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The best pink hair dyes for channelling our ‘arrogant’ queen, Megan Rapinoe

If winning a world championship makes you arrogant, doing it with pink hair must make you a legend.

Happy Wrath Month, sports fans. Or rather, US Women’s National Team fans. 

Honestly, I’m not all that into soccer, but I confused all my algorithms with a month-long USWNT obsession and now I have to sift through a bunch of Wimbledon coverage to get to the good stuff. As a result, my Instagram is mostly advertisements for athleisure and Ashlyn Harris. I sort of miss those weird burning tampon ads, but the stories showing up now are Emmy-worthy. 

As USWNT coverage wanes and the ticker tape is swept away, I find myself wondering why. How is it we’ve lost coverage already? When my Washington Capitals won the Stanley Cup last year, I heard about it for months. So why don’t WORLD CHAMPIONS get the same amount of attention? 

Since their historic win, the team and their captain Megan Rapinoe have been touring the country with their medals and trophies. They’ve spoken, danced, and even accepted a key to the city. Slowly but surely, however, a wall was placed between the athletes and their achievement. The country extracted all the joy out of trouncing the Dutch 2-0 and then quickly distanced themselves from the politics of the sport, like the question of equal pay.  

These fair weather fans also took issue with the way in which the USWNT celebrated their win. Captain Megan Rapinoe in particular was accused of being arrogant. Her public confidence and pride in her talent, as well as the talent of her teammates, was perceived as unsportsmanlike conduct. Dancing apparently demeans the game or something.

If that’s true, we should all raise our children to become arrogant soccer players, like Rapinoe and the rest of the USWNT. If spreading your arms after a game-changing goal or not being more demure about winning an international championship is arrogance, then I want to be arrogant.

The first step in that Rapinoe-esque transformation would be dying ones hair the perfect lilac-pink that she wore during the Cup. Here are 15 great dye options, including the one her colorist, Richard Drews, used to create that International Soccer Star look.

1. Lime Crime 

[Image description: Box and bottle of Lime Crime's Unicorn Hair full coverage in Bubblegum Rose.] Via Lime Crime.
[Image description: Box and bottle of Lime Crime’s Unicorn Hair full coverage in Bubblegum Rose.] Via Lime Crime.
Lime Crime is scented, making the dyeing process a lot easier on your nose.

2. Jerome Russell’s Punky Color

[Image description: Bottle of Jerome Russell's Punky Color in Rose Red.] Via Jerome Russell.
[Image description: Bottle of Jerome Russell’s Punky Color in Rose Red.] Via Jerome Russell.
Rose Pink is budget-friendly and fades nicely over time. 

3. Stargazer

[Image description: Box of Stargazer Semi-Permanent Hair Colour in Shocking Pink.] Via Stargazer.
[Image description: Box of Stargazer Semi-Permanent Hair Colour in Shocking Pink.] Via Stargazer.
Another fading dye, Shocking Pink gives you versatility as well as quality. 

4. Lunatik

[Image description: Bottle of Lunatik's Killer Candy.] Via Amazon.
[Image description: Bottle of Lunatik’s Killer Candy.] Via Amazon.
If you’re going for a Hot Topic vibe, Killer Candy is a good choice – albeit a little messy. 

5. Rusk Deepshine

[Image description: Rusk's Deepshine in Direct Pink.] Via Rusk.
[Image description: Rusk’s Deepshine in Direct Pink.] Via Rusk.
This dye will give you vibrant color without veering into clown wig-territory.  

6. Special Effects 

[Image description: Bottle of Special Effects in Atomic Pink.] Via Walmart.
[Image description: Bottle of Special Effects in Atomic Pink.] Via Walmart.
Both Automatic Pink and Cupcake Pink will result in a color that won’t need too much maintenance. 

7. Crazy Color by Renbow

[Image description: Bottle of Crazy Color by Renbow in Candy Floss.] Via Crazy Color.
[Image description: Bottle of Crazy Color by Renbow in Candy Floss.] Via Crazy Color.
Choose from Pinkissimo, Candy Floss, or Rebel UV from a brand that’s been dyeing heads since 1977. 

8. Joico’s Intensity

[Image description: Bottle of Joico Intensity in Hot Pink.] Via Amazon.
[Image description: Bottle of Joico Intensity in Hot Pink.] Via Amazon.
Available in Joico’s Rose, Soft Pink, and Hot Pink, these easy-to-use colors require no developer. 

9. Splat

[Image description: Box of Splat in Pink Fetish.] Via Splat.
[Image description: Box of Splat in Pink Fetish.] Via Splat.
For the indecisive, Pink Fetish stays for a short three weeks and sells for relatively cheap. 

10. Lunar Tides

[Image description: Bottles of Lunar Tides in Lychee Pink.] Via Lunar Tides.
[Image description: Bottles of Lunar Tides in Lychee Pink.] Via Lunar Tides.
If you can’t decide on a color, Lunar Tides carries a bright Lychee Pink, a pastel Petal Pink, and a darker Fuchsia Pink.

11. Good Dye Young 

[Image description: Box of Good Dye Young in Ex-Girl.] Via Good Dye Young.
[Image description: Box of Good Dye Young in Ex-Girl.] Via Good Dye Young.
Ex-Girl Pink is made with bergamot oil, which gives the dye a citrusy smell. 

12. Manic Panic

[Image description: Box of Manic Panic in Cotton Candy.] Via Manic Panic.
[Image description: Box of Manic Panic in Cotton Candy.] Via Manic Panic.
For a range of shades, Manic Panic can be mixed to create deeper or lighter colors. 

13. Arctic Fox 

[Image description: Bottle of Arctic Fox in Electric Paradise.] Via Arctic Fox.
[Image description: Bottle of Arctic Fox in Electric Paradise.] Via Arctic Fox.
This vegan product will dye your hair a soccer star pink and comes with an added conditioner to help keep your new ‘do healthy. 

14. Foamo Holographic Hair Foam

[Image description: Bottle of Foamo Holographic Hair Foam in Moon Rock.] Via Sephora.
[Image description: Bottle of Foamo Holographic Hair Foam in Moon Rock.] Via Sephora.
If you’re not down to dye your whole head, this glitter is a solid compromise that will give you a pink shimmer without the commitment. 

15. Pravana’s Vivids

[Image description: Box of Pravana Vivids in Neon Pink.] Via Pravana.
[Image description: Box of Pravana Vivids in Neon Pink.] Via Pravana.
According to Rapinoe’s colorist, this is THE dye. Add the Kerastase Blond Absolu Masque Ultra-Violet for the perfect, color-changing combo.