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How to Use Temporary Hair Dye - Apply Temporary Hair Color

Updated on February 29, 2020

Whether you’re attending a party and want a solution to your normal color that will wash out in a few washes, or want to change your hair color without committing to one color in particular, temporary hair dye may be the solution you’re looking for. Temporary hair dye comes in many different forms, from combs to bottles, tubs or squeeze packets, and in a wide range of colors from mild to wild. With a temporary hair dye, you are only limited by your budget and your imagination.

Halloween '08 - that was my real hair color!
Halloween '08 - that was my real hair color!

Types of Temporary Hair Color

There are a few different types of temporary hair color, andwhen choosing between them, you should consider the reason for using this styleof hair color. Always read the packageto find out how long the dye is supposed to last!

  • Comb: A comb applicator generally comes in two forms. The first is a wax laid thick on the comb itself, which lays on your hair like mascara, generally washing clean in one shampoo. The second type of comb has an open tube at the base of the comb’s teeth through which a liquid dye is delivered when the tube attached to the bottom of the comb is squeezed.
  • Bottle: Some bottles come with a brush attached instead of a nozzle, but the concept is the same –squeeze the bottle, dye comes out and you apply it to your hair. Dye times may vary, so always read the box or instructions paper inside the box. The benefit of temporary hair dye in a bottle is that any unused dye can be saved for long periods of time if you wish.
  • Canister: Brands like Manic Panic sell their temporary dye in a short canister with a screw top lid. This makes application clean and easy, requiring only a brush to dip into the dye and apply the color you choose.
  • Squeeze Packets: Using these applies the same principle as spreading ketchup on your food. A corner is ripped open and you squeeze out dye and apply as desired. These packets can also be stored if you are careful with securing the opened portion so that the contents do not dry out.
  • Foam: L'Oreal has a temporary dye product which comes in a small canister, applied kind of like a mousse. You can use as little or as much of this as you'd like, and it has a long shelf life.


How to remove temporary hair color

Removing temporary dye is fairly simple in most cases: wash your hair! Repeated shampooing of colored hair will draw the temporary dye out of it. Do not be alarmed if your hair turns weird colors in the interim, as the fading color will depend on the tone and base pigments in the dye itself.

For instance - if you have used Manic Panic's electric blue, as it fades your hair will turn a sickly green color, which is a perfectly normal result from the base in the dye. Likewise, orange may turn a yellowy color, purple will trend toward slightly red/brown.

If all else fails, use of a hair color remover/stripper is safe.

How to use temporary hair color

First, make sure your hair is clean and dry. Then, simply apply the dye to the portions of your hair you desire to be colored. Wait the recommended time as listed in the instructions of your hair color, then rinse and dry your hair. It’s that simple!

If you're looking to create a streak effect, isolate the hair you'd like colored, and wrap the treated hair in foil to keep it separate. Touching up your roots is simple as well, since the temporary dye will not burn or damage your scalp, take your time and cover your roots well, brushing the excess through to the tips of your colored hair. Brushing the excess through can give your funky color a little pick-me-up as well, revitalizing your new color!


Have you ever dyed your hair using a temporary hair color?

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    • jaskar profile image

      jaskar 

      8 years ago from England

      love this hub. need to go to a party as a punk rocker. helped me know how to dye my hair GREEN! cheers!

    • Helen Straw profile image

      Helen Straw 

      9 years ago from Tasmania

      Fun ideas for dyeing your hair. I know one time I did a permanent that turned out bright red. Oh, how I wished it had been a temporary dye!

    • rebu profile image

      rebu 

      9 years ago from Coorg,India

      im also intersested in applying some funky colors to my hair..Nice hub..thnk u..:)

    • Info Help profile image

      Info Help 

      10 years ago from Chicago

      I have never done this to my hair, but it looks like a lot of fun! Great hub

    • LizzyBoo profile image

      LizzyBoo 

      10 years ago from Czech Republic

      Well, i do like changing my hair colour for a special event. It is funny and if that would makes my friends happy I can do it. Thank you

    • neysajasper profile image

      neysajasper 

      10 years ago

      lol.. people look silly sometimes when they use different colors.. but then too its their own life and own choice.. I liked your hub.. and might try different colors..

    • skye2day profile image

      skye2day 

      10 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      Best to go to a hair salon. Temp hair color can stay in the hair a long time. Strippers do not take it all out and they are damaging. I have repaired many Temporay color jobs, and it is expensive. It is best to go to a pro.. My opinion. From a hairstylist 20 years. Professional Wella Color Specialist.

      With Love I write this, no harm meant. I have seen plenty of crying woman sit in my chair with home hair color. Yikes

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      Philipo 

      10 years ago from Nigeria

      This is very nice, though I prefer going bald.

    • Laura du Toit profile image

      Laura du Toit 

      10 years ago from South Africa

      The streaky effect makes the hair color blend in well and gives a softer look. When I've got the time I prefer doing this.

      I love the layout of your hub!

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      lyricsingray 

      10 years ago

      I want to try this too!!!!!! !Looks like fun, thanks for a fun Hub, Kimberly

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