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Top 10 Best Temporary Hair Dyes for Dark Hair to Buy Online 2020

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.
  • Last updated: 10-24-2019
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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

$6.99

Brunettes OnlyNo
TypeHair mascara
Duration1 wash
Volume.51 oz
Ammonia and Peroxide FreePeroxide free

9. Color X-Change Semi-Permanent Hair Color

$7.00

Brunettes OnlyNo
TypeSemi-permanent dye
DurationAbout 5 washes
Volume4 ounces
Ammonia and Peroxide FreeYes

8. Epic Art Supplies Hair Chalk Set

$14.99

Brunettes OnlyNo
TypeHair chalk
Duration1 wash
Volume.2 ounces each
Ammonia and Peroxide FreeYes

7. Ms. Dear Temporary Hair Color Mascara

$19.99

Brunettes OnlyNo
TypeHair mascara
Duration1 wash
Volume
Ammonia and Peroxide FreeYes

6. Punky Demi-Permanent Conditioning Hair Color

$7.00

Brunettes OnlyNo
TypeDemi-permanent dye
Duration25 washes
Volume3.5 ounces
Ammonia and Peroxide FreeYes

5. High Beams Intense Temporary Spray on Hair Color

$6.77

Brunettes OnlyNo
TypeHair spray
Duration1 wash
Volume2.7 ounces
Ammonia and Peroxide Free

4. Lime Crime Unicorn Hair

$16.00

Brunettes OnlyNo
TypeSemi-permanent dye
DurationAbout 5 washes
Volume6.76 ounces
Ammonia and Peroxide FreeYes

3. Biotera Sheer Illuminator

$9.00

Brunettes OnlyYes
TypeSemi-permanent dye
DurationAbout 5 washes
Volume4 ounces
Ammonia and Peroxide FreeYes

2. Joico Intensity Semi-Permanent Hair Color

$9.95

Brunettes OnlyNo
TypeSemi-permanent dye
DurationAbout 12 washes
Volume4 ounces
Ammonia and Peroxide FreeYes

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

$12.99

Brunettes OnlyNo
TypeDemi-permanent dye
DurationAbout 30 washes
Volume4 ounces
Ammonia and Peroxide FreeYes

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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