DIY Hair Dye using Food Color


Hello! This is my first post on this new blog (a lot of my posts migrated here are still on Private while I work on restoring the links and missing images), and as much as I feel a bit melancholic about leaving Tumblr behind (not totally, I’m still reading everyone’s blogs over there), change has always been a concept that I welcome into my life. As if that’s not obvious yet, even my hair had undergone a drastic change from going in between fifty shades of blonde.. to ^%*&%^^%$ electric pink.

It was quite funny how it happened, though. My sister and I were going through baking videos on Youtube when one suggested video below was of someone using gel food color to dip dye her hair. It was a failed experiment, turning her naturally blonde hair into barely pink, and I imagined that doing the same thing with my hair would produce the same results. I didn’t want to end up with an obnoxious ‘look at me, look at me’ shade of pink and had Camie Juan in mind when I rummaged through my growing collection of food color.

Left: Hair goal, Right: End result

I did some more research and found that for best results, you can use a developer instead of shampoo or conditioner. So I headed to HBC for a cheap developer and got led to this product. Since my hair is already bleached and damaged beyond repair, I went for the least damaging oxidizing lotion at 6%.

I mixed one cup of oxidizing lotion which I measured using the bottle cap and added a few drops of electric pink and a drop of electric purple. I don’t even know why I mixed those two. I was using a pink container, which is another boo boo on my end because I had a hard time figuring out what the shade of the mixture was.

I started dyeing from the bottom. While doing so, Tin was asking if maybe I should have done a strand test first, but I went ‘nah’. Big mistake.

I was so tempted halfway to settle for pink highlights because my hair looked like ice cream at that point. /priorities

Tin joined in the fun and made sure not a blonde strand remained in the areas I can’t see.

Ta-da! Dye your hair at your own risk, guys lol. C was laughing after I rinsed off the mixture from my hair and I audibly gasped in front of the mirror. This was so far from what I expected to happen. There is a reason why I pay Angie (my colorist) to do the job for me. I’m actually hesitant to go back to the salon now because I feel a scolding is about to happen. Sorry, Angie!

I wanted to believe that after a few washes, the color will start to fade. But it’s still as bright as ever a week later.

I stopped needing filters for Instagram photos

The ugly copper shade did start showing up two weeks later. And I also found a troll doll to compare my hair to.


It’s nearing three weeks now, and the color has faded into a really nice but still very pink hue.

Disclaimer: No filters were used in the making of this post

PS I wear a wig to work because bright unnatural hair colors are against the company dress code, and I’d like to keep my job. Thank you very much.

Ever since I dyed my hair pink, I got a ton of questions on how I did it. I hope this post satisfied everyone’s curiosity lol. It’s important to note that results may vary, and I highly encourage everyone to get it professionally done for optimal results. 😉 But this experiment has given me so much excitement. I have a variation of food colors at home – now what color to dye my hair next. Haha!

Anyone else here tried dyeing their hair funky colors? Or with food color? Let me know in the comments below!

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