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How to Dye Your Hair Pink Without Chemicals

Brittanie loves sharing her knowledge on natural health and beauty.


Pink hair is always fun to try. The following techniques are semi-permanent and will fade over time. These dyes are also much safer than chemical dyes and are better for you and for the environment.

Before trying any of these, you should know that colors show up best on light-colored hair. If you try to use these on dark hair, the color will show up as more of a pink or red tint. Bleaching before applying these colors is the best way to get a bright shade of pink.

Use Food Coloring to Dye Your Hair Pink

You can use food coloring to dye your hair pink. It is inexpensive, and the colors usually turn out pretty bright.

What You Will Need

  • Pink food coloring
  • Half a cup of conditioner
  • A small bowl
  • A paint brush to use as an applicator (optional)


  1. Pour some conditioner into the small bowl.
  2. Add one to two drops of the food coloring.
  3. Mix the conditioner and food coloring together until thoroughly blended.
  4. Use the paint brush to apply the mixture onto your hair.
  5. Leave the mixture on for four to six hours.
  6. Rinse your hair out in the shower, but do not shampoo.
  7. Towel dry.

It is best not to wash your hair for a couple of days so that the color has a little more time to set in. The color may look a little red at first but should quickly fade to pink.

Natural Pink Dyes That Wash Out Quickly

Cranberry Juice

Using cranberry juice also works. It will turn light-blonde hair pink, but any other colored hair will look more red. To use, pour some cranberry juice into your hair and wrap it in a towel for an entire day. Wash your hair out in the evening.

Beet Juice

Beet juice can also make light-blonde hair turn pink. To use, pour beet juice on your hair and leave in it for the day. Wash the beet juice out with warm water in the evening.

These two options will last a week at most. Because they are temporary, they can be a useful test to see if you like having pink hair. These two choices are completely natural, so they are safe for you and for the environment.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.


Hadassah *unicorn Coffe Shop on June 11, 2020:

It doesn’t even work

#pink on June 10, 2020:

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not bad

vicytrimbach on April 19, 2020:

could i take it out in one hour

Brooke on January 13, 2020:

Food coloring = toxic chemicals

Ax on May 01, 2019:

Works on black hair ?

Lily on January 13, 2019:

Worked well!

April on June 12, 2016:

i found adding a tablespoon of vinegar to the food coloring method makes color last longer and be more vibrant

smayra on August 10, 2014:

Thanks a lol! I really hope that it vill work

Jo from Isle of Wight UK on March 10, 2013:

Hi, I am new to you hub pages, and I really like you profile page. Thanks for this helpful hub. I love pink hair but I have brown hair. My daughters are blonde though, and want pink hair for the summer. I think I will definitely try the food colouring option. Thanks so much.

Samantha Harris from New York on February 02, 2013:

How exactly do you apply the cranberry juice or beet juice? Will applying heat (or straightening your hair) help the colour set?

erikha on November 26, 2012:

i like it!

Brittanie Anne (author) from Seattle WA on September 22, 2012:

Thank you for commenting You can use food coloring for other colors too.

Brittanie Anne (author) from Seattle WA on September 22, 2012:

I am glad to help thank you for the comment.

Ann Leung from San Jose, California on August 25, 2012:

Very interesting idea on using food coloring to dye your hair. Thank you for sharing it!

M E Shauf from Pennsylvania on August 24, 2012:

Great ideas! Thanks!

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