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The Best Temporary Hair Dye For A Quick Color Change, According To The Experts

Changing up your hair color doesn’t have to be scary. Thanks to these temporary hair dyes, wash out glosses, and easy-to-use sprays, you can experiment with bold pigments, knowing your true shade is just a shampoo away.

Best Overall Temporary Hair Dye: Manic Panic Dye Hard Styling Gel

Manic Panic Dye Hard Temporary Hair Color Styling Gel in purple

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According to stylist of Wonderland Beauty Parlor, Michael Angelo, there’s nothing better than the OG temporary hair color. Manic Panic is the first of its kind, rumoured to be used by musical queen Cyndi Lauper herself. A vegetable-based, gel formula conditions while you color so you can layer it up for intense pigment and still have it shampoo out with just one wash.

Get it! Manic Panic Dye Hard Temporary Hair Color Styling Gel, $6-$12

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Best Temporary Hair Dye for Dark Hair: Splat 1-Wash Hair Color Kit

Splat 1-Wash Hair Dye Kit in blue

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Steph Perry of Pompadour salon says, ““No one out there makes a more pigmented temporary hair color, which is why this is perfect for those with naturally dark hair. Unfortunately bright color doesn’t show up as well on dark hair without bleaching, but Splat on its own definitely delivers a solid punch of color. Warning: this stuff doesn’t lie. It truly is vivid! Meaning when put on light hair, Splat stays put!” If you’re looking for something longer-lasting, try Splat’s semi-permanent hair dye to keep the color going.

Get it! Splat 1-Wash No Bleach Hair Color Kit, $7 $5

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Best Temporary Hair Dye for Light Hair: Good Dye Young Poser Paste Hair Makeup

Paramore lead singer Hayley Williams' hair dye, Good Dye Young Poser Paste Temporary Hair Makeup

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Though light hair usually takes to color best, you always run the risk of stains—especially when you play with hot pink for a fun Saturday night, but have to return to work come Monday morning. Angelo swears by the all-vegan brand Poster Paste, co-owned by Paramore’s Hayley Williams. “Formulated like a chalk inside of a cream, it gives serious coverage without damaging hair. I’ve never seen anything as impressive that’s truly temporary,” he says. Even better, it’s now carried by Sephora so you can rack up those Beauty Insider points.

Get it! Good Dye Young Poser Past Temporary Hair Makeup, $18

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Best Temporary Hair Dye for Red Hair: Bumble and bumble Bb. Color Gloss

Bumble and bumble Bb. Color Gloss in Universal Red

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Managing the redhead look takes a lot of care—from finding just the right shade for your complexion to the general dye upkeep. "If you're a blonde and this is the color you're after, you're in a for a single process that needs to be maintained every four to six weeks with a gloss," says colorist Nikki Ferrara of the Marie Robinson Salon in New York City. Even if you’ve been blessed with fiery locks, a quarter-annual gloss can help pump up that natural color.

Get it! Bumble and bumble Bb. Color Gloss in Universal Red, $34

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Best Temporary Hair Color Spray: L’Oréal Paris Colorista 1-Day Hair Color Spray

L’Oréal Paris Colorista 1-Day Hair Color Spray in rose gold

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L’Oréal gives colorful hair spray an elevated edge with shades ranging from rose gold to dusty lavender, but unlike many temporary hair color sprays, you don’t have to worry about long-term commitment to your Halloween costume. Fred Connors, of salon, says, “Most temporary or semi-permanent color has a residual effect on the hair, making it difficult to remove when you no longer want it.” He specifically loves this L’Oréal spray because it was formulated for one day of wear.

Get it! L’Oréal Paris Colorista 1-Day Hair Color Spray, $9

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Best Temporary Hair Dye for In Between Treatments: Roux Fanci-Full Rinse

Roux Fanci-Full Temporary Color Rinse for natural color

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Lingering grays or just going for a subtle change, Angelo says Roux’s wash-out hair color “would totally do the job for anything in the natural range.” A mainstay product for extending a permanent dye job, hiding old highlights, or going a shade darker for fall, this Amazon find is definitely worth the $11 price. Rinse, repeat, and the color is gone with your next shampoo.

Get it! Roux Fanci-Full Temporary Color Rinse, $11

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Best Temporary Hair Glitter: IGK Preparty Hair Strobing Glitter Spray

IGK Preparty Hair Strobing Glitter Spray in sprinkle

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“It’s festive and will work on both dark- or light-colored hair,” San Francisco-based stylist Diana Gallegos says of this easy-to-use spray. “Just lightly pulse through your hair until you’ve achieved the look you want.” And forget about glitter fallout. This rainbow spray washes out without fuss so you won’t have flecks following you around all week.

Get it! IGK Preparty Hair Strobing Glitter Spray, $16

Photo: Sephora

Best Temporary Hair Chalk: Dippity-Do ColorPop Hair Chalk

Dippity-Do ColorPop Hair Chalk in aqua

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Perfect for passing around the party or finishing touches, this ColorPop Hair Chalk can create subtle streaks or a full mermaid ombré. “This super applicable egg-shaped pod of hair chalk comes in varying bold colors like Pixie Green and Posh Pink,” says Perry. “My favorite thing about these little cuties is definitely the ability to take them with you! While these might stain your hands, they wash out pretty quickly.” We have a feeling these portable hair chalks will be in everyone’s teeny-tiny purse come festival season.

Get it! Dippity-Do ColorPop Hair Chalk, $7

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Best Colored Hair Wax: Mofajang Temporary Hair Dye Cream

Mofajang Hair Coloring Material

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Style and color at the same time with Mofajang’s multipurpose hair wax that glides on easily, making it perfect for any hair type or texture. “Its biggest perk includes its thick consistency, making it foolproof when wanting different strands different colors,” Perry says. With this temporary hair dye, you can be Poison Ivy one night and make convincing Khaleesi the next. The Halloween costume options are endless.

Get it! Mofajang Hair Coloring Material, $8-$13

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