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What are the best temporary hair colors?

Is there a temporary hair color to work for all hair types?

Actually, there isn’t. The thing is that when choosing a temporary hair color, we need to take into account quite a number of factors, starting from how porous our strands are to take a pigment and ending with how long we are ready to sweat for getting the desired result. But although we haven’t spotted the best temporary hair color for all occasions, we are ready to share our findings on all the possible variants.

The Best Temporary Hair Dye Based on the Desired Effect

– Adding Vibe and Masking

The least-lasting options on the market are a temporary hair color chalk and hair mascara. The first one is applied on wet hair while a hair color mascara is used on dry hair. We’ve combined the two because both options are comfier for covering strands and spots rather than for painting the whole mane. They are great when you need to add vibrant accents to your current hairstyle or to cover gray hair, but they cannot deliver any other effect.

Tip: Pastel colors are not the best option for brunettes since they are hardly visible on dark hair or it will require a lot of sweating to make the color pop.

– Coloring and Styling

Though a temporary hair color spray lasts no longer than 2 shampoos, it seems more interesting for those who need more room for creativity. It’s much easier to coat larger sections of hair with this product and get the usual hold of a hair spray. There are also other routine hair care products that combine styling and coloring. For example, a temporary hair color wax is suitable for switching up the entire color of your mane plus making it look thicker and less frizzy.

Tip: When choosing an option for natural hair, go for waxes since they work fine for taming rebellious spirals. Besides, they often come in a variety of bright shades to make your temporary pink, blue, or green hair color noticeable on dark hair. But when wishing to get more natural tints, opt for a temporary hair color mousse with a texturizing effect.

– Coloring and Caring

A temporary hair color shampoo is a convenient alternative to dying, which allows killing two birds with one stone. While doing your hair care routine, you can enhance the existing shade or change it a bit. The same outcomes can be achieved with the help of a temporary hair color conditioner or a mask which are applied after shampooing for 10-15 minutes and then rinsed off.

Tip: Choose a purple temporary hair color for blondes and a bright hair color when you need a product for black hair. Red shades are universal but might seem too bright on bleached or very fair hair.

– Coloring with a Prolonged Effect

Containing no ammonia, a semi-permanent hair dye differs from permanent products in the depth of penetration. It does stain the cuticle, yet doesn’t reach the cortex, thus lasting 6-12 shampoos without affecting the hair shaft badly. Semi-permanent hair color solutions are available in various brands and forms, so let’s explore some of them:

Loreal temporary hair color products include a semi-permanent Colorista line with funky pastel (for blondes) and intense (for dark hair) shades, the Casting Crème Gloss hair dye for multiple natural hues, not to mention the best temporary hair color spray in 8 shades, a root cover-up, and a 1-day make-up.

Manic Panic offers a temporary hair color cream in over 40 hues and an amplified formula with 20+ fancy shades. The brand stands out for its vegan-friendly and cruelty-free policy along with the extensive assortments of the wildest hues.

Clairol temporary hair color solutions are also worth mentioning at least for the full range of root touch-up products, starting with a semi-permanent gel and up to a temporary hair color powder. The brand’s Natural Instincts semi-permanent line offers a wash in wash out hair dye, which is 80% natural with no ammonia and parabens added.

Tip: Make sure to check out oVertone, Lime Crime, Sephora, and Splat since they are famous for a selective approach to ingredients.

Temporary Hair Color DIY

Let’s start with natural hair dyes since they are always at hand and we can use them at home easily:

– Use carrot or beetroot juice to get a temporary red hair color.

– Chamomile tea and lemon juice will brighten your blonde.

– Coffee and sage brews work great when you need a temporary brown hair color.

Another option is to experiment with food coloring. Make your own temporary hair color by blending a liquid or gel food color into your regular conditioner or aloe vera gel. The effects you can achieve vary from soft toning to a dramatic color change but only on lighter bases.

Further, you can create a customized temporary hair color gel by mixing your regular styling product with eye shadows in the preferred color. Use brighter shades when you want to put temporary color streaks in hair, and more natural colors when you need to just add some tint to your locks.

Q&A: Other Important Facts About Temporary Hair Colors

Is temporary dye bad for your hair?

Quite the contrary – it is a safe temporary hair color we can use at home without any risk to damage our hair. The thing is that it doesn’t contain any aggressive agents to penetrate into the strands or irritate the scalp and works by just covering the hair surface with some pigment.

How long does temporary hair color last?

It depends. Hair mascara, for example, is not likely to survive the next shampooing, while semi-permanent dyes can last even months. Moreover, the effect depends not only on the chosen product but also on your initial hair condition. When having higher hair porosity, which is often the case with damaged hair, or a lighter base, you can expect temporary dyes to work longer on your tresses.

How to remove temporary hair color?

While a regular shampoo can fail to get a temporary color out of hair, a clarifying product features a stronger formula for deeper build-up removal and, thus, can tackle the problem. To enhance the effect, you can add the same amount of baking soda to a droplet of the product, mix them, and apply for 10 minutes. To wash out the hair color for sure, rinse the tresses with a mix of white vinegar and water (1:1).

We hope that upon exploring our tips on temporary hair colors, you will be able to find the best option for yourself depending on the existing color scheme and desired effect. Make sure to find out more on how to apply the chosen dye, since the time of application may vary for different bases and expected outcomes.

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by Donna Sullivan
Donna is a hairstylist with 8 years of experience. Ask her about any hair-related problem (haircuts, hairstyles, colorings, hair care) and get a pro advice!