How to Dye Your Hair Pink Without Chemicals

Updated on July 13, 2017

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.

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        April 23 months ago

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

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        smayra 3 years ago

        Thanks a lol! I really hope that it vill work

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        twilight sparkle 4 years ago

        does it really wash out? ?

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        Jo 5 years ago from Isle of Wight UK

        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.

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        Samantha Harris 5 years ago from New York

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

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        erikha 5 years ago

        i like it!

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        Brittanie Pervier 5 years ago from Seattle WA

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

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        Brittanie Pervier 5 years ago from Seattle WA

        I am glad to help thank you for the comment.

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        Ann Leung 5 years ago from San Jose, California

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

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        M E Roberts 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

        Great ideas! Thanks!