How To Dye The Ends Of Your Hair

There is no stopping you if you know to color your hair the way you want.

Reviewed by Alicia Igess, Hairstylist
Written by Anjali Sayee, BTech
Edited by Ramona Sinha, MA (English Literature), Certified Skin Care Coach
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Dyeing only the hair ends is a popular fashion trend and creates a different look and adds some pop to any hairstyle. Additionally, it gives your hair a dense appearance. If you do not know how to dye the ends of your hair, we can help. Keep reading to get a clear idea of the popular dip-dye technique and tips to color the hair ends with a brush. Scroll down.

Before you dye the ends of your hair, there is one important thing you need to remember: saturation is key. Therefore, make sure you purchase enough bleach and hair color to fully saturate the portion of your hair you desire to color.

Now, let’s get started!

How To Color The Ends Of Your Hair

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You Will Need

  • A hair coloring kit (you may need a bleaching kit as well, depending on the hair color you choose)
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Elastic bands
  • Bowl
  • Comb
  • Gloves
  • Foil (aluminum)
  • Timer
  • Towel
  • Hairdryer
  • Plastic wrap

Procedure

  1. Remember to wear old clothes. Apply some petroleum jelly to your skin, close to your hairline. The jelly keeps the hair color from affecting the skin. Put on your gloves.
  2. Part your hair down the middle with a comb, dividing it into two sections. Braid both the sections of hair from the point you want to add the color and the ends. Secure the braids using elastic bands.
  3. Mix the developer and activator as per the instructions on the dye box. Use the bleaching kit (if you have one) similarly.
  4. Spread out the hair ends and apply the color or bleach. Ensure there are no dark spots and that the color has been distributed evenly.
  5. Use aluminum foil to cover the colored ends. The oil keeps the coloring from getting becoming messy.
  6. You can also layer the aluminum foil to add different colors to your hair ends.
  7. Let the color or bleach sit for some time. Keep checking if your hair is developing the desired color. The duration of this process can vary from person to person, depending on their hair type and texture. You can also use a timer to remind yourself to keep checking your hair color. Do not leave the bleach for too long, as it can leave the hair fibers open and vulnerable to damage. Wash the bleach off immediately if you feel any burning sensation.
  8. If you first bleached your hair, you now need to add color to your locks. Wash the bleach once your hair has been lightened enough. Do not remove the braids. Let your hair rest for sometime before you add the color. You can also apply oil to your hair and leave it on overnight for added replenishment. Add the color to the ends of your hair by following the instructions on the dye box.
  9. You can try the same without using a brush. You may simply color your hair with your hands, giving your hair a natural look (also called balayage).
  10. Wait for the color to set in. Keep checking on the color constantly.
  11. Once the desired color is achieved, wash it off with your regular shampoo and conditioner.
  12. Be gentle while drying your hair. Pat or scrunch dry hair, and allow it to air dry instead of using a blow dryer.
  13. Once your hair has naturally dried up to 70%, you may use a blow dryer on a low setting to style your hair.

protip_icon Fun Fact
It is believed that the ancient Romans used to mix boiled walnut shells, earthworms, and ashes to prepare hair dyes.

One of the most popular coloring trends to dye your hair ends is the dip dye method. Learn more about it in the following section.

How To Dip Dye Hair

Gloved hands applying dye to the tips of the hair
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You Will Need

  • Hair dye
  • Bleaching kit
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Elastic bands
  • Bowl
  • Comb
  • Gloves
  • Towel
  • Hairdryer
  • Plastic wrap

Procedure

  1. Wear old clothes before you start. Apply petroleum jelly to the skin close to your hairline. The jelly keeps the hair color from affecting the skin. Put on your gloves.
  2. Mix the bleaching agents as mentioned on the box. Apply the bleach to your hair at the ends using a brush. Spread out the hair ends and apply the color or bleach.
  3. You can use aluminum foil to cover the bleached ends.
  4. Let the bleach sit for some time. Keep checking if your hair has lightened enough. You can also use a timer to remind yourself to keep checking your hair color. Do not leave the bleach on your hair for too long, as it could be damaging. Wash the bleach off immediately if you feel a burning sensation.
  5. Once your hair has lightened, wash the bleach off with water (at room temperature) and a mild shampoo. Let your hair rest for sometime before you add in the color. You can also apply oil overnight to replenish your hair.
  6. Pat dry your hair with a soft towel.
  7. Follow the instructions on the dye box and mix the color in a bowl.
  8. Dip the ends of your hair into the bowl in small sections. Your hair will get a dip dye look.
  9. Wait for the color to set in. Keep checking on the color constantly.
  10. Once the desired color is achieved, wash the color off with your regular shampoo and conditioner.
  11. Be gentle while drying your hair. Pat or scrunch dry hair, and allow it to air dry instead of using a blow dryer.
  12. Once your hair has naturally dried up to 70%, you may use a blow dryer on a low setting to style your hair.

Terri, a blogger, suggested using gloved fingers for color application for a natural dip-dyed look in her personal blog. She said, “This working in the dye (with your fingers) method makes it so I do not have bleach spots later. It ensures color throughout. You do not need the mixing line to be straight. In fact, I prefer that it’s not (i).”

Note that your hair color might fade away. We have listed some tips that can help extend your hair color life.

Tips To Maintain Hair Color

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  1. Avoid heat at all costs. Heat can fade away the hair color. Avoid frequent use of styling tools and hair dryers. Use a heat protectant if you are heat styling your hair.
  2. Cover your hair when going out in the sun. A thin cotton or silk scarf also keeps your hair from getting frizzy.
  3. Avoid going swimming as pools contain chlorine that can lighten your hair color.
  4. Wash your hair with cold water to prolong the lifespan of the hair color.
  5. Have regular touch-ups to keep the color fresh.
  6. Use products made specifically for color-treated hair. These do not fade the hair color and instead make it last longer.

Here are some basic care tips you can include in your hair care regimen.

Tips To Care For Dyed Hair

Woman conditioning her dyed hair to protect it from damage
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  1. Comb regularly. It can help spread the sebum from the roots to the tips of your hair.
  2. Oil your hair at least once a week. Your dry strands will get adequate nourishment.
  3. Use dyes with fewer chemicals and harsh ingredients. Opt for semi- or Demi-permanent hair colors. Vegetable hair dyes are a good option as they are made from plants, fruits, and vegetables.
  4. Use natural lighteners like chamomile and green tea instead of bleaching agents. While they take more applications and time to lighten hair, they will not damage hair like bleach.
  5. Say no to chemicals. Chemical straighteners and relaxers penetrate the hair strands to change their structure, causing them to stretch, lose shape, and become damaged.
  6. Use the right products. Look for products that cater to the needs of your hair type. Find shampoos and conditioners specific to your hair. Use serums, creams, and oils that reduce frizz and dryness and enhance curl-definition.
  7. Use conditioners and leave-in products to moisturize your hair.
  8. Do not over-shampoo. Use co-washes or cleansing conditioners once or twice a week. Wash your hair with regular shampoo in between the co-washes.
  9. Use a silk or satin pillowcase when you sleep at night to reduce frizz and enhance curl structure.
  10. Allow your hair to fall naturally once or twice a week. Styling your hair in tight hairstyles pulls on your roots and causes hair fall and breakage.
  11. Use edge creams when styling your hair in protective hairdos. You can use coconut cream to smoothen hair for the same.
  12. Protect your hair from the sun and heat. Photo and heat damage can ruin hair structure. Use protectants, SPF products, and caps or scarves to protect your tresses.
  13. Be gentle when drying your hair with a towel. Pat or scrunch dry your hair gently. Though it may consume more time, it does prevent any breakage or hair loss.

Have you decided to color your hair? Great. But should you want to color your hair at home, here is what to consider.

Is It Safe To Color Your Hair At Home?

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  • Yes, it is safe to color your hair at home. But if you notice any burning, redness, or other adverse effects, stop using the colorants, dyes, or bleaching agents. Consult a doctor.
  • Sometimes coloring your hair at home might not give you the color or look you desire. It is always better to get your hair colored by a seasoned professional.
  • The ingredients in commercial dyes and bleaching kits can leave your hair damaged. You can instead get custom mixes at a salon that suits your hair type and reduce the risk of damage.
protip_icon Quick Tip
Coppers and deep reds complement darker skin tones. Rich browns are best for medium skin tones, while golden caramel and subdued blonde hues suit fair skin tones.

Now, let’s address one of the most common questions people have about dyeing their hair.

How Often Should You Dye Your Hair?

It depends on various factors, including your hair type, the color you desire, and the maintenance of your roots. Generally, it is recommended to wait about 4 to 6 weeks between hair coloring sessions. This allows your hair to recover from the previous dyeing process, and gives you an opportunity to assess whether your current hair color complements your skin tone and style.

However, it is crucial to consider your hair’s condition. Excessive or frequent hair coloring can lead to damage, dryness, and breakage. To maintain your tresses, you can consult a professional hair colorist to create a sustainable coloring schedule that aligns with your hair health.

Infographic: Steps Of Dying The Ends Of Your Hair At Home

Dying the hair only at the ends has become an increasingly common trend these days to get that extra pop and unique appearance. As this technique is fairly simple, you can do this yourself at home. Check out the infographic below to know the basic steps.

steps of dying the ends of your hair at home (infographic)

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You can choose to dye the ends of your hair strands to achieve a new look with minimal effort. It is also great for those who want to experiment with a new color but are unsure about how it will turn out. After all, if things go downhill, you just need to trim your hair, and you are back to square one! Dip-dyeing your hair can help you achieve peek-a-boo highlights or give an ombre effect to just the ends of your strands. This will give you a unique look and make you feel like a beauty trendsetter. Make sure you follow the usual dyeing aftercare guidelines of avoiding heat styling tools, oiling your hair, and using hair dye-friendly hair care products to make sure the color lasts longer.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is dip dye and ombré the same?

Both dip dye and ombré are types of hair coloring techniques. In ombré, the color is darker at the roots and lighter at the ends, creating a subtle mix in between. Dip dye follows a two-tone hair coloring technique without any visible blend in the middle.

Do you dye hair from ends or roots?

This depends on how much you want to dye your hair. If you want to dye your whole hair, you should start from the roots and then go to the rest of your hair. For those opting for a dip dye look, you can start dyeing from the ends and gradually cover the middle part.

How long does hair dye last at the ends?

Mostly, hair dye at the ends lasts for 4-8 weeks. Also, it depends on other factors, such as the type of hair dye and maintenance routine.

Does dyeing the tips of the hair damage it?

Dyeing the tips of the hair can damage it, as the dyes contain harsh chemicals and change the structure of the hair cuticle.

Key Takeaways

  • Coloring the ends of your hair gives it a more dense look.
  • You can dye your hair with a brush or use the dip-dye method.
  • Using hair care products specially formulated for colored hair can help make the dye last longer.
  • Avoid heat styling and exposure to the sun to ensure that your color doesn’t fade away fast.
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Learn how to create a unique dip dye look with this easy DIY tutorial! Watch this video and get creative ideas to play around with pink color and add a fun twist to your wardrobe.

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