Can You Use A Ceramic Bowl For Hair Dye?

ceramic bowl containing mixed pastel purple hair dye and a hair dye brush

Can you use a ceramic bowl for hair dye? Luckily, ceramic bowls are 100% safe to use when dyeing your hair. They do not interact with bleach or developers like metal bowls (which should be avoided at all costs when dyeing hair).

They are also equal in efficiency when compared to glass and plastic bowls. In this article we are going to review all the hair dye bowl options available to you and which ones it would be best to avoid.

For safety reasons, you should have whatever bowl you are using for dyes reserved for them, especially if you’re a frequent dyer. It is not recommended to eat out of a bowl that has once previously held dye, bleach powder, or developer.

Can You Put Hair Dye In A Ceramic Bowl?

Ceramic bowls are perfectly suitable to hold and mix hair dye in. If we are to look at ceramic bowls from an environmentally friendly stand point, their material and reusability is a huge part of their appeal. 

Ceramic is a hard, durable, nonporous material so mixing all your hair dye must-haves in a bowl made out of it is no issue at all. There won’t be any leaking from the bottom as you may see with paper bowls. Moreso, the bowl won’t get stained by the hair dye or corroded by the developer. 

Can You Put Hair Dye In A Glass Bowl?

Similar to ceramic bowls, glass bowls are completely safe to use for hair dye. In fact, besides professional-quality tint / applicator bowls, glass bowls are the third most common thing that at-home stylists use right after plastic ware.

Glass bowls are great because you have a full view of your contents while you are mixing, and they are easy to get your hands on. Glass is great against abrasives like bleach powder and although they are not necessarily durable.

They are reusable and they will last as long as you take good care of them. Additionally, much like a ceramic bowl, you do not have to worry about your glass bowl getting stained—they clean easily! 

Can You Use A Paper Bowl For Hair Dye?

Paper tends to be soft and porous: properties that don’t make for a good bowl to mix hair dye in. By using a paper bowl, you’re risking the hair product seeping through the sides and bottom of the container.

I must admit, there are worse scenarios to imagine yourself in, but to have even the smallest chance of unknowingly getting hair dye on your skin or any fabric at home is enough of a deterrent for me.

Can You Use Any Bowl For Hair Dye? 

Although there are tons of types of bowls you can mix hair dye in, you cannot use one of just any material. For best results you would want to use professional, salon-quality mixing bowls; most of the time, they are easy to find online or at your local beauty retailer.

There are even kits that include the applicator brushes and combs. Another positive aspect to having actual professional bowls is that they have teeth along the lip of the bowl that help remove excessive hair dye from your applicator brush. 

However, if you want to save money, you are in luck: It is likely that you already have something quick and easy on-hand in your kitchen to mix in.

While you should not use metal bowls (or any metal whatsoever) during the dyeing process, you could easily use any ceramic, glass, or old plastic Tupperware.

By chance—if you think you may use the bowl again, or if you just want easy cleaning—it is advised by a long list of seasoned at-home hair dyers to line the bowl with some saran wrap or a plastic bag. 

 Lastly, I would not recommend using a paper bowl to mix your hair dyes in. Paper products tend to be absorbent, and won’t offer enough stability to mix your formula.

The last thing you would want is for your hair color, or bleach mixture, to end up on something it shouldn’t because of your paper bowl. 

What Can I Use Instead Of A Hair Dye Bowl?

If you are looking for something other than a hair dye bowl to use, your options are wide open. An old ceramic cereal bowl, an old glass mixing bowl, and most plastic food storage items similar to Tupperware work when you’re looking for something else to mix hair dye in.

Thankfully, professional quality hair dye bowls are not necessary to achieve a beautiful dye outcome as long as you have all other necessary materials. 

Can You Mix Hair Bleach In Tupperware?

If you have extra Tupperware laying around then congrats! You have a mixing bowl that is safe to mix hair bleach and dye in. The plastic that Tupperware is made out of is some heavy-duty stuff.

It can withstand frequent and repetitive use. As long as you don’t intend to store food in it afterwards, you should be good to go ahead and mix your hair bleach in it.

Can You Mix Hair Bleach In A Metal Bowl? 

Since metal will oxidize your dye—meaning it won’t change to the right color, if at all—do not use a metal bowl to mix hair bleach. If you accidentally put your hair bleach in a metal bowl, but then quickly switch it out into one of an appropriate material prior to mixing, your product should still work as well. 

Also, while staying away from metal bowls you should also refrain from using any metal applicators or clips: There are some hair horror stories, rare as they are, out there where the chemical reaction is severe enough to cause the hair to break off at the application site.

In most other normal dye oxidation instances, your hair will just not change to your desired color. On the other hand, there are permanent hair dyes that rely on an oxidizing agent (like a developer) to activate.

Still, you would not want to use a metal bowl because, if not presenting the risk of damaging the dye, it can still be corroded by the bleach and it’s abrasion. The degree of corrosion depends on the type of metal it is made out of. 

Final Thoughts: Can You Use A Ceramic Bowl For Hair Dye?

To review, the list of bowls available for you to use greatly outweighs the bowls you can’t. Ceramic is a safe material to use for a hair dye bowl. Other safe to use bowls include glass and plastic ones too, with many individuals holding a preference for professional plastic bowls. 

Generally, you should steer clear of metal bowls to avoid any unwanted chemical reactions from happening in the bowl or in your hair. On another hand, paper bowls should also be avoided as their absorbency poses a risk of leaking products or causing unintentional surface transfers. 

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By Cierra Tolentino

Cierra Tolentino is a beauty writer at Kintegra Research. She loves keeping people up-to-date with the latest beauty trends in skincare, hair care, and makeup. Finding answers to tough questions is her thing. When she has free time you can find her chasing down a clumsy toddler and obsessively drinking tea.