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Testing out temporary hair dye

Testing out temporary hair dye

Kids and adults alike take on a different persona for Halloween, but what happens if you love your spooky look so much you want to test drive it longer term? If you're worried about the risk of going all out right away, temporary hair dye is the way to go. You’ll get a sense of what you’ll look like when your hair is coloured, but you'll also have the option of washing it out in a few days. Here are just a few ways of keeping the spirit of Halloween alive even after the holiday.

Hair Chalk

If you’re a DIY-er or even lean towards the title of ‘artist’, hair chalk will probably be the most fun option for you. First, don’t use regular chalk you’d buy at an office supply store. Use only products specifically labelled hair chalk, or get soft pastels from your local art store. Take a small section of your hair and slightly dampen it with water. Going from top to bottom, colour your hair with the chalk, while twisting it on the way down. Let it sit in for a few minutes, then use a hair dryer to set the colour. A straightener or hair curler is a good final touch - but remember the chalk stains whatever it's on.

Coloured Hair Spray

For a fun and fast way to temporarily dye your hair, coloured hair spray is the way to go. Every costume store will have a selection of these, and you can even get metallic and sparkle versions.

In a well-ventilated area, take a section of your hair and hold the spray 10 to 12 inches away from your hair. Spray as much on until you get your desired look. Spray is the most temporary out of all these options, and will wash out very easily, but sometimes that’s exactly what you need.

Powdered drinks

There are lots of these on the market, ranging from famous ones such as Kool-Aid to things like Nesquik chocolate drink and versions in health food stories. Using them as a dye is especially handy when you don’t have time to buy other products or you want to do it on the cheap. Either pick the flavour closest to the colour you want to your hair to be or, if you’re feeling extra daring, you can mix the colours to create a custom one.

Pour the powder into a bowl and add a bit of water - the more you dilute it the less coloured the dye will be. Finally, mix a few drops of a conditioner of your choice, then blend with a brush (even a paintbrush will suffice) until the mixture forms a paste.

Brush the mixture on small sections of dry hair, making sure all of it is covered - trying only tips at first is a safe bet. Wrap in aluminium foil or plastic wrap and keep covered for at least 30 minutes.

If you want to speed up the process, use a blow dryer seal in that colour. The longer you wait to remove the foil or wrap, the more saturated your hair will be, so it’s dealer’s choice. Rinse your hair out and check the finished product.

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