In the previous article, we talked about the benefits of temporary hair dyes with the lack of commitment being the major benefit. However because of its low penetrating capability and because it doesn’t lift the base color, temporary hair dyes also have limitations.
Limitations of temporary hair dyes
- Since the dyes deposit mostly at the surface of the hair, this coloring process is not efficient for covering large areas of gray hair.
- Those with darker colors, will find it limiting in terms of the number of shades that they can use. Many times, the color of the dye will not show on dark hair or it will give the hair a non-desirable tone.
- One other thing to note is that temporary hair dyes can sometimes penetrate the damaged areas of the hair (such as the ends) more than the non-damaged areas. This can be quite bothersome for those with heavily damaged hair because of the non-uniform distribution of color in the hair. Regular shampooing might not be enough to remove the color from the damaged portions of the hair. [Scroll below on how to remove stubborn color residues]
- The color application can leave the hair dull and tangled because of the uneven thick and rough coating. This creates a non natural look which many can find undesirable.
- Some products have been found to rub off on clothes, pillows or other materials probably because the coatings on the hair were applied too thick. To avoid the transfer, some brands recommend finishing with hair spray. While some people are not bothered by hair spray, others might have issues with the stiff hair.
How to remove the persistent color residues
- Try using a 1:1 ratio of baking soda to shampoo.
- Mix them together and shampoo the hair focusing on the areas that are colored. The slightly higher pH of baking soda can gently open the cuticles to allow the color to escape.
- Rinse well after the shampooing.
- Finish with a low pH conditioner or a vinegar rinse to lower the pH of your hair and seal the cuticles.
- Another option is to crush a few pills of vitamin C (ascorbic acid) and mix the powder into your conditioner. Apply to the hair and rinse well.