“Adult hair dyes are usually more potent and last longer compared to kids’ hair dyes,” says Book of Barbering Founder, Khamis Maiouf.
“They contain ingredients such as ammonia, peroxide, and PPDs, which provide a more permanent coloring effect but can also cause allergic reactions or damage hair if not used properly.”
“On the other hand, kids’ hair dyes are often temporary, made with gentler, non-toxic ingredients. They wash out easily and are less likely to cause harm or allergic reactions. These dyes use natural or direct dyes, which are safer but less durable.”
Generally, kids should use different products because their hair and skin are much more sensitive than adults. The best hair dyes for kids are gentle and non-damaging.
“The main reason we recommend different products for kids is because their skin and hair are more delicate,” Maiouf says.
“Strong chemicals in adult hair dyes can damage their hair and cause skin irritation. However, once kids reach their teenage years, their hair and skin become more resilient, similar to adults. Then they can begin using more permanent types of hair dye, with caution and proper testing for any allergic reaction.”
That said, some of the best hair dyes for kids who want a pop of color are affordable, easy to use, and non-toxic.
Best hair dyes for kids 2023
CMWGKBC Temporary Hair Color Four-Pack
If your child is looking to experiment with hair dye, this four-pack is for you. It’s actually a hair wax that is applied liberally and styled. Exciting colors including green, pink, blue and orange are included in the set, each weighing in at 4.2 ounces each.
If you’re worried about how long the color stays, it washes out with one shampoo. Plus, the formula boasts hairy-healthy plant extracts like beeswax, tea extract and castor oil. This kid-friendly dye won’t damage hair, so it’s perfect for little ones. We love that it works on several shades of dark hair, too.
- Bright, vivid colors delivered in a hair wax format
- Washes out in one shampoo
- Great for trying out a new color for the day
- Gentle on the hair
- Fun for everyday use, cheerleading and dance competitions as well as Halloween
- Some say the wax hardens if you’re not quick to brush it through