Introduction: Braid Dying

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It was time to dye my hair pink again and I wanted to try something different.

I found this method of braiding your hair and then dying the braids.  Seemed like a fun idea and a much easier way to dye long hair (which you can see, I have).

*I'm wearing glasses just because I always feel awkward taking pictures of myself.  That's also why I usually don't smile in these pictures.  And I look cool.

** Thanks to my husband for helping me with dying my hair and photographing it at 1 in the morning.

Step 1: What You Need

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Here are some things that will make this easier.
  • Hair Dye of choice (since directions will vary, go with your directions over what I say to do) *My Hair Dye
  • Rubber Gloves (Dye kits come with these, but it is nice to have extra)
  • Little Hair Binders
  • Comb
  • Dying Towel (as you can see mine has seen multiple dyes)
  • Wash Cloth
  • Vaseline  (not pictured)
Be careful where you dye your hair.  I usually do it in the bathroom, but I wanted to try to get some nicer pictures of doing this so I did it in the living room.  I put an old towel down on the floor and wasn't concerned about the chair I was using.  If you are not familiar with hair dye, it WILL stain everything (well, not everything, but most things).

*A little about the dye I used.

This is a dye I have used before, so I know I will not have an allergic reaction to it.  This dye is one that will show up on dark hair which is why I like it.  In the end results you can see it is brighter on top of my head.  I believe that is because back in January I dyed all of my hair a bright red and I think the dye stuck the best to new hair that had grown out since then.

Step 2: Braiding

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To start out, part your hair as you normally would.  Comb it out and braid it.  I wasn't sure what I wanted or what would happen, so I did braids of varying sizes.  After having done it, I think I would have done more smaller braids than bigger ones.

I ended up with 10 braids total.

If you have a friend to help, it will make this step go much faster.

Step 3: Dying

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( Kind of looks like my head is bleeding. )

Wrap your dying towel around your shoulders.  Also, wear clothes that can be taken off with a zipper or buttons.  It will not be good if you have to pull a shirt over your head once all the dye is in your hair.  I usually don't get any dye on my clothes because of the towel, but I always wear clothes that I don't care if they were to get dyed.

Start at the top of the braids and dye a section or two from each braid.  (I had extra dye and ended up adding more in after dying the braids).  Don't neglect around your hairline!  I made sure to have dye put there so if I wore my hair up, you would still see pink around it.

Now, using your gloved hands, dye all of the braids, front and back.  Saturate them the best you can.  If you have a more liquidy dye, carefully spray it on the braids while cupping your hand under it and rub it in.

Let the dye sit as long as directed.

Step 4: Results

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Wash out the dye as directed.

From the front on the left of the photo, you can see where I had the smallest braid and it resulted in the most pink showing.  From the back, where I had the thicker braids, you can see much more of my normal hair color coming through. 

You get odd results, but I think I would try this again with lots of small braids.


Egraebs (author)2015-08-23

Oh snap girl your hair be on fLEek never change love you bb <3

jjww116 (author)2014-01-29

This is so SICK!! Totally digging it! If I could, I'd rock the hello out of some funky colors, but corporate frowns upon personal creativity. Le sigh.

fluffydragon (author)2013-05-10

ooooo.. I just had another idea. This would be a great way to do multiple colors. Do each braid, or a set of braids and different color and bag them with ziplock baggies or foil squares after color is applied to each braid/braid set.

I kept thinking about this today and you really are a genius! That sounds like an awesome way to do it and it is the way I want to do it now. Thank you so much for the idea :)

I agree! That sounds like an awesome idea :D

hypnoangel (author)2013-05-07

I am now 46 and have been dying my hair funky colors sine I was 16. I really like this and yes, at the age of 46, I am going to try it. I will however bleach my hair out first to get a brighter and longer lasting color. Thanks so much for the tute!

Oooh, I'd love to see pictures when you are done and hear about what did or didn't work for you.  

I have been wanting to do this, but am afraid to bleach all my hair and not sure if it will work well with long hair.  Have you ever done something like this?

Quixii (author)Penolopy Bulnick2013-05-10

I did rainbow once. :) I didn't bleach, nor do my whole head (just certain things I like to do when dying my hair) but it was still lots of fun.

Penolopy Bulnick (author)Quixii2013-05-10

You have very long hair!

Quixii (author)Penolopy Bulnick2013-05-10

I do! :p It's a bit longer now.

Penolopy Bulnick (author)Quixii2013-05-10

Ooh, that looks cute :)

i would recommend chalking your hair for the rainbow braid

fluffydragon (author)2013-05-10

Did you use just one box?

Yep! Just the box I show.

Gadisha (author)2013-05-09

It looks very good on you and I love the colour!
This raelly makes me feel like dying my hair as well :)

Penolopy Bulnick (author)Gadisha2013-05-09

Do it! Pink is awesome :)

kathkins (author)2013-05-09 should be a teacher. That was an easy lesson...thanks a lot.
I also like your smile. Do more stuff!

Thanks! Glad it was easy to follow along with!

chuckyd (author)2013-05-09

Why was it "time" to dye your hair? Or did you just want to?

Penolopy Bulnick (author)chuckyd2013-05-09

Just wanted to :)

mikeasaurus (author)2013-05-09

I like the faded look more than bright solid colours; it looks more authentic.

Also, after the intro, I was expecting more sunglasses and less smiling in the last step.

Yeah, I love the different shades! I only did the one picture with the sunglasses, and I felt it looked less awkward than the other one :)

12much (author)2013-05-09

And at last a beautiful smile and hair:-D

Penolopy Bulnick (author)12much2013-05-09

I figured it wouldn't hurt to throw it in there.

mclare50 (author)2013-05-08

you are so pretty!!! i love the color, and ver nice job!!! :)

Thanks, I love pink!

ffcabral (author)2013-05-08

Wow your hair is so long! Beautiful!

Thank you :)

amandaghassaei (author)2013-05-07


Thank you!

babybayrs (author)2013-05-07

The color looks good on you with hair up or down.

Thanks! I wore it up today :)

sherrycayheyhey (author)2013-05-06

Whoa you look badass! Like you could beat somebody up, in a good way.

Thank you :D

audreyobscura (author)2013-05-06



randofo (author)2013-05-06

It has just occurred to me that your hair is hella long. How long are you going to let it go?

Penolopy Bulnick (author)randofo2013-05-06

:D Heard of Rapunzel?

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)2013-05-06

Next pop sensation :D. Very cool, btw I just loved your goggles too. Thanks.

Thanks! I think it could catch on :)

doodlecraft (author)2013-05-06

Your hair is amazing! And it's so fun pink--It kind of looks zebra striped! Super cool! :)

Thanks! I love pink; haven't had my hair pink in years!

Kiteman (author)2013-05-06

Oh, nice job!

Penolopy Bulnick (author)Kiteman2013-05-06

Thanks :)

bajablue (author)2013-05-06

Rock Star!!! ;-D


Penolopy Bulnick (author)2013-05-06

When you are editing your project, just click right on the picture. A box will pop up, fill in the text you want and click save.

ok thanks so much

pianolover10124353 (author)2013-05-06

how do you add those little squares that tell you stuff?

M.C. Langer (author)2013-05-06

You are right: you look absolutely cool!!

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