How to Make a Zebra Print in Hair With Dye

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Make a Zebra Print in Hair With Dye
Make a Zebra Print in Hair With Dye (Image: Dogs New Clothes / Flickr)

Most people are happy with natural-looking hair. They stick with their natural color, or they may dye it lighter or darker if they're looking for a change. While that's fine for them, some of us want to look different and interesting. For braver folks, you may want to have a zebra print hair dye job. This will look exotic and creative. It only takes 7 steps and will look truly interesting in the end.

Things You'll Need

  • Masking tape
  • Hair dye brush
  • Blond permanent hair dye

Start out with a dark hair color. Dark brown or black will work well for this. If you currently have a light hair color, dye your entire head dark brown and wait two weeks before moving on to the next steps.

Prepare your hair for dyeing. In order to create a zebra print, you'll need to protect parts of your hair from the blond hair dye. This will work best with short hair or long, ultra-straight hair.

Use masking tape to section off hair. Take out strips of tape and lay them lightly across your hair. You can lay the strips about one inch apart, either horizontally or vertically, depending on your taste, although horizontally looks best.

For a natural zebra look, cut the masking tape strips first so that they don't have any straight, uniform edges. Use a picture of a zebra print for inspiration.

Mix your hair dye. Make sure that you are using number 3 permanent hair dye in the lightest shade you can find. Follow the directions in your box of hair dye to make sure it is mixed correctly.

Apply the hair dye to your hair using a hair dye highlighting brush. You can find these for less than a dollar at a beauty supply shop.

Lightly dab the hair dye onto the hair that you did not cover with tape.

Let your hair dye sit for the amount of time specified by the product.

Wash out the hair dye and enjoy your finished look.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you have experience working with hair bleach, use this instead of light blond hair dye. It helps to have a picture of a zebra print next to you while you work so you know you're doing it right.
  • Stick to masking tape as this is the only variety that won't rip out your hair.

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