Dip dye

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Demi Lovato with a dip dye

Dip dye (also known as "tip dyeing") is a hair coloring style that involves dipping the ends of the hair into dye. The dye used can be either a naturally colored dye or a bright colored dye, the latter being the more popular choice.

The method has become increasingly popular as a result of social media and its usage by celebrities.[1][2] Dip dye originates from the process of tie dyeing clothing (especially T-shirts).

Dip-dyeing and the ombré hairstyle are similar. However, dip dyeing usually involves brighter neon colors and a less smooth gradient in color[3] than an ombre style, which is typically a more blended and natural coloration.[4] Another similar hair coloring technique that is confusing is balayage because it is so similar to ombre, but looks like "growing-out" highlights.[5]


  1. ^ "Celebrities - Dip Dye Hairstyles". Marie Claire. Retrieved 12 March 2015. 
  2. ^ "Dip Dye Hair". InStyle UK. Retrieved 12 March 2015. 
  3. ^ Caent, Emily. "Dip Dye: A Bold, Trendy, and Edgy Hairstyle". Zala Hair Extensions. Retrieved 2 April 2017. 
  4. ^ "The difference between ombre hair and the dip dye". Jean Louis David. Retrieved 12 March 2015. 
  5. ^ "Ombre, Dip Dye and Balayage - What's the difference?". Venus Hair Design. Retrieved 12 March 2015.