How To Cancel Out Pink Tones In Hair

How To Cancel Out Pink Tones In Hair

You may have noticed that the past few years have seen an abundance of pink-toned hair trends. Pinks aren’t exactly a new phenomenon, though – people have been dyeing their hair pink for decades. In the early 1900s, for example, women would often go to ‘rag parties’ where they would all dye their hair with red and blue tints, resulting in everyone having hot pink locks! We love seeing so many different variations of pink being embraced and explored as a trend – from almost white blonde pink tones, through neon pinks, to more deep and wine-like hues. For those who want to experiment with pinks but are concerned about how it will look on you, we’ve got you covered with this guide on how to cancel out those pesky pink tones.

How To Cancel Out Pink Tones In Hair


Before you begin your hair color application, it’s a good idea to pre-treat any areas that you want to avoid having pink tones. For example, if you’re going for a very light pink tone, you could try applying some white hair dye or lightening cream to the roots of your hair beforehand. This will help to make them more visible and will also prevent them from fading away when the color is applied.

Apply the Hair Color

Now that your pre-treatment has had time to work its magic and remove any pink tones from your hair, it’s time to start applying your color! The first thing that you need to do is make sure that you have enough of the right color on your head! If you are aiming for a very light pink tone, then it’s best not to use too much at once – as this can result in a muddy look. If you are going for something darker or more intense, however, then go ahead and apply enough of the dye until it looks like what you want!

Wait Until It’s Dried Completely

Once all of the colors has been applied, wait until it has dried completely before starting to wash it out – this is important as if there are still traces of pink left in the hair after washing then they may end up being transferred onto other people or items that touch your head. By waiting until everything is dry before washing off the color, these traces will be removed.

Wash the Hair

After waiting for your hair color to completely dry, it’s time to begin the process of removing it. To do this, you’ll need a good conditioner that will help to loosen up any lingering traces of dye that are still left in your hair. You can also use a clarifying shampoo if you have one that works for you.

Rinse the Hair

Before starting to rinse out the conditioner or shampoo, take out a plastic bag and put it over your head – this will keep any excess water from getting into your eyes while you’re rinsing out the color and will also protect your hair from getting wet while you’re doing this! Make sure that all of the colors have been rinsed out and then wash your hair as normal!

Rinse Your Hair Again

If you have time, it’s a good idea to give your hair a second rinse – especially if you’ve used a clarifying shampoo! This will help to remove any leftover traces of the dye and will also help to make sure that your hair is as clean as it can be.

Wash Your Hair

When all of the colors have been rinsed out, it’s time to wash your hair again! The first thing that you’ll want to do is begin with shampooing – this will help to remove any excess product that may not have been washed out and will also be gentle enough for your hair. After this, use conditioner on the ends of your hair so they don’t dry out while you’re getting ready.

What Causes Pink Tones In Hair?

  • Pink hair is generally caused by a combination of genetics, the color of your skin, and the amount of melanin in your hair.
  • Melanin is a chemical produced by the body that gives skin and hair its color. If you have pink hair because you have more melanin than someone with a different skin tone or hair color then this will remain in your hair even if you dye it away.
  • If you have pink hair because your genes make it so, there is no way to get rid of it completely – but there are ways to reduce the intensity of the pink tones in your natural or dyed-in-the-dyes strands!
  • The most important thing when trying to cancel out pink tones in your hair is to not use bleach on it, as this will only cause damage and not help at all to change how dark or light colors look on your locks!

How To Cancel Out Pink Tones

  1. Start your hair with a deep purple shade.
  2. Next, apply a dark red tint to your roots.
  3. Next, add some blue tones to the ends.
  4. Finally, finish off with a light pink shade at the ends of your hair. You can also add some blonde highlights or lower lights to get that cool and icy look!

How To Lighten Your Hair Before Toning

Use a toner

If you have naturally dark hair, you’ll want to use a toner to lighten your hair before applying any pink toning products. A toner is a mixture of water and conditioner that can be used on your hair to make it appear lighter. When using a toner, you’ll need to follow the instructions on the label – some products are designed for dyed hair and should not be used on natural colors, while others are designed for natural colors and can be used on dyed hair.

Use a ghtener

If you have grey or silver flecks in your hair, you’re going to need to look into lightening your hair with a lightener before applying any pink tones. A lightener will help make your existing blonde/silver hairs appear more blonde or silver again, making them look much closer to the shade of your natural color. For best results, use a grey-based product if you have silver hairs or yellow-based if you have grey hairs. If you don’t know which is best for you, we recommend checking out our guide here: How To Lighten Your Hair With Lighter Shades!

Use a semi-permanent hair dye

If you have medium/dark brown or black hair, you may want to consider using a semi-permanent hair dye to lighten your hair before applying any pink tones. Semi-permanent colors are not as intense as permanent dyes, so they’re great for those with darker shades. Using a semi-permanent dye will also help you avoid the damaging effects of bleach, which can leave your hair looking dull and damaged. For best results, stick to the recommended color on the packaging – not too light and not too dark!

Use a temporary dye

If you’re feeling adventurous or simply don’t have time to wait for your semi-permanent hair color to process, then there is another option: using a temporary color. A temporary color will only last around 10–14 days before it fades away completely. Temporary colors aren’t as permanent as semi-permanent colors and so they won’t last as long, but they can still make your hair look lighter for around two weeks before dying out completely. Semi-permanent colors are more expensive than temporary ones, but if you want something that is more permanent we recommend trying out our guide here.


As you can see, there are a number of different ways to cancel out pink tones in your hair, whether you have already dyed your hair or are applying the dye to virgin hair. When it comes to any hair trends, whether they be colors, styles, or cuts, we encourage you to be bold and experiment with new looks. If you have always wanted to try out pink hair color, but have been worried about the outcome, then we hope this guide has given you the confidence to embrace pink hair and try something different.