So why would a woman Not everyone wants to commit themselves to permanent new hair color? It’s possible that you can’t because of parental or professional rules. You might not know if a particular hue will flatter you at all.
It’s possible that you’ll get tired after a fantasy shade after a while, or that you’ll get bored and want to shake up your look within a week or two.
Not to mention, not everyone can afford the initial cost or constant upkeep of maintaining an all-over hair color, highlights, or lowlights.
That’s where temporary hair color comes into play, and you’re spoiled for choice thanks to the many methods of changing your hair color for just a minute.
How to Add Temporary Hair Color
The temporary hair color is temporary. It’s a bit like semi-permanent dye, but it usually doesn’t even last as long as that. Depending on the technique you choose, your new color could last a few weeks, a few days, or just until the next wash. Each method is affordable for almost anyone, and most aren’t complicated at all.
1. Hair Chalk
Hair chalk is an easy, convenient way to add temporary color to almost any shade of hair. Specifically, it’s one of the few temporary methods that works extremely well on dark hair, without having to lighten or bleach it.
Obviously, that means it works exceptionally well on light hair, as well. It’s the perfect way to experiment with different hair colors, especially if they’re particularly bright, vivid, or unexpected.
Since there are several spray-on hair chalk products on the market, this is something you can take to work on a Friday. Before you clock out and go for drinks or dancing, duck into the bathroom, apply the chalk color of your choice, and become the weekend warrior you were destined to be.
Here’s a protip, though: if you’re a brunette, then you need to get your hair damp—not wet—before applying the chalk. You can blow dry your hair afterward to hasten the drying process. Blonde or brunette, finish up by running the flat iron on the colored sections of your hair, which will seal them.
2. Spray-On Color
In addition to spray-on hair chalk, there are other tinted products that you can spray directly onto your hair. Put thoughts of the old Halloween hair spray out of your mind. You don’t have to deal with a stiff, sticky, tangled mess of hair that ends up resembling dried straw.
Today’s sprays still work just like hairspray, which is not only convenient but also gives you a certain amount of control. For example, you can easily add streaks of temporary color to your hair or, if you have a steady hand, add designs.
3. The Kool-Aid Method
The above curly hair color looks stunning. This was a fun method back in the ’90s. It allowed kids to experiment with crazy hair colors without getting into too much trouble.
The process is a bit of a pain, though. You have to boil the colors/flavors of your choice, let it cool, and then dip your head.
The more Kool-Aid you use, the more concentrated the color. Bear in mind that you want the solution to be the correct consistency for Kool-Aid. If you end up with a paste, you need to add more water.
4. Tinted Gel
Tinted gels work just like hair gels but, of course, they’re tinted. Just like traditional gel, they help your hair to hold a style, but they also add color.
This is another option that’s great for darker hues. Because of the nature of gel, this temporary color technique is best for shorter hairstyles, such as mohawks, faux hawks, undercuts, and pixie cuts.
5. Color-Infused Conditioner
Conditioners such as Undertone are becoming more popular. The conditioner is infused with hair dye, so each time you condition your hair, you’re adding to your color. You can use it daily or weekly, depending on how your color fades.
6. Dye-Based Hair Mask
Overtone and similar companies offer hair masks that can easily take the place of professional color. Both the conditioner and the mask can work on lighter shades of brunette, but this is typically best if you’ve bleached or lightened your tresses first.
Depending on how concentrated you want the color, you leave the mask on soaking into your hair for about 20 minutes, then rinse it out without using shampoo or conditioner—you won’t need it. Another protip: this is an excellent, cost effective way to maintain fantasy hair.
7. Eye Shadow Streaks
Who knew you could put eye shadow in your hair, right? Adding color is as easy as picking out your favorite shadow. Because you can layer on the color, this method works on dark or light hair. It’s best to pick out makeup palettes with plenty of pigment.
8. Hair Mascara
Hair mascara is best for adding streaks of color and highlights. The tubes are too small and the application too tedious to add color to your hair this way. However, when you want a fun shade that’s easy to apply, this is a fantastic go-to.
9. Hair Glaze
A hair glaze is typically used to brighten faded dye jobs. The glaze is less intense than the mask mentioned earlier. However, if your hair is light enough, then you can absolutely use a good glaze to add a hint of temporary red, brunette, or blonde to your coiffure.
10. Food Coloring
Food coloring should never be your first choice due to a number of other options available for a temporary change, but if you ever find yourself in a bind or if you just can’t afford to head to the salon or purchase expensive hair care products, then it’s a lifesaver. It’s pretty simple, too.
Pick out the color you like, pour it into a bowl, and then either dip your tresses into the bowl or use a toothbrush or hair color brush to streak your hair. When soaking your locks, keep them in the food coloring for 10 minutes or so, then let your hair air dry. Afterward, blow dry your hair and don’t wash it for 24 hours, at least.
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Keeping Your Temp Color Vibrant
Now that you know how to add temporary hair color, you need to know how to maintain it—for as long as you want to, at least. With most of these methods, all you have to do is wash your hair with a heavy-duty shampoo (more on that in a minute), and the color rinses down the drain. If any remains, just shampoo again. However, to keep your new color a bit longer, follow these tips.
Bleach Your Locks
It’s a bummer, but bleaching your hair is often the easiest way to add noticeable, vibrant, but temporary color. Once the color washes out, your locks fade back to blonde, and you can start all over again. Now, once more, you can use several temporary color methods to add different hues to darker hair. It’s just that if you want your fantasy shades to stand out more brightly, a light base is best.
Longevity is not the domain of temporary hair color. It isn’t supposed to last a very long time. You can make it semi-permanent by often reapplying.
For example, if you choose a dye-infused hair mask, then you can apply it once a week to keep your color vivid and eye-catching. This doesn’t apply to you if you simply want a new color for a night out on the town, of course.
Stay Out of the Sun
The sun bleaches the color out of everything except your skin. Leave a brightly painted table in front of a row of windows, for instance, and soon the color fades.
Although prolonged exposure to the sun burns your skin, it strips the color from your hair. Try to stay inside when the sun is at its very brightest.
Remain indoors from, say, about eleven in the morning until one or two in the afternoon. Whatever you do, don’t let the sun beat directly down onto your head.
At Least Protect Your Tresses
It’s not always feasible to stay locked away inside, though, so even if you can’t physically stay out of the sun, you can at least take precautions to protect your hair.
A hat or scarf is a fashionable choice, but to avoid hiding your light under a bushel and your new hair color under a hat, you can also consider sunscreen for your hair. That’s also the best option if you’re out at the beach, even if you wear a sun hat while you’re lounging on the sand.
Avoid Chemical-Laden Shampoos
Traditional shampoos strip color from your hair, as well. You can see it as you massage the shampoo into your scalp. Pull your hands away, and the suds are probably tinted pink, red, blue, or purple, right?
Stick to natural shampoos—but read and reread the list of ingredients to ensure no chemicals are hiding in there. With temporary dyes, not even color-safe shampoo is genuinely safe.
Not all conditioners affect your color, but many do. It’s best to find the complement to the natural shampoo you use. If your temporary coloring method involved bleaching your hair at all, then you also need to find a natural but effective deep conditioning treatment to apply to your hair on the regular. Bi-weekly is usually often enough, but for damaged or dry hair, weekly is preferable.
Don’t Wash Too Often
One way to keep your shampoo and conditioner from stealing away your vivid new hue is to wash your hair less. No, your hair won’t get oily or greasy—not if you’re hair-smart, anyway. It’s time to introduce yourself to dry shampoo.
It absorbs the oils on your scalp and gets rid of that greasy look once you brush it through the rest of your hair. Besides, there’s nothing better than styling second- or third-day hair.
Now that you know how to add temporary color to your hair, will you try something new? What color will you pick and which technique will you try?