Don't worry, they'll come out after a good wash.
Commitment is scary – and not just when it comes to personal relationships.
As someone who writes about beauty for a living, I'm the type of person who prides herself on a willingness to test new products, routines and looks. Squeezing yet another skincare product into my already overhauled routine? No problem. Putting jelly-fish goo on my face? Sure, why not? I'll try just about anything in the name of beauty.
But when it comes to hair colour, that willingness to try anything seises to exist. Unlike a new serum or eyeliner, the maintenance and commitment of changing my hair colour requires a little more thought and consideration.
Granted, I have had a few momentary blips during quarantine where I've trimmed off a split end or two but thankfully, that's as far as my hair experimentation has gone. The same can't be said for my Instagram feed. Not an hour goes by where I don't scroll upon a friend or celebrity who has thrown caution to the wind and dyed their hair pink, blue and/or orange. And just like the urge I felt to jump on the bandwagon and bake banana bread and sourdough, I now feel the need to dye my hair a vibrant colour.
Fret not if, like me, you fear commitment, because there are great temporary colour formulas that are a) still in stock, b) can be found in most supermarkets and c) can be delivered safely to your door. Each rinse-out after formula ahead is a fun way to satisfy the crazy hair colour urge you've been having...without having to wear a hat on your work zoom calls.
shop the best temporary hair dyes:
L'Oreal Colorista Hair Makeup, €9.49, Boots
As the name suggests, this temporary colour works like makeup for your hair. Use it to coat a few strands for colourful highlights – with shade options that even work on brunette hair. It will wash out as soon as you're done, promise.
Schwarzkopf LIVE Colour Precious Metals, €8.99, Boots
If you're turning into a unicorn (or if you just want pastel purple hair), then spray this formula from Schwarzkopf onto lengths. The liquid deposits vibrant pigment that pops on blonde and brunette strands.
Unicorn Hair, €16.95, Lime Crime
Available in 11 shades, from the deepest red cherry to a beautiful baby blue, Unicorn Hair adds colour with zero damage. Apply for 30 minutes for a wash of pastel colour, or 1-2 hours for a rich coating. Bonus? It's completely vegan.
Bleach Washed Up Mermaid, €7.99, Boots
Bleach's super cool colours work best on bleached hair, but it's worth it because they come in the ultimate cool-girl shades. Washes out in 2-10 washes depending on how porous your hair is.
L'Oreal Hair Makeup NEON, €9.49, Boots
Channel your inner Billie Eilish with neon roots this weekend thanks to this temporary hair makeup by L'Oreal.
Colour Kissed Hairspray, €13.95, Colorsmash
Colorsmash is the one to choose if you want to play with multiple colours at once. They layer easily, blending together for a smooth transition. Don't worry if you make a mistake either, because it washes out as soon as you hit the shower.
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