Pink Hair Dyes and Tints to Try At Home

Curated by Claudia Shannon / Research Scientist / ishonest

Pink is the color of "universal love of oneself and of others and represents all that we need in this world right now," Sanam Hafeez, a New York City-based neuropsychologist, told ishonest. The symbolization of self-love — along with other pink-associated traits, including gentleness, empathy, and compassion — is why Susanna Merrick, a fashion stylist and the founder of Aura Wear NYC, thinks people are subconsciously reaching for pink.

Our experts also talked about pink as striking the perfect balance between having a calming effect and being "safely rebellious," as Brooke Jordan, the cofounder and master stylist at New York City-based salon The Bird House, called the hue. "Dyeing your hair pink is fun and a little punk, but it also offers an easy out because it doesn't usually last very long, and doesn't come with as much risk for long-term staining," Jordan says. In other words, if you don't like the pink for whatever reason, you won't have to live with dread for long — whereas, say, neon green might seriously muddle with your hair. But if you do end up digging it, "pink, especially pastel pink, is also an awesome gateway drug to playing with more daring creative colors," Jordan adds.

That being said, before you dive into our roundup of the best pink hair dyes and tints, study up on hair dyeing tips. A good rule of thumb is that all of these products will show up best on light blonde or pre-lightened hair, but you might be able to achieve a subtle effect on darker-than-blonde hair as well (especially if you use Overtone for Brown Hair). For even darker shades, like black, sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but you won't get much use out of most of the products. And before you ask, colorists don't recommend bleaching your own hair at home.

But there's one big silver lining for those with light enough hair: Since creative colors are direct dye, pink won't require a developer, which cuts out a step. As Jordan explains, you'll use a conditioner to determine the strength of the hue. "The more conditioner you use, the more pastel the color will be," she says. "If you want a bright fuchsia, use little to no conditioner to dilute. If you want a pretty soft baby pink, add to the color equal parts conditioner."

All that said, pre- and post-color care are equally important when it comes to maintaining your new color. Use shampoos and conditioners for color-treated hair, since "they are more hydrating and allow your color to last longer," Carlina Ortega, a colorist at Rita Hazan Salon in New York City, says. You should also deep condition your hair at least twice a week in order to maintain the integrity of your hair. "When you nourish your hair, it reacts better to color/heat services," Ortega says.

If you're sold on testing out the pink hair life, we've rounded up 15 pink hair dyes and tints that you should give a try.

Arctic Fox Semi-Permanent Hair Color in Virgin Pink

Not only is Arctic Fox Semi-Permanent Hair Color cruelty-free and vegan, but this particular shade of is no joke in terms of color intensity. While it'll reveal itself as a vibrant hot pink on pre-lightened hair, it'll also deposit a lovely, deep magenta tint to light brown hair. And a shout-out to glycerine, the second-listed ingredient, for locking in moisture.

Sephora Collection Semi-Permanent Hair Color in Psychic Pink

Sephora Collection has just about every product imaginable, so it's no surprise it also has its own semi-permanent hair color — and who could resist a shade called "Psychic Pink"? We predict you'll receive so many compliments during this seven-to-10-washes period. Keep the cream in for 30 to 45 minutes for best results. It's not recommended for shades darker than light brown.

L'Oréal Paris Colorista 1-Day Temporary Hair Color Spray in Rose Gold

If you're unsure about taking the pink plunge, might we suggest a spray? It's so darn easy to use and the color comes out the next time you wash, so it's basically makeup for your hair. Shake well, spray from four to six inches away, and wait a few minutes for the color to dry and reach its full intensity — and repeat. For a slightly more permanent color fix, try L'Oréal Paris Colorista Semi-Permanent Hair Color, which is infused with a conditioning mask and comes with a brush applicator. Other pink shades: Hot Pink

Overtone Daily Conditioner and Coloring Conditioner

In case you wanted to get really shade-specific, Overtone's pink options include Extreme, Vibrant, Pastel Pink, Rose Gold, and Pink for Brown Hair. Yes, Overtone nailed down a formula for brunettes that works so well that it won a 2019 Best of Beauty award. And the process is really simple: Apply Overtone's Deep Treatment for 10 to 15 minutes to deposit intense color and follow up with the matching daily conditioner for three to five minutes during subsequent washes to maintain the initial color. Both are infused with avocado oil, shea butter, and coconut oil for extra hydration and conditioning.

Moroccanoil Color Depositing Mask in Rose Gold

Moroccanoil Color Depositing Mask ensures your hair stays as healthy and nourished as possible by infusing color (in this case, a lovely rose gold hue) into a deep-conditioning mask, which contains argan oil, apricot kernel oil, and amino acids to support hair growth and strengthening. Apply to clean, towel- dried hair and leave it in for five to seven minutes before rinsing, and say hello to silky, tinted hair.

Other pink shades: Hibiscus

Manic Panic Classic High Voltage in Cotton Candy Pink

For a neon pink that's sure to shock people — in the best way possible — Manic Panic Classic High Voltage in Cotton Candy Pink goes above and beyond. In fact, it even glows under black light and lasts up to four to six weeks.

Manic Panic is one of Ortega's go-to hair color brands. "Depending on what we are going for, sometimes I like to add in a touch of lavender or yellow," she says. Fun fact: This is the same formula Hilary Duff used to dye her hair a gorgeous aqua shade.

Other pink shades: Hot Hot Pink, Cleo Rose, Pretty Flamingo, Electric Pink Pussycat

Kristin Ess Rose Gold Temporary Tint

This lineup simply wouldn't be complete without Kristin Ess's popular (and oftentimes sold out) Rose Gold Temporary Tint. "Pink is such a happy color and because of its pastel shade, it still feels light and bright, the way blonde hair does," Ess told ishonest.

Spray liberally on towel-dried hair — which helps absorb the color better — after shampooing for just one to two minutes for a beautiful rose gold tone that especially caters to commitment-phobes. No wonder it received a 2018 Best of Beauty Breakthrough award.

Good Dye Young Semi Permanent Hair Color in Ex Girl

Perhaps the best part of Good Dye Young's Semi Permanent Hair Color is that it smells citrus-y and less like, well, chemical hair dye — and it's all thanks to essential oil of bergamot. On top of that, the hair color also contains moisture-sealing glycerin and sunflower extract, which helps calm and protect the scalp. And as the cherry on top, it imparts a hot pink shade you won't be able to stop admiring in the mirror, selfie mode, etc.

Other pink shades: Lighter Daze in Puff Pink

Keracolor Clenditioner Color Depositing Conditioner Colorwash in Rose Gold

Rather than a normal semi-permanent formula, Keracolor Clenditioner Color Depositing Conditioner Colorwash is a non-lather conditioning cleanser that nourishes hair while infusing color into it. When we say "nourish," we're talking about ingredients like hydrolyzed keratin (which substitutes for damaged natural proteins in your hair), as well as glycerin, coconut (cocos nucifera) oil, and rosehip (rosa moschata) seed oil — which all help your hair retain moisture. The longer you keep it on for (which can be anywhere from three to 20 minutes), the more vibrant the results will be. And best of all, it'll last up to 10 to 15 washes.

Other shades: Light Pink, Hot Pink

L'Oréal Paris Feria Multi-Faceted Shimmering Permanent Hair Color in Smokey Pink

True to its name, L'Oréal Feria Multi-Faceted Shimmering Permanent Hair Color (which is still semi-permanent, despite its name) brings dimension into your hair, thanks to its highlights-infused formula and smoky-undertones effects, while ingredients such as coconut oil and glycerin help keep hair healthy. As with all pastels, it'll show up best on light blonde hair. Other pink shades: Rose Gold

Wella Color Charm Paints in Light Pink

If Sophie Turner has introduced you to Wella, you're probably not alone. The brand's Color Charm Paints are actually made up of 18 shades of intermixable, semi-permanent hair color to create, in this instance, a light pink shade that's perfect for pastel lovers. And did we mention it'll last up to 20 washes? Sold.

Other pink shades: Raspberry, Strawberry

Garnier Nutrisse Nourishing Hair Color Creme in Strawberry Jam

Garnier Nutrisse Color Crème comes in a whopping 45 shades, but this Strawberry Jam shade in particular is perfect for people who'd rather try a deeper, berry pink. Plus, the formula is infused with a hydrating blend of avocado, shea, and coconut oils to condition hair, so it grasps onto color better and for longer wear.

Schwarzkopf BloneMe Instant Blush Blonde Beautifier

Schwarzkopf's BlondMe Instant Blush Blonde Beautifier lends blonde hair a subtle nude strawberry shade for a low-commitment pink, and it's infused with hydration-boosting niacinamide and hydrolyzed keratin, so you know you're treating your hair well.

Wear gloves and spray directly onto hair and from a close distance (don't apply it eight to 10 inches away, like you would with hairspray) and comb through for even distribution. And then simply blot away any excess color with a paper towel and blow-dry to seal in your new color.

Celeb Luxury Viral Colorwash in Pastel Light Pink

The price tag for this dye might be a little steeper than the other products on this list, but you get over eight ounces of color-depositing shampoo. As in, you can clean your hair and achieve gorgeous color in the same step — and you only need to keep it in for just one to two minutes at a time. You can even intensify your color with two to three consecutive washes — and with overall continued use, Celeb Luxury claims your color will never fade.

Other shades: Extreme Hot Pink, Rose Gold

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