Over the past four months I have done a lot of experimenting with temporary hair dyes. I’ve used different brands and colors, including bleaches, in order to gain a healthy amount of experience in the field of temporary colors. I’ve also seen others struggle with getting the most out of their color. Well, I have some good news for you! I’m here to share my tips on how to maintain temporary hair color for as long as possible.
Don’t Wash Your Hair! – It may seem gross, but with the right products it’ll actually end up being healthier for your hair. Instead of shampooing your hair every night use dry shampoo. When I dye my hair with permanent dyes I typically wash my hair every other day, however with temporary dyes I was my hair every four days. Dry shampoo will help you immensely! Not to mention all of the time you’ll save by not having to straighten your hair as frequently.
Use Products That Are Made Specifically For Color Treated Hair – Temporary hair color fades crazy fast. If you don’t use products that are safe for dyed hair your color won’t stand a chance. Products for dyed hair can be found anywhere between you salon to your local drugstore. It won’t cost you many more that your usual shampoo (unless you upgrade to salon quality products).
Touch Up Your Roots – If your roots are longer than an inch then it’s time. Bleach kits don’t typically cost much more than $10 a pop and you can pick one up at your local drugstore (or the nearest Hot Topic). I recommend using Manic Panic’s Flash Lightning Bleach Kit.
Redye Your Hair When Necessary – Seeing what colors your dyed hair will fade into is one of the fun parts of the process. I personally enjoy not knowing what shades I’ll be dealing with next. There is a certain point, though, that I see passed way too frequently. Don’t be lazy about redyeing your hair! If the color doesn’t look cute anymore FIX IT! It’s a short walk from looking edgy to looking like a complete mess. Don’t be a scallywag about it!
*Bonus Tip! Blue hair dye fades into crazy (and questionable) hues AND it’s a real bitch to get out of your hair when your ready for your next color. I recently used a bleach kit for a good 10 – 15 minutes and that blue was still clinging to my hair. The color started as a solid blue and ended up as a sea foam blue-green. Blue is a pretty color but use it at your own risk!
With these tips in mind your lovely locks will stay vibrant for weeks! Looking edgy AND polished has never been easier!