How to Temporarily Dye your Hair with Crêpe Paper

By Mary Smith. Updated: January 20, 2017
How to Temporarily Dye your Hair with Crêpe Paper

Highlights provide a bit of rebellion and originality to your hair. They are currently very fashionable, and that is why we see so many teenagers these days with dyed hair. In specialist beauty shops, you will find all the colours you could ever wish for; however, applying these colours can be damaging to hair, and can be quite difficult to remove. It is no good having beautifully coloured hair if you have dry hair that's in really bad condition from dyeing it so much. That's why in this article at, we'll teach you how to dye your hair using crêpe paper, a much cheaper technique that does not damage your hair.

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Steps to follow:

Boil water. Heat up a saucepan and add a cup of water. Allow the water to heat up, but without reaching boiling point.


Put the water in a container. Once hot, empty the water into a container you don't really use, since you are now going to use it to dye your hair with crêpe paper.


Cut the crêpe paper. Once you have the colour of your choice, cut it into small pieces and add it to the container. Add a good amount of paper to make the colour strong, and only a small amount of paper for a lighter, less noticeable colour.

How to Temporarily Dye your Hair with Crêpe Paper - Step 3

Mix the dye. Now's the time to mix it with a spoon so that the ink diffuses more quickly. When it is ready, leave the mixture to rest for 15 to 20 minutes.


Apply the crepe paper. Then put on some gloves and put the lock of hair you want to dye into the container for 15 minutes. After this time has passed, remove your hair and wrap it an old towel, so that it will remain completely dyed.


Let it stand. Leave it to dry and immediately you will see the results. You can dye your hair as many times a week as you like, since this technique does not damage your hair as much as chemical dyes.

Plus, if you don't like the result you can easily take it off. Lean how to remove crepe paper dye here.

In this article we show you 2 ways to dye your hair purple without bleaching and here we teach you how to dye hair blue without bleaching.


You should bear in mind that the lighter the color of your hair, the more intense the color will be. And, if you do not like the result, don't worry because after several washes the color will gradually fade and go back to your natural color. If you want something more permanent that's also in fashion, why not join the new Tiger eye hair trend? It's the new it dye color for brunettes!

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Can you straighten your hair afterwards?
OneHowTo Editor
We wouldn't recommend applying heat on it, but it won't get rid of the dye either.

Hope this helps
I have white blonde bleached hair. Will it take long to wash out? I already read the article about how to remove it, but I don't know if this will fade my bleached hair.
OneHowTo Editor
No, crepe hair will not affect your bleached hair, it will only last for one wash and will go back to its usual color.
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how long does it takes to stay on my hair?
OneHowTo Editor
As it says in the article, crepe paper is not permanent and will only resist one or two washes.

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can i dye my whole head using this method?
OneHowTo Editor
You can, though it will quickly fade away, remember it's temporary.
Will that work on natural black hair or not? Because I've seen another link and it says there that the color of crepe paper will only work on bleach hair. I need an answer. Thank you.
OneHowTo Editor
It won't look very intense unless you bleach it, no.

Hope this helps
I have natural platinum blonde hair and temporary dyes stay in for an extended amount of time. The colored hairspray that are supposed to wash out after one wash will stay for about a week. I'm wondering if this would leave a permanent tint to my hair or if this would wash out after several washes.
OneHowTo Editor
Hi Ashley,
There's no need to worry, crepe dye can be removed. Take a look at our article on how to get rid of crepe paper dye:
Kyle Castillo
Hello! I just want to know if I can wash it after?
OneHowTo Editor
You can wash it after though the color may fade quite a bit. We'd recommend to wash your hair at least one day after dying it, even though this method is very temporary and will fade with a couple or three washes.
Hope this helped
Would this work with tissue paper instead of crepe paper?
OneHowTo Editor
The reason you can dye your hair with crepe paper is that it is colored, so tissue paper would not create the dye effect
It is okay that i will mix two colors?
Yes because for example if you use 2 colors red and yellow you get orange then later your hair will turn orange
I don't know what's wrong, I followed the instructions as well but my hair is finally still the same color! :( Maybe I have just too dark hair...
Alba Charles (oneHOWTO editor)
Hello, you're right, these dyeing techniques work better with lighter colours, such as blond or light brown. If you want you can read this other article and try dyeing your hair using food colouring which might work better for your dark hair:

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