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How to Dye Your Hair With a Leopard Print or Cheetah Design


Leopard Print

Leopard print is a popular pattern for many things. Clothing, accessories, nails, bedding all these things come in leopard print patterns and designs. Some makeup artists have even mastered how to put this design on lips and eyes. I happen to be a really big fan of this pattern and one of my other obsessions is hair styling and coloring. `So when I found out about how to put this design in my hair I was super excited to try it and share what I learned.



After you choose a section of your hair that you want to try this on you to need to make sure that it is light enough for the pattern to show up. You may want to lighten your hair if it is a darker shade. You are also going to need to choose your colors. My hair is blonde so I just used black dye to make the design. There are lots of different fun combos you can try. Colors paired together that are bright and vibrant I think to look the best. I have seen lots of pictures of colors like blue with black or pink with green even purple and pink. Once you have chosen the colors you will need to go get the dye. This works with non-chemical dyes too so if you want you can use kool-aid or food coloring.


Strand Test

This isn't something you have to do, but I definitely recommend it, especially if you are using a new color or brand on your hair. To start a strand test apply a small amount of hair dye on a very small section of hair to see how your skin and hair react. Leave on for the recommended amount of time. Most boxed dyes include more detailed instructions for their specific brands.

What to do Next

After you lighten your hair, pick out your colors and the section of your hair you want to put the design on you are ready to get started. If you chose a background color like blue hair with black leopard print then you will need to color this section of your hair blue first. Apply the dye following the instructions on the package. When you are finished dry your hair and straighten it to prepare for the next step. You are halfway there!

Now for the Design

This is the fun part.

What you will need

  • Paintbrush or Q-tip to paint on the design
  • A small bowl to put the dye in
  • Gloves this can get messy

The next step

Mix the dye of your choice and put into the small bowl. Use The paint brush or Q-tip to paint on the leopard design. Sometimes it is helpful to use something with leopard print on it as a reference. Leave the color in for as long as the dye's instructions say and then carefully rinse out with water. Dry your hair and style your new fun hair or if you are like me dance around the mirror with excitement and take a bunch of selfies.

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A Few More Ideas and Variations

The shaved version

I am not this brave but I love this look. A newer trend is to shave part of your hair and leaving the rest long. This is a great style to pair up with the leopard print. Many people apply the cheetah print to the underneath shaved part.


Another way to get this look without coloring your hair is to use clip in extensions. This is a really great idea if you change up your look often. This way if you do not want this look every day or cannot have your hair this way for work you can just use the extensions when you would like.

Applying heat

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I noticed that if you apply heat to the dye when it is set in your hair it does not fade as quickly. This method may cause a little more damage to your hair but it does help the design stick.


It's pretty simple if you break it down these are the steps:

  • Pick your base color
  • Pick your pattern color
  • Strand test
  • Apply your base color (following dye instructions)
  • When finished rinsing the base color dry and straighten hair
  • Apply the pattern color with a paintbrush (following the dye instructions)
  • Enjoy your awesome new look

I Would Love to Hear What You Think Leave a Comment

FullOfLoveSites from United States on March 04, 2013:

Really cool way to spice up the hairstyle! If I will go to a party or a rock concert event, this is really right for those kind of occasions. Thanks for sharing. Up, useful, awesome. :)

Samantha Harris from New York on February 02, 2013:

Awesome! I might have to try this out in the future. I know my sister is looking for something cool to try in her hair too. I wonder how this will translate into curly hair though? Hmmmm

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

That sounds like a great idea let me know how it turns out!

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

Thank you for the comment :)

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

I just tried this out before writing this and I loved it. Let me know how it goes for you too. It really is a fun refreshing look. Thank you for commenting.

Stacy Lee on September 18, 2012:

Cool! I'm thinking about trying it on a wing for Halloween.

crissytsu from Texas on September 17, 2012:

Neat hub. I've wondered how people did this. Voted up

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