Amazing Technicolor Hair Dyeing

How to dye your hair any color of the rainbow—cute dad assistant optional.

Photo by Arabelle

I get a lot of questions about my hair—specifically, how do I dye my very dark, very thick hair all kinds of Skittles colors without going bald? I’ve even written a hair FAQ to deal with such questions. But we figured it would be helpful to SHOW you how to dye your hair and not just talk about it. Now, I have a big confession to make: my DAD dyes my hair! I just mix the products and do touch-ups afterward.

In this video my dad and I will show you how we get my hair purple. If you have a super understanding dad like I do, or a rad friend to help, this video will give you guys some pointers. Disclaimer: if you mess up it ain’t my fault! Go to a professional if you’re scared—that’s what I did the first time.

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  • MissKnowItAll February 23rd, 2012 7:05 PM

    This was so great (Hi Arabelle’s dad!). But I have black hair and I want to know if there’s any way I can get a purplish tint without bleaching. Please help!

    • Arabelle February 23rd, 2012 7:38 PM

      you can get a TINT by just depositing color.

    • thelittlepotato February 23rd, 2012 8:46 PM

      I have textured black hair (Jew + Pueblo Indian), and I used Special Effects Deep Purple for the longest time to give it a gorgeous purple tint. Basically it would look jet black in low light, but when the sun hit it or I would be in a well lit room, it had an amazing purple tint. I looked like a superhero!

      I wouldn’t bleach my hair or anything, I would just apply the special effects on my hair, and leave it on for 3 hours under a shower cap or bandana, while I went about my business at home (save it for a cleaning/laundry/video game or tv marathon day). Then I’d just wash it out and rock my purple ‘do.

      Also put any leftover dye in your conditioner! It helps maintain the color in your hair for a long time.

      • MissKnowItAll February 24th, 2012 10:22 AM

        Did you use Manic Panic hair dye?

      • glittergang February 27th, 2012 7:22 PM

        i use the deep purple too and get compliments all the time on it!

        i do bleach my hair first (i have dark brown japanese hair), it starts out a super dark almost black purple and fades to pink if im lazy and don’t retouch it! yay purple hair!

    • MissKnowItAll February 24th, 2012 8:02 AM

      Thanks a lot! I’ll try it today.

  • pirateliat February 23rd, 2012 7:09 PM

    Your dad is THE BEST. Can he do my hair please?

  • Cristina February 23rd, 2012 7:10 PM

    Arabelle, be mine?
    We can dye our hair crazy colors together and go to flea markets and things!

  • queserasera February 23rd, 2012 7:22 PM

    awesome tips! i’m dyeing my hair green this summer!

  • Riley Emmy February 23rd, 2012 7:33 PM

    I wish my parents had the same feelings about hair dye as your dad :( I want colorful hair so badly, but they refuse to let me!

  • Hunter February 23rd, 2012 7:50 PM

    Cutest dad award.

  • M February 23rd, 2012 7:53 PM

    this is the cutest thing i’ve ever seen.

  • Elena February 23rd, 2012 8:08 PM

    Your dad. Stop it. He’s amazing.

  • akaandy February 23rd, 2012 8:12 PM

    Coolest dad ever!!
    This couldn’t have come at a better time
    I’m planning on bleaching and dyeing my hair blue in about a month probably
    once I finish school.
    I’ll most likely get one of my friends to help me bleach it because she knows what she’s doing when it comes to that unlike me. (:

  • darksideoftherainbow February 23rd, 2012 8:13 PM

    the result is soooo good! it looks so beautiful. i will def be picking up these products to dye some strands for braiding since i can’t do my whole head bc of work :( what a bummer. but anyways, thanks for the vid and your dad is super awesome!

  • Britte February 23rd, 2012 8:25 PM

    Loved this!
    Pretty much the most adorable thing I’ve ever seen… what an awesome dad :)

  • Maddy February 23rd, 2012 8:27 PM

    your dad is very knowledgeable! and experienced! a good dad! it seems to take a while. i kind of liked the purple and pink hair though, but it looks great!

    • Arabelle February 23rd, 2012 8:39 PM

      awwwww yes he is and it does. like the minimum amount of time it would take would be like, 2 hours probably.

  • mirandab17 February 23rd, 2012 8:27 PM

    your dad is one of the most awesome dads i have EVER MET. i love when he starts talking about how kids should be able to dye their hair whateever colour they want because it’s the straight up truth.

    honestly…… teenagehood is the time to experiment with this kinda thang anyhway!

  • Gabrielle February 23rd, 2012 8:36 PM

    This is great, I have the same hair type (I’m half Philepeno, what other hair could I have?) but I go to my mom’s friend to have my hair done. Pink worked good but purple turned silver, will that happen here?

  • AliCat February 23rd, 2012 8:46 PM

    Cannot even handle the adorableness of this video. It’s killin’ me.

  • DaniDani February 23rd, 2012 9:03 PM

    Hi, I have a question and I hope you undestand it cuz my english is not too good -.-
    My hair has been purple for a year, but now I want to change the color to turquoise. Do I have to bleach all my hair again? Or it’ll work if I just wait till the purple fades?

    Btw, your dad is awesome :), my mom always tells me to go back to being a normal person.

  • LermWorm February 23rd, 2012 9:13 PM

    Aww that’s so cute! My dad shaves the side of my head for me—he can get the lines so much straighter than I can. And it’s good bonding, haha!

  • Skatapus February 23rd, 2012 9:17 PM

    How often do you have to re-dye your hair to keep it that colour? Or do you just let it fade out?

    I dyed my tips teal over last summer and it faded super quickly, although that may just have been because I was swimming every day and the dye was semi-permanent.

    • Arabelle February 23rd, 2012 9:34 PM

      i let it fade out. n_n

  • grrrlinacoma February 23rd, 2012 9:22 PM

    Hi. I love how your hair turned out. You made it seem more magical with the multi-colored reflection of your windows. Anyways, I have a question: I have brown (or on-the-verge-of-being a perfect brown) and thin hair. If I left the bleach in for too long, would it damage my hair?

    I love your blog(!!!). I had been reading it for the longest.

    • Arabelle February 23rd, 2012 9:33 PM

      bleaching your hair will damage your hair no matter how long you leave it in. if you leave it in too long it will just get lighter and fry it more, but the second you bleach your hair you damage it anyway.

  • urbsh February 23rd, 2012 10:09 PM

    Some good tips there, and your dad is a real star! I tend to use vaseline/petroleum jelly across my hairline and ears to stop staining, but its a pain to get off afterwards!
    Also, I always strip the colour out before bleaching my roots because I tend to change the colour at that point, so it was cool to see how it turns out if you do the roots with the colour still in. That purple is gorgeous btw!

  • ladyjenna February 23rd, 2012 10:23 PM

    So what if my hair is already blonde, and i only want to do the tips (so i can cut it before I come home from camp :))

    • Danaa February 23rd, 2012 10:47 PM

      Then you can just put the colour in! :D

  • laughinguacamole February 23rd, 2012 10:43 PM

    I would like to know how you did the hair before the purple. It’s really stunning, basically just all-around-amazing. Was it an all-at-once type of deal, or an evolution of color? Thanks!

  • Danaa February 23rd, 2012 10:46 PM

    Your hair looks great! :D
    I have two chunks of color in my hair now, but I’m trying to work up the nerve to do my whole head. (my fear being a mixture of possibly attached to my natural color/What if it never grows back the same/ what if it looks hideous thoughts) I have fairly dark brown hair and I find Manic Panic’s lightening kits usually get my hair to almost white within half an hour! :)

  • Leanna February 23rd, 2012 11:17 PM

    This is great! My mom always dyed my hair different colors for me. Every time my colors would start to fade she’d be like, “What’s next?”. (She loved it!) Our favorite was a combo of orange and magenta that we called “missile pop.”

    • Emilie February 28th, 2012 9:57 PM

      hahaha that’s awesome!

  • adristao February 23rd, 2012 11:51 PM

    Those eyebrows are super crazy. I love the hair color, also.

  • TessAnnesley February 24th, 2012 1:00 AM

    i am planning on dyeing my (equally thick dark) hair purple after school ends (uniform “normal colour hair” rules suck)
    then rookie releases this video
    coincidences like these are what leads me to believe you guys hijack my thoughts

  • Susann February 24th, 2012 1:55 AM

    Even though I’d never dye my hair, your result is amazing! So cool!

  • bridiebird February 24th, 2012 1:57 AM

    totally irrelevant but i love the way you say ‘level scoops’. i’d love to die my hair but my school wouldn’t allow it :( :( :(

  • chelsead February 24th, 2012 3:28 AM

    literally the cutest video ever.

  • chloelou February 24th, 2012 3:42 AM

    Wish my dad was as understanding as yours – my parents were against me dying my hair all through my teenage years and it’s only now I’ve moved to Uni that I can have the crazy colours I’ve always wanted. They still disapprove but they can’t stop me.

  • lovecat February 24th, 2012 8:04 AM

    How on earth do you keep your hair that shiny after bleaching and dying it? It looked so healthy and beautiful at the end of the video…
    I wanted to dye mine candy pink, but I was so frightened of damaging it too much that I ended up dying it blueish black (again).

    • Arabelle February 24th, 2012 12:54 PM

      aw thank you! i put a lot of care into my hair and air dry and never use heat on it if i can help it. hair masks every 2 weeks, leave in conditioner every time i wash it, stuff like that.

  • Courtney February 24th, 2012 11:02 AM

    That is one awesome dad!

  • roxanne February 24th, 2012 11:07 AM

    this video is the story of my life except that it’s the other way around and i dye my father’s beard blue

  • ReneeRevolution February 24th, 2012 12:15 PM

    This is fantastic! It’s renewing my urge to have crazy colored hair!

    My question: If my hair has already been dyed a dark color (I recently dyed dark brown to cover all the highlights and reddish tints from previous colorings), will that affect the outcome? I’m sure I will need 40 volume developer, but will it be enough? I tried bleaching my hair before and it didn’t come out AT ALL the way it should have due to not strong enough developer and previous dye jobs.

  • Arabelle February 24th, 2012 12:53 PM

    honestly? i have no idea. if you have so many layers of colors it would be best to go to a professional to get the colors stripped and to start from scratch. when i had like 8 layers of diff colors i went in as a color hair model and they spent 2 days fixing my hair color from previous dye jobs.

  • RockHatesMiriam February 24th, 2012 2:28 PM

    aaaaaaaw, ask you’re dad if he can adopt me! :)
    I have a question: my hair is naturally light brown with patches of very light blonde. I want to dye my hair a very light pastel pink/peach kinda colour. Should I bleach my hair first so that it’s all a white/blonde and then apply the colour so that I can achieve a very pastel look? Is it worth ‘frying’ my hair for? Will it make a difference if I bleach it or not? Thanks guys :)
    Ps.What is the easiest unnatural coloured hairdye brand to use, as I’ve never dyed my whole head before?

  • taste test February 24th, 2012 3:15 PM

    argh. I am going to get a pixie cut in less than a week, but this is reminding me of my desire for purple tips. decisions, decisions.

    awesome video, though! I have a friend who wants blue hair and I will probably end up helping her dye it. hopefully these pointers will help me not fuck up.

  • mwong1025 February 24th, 2012 4:37 PM

    I was planning on redying my hair today so yay for this video and Arabelle’s dad ~

    Really want to bleach my hair but my mom’s worry about getting damaged and all. And she refused to listen to me that Manic Panic will restore the damages and all. Which really sucks considering the fact that I have dark, dark brown hair(Asian problems) and you can’t really see the reddish colour at all unless I’m under the sun. Meh.

  • Mary February 24th, 2012 5:00 PM

    I already have blonde hair, but its a fairly dark blonde. Does that color hair need to be bleached or can I just go straight into the dye?

    • saraandcompany February 27th, 2012 5:41 PM

      It depends on how intense you want the colour to be. If you want a vibrant colour, you’d probably have to bleach it.

      Keep in mind, bleaching your hair also makes the hair more porous so it absorbs more dye.

  • MissKnowItAll February 24th, 2012 6:46 PM

    Hey, I have a question that’s a little off topic.
    Have you guys at Rookie ever considered hiring interns to help with shoots or designing stuff?

  • Jenn February 24th, 2012 7:07 PM

    Your hair looks great! And thank you for posting this video, my friend has been wanting to go lavender for a while but was concerned it’d take multiple bleachings and toooons of damage to color her already dyed dark hair such a pastel shade! I just showed her this and now we’re going to do it together hopefully this week :) Plus, like everyone else, I love your dad! He’s the coolest!

  • mylifeinviolet February 24th, 2012 8:49 PM

    hi! just to let you know: on developers, 10 is for deposit only, just putting color in with no lightening. 20 is for deposit and lift both, to color and lighten. 30 is lift only, best for bleaching your hair out. 40, i would never use, as your hair will most likely be quite quite damaged xx

  • peonylulu February 25th, 2012 8:04 AM

    so cute :( i usually dyed my hair by myself. even my dad said i need to re-dye my pink hair into black again. super heartbroken. i’m sad, i wish my dad and i could do something fun like this

  • Hedwig February 27th, 2012 1:48 PM

    chachachee your dad!

    • Anaheed February 27th, 2012 2:19 PM

      Chachachee is my new favorite word.

  • blue days February 27th, 2012 3:26 PM

    Las paredes de mi cuarto son del color de tu cabello!

  • saraandcompany February 27th, 2012 5:38 PM

    Hi there! My two cents!

    Kaylah from the Dainty Squid also has some great info on bleaching and dyeing your hair funky colours. Check it out!

    ALSO! NEVER NEVER EVER EVER bleach your hair if you dyed it with henna, okay!? Your hair will turn safety vest orange (or green if you used indigo as well) no matter how many times you bleach it or tone it and you do not want to go through that pain. Even if you henna-ed your hair 6 months ago and now you want to bleach it, don’t do it!

  • Jolien February 28th, 2012 5:09 AM

    I used to ombre my hair in this weird dark forest green teal collor back in 2010/2011 but i wanted to have natural hair again so i cut it off.

  • Kasia February 28th, 2012 6:36 AM

    I always mix the pink hair dye with conditioner and then keep it on my head as long as possible, helps to minor the damage after bleaching and the hair absorbs the pigment easier when the cuticles are still open (the conditioner before colouring would close them). (hope it’s understandable, i’m polish and not so familiar with the “technical” language ;)

  • Emilie February 28th, 2012 9:54 PM

    iwantiwantiwant. If only I could convince my parents/do it without them disowning me after

  • backyardvoodoo February 29th, 2012 11:17 AM

    Thank you Rookie this is so helpful! Also, Arabelle you’re adorable and so is your superstar dad.

  • pinnedtothepage March 1st, 2012 11:05 PM

    love your pants or skirt or whatever it is in the two seconds before the end of this video, haha

  • dapfh March 4th, 2012 8:04 AM

    If I bleach my hair, will I get my natural haircolour back? I’ve got dark brown hair, I’ve never dyed or bleached before.
    By the way, what an AWESOME dad! :)

  • winkmonster March 4th, 2012 2:27 PM

    love this article, dyed my hair bright blue cuz of it

  • DIABLO March 5th, 2012 1:37 PM

    Ohh your dad is so freaking cute!

  • CC April 11th, 2012 4:26 PM

    This is AMAZING. Your dad seems pretty awesome. I really wanna try bleaching/dyeing my hair (either pink or blue) over the summer but does the texture get really rough despite all the conditioning you do after?

  • Brittney Alysha April 15th, 2012 5:15 AM

    Your dad is so awesome! I’m lucky to have a mom that always let me do whatever i wanted to my hair, no matter how she thought it’d turn out.

    I’d just like to suggest using vaseline along the hairline to keep away unwanted stains!

  • RXLWK April 19th, 2012 2:53 PM

    Your Dad literally IS the best! What a pro. I’ve been dying my hair technicolor for years, but I still never get it quite right. Always cool to get good tips.

  • whodatgal April 21st, 2012 10:11 AM

    I did a post on my blog about dyed hair and then showed my Dad this post and said: “isn’t he like the nicest Dad in the world?” My Dad got jelous and is now going to help me dye my hair candy-floss pink- works like a charm ;)

    P.S Arabelle you’re beautiful!

  • accumulatio-artemis May 15th, 2012 8:12 PM

    Hi there!!

    I was just wondering how long your color stays in, and what your washing routines are, since your color seems to last quite long.


  • sweeterthanyourface May 27th, 2012 4:05 AM

    What color do you use? I love, love, love the vibrant shade of it. Thank you. :-)

  • lucidbrain June 14th, 2012 11:52 PM

    Hey , I’m not sure if this question has already been asked but I’m slightly allergic to hair bleach . & by slightly I mean my scalp turns bright red and itches almost instantly and after 15 minutes I can’t handle it anymore and wash it off . I currently have purple hair too , but the color fades fast and I want to rebleach it but I’m scared its going to be too painful . So do you , or anyone , know of a way to make the pain minimal ? I usually keep the hair dye on for 2 hours but I’m going to try and keep it in for 4 like you next time . It came out great :-)

  • kammybee November 5th, 2013 7:54 PM

    It turned out so pretty! Thinking about doing swamp to light green dye… Hmm…