Temporary hair coloring is a process that does not require any color lifting, oxidation, high pH or other extreme conditions. It therefore considered non-damaging from a chemical treatment point of view. The application is usually straightforward and lasts for one day or two, or until you shampoo. It therefore allows the consumers to change color as often as they wish or to blend various colors for fashion statements.
Types of temporary hair coloring systems on the market
Hair color chalk
This is like regular chalk. Apply on your dry hair by sliding down the length of the hair. Repeat to increase the color intensity. Some brands suggest using hair spray to add a finishing look and lock color. Be prepared for a powdery matt look, and if you use hair sprays, the hair will be stiff as well.
L’Oreal Technique Liquid Chalk Temporary Intense Hair Makeup features a ‘unique’ water-based ink technology combined with Thixotropic Clay that provides a fluid application that quickly thickens upon setting. The coating is said to be resistant to brushing, rubbing, styling and even rain! ( Rating: 3 out of 5)
Garnier Hair Color Color Styler Intense Wash-Out Color is another option that uses the Clay-based pigmented formula. This temporary hair coloring process is said to last through 2-3 shampoos and is said to be effective on any hair types. (Rating: 2.7 out of 5)
Many people have had issues with tangled hair due to the matt cakey finish of these products.
Fanci-Full Temporary Hair Color is well rated compared to the others above. The product is applied as a leave-in conditioner after shampooing. It has been found to be reasonably efficient to cover gray. One issue is regarding how thin the product runs, and how messy the application can be. Some people suggested using a make-up sponge to apply the product instead.
Jerome Russell B Wild Temporary Hair Color Spray is quite well rated 4.3 out of 5. It seems to color hair efficiently and washes out easily. One issue however is that the hair will be stiff from the hair spray. This is probably not for you if you want free flowing locks.
Mascara root concealers
Infinity Temporary Hair Color Mascara Root Concealer seems to be well rated for those who just need a touch-up to conceal beards, hair, moustaches etc. Over-applying can leave a thick unnatural coating.
Splat Color Gel is an example of a gel that can be applied to the hair (for men) to add the hold as well as the color. The effectiveness of the product seems to be relatively satisfying.
Manic panic offers a couple of glow in the dark gels that wash out with shampoo, perfect for those going clubbing.
These are just a few examples of what’s out there. Although temporary hair coloring is a no commitment type of coloring, it does have a few limitations which I will discuss in the next post.
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