The Coolest, Cheapest & Weirdest Ways to Color Your Hair

The Coolest, Cheapest & Weirdest Ways to Color Your Hair

Not to be a Debbie Downer or anything, but if you’re someone who likes to switch up your hair color almost as much as your clothes, we just want to remind you of one thing; hair dyes are made up of chemicals and, according to the American Cancer Society, some of them can increase your risk of cancer. In fact, there are reportedly close to 5,000 chemicals in various hair dyes, and some of those are carcinogenic (that’s what puts you at cancer risk).

A way around this is to go with a more natural hair dye solution like henna. Or you can try out some of these crazy---we mean, unique---ways to dyeing your hair. They may not be as intense as hair dye or last as long, but they do actually work. And, they are much cheaper than a professional coloring appointment too! 


Are you ready to rock a warm cocoa brown color? You might want to try some Nutella and condensed milk? Yeah, we didn’t believe it either until we read an article and saw some Instagram posts of a professional stylists doing it herself! Apparently the chocolate in the Nutella stains and that can bring out a rich hair color. We’re not sure how permanent it is, but one thing's for sure. Your hair won’t smell sweeter with anything else. That alone makes it work a shot!

Food Coloring

The fact that you can dye your hair with food coloring (and it will last for 1-3 months if you do) is enough to reconsider eating a lot of food with food coloring in it. But that’s another article for another time. If you want to try a bright red or a deep blue, food coloring is exactly what you need. It’s not hard to apply. Just make sure to put on some plastic gloves first. Pour the food coloring in a plastic cup, apply it with an old toothbrush, let it sit for 15-20 minutes and then blow dry your hair. The key is to let it sit for 24 hours before washing or rinsing. If you can stand it, go two days. That will make the color more intense.

Brewed Coffee

We’re all for trying brewed coffee because it not only dyes your hair, but helps to keep it healthy too! All you need to do is brew some espresso (it’s the most potent). Let the coffee cool down. Then mix together two cups of leave-in conditioner, one cup of the coffee and three tablespoons of coffee grounds. Apply everything to your hair, let it sit for about 60 minutes and rinse. It’s another way to become a brunette.

Kool Aid

This is a shout out to the '80s and '90s. Dyeing hair with Kool Aid isn’t really anything new. People just forget about it because, a lot of us don’t drink it anymore. But if you give it a test run, it’s a pretty awesome approach if you wanna dip dye your hair some random color from home. Click here for tips.


Did you know that you could color your hair with eyeshadow?! It’s a very temporary approach, but a fun thing to try if you have a photoshoot coming up. Wash your hair, squeeze out as much moisture as you possible can, then apply some liquid eyeshadow to your hair. Put on a plastic cap, let it sit and hour and then dry your hair on low heat. It should last until you wash your hair again. Don’t forget to put on a ratty tee while doing it and to put down an old pillowcase at night. We can’t guarantee it won’t rub off some while you sleep.

Cranberry Juice

Thinking about becoming a redhead? Don’t drink the rest of the cranberry juice in your fridge. Dye your hair with it instead! Rumor has it that this is what Nicole Kidman uses to bring out the extra red highlights in her hair. All you need is 100 percent cranberry juice (not the Ocean Spray stuff but the more organic kind). Pour one cup directly onto your hair and blow dry your hair. You should immediately see the effects of the cranberry juice. Granted it’s more of a tint than full-on color, but if highlights are what you’re after, it’ll get you there.


Out of all the things we read, this was our favorite! Chalk will also color your hair. No joke. Who would’ve thought that this would probably be the most complex way to dye your hair? So, click here for the run down. But it’s another approach to dip dye and the best thing is you can apply as many colors as you want for a super cool effect! It’s weird, but hey…it works! Have fun!

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