Demi Lovato with a dip dye

Dip dye (also known as "tip dyeing") is a hair coloring style that involves dipping the ends of the hair into dye. The dye used can be either a naturally colored dye or a bright colored dye, the latter being the more popular choice.

The method has become increasingly popular as a result of social media and its usage by celebrities.[1][2] Dip dye originates from the process of tie dyeing clothing (especially T-shirts).

Dip-dyeing and the ombré hairstyle are similar. However, dip dyeing usually involves brighter neon colors and a less smooth gradient in color[3] than an ombre style, which is typically a more blended and natural coloration.[4] Another similar hair coloring technique that is confusing is balayage because it is so similar to Ombré, but looks like "growing-out" highlights.[5]

Drew Barrymore represents dip dye hair.



It is common for people to change the color of their hair or even just spice up their look a bit. Dip dye hair is one of the biggest trends of the decade with hairstyles. Many celebrities have been seen with this idea of color fading in the hair. Celebrities like Lea Michelle, Vanessa Hudgens and many more have represented this trend.[6] Dip Dye is similar to the ombre and balayage styles that have a color fade in the hair. These are all ways to color hair without using the highlighting or dyeing processes that use foils. They tend to have more natural looking styles than the highlighting processes.


Dip Dyeing hair is a simple task, it can be easily done at home instead of having to go to a salon. There are several steps for the at-home process. L'Oreal provides a process that you can follow. An important step of the Dip Dye process is to make sure your hair is healthy and hydrated. Healthy hair will allow it to absorb the color which will lead to longer lasting results. If the hair is not healthy, it is important to switch shampoos and conditioners for several weeks before starting the process. The first step is to wear clothes that can be ruined. Brush your hair out nice and thoroughly to remove any knots in your hair. Then, part your hair to its usually placement. After that, separate your hair into two parts. Next, apply the dye on a brush rather than directly on your hair and use a sweeping motion to spread the mixture onto the hair. Depending on your hair length, you can choose where you want to start the hair fade. Allow the dye to sit on the hair for at least 25 minutes to get the best results. After you're done, rinse your hair and begin to use color saving shampoo and conditioner to keep the results.[7]


Dip Dye began with a more extreme look that had neon colors added to the end of the hair. Later it began to transition to colors that have a more natural look. For blondes, many recommend going up to four shades lighter than your natural color. Brunettes and darker hair colors have more of a variety of options to explore such as copper or red.[8]


Celebrities play a big role in trendsetting. They provide a variety of styles that you can try to copy or just give you ideas for styling your hair. Dip dyed hair has made an appearance on many celebrities with different styles, such as Gwyneth Paltrow to Sarah Jessica Parker and many more.[9]


  1. ^ "Celebrities - Dip Dye Hairstyles". Marie Claire. Retrieved 12 March 2015.
  2. ^ "Dip Dye Hair". InStyle UK. Retrieved 12 March 2015.
  3. ^ Caent, Emily. "Dip Dye: A Bold, Trendy, and Edgy Hairstyle". Zala Hair Extensions. Retrieved 2 April 2017.
  4. ^ "The difference between ombre hair and the dip dye". Jean Louis David. Retrieved 12 March 2015.
  5. ^ "Ombre, Dip Dye and Balayage - What's the difference?". Venus Hair Design. Retrieved 12 March 2015.
  6. ^ "Dip Dye Hairstyles From Some Of Our Favourite Celebrities". Marie Claire. 2017-02-02. Retrieved 2018-10-21.
  7. ^ "How To Dip Dye At Home | L'Oréal Paris". Retrieved 2018-10-21.
  8. ^ "What Is Dip Dye | Dip Dye Tips | L'Oréal Professionnel". Retrieved 2018-10-21.
  9. ^ Leon, Sarah (2012-07-02). "The Ombre Hair Trend Evolution: From Jessica Biel To Rachel Bilson, 37 Celebs Try Dip-Dye (PHOTOS)". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2018-10-28.