beautiful, there are some aftercare tips you need to keep in mind. If you dip dye your hair, your hair will certainly be damaged. It’s the nature of the bleach beast to damage the ends of your hair and result in split ends. If you want to avoid all that, you need to use a shampoo and conditioner specially designed for damaged, bleached, dip dyed or color treated hair. You also need to give your hair a deep conditioning treatment every week to bring it back to life. Strengthening and moisturizing hair is the key to bringing damaged hair back to life and preventing it from getting damaged again.


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