How to Make Neon Color Temporary Hair Dye With Food Coloring

by Tracy Moore

Use food coloring as a funky alternative to hair dye.

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Food coloring isn't just for cooking and baking. It can also be used as a temporary hair dye that will last between two and four weeks, depending on how often you wash your hair. Create unique and bold colors with a few drops and shock your friends and neighbors with your new style. It's a quick and fairly easy process that will leave your hair just as funky as you are.

Items you will need

  • Old clothes
  • Gloves
  • Shampoo
  • Food coloring
  • Plastic bottle
  • Hair clips
  • Spray bottle
  • Shower cap
  • Conditioner
Step 1

Pour about 1/4 to 1/2 cup of mild shampoo, depending on the hair's length and thickness, into a plastic applicator bottle purchased from a beauty supply store.

Step 2

Put on gloves and squeeze anywhere between 10 and 20 drops of neon food coloring into the applicator bottle. Shake it well. Add a few drops of water if the mix is too thick.

Step 3

Wet your hair then wrap an old towel around your shoulders to prevent any staining. Part the hair into four sections for easier application. Use claw hair clips to hold each section up and out of the way.

Step 4

Squeeze the color mix all over the first section and work through the hair with your fingers to ensure even coverage. Release the hair one section at a time and repeat this process. Spritz the hair with a spray bottle filled with water on each section if it starts to get dry.

Step 5

Cover the hair with a shower or plastic cap and leave the color on anywhere from one hour to overnight, depending on how bright you want the color to be. Rinse it out after your desired time amount and coat the hair with a conditioner. Rinse it out and style hair as usual.

Tips

  • Wait at least three days before washing your hair to keep the color longer. Use a color-safe shampoo. Use a protector spray when using flat irons and curling irons to keep the heat from fading the hair color. Mix colors to create brighter and unique colors.

Warnings

  • Blonde hair will take the coloring best. Darker hair will need to be lightened before application or have the dye left on much longer.

    Do a strand test before the application.

Photo Credits

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About the Author

Tracy Moore holds a bachelor's degree in communications with a minor in graphic design. She has extensive experience using graphics software in her professional and personal life. She also writes a column for a local newspaper on the latest technology developments.