Hair coloring can be a big step; even just a modest shift in hair tone can make all the difference in how you look. The process also takes time and effort to accomplish and lasts for a long time. But what if you don't want to make all that commitment? Temporary hair coloring allows you to try out a new color, to see how it looks, or just have fun with a wild color for a day or two. There are a wide range of temporary hair coloring products that can allow you to give a new color a trial run, touch up those roots in-between full color treatments or add a little extra shine.
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Permanent hair coloring changes the internal fibers of the hair shaft by opening up the outer cuticle layer of hair and penetrating into the inner cortex layer. Once done, the color can't be changed back; only growing out the hair or re-coloring to a new shade can change the hair coloring. Even semi-permanent hair coloring, which lasts through 6 to a dozen shampoos, involves overlaying the natural color in the cortex fibers with a new pigment. What makes temporary hair color different is that the pigments are laid over the outer cuticle, changing the appearance of the hair color, but without affecting the inner structure of the hair fiber.
There are many different types of temporary hair coloring, from rinses and gels to sprays, foams and powders. Temporary hair coloring can be a neon blue or bright pink for a Halloween party or a night of clubbing, but the process can also be useful for other reasons. In between permanent coloring treatments, as the roots begin to show their original color – or the gray – a spray or foam can be an easy and effective way of keeping the color looking even, without preparation or mixing. Even permanent coloring can begin to get dull and washed out with repeated shampoos; temporary coloring is an easy way to enrich the color and add shine to help keep the color looking good. If you've always been curious how you'd look with an entirely new color, but aren't ready yet to make the leap with a full treatment, temporary hair coloring is a great way to give the new color a trial run for a few days.
Shampooing removes temporary hair colors, but it may take several washings to completely remove the pigments. Make sure that the shampoo does not have sodium lauryl sulfate; it can react with temporary hair pigments. Do not use a hot hair dryer while wearing temporary colors or while removing them; it can cause the pigments to set. If your hair is over-worked or damaged by repeated coloring, bleaching or sun exposure, you should check with a hair care professional to make sure that you can use a temporary coloring without longer-term consequences.
Temporary hair coloring can be an easy and fun way to enjoy the freedom of hair coloring, but without the fuss or commitment of permanent treatments. Go ahead and express yourself! BACK TO TOP »