How to Safely Use Temporary Hair Color

by Colleen Welsch on December 20th, 2018
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Temporary hair dye is a great way to experiment with your hair color without commitment… or is it? Keep reading to learn all about temporary hair color: when to use it, how it can affect your hair permanently, and some solutions for color damaged hair.

What is Temporary Hair Color?

Temporary hair dye coats the outside of the hair shaft with color and washes off after one or two shampoos.

Examples of temporary hair color include fashion hair dyes, root touch-up sprays, mascara root touch-up wands, and colored hair sprays (usually found at costume stores). Temporary hair color is usually used as a part of costume, to cover roots, or to add a fun color to your hair for a night out.

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Does Temporary Hair Dye Damage Hair?

Since temporary hair color just coats the outside of the hair, it generally does not cause any damage to the hair structure itself. Temporary hair color does not penetrate the cortex of the hair, so it does not permanently alter your natural hair color, or melanin – at least in theory.

If you have color damaged hair, however, your hair strand tends to be more porous. In this case, the temporary hair color can actually penetrate the hair shaft and stain your hair. Thus, your temporary, fun color for a night out might be more permanent than you had intended. If you have color damaged hair or very light hair, proceed with caution when using temporary hair color.

If you do have hair damage from over-styling or over-coloring, make sure to nourish your hair follicles with nutrients to strengthen hair and make it healthier. Add drug-free Viviscal hair growth supplements to your daily routine.*

When to Use Temporary Hair Color

Temporary hair dye is great for a few situations:

1. Complete a Costume

Nail your next Halloween look by transforming your hair with a colored hair spray.
Since most of these color sprays are formulated with alcohol (which can be drying for hair), make sure to thoroughly wash and condition hair post-party with Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Shampoo and Conditioner, to help keep hair moisturized and looking healthy.

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Silver-blue temporary hair color is the perfect finishing touch for a mermaid Halloween costume

2. Disguise Roots

Are your roots showing? A temporary hair color like a root touch-up spray can instantly disguise grays so that you can feel more confident in between hair appointments.

3. Refresh Your Hair Color

You can also use temporary hair color to refresh faded hair color. If you have an upcoming event and don’t have time to see your hair colorist, a box of temporary hair color might be the solution to dull-looking hair.

4. Have Fun with Your Color

If you have a big night out planned, a spritz of allover bright color or just a colorful streak in your hair might be just what you need to take your look to the next level. Fashion colors do show up better on lighter hair. But brunettes will be happy to learn that there are now new temporary hair dyes on the market that are specially formulated for dark hair.

5. Solutions for Color Damaged Hair

Although temporary hair color usually does not directly damage hair, it’s also not a solution to repair already-color damaged hair. Instead, here are a couple ways to fix color-damaged hair.

Use a Conditioning Treatment for Dry Hair

Color damaged hair is dry hair. To imbue dry hair with moisture and reduce that “fried” look, use a high-quality conditioner like Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Conditioner after every shampoo. The lightweight formula of Viviscal Conditioner nourishes strands without weighing them down, to make them look thicker and healthier.

Additionally, use a weekly moisturizing mask to further improve the condition of your hair. You can either purchase a mask or make your own by mixing 1 ripe avocado, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, and 2 tablespoons of honey. Apply the mixture to clean, damp hair and allow to sit for one hour before rinsing out with a gentle shampoo. Follow with conditioner.

Grow Out Color-Damaged Hair

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Using a dry-hair conditioning treatment can certainly infuse some moisture into hair and make it more manageable. But the only way to truly regain healthy hair is to grow out that color-damaged hair.

Take Viviscal supplements twice daily to provide your hair follicles all the vitamins and nutrients they need for regular hair growth. It will take several months to see results – but it will be worth it!*

Have you ever tried temporary hair color? Let us know in the comments!


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