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Can Albinos Dye Their Hair? Step-by-Step Hair Coloring Guide

Beautiful albino girl with very light blue eyes and pale skin with little or no pigment.

With so many vivid dye options, highlighting techniques, and enticing advertisements on TV and social media, everyone wants to jump on the hair dye bandwagon. Most people try out hair dye at some point in their lives, but what if you have albinism?

Can you dye your hair? In this article, we’ll discuss whether albino people can dye their hair, issues that make dyeing albino hair difficult, and more. 

Can Albinos Dye Their Hair?

Albino people can dye their hair just like other people dye their hair. Albinism is an inherited condition in which the skin, hair, and eyes lack sufficient melanin (dark brown pigment). And the less melanin you have in your body, the paler and fairer your skin, hair, and eyes will be. 

Just because albinos have less melanin in their bodies doesn’t mean they can’t dye their hair. Aside from their unique appearance and a predisposition to vision problems, albinos are just like everyone else.

Their hair cells and follicles are the same as those of non-albino people. However, not all albinos are created equally.

Some people with albinism have no melanin production at all in their bodies, which causes their hair to turn stark white. On the other hand, those with low melanin production will have blonde hair (or darker). 

Considering all of that, the dyeing process varies for different albinos. Most blonde and darker-haired albinos will tolerate dye well, while others with white hair may have difficulty achieving their desired hair color. 

3 Things to Consider When Dyeing Albino Hair

Lady with very pale skin without any color pigment in her hair or eyelashes.

To get the best results when dyeing albino hair, it’s imperative to consider the intricacies associated with the albino condition. We’ll jump into each of them below:

Color Result

With white hair, which many albinos have, it can be challenging to get an even color result. That’s why getting your hair dyed by a professional is crucial.

A professional colorist will fill your hair shafts and cortex with pigments before they apply any dye, which will give you a more even, longer-lasting dye result. 


As mentioned earlier, albinos have really sensitive skin, which means they need to be careful with dye chemicals. If you apply any hair dye with chemicals like PPD or ammonia, you could develop a nasty skin irritation or potentially a severe skin allergy.

Whether you plan to pay for professional color services or not, it’s wise to spend some time testing dyes out before using them on your hair.

Product testing simply involves putting a small amount of dye behind your ear or the inside of your elbow. Wait for 48 hours and see if there’s any skin reaction. If your skin is rash-free like before, feel free to use that product. 

Which Dye to Choose

If you want to achieve vibrant hair color results without excessive skin irritation, we suggest using semi-permanent or temporary dyes to alter your hair color.

They contain high-impact pigments without many of the no-no ingredients in semi-permanent and demi-permanent dyes. Henna is also a suitable option because it is chemical-free and non-toxic. Read this article to learn more about Henna hair dye.

How to Color Albino Hair

You can get your hair dyed at a salon or do it yourself at home. If you choose the latter, here are some steps to follow to get the best results: 

Albino woman with blue eyes and a subtle smile preparing to have her hair dyed.

Prepare Your Hair for the Dyeing Process

To ensure that the dyeing process progresses as smoothly as possible, follow the below steps: 

  • Choose your color shade. There are several hair color try-on apps and programs that can show you beforehand how a given color will look on you. Try this virtual try-on app by Loreal Paris
  • Get your supplies. After choosing the right dye for you, gather your materials. You’ll need: clarifying shampoo, semi-permanent hair dye, clips, vaseline, plastic bowl, a tinting brush, gloves, a plastic cap, and a blow dryer.  
  • Dress for the occasion. Throw on an old t-shirt, as there’s a high chance of staining your clothes. You can also wear a garbage bag around your shoulders to catch dye drips.
  • Protect your space. Put towels at your feet to protect your floor from color splatter. 

Begin the Dyeing Process

Now, it’s time for the dyeing process. We recommend following the below instructions to get the best results on your albino hair. 

  1. A couple of days before dye day, wash your hair thoroughly with a clarifying shampoo. Don’t condition it. This will prevent buildup from interfering with the adhesion of the hair dye. 
  2. On dye-day, start by applying Vaseline around the perimeter of your head. Doing so will help create a barrier between your skin and the dye. Apply a thin layer across your hairline, the nape of your neck, and on the top half of your ears. 
  3. Separate your hair into sections. Doing four to six sections works best for most people. Use clips to keep each section separate. 
  4. Dispense your hair dye into a plastic bowl with gloved hands and lightly mix it with the tinting brush. 
  5. Apply the dye to your hair section by section, starting at the roots. Ensure that every section is fully saturated. This is extremely important when dyeing albino hair, as it doesn’t always take well to dyes. 
  6. Leave the dye on your hair for at least 45 minutes to give it sufficient time to adhere to the strands. As you wait for the dye to process, put on a plastic cap and apply heat using a blow dryer or hooded dryer. Check the dye’s packaging to see if you can leave it on for more than 45 minutes. If so, leave it on for an hour or more. The longer you leave the dye on, the longer your hair color will last. 
  7. Rinse your hair with cold water, and then follow that up with a conditioner to seal in the color. 

You may need to do multiple dye sessions to achieve your desired color, especially if your natural hair color is white. 

Managing Expectations When Dyeing Albino Hair

Lady that appears to be Albino because of her skin's light-colored pigmentation.

The good news is that albinos can dye their hair. But when attempting to switch up your hair color, it’s essential to manage your expectations. Some of the harsh realities of dyeing albino hair include the following:

  • For stark white albino hair, it’s normal to have some trouble with hair dye adhesion. But for people with albinism who have blonde or darker hair, this may not be an issue. 
  • In most cases, hair dye results will not last as long as they would on non-albinos. If your hair is white and you used semi-permanent dye, you can expect your color to last as little as 2-3 weeks. It may last longer if your natural base color is darker. 
  • Depending on the color you choose, it may not complement your face due to your lighter-colored eyebrows. So, you might have to dye them too. 
  • The dyeing process could damage your hair and scalp, especially if chemical-based colorants are used. There could even be damage to hair follicles, leading to hair loss and thinning over time.

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Keeping your expectations in check can make you better able to handle any disappointments that could creep up during or after you dye your hair. So, if you want to dye your hair, be sure to keep things lighthearted and have fun. 

Now you know that any person with albinism can dye their hair. But there are some special precautions and actions that must be taken to keep things on track.

If you’re an albino person, we recommend consulting a professional colorist before dyeing your hair at home. They can answer any questions you’ve got about the coloring process before you get started. We wish you the best with your hair!