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The Best Hair Dye For Crazy Hair Colors

Updated on May 18, 2014

Plus My Tips For Healthy Colored Hair

I love crazy hair colors! In the last 6 months, my hair has been pink, blue, purple, green and red. I look at hair like I look at tattoos. Both are a way for me to express myself. My favorite way to express myself is with bright pink highlights. But sometimes when I'm feeling especially freaky, I'll grab some colorful hair dye and give myself some fun rainbow hair streaks.

Because I like to use bright rainbow hair dyes, I'm limited to only using semi-permanent dye that's supposed to wash out after 8 or 9 shampoos. But when I use it to dye my hair, I always end up with bright vibrant color that lasts for 3 or 4 weeks before it begins to fade. I think my results are a combination of using the right hair dye, and using the right hair products afterwards.

My Favorite Dye For My Crazy Hair Colors

I'm a bit picky when it comes to choosing semi-permanent hair dye. I want a brand that comes in a variety of crazy hair colors. I want those colors to be bright and vivid and to last longer than 2 weeks. And I want the hair dying process to be as easy as possible.

I haven't been able to find all that in one brand and that's why I have two favorites!

My Favorite Crazy Colour Hair Dye - N Rage Mix N Go Hair Color System

The first time I ever used this hair dye, I knew I found a winner. With this kit, I can skip the crucial hair lightening step because this dye is designed to both lighten my hair and color it at the same time. I always use this dye to add pink highlights and most of the time, that uses up most of it. So it would probably take 2 or 3 boxes for a whole head of hair. It comes with everything you need, even a little bowl to mix the color and activator in. You're supposed to use the little brush to apply the dye on your hair, but I just scoop it up with my fingers. 25 minutes, a rinse and a shampoo later, I'm ready to show off my new hot pink highlights.

After 3 weeks, the bright color starts to fade to a lighter bubblegum pink. But it takes months to wash out completely.

N'rage Mix and Go Hair Color System, Tense Pink, 1.5 Ounce
N'rage Mix and Go Hair Color System, Tense Pink, 1.5 Ounce

N Rage hair dye saves you time and money by lightening your hair at the same time as it's coloring it. Choose between Intense Pink, Intense Purple or Intense Red.


My Second Favorite Crazy Color Hair Dye - Ion Color Brilliance Brights Semi-Permanent Hair Color

This would be my absolute favorite if I didn't have to take the extra step to lighten my hair first. This is my first choice when looking for rainbow hair dye because it gives me 8 color choices. I love how easy it is to apply and unlike other hair dyes, it has a pleasant smell.

It comes out of the tube really thick and that makes it easy to apply it exactly where I want color (which is important when I'm trying for rainbow hair streaks). One tube isn't enough to do a full head of hair, but I don't mind because I use multiple colors at one time. Rinsing is slightly messy but nothing I can't handle. It tends to dye the bathtub during the rinsing and for the first couple shampoos but a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser takes it right off.

When it's all said and done, the resulting color is always bright, bold and vibrant. The color comes out a little with each wash, but with a little care, it can last 3 or more weeks.

Ion Color Brilliance Hair Lightener Powder Tub, 16oz
Ion Color Brilliance Hair Lightener Powder Tub, 16oz

If you have medium or dark colored hair, you'll need to lighten it before using Ion Color Brilliance Brights hair dye. Mixing this with the developer below will lighten your hair in under an hour.

Sensitive Scalp 20 Volume Creme Developer
Sensitive Scalp 20 Volume Creme Developer

This developer is formulated to lighten your hair without irritating your sensitive scalp. And although the smell isn't great, it's not as bad as other lighteners.


Join Me As I Give Myself Pink Highlights


N Rage hair dye only works with heat so I have to wrap my highlights in foil and hit them with a blow dryer every few minutes. I don't know about you, but I'm not liking the sound of this!

Have you ever felt hot tin foil on your skin? It doesn't feel very good. You see that one in the front on the right? It's resting on my eyebrow. And the one behind it was resting right on my ear. There was another one in the back that was laying on my neck. And that one on the left kept swinging and hitting my cheek. I dreaded every time I had to turn the blow dryer on. I pretty much spent the entire 25 minutes in agony.

This is bringing back such bad memories. I remember this moment. The foil was so hot, I thought it was going to melt through my skin. I tried leaning my head this way and that way but no matter what, the hot foil was always on me. I wanted take the foil off early but even more, I wanted those bright pink highlights. Stuck between a rock and a hard place, I couldn't help but scream in despair. Shortly after this photo was taken, the pain became too much and I passed out.

Ooooh! Did I have you fooled? Bad Cat! Bad bad Cat!

Sorry about that! Don't worry! It's all good! In reality, using the N Rage hair dye is an easy and enjoyable experience. Although I feel the hot foil brush against my skin every once in a while, it annoys me more than it hurts. I leave it on for 25 fun-filled minutes in order to get that bright hot pink color I love so much. Speaking of, I think it's time to take the foil off.

Look at that vivid color! I can't believe I can get a crazy hair color this bright without pre-lightening my hair first! Actually, it's almost too bright, even for me! Hopefully, rinsing it will take it down just a notch.

So, what do you think? I think it's perfect!

Now It's Time For Rainbow Hair Streaks

Although I'm sure someone out there sells a rainbow hair dye kit, I prefer to choose my own colors. I normally use Ion Color Brilliance Brights hair dye to give myself rainbow hair streaks, but this time I mixed and matched. The red is N Rage dye, and the blue and purple are both Ion Color Brilliance Brights. The process is basically the same as giving myself the pink highlights. Working with one color at a time, I coat small chunks of hair and wrap them in foil. I try to vary the amount of hair I use for each highlight and I make a point of not dying just the top of my hair. Although Ion Color Brilliance doesn't need heat to work, adding heat gives you a more intense color. So I hit all the foil highlights with the blow dryer. 25 fun-filled minutes later (I'll spare you the pictures this time), I have rainbow hair streaks.

How About Bubble Gum Pink Hair?

As you can see, I recently cut my hair. And to celebrate, I thought some bubblegum pink hair would be awesome. This time I used Manic Panic because I liked the color and it looked super easy to do. I just spread the goop around my hair until it was a little foamy and then put on a shower cap. Because Manic Panic doesn't work like normal hair dye, I left it on a bit longer, quite a bit longer. The above picture was taken 3 hours after I applied it (and just before I rinsed it out). As you can see, it turned my lighter roots pink, but it didn't do much for my darker ends. It's supposed to wash out in a week or so (and then I'll move on to a different color).

And Now For A Different Color

So as you can see, I chose purple this time. Because the manic panic didn't work so well, I decided to go back to my old favorite, N'Rage. And since my hair is so short, I was able to get every last bit of hair (except the bits I accidentally missed) with just one box.

I've done this so many times, I know the directions by heart. But I still read them again and followed them exactly. So I was more than a little surprised by the results.

I know what you're thinking. WTF??? Yeah, I went through that too. But hey, at least I finally got the pink I was looking for last week. And to be honest, I kinda like it..... no, I totally freakin love it! Too bad it was a fluke because I'd love to keep this color (I would love it and pet it and squeeze it and name it George).

I wanted something different this time so I decided to go with that bright stop sign red from 'N Rage Intense Red. Once again, I read and followed the directions exactly. So imagine my surprise when it came out this awesome pink! I have to say, this is my favorite color to date!

Products That Protect My Crazy Hair Colors

My Most Valuable Tip

Only wash your hair two or three times a week. Use hair products made for color treated hair and ALWAYS use cool water. Hot water will wash your color right down the drain.

I Can't Live Without Argan Oil - And Neither Can My Hair!

Everyone has their own brands and products they like and I'm no different. These products are what I use every time I dye my hair. These are the hair care products I trust and quite honestly, they're the only ones I can personally recommend.

HSI Professional Argan Oil Leave-in Conditioner, 2 Ounce
HSI Professional Argan Oil Leave-in Conditioner, 2 Ounce

Once you apply this to your hair, you'll want to kiss me. Yes. It's that good.

Make it a habit to massage a couple drops of argan oil into your damp hair after every shower and before long you'll be rewarded with smoother, shinier hair. I also rub some in after my hair is dry to give it a little extra shine.

All natural Argan oil is composed of lipid compounds, antioxidants, vitamins and fatty acids that are easily absorbed into hair follicles, letting it work from the inside out. The antioxidants repair cellular damage, making hair stronger. The fatty acids strengthen the bonding proteins in hair, making hair stronger and smoothing split ends. The vitamin E protects your hair from heat damage.

As a whole, Argan oil hydrates, moisturizes, nourishes, protects and strengthens your hair, making it smooth, shiny, healthy and frizz-free.

Use after every shower to lock in moisture and keep color from fading. Apply before using any heated styling tools to protect hair from heat damage.


Here's The Other Hair Care Products That Protect My Color

Colored hair, especially hair that's been lightened, needs to be treated with kids gloves. Normal hair products will wash away your color, strip your hair of the moisture it has left and leave it looking worse than ever. Your hair needs products that are made for color treated hair. These are gentler, safer and generally leave your hair looking and feeling healthy.

L'Oreal Paris EverPure Sulfate-Free Color Care System Frizz-Defy Shampoo, 8.5 Fluid Ounce
L'Oreal Paris EverPure Sulfate-Free Color Care System Frizz-Defy Shampoo, 8.5 Fluid Ounce

Color treated hair needs to be cleaned with a gentle shampoo, preferably one without sulfates. L'Oreal Paris EverPure is formulated to thoroughly clean your hair without damaging it or leaving any residue behind. Use the shampoo and conditioner together to protect and maintain your color. It has an herbal scent that I really like, but I know many people who complain about it.

L'Oreal Paris EverPure Sulfate-Free Color Care System Smooth Conditioner, Rosemary,  8.5 Fluid Ounce
L'Oreal Paris EverPure Sulfate-Free Color Care System Smooth Conditioner, Rosemary, 8.5 Fluid Ounce

Regular conditioners aren't good enough for color treated hair. They don't offer enough moisturizer and a lot of them leave behind residue that weighs hair down. L'Oreal Paris EverPure Smooth Conditioner is formulated to gently but deeply nourish your hair without weighing it down. For extra effect, leave it on your hair for 4 or 5 minutes before rinsing out.

Neutrogena Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Hair Mask Moisturizer for Extra Dry Hair, Damaged & Over-Processed Hair, Hydrating Hair Treatment with Olive, Meadowfoam & Sweet Almond, 6 oz (Pack of 2)
Neutrogena Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Hair Mask Moisturizer for Extra Dry Hair, Damaged & Over-Processed Hair, Hydrating Hair Treatment with Olive, Meadowfoam & Sweet Almond, 6 oz (Pack of 2)

I'm not sure if I've mentioned it yet, but color treated hair needs to be pampered with nourishing moisturizers to keep it from becoming dry and brittle. I use this deep conditioning treatment once a week to boost my hairs moisture. Apply after shampooing and after 5 minutes, rinse it out. On days when my hair feels especially dry, I'll leave this mask on for 30 minutes. That usually does the trick.


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Have you ever dyed your hair crazy colors?

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    • Lady Lorelei profile image

      Lorelei Cohen 

      5 years ago from Canada

      Not me but my grandkids recently had their hair change to some pretty outrageous shades courtesy of their half insane babysitter. I liked the colors used as an accent but the one that went completely blue was a little shocking.

    • Fridayonmymind LM profile image

      Fridayonmymind LM 

      5 years ago

      I have just changed my hair colour,not crazy but went from blond to red> Must try some Argan Oil.

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      5 years ago

      LOL, you have made me smile...and that's a great thing just before hitting the hay...thanks!

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      5 years ago from Lower Mainland of BC

      I've dyed my hair before but never a crazy color, think I'll try green next time ha ha

    • techmom profile image


      5 years ago

      No but I'd like too! My hair is really dark though so I don't know how it would turn out.

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      5 years ago

      I have never dyed my hair a crazy color..I wish I did though....

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      5 years ago from United States

      ROFLOL!!! Nah, I have never dyed my hair a crazy color, but I have always wanted to try the blue!

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      May Matthew 

      5 years ago

      Dyed, yes. Crazy colors, no... not yet! Thanks for this fun lens!

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      5 years ago

      I've never dyed my hair at all. Might be fun though.

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      5 years ago from Florida

      No matter what you do or how crazy you get, you always look great!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      No, I haven't tried any color but once and that was enough for me. It was sheer torture and then didn't last but a week or two. I will just have to stick with my mousey gray which is pretty ugly. I think I did enjoy this read though although I am still worried about that foil burning your head. lol

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      Heather Burns 

      5 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      I tried to be blonde so I could fit in here in the land of blondes. But I'm a brunette that's all there is to it. Hair grows fast, so it cost too much to be blonde. I figure I'll just go with what God gave me and save lots of money. But I love crazy hair colors on others just fine.


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