The best temporary hair dyes for commitment-phobes
Try before you buy
Beauty Crew Contributing Editor / November 26 2019
A change is as good as a holiday and a quick switch of your hair colour can refresh your entire look. The wealth of at-home temporary hair dyes that are now available make it easier than ever to dabble in a new look before you commit to a permanent hair colour change. With the colourful hair trend of going rose gold, green, coppe, silver and everything in between still going strong, it’s easy to experiment with something bold on the weekend then return to the corporate-approved shade of your natural hair colour by Monday. Just make sure you read the packaging before you try a temporary hair dye, as their longevity can vary from a wash out colour that's gone by the end of the day to a month-long commitment. Wondering if going dark brown will suit you? Or feel like going pink for summer? Try one of these temporary hair dyes.
#8 / Vixen Hair Graffiti Hair Chalk
Lasts: 1-5 washes
If you want to get creative with your hair colour, hair chalk is the way to go. This kit comes with 12 assorted colours, perfect for jumping on board the rainbow hair colour trend or completely customising your own look. At the end of the day, just wash out the colour.
Shade range: Comes with 12 shades of pastel hair colours
#7 / John Frieda Root Blur Concealer
Lasts: 1 day
If you need a temporary hair colour to cover up your regrowth every day to get you by until your next hair appointment, try this root blur powder. It looks a bit like a duo eyeshadow palette - the two tones of pressed powder hair colour allow you to create a custom shade for the best colour match to the rest of your hair.
Shade range: 5 shades, including platinum to champagne blondes, amber to maple brunettes, and dark espresso to black
#6 / Desert Shadow Organic Hair Dye
Lasts: Up to 6 weeks
If you’re not looking for something bright and colourful, and instead want to experiment with going from light to dark or dark to light, try this organic semi-permanent hair dye. It’s Australian, vegan and provides grey coverage. The colours are more natural-looking and the formula is enriched with keratin and 100 per cent organic ingredients to care for your hair.
Shade range: 11 shades, including golden blonde, strawberry blonde, copper shades, chocolate brown and blue black
#5 / Manic Panic Semi-Permanent Hair Colour Creme
Lasts: 4-6 weeks
For something with more staying power than a few washes, this one will give you about a month to enjoy your new hair colour. The formula is vegan and ammonia-free and works best on pre-lightened hair.
Shade range: 24 shades, including lilac, cotton candy, yellow and electric blue
#4 / Revlon Professional Nutri Color Creme
Lasts: Up to 10 washes
This three-in-one formula colours hair while also caring for it and boosting shine. The formula contains ionic pigments, provitamin B5 and grapeseed oil, and is free from ammonia and peroxide.
Shade range: 13 shades, including red, pink, turquoise, blonde and beige
#3 / Dare Temporary Hair Colour
Lasts: 5-30 washes
This ammonia- and peroxide-free hair dye can last up to 30 washes and won’t dry your hair out. The semi-permanent shades, which range from pink and purple to blue hues and red tones, are suitable for blonde to medium brown hair.
Shade range: 21 shades, including yellow, orange, neon pink, dark green and pastel blue
#2 / Schwarzkopf BLONDME Instant Blush
Lasts: Up to 3 washes
Just spritz and go with this leave-in or rinse-out hair colour for blonde hair. The spray nozzle makes it easy to go ombre or simply dip-dye your ends.
Shade range: 4 shades, including light pink, lilac, icy blue and seafoam green
#1 / L’Oréal Paris Colorista Washout
Lasts: 2-20 washes
Dabble in a pop of colour with this temporary hair colour. The pastel shades are designed specifically for blondes while the vivids work best on brunettes. The formula is enriched with three conditioning agents to protect the hair fibre, detangle, soften and boost shine.
Shade range: 9 shades, including dirty pink, burgundy, denim blue and purple
For inspiration for your new look, check out these celebrity hair transformations for 2019.
Have you tried a temporary hair dye before? What product and colour did you try?
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Chelsea is BEAUTYcrew’s Contributing Editor. She has a sweet spot for anything that claims to make skin glow and won’t leave the house without a slick of mascara. Chelsea has 10 years of experience as a beauty editor and her words can be found on BEAUTYcrew, Women’s Health, Daily Addict, The Joye and Primped.