a pop of color different coloring techniques to dye your hair

A Pop of Color: Different Coloring Techniques to Dye Your Hair

Make Your Hair Come Alive

Coloring your hair is always a unique way to get your hair to pop! (Check out this post on what color hair should i have). 

Did you know you can color your hair using various techniques and methods? Also, since so many different colors are available, the options are endless!

The great thing about changing your hair is that you can find a dyeing technique you are comfortable with or venture outside of your comfort zone and try something new!

In this article, you will learn how to color your hair using different methods.

Great tips to follow before coloring your hair:

Although coloring your hair seems like a fun process, it's serious business, and there are some precautionary measures you want to take. Prepping the hair is extremely important if you want to get the results you desire. Below are several essential tips you can follow that will help get you ready to color those locks and add some fun colors to your life!


Tip #1

Please do not wash your hair right before you color it.

Although shampooing your hair a few hours before color may seem like a good idea, it may cause more harm than good. It is better to wash your hair at least 24-48 hours beforehand or color dirty hair.

If you wash your hair before coloring, the bleach or hair dye may cause your scalp to burn since it does not have the natural oils to protect it.

Tip #2

Get the correct type of hair color. Whether you have natural kinks, straight hair, or decide to color your wigs, weaves, or hair extensions, You should always buy the correct hair color to avoid damaging your hair. Every hair type is different and cannot withstand the same chemical treatments.

Make sure to research the right brands to keep your hair healthy and have the color take to your hair type properly.

Tip #3

Always use gloves.

Gloves are meant to protect your skin and nails from staining. Some coloring techniques require using your hands; getting color out of your skin/nails is challenging. You can easily avoid that by taking a few seconds to throw on some gloves.


Tip #4

Apply petroleum jelly.

This step, though overlooked, is essential. Apply a small amount of petroleum jelly around your hairline and over your ears to protect your skin from staining.

Tip #5

Complete a strand test.

This step is optional but helpful if you are unsure how the color you chose will look on your hair and how your hair will react. It's best to select a strand that will not be visible with your typical hairstyle. Choosing a non-visible strand makes it easy to cover up if you decide not to color your hair.

Then separate the rest of your hair using a hair tie so that the strand does not touch the rest of
your hair after the hair color is applied.


Tip #6

Apply the hair color and leave it for the amount of time recommended on the box.

Then wait 24 hours to make sure you are happy with the hair color results. It is vital that you only mix a small amount of hair dye and not the whole box to make sure the hair color does not go to waste.

Tip #7

Take a shower after you dye your hair. It is not necessary, but this is a great way to thoroughly wash out your hair and make sure all the hair dye is out.


Five Coloring Techniques to Try On Your Hair

There are several different ways to dye your hair that will give it a bit of personal flair. Having proper coloring techniques will make hair dying easier.

Here is a quick guide to 5 examples of different coloring techniques to dye your hair that may leave you a little inspired to try one of these fantastic looks.



Balayage is a coloring technique developed by the French in the 1970s.

It is a freehand technique where the color is applied by hand instead of the regular foiling or cap highlighting techniques. It can work for even the shortest hairstyles, such as a pixie cut.
However, it shows up best in longer hair.

In Balayage, dark pieces are left on the bottom to create dimension and a more natural look, with highlights stemming from close to the roots towards the ends of the hair.

This technique looks like natural sun-kissed highlights throughout the hair. Balayage is an
excellent option because you can achieve a softer effect or add colors that make your hair pop.

This style is great if you want to change your hair but make it look natural. The natural
highlights can make all the difference.

If you're going to give it a shot, here is how you can achieve the look at home.


How to get the look

Part your hair

There are different ways you can choose to part your hair. The recommended way is to do a hot cross bun method which is parting your hair into four equal sections, making it easier to dye it piece by piece. This step is crucial, so take your time!

Dye your hair

Balayage is all about the contrast between dark and blonde, so be careful not to get any of the dye in areas you want to keep dark.

You want to pull the dye through your hair from the middle of the strand to the bottom using the comb applicator, avoiding your roots entirely. The amount of hair you cover will depend on how thick you want your highlights to be.

This difference varies with each person. You may use hair clips to section off and color smaller, more targeted strands.

To achieve a more natural look, use your fingers (make sure you are wearing gloves!) to work
the color into the tips of your hair, blending the color using downward strokes. Then you wait the amount of time stated on the box and wash the color out carefully, section by section.

It is important to remember to be very careful when dying your hair by this method, as you want it to look as natural as possible. But the hard work pays off!

Balayage is a beautiful dyeing technique that will have your hair looking fabulous.


Dip Dye

This vibrant two-tone coloring technique is a fun way to add a little umph to your hair!

The great thing about dip dye is that it is a simple way to add a little fun color to your hair. It is super easy, and any color will look great with this method.

Dip dye is a statement hairstyle, as the two colors do not blend, making the process even easier.

You can have a more natural look with dip dye by dyeing your hair 4 or 5 shades lighter than the natural color, or you can go for a bolder look by going for pinks, blues, and greens.


How to get the look

Bleach your tips

To achieve this look, you first want to lighten the ends.

Place the tips of your hair on folded aluminum foil or a plastic bag. Brush the hair evenly with the bleach mixture before wrapping it in the aluminum foil, or spread the bleach on the tips of your hair equally before covering your tips with the plastic bag and securing it with a rubber band.

Remember that if you use aluminum foil, the directions may call for using a hairdryer. However, a highlighter kit should always give you instructions on how long to leave the bleach mixture in your hair based on your hair color. Pay close attention! You do not want to cause damage.

After you have left the bleach in for the amount of time on the box, wash your hair out. It's essential not to over-bleach your hair.

Add the second color

If you want a color that differs from the usual brown to a blonde gradient, like red or blue, switch to new gloves and apply color to your hair. Follow the instructions from the coloring kit.

However, if you just want the blonde, you do not have to follow this step. You may choose to
tone the blonde hair, depending on the look you were going for. This dyeing process is

straightforward. It takes little effort and is a fascinating way to switch up your hair. Wear gloves
and add petroleum jelly to your edges to keep your skin safe!


Ombre is a French word meaning shaded or shading.

Ombre hair color is darker at the roots through the mid-shaft and then gradually gets lighter from the mid-shaft to the ends. It is such an exciting way to dye your hair, and you can make it look more natural by going a few shades lighter than your roots.

Ombre is similar to dip dye. However, the difference is that ombre blends into your hair regardless of color.


How to get the look

Apply The Color

Get tools ready and apply color to the tips.

Apply the color to the tips of your hair, a section of about 3 inches high, with a brush or your hands (wearing gloves). Be sure not to leave a sharp line; it is vital to make your hair look natural and blended.

Now secure the foils by folding them around the hair, but do not fasten them too tightly. The hair strands need space for the color to develop.

Wait for the color to develop

Leave the color to form on the ends of your hair. Make sure to leave the color in for 10 minutes less than the box says. The reason is that when applying the second layer for 10 minutes, you do not want to over-dye the bottom half.

Add more dye traveling up your hair

Once you have opened up the foil and can see that the tips look like the color you want, add some color higher up the hair – about another 2.5 inches up (again, not leaving any blunt lines).

Put the foils back and leave this to develop. About 10 minutes should be enough, but remember to check. You want to leave the color in for a short time so it does not over-develop.


Once you are satisfied with how the hair color has turned out, you need to rinse the color out of your hair.

Taking your time is critical. The key is to get the blended look, so be very careful.


Highlights are a technique in which just a few sections of hair are lightened.

The strands are lightened a few shades lighter than your base color up to platinum blonde. The primary purpose of adding highlights to your hair is to brighten up the overall tone of your hair and add softness and gorgeous depth to it.

Your natural hair color determines the shade of your highlights. No matter what the base color of your hair is, you shouldn't go more than a few shades lighter than your natural color. Going too light may cause your hair to give off Zebra vibes. No one wants that!


How to get the look

Choose the Right Shade

You want your highlights to look natural. So here is a color guide that works well for skin tone.

If your eyes are brown, blue, or hazel with blue or green flecks, you have a cool skin tone and should choose shades that are cool-toned as well – such as ashy brown, beige blonde, burgundy red, and blue-hued blacks. Cool skin tones usually look best in silver jewelry, so if you naturally gravitate to silver, this is you.

If your eyes are brown, blue, or hazel with brown flecks, your skin is likely warm-toned, and you look best in gold jewelry. Choose hair colors that are similarly golden-toned, like golden brown, wheat-toned blonde, auburn red, and black with reddish tones.


Apply the Color

You want to apply the color first to the hair that's visible when it's combed into your usual style and then move to the bottom layers.

Brush the dye as close to the roots as possible, and then drag the color down the length of your hair while it's flat on your head. Continue the process until the entire first layer is saturated.

Then, use a clip or hair tie to separate the first inch of the top section and continue the process on the next layer.


Once your hair has processed for the correct amount of time, make sure you are rinsing your hair off at the right time.

Half and half head dye

We have seen celebrities such as Nicki Minaj slay this look with half-blonde half blue hair. Half-and-half hair colors are becoming popular.

It is a remarkable hairstyle that I am sure people will never forget. Choosing to color your hair in this fashion is a bold new look.

Mix and match any two colors you like and make your hair look stunning!


How to get the look

Separate your hair evenly down the middle. You want to separate your hair and tie off the two sections evenly to get the half and half look.

Color the first half. You then want to take the first section and dye your hair the color you choose. Cover the part with the color and leave it in for the time listed on the box.

Color the second half. You then want to take the second portion of your hair and repeat the same process using the second color of your choice. Once you have left it in for the proper amount of time, you then need to rinse it out.

Do a final rinse

To ensure everything is washed correctly, you then want to do the last wash of your complete head to ensure all of the color is out.

And that's the look. It is as simple as that, and you have the dynamic two-toned look!

What look do you feel confident to rock?

There are so many ways to give your hair a little flavor. Coloring your hair is a great way to do that. What look is your favorite from this list? Be bold and try one of these trendy looks!

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