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Temporary Hair Dye: Some of our Favorite Types to Try

Temporary solutions when you crave color.

We’ve all been there: we see a new hair color hot the runway or adorned by our bestie, and all of a sudden we want to hop on board and try out the latest hair trends. But what if we can’t pull it off? For a best of both worlds option, we love using temporary hair dye as a way to embrace color without the long-term commitment. And the beauty of temporary hair dye is that there are so many fun and (affordable) options out there that makes trying out new colors pretty ideas. Read on to learn more about the different types of temporary hair dye options out there that just might lead to a permanent solution in 2017.

Temporary Hair Dye is Perfect for Trying New Colors

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The Nitty Gritty on Temporary Hair Dye

Where permanent color is capable of penetrating deep into the cuticle of your hair, temporary hair dye simply coats the strands for a flawlessly colored look that only lasts for a few hair washings (or less). And since temporary dyes typically don’t contain harsh chemicals, you can dye your hair pretty much as often as you’d like without the fear of any severe damage. 

As with most hair care products, there isn’t just one way to approach temporary dye. So, whether you want to go the DIY-route or hop into your local salon for a quick visit, there are plenty of options to get your color coated tresses with the hue you’re looking for. 

If you’re looking for a temporary hair dye that lasts a few days…

1. Colored Hairspray

This temporary hair dye option is a super easy way to try out a new color. Simply spray it on your hair for an instant burst of color. Just be sure to let your hair dry before you touch since this formula can stain your hands. With Halloween coming this temporary hair dye is sure to be readily available at your local costume shop. 

2. Hair Chalk

Once upon a time this was the color trend. In fact, we’re sure you caught a glimpse as it topped the hair trends just a few years back. Nevertheless, this temporary hair dye option is best applied by stroking the hair chalk throughout sections of damp hair. Once your hair dries the chalk will give off an ethereal appeal that you won’t be able to get enough of. This option is best if you’re into lighter colors where you’ll have accents of color ‘painted” on key areas of your hair.

3. Hair Mascara

We are throwing it back to the ’90s with this temporary hair dye option. Typically seen at the drugstore or at the trendy teeny-bopper stores in a mall near you, this type of temporary hair dye comes in the form of a small tube with a hair wand. Simply coat your strands to the desired opaqueness and voila! Instant gratification in the form of simple hair streaks.

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Have fun with two tones when you try temporary hair dye. Photo credit: Dvora

If you’re looking for a longer-lasting temporary hair dye option…

If you’re looking for something that’ll last a little longer, you can opt for a semi-permanent or demi-permanent hair color option. Semi-permanent dyes will last anywhere from 4-12 shampoos, while demi-permanent dyes will last anywhere from 12-28 hair washes. The rate at which the dye seeps out depends on your hair type, the water you use to wash your hair, as well as the products. So to stay on the safe side, we recommend using color-safe hair care products, like the Nexxus New York Salon Care Color Assure Rebalancing Shampoo and the Nexxus New York Salon Care Color Assure Restoring Conditionerto help lock in the vibrancy of your new color while also keeping your strands nourished.

Looking for more temporary hair dye options? Check out our feature on hottest temporary hair colors that we’ve been loving in 2016.

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