Dye Hair Sherbet Colors

Rainbow, multi-colored hair is all the rage. Mermaid hair is the most popular, but not everyone likes to wear blues, greens, and purples in their hair. If cool colors aren't for you, consider using sherbet colors instead. The basic color scheme is bright pink, orange, and yellow; some people like to add a flash of lime green as well. The process is time-consuming, but the result are well-worth it. Best of all, you can base your hair color off of any sherbet flavor!


Preparing Your Hair

  1. Whiten your hair as far as it can go. How much you bleach your hair depends on the color and thickness of your hair. Some hair types can get very pale, while others won't. Do not over-process your hair.[1] If you already bleached your hair, then you may only need to bleach the roots.
    • Keep your hair covered with a shower cap as it is bleaching. This helps make it whiter.[2]
  2. Tone your hair, if necessary. Dye is translucent. This means that is mixes with whatever color is underneath. If your bleached hair has yellowish tints in it, and you try to add pink to it, you may end up with orange. You want your hair to be as white or silvery as possible. If you hair tuned out too yellow or brassy, apply a toner to it to help neutralize it.[3] Each bleach toner is a little different, so be sure to follow the instructions on the bottle.
  3. Prepare you hair according to the instructions on your dye package. Each type of dye is different. Some recommend that you wash your hair with both shampoo and conditioner before hand, while others recommend using just shampoo. Make sure that your hair is dry before you move on to the next step, however.[1]
  4. Choose 3 to 4 bright colors. The most popular colors for sherbet are: bright pink, bright orange, yellow, and neon/lime green. Raspberry, strawberry, and orange is another popular combination. You can also base your hair color off of your favorite sherbet color instead.
    • The yellow and green should be similar in hue, otherwise the green will stand out too much. You can also just use a greenish-yellow instead of those two colors.
  5. Put on an old shirt and vinyl gloves. If you don't have an old shirt to spare, put on a dark-colored shirt inside. Drape a towel or hair-dyeing cape over your shoulders. Consider applying petroleum jelly to your hairline and neck as well. This is not absolutely necessary, but it will keep your skin during the dyeing process.[3]
  6. Prepare the hair dye according to the instructions on the package. Some types of dye are ready to go while others have to be mixed in with a developer. Prepare each color separately in its own plastic bowl using a separate utensil.
    • Don't be afraid to mix dyes to get a specific shade.[4]

Dyeing Your Hair

  1. Section off your hair into a pinwheel formation. Use a rattail comb to divide your hair into evenly-sized, vertical sections that are at least 1 inch (2.54 centimeters) wide. Twist and clip the sections out of the way. You can have as many or as few sections as you want; 6 to 9 sections would be ideal. Have all of the sections come to the same point at the top of your head.
    • If you don't have a rattail comb, section off your hair with the pointy end of a dye applicator brush instead.[4]
    • If you don't have enough clips, use hair ties instead.[4]
  2. Begin dyeing your first section. Unclip and untwist the first section. Use a dye applicator brush to apply the dye into your hair. Start from the roots and work your way down.[1]
  3. Work the dye into your hair. Use your fingers to massage the dye into that section of hair. Make sure that you get the dye between every strand.[1]
  4. Get the section out of the way. Wrap a sheet of plastic wrap around your dyed hair. You can also twist your dyed hair and clip it back into place.[5]
    • If you don't have plastic wrap, you can use aluminum foil instead.
  5. Wipe your hands clean on a towel. This is very important. If you don't do this step, you will end up transferring your first color into your second color.[1] If you are really worried about this, take the gloves off, and put on a new set of gloves.
  6. Dye the next section of hair. Move onto the next color. Apply it using the same technique, making sure to start from the roots. Work the dye into your hair, then cover it with plastic wrap, or twist and clip it out of the way.
    • Do not use the same applicator for the next color. Use a new applicator.
  7. Continue dyeing sections of hair. You will need to repeat your color order once you use your last color. Remember to wipe your hands clean between each section, or switch to a new set of gloves. Twist and clip the sections out of the way as you finish them, or cover them with plastic wrap.
    • Be careful not to get any dye on the adjacent section.
    • You don't have to go in rainbow order. Try: pink, yellow, and orange instead. If you are using green as well, consider using it as an accent color.

Finishing the Job

  1. Wait 30 to 60 minutes. This really depends on how deep you want the color to be as well as the brand. Some brands need to be left on longer than others. Check the instructions on your package of dye.[1] Some people like to cover their hair with a shower cap to help the dye set better and keep their surroundings clean.
  2. Rinse your hair in the sink using cold water. Twist and clip each section out of the way as you finish rinsing it. It would be even better if you cover it with plastic wrap. This will help further prevent bleeding.[4]
  3. Apply conditioner, then rinse it out. Once your have gotten all of the colors out, apply a good, hydrating conditioner into your hair. Massage it in, then rinse it out.[1] Conditioner meant for dyed hair would be the best.
    • Do not use shampoo.
    • Do not use anything with sulfates in it. It will wash the dye out.
  4. Blow dry your hair. You can also towel dry your hair and let it air dry instead. If you want to, you can add curls to your hair using a curling iron, but be sure to apply a good heat protectant first.
  5. Take care of your hair. Try to limit your hair washing to once a week to help the dye last longer.[3] Wash your hair using a high-quality, sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner. when you wash your hair. This will help further prevent the dye from fading and help it last longer.[5]
    • If you are taking a shower but aren't washing your hair, wear a shower cap. This will help the dye last longer.[5]


  • Look at pictures of sherbet to get ideas for color combinations.
  • Consider color combinations that go well with your skin tone. You can find sherbet in all sorts of flavors and colors!
  • Consider adding an accent color, such as lime green, turquoise, or bright blue.
  • If you got any dye on your skin, you can remove it with rubbing alcohol or toner.
  • Consider ombre-dyeing each section. Dye the top half of each section one color, and the bottom half another one. Be sure to blend them together.[5]
  • Try to get a friend to help you with the rinsing step. It will make things easier.
  • The sections don't have to be the same size. Play around with making some thicker/thinner than others.[5]
  • You must bleach your hair if it is dark, or the colors won't show up.

Things You'll Need

  • Hair bleach (if needed)
  • Hair toner (if needed)
  • 3 to 4 neon colors (pink, orange, and yellow recommended)
  • 3 to 4 hair dye brush applicators
  • 3 to 4 plastic bowls
  • Old shirt, towel, or dyeing cape
  • Hair clips
  • Rattail comb
  • Plastic wrap
  • Sink

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