Eyeing a new hair color but not sure if you want to commit to the change? Welcome to the world of temporary hair dye. Since most temporary colors wash out in as little as two shampoos, you can have fun with trends you’d normally hesitate to try, whether it’s ‘just the ends’ or the whole shebang!
Compared to permanent color, temporary hair color is a larger molecule that coats the surface of the hair and doesn’t penetrate deep into the cuticle. Even better, because harsh chemicals aren’t involved in the process, you can switch things up as often as you’d like—all without having to worry about damaging your strands #winning!
Temporary vs Semi-Perm:
You can use semi-permanent dyes straight from the applicator as they don’t have to be pre-mixed. They last for about six weeks and tend to fade progressively. As temporary colors don’t contain bleach, they can’t lighten your natural shade. Temporary dyes fade with shampooing and exposure to air. This means they need to be frequently reapplied, which can be damaging – but it’s also a great way to try out whether a color is for you!
Skip the salon and opt for a DIY quick change at home – the are plenty of products on the market to help you decide which way to want to go. A beginner to color in general? Transform your tips with hair chalks or hair makeup. If you have lighter ends, use the color more sparingly or underneath the surface of the hair where it can be easily hidden, as hair that has already been lightened will grab whichever color you apply and keep it in longer.
If you’re looking to cover grays, opt for a hair mascara (otherwise knows as root touch-up), or a powder to keep things tidy between salon appointments.
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