If you want to change the look of your hair but aren't ready to make a permanent commitment, consider using temporary hair dye. There are many different kinds of temporary hair dye that can change the look of your hair in both subtle and dramatic ways. The following article explains how and when to use temporary hair dye, and provides instructions for the care of your temporarily dyed hair.
Types of Temporary Hair Dye
There are several different types of temporary hair dye, all of which are different. It's important to know about the different kinds so that you can choose the right one for your desired use. If you're looking for wild chunks or highlights, you might be interested in brush, spray or gel hair color, which sits on top of the hair, almost like a mascara. This lasts for one application and can be washed out immediately. Other types of temporary hair dyes actually infuse themselves into the natural structure of your hair and last a little longer. It's always important to read the manufacturer's box for specifics, but most hair dyes labeled "semi-permanent" will last for up to a week, while "demi-permanent" dyes can last for up to a month. There are also products called glazes that add a gentle sheen and color to your hair to boost its natural tone. These generally last for up to a month.
When to Use Temporary Hair Dye
Temporary hair dye can be used any time you're looking to change your hair color or test out a possible permanent hair color. However, it's not always a good idea to use dark semi-permanent or demi-permanent dyes on very fair hair. Let's say you're a natural blonde and you want to try dyeing your hair with a dark red or black temporary hair dye. It may look great at first, but as it washes out, your hair will change colors drastically. It may fade to orange, pink or brown, and you may need to seek the attention of a professional colorist to completely remove the color. On the other hand, it's impossible to dye dark-colored hair a lighter shade with temporary hair color, unless you're using brush-on color that sits on top of the hair. If you want to go lighter, you'll need to use a bleach lightener, which is best applied by a professional.
Caring for Temporarily Dyed Hair
If you're using brush, spray or gel color, you should avoid getting during wet, as this may cause the color to run and stain your clothes or face. To prolong the color of your semi-permanent or demi-permanent temporary hair dye, it's best to wash your hair as little as possible. When you do wash, be sure to use a shampoo and conditioner that's specially formulated for colored hair. Your hair color may have been packaged with a conditioner of its own. If so, you should use this. If you really like the color of your temporary hair dye, consider choosing a similar shade that's permanent, which will be easier to care for.