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Alternative Hair Colors - Dye / Color, Wigs & Extensions

Updated on January 15, 2015

Hair Color Alternatives

There are plenty of hair color alternatives to blonde, brunette or red hair. You can pretty much have any color hair you want, thanks to the wide selection of colors of dyes, wigs, and extensions available. You can dye it all one bright color, get two-toned hair, or you can literally have rainbow hair like the girl pictured here. Whatever your preferences, this lens/webpage should help you experiment and figure out what colors will work best for you, as well as how to go about getting them.

Alternative Hair Dye / Color / Colour

If you are ready to permanently dye your hair whatever color it is you want to dye it, you need to make sure you're going about it the right way. While it is best if a professional hairstylist dyes your hair, you can do it yourself at home.

The best way to dye your hair will depend on two things:

1) How light or dark your own hair is at the moment, and

2) how bright or dark the shade(s)/color(s) is/are that you want to dye your hair.

For instance, if you have, say, dark brown or black hair, and you want your hair to come out a bright yellow or orange, you'll need to bleach your hair accordingly. Otherwise, your hair will just come out with dark with a tine of whatever color you put on it. But if you have blonde hair, and you want to dye your hair a dark brown or black, you don't need to bleach your hair.

Where bleaching your hair is concerned, always make sure you wash all the bleach out of your hair. Let it dry (I don't know if it's ok to let it airdry, but I've seen plenty of videos where the bleached hair is blowdried). It needs to dry so that the color will take to your hair better. Apparently it doesn't work as well when the hair is wet.

I've heard several things where hair dyes are concerned. A lot of people will use the Manic Panic brand because it's vegan. If you use it according to the directions, it doesn't last much longer than 2 weeks. But leave the dye on your hair for 1 hour- 1 1/2 hours at least (you can leave it on longer than that if you want, since it is conditioner-based), and it will stay much longer than two weeks. I've also heard that mixing Manic Panic colors, as well as using the Manic Panic AMPLIFIED dyes, allows for the color to come out much better on your hair. I have also heard that the Special Effects brand naturally will last much longer (how much longer, I do not know). But there's other dye brands available besides just those Manic Panic & Special Effects.

Even having said all that, it's really best to talk with someone who has dyed their hair the same color you want to dye yours (and/or several other colors). They'll be able to give you pointers on what you should & shouldn't do to your hair, before and after you dye it. You can also watch video tutorials online (and watch several of them).

If you don't want it to be permanent, you can always use the semi-permanent hair spray color, or paint pigment/eyeshadow, which I will explain about in more detail in the Dip-Dye/Ombre/Gradient Hair module farther down on the webpage.

For more tips & techniques on how to dye your hair, click here. You can also check out the YouTube video tutorials (just below this section).

I've also reblogged a few dye tips on my Tumblr blog- one about hair dye jobs in general (with special Manic Panic instructions/tips I previously mentioned) & tips on using Manic Panic hair dye on dark hair.

Alternative Hair Color Wigs, Extensions & Dyes on Amazon

I cannot feature as many hair products on this webpage as I would like to (thanks to a 2-link limit per domain). So instead, I've opted to throw a series of products onto lists. Click this link to see them-- Alternative Hair Color Wigs, Extensions & Dyes on Amazon - Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple & Black.

YouTube Video Tutorials on Dying Your Hair Alternative Colors

The "Hair Care Tips & Techniques : How to Dye Hair Wild Colors" video is a very short video tutorial about the effect that bleaching has on hair colors (which is simply that it will come out brighter, so if that's what you want, bleach your hair).

Alternative Hair Colors - Hair Dye Video Tutorials

The "All Dolled Up- Amazing Pastel Hair Tutorial!" video is a much longer video tutorial about dying hair extensions. She uses a lot of different colors and gives a good tip about using silicone-free conditioner to mix with your hair dyes.

The "TwiggX- How to dye your hair in an extreme colour" video is a tutorial showing a girl bleaching part of her hair, then dying it a bluish-green color (which comes out looking more green once it's dry).

The "Charlavail Hair Dye" video has a good tip about not putting too much conditioner (if any at all) in your hair. She uses too much conditioner, and as you'll see, the color doesn't stick very well on her hair.

The "Coloring My Hair 'Misty Maven' Blue" video features a black girl dying her hair extensions a kind of "turquoise-like" blue. And as you will see, it comes out pretty lovely.

The "How to #Ombre Hair Pink & Purple" video features a different black woman dying a blonde wig various shades of purple & pink. Definitely watch this video to see the neat way she separates her hair dyes. Her look is very similar to singer Azealia Banks's look, which is gorgeous.

I realize the "How to Color (dye) Your Hair like in a Salon, at Home" video isn't of a girl with an alternative hair color. But for those dyeing their hair any one color all over, this video gives good tips about how to do a professional-looking dye job on your hair at home. There's only thing she says in the video that I wouldn't recommend, and that's using left-over color to remove spots on your head that got dyed in the process. It might work with whatever color dye she's using, but with colors like orange & purple and such, it might just end up dying your skin more. I don't know... you can try it if you want, but at your own risk.

While the "Affordable Hair Care Routine + How to Get 'White' Hair" video isn't really a tutorial, the girl in it does explain the process of getting her hair white, as well as all the products she uses to keep her hair in good condition. So if you're after white hair, watch this video.

Lastly is the "How To: Healthy Bleached/ Color Treated Hair", which also isn't a hair dye tutorial, but a video about how to maintain bleach and color treated hair and keep it healthy (or at LEAST healthy-looking). Might be more useful for people who dye their hair pastel colors like Brittany (the girl in the video) did.

Hair Bleaching Kits, Products & Hair Color Remover; Hair Toning Products; Protein Shampoos, Conditioners, Serums, Protein Filler

A list of products you should use to help you dye your hair & keep it as healthy as possible...

List of Hair Bleaching Kits, Products & Hair Color Remover; Hair Toning Products; Protein Shampoos, Conditioners, Serums and Protein Fillers

And now for a brief description of the hair products on this list...

Hair Bleaching Kits, Products & Hair Color Remover on Amazon:

There are some hair bleaching products you can use, along with a hair color remover kit if you don't like the way the dye job comes out...

Hair Toner Products on Amazon:

If you bleach your hair but it comes out with brassy tones (yellows & oranges) in it, these products are supposed to help get rid of the brassiness. But read the directions for how to correctly use your chosen product in order to get your desired results. And definitely read the reviews for these products.

Protein Shampoos, Conditioners, Serums and Protein Fillers on Amazon:

The protein fillers are to be used a good 30-60 minutes before you apply your color. It restores protein in damaged hair & allows the color to stick better. Also, using protein shampoos and conditioners will keep your hair healthy. But READ THE DIRECTIONS.

Dip-Dye/Ombre/Gradient Hair - YouTube Video Tutorials

I have linked to a few dip-dye tutorials on YouTube.

Hair Dip-Dye Video Tutorials


Dip-Dye / Ombre / Gradient Hair

Once you've learned how to properly dye your hair (or if you already know how to), you can try dip-dying your hair. You can dip-dye just the ends, or you can give your hair an ombre/gradient look. There are a lot of different ways to go about doing this.

This one is a dip-dye look option only-- hair chalk. (You can also use chalk pastels, but that might be damaging for the hair. The hair chalk is likely designed specifically so it won't damage your hair.) This will work on any hair, as it shows up on dark hair as well (better than the kool-aid options I'll explain below). You just spray the ends of your hair with hair spray or water, then open up your container of hair chalk and apply it directly to the ends of your hair, rubbing it in with your fingers. It's not permanent, and will wash out easily in dark hair (might take a few washes with lighter hair). You can do the same thing with special powder pigment (which you can get from India, probably online; more expensive, but sticks better and actually works well all over the hair as well). However, you can't really get the looks shown here with hair chalk, chalk pastels or pigment powder.

If you use kool-aid, you can two this two different ways. There are YouTube video tutorials that show people mixing kool-aid with water, then boiling it in a pot. They then let it cool down (or and sometimes they transfer the liquid to a bowl or cup), and then dip the ends of their hair or hair extensions in it. They might wash the ends with cold water after a few hours, or they might wait overnight. However, the color is usually very faint, even if left on overnight. And the darker your hair is, the less visible it will be. Plus, kool-aid doesn't work well for the ombre/gradient look.

The second way to dip-dye hair with kool-aid is by mixing the kool-aid with white conditioner, then applying it to the hair the same was as you would regular dye. but just on the ends. Again, this works better on blonde hair. The color comes out slightly better, but not much. You could use this for a faint, pastel ombre/gradient look if you wanted to.

In my opinion though, the best way to dip-dye or get gradient hair is to just use regular dye. If you want the dip-dye effect, you just paint it onto your ends. If you have dark hair, you'll need to bleach your ends before doing this. For the gradient hair, you will take 2 or more colors or shades and paint them in layers over top of one another. Do your research and watch a few other YouTube videos (other than the ones below) and read a few articles/webpages, and you can get any of the dip-dye/ombre/gradient looks you see here, or you can create one of your own.

Hair Chalk & Color Rub on Amazon

I've created a list with a few hair chalk color choices for you to pick from. Because I've already hit my 2-link per domain limit with Amazon by linking to two other Amazon lists, I can only provide the HTML URL for this list. Simply copy & paste it into your browser bar.

http://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/2YMZQRS43ZTWF/?_encoding=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=ur2&tag=httpwwwsq04d2-20&linkId=J4CTYSPTUMZKEF7A

Alternative Hair Color Links

So, what do you think about these hair colors? Do you think it's too much? Or do you want to experiment with or dye your hair a crazy color? Or have you done so already? Whatever your thoughts, leave them here...

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      Cherry-Ambition 3 years ago from U.S.

      @Nicole Morrison: Welcome! :)

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      Nicole Morrison 3 years ago

      I was thinking about dying my hair..thanks for the inspiration-very cool!

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      LauraKiora LM 4 years ago

      I love dying my hair crazy colors so I really love this lens. You've made me wonder now if some of the rainbow hair styles I have seen on Pinterest are actually wigs or clip on extensions.

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      bellay 4 years ago

      Love this lens.This is really a great lens and full of resources!

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      Cherry-Ambition 5 years ago from U.S.

      @anonymous: Sounds like a plan... I'm glad this lens can help you out with that! Let me know how it turns out? :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      wISH I read this before :( I went and had my hair bleached professionally because ive never done it before and didn't feel comfortable doing it because I didn't want to damage my hair. It came out pinkish or as you refer to as coppery. If id had read this i would have known what to do but I went home and immediately tried to dye it blue like the salon lady said and could and its turqouse on top and then does like an ombre to green. I dyed it blue about 3 times in 2 days. I was planning on waiting a few days and deep conditioning and then dying blue again. I used the color jams the first time in turqouse but i picked up manic panic to try again. After reading this I am considering letting the color fade out (hope its quick) and if my hair is still bleached (I don't know how long that lasts) ill use some toner and then try again.

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      Cherry-Ambition 5 years ago from U.S.

      @shauna1934: See? So glad you're still gonna do it! Post pics somewhere (if not Squidoo) when you can... :)

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      shauna1934 5 years ago

      oooh - great lens! Am pinning it to my hair ideas board on pinterest Am trying to figure out how to do braids with colored extensions and get away with it as a mom at the pta meetings :) .... This will help me get there!

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      Cherry-Ambition 5 years ago from U.S.

      @Spiderlily321: Thanks so much! :)

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      Spiderlily321 5 years ago

      Love this lens. I added you to featured lenses on my "How to Straighten Really Curly Hair" lens under lenses about wigs. thank you for sharing

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      VspaBotanicals 5 years ago

      This is really a great lens and full of resources!

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      irenemaria 5 years ago from Sweden

      Oh I wish I was brave. I like so many of these wigs! But my friends might mock me?=)

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      Deathbypixies 5 years ago

      I agree, the pics are amazing.

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      INeedGlasses 5 years ago

      Time to consider new hair colors - -these pics are awesome!

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      Stacy Birch 5 years ago

      I like the idea of extensions rather than wigs, because bigs are sweaty and itchy, great lens.

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      Miha Gasper 5 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

      Very inspiring lens. I love rainbow!

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      laurenrose lm 5 years ago

      Great lens, I really enjoyed the read. Keep up the hard work

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      squidme135 5 years ago

      I love the wigs. Absolutely amazing. :0)

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      promotional-coupons-codes 6 years ago

      Nice Lens. I used blue colored wig on my friends pool party last weekend.

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      grhady 6 years ago

      Glad to see you included Manic Panic and Special Effects in your lens. When it comes to bold, bright colors you can't go wrong with either of them. Their toners are excellent as well. I recently wrote an article about dyeing your hair white. Both product lines have excellent purple toners to aid in the dyeing process.

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      TapIn2U 6 years ago

      Love these bold and vibrant hair colors. I like Gwen Stefani's pink mane. She totally owns it! Fantastic lens! Hey, I just published my fourth lens called the 3 Shortcuts to Happiness and would love to know what you think of it. Any suggestion will be greatly appreciated. Blessings! Sundae ;-)

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      Jen Maskill 6 years ago

      I would love to dye my hair a really bright pink but I don't think my employer would like it so I have it as bright as I can but it is Ginger lol