Top 10 Best Temporary Hair Dyes for Dark Hair to Buy Online 2019

Top 10 Best Temporary Hair Dyes for Dark Hair to Buy Online 2019

You’ve been itching to try out a new hair color for a while now, though you don’t know if you’re ready to commit to it. Luckily, there are temporary hair dyes that fade within a few washes. There’s only one problem: You’re a brunette. And everyone knows that temporary hair dye doesn’t work on dark hair. Blondes really do have more fun. Or do they?

While temporary hair dyes don’t show up as vividly for brunettes as they do for blondes, that doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to find yourself a rocking new (subdued) color. You just need to know where to look, and this guide will lead you in the right direction. If you’re still a little lost at the end, we’ve got a list of our 10 favorites for you to start your search.

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How to Choose Hair Dye for Dark Hair – Buying Guide

While experience may be the best teacher, there’s a few things you can check before purchase, which will you an idea of how the hair dye’s going to work. Let’s talk about them.

The Easiest Thing to Do is to Find Dyes Formulated for Brunettes

The Easiest Thing to Do is to Find Dyes Formulated for Brunettes

We all know the frustration of testing out a box of hair dye that looks fantastic on the model but leaves us with the exact same color we started with. When it comes to dyeing brunette hair, the easiest thing to do is look for a product that’s made for you. At least that way you know your attempts won’t be futile.

Another thing to try is looking for Asian hair dyes. Since Asian women have naturally dark hair, the products in Japan and Korea, for example, are largely formulated with darker hair in mind.

The Type of Dye Determines the Longevity and Vibrancy of Color

The longevity of temporary hair dyes is measured in hair washes, so use your own hair washing schedule to come up with a more accurate time measurement

For Just a Couple Days to a Week, Go with Hair Mascara, Hair Chalk, or Hair Spray

For Just a Couple Days to a Week, Go with Hair Mascara, Hair Chalk, or Hair Spray

If you’re looking to change up your locks for a party or event but don’t necessarily want it to become your new look, go for a hair mascara, hair chalk, or hair spray. These will simply sit on top of your hair and wash out right away (though some may last up to four washes). These also tend to give you the most vivid colors.

For Up to a Month, Go with a Semi-Permanent Hair Dye

For Up to a Month, Go with a Semi-Permanent Hair Dye

If you’re looking for something that lasts a little longer, go with a semi-permanent dye. Unlike permanent dyes, semi-permanents contain no ammonia, so it won’t penetrate hair strands but will act as a stain instead. These will last between 4-12 washes and aren’t very vivid.

For Up to 2 Months, Go with a Demi-Permanent Hair Dye

For Up to 2 Months, Go with a Demi-Permanent Hair Dye

Stronger than semi-permanent but not as strong as permanent, there’s demi-permanent. These sometimes contain ammonia (though not all of them do), which allows them to penetrate deeper into your hair. Demi-permanent dyes will last between 12-28 shampoos and, like semi-permanents, won’t be very vivid.

Keep in Mind How Much Hair You Want to Color

There’s nothing worse than getting halfway through a color job and realizing you won’t have enough to finish. So be sure to take your hair length as well as how much of it you want to color into consideration when you make your purchase.

To Dye All Your Hair, You Need Hairspray or about 5 oz. of Bottle Dye for Shoulder Length Hair

To Dye All Your Hair, You Need Hairspray or about 5 oz. of Bottle Dye for Shoulder Length Hair

It’s hard to say exactly how much dye you’ll need since each dye has different consistencies and requirements, but generally speaking, if you’re looking to do a full head dye, go with one container (4-6 ounces) of semi- or demi-permanent dye for shoulder-length and above hair and two or more for longer hair.

Hair spray works well for both long and short hair since you’re not necessarily trying to color all your hair—just the outer layer.

If You Just Want Streaks or Highlights, You Can Get Hair Mascara or Chalk

If You Just Want Streaks or Highlights, You Can Get Hair Mascara or Chalk

For streaks, highlights, and other small patches, there are more options as hair mascaras and chalk will work well here. These tend to come in smaller packages, which also mean that it’ll be pretty tedious to try to do very large sections.

Ingredients Determine How Much Damage You Do to Your Hair and Future Colorings

Ingredients Determine How Much Damage You Do to Your Hair and Future Colorings

The stronger the dye, the more damage it does. Ingredients that strip color away from your hair such as ammonia, bleach, and peroxide are the most damaging.

You might be tempted to try all-natural henna, but it really stains your hair so if you do want to bleach it or recolor it in the future, it’ll be hard to get the color out.

Top 10 Best Temporary Hair Dyes for Dark Hair

Now that you know what to look for, here are our 10 favorite temporary hair dyes to start your search. Just be sure to remember that no matter how good, no temporary dye will turn out bright and vibrant on dark hair.

10. Moon Glow Blacklight Neon Hair Mascara

Moon Glow - Blacklight Neon Hair Mascara

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Price: $6.99

For Streaks that Glow Under Black Light

This hair mascara goes above and beyond simply coloring hair–it also glows under black light. It’s great for Halloween parties, club events, or concerts.

It washes out easily, even on lighter hair. However, for those with long hair, or wanting to do larger streaks, application might get a little tedious as the wand is quite small.

Brunettes Only No
Type Hair mascara
Duration 1 wash
Volume .51 oz
Ammonia and Peroxide Free Peroxide free

9. Color X-Change Semi-Permanent Hair Color

Color X-Change Semi-Permanent Hair Colo

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Price: $7.00

For Subtle Colors on Lighter Brown Hair

This semi-permanent hair dye comes in 5 colors and gives a nice subtle tint to lighter brown hair, which makes it great for those who want to try a non-natural color but aren’t quite ready to commit to a full head of hot pink.

It’s easy to apply and good for you — it’s vegan as well as ammonia, peroxide, paraben, fragrance, and sulfate-free. It does only last for a few washes, though, so don’t expect it to stick around much longer than a week or two.

Brunettes Only No
Type Semi-permanent dye
Duration About 5 washes
Volume 4 ounces
Ammonia and Peroxide Free Yes

8. Epic Art Supplies Hair Chalk Set

EPIC - Hair Chalk Set

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Price: $14.99

For a Variety of Rich Colors

These fun hair chalks come in 12 different colors and are great for hair of all colors and produce rich jewel tones on darker hair. These can also be used as face paints!

Some reviewers have noted that these do take a little bit of effort to apply, so perhaps it’s best not to try to do too much hair at once. However, they also don’t produce any fallout, so you don’t have to worry about making a mess.

Brunettes Only No
Type Hair chalk
Duration 1 wash
Volume .2 ounces each
Ammonia and Peroxide Free Yes

7. Ms. Dear Temporary Hair Color Mascara

MS.DEAR Temporary Hair Color Chalk

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Price: $19.99

For Shiny, Metallic Streaks

This hair mascara comes in a set of 8 metallic colors. And while some do require a bit more product than others, all colors show up nicely on darker hair.

However, don’t expect it to look like actual hair dye as the result can be a little clumpy without brushing. These mascaras might also make a bit of a mess if you touch your hair with it on, and they can stain certain countertops if you’re not careful.

Brunettes Only No
Type Hair mascara
Duration 1 wash
Volume
Ammonia and Peroxide Free Yes

6. Punky Demi-Permanent Conditioning Hair Color

Punky Turquoise Semi Permanent Conditioning Hair Color

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Price: $7.00

Conditioning Dye in 21 Colors

This vegan, harsh chemical-free hair dye comes in a massive 21 different colors and smells amazing. The formula is thick, covers a ton of hair, conditions, and won’t stain your bathtub.

Some reviewers have noted that following the directions on the packaging may leave you with a bit lacking in color, so they recommend leaving the product in much longer for better results–it is, after all, completely non-toxic and won’t damage your hair.

Brunettes Only No
Type Demi-permanent dye
Duration 25 washes
Volume 3.5 ounces
Ammonia and Peroxide Free Yes

5. High Beams Intense Temporary Spray on Hair Color

high beams Intense Temporary Spray on Hair Color

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Price: $6.77

A Shimmery Color Enhancer

Say goodbye to the spray paint-esque neon hairspray of your childhood Halloweens. This hair spray adds a little shimmer but otherwise mostly serves to enhance color instead of radically change it.

It gives good coverage with minimal flaking. However, as it’s a spray, you need to be extra careful of your surroundings when applying it. Some reviewers have also noted that there might not be enough to cover lots of hair, so consider buying two cans.

Brunettes Only No
Type Hair spray
Duration 1 wash
Volume 2.7 ounces
Ammonia and Peroxide Free

4. Lime Crime Unicorn Hair

Lime Crime Unicorn Hair

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Price: $16.00

For Color that’s Just as Fun to Apply as It Is to Wear

This semi-permanent hair dye comes in 16 uniquely named colors, and although they aren’t vivid on dark hair, the company has a great graphic that will show you how it’ll look on your hair tone.

This dye can be left on for several hours for better color as it doesn’t contain any harsh chemicals–and you definitely want to leave it on longer! As it dyes, it also conditions, smells great, and give you a full head of (temporary) gold shimmer.

Brunettes Only No
Type Semi-permanent dye
Duration About 5 washes
Volume 6.76 ounces
Ammonia and Peroxide Free Yes

3. Biotera Sheer Illuminator

Biotera Sheer Illuminator

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Price: $9.00

Enhances Your Natural Hair Color

For those looking to just add a little bit of oomph to their natural (or already dyed) hair color, this is the product for you. This dye doesn’t claim to add much color but will definitely take your natural hair to the next level.

This dye’s formula doesn’t stain, fades gradually, and nourishes your hair as it sits. It works more like a conditioner than a dye, so it’s easy to work it into your routine if you want to keep it up.

Brunettes Only Yes
Type Semi-permanent dye
Duration About 5 washes
Volume 4 ounces
Ammonia and Peroxide Free Yes

2. Joico Intensity Semi-Permanent Hair Color

Joico Intensity Semi-Permanent Hair Color

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Price: $9.95

Long-Lasting Subtle Colors

This hair dye shows up extremely vivid on lighter hair and as a more subdued tint on darker hair. It’s fairly long-lasting and mixes well with the different colors from this brand.

However, some reviewers have noted that the color will continue to bleed out for a few washes and that it’s likely to stain during that time.

Brunettes Only No
Type Semi-permanent dye
Duration About 12 washes
Volume 4 ounces
Ammonia and Peroxide Free Yes

1. Arctic Fox 100% Vegan Demi-Permanent Hair Dye

ARCTIC FOX 100% VEGAN SEMI PERMANENT HAIR COLOR DYE

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Price: $12.99

For Animal Lovers Who Also Love Bright Colors

This hair dye gives even dark hair deep, saturated tones. It’s long-lasting and fades slowly so you don’t get any bleed out that might stain your shower.

On top of that, this dye is vegan, free from harmful chemicals, and smells great. Plus, 15% of every purchase goes towards fighting animal cruelty.

Brunettes Only No
Type Demi-permanent dye
Duration About 30 washes
Volume 4 ounces
Ammonia and Peroxide Free Yes

Set Yourself Up for Success–Things to Do Before You Dye

Set Yourself Up for Success--Things to Do Before You Dye

No matter if you want the color to last for just a night or a couple months, here are a few things to do so that it turns out as good as possible. Do a patch test on a small area of skin one day before. If there’s any irritation, do not continue using this dye.

Put petroleum jelly or hair conditioner around your hairline on your forehead, ears, and neck. The last thing you want is stained skin. Cover everything that you don’t want to get stained. Be aware of not only what you’re wearing but also the things around you, especially if you’re using hair chalk or spray.

Summary

So there you have it, a quick guide to picking out the right temporary hair dye for your dark hair! Again, it should be remembered that although some brands do work better on dark hair, you shouldn’t expect shocking, bright colors without the help of some bleach. But for those looking for more subtle tones, now you know where to start.

By Jacqueline Oshiro

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