22 Yummy Cotton Candy Hair Color Ideas

Live your dream of having eye-catching reds, purples, blues, and pinks in your hair.

Reviewed by Madison Dufour, Barber & Cosmetologist
Written by Arshiya Syeda, BA (Literature & Psychology), PG Dip
Edited by Anjali Sayee, BTech
Fact-checked by Monomita Chakraborty, MA (Journalism & Mass Communication), Certified Skin Care Coach  • 

Cotton candy hair has everyone raving! This trend has beautiful colors bleeding into each other. But if you think it is only about pink shades, think again! These cotton candy hair color ideas are dominated by pastel hair colors, such as soft greens, reds, yellows, purples, blues, and of course, pinks. So, you can choose if you want your cotton candy hair to be vivid and bright hair colors or soft and elegant ones. To provide you with some inspo, here are 22 delicious cotton candy hair color trends you must check out! Swipe up.

protip_icon Quick Hair Color Guide: Cotton Candy

How To Choose A Shade: Go for sterling candy and frosty cotton candy if you have a cool skin tone and pink sorbet, candy mermaid, and hot candy pink if you have a warm skin tone.

Level Of Maintenance: Medium to high

Suitable For: All skin tones and hair types

Looks Best With: Nude makeup with pink lipstick

How To Get Cotton Candy Hair

You Will Need

  •  A bleaching kit (if you have dark hair.)
  •  Clips for sectioning
  •  Hair dye
  •  An old shirt
  •  Applicator brush
  •  Plastic bowls
  •  Color protecting shampoo and conditioner
  •  Hairbrush/comb
  •  Petroleum jelly
  •  Gloves

Pre-Lightening

  1. Ensure that you are working with 2-3 day old hair. The oils that build up in your hair a few days after washing will help lighten your hair faster.
  2. Use a brush to untangle your hair.
  3. Put on your gloves and apply the petroleum jelly all along your hairline.
  4. Mix the bleach by following the instructions in the kit.
  5. Divide your hair into an upper and a lower section. Clip the upper section away and start working with the lower layers of your hair.
  6. Apply the hair bleach to the lower layers. Ensure that you are applying an even coat to avoid ending up with patches.
  7. Once you are done with the bottom layers, start bleaching the upper layers that you had clipped away.
  8. Following the instructions, leave the bleach on for the recommended amount of time. If there is any burning at all, wash it out immediately.
  9. Shampoo and condition your hair.

protip_icon Quick Tip
When bleaching hair before coloring, ensure you never leave the bleach on for longer than 60 minutes to avoid chemical burns.

Note: You might have to repeat this process a couple of times to get the desired lightness.

Coloring

  1. After lightening your hair, pick some cotton candy colors to work with.
  2. Work with freshly washed hair that has not been conditioned.
  3. Use a brush or comb to untangle your hair.
  4. Put on your gloves and apply the petroleum jelly all along your hairline.
  5. Pour the hair dye into plastic bowls. Use separate bowls for each color if you are going for a multi-hued style. For an ombre hair, with a single hue, use two bowls, one with the fully pigmented dye, and one with a dye that has been diluted with conditioner. (Arctic fox, pulp riot, pravana, manic panic, and crazy color are some good hair dye brands to work with.)
  6. Apply the dye onto your lightened hair in sections.
  7. After applying the dye, wait for 30 minutes.
  8. Wash your hair with a color protecting shampoo and conditioner.
protip_icon Quick Tip
The golden rule for maintaining colored hair is hydration. Avoid frequent washes, use conditioning products, and avoid heat styling to make the color last longer.

22 Stylish Cotton Candy Hair Color Ideas

1. Fairy Floss

Image: Instagram @fluidcolor

Pink and blue, our favorite cotton candy colors. This style is so spot-on it almost looks edible. The artist has taken two contrasting colors to give an unnatural low-lights effect. The beautiful blue is expertly blended and fades to a pastel pink.

2. Candy Mania

Image: Instagram @hairbymisskellyo

We all love candy and so, by general logic, all of us are head over heels in love with this style. The artist has expertly painted pink, yellow, and blue hues that are bound to look as good on straight hair as it does on these wavy locks.

3. Pink Sorbet

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This style is nailing the alternative beach hair look. This pink is pure pastel goodness with subtle rose gold undertones, and who doesn’t love rose gold? If you have a bob and have been thinking about turning into a candy head, this might just be the style for you.

4. Candy Mermaid

Image: Instagram

Has a single-hued style ever looked better? While it might not seem like a big deal, getting the perfect shade without any patchiness actually takes the hands of a true artist. The pink mermaid hair look has evenly taken to this gorgeously long style. This is one of the best pink cotton candy hairstyles for women with long and fine hair.

5. Fiery Rainbow

Image: Instagram @colortrak

This cotton candy hairstyle is on fire. The gorgeous red roots melt into pastel candy shades that have been painted on so meticulously that it makes it seem like hair art. The style has a sweeping effect that has definitely swept us off our feet.

6. Cotton Candy Ice Cream

Image: Instagram @kristendana_

Ooh~ the sterling in this style. The artist has expertly blended two of our favorite hair trends—cotton candy and opal. The dark roots seamlessly blend out to shades of sterling, pastel pink, and pastel blue,d bright or soft and elegant. And don’t worry if you don’t want to dye your hair, hair extensions are always an option!

7. Hot Candy Pink

Image: Instagram @outerworld_hair

We thought cotton candy styles were all about the pastels until we stumbled upon this beauty. This style is so perfect it almost seems fake and extremely candy-like. The asymmetrical bob further ups the chic quotient, making this the perfect hairstyle for women with straight hair.

8. Red Sorbet

Image: Instagram

We will never say no to a pastel red and we cannot tell you how gorgeous this color is. The half-mermaid, half- candy hair fashion is sure to suit all hair types and textures. Just make sure you get a hair stylist who can nail the look as well as this one did.

9. Candy Grunge

Image: Instagram @fiidnt

While candy styles usually have a cute and naive look to them, the edge on this one is so extremely badass. We’re in awe. The artist has created a seamless blend from the dark roots to the vivid pink. They’ve also added a touch of yellow to the tips to create the perfect amount of dimension and movement.

10. Dipped In Candy

Image: Instagram @unicornallianc3

Did we already mention that we LOVE sterling? This look seems to be bereft of all warm tones and the perfect sterling locks start to take on a beautiful pastel blue from the mid-lengths of the hair, is one of the best fantasy hair colors. These perfect locks seem as though they’ve been dipped in blue fairy floss.

11. Peekaboo Candy Rainbow

Image: Instagram @unicornallianc3

Candy, rainbows, and unicorn hair are just a few of our favorite things, and this look has created a perfect blend of all three. The hair at the crown has been perfected with a sweeping effect using a two-toned pastel pink. The peekaboo lower layers look like a perfect rainbow hair, making this the best style you could wish for if you love high ponytails. Now, what are you waiting for? Pick the best from all the hair salons and try out the look!

12. Streaked With Candy

Image: Instagram @unicornallianc3

How many colors do you see? At first, it may seem like two, but the artist has meticulously created dimension using two tones of blue for the low-lights and has topped the style off with the perfect candy pink. Were you looking for a dimensional fix for your fine hair? This might be it.

13. Sterling Candy Melt

Image: Instagram @unicornallianc3

Talking about fixes for fine hair, it really cannot get better than this. The pastel pink roots create a gorgeous root-melt with the platinum at the crown of this style. The lower layers have more pink spruced up with streaks of purple and blue. This style is definitely topping our list of favorites.

14. Green Peekaboo

Image: Instagram

Green hair has been so underrated for so long, but we are extremely glad that it is catching on. This perfect a-line bob has an almost anime feel to it with the gray highlights. The lower layers are a single-toned green, making this style one of the most chic, simple, and classy hair highlights you can get.

15. Feelin’ Pink

Image: Instagram

There is so much more than meets the eye with this style. While it may look like a single-toned pink, the artist has meticulously added subtle purple tones near the tips to create movement and make the style dimensional.

16. Candy Unicorn

Image: Instagram

Candy land cannot not have unicorns, and this gorgeous lady is not not a resident of the area. Dark roots that perfectly blend out to the most gorgeous lavender we’ve laid our eyes on, all topped off with our favorite candy pink. How can this not be what dreams are made of?

17. Candy Waves

Image: Instagram

This style has so much going on. Pink, blue, orange, yellow, and green, they are all there. Some may say that too many colors could mean a potential disaster, but this artist showed them! The pink roots blend out to a candy blue, taking on shades of orange, yellow, and green on its way there.

18. Melting Candy

Image: Instagram

This style is most certainly the epitome of expert blending and the perfect pastel pink. We can’t wrap our minds around how the artist has managed to create a seamless blend between colors that are so far apart on the spectrum. This style is nothing short of perfect.

19. Kinky Candy

Image: Instagram

Talk about texture. If this doesn’t look like cotton candy to you, I don’t know what will. This yummy cloud of fairy floss has been created with pastel pink that has subtle sterling undertones, making it perfect for women with olive or cool-toned skin.

20. Candy Shop

Image: Instagram

Can’t decide what your favorite candy color is? Then this style was tailor-made for you. The vivid colors with contrasting hues start off with vibrant hair colors at the roots, fading out to perfect pastels. How the artist managed to create such a perfect ombre with so many colors, we will never comprehend.

21. Candy-Dipped Ends

Candy-dipped ends
Image: Shutterstock

Here is another look that you can experiment with if you want something subtle yet loud at the same time. This hairstyle exudes sheer confidence and elegance, a look that will have you covered for all occasions. The candy pink and purple dipped ends will work perfectly on blond hair and all hairstyles, whether you wish to sport bouncy curls like these or go for a sleek high ponytail.

22. Enchanting Candy Galaxy

Enchanting candy galaxy
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This candy galaxy hair blend is perfect if you are looking for something that offers a minimalist look from the front but a truly extravagant vibe at the back. The sweet combination of blue and purple is guaranteed to fetch you endless compliments.

Cotton candy hair coloring ideas are inspired by multicolored pastel palettes. Typically you will see a lot of blues, pinks, purples, greens, and yellows in this trend. And you do not have to use too many colors to achieve this look either. A simple pink ombre can give you the cotton candy hair color look you crave. To select the best hair colors to achieve a cotton candy look for yourself, consult your hair colorist before you take the plunge. You can always show them the color idea you liked best from this article and build on that.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does Manic Panic Cotton Candy Pink last?

Manic Panic’s Cotton Candy Pink color lasts up to 4-6 weeks.

How long does Crazy Color Candy Floss last?

Crazy Color Candy Floss Pink Hair Dye is a gentle and cheerful pastel pink shade. This pink temporary hair color lasts for 6-8 washes.

How long does cotton candy hair dye last?

Cotton candy hair color will fade out with every wash. However, depending on the maintenance, hair type, and porosity, the color may typically last for 5-40 washes.

Is cotton candy hair color suitable for all ages?

Although cotton candy hair color is most popular among young and middle-aged adults it is suitable for all ages. However, it also depends on the individual’s interest as this hair look requires a little extra effort for maintaining the color and the look.

Key Takeaways

  • Cotton candy hair colors include shades of soft green, yellow, red, blue, purple, and pink.
  • Pre-lighten your hair before coloring it in the desired cotton candy shade.
  • Opt for multicolored candy shades like candy shop, candy waves, and fiery rainbow. Or choose two-tone shades like pink sorbet, dipped in candy, feelin pink, and candy unicorn.
  • You can also choose stunning peekaboo highlights like green peekaboo, sterling candy melt, and peekaboo candy rainbow.

Check out the captivating tutorial video below featuring a stunning cotton candy pink hair transformation. Discover expert tips and techniques to achieve a gorgeous and trendy look, perfect for those seeking a bold and vibrant style.

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