Planning Your Wedding Day

3 Commitment-Free Hair Coloring Techniques

Almost everybody who has ever wanted to color their hair knows that there are home dyeing kits you can buy. These kits allow you to test the color before you commit. Additionally, many of these temporary to semi-permanent hair coloring kits wash out after six to thirty-six shampoos, depending on how frequently you wash your hair, the condition of your hair before you dye it, and the natural light or dark color of your hair. However, you do not have to commit to any of these kit colors either. There are more techniques that allow you to experiment with color but wash out quicker than six shampoos or do not need to be washed out at all.

Fake Hair Extensions

If you have ever wondered what your hair would look like "chunked," highlighted, or streaked with neon/punk colors, you can experiment with fake hair extensions. These hair accessories are often attached to clips, invisible headbands or wrapped around ponytail holders. You can buy everything from blond to electric blue and you never have to dye your hair or wear the color indefinitely.

Hair Chalks

Hair chalk can be fun, but it can also be quite messy because, after all, it is chalk and it will flake and dust off on your clothes. You cannot sleep in it (unless you want chalk all over your bedding). It works best on light-colored blonds, although the blue and hot pink chalks can be seen on light brown or strawberry blond hair. In spite of these drawbacks, it remains the best way to color your hair without a commitment for just one day.

Kool-Aid Dye

You can also dye your hair with Kool-Aid. The best part about this is that it not only makes your hair pretty colors, but also leaves it smelling like whatever fruity flavor of drink mix you chose. There are two ways you can approach this technique. One, mix the unsweetened drink mix with water and paint or dip your hair/head into it. Two, mix the drink mix with a quarter-sized dollop of unscented or mildly scented conditioner and paint this on strands of your hair. If you plan to color your entire head using the conditioner method, you will need at least three or four packets of unsweetened Kool-Aid.

The conditioner method helps the food dyes from the drink mix to sink into each hair strand. If your hair is really dry, the color will stay longer than three shampoos, but less than six. Technically, you are supposed to wrap each dyed section in aluminum foil, like the spas and salons do, and let it sit overnight. If you do that, the color will be more pronounced and last longer. Generally, an hour is all it takes for most colors to set.

After trying out hair coloring, if you are interested in getting a more long-term change, visit Escape Hair Salon.