I love to dye my hair all colors of the rainbow. I love all things vintage, and I enjoy creating art, taking photos, and doing it myself.
I can't tell you how many girls I know who want to do crazy hair colors but can't because of work or other reasons. Rose gold is the perfect pop of color without looking too unnatural. Lucky for you, there are many ways to achieve a nice rose gold hair color! It's also doable on either dark or light hair.
You will have to have some sort of blonde. Basically, in this process, you're tinting the blonde shades in your hair. If you have dark hair with highlights, caramel tones, or lighter browns, you should be good to go without bleaching!
If your hair is just a medium to dark brown, you're probably going to have to do some sort of bleaching just so the rose tones will be visible. You can learn how to bleach using this article! The only difference here would be to not use Wella T18 toner.
1. Use a Rose-Gold Specific Dye
One of the easy methods in this process would be to go for a simple dye! Ion has great products, and they have a dye that is specifically "Rose Quartz." It's fairly inexpensive, can be purchased at Sally's, and it doesn't contain ammonia so it's a little better for your hair. If this dye isn't available, try out Manic Panic Pretty Flamingo or Cotton Candy Pink. The Cotton Candy is a little less natural looking, so I'd only go that way if your hair is a brown tone rather than blonde. Otherwise you risk just getting straight up pink hair.
Make sure you apply the dye in layers with a dye brush and gloves! You'll want to get a thorough application so it's not patchy. Leave the dye in for an hour or so and rinse out with warm water.
2. Fade from Red
If you're like me, you prefer a long-lasting color. I also get antsy with my hair and don't like anything for too long, so for me, fading to rose gold was the way to go! I had bleached hair, and then put a red dye on top of it. As time went on, it faded to a really pretty rose gold until eventually going blonde again.
This is a super cheap method, you can pick up a decent red dye from Walmart for seriously like $4. I tend to go with Clairol's Nice N' Easy 111 Natural Medium Auburn.
The only thing about this stuff is it does contain ammonia, so it's going to be time sensitive in your hair and may cause some drying and damage.
3. Use a Tinted Conditioner
oVertone and several other brands offer rose gold conditioning kits—which is perfect for a temporary color without using dye!
I've used oVertone once before, for a lavender that didn't really work on my hair lightness. If you have darker hair, you'll definitely have to go with a darker level of their kit—they offer three levels.
oVertone uses a system where you apply an initial layer deep treatment as you would a regular dye, and from there just use the tinted conditioner to upkeep the color.
I've seen oVertone work with wonderful results on friends, but the kits can get pricey! However, it's a great way to have more control over your color. And how long it lasts.
Check Out Some More Articles!
If you're trying to decide a way to go with your hair, check out some of my other articles! I've been just about every color in the book.
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.
Cindy on June 02, 2019:
Hello. My hair has grown out considerably since I last colored it red. Now I have about 10 inches of naturally dark blond hair while the the rest, to the ends, is a light to medium red. I'd rather not cut the red ends off. I don't want short hair right now. How would I go about coloring my hair rose gold, getting it evenly colored? Thanks!
Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on November 30, 2017:
I love that colour. I've often wondered if I should do something like this to my hair. Perhaps I should try, it looks great.