Glow in the dark hair has been named the first hair trend of 2016. Today I’m going to tell you how to get glow in the dark hair. Yes, I’ve done it. It’s not a new thing, it’s just suddenly surging in popularity. I’m not gonna lie, I used to love going to clubs and have my hair glow under the blacklight. Between that and my LED poi, I was happy dancing in the dark.
How to Get Glow In The Dark Hair
Manic Panic hair dye has the best glow in the dark dye options.
- Siren’s Song – a unique-blue green that leans green.
- Cotton Candy Pink – delicate baby pink
- Electric Banana – bright yellow
- Electric Lizard – bright lime green
- Electric Tiger Lily – bright neon orange
- Hot Hot Pink – bright hot pink
- Mermaid – light ocean teal blue pastel
- Red Passion – deep cranberry red
- Jem Pink – bright fuchsia pink
- Jem Orange red – bright orange red
I’ve used Manic Panic shades like Red Passion, Hot Hot Pink, Electric Tiger Lilly, Electric Lizard and Cotton Candy Pink. You can also mixed the dyes that glow in the dark with non-UV reactive shades.
This is me in a room with partial light + a blacklight. I believe the colors were Electric Lizard and Hot Hot Pink.
Pravana ChromaSilk Neons in Neon Yellow and Neon Green also glow in the dark and they’re a good option if you want to visit the salon. You know I love my Pravana!
However if you want to do glow in the dark hair at home, here’s how.
Three to five days before you want to dye your hair, use a deep conditioning mask. Then one day before you plan on dyeing your hair, wash it with a clarifying shampoo to remove any build up on your hair. Don’t apply product after doing this and let it air dry!
If you want a very subtle pop of color you can skip bleaching. If you want bold color you’re going to need to have your hair lightened to a light blonde. You can use a Manic Panic Flash Lightning kit. After lightening your hair, you can use Manic Panic Virgin Snow (a toner) to counter yellow tones in the hair before dyeing it.
If you’re going to do your hair all one color, pick the glow in the dark color you’re going to use and apply it all over. You may want to ask a friend to help you apply the color evenly to the back. If you’re going to do multiple colors, you definitely want a friend to help you.
After you have the dye in your hair, put on a clear cap on to cover your hair and use a hair dryer / bonnet to apply heat for a half hour. Then wrap a towel around your head to keep the heat in for another half hour. You can keep it on for another hour if you want or go rinse it out.
Rinse your hair until the water runs clear. I would use tepid water. Then use a sulfate-free shampoo; my favorite is Cocoa Pink ShamPink. Then use a good conditioner like Cocoa Pink Argan Therapy Creme.
To help maintain your color, don’t wash your hair for at least 3 days. I wash my hair every 5 to 7 days. I use Batiste dry shampoo in between when necessary. Use oVertone Go Deep conditioning hair masks every other time when you wash.
Don’t forget to use a heat protectant before you apply heat, whether it’s a blow dryer, curling iron or flat iron. Thermal protection is a must!
So what do you think? Will you try the glow in the dark rainbow hair trend?
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Looks fantastic! Thank you for inspiration! 🙂
Cassandra Jane says
Wow, this is crazy! I had no idea that there were glow-in-the-dark hair dyes.
Special Effects also has several colors that do this. I got a hold of Napalm (orange) like 5+ years ago and it was magical. I’ve sadly never had any Manic Panic color do anything in my hair but wash right out D:
Woah! Didn’t know this exist in real life! So cool 😀 and the colors rock too
omg so cool! and i love how thorough you are in the steps!
Thank you Jenn!
I’m sure if will look super cool in a club, but I don’t think i can ever do that. Maybe something less permanent like a spray for something fun 😛
I forgot to mention in the club but they have temporary gel stuff that does this too!
That’s a really fun trend and I love that it’s coming back! I remember a lot of glow in the dark makeup and hairstyles when I went to trance clubs with my friends (which feels like it was a million years ago).
I love some of the cool designs I’ve seen on Manic Panic’s Instagram! https://www.instagram.com/p/BAqEChGo9UO/?taken-by=manicpanicnyc
Are grandmothers allowed to have glow in the dark hair? Are there places to even go to show it off? I’m showing my age – I love it though.
You can always buy blacklights. I have blacklights in one room in my home.
I seriously might try this. Okay, granted I’m not going anywhere exciting where it might impress people but still…it’s SO cool.
I could do this to your hair 🙂
We’re like 10 years behind on a hair date. *tears* MUST make this year the year. 😉
Yes please! I am so excited!
Miranda | SlashedBeauty.com says
Just so totally cool. I’d love to have something like this.
You’d look cute with streaks!
Glad you like it!
The pics of you are great. You can pull off any look and look good!!
Thank you so much!
Aleya Bamdad says
I NEED to try this!!
It would be so fun on you!
I love creative colours but I think that glow in the dark is a bit much for me. I love seeing it, tho. 😀
It looks just like normal color most of the time (normal being a relative term).
Hee! Hee! Since I’m an old homebody, it would go to waste on me. 😀
You’ve had pink and blue hair! Not a waste!
So fascinating, wish I was this brave!! @cindycatt2 IG
If it helps it looks like normal rainbow colored hair 99% of the time.
Allison @neversaydiebeauty says
People have often joked that my hair is glow in the dark red. I love seeing your pix of actual glow in the dark hair!
Aww thank you!
Nidia Doherty says
I want them to come out with a glow in the dark ‘topcoat’ that doesn’t change your normal hair color, but can be used as a temporary thing. It’s pretty cool, I must say!
They have a temporary gel that does this!
This Jenn Girl says
I’m not brave enough to rock this look, but it looks amazing on you!
I LOVED seeing your hair when it glowed in the dark! I never go to clubs so I would never get to see my hair glow when it was dyed. I think that it’s something neat but I agree with you, it is hardly new! I’m glad that you gave a list of colors!!
We have blacklights in one of the rooms of the house, so I could always enjoy it in there. It’s fun with blacklight reactive nail polish too.
That is so cool! I love how your lipstick appears to glow in the dark as well.
I do own (or did) lipstick and nail polish that was blacklight reactive.
Elizabeth Berry says
This looks awesome! An ombre glow in would be a cool look at a nightclub.
It would be gorgeous!
Rachel Runyan says
Very cool, but I haven’t been clubbing since my early 20s, so it would be wasted on me. I guess I could install black lights in my house…
Ray loves to go, he dragged me out at least once last year. We do have blacklights in one room in our house 🙂
Jesse Sage says
I use red passion! I haven’t checked it out under blacklight, I’ll have to try it! Thanks for the post <3
You’re welcome Jesse!
Heather Crowe says
Oh I love it, perfect for nightclubs! 🙂
It definitely is!
Very cool hair.
Floor Evelein says
Whoah!! That’s awesome!
Rosio N Luis Fierro says
Awesome! Really cool tips
Glad you like them!