Tie-Dyed Hair Tips

I have been obsessing over Lauren Conrad’s cotton candy frosted tips since she posted a picture of the dipped hair on her new beauty blog, thebeautydepartment.  Just a few days before the big reveal, the reality starlet polled her readers and asked whether she should leave the tie-dyed tips to the “rebelling teens,” or to give the color trend a shot.  Sixty percent suggested L.C. go for it, and voila – the most covet-worthy hair trend I’ve seen in a while.

If you are totally panicked about dyeing your tresses in all colors of the rainbow, try a bold colored extension.  Models at Prabal Gurung’s latest fashion show had their extensions individually hand-dyed by stylist, Didier Malige, but you can get the same effect on the cheap and easy by buying pre-colored extensions at your local beauty supply store.

And if you’re ready to rebel, Elle Girl has an awesome dip-dyed hair how-to.  Check it:

What you’ll need: Hair bleach, developer, gloves, brush, foil, dye

{Color Brilliance Powder Lightener, $3; Sensitive Scalp Ion Developer, $2; Manic Panic Hair Dye, $9; Hair Dye Brush, $1}

Steps to Complete the Look:

1. Mix hair bleach and developer in a plastic bowl until you get an icy-like consistency.

2. Section out your hair; keep first section on top of head with a clip.

3. Split the bottom section in 1/2 and apply bleach to desire ends up to your desire length. Feather the brush towards the top and cover completely.

4. Apply foil (yes, you can steal the foil in your kitchen) to each section of hair, take bottom half of your hair down and do the same.

5. Heat ends with a blow dryer and check each section to make sure they are fully saturated.

6. Remove foils and rinse over the sink.

7. Put your desired hair color into a plastic cup and apply generously! This is the time to have some fun.

8. Wrap colored hair in plastic bag and apply heat, the longer it holds, the better the color keeps.

9. Let hair cool for 5 minutes.

10. Rinse ends with condition and smile at your sick new hair in the mirror!

{images a la thebeautydepartment and Pinterest}

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29 comments


  1. Collins

    i think it looks like fun!

  2. you should include a big thing about NO metal bowls when bleaching!! 🙂
    if you haven’t noticed I’m kind of an expert on mnulti colored hair and trust me, if it weren’t for my job there’d be some turqouise and purples in my hair right now!!

    XO Sahra
    EffortlessCool

  3. Thanks for the tips! I recently just tried the ombre look to my hair, which was a huge tsep because I habve not dyed my hair for about 7 years or so. This looks like another fun way to spice it up a bit!

    • I totally agree … I would opt for colored extensions!

  4. Naomi

    Love this trend! Thanks for the tut x

  5. Melissa

    When you did this, did you use the manic panic? And if so how long does it last? How many washes? If you did not use it what did you use? I hope you can get back to me THANK YOU!!

    • Hi Melissa, I didn’t actually have the guts to pull this one off. This is actually a tutorial from Lauren Conrad’s beauty site. Hope that helps! – Lexi

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  7. Lisa

    do you think this would look cute on black hair? i really wanna try this!

  8. Danielle

    I am totally doing this, this weekend ! I’ve used manic panic before and its awesome because you can switch up the colors every 2 weeks or so. It lasts as long as you keep it in before washing it out. Sometimes it would last me 3 days if I did it before school (just to stand out for the day) in the mornings and sometimes it would last 2 weeks if I did it on the weekend and took my time on it.

  9. Savannah

    If you already have blonde hair do yOu still have to bleach it?

  10. SassySarah

    Just be careful because if your hair is damaged or super porous it can run or be difficult to remove the colour. If your hair is too yellow the blue will turn green (and not a pretty shade!).

  11. Kate

    How do you section your hair to make the multicolored tips look nice? Like the one in the picture.

  12. Katica

    Amazing! Would love to try that on my hair!!! 🙂

  13. Jill

    For all the different colours, does this mean you have to buy the four different colours? Or is it possible to make it darker yourself?
    Also, how long would the manic panic stay in for? As if i planned on doing this, i dont want it to wash out after a few days :/ Looks soo good, really tempted to give it a go!

  14. kaitlin

    im a beautician & i used your tips and did this on my friend! it turned out great! thanks for all your help! (:

    • Lexi

      That’s awesome! I’m SO glad to hear it!

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  16. Mel

    My friend and I wanna do this so badly!! I think it looks awesome!

  17. jennifer davies

    how much does it cost to get it done at the hair dressers. its GORGEOUS!

    • Lexi

      Yikes – not sure – but I can’t imagine it’s that expensive. Good luck!

  18. jennifer davies

    how much does this cost.
    i love it.

  19. Tia

    Heyy so i dyed my hair a few days ago, but i don’t know how often you should do it? Once a week? Once every two weeks once a month? I’m really lost

    • Lexi

      I think it’s really up to you – depending on how bright you want the color to be. (It fades with every wash.) 🙂

      • Tia

        I have really dark brown hair qnd i didn’t bleach them but directly dyed them purple after how long do you think they will have lost their colour? Sorry it’s the first time and i wanna keep it for awhile :3

        • Lexi

          I’m so sorry – I don’t know. You might want to try asking your stylist. 🙂

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